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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*GET YOUR CHARITY PLACE BY 4 MAY* Start & finish at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Hub at Dynamic Earth, this beautiful scenic route takes you around Holyrood Park with views of Edinburgh Castle.
Join the Stampede for a 10k Adventure run with a difference. Choose to run on either Saturday or Sunday, or push yourself to the limit with Turbo option - entry onto both days.
Our hardcore 50K trek is the ultimate challenge event. You'll be walking day and night through the dark woods, paths and dimly lit lanes.
A walking event you will never forget. Hundreds of supporters trekking 17 miles through Derbyshire's beautiful winter wonderland. This is a perfect end of year event!
*GET A CHARITY PLACE BY 4TH FEB* Voted 'The Fastest Half Marathon Course in the UK' by Athletics Weekly, the course is one of the flattest and fastest around so great for PBs and beginners. Age 17+.
Helping children experience what life has to offer.
Information for charities about promoting challenge events on timeoutdoors.