Elaine Aronson, timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor, outlines the appeal of taking on a tough physical challenge for a good cause.
We all like to be challenged. That sense of achievement that can only come from surmounting obstacles and realising goals is what makes us feel alive. The difficulty and severity of some challenges, however, means that we sometimes need an extra push to see us triumphantly over the line.
What better way, then, to provide that added boost than the knowledge that we are putting ourselves through considerable strain to raise money for a good cause. When donations to a charity close to your heart are dependent on success, you will find the inner strength to run that extra yard, swim that extra stroke and climb that extra foot. Challenges for charity come in all shapes and sizes and you can find further information below on the following:
A week of adventure centred around Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park, Canada. The challenge is open to all and the week will be tailor made to suit the individual with activities including kayaking, white water rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing and the ultimate challenge - an ascent of Mount Edith Cavell. Something for everyone!
So, you want to do something for charity but don’t fancy running, swimming (that’s too cold) or walking (that’s too slow)? Why not try the nation’s new favourite sport and get on two wheels for a charity bike ride?
Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the 2012 Olympics, this event follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital & into Surreys stunning countryside.
Charity treks are the perfect excuse and opportunity to explore somewhere new. Whether it’s a trek in the Himalayas, a mountain and/or desert challenge in Morocco or a jungle trek in Borneo, there’s a place and an experience to suit everyone.
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Endurance challenge along London's hidden green corridor - the historic Grand Union Canal. 100km, 50km, 25km & Team Relay options.
*ENTER BY 9TH SEPT* The Bournemouth Half Marathon 'Running as it should be' with fresh sea air & beautiful coastal views. A weekend of running shows off stunning Dorset. Age 17+.
This trek leads you into the heart of the world's largest hot desert- the spectacular Sahara.
The less-frequented 7-day Rongai route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and is ideal for anyone looking for a true 'wilderness' experience.
A tough challenge to trek up 24 peaks in two days of hard walking. Peaks include Helvellyn and Scafell Pike and Great Gable.
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