5 Charitable Challenges to Take on this Spring

March 14th 2018 | Callie Sierra

With warmer weather just around the corner, now's the perfect time to start thinking about your next outdoor fitness challenge!

No matter your goal or current fitness level, there is a challenge for you to take on this spring. The best news is, all of the events in this blog support charitable causes. By taking on a challenge in support of a charity, you not only push yourself physically, but you help build awareness and raise valuable funds to help change the lives of others.

Here are five challenges you should consider taking on this spring:

Fun Run: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Run

Date: Sunday 18 March

Run to fund lifesaving research by taking part in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Run! Take on either a 5K or a 10K route in support of the British Heart Foundation and join the fight against heart disease. The route starts and finishes in the heart of the Olympic Park and offers impressive views of London’s beautiful parklands.

Online entry for the event is now closed, but you can still sign-up on the day! Registration will open at 9am. For more information, visit www.bhf.org.uk/olympicparkrun

Weekend Event: The Brighton Marathon Weekend

Date: Sunday 15 April 

The Brighton Marathon Weekend is an exciting three-day running event, which includes The Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile Races on the Saturday, and the BM10k and Brighton Marathon races on the Sunday.

The date to register for this event has passed, so hopefully you’re already on the list! If not, you can still enter with a charity place. Running for a charity is a great way to give yourself some extra motivation and make your race even more rewarding. Choose from one of the events participating charities and find a cause that inspires you!

For more information on the event, as well as participating charities, visit www.brightonmarathonweekend.co.uk

Obstacle Course: Tough Mudder Half London West

Date: Saturday 28 April, Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May

If you’re up to it, the Tough Mudder Half London West is a fun and challenging way to kick-start your spring. This five-mile obstacle course tests strength, stamina and grit, all in the name of supporting Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity. This event promises both well-loved obstacles and innovative challenges, so even if you’ve done this before (congratulations!) there’s bound to be something new. And lots of mud, of course!

To register or learn more, visit breastcancernow.org  

Marathoners: MK Marathon or Half Marathon

Date: Monday 7 May

In addition to supporting a good cause, are you also motivated by a stunning race course? The MK Marathon in Milton Keynes is often rated as a top run for its management and its natural beauty along the route. The race takes place over 4,500 acres of woodlands, lakes and parks within the city boundary. Not up for a full marathon? Take on the half-marathon relay with a group of friends or try for the half-marathon yourself.

Your participation in the race will help raise money to improve the experience of patients and families at the Milton Keynes Hospital. You can also choose to run for one of the event’s charity partners, which include Macmillan Cancer Support, Harry’s Rainbow, Willen Hospice, St. John Ambulance, and more.

For more information and to get involved, visit www.mkmarathon.com.

Bring the Kids: Edinburgh Running Festival

Date: Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May 

Looking for a way to get the whole family involved? Consider the Edinburgh Running Festival, which truly has something for everyone, including a marathon, half marathon, relay (for a team of four), 10K, 5K, Junior 5K, Junior 2K, Junior 1.5K and even the EMF Kids’ Kilometre (for 3 to 6 year-olds). To get a sense of the tremendous impact you could contribute to, here’s some fun facts from the race website: Since 2003, it has raised £35 million for good causes, the oldest runner is 101, and it has handed out 1,655,886 bottles of water. Impressive!

Go the extra mile by joining a charity team! Join Team Macmillan, the event’s official charity, or choose from one of the event’s premier affiliate charities, which include MS Society, Teenage Cancer Trust, Stroke Association, Save the Children, and Alzheimer Scotland. Alternatively, you can apply for a charity entry with one of more than 200 affiliate charities!

For more information, visit www.edinburghmarathon.com


Do you train with a running club? For all your spring race events, add a little motivation with customised running gear that supports your running club or charity and encourages team spirit. Especially with varying spring temps, consider adding a charity or club logo to base layers like light jackets or vests. All set on clothing? Consider motivational accessories like wristbands or sweatbands or even sports bottles made right here in Britain.

We look forward to seeing you out and about at these races this spring! Are there others on your list? We’d love to hear more about them. Please get in touch with us to talk about creative ideas to enhance your training and raise awareness of important causes through charitable challenges.