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!
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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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Run through desert land and vibrant cities on this challenge of 100 km in 5 days, which will test your endurance and stamina.
The worlds fastest course with 40,000 runners and a million spectators! Starting at Brandenburg Gate and passing a host of fascinating landmarks, this is a classic marathon through an historic city.
Cavell Nurses’ Trust challenges you to join them in Jasper National Park, Canada, for a fundraising week filled with a choice of activities.
The perfect way to experience the exhilaration of a freefall whilst being fastened to a qualified instructor. Freefall for 40 seconds, reach speeds of 120mph with 5 minutes under the parachute.
On this fantastic trek you will experience the stunning natural beauty of the majestic Carpathian mountains, the timeless landscape and the wonderful warmth of the locals.
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Giving children in some of the world’s poorest countries the education they need to help transform their lives.
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