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:
This event has it all - two great capital cities, the perfect physical challenge with five days of cycling and it takes in sections of the Tour de France route in Yorkshire and Cambridgshire!
25% off the deposit until the 31st January. Enter discount code E2LJAN25.
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!
A chance to pit yourself against the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District National Park by bike, kayak and on foot!
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.
Ballot now closed - the only way to get a place is from a charity. Apply now for your place!
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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Join our new cycling event & pedal for a purpose to raise funds for Demelza House. Starting & finishing at our hospice – there's a route for everyone. Age 14+.
Take on the exhilarating challenge of climbing the 3 highest mountains in Scotland, England & Wales in just 36 hours. An unforgettable endurance experience.
*ENTER BY 28 FEB* The 7km course will be designed by 7 of the top Obstacle Races in the UK using their most exciting & challenging obstacles to test your strength & stamina through 1km zones. Age 16+.
A great fun bike challenge adventure covering around 290 miles. An ideal itinerary for a first cycling challenge - as the hills are very few and far between!
Conquering Ben Nevis! 100 Trekkers...1 Cause. Trek into the heart of the breathtaking Western Highlands, in order to conquer the highest peak in Britain set at 1,343m (4,409ft) above sea level.
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