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Be a good sport: upcoming events and challenges in the North

Lauren Syms
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19 Feb 2018

We have a wide selection of sporting activities taking place across the North for all the family. You can walk, run, trek and cycle to help us fund vital blood cancer research and support for patients and their families. Here's a round of up of events and challenges in the North in 2018.

A group of cyclists ride through the countryside. They're fundraising for Bloodwise and wear red Bloodwise T-shirts

Step by step

Last year we held our very first Balloon Walk in York, which saw us take to the city’s streets to raise awareness of blood cancers and the work of Bloodwise. We’re delighted to bring the Balloon Walk back to York for a second year, with a scenic  three-mile circular walk along the River Ouse which takes place on Sunday 18 March. Walkers can enjoy picturesque views of the city and York Minster, before turning back along the river through the museum gardens and along the riverside path. We’d love to welcome new supporters to join us on the walk. Find out more about the York Balloon Walk.

The National 3 Peaks challenge is the ultimate hiking event. You will attempt to conquer the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales – all in 24 hours. You can join our special Bloodwise-only 3 Peaks group on Friday 21 September and take part in an adventure you’ll remember for a lifetime. Sign up for the National 3 Peaks Challenge.

On Sunday 30 September, the popular Holy Island Forget Me Not Walk returns to Northumberland. The five-mile circular walk, suitable for families, takes in stunning views including Lindisfarne Castle, the harbour and the picturesque village of Holy Island. Nestled on the coast of North East England, Holy Island is the jewel in the crown of Northumberland. Locally referred to by its Anglo-Saxon name Lindisfarne, the island boasts a wealth of medieval religious heritage as well as quiet beaches and unique natural history. Register for Holy Island Forget Me Not Walk.

Set the pace

We have a variety of running events coming up across the North. The Asda Foundation Leeds 10k is an all-ages and all-ability run held in the heart of the city on 8 July. The route takes runners past the Leeds-Liverpool canal, Leeds train station, the old Yorkshire Post building and many more of the city's landmarks. Get your charity place in the Leeds 10k.

On 9 September, 55,000 runners will take part in the world’s biggest half marathon, the Great North Run. Starting in the centre of Newcastle, the 13.1-mile route will take you over the Tyne Bridge and through Gateshead to the coastal town of South Shields. From here, you can enjoy the view of the sea and the crowds as you near the finish line. Enter the Great North Run.

The Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon returns to the city for the sixth time on 14 October. The race leads runners on a varied route which encompasses both the city centre and scenic countryside. The route begins on Green Dykes Lane and leads runners through the medieval gateway at Walmgate Bar and past York Minster. Runners then head beyond the city walls and on to winding country lanes. Find out more and enter the Yorkshire Marathon.

Peddle power

Back by popular demand, the Grimsby Bikeathon returns for its 20th year on Saturday 20 May. Taking place in quiet country lanes and beautiful woodland, it’s a fun day out for all ages. There’s a choice of a 15-mile or 10-mile route. Get your charity place in the Grimsby Bikeathon.

We’re also celebrating the 20th year of the Wirral Bikeathon. The fantastic family friendly event returns on Sunday 10 June. Bikers can take on a 14-mile or 28-mile ride up and down the Wirral Peninsula. This is our twentieth event and to date we have raised £925,000 to help vital blood cancer research and support for those affected. We'd like to ask our supporters to help us make the £1,000,000 mark this year. Register for the Wirral Bikeathon.

Keep up to date with all Bloodwise events and challenges in the North.