"Willow gave me the confidence to believe I could be a runner. "
Jackie, Team Willow
Sporting challenges are a really popular way to raise money but they don't have to be as tough as they sound. There are a host of walks, runs and bike rides, as well as the tougher challenges like marathons, triathlons, swims and skydives for the adrenaline seekers out there.
Prudential Ride London - Surrey 100: 29 July 2018
Lead out the greats when you take on a 100 mile cycling challenge like no other through the closed roads of London and the Surrey Hills this summer.
Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it's a truly spectacular event for all involved.
We'll also be on the sidelines with an army of cheerleaders cheering like loons as you whizz past in purple.
Please email Carol to find out more details about applying.
Willow 10K: Sunday 7th October 2018
Willow's annual 10K is a great race for beginners and experienced runners alike and now includes 5K and Junior 1K routes.
Our 10th anniversary 10K, on Sunday 7th October 2018, will be started by our very own Life President Bob Wilson, who will send runners off on a route that goes through the picturesque grounds of Hatfield House, providing a unique opportunity to explore hidden parts of the estate not normally open to the public.
By signing up you are pledging to try and fundraise £50, or whatever you can, to make even more Special Days possible.
Runners aged 17 and under will need to provide a signed parental consent form. For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
There will be a great run-specific warm-up from our professional trainer Martyn Oakley, music along the course, fab food stalls and a physio on hand to ease any aches and pains before or after your run. Plus a free kid's 100 metre dash for all budding young athletes. Family and friends are welcome to join the cheering teams and everyone will have access to Hatfield House's Stable Yard, with its lovely shops and superb cafe.
The Willow 10K is a great day for all the family
London to Paris bike ride: various dates
The London to Paris cycle is a fantastic bike ride from the heart of London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
You'll be joined by over 100 like minded individuals cycling for all the same reasons as you; to raise funds, travel and make a new friend or two! Cycling over five days you will cover nearly 500km.
A challenge like this is not just about distances covered and start and finishing points, the bike ride is about group effort, friendship and more importantly spirit
Find out more about the next trip at www.londonparisbikeride.co.uk
Skydiving: all year round
If you're the daring type, perhaps a skydive could be the perfect way to combine an incredible experience with raising valuable funds for Special Days?
Imagine yourself exiting from the door of an aircraft from over two & a half miles up and freefalling at a speed of 120mph through the clouds, before gliding back down to your envious supporters on the ground below! That's exactly how Ed felt when he took part in a skydive to raise funds for Willow.
If you're interested in taking on an adrenaline packed challenge for Willow and would like to have a chat to our challenge team for some inspiration, give us a call on 01707 259 777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or why not book your Skydive today?
Choose your challenge: tell us more
If you have already secured a place on a challenge you're still very welcome to join Team Willow.
Whether you've entered a run, walk or cycle or you plan to skydive or climb a mountain we want you on our side! We will be there to support you 100% from start to finish. With training guides, running vests, sponsorship forms and our constant support, we'll get you on the right track to challenge success.
Don't delay, get in contact today and be a part of the team making many more Special Days a reality.
Triathlons and Swims
If you are looking for a challenge with a difference why not try a Tri or an Open Water Swim? There’s plenty on offer from short distances for the newbies to the full-on Ironman distances or 10K swims. And take a look at our Will of Iron challenge for our unique Willow triathlon with a difference.
London Triathlon http://www.ajbell.co.uk/about-us/sporting-partners/triathlon
ITU World Triathlon http://leeds.triathlon.org/
Find a Triathlon https://www.britishtriathlon.org/events/search
Open Water Swimming:
In 2018 we want you to get your walking shoes on to ensure every step makes a difference for Willow.
Choose to walk where you want, when you want , who you want to walk – it’s entirely up to you. But step out for Willow and make your every step count. Ask your friends, family, colleagues to sponsor. Whether you’re planning on taking on a 5 mile walk or a 100 mile trek there’s plenty of inspiration below:
We are delighted to announce we are once more charity partner of the Ultra Challenge Series – a range of fantastic treks taking place across the UK.
Most of the 2,000 challengers who take part in each of these great events will cover the route at a pace that suits them, most will walk, some will jog parts, and a few will run the whole course. All will have special reasons for taking it on - all will experience a test of determination and stamina. It's tough, but achievable, and highly rewarding, and you’ll get full support every step of the way - from kit advice, optional training walks, to great hospitality on the day. Most challenges have three distance options (full, half and quarter) with registration fees and fundraising targets to match.
Please click here to find out the different options available.
Choose your challenge
If you are still looking for a challenge, here’s a few websites you might find useful:
UK Challenges https://www.timeoutdoors.com/challenges
Overseas Treks http://www.skylineoverseas.co.uk/charity-treks.aspx