Take on a challenge

From walks, to runs, to cycles, there are plenty of opportunities to join a team of brave challengers and fundraise for North London Cares to help tackle isolation and loneliness across Camden and Islington.



Spartan Race - April 2018

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Join us in April at St Clere's Estate, Kent for an obstacle course of epic proportions! Steeped in history, St Clere was once owned by the father of Henry VIII’s second wife Anne Boleyn and has hosted visits from the likes of Mozart and Jane Austen. The site is only 40 minutes by train from central London and within sight of the M25, so it promises to please weekend warriors, trail hunters and obstacle racers alike. Situated on the scenic North Downs and known for its rolling hills – this beautiful yet challenging course will be host to a Sprint (6km) and Super (13km) distance with over 29 obstacles to take on!

When: Saturday 8th April 2018 
Registration: N/A  
Minimum fundraising target: £150 - 6km / £200 - 13km
FFI: http://www.spartanrace.uk/en/r...


Manchester Marathon - April 2018

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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 
Registration: N/A    
Minimum fundraising target: £500   
FFI: http://www.greatermanchestermarathon.com


Snowden Triple Challenge – April 2018

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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
Registration: £75
Minimum fundraising target: £395
FFI: https://www.charitychallenge.com/expedition/2713/Snowdon-Triple-Challenge


Hackney Half Marathon – May 2018

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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 North 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 
Registration: N/A 
Minimum fundraising target: £350 
FFI: https://uk.virginsport.com/event/hackney-2018/hackney-half-marathon


Lake District 5 Peaks – June 2018

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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: Friday 29th - Saturday 30th June 2018 
Registration: £50
Minimum fundraising target: £275 
FFI: https://www.charitychallenge.com/challenge/116/Lake-District-5-Peaks-Challenge


Gauntlet Games 5k or 10k - July 2018


This is your chance to become a gameshow hero! The Gauntlet Games is a fun and hilarious obstacle course race coming just 15 minutes from Brighton. A unique race with real Gladiators challenging you while you take on a series of epic obstacles including Bounce & Splash, Slide and Splash, The Belly slide, The Flume of Doom and many more!

When: 14th July 2018
Registration: N/A
Minimum fundraising target: £100 - 5km / £150 - 10km
FFI: http://thegauntletgames.co.uk/


London 2 Brighton Challenge - July 2018

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Looking for a challenge? Over the May Bank Holiday intrepid walkers will walk an epic 50km or 100km from Capital to Coast setting out from Richmond on Thames and over the North & South Downs, with full support & great hospitality all the way to the finish line.

When: May Bank Holiday weekend - Saturday 26th May – Sunday 27th May 2018 
Registration: £60 for 50km, £80 for 100km 
Minimum fundraising target: £275 for 50km or £425 for 100km 
FFI: https://www.london2brightoncha...


Prudential RideLondon 100

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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
Registration: N/A
Minimum fundraising target: £600  
FFI: https://www.prudentialridelond...


Thames Path Challenge

This will be a big Team Challenge of 2018! The Thames Path Challenge following England's greatest river this September -  the 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 at the finish line. 

When: Saturday 8th September - Sunday 9th September 2018
Registration: £60 for 50km, £80 for 100km 
Minimum fundraising target: £275 for 50km or £425 for 100km 
FFI: https://www.thamespathchalleng...


Rough Runner - September 2018

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Rough Runner is an obstacle course challenge, combining distance running with a variety of unique obstacles along the way, each inspired by game shows such as Total Wipeout, Takeshi’s Castle, Gladiators, and Fun House. Expect sweeper arms, giant pigeon battles, big balls and yes, The Travelator!

The challenge will be located at Finsbury Park, where you can take on your challenge either 5km and 10km obstacle routes within spitting distance of the Tube. So if you’re a north Londoner, you really don’t want to miss this…

When: Saturday 8th September / Sunday 9th September
Registration: N/A
Minimum fundraising target: £100 for 5km or £150 for 10km 
FFI: https://roughrunner.com/events...


Royal Parks Half Marathon - October 2018

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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 north London supporters! But be quick - they're likely to be snapped up. 

When: Sunday 14th October 2018
Registration: £15 
Minimum fundraising target: £350 
FFI: https://royalparkshalf.com



Action Challenge

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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.

You can find out more here.

Discover Adventure


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.

Run/Cycle/Sport for Charity


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 of every distance right across the U.K; Cycle for Charity for a plethora of two-wheeled adventures or Sport for Charity for bungee jumps, sky dives and treks. There's plenty to choose from and a handful of events each month. You'll be stuck for choice!



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Our fantastic volunteers have already done a bunch of crazy, exciting and challenging things in support of North London Cares. Sophie sweated it out in the Hackney Half. Chloe walked 100km from London to Brighton. And Tom braved a 30km obstacle course whilst wearing an oxygen mask! 

We would love to hear your story and toast to your achievements. Email Victoria on [email protected] and let us know what challenge you hope to complete in aid of North London Cares.

Alternatively, if you're already signed up to a challenge, please consider fundraising in aid of North London Cares. Not only will you be giving back to the north London community, but knowing you're helping to make conversations. company and companionship possible will help you get through those tough training sessions. Let Victoria know your ambitions and she can help you reach your fundraising goal.

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Living in Southwark or Lambeth? Check out our sister charity South London Cares