Multi-activity challenges

Multi-activity challenges

A combination of running, cycling, walking and water-based adventures.

Elaine Aronson, timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor, outlines the appeal of packing as much into your charity challenge as possible - by taking part in a multi-activity event.

Have you always wanted to do something for charity but never been able to decide what? The thought of shaving your head doesn’t appeal, but neither does running a marathon, swimming the English Channel or cycling across the country? Well, never fear: embrace your indecisiveness and go for a multi-activity charity challenge.

Many of these events combine running, cycling, walking and some form of water-based activity in an epic weekend of adventures. It's the best way of packing everything you’ve ever wanted to do, and more, into one unbelievable experience.

However, these challenges are by no means a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ affair. To successfully complete them, and bring in those much needed donations, a huge amount of determination and inner strength is required. Only then will you be able to experience the sheer elation and rush of adrenaline that comes from straining every sinew and conquering the seemingly impossible.

The Race the Sun event, for example, involves a 50-mile cycle ride, climbing Helvellyn and canoeing across Lake Thirlmere. You start at sunrise, and finish by sunset - hence the name.

Other events include camping out and trekking in the Peak District, while further mountain biking, kayaking and hiking adventures are all out there waiting for you in the great outdoors.

So why limit yourself to one event? The best way to get everything out of your charity challenge is to simply cram as much as you possibly can into your experience.

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.

Action on Hearing Loss
Action on Hearing Loss
1 days Fitness
Heron Tower, London, Greater London, UK UK
| Sign up for £25
Your assignment is to stair climb and conquer the Heron Tower, the City of London’s tallest building, and discover the classified surprise stored at the top.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Multi-activity 3 days Multi-activity
Hadrian's Wall, UK UK
| Sign up for £99
The route leads us through some of England's most spectacular scenery, covering the entire length of the impressive Hadrian's Wall - 100 miles in total.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Multi-activity 2 days Multi-activity
Snowdonia National Park, Wales - Gwynedd, UK UK
| Sign up for £65
Take on this fantastic challenge in one of the UK's most wild and rugged environments. You will cycle, kayak and trek more than 35km in the heart of stunning Snowdonia.
Major event
Major event
Triathlon 1 days Triathlon
Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK UK
| Sign up fee varies
This inaugural event represents the pinnacle of triathlon competition in the UK, providing recreational triathletes with a unique opportunity to compete on the same course as the world’s best.
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