From walks, to runs, to cycles, there are plenty of opportunities to join a team of brave challengers and fundraise for South London Cares to help tackle isolation and loneliness across Southwark and Lambeth.
The Hampton Court half marathon is one of the most scenic runs in London. Starting and ending in the courtyard of the palace, the route takes you on a historic tour of the Thames. After you’ve finished your race you can visit the famous maze and the world’s largest grape vine. And you get a really cool medal!
When: Sunday 18th March 2018
Minimum fundraising target: £300
London is home to a brand new half marathon! On 25th March 2018, you could find yourself running 13.1 miles through Westminster and The City, taking in sights such as the London Eye, St Pauls Cathedral and the Bank of England. Run on closed roads with 10,000 other runners. And did we mention it's flat?
Please note that spots on this race have now sold out.
If you're going to run the marathon distance, then we can't recommend taking on the Manchester Marathon highly enough. It's the flattest, fastest and friendliest route in the U.K. The race sees you heading out from Emirates Old Trafford, down to Sale and Altrincham before returning to the roaring crowd.
When: Sunday 8th April 2018
Minimum fundraising target: £500
The Snowdonia National Park is one of the most beautiful parts of the U.K, and this long weekend challenge will see you take on three different activities as you cycle, trek and kayak over 36km.
This will be a mentally and physically demanding challenge, but made all the easier with your fellow team mates cheering you on over the spectacular course.
When: Friday 27th – Saturday 28th April 2018
Minimum fundraising target: £395
The ever popular Hackney Half Marathon is back. There will be thousands of runners, pacers, live entertainment, cheering spectators and fantastic goodies. It is basically a running carnival!
Join our South London Cares’ team and take on this fun race to help us to tackle isolation and loneliness across our community.
When: Sunday 20th May 2018
Minimum fundraising target: £350
This challenge runs over just one day, but with five peaks to tackle it’s certainly no walk in the park!
Prepare for an exhausting but energising journey through the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Lake District, as you venture across 14 miles and tackle five of England’s most demanding peaks, including its highest – Scafell Pike. The group will climb to over 3,000 feet, crossing crags and moorland past the Langdale Pikes towards Scafell.
When: June 2018 (date T.B.C)
Minimum fundraising target: £275
The Gauntlet Games is coming back to Hyde Estate, just 15 minutes from Brighton on the A23. The Estate is a magical 1000 acre woodland with mystical pathways, thick forests, stunning open parkland and plenty of watery surprises to keep you on your toes! With heaps of new and crazy obstacles in store, you’d be mad to miss out. Run 5k or 10k, taking on giant inflatables, slides, foam, swings, water obstacles and real Gladiators! The race is ideal for beginners and great to do with friends.
When: Saturday 14th July 2018
Minimum fundraising target: 5k: £100 | 10k: £150
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is the most popular cycling event in the U.K as riders enjoy 100 miles of cycling on closed roads.
Starting in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the route heads west towards Hammersmith, Richmond Park and Hampton Court. Riders then head out to Surrey to take on challenges like Leith Hill and Box Hill before returning into London via Putney. With a spectacular end on The Mall, it's a ride to be proud of.
There is often huge demand for this race, so we are delighted to have six race spots up for grabs.
When: Sunday 29th July 2018
Minimum fundraising target: £600
Take to the Royal Victoria Dock and swim anything from 1/2 mile to 10km marathon challenge for South London Cares.
The Suunto Great London Swim takes place at the ExCel Centre, and will see thousands of swimmers battle the open water for charity. It's the U.K's biggest mass participation open water swim, and we'd love for you to be a part of it for South London Cares.
When: July 2018 (date T.B.C)
Minimum fundraising target: £250
The Thames Path Challenge will be our big walk of 2018! Our South London Cares’ team will join 2000 others following England's greatest river this September - most will be walking, many will jog, some will be running, and all will have a special reason to push themselves.
Our full 100km route heads upstream from Putney Bridge past Hampton Court to Runnymede of Magna Carta fame at 50km, then on past wonderful scenery all the way to Henley. Which ever distance you choose, and however you take it on, your challenge will be a test of stamina & determination, you'll be fully supported all the way, and rewarded with an amazing sense of achievement.
When: Saturday 8th September – Sunday 9th September 2018
Registration: 50km: £60 | 100km £80km
Minimum fundraising target: £275 for 50km | £425 for 100km
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The sell-out Royal Parks Half Marathon is back for it's 10th Anniversary in 2018. The stunning 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. This run is in huge demand and we are delighted to have 30 spots to offer our south London supporters! But be quick - they're likely to be snapped up.
When: Sunday 14th October 2018
Minimum fundraising target: £350
Our partners at Action Challenge have 5 inspirational challenge events for you to take on in 2017. You can chose to run, jog or walk distances between 25km - 100km right across the U.K. It's your race, your choice! And with plenty of support, snacks and help en route, you'll find you'll have a fun and rewarding day.
If none of the events tickle your fancy, then why not look at a whole heap of challenge events? Head to Run for Charity for races, obstacle courses and fun runs of every distance right across the U.K, or Sport for Charity for bungee jumps, sky dives and treks. There's plenty to choose from and a whole host of events each month. You'll be stuck for choice!
If you're feeling adventurous, then you might want to check out the Open Challenges on Discover Adventure. They specialise in fundraising cycling and trekking challenges, and hold events worldwide, from Belgium to Zambia. Head to our page and choose from over 50 life-changing challenges. You'll have the adventure of a lifetime, and tackle isolation and loneliness at the same time!
Our fantastic volunteers have already done a bunch of exciting and challenging things in support of South London Cares. To name just a few, Nick swam the length of the channel, cycled 100 miles and ran a marathon over 7 days; Siobhan cycled 500k from Yorkshire to London; Mateja walked 100km from London to Cambridge.
We'd love to hear your story and toast your achievements. Email Johanna and let us know what challenge you hope to take on in aid of South London Cares.
Alternatively, if you're already signed up to a challenge, please consider fundraising in aid of South London Cares. Not only will you be giving back to the south London community, but knowing you're helping to make conversations, company and companionship possible will help you get through those tough training sessions. Let Johanna know your ambitions and she can help you reach your fundraising goal.