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We have a fantastic programme of events lined up for 2019!

We have a fantastic programme of events lined up for 2019!

We rely on the generosity of our supporters to raise money to fund our projects. Taking part in an event is a wonderful way to not only challenge yourself and realise a personal goal, but also to raise awareness about our work at the same time. We are hugely grateful to these people who come from all walks of life, some of them accomplishing things that they would never have dreamed possible. In 2019 we have an exciting programme of events lined up, from treks to cycle rides to runs. 

We hope that you will consider signing up to one of our events, helping us to continue investing in our projects whilst making 2019 a year to remember. Thank you to everybody who has taken part in our events so far and to those considering supporting us in this way in the future.  


JURASSIC COAST WEEKEND 

3 days - 10th–12th May 2019 

This is a 23 mile trekking challenge along part of the South West Coastal Path, tucked away in Dorset. Stretching 95 miles between Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, to Orcombe Point in East Devon, the Jurassic Coast is the most geologically diverse coastline in the world. Taking in spectacular scenery from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove, the climb tackles the steep hills of the Jurassic Coast. 

For this challenge participants are required to pay a deposit of £80 and then raise a minimum of £500.

 

CORNISH COASTAL CHALLENGE 

3 Days - 31st May-2nd June 2019 / 20th-22nd September 2019

This beautiful weekend trek follows the dramatic coastline of North Cornwall. The landscapes are spectacular, with rugged cliffs, hidden coves and old fishing villages forming a beautiful backdrop to the blue sea. Starting at Trevose Head, west of Padstow, you will walk for 22 hilly miles to St Agnes Head. Passing the well-known beach stacks of Bedruthan Steps you’ll see old reminders of Cornwall’s mining heritage, while Poldark fans will recognise some key filming locations, such as Holywell Bay, with the much-filmed Gull Rocks off-shore. This is a tough weekend challenge, but a spectacular and inspiring experience which will give you an unforgettable sense of achievement!

For this challenge participants are required to pay a deposit of £80 and then raise a minimum of £500.

 

STELVIO AND CLASSIC ITALIAN CLIMBS CYCLE 

6 Days - 18th-23rd June 2019 

This is the ultimate road cycle challenge; ride the Stelvio Pass and the classic Italian climbs of Gavia and Mortirolo. This cycling adventure takes you through the spectacular mountains and lakes of Northern Italy. Setting off at the beautiful Lake Iseo, you will tackle the legendary climbs of the Passo di Gavia (2621m) and the short but fearfully steep Passo di Mortirolo. A brief detour into Switzerland takes you back over the Passo dello Stelvio (2758m) – the second highest paved mountain pass in Europe, and one of the most impressive roads in the Alps. This epic ride ends at Lake Como, with wonderful views and one last climb of the Madonna del Ghisallo, with it’s Chapel at the summit. It’s classic, it’s hard, but it will be one of the best cycling experiences that you’ll ever have! 

For this challenge participants are required to pay a deposit of £249 and then pay the tour costs of £1,050 in addition to fundraising a minimum of £400.

  

YORKSHIRE THREE PEAKS WEEKEND 

3 Days - 12th-14th July / 30th Aug-1st Sept 2019 

Scale three mountains in Yorkshire, through some of the most spectacular countryside England has to offer! This region was shaped by glaciers many thousands of years ago, and there are plenty of geological landmarks to admire. You will also see the famous Ribblehead Viaduct enroute, part of the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line. This is an extremely tough event over hilly landscapes; at 24 miles it forms an enormous challenge for walkers. 

For this challenge participants are required to pay a deposit of £80 and then raise a minimum of £500.

 

PARIS TO NICE CYCLE

11 Days - 28th July-7th August / 8th-18th September 2019

Cycling from the Eiffel Tower through Paris into the fields of wheat and sunflowers of rural France, you will be well prepared for the Col de la Faucille (1323m), a climb that has featured many times in the Tour de France. You then have a wonderful and well deserved descent to Geneva and its beautiful lake. From Geneva you will continue through the Alps and Provence, following part of the historic Route Napoleon as you head south to the sunny Mediterranean city of Nice.  With long, challenging days in the saddle, the magnificence of the landscapes will motivate you to keep pedalling! The ride ends with a fabulous descent from the hills through the Gorge du Loup to Nice and the beach.

