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:
Scafell Pike, Helvellyn & Skiddaw are three of the eight 3000ft+ Lake District peaks that you will conquer in just 2 days. Fully-qualified mountain leader, highly experienced safety team, accommodation, meals, transport between the peaks & much more included...
Join team Bowel Cancer UK on their bespoke cycle this September and help save lives. Saddle up and get in gear for this jam-packed, 350 mile adventure, taking you on a journey through the UK, France, Belgium and Netherlands. Celebrate your success in style at the finish line in Amsterdam!
Discover a land of ancient temples, golden pagodas and magnificent monasteries where monks collect alms each morning. This spectacular 10-day trek takes place in the Shan Mountains where the cool mountain air, pine forests, beautiful landscape and hill tribe villages make it a perfect area for trekking. For years Burma has remained unexplored by tourists...
Pit yourself against the clock and the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District on 30th May 2015.
Start at the crack of dawn with mountain biking in the beautiful Grizedale Forest, then take to Lake Coniston for a three-mile kayak followed by a hike up the iconic peak of the Old Man of...
Ballot entries are now closed - so the main way to enter "The London Marathon on Wheels" is by getting a charity place.
Here you will find charities who have places, their cause & what benefits they offer their cyclists. Plus some are offering FREE registration...
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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The GR 221 is a trail that enables you to discover dry stone landscapes in the Tramuntana mountain range, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the category of a Cultural Landscape.
Wide, well-surfaced roads & paths will be on offer & we’ll be needing them as we are expecting over 1000 runners on the day! Age 16+.
Drive your own team of loyal huskies, silently gliding over 200km through beautiful snow covered forests & mountains. See the Northern lights & stay near traditional Sami villages.
A classic and well thought out 280 mile route from Greenwich to central Paris using a mix of fast, direct roads and small country lanes.
Saddle up and get in gear for this jam-packed, 350 mile adventure, taking you on a journey through the UK, France, Belgium and Netherlands.
Helping children experience what life has to offer.
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