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:

  • Charity runs - including fun runs, 10K runs, half marathons and marathons in the UK and overseas
  • UK charity challenges - all UK challenges including walks, 3 Peaks challenges, bike rides, skydives, swims, triathlons, abseils and more
  • Overseas charity challenges - all overseas challenges including overseas runs, treks, bike rides, extreme challenges and more
  • Fundraising advice - get some fundraising ideas
  • Charity listings - find a good cause to benefit from your fundraising
Charity challenge ideas are not in short supply, enabling you to pick something that you enjoy doing and play to your strengths. Alternatively, why not try something completely different, something you have never done before - and really push yourself outside of your comfort zone? After all, is a charity challenge really a challenge if you’re not left breathless, exhausted and ecstatic at the end?

The organisations in need of money are numerous, and the possibilities and ways of raising that money are endless so get out there and get going!

GE Aviation Welsh 3 Peaks
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GE Aviation Welsh 3 Peaks

Snowdon, Cadair Idris & Pen-y-Fan

Challenge yourself in 2015 by taking on the highest peaks in north, mid & south Wales, all within 15 hours! Scale Snowdon, Cadair Idris & Pen-y-Fan: a total distance of 20.35 miles & total ascent of 9,397ft (2,864m)! Teams of 4 + designated driver.
“Fantastically organised event".

Trek the Lake District
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Trek the Lake District

4-7 June 2015

Scafell Pike, Helvellyn & Skiddaw are three of the eight 3000ft+ Lake District peaks that you will conquer in just 2 days on this picturesque hiking challenge for Meningitis Now. Fully-qualified mountain leader, highly experienced safety team, accommodation, meals, transport between the peaks & much more included. Register today for just £75.

RideLondon-Surrey 100 2015
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RideLondon-Surrey 100 2015

Saddle up and cycle for Action on Hearing Loss. Follow the Olympic Route and for every mile you pedal you’ll be supporting the 10 million people with hearing loss in the UK.

'Taking part in RideLondon was definitely one of our biggest achievements and the events team at Action on Hearing Loss made it happen...'

Burma - The Ultimate Trek
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Burma - The Ultimate Trek

Is 2016 your year?

Discover a land of ancient temples, golden pagodas & magnificent monasteries where monks collect alms each morning. Taking place in the Shan Mountains where the cool mountain air, pine forests, beautiful landscape & hill tribe villages make it perfect for trekking.

Sunset to Sunrise - Pembrokeshire Coast

Watch the last rays of the sun set across the Atlantic Ocean, walk along the edge of the National Park, towards the golden sands of South Tenby Beach & finish with a new dawn.

Skydive for Stephen

Inspired by Stephen Sutton and at the request of his family, Teenage Cancer Trust is organising a huge world-record breaking skydiving event this summer. Age 16+.

Great Yorkshire Bike Ride

A popular annual cycling event from Wetherby to Filey along a non-conventional route with a great sporting atmosphere.

Hertfordshire 60

A 60 mile ride through pretty villages and lush Spring countryside in Hertfordshire - a landscape of beautiful half-timbered cottages and colourful marketplaces. Age 16+.

Coniston Adventure Team Challenge

Your team will conquer the Old Man of Coniston, mountain bike through the forest of Grizedale and kayak on Coniston Water within 10 hours! Followed by an evening of celebrations.


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Cystic Fibrosis Trust

The only UK-wide charity making a daily difference to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis, and those who care for them.

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