For this challenge participants are required to pay a deposit of £299 and then raise a minimum of £3,850.

 

TOUR OF TUSCANY

6 Days - 29th September-4th October 2019

This is a beautiful scenic ride along rolling roads through the vineyards and hilltops towns of Tuscany. Tuscany is renowned for its layers of green hills that stretch towards the horizon, multitude of olive groves, and centuries-old vineyards. This beautiful landscape is dotted with fascinating medieval hilltop towns, crumbling castles and terracotta-roofed villas. The rolling cypress-lined roads are a cyclist’s dream, with fresh views around every bend. Setting off from Pisa, you’ll take in the iconic Renaissance cities of Florence and Siena as well as wonderful Tuscan hilltop towns such Montepulciano, Montalcino and San Gimignano. Every day features at least one UNESCO World Heritage Site in this culture-rich region, known worldwide for its art and history. This challenge is a feast for the eyes and a treat for the legs – a perfect ride for all experience levels.

For this challenge participants are required to pay a deposit of £199 and then raise a minimum of £1,900.

 

ROYAL PARKS HALF MARATHON 

1 day - October 2019 (Date TBC) 

The Royal Parks Half Marathon is the only one of its kind. The 13.1 mile route weaves its way through London’s world famous landmarks on closed roads, and passes through four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. We have six places available for this run and we will allocate them on a first come first served basis. 

We ask participants to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £30 and to raise a minimum of £220 each.

 

NORTHERN LIGHTS WINTER TREK 

5 Days - 1st-5th November 2019 

This is a stunning non-technical winter trek on the edge of the Arctic Circle. As you search for the Northern Lights in southern Iceland you will trek through a striking mix of geothermal valleys and beautiful mountain scenery, streams and waterfalls. Iceland is a land of incredible contrast and natural beauty, its wild volcanic landscapes, mountains, glaciers, hot springs, geysers and waterfalls, combined with its rich history, literature and folklore make it a fascinating country to explore. The warmth of the geothermal activity keeps the route clear of snow, so that you can take advantage of seeing this beautiful region in winter. Staying in huts miles from the nearest big towns, the dark skies offer a great chance of seeing the spectacular Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). 

For this challenge participants are required to pay a deposit of £299 and then raise a minimum of £3,000.

 

EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK 

19 Days - 2nd-20th November 2019 

This is an epic adventure to awe-inspiring Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Meeting the villagers whilst trekking through this landlocked gem of a nation is one of its greatest pleasures. The route takes you via the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar through beautiful valleys, dense forests and across glacial rivers, enjoying tantalising glimpses of the mighty Everest, before you reach your goal of Base Camp. There is also time built in to trek to the summit of Kalapatar, the famous Everest viewpoint so that you can experience wonderful views of the highest mountain on the planet at sunrise. 

For this challenge participants are required to pay a deposit of £499 and then raise a minimum of £4,200. 

 

TREK TO THE LOST CITY

10 Days - 8th-17th November 2019

This is an adventurous trek through lush jungle to the ancient ruins of the 'Lost City' of Teyuna. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1979, run through Colombia and end close to the Caribbean Sea on the north coast. They are cloaked in dense tropical rainforest, which hides the ruins of Teyuna, dating back some 1500 years, and more famously known as the Lost City. As the world gets smaller it becomes harder to visit places before they become a tourism hotspot, but the Lost City trek gives you the opportunity to do just that. To reach the 1200 ancient stone steps that lead up to the city you will trek on steep, sometimes overgrown and muddy trails, through lush jungle and river valleys, crossing clear streams. En route you will pass indigenous Kogui communities, descendants of those early builders; you will sleep near these settlements in hammocks. After time to explore the uncrowded ruins and marvel at what would have been here in years gone by, you will head to colonial Cartagena. With a stunning Caribbean backdrop, this is a tough trek full of natural beauty and cultural discovery, and is guaranteed to be a trip of a lifetime!

For this challenge participants are required to pay a deposit of £449 and then raise a minimum of £4,100.

 

If you are interested in receiving further information about any of the events below or wish to arrange your own event please contact Hannah Persaud on hannah.persaud@nhs.net for more information.