This is an exciting time for challenge events at Bloodwise – we’ve launched a series partnership with the Action Challenge Ultra series and setup a Facebook group and Strava groups to allow our fundraisers to talk to, learn from and even compete with each other. We also have some new event ideas about to go on the website and have improved a lot of our behind-the-scenes work to improve the experience our challengers have with us.
Our great challengers
Our supporters are literally going above and beyond this year by taking on skydives, round the world yacht races, summiting mountain peaks as well as driving, cycling and trekking across continents. Every single one is a big undertaking, involving equal parts planning, training, determination and, of course, fundraising.
Each year our fantastic team of intrepid challenge eventers – be they experienced sportspeople or first-timers – raise around three quarters of a million pounds. This not only helps us continue to fund our world-leading research and patient support services but gives our fundraisers the ability to spread our message to their friends and family and in society more widely.
Your next adventure?
Throughout April, as part of our relationship with Action Challenge in 2016, we have a special 50% discount on registration fees for our supporters. This could result in a saving of up to £35 for anyone trekking, jogging or running on their well-known London 2 Brighton & Thames Path Challenge events as well as their newer London 2 Cambridge and South Coast Challenges. These events are distance options ranging from 10k or 25k up to a big 100k for those really adventurous types!
I personally took part in the 100k London 2 Cambridge Challenge last year and really enjoyed it. It was a tough, long day where my less-than perfect training was definitely called into question and my pre-event plans went out the window. But this makes my experience even more memorable as I had to push through the mental and physical barriers multiple times throughout the day. This was made a lot easier thanks to the brilliant organisation, fully signed route, supportive staff and very well stocked rest points along the way (some even include hot meals). You need to work hard but the effort is definitely worth it and I would encourage anyone else to take on their own challenge.
What to do next
Feeling adventurous or need inspiration? Choose your challenge from the great ones listed in the events section of our website or get in touch to discuss your own ideas by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 020 7504 2296.
You can also join our Trek & Challenge facebook group as it’s a great place to discuss events, post photos and share training tips with other fundraisers doing similar challenges.
If you use a GPS device or phone to record your training then you can also join our groups on Strava. We have Cycle Bloodwise, Run Bloodwise and Tri Bloodwise groups. You can see how your fellow fundraisers are getting on and, if you’re competitive, how you rank against them on the overall and route segment leaderboards.
The choice really is yours, so go out there and find your adventure!