5 outdoor fitness challenges

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According to a study by the University of Essex, exercising outdoors in the presence of nature (a.k.a “green exercise“) is hugely beneficial for mental health. Thinking about planning your next fitness challenge? Swap a sterile studio for the Scottish Highlands or Land’s End and battle some life-affirming Atlantic swells…

Endurance Life Events Cornwall

What is it? There’s marathons, and there’s Ultra marathons… that’s a staggering 44 miles! The task is brutally simple: to run non-stop from the southern most point of England (Lizard Point), to the western most tip (Land’s End), along the legendary South West Coast Path. The challenge can be undertaken as a solo, relay team of two, or relay of four. The atmosphere is of keen and friendly rivalry!

Who is it for? Mentally prepared runners not shy of a few steep climbs and descents while battling pounding Atlantic swells.

Where and when? Lizard Point, Cornwall, 9th June 2018

How much? From £70

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The Sage Reading Half Marathon 2018

What is it? Need to clock up some miles before the London Marathon? The Sage Reading Half Marathon is the perfect event to test your legs and practice that marathon pace ahead of the big 26.2 in April. Taking in the highlights of the town centre, runners will tick off 13.1 miles of non-stop cheering spectators, pumping music and an inspiring finish in Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium.  

Who is it for? Marathon runners in training

Where and when? Sunday 18 March, Reading

How much? From £40

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Bosch eMTB-Challenge

What is it? Mountain biking with the tailwind of power assistance. Riders must cover more than 30 kilometres and negotiate an altitude differential of around 1,000 metres. Choose from five races and events across five European countries: Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria & France.

Who is it for? eMountain bikers of all ages and abilities in search of fun and thrills in epic locations.

Where and when?

28.04. – 01.05.2018: BIKE Festival Garda Trentino in Riva del Garda, Italy
04. – 06.05.2018: Bike Days in Solothurn, Switzerland
19. – 21.05.2018: BIKE Festival in Willingen, Germany
13. – 15.07.2018: Salzkammergut Trophy in Bad Goisern, Austria
22. – 23.09.2018: 5 Châteaux Bike challenge in Hohlandsbourg, France

How much?

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Tough Mudder
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Tough Mudder London West Weekend 2

What is it? Don’t let the idyllic scenery fool you. Tough Mudder London West is stacked full of epic obstacles both natural and man-made. Expect to have your physical and mental boundaries challenged by steep terrain, cement-like mud and the mad scientists at TMHQ. In this team-oriented challenge there’s no winner, no finisher medal, no clock to race against – just an ice cold drink and a few good scrapes from a day spent outside and free from everyday bullshit!

Who is it for? Dare devils, thrill seekers and risk takers. This would make a bonding stag or hen do for active types!

Where and when? 5th – 6th May 2018, London (more dates and locations available here)

How much? From £119

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Coast to Coast, Scotland

What is it? Run, ride and kayak 105 miles across the Scottish highlands in some mysterious and wild locations. Landmarks include Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness, Glen Nevis and Glen Coe. The Highland terrain and weather breeds tough folk and if you take on this challenge then you will find out why. Take this epic journey on over two days as a Challenger or one day as an Expert.

Who is it for? Tough hardy types with a love of the outdoors. Split over two days and camp overnight at Fort Augustus. Breaking up the challenge makes this more achievable and allows you to enjoy a cracking weekend with your mates.

Where and when? 8th – 9th September 2018, Scotland

How much? From £100

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