Take on a challenge


Our challenge fundraising heroes make our programmes possible by running, wheeling, walking, swimming and raising vital funds for our community. Taking on a challenge for North London Cares is the perfect way to push yourself, have fun and make a huge difference.

By taking on a challenge for North London Cares, you’ll get;

  • A reduced registration fee for most events
  • All of the admin taken care of - so you can focus on training!
  • Support from our friendly team every step of the way, and tips and resources to reach your fundraising goal.
  • A free North London Cares t shirt and badge.
  • The opportunity to meet and train with other fundraisers taking on the challenge for us.
  • Personalised updates on the difference you’ve made to older and younger neighbours across north London.

Below are some of the main events team North London Cares are taking on this year. If you have questions about fundraising targets, deadlines or anything else challenge fundraising, check out our FAQ page here. Or get in touch with Imo at [email protected]

Struggling to see a challenge to match your vibe? We have access to spots in hundreds of events across the country and internationally via Run for Charity. See what’s on offer here and get in touch to book your spot. Or, if you’d like to take on a different challenge or create your own, we’d love to hear from you!


Santa in the City

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Santa in the City is London's iconic 5k Santa Run. Back again this Santa Run is the only event where you'll run past some of the most iconic locations in the world, dressed as a santa! It is the perfect way to get you, your friends and family into the London festive spirit. Get a team together and join us (no reindeer needed) 🎄

When: Thursday 2nd December at 7pm
Registration: n/a
Minimum fundraising target: £100 per person (or £75 pp for groups of 5 or more)

Hackney Half Marathon

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Run 13.2 miles through vibrant East London on flat and fast city streets. The cheering crowds will carry you past highlights like the Hackney Downs and the Hackney Empire plus there will be live bands and DJs at every mile to keep you going. Cross over the finish like into a full festival of fitness on the Hackney Marshes.

When: Sunday 22nd May
Registration: £15
Minimum fundraising target: £350

London 2 Brighton Walk

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This year, team North London Cares is taking on the London 2 Brighton Challenge! Join us to walk from London to Crawley (56km) or London to Brighton (100km).

Our walks are the highlight of our challenge calendar. Not only are they a test of stamina and determination, but they are also an amazing team event, where you'll might find you make friends for life, as well as new walking buddies. Start off in beautiful Richmond, where you'll follow the river down to Kingston before you traverse across to Brighton over the beautiful south downs.

When: 28th/29th May 2021

Fundraising target: £390/590

Registration fee: £1 (until 28th February)

Royal Parks Half Marathon

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One of London's most iconic half marathons, the Royal Parks Half Marathon's 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. Be one of the 16,000 runners to take on this year's epic challenge.

When: Sunday 9th October 2022
Registration: £15
Minimum fundraising target: £350

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