Posted: 22 December 2015

Top 5 charity fitness challenges for 2016

Getting fit and making more time to exercise are often on the top of everyone’s 'to do' list. So, why not achieve your goals by signing up to a fitness challenge and raise money to support The Children’s Society's work with vulnerable children and young people.

Here are our top five challenges that you can do and whilst raising money for our important work.

1- Virgin Money London Marathon 2016

Is this year going to be the year when you finally commit to running a marathon as your fitness challenge? If it is then make sure it counts by running the Virgin Money London Marathon, one of the world’s most famous races, to raise money for us.

Taking place on 24 April 2016 people taking part will already have signed up, and we will be there cheering on our runners in London this spring.

Find out more on our dedicated page

Missed the boat with the London marathon but still want to fulfil a resolution to run a marathon this year, then check out other marathons you could take part in this year. 

2- Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder events are great for people who want a dynamic fitness challenge, beyond flat races. This event takes place all around the country and consists of a 12 mile-long obstacle course designed by the special forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.

If you are new to fundraising for charity with fitness challenges this is a great place to start as there is no minimum sponsorship requirement. See if you could get some friends and family involved to maximise your fundraising efforts.

Find out more about the Tough Mudder challenge on our dedicated page. 

3- London to Brighton cycle ride

Something of an institution for cyclists, this is the perfect event for people who have just got serious about cycling. The epitome of a British sporting event, this is not about the winning but the taking part.

Starting in South London, you will travel through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead, Haywards Heath, to finally finish in Brighton having completed 54 miles.

Find out more about how you can take part in this event while raising money for us on our cycling event web page. 

4- Tough n Buff

Feeling like trying something new in the new year?

We can help you get fit and active with our latest fitness challenge. By taking part in our 30 day Tough n Buff challenge you could be planking for 5 minutes by the end of January.

Sign up to our Tuff n Buff challenge to access our exercise plans designed by a qualified personal trainer. Endorsed by celebrity trainer Sarah Maxwell, this challenge provides a great start to the year and a chance to get ready to take part in fitness challenges throughout the year.

5- The Great North Swim

Those wanting to take in some of the best natural scenery the country has to offer, should consider taking part in the Great North Swim.

Taking in the Lake District National Park, there are routes for swimmers of different abilities with ½ mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5k races taking place.

Find out more about how you can fundraise for us while taking part on our dedicated Great North Swim page. 

We are adding new challenges all the time. Visit our challenge page to see the latest events and challenges you can sign up.

By Hannah Flynn
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