Challenge Events

Virgin London Marathon

The London Marathon is the highest profile marathon event in the UK and it’s biggest one-day fundraising event. Running a marathon is a truly impressive feat and a massive personal achievement, and the London Marathon’s unique atmosphere will ensure that this is a day you’ll never forget.

This fast and flat 26.2-mile race takes you past some of the capital’s most iconic buildings and sights. Cheering crowds line the route, powering you on past the Cutty Sark, the London Eye, Westminster, Buckingham Palace, and much more.

Next Race Day: 3 October 2021

Registration deadline: 12 July 2021

“When you run the London Marathon for charity, take everything that you’ve ever heard about the marathon experience, double it, and you’re somewhere near the true sense of achievement.” Peter, Plymouth

We ask runners to commit to raising £3,000 as a fundraising target for the Virgin London Marathon. This covers the cost of a place in the run, race day shirt and medal, and the funds raised go straight to our projects in Ethiopia.

Our staff will be on hand to provide tips and support your fundraising efforts.

Royal Parks Half Marathon

This stunning central London half marathon takes in some of the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

The mostly flat, undulating route makes the race popular for those taking part for the first time, while also providing seasoned runners with the opportunity to best their record.

Next Race Day: 10 October 2021

Registration deadline: 18 August 2021

“Thank you for encouraging us to take part in our first half marathon. We’re both moving rather slowly today. Your support at Mile 11 really did make all the difference. A truly memorable event.” Jacks and Elliot, London

We ask runners to commit to raise £300 as a fundraising target for the Royal Parks Half Marathon. This covers the cost of a place in the run, race day shirt and medal, and the funds raised go straight to our projects in Ethiopia.

Our staff will support you with your fundraising and will be there, to cheer you on, on the day of the run.

Great Ethiopian Run

The Great Ethiopian Run is a 10km road running event which takes place every November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Established in 2001 by one of the world’s greatest long-distance runners, Haile Gebreselassie, the event attracts more than 36,000 participants each year, making it Africa’s biggest road race.

Above all, the Great Ethiopian Run is a celebratory event for those of all ages and fitness levels – walkers, joggers and committed runners – alongside the 500 elite athletes who travel from across Ethiopia and the world to compete together in this unique environment. At 2,300 metres above sea level, this is no ordinary race: Addis Ababa is one of the highest capitals in the world and, as Gebreselassie himself has said, for those unused to such altitudes, a 10km run can feel like 15!

Next Race Day: 14 November 2021

Registration Deadline: TBC

“The whole experience was amazing – we can’t stop talking about it.” David, Bristol

We ask runners to commit to raise £300 as a fundraising target for the Great Ethiopian Run. This covers the cost of a place in the run, race day shirt and medal, and the funds raised go straight to our projects in Ethiopia.

Our staff will support you in the UK with your fundraising and the arrangements of your trip to Ethiopia. Our Ethiopian team will meet you in Addis and cheer you on at the run.

Got an Event in Mind?

Do you have a favourite marathon, 10k, trek, hike, swim or bicycle ride? Have you ever wanted to skydive, crew a dragon boat or be stretched to the limit with Tough Mudder? Let us know!

Many events have charity ballots as well as individual entry so you can double your chances of getting a place. Get in touch and we will support you to support us!

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