Train For A Charity Challenge

Posted on: 16 January 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

Why not get fit for free and do something for charity - two great resolutions in one!

As the credit crunch bites turn your back on the gym and get fit in the great outdoors. 

Running and cycling burn on average 500 calories an hour - that’s about two mince pies - so dust off those trainers, get the bike out of the shed and sign up to a sponsored running, walking or cycling challenge and raise money for the cause of your choice.

No matter which charity you wish to support, you can raise a lot of money by doing something really challenging. If you’re not quite ready to go it alone, there are some great organised events to raise money.

Great Manchester Run

Ladies at the end of a charity challenge.If 13 miles is a bit too challenging then how about a 10K run? 

The Great Manchester Run is one of the fastest growing races in the UK and a great distance for an introduction to running.

When: 17th May

Hadrian’s Wall Trek

Perhaps walking is more your thing?  Follow in the steps of the Romans - sandals optional - as you walk 25 miles alongside the only remaining section of the wall at this UNESCO world heritage site.

When: 3rd July - 5th July

London To Paris Bike Ride

With Britain’s success in the cycling at the Beijing Olympics why not be inspired to train for this 300 mile road challenge? 

Taking place over five days, 150 cyclists will leave London and arrive in Paris in time to see the finale of the Tour de France.

When: 22nd July - 26th July

Great North Run

The world’s biggest half marathon has over 50,000 participants. 

From Newcastle city centre to the South Shields coast, enjoy the Geordie hospitality as you are cheered along this 13- mile course, raising money for any charity.

When: 20th September

Web Link

To find an event that suits you and a charity to support visit Charity Challenge.

Have you taken part in a charity challenge? Did you enjoy it?

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