If you’re looking for a way to get your workforce motivated, healthy, active and cohesive, then a charity challenge might be just the thing to focus minds and raise money for a worthy cause in the process. Fortunately, there are myriad such challenges available – to those willing to put the preparatory work in!
So, whether you’re looking for a UK charity challenge, or you’re willing to travel a little further afield; whether you’re looking to complete your chosen task on foot or on bicycle; you’re sure to find something appealing among the tasks listed here. Let’s examine some of the best of them.
London to Paris Bike Ride
Cycling from London to Paris is among the most popular challenges in the country. It involves more than three hundred miles of cycling over the course of four days, during which participants will be able to enjoy the sprawling countryside of both southern England and Northern France. The trip will take riders through sleepy market towns, and between rolling green hills – and pass by the famous war memorials and cemeteries of the Somme. Once you get into Paris proper, you’ll ride through the middle of the famous Arc de Triomph on your way up to the Eiffel Tower, where the course finishes. There, you’ll be able to watch the final stages of the Tour de France – and hopefully pick up a few pointers in the process.
The route is a classic and well-travelled one that’s sure to provide an entertaining few days out – but if you’re looking to cycle London to Paris, be sure to stick to the right once you get to the other side of the channel.
Land’s End to John O’Groats Bike Ride
If you’re looking for the ultimate in long-distance endurance challenges this country has to offer, then the journey from Land’s End to John O’groats is surely among the most taxing. You’ll set out from the very tip of the rocky cliffs of Cornwall, and cycle more than a thousand miles on your way to the northernmost tip of Scotland. On the way, you’ll be able to take in some of the most stunning scenery the country has to offer:from the rolling hills of Dartmoor, to the lofty peaks of the Lake district, to the sprawling lochs of the highlands of Scotland, almost every day of this cycling pilgrimage will bring new sights – and new physical challenges. The entire challenge takes place over just under a week – during which you’ll cycle between sixty and a hundred miles every day.
Twenty-Four Peak Challenge
The Lake District is home to twenty-four different peaks of more than 2,400ft. Conquering them all is a considerable challenge – and doing so within twenty-four hours is a borderline Herculean one! While performing this most taxing of tasks, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the best scenery that the county, and indeed the country, has to offer.
The challenge takes place over two days – so you’ll be spending thirteen hours of the first day conquering nine different peaks – and eleven hours the following day conquering the remaining fifteen. Over the course of the challenge, you’ll cover some fifty-one kilometres – making this a challenge fit for only the most experienced hikers!
Trek to Angkor Wat
If you’re looking to cover ground a little further from home, then the world offers a plethora of ways in which you might do so. These include a trek to the most historically-rich and impressive sites in all of Asia: the temple complex of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument anywhere in the world. In order to get there, you’ll need to make your way through the heart of the Cambodian jungle, taking in little thatched villages and rural settlements, as well as the natural beauty of the region’s hills and valleys.
Everest Base Camp
While getting to the actual summit of Everest is a task that only a few thousand people attempt every year, making it to base camp is something that’ll still provide a considerable challenge – as it’s higher than some of the highest peaks on other continents. Once you get to base camp, you’ll have the option to scale nearby Kala Patthar, from which you’ll be able to take a look at some of the surrounding peaks – including Everest itself, Lhotse, Nuptse, AmaDablam and Thamserku. If you’ve yet to visit the Himalayas, you’ll find that each of these peaks will dwarf anything you’ve ever seen – and provide a view that’s a considerable reward for your labours!