Challenge events

You could help us change young lives forever. You could do something amazing by raising money from the things you love to do. Or the things you’ve always wanted to try, but never quite plucked up the courage. This could be the year you ran faster, cycled further or experienced more than you thought you could, and by doing it in aid of YHA you’ll be making a tangible difference to young lives.

Take a look at the different ways you could get involved on one of our charity challenge events this year…

YHA Virtual Adventurer: Lake District medal

Virtual Adventurer

Join YHA’s charity challenge and race your way around our Lake District trail – from wherever you are in the world. Proceeds will support YHA’s vital work improving physical and mental health, wellbeing and life skills.

You’ll also get an event medal to celebrate your achievement, and – if you raise £50 – entry into our prize draw to win a free two-night YHA stay in the Lake District.

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Virgin Money London Marathon and Virtual London Marathon

The 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon is taking place on Sunday 3 October, with a record 50,000 participants running on the streets of the capital, from Blackheath to The Mall.

On the same day, an additional 50,000 people will have the chance to take on the world’s greatest marathon on the course of their choice from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59 BST, wherever they are in the country – building on the success of the first-ever virtual London Marathon last year.

Running challenge events

YHA Virtual Adventurer triangle

Virtual Adventurer

Join YHA’s charity challenge and race your way around our Lake District trail – from wherever you are in the world. Proceeds will support YHA’s vital work. Taking place from Wednesday 1st – Thursday 30th September 2021.

Sign up now with YHA

A lake set in the Snowdon landscape in Wales

Snowdon Running Challenge

Snowdon is a top spot for trail running, so it’s no surprise it’s a popular event. This 12km event isn’t for the faint hearted, but there’s plenty of room at our YHA Snowdon locations for a support team. Taking place on Saturday 25th September 2021.

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YHA runners at the London Marathon

The Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon

The Virgin Money London Marathon is the largest annual charity challenge on the planet and this year promises to be the biggest yet. YHA have places up for grabs in the Virtual London Marathon so you can take part wherever you are. Taking place on Sunday 3rd October 2021.

Apply now with YHA

The backs of two male runners, running in a marathon

Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon

Organised by Run For All for the first time in 2018, the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon – formerly known as the Ramathon – proved to be a welcome addition to Run For All’s events calendar. Taking place on Sunday 28th November 2021.

Apply now with YHA

Take adventure to the extreme

Female running through the hills of Derbyshire

Montaine Spine Race

These 108 and 268-mile races along the Pennine Way are for extreme athletes and challenge-ready trail runners. Challengers push themselves to stick within the timeframe. Book the event with stays at YHA Edale and YHA The Sill.

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Wild runner running out of the water

Great north swim

The most iconic open water swim in the UK is a great one for outdoor lovers, as it’s slap bang in the middle of the Lake District. You can dry off at YHA Ambleside, one of our finest hostels, with stunning views over Lake Windermere.

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Be a life changer, wherever your imagination takes you

If none of the above events take your fancy, you can do your own thing. The UK is brimming full of beautiful places to take on unique challenges and setting one for yourself is a great way to discover new places and explore the great outdoors. Every step you take on your journey can change young lives forever.

Remember you can use our hostels as your base, located in some of the most spectacular scenery that England and Wales has to offer. Our team will be there to help you every step of the way.

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