5 Fitness challenges to put yourself to the test this year
Set your goals for the year with our round-up of 5 of the best fitness challenges happening in 2020. From stair climbs to obstacle courses, all with varying ability levels, there really is a challenge for everyone, even the little ones.
What: Join #TeamBarnados this February to raise vital funds for the UK’s most vulnerable children by climbing the height of Ben Nevis and other world-famous peaks at London’s tallest stair climb.
You can climb either as an individual or as part of a team, and choose from three heights; The Leadenhall Building (1,250 steps), Ben Nevis (7,500 steps), or El Capitan (12,500 steps). If you choose to go solo, you are encouraged to reach a fundraising target of £250, which will all go towards helping build brighter futures for vulnerable young people. Alternatively, a group of 4 will have a collective target of £750.
When: 29 February
Where: 122 Leadenhall Street, EC3V 4AB
Registration: From £20
What: The brainchild of Chris Evans, this endorphin-inducing, one-of-a-kind event is set to be even bigger and better than last year with 10,000 attendees expected in 2020.
Whether you’re a running pro or are just starting out on your Couch to 5k journey, there is a race for you. For the competitive ones amongst us, there’s the timed 2.5k, 3k road race, 5k, 10k and Half Marathon. If running for fun is more your thing, then there’s the Nighttime Neon Run, Ultimate Family Fun Run and, new for 2020: The Party Run.
As well as running events, RunFestRun boasts inspirational talks, live music, family activities and camping.
When: 22-24 May
Where: Windsor Great Park
Registration: From £45
What: Following a spectacular point-to-point route with beautiful scenery, runners will start in an atmospheric moorland setting, pace along the Loch Ness, hop across the River Ness, and finish the challenge in Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands. Quite possibly one of the most beautiful marathons to run, the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is on the bucket list for many runners.
If a full marathon seems like too much of a stretch, there’s also the River Ness 10k and corporate challenge, the 5k, and for the little ones, the Wee Nessie, an 800m jaunt around Bught Park.
When: 4 October
Registration: From £12
What: Spartan returns to the historic city of Windsor, just south of London with a Sprint, Super and Beast race for a sure to be record-breaking Trifecta weekend. Push yourself to the limit and let your adventurous side shine through with the ultimate fitness challenge.
The aptly named Beast race consists of a half marathon and 30 obstacles, specifically designed to test your strength, your endurance, and your resolve. The Super is a 10k rugged terrain race with 25 obstacles to overcome and is a true test of athleticism. The Sprint is the shortest race in Spartan’s Trifecta, delivering 20 obstacles over a 5km distance.
When: 10-11 October
Where: Rapley Farm, Bagshot Berkshire
Registration: From £70
What: Sprint to the summit of London’s famous Walkie Talkie building, in aid of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to help raise money for seriously ill children from across the UK. Make the leap year day count by scaling all 896 steps and 36 floors of one of the tallest buildings in the City of London, 20 Fenchurch Street.
Rewarded with spectacular 360-degree views of London in the vibrant Sky Garden, 160m above ground, all tower climbers are challenged to raise £250 for GOSH Charity that will go towards the hospital’s most urgent fundraising needs.
When: 29 February
Where: 20 Fenchurch Street (the Walkie Talkie Building)
Registration: £25 full price or £12.50 using code NEWYEAR