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…

Time for the front line

We’re fundraising to give 900 frontline staff and their families a well-earned break to look forward to. You can help by taking part in our virtual challenge.

Project 90

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 runners at the London Marathon

The Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon

This is the big one. 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 meaning you can be a part of this iconic race wherever you are.

Apply 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.

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The backs of two male runners, running in a marathon

Asda Foundation Derby Half 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. Event Date: 13/06/2021

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Female runner stretching before running in London

ASICS London 10k

The ASICS London 10k (formerly the British 10k) spans across the countries capital. You’ll pass notable landmarks like the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

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Take adventure to the extreme

Female running through the hills of Derbyshire

Montaine Spine Flare / Fusion

These 108- and 268-mile races along the Pennine Way are events for extreme athletes and challenge ready trail runners. Challengers need to 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 charity challenge 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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