Not all of us are made for running. Many of us barely have the time to train for a marathon, while others are prevented by age, illness and other life factors. That does not mean, however, that we can’t all get out into the great outdoors and push ourselves for a good cause with a challenge walk for charity, as timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor Elaine Aronson explains.
Charity walks in the UK are on the up, with more and more people seizing the opportunity to join together and march to raise funds and spread awareness. Plus, it’s good for you!
A SOCIABLE EVENT
Unlike other, more solitary pursuits, a walk offers opportunities to talk with your fellow trekkers and support each other. Charity walking events can bring a unique sense of camaraderie and friendship as tens, hundreds or even thousands of people join together for one common cause. Furthermore, the whole family can take part in some of the walks - see the walks marked 'U18s' for those suitable for under 18s.
Of course, simply going for a walk is not enough for some - the effort and ‘wow’ factor comes from covering a huge distance. Everyone knows about popular walks such as London to Brighton, but there are loads of other challenge walks out there including day walks, night walks, weekend treks and even multi-day pilgrimages!
Take a look through the challenges and click for details of the challenge and charity/charities. You can enter a few basic details to be instantly emailed further information.
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Mention distance running & think marathon. Mention marathon & think London. Professional competitors, enthusiastic amateurs & worthy causes - it can only mean one thing! Age 18+.
Join our epic cycling event & pedal for a purpose to raise funds for Demelza House. Bike around the beautiful Kent countryside – there's a route for everyone.
This Ultra Challenge trek takes you across the high ridges & rolling hills of the South Downs, walking day & night until you finish on England's highest chalk sea cliff, Beachy Head.
Take on your fears & jump out of a plane at 10,000ft and raise money to help sick & terminally ill kids in UK hospitals. Age 16+.
Take the icy plunge into Snowflake Lake. A midwinter swim to challenge the most hardy of dippers! 100m (2 lengths) of the freezing waters is your challenge. Are you brave enough?
The leading UK charity striving to beat multiple sclerosis.
Information for charities about promoting challenge events on timeoutdoors.