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Participants running the Winter 10K Build up series - January

Winter 10K Build up series - January

24 January 2021
South East
£10

Join us this winter for a pre-breakfast guided trail run through the beautiful woods and open ridgelines of the…

  • Running
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Athletes running the Winter 10K Build up series - February

Winter 10K Build up series - February

21 February 2021
South East
£15

Join us this winter for a pre-breakfast guided trail run through the beautiful woods and open ridgelines of the…

  • Running
  • Muddy Runs
  • Walking
Athletes running the Winter 10K Build up series - March

Winter 10K Build up series - March

21 March 2021
South East
£15

Join us this winter for a pre-breakfast guided trail run through the beautiful woods and open ridgelines of…

  • Walking
People walking on The Woldsman charity walk

The Woldsman

10 April 2021
Yorkshire and the Humber
TBC

The Woldsman 50-mile Challenge Walk captures the essence of this scenic circuit of the Yorkshire Wolds. The rolling…

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A stunning hill from The Three Shires charity walk

The Three Shires

10 April 2021
North West
£7 - £15

From Swythamley & Heaton Centre Map OL24. Route goes via Gun Hill, The Roaches, Gradbach, Three Shires Head,…

  • Walking
Participants walking on Wensleydale Wander charity walk

Wensleydale Wander

10 April 2021
Yorkshire and the Humber
£13.50 - £15

Come and join us for a friendly and sociable walk in Wensleydale in aid of charities. There is a choice of two circular…

  • Walking
People walking on The Oxon 40/20 charity walk

The Oxon 40/20

01 May 2021
South East
£15 - £20

The aim is to complete, on foot, a defined route of approximately 40 or 20 miles within a maximum time period of 13…

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Spectacular view from the Three Peaks Challenge with Maximum Adventure 3 peaks challenge

Three Peaks Challenge with Maximum Adventure

07 May 2021
Scotland
£399

The Three Peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) are the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales. The…

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Famous sight at the London Marathon Walk charity walk

London Marathon Walk

04 September 2021
London
£29 - £100

Join us on our marathon walk around our capital city, taking in world-famous sights and less well-known corners as we…

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People walking up a hill in the South Coast Challenge charity walk

South Coast Challenge

04 September 2021
South East
£10 - £198

Take on some of England's finest scenery - up the stunning Beachy Head, over the magnificent Seven Sisters, and along…

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Participants running on Thames Path Challenge charity walk

Thames Path Challenge

11 September 2021
Yorkshire and the Humber
£15 - £198

Take on the Thames Path Challenge following England's greatest river. Most will walk, many will jog, some will run, and…

  • Walking
Crowds of people taking part in the TrekFest - The Peaks charity walk

TrekFest - The Peaks

18 September 2021
East Midlands
£45 - £150

Register now for the ultimate endurance charity challenge that will push you to your limits! TrekFest is a life-…

Walking Challenges UK

Charity Walk | Training | Gear | Top Walking Events


What is a Walking challenge?

A great relaxing way to raise funds for your favorite charity is by participating in walking challenges in the UK. Walking challenges are fun, fulfilling and enable you to fully enjoy and engage with the route you take. You can find walking events that take you through parks, cities, countryside or even to the top of mountains. Varying in length and difficulty they are a great way to keep fit and healthy whilst raising money for a great cause

Walking in the mountains

 


 

Charity Walks

Anyone can take part in charity treks or a sponsored walk or charity trek whatever their level of fitness, this makes them ideal for anyone wanting to take part as a way to raise money for a great cause. There is less rigorous training or preparation needed compared to a run, but you’ll still want to get yourself ready as you need endurance more than anything. Any walks for charity can provide great motivation to keep up your training regime and propel you to the finish line.


 

Training and Preparation

Walking challenges can vary from a 5k walk or 10k walk up to larger challenges such as walking marathons or even sponsored walks for charity that may span a few days. You will need a good amount of endurance as many challenges incorporate uphill and downhill sections that will tire you out quickly if you are not used to long distance walking. It is critical for you to exercise regularly in order to improve your endurance and begin to build up stronger leg muscles that can withstand hours and hours of use.

Ideally, you should begin training by walking three times a week – use a mix of leg exercises combined with core strengthening techniques to build and improve muscle. And walk, a lot. You can easily incorporate walking in to your lifestyle – a trip to the shop, visiting family or friends etc can all be done of foot rather than taking the car.

You’ll want to try and give yourself some routes that you can practice on and try to extend the length of these walks. Start off with just a few miles and slowly try to build up to longer distances.

Mix it up

Once you’ve got accustomed to walking longer distances, you can then start to take your activity on to different types of surfaces. These should ideally include grass, hill and pavement, and in different weather conditions.

Your training program should never be all work and no play – you can reward yourself with treats or goals at the end of walks. Instead of taking the car to the movies, walk instead and use that as your motivation.

 


 

Food for thought

People mostly worry about what to eat or drink during training and at the walking event. There are no hard and fast rules to this – jut make sure to drink lots of water or sports drinks to keep yourself hydrated and energised. You need to have a healthy daily intake of proteins and carbs to maintain your energy levels and ensure you don’t burn out. During the walk you can eat carbs and energy containing foods to keep you going to fight the fatigue.


 

Get the right Gear

Apart from nutrition, invest in some good clothing and walking shoes or boots. Although walking boots or shoes can be a bit costly, they are durable and won’t give you blisters. Similarly, you want to buy high-quality socks that won’t rub your feet too much and allow your feet to breath. Also it’s worth having a second pair spare just in case they get wet during the walk.

A majority of walkers prefer to wear lightweight trousers and a sports top for the main event. Whilst not essential, like socks, they will allow your skin to breath and keep sweat away whilst keeping you warm. Furthermore, carry a pair of gloves to keep if you will be walking in cold areas.

You may also consider carrying a small emergency kit with things such as plasters or creams should you get stung by the wildlife. There are also a variety of gadgets you can take with you too. If you are walking an unfamiliar route then a mapping or GPS system will come in very handy in case you get lost. If the route will be over a few days, then a battery pack for your mobile phone will help in case of emergencies.

Taking part in a challenging walk can be exhilarating and rewarding, but don’t forget to take adequate rest during the training period. Do not push yourself beyond your limit and most of all, enjoy the experience!


 

Top Walking Challenges in the UK

We have picked out the best walking challenges taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Walking Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Spend a weekend out in the Yorkshire countryside in September. Scaling 3 peaks in two days this is a difficult but very rewarding event. With some fantastic scenery including the limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations.

Find out more about the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challange

 


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