We all like to challenge ourselves to try something different, to push our limits and to test ourselves in some way. When it comes to sporting challenges, there are plenty and a great many of them are tied up with charities, meaning that not only do you challenge yourself but you raise money for a good cause at the same time.
The big challenges
One of the most popular sporting challenges is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro on behalf of a charity, with Help For Heroes being one example of a British charity that often arranges these events. Of course, climbing one of the highest mountains in the world isn’t something you do without training and there are plenty of ways to get yourself into condition for such an adventure.
Another serious challenge on a different scale is the Empire State Building Run-Up. If stairs are no fear for you, then scaling the 1576 steps to the top will be a walk in the park – or not! Some people do the run in association with a charity while others do it for the sense of accomplishment that it brings and the amazing views when you reach the top.
There are plenty of adventure challenges that aren’t quite as extreme as these examples however. The National Three Peaks Challenge is a serious one but one that anyone can train to do. It involves climbing the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland within a 24-hour period – Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis. People often do it as a group both for safety and to spur one another on to achieve the goal.
If you fancy a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida but feel the need to have a sporting challenge while you are there, then head over in January for the Marathon Weekend. The marathon is ideal for all runners and there is a variety of races available from 5 kilometres to full marathons and even children’s events.
The country is filled with enjoyable and challenging bike treks and one of these may be perfect for your next sporting challenge. The ultimate ride is from Land’s End to John O’Groats at a staggering 874 miles and this has been a sporting challenge since back in the 1870s.
A more recent addition to the list of great cycling challenges is the Tour de Yorkshire route. At 74 miles long it is currently ridden by some of the biggest names in the sport and is the British miniature version of the Tour de France. There are some challenging climbs and plenty of breath taking scenery along the way.
One of the first cycle challenges in the UK was from London to Brighton and the 54-mile ride is still popular today. It took 12 hours back then on a bike called a velocipede with hand cranks at the front! Modern bikes have come a long way and it only take around a third of that time to complete the route now.