With Chris Froome racing to win his third Tour de France this weekend and a merely days until the start of the Olympic games in Rio, what better time to get inspired to get active!
Charities and sports go hand in hand and you don’t have a be a super athlete to compete, there are actives aimed at everyone from young to old, fast to unfit, in a huge range of sports and what better way to make a difference for a charity you care about, than by challenging yourself too.
If you’ve been glued to Tour de France, The British Heart Foundation have a range of cycling events throughout the UK and overseas. From riding 30 miles, London to Brighton and for those interested in more scenic routes, why not try London to Paris?
Parkrun's take place across lovely parks throughout the UK. Every Saturday they take on a 5K in the open spaces in partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK. It’s open to all abilities and if you’re looking to get the kids involved, junior Parkrun is a series of 2K runs for children aged between 4-14.
If you’re looking for something a bit brighter why not try the Color Run with the NSPCC! You all start off the 5K run in a crisp clean white t-shirt, however, during each kilometre of the course, you’ll be covered head to toe in colour!
Fancy something a bit more nocturnal, the Cancer Research UK Shine Night Walk is a full or half walking marathon, through the night across London. Starting at Southwark Park and ending in Old Billingsgate you see London in a whole new light and can take you anywhere between 9-14 hours to complete, whilst making a lot of new friends on the way.
Why not tri-them all! If you’re better at combining sports, sign up to UK Triathlons who work with a range of charities from MS-UK to Arthritis Research UK. The triathlon’s take place most weekend’s in a huge range of locations and again, there’s an option for kids too so the whole family can get involved.
There are so many sports to choose from every day in the UK and you don’t have to be an Olympian to get involved plus, even if sports aren't your thing there are so many volunteering opportunities at these events so everyone can do their bit.