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Join Team Manchester Cares and test yourself with walks, runs, cycles, obstacles and so much more! We've got loads of opportunities for you to find new levels of greatness and make a huge difference to your neighbours across Manchester. 

Join our brave teams and find your challenge below! 


Find your challenge:




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Greater Manchester Marathon

The Greater Manchester Marathon prides itself on welcoming all to take on the 26.2 mile challenge, from some of the world’s greatest elite runners, to those who thought completing a marathon would never be possible. Many regular runners find this the ideal event to get a personal best time, whilst everybody finds the incredible Mancunian support throughout the course unforgettable.

16,000 people of all abilities will be at the 2019 event on Sunday 7 April.

When: 7th April 2019
Registration: N/A
Minimum Fundraising Target: £300
FFI: http://www.greatermanchesterma...



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Great Manchester Run

Experience a running event like no other on the streets of Manchester and remember, no matter how you get to the start-line, the North West runs together. The event is known for its buzzing atmosphere, incredible supporters and the booming anthems that rock the city's streets. 

When: 19th May 2019
Registration: N/A
Minimum Fundraising Target: £250 - 10K | £300 - Half Marathon
FFI: https://www.greatrun.org/great...



Gauntlet Games

Gauntlet Games 2019

The Gauntlet Games is a hilarious obstacle course race! Run 5k or 10k, taking on a series of inflatable, water and climbing obstacles, with real Gladiators! Swing on our rope swing onto the giant air bag to the finish line. 

This is your chance to become a game show hero. 

The Gauntlet Games is coming back to Heaton Park, Manchester’s Iconic 600-acre park. After the success of our 2017 event the Gladiators can’t wait to battle even more of you in 2018.

When: TBC June 2019 

Minimum Fundraising Target: £150 - 5K | £200 - 10K  

FFI: http://thegauntletgames.co.uk/...


Rough Runner

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Rough Runner

Rough Runner returns to Manchester once more in 2019 having hosted over 18,000 people in the past 4 years, and will be bringing a fresh host of obstacles to a new venue with (hopefully) better weather!  Inspired by TV game shows like Total Wipeout, Gladiators, Takeshi's Castle and Ninja Warrior, this is the only event that will give you the chance to take on a load of epic obstacles that you've only ever seen on screen and always wanted to try.

When: Saturday 15th June

Minimum fundraising target: 5km (10 obstacles) - £150 | 10km (15 obstacles) - £200 | 15km (20 obstacles) - £250

FFI: https://www.letsdothis.com/e/r...




Leeds 10K

Launched over 10 years ago and now one of the highlights on the region's running calendar, Jane Tomlinson's original legacy run is famed for its fun, friendliness and fantastic atmosphere.

Thousands of people will be pounding the streets of Leeds on Sunday 7th July 2019. Some will be jogging for charity, some for fun, some as part of a fitness goal and some will be running to smash that illusive PB. However, ALL will be running under our united banner of inclusivity. 

When: 7th July 2019
Registration: N/A
Minimum Fundraising Target: £250
FFI: https://www.runforall.com/even...


Other challenges – Run/Cycle/Sport for Charity


If none of the events tickle your fancy, then why not look at a whole heap of challenge events? Head to Run for Charity for races of every distance right across the U.K; Cycle for Charity for a plethora of two-wheeled adventures or Sport for Charity for bungee jumps, sky dives and treks. There's plenty to choose from and a handful of events each month. You'll be stuck for choice!



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See something you like? Email Alex on [email protected] and let us know what challenge you hope to complete in aid of Manchester Cares.

Alternatively, if you're already signed up to a challenge, please consider fundraising in aid of Manchester Cares. Not only will you be giving back to the Manchester community, but knowing you're helping to make conversations, company and companionship possible will help you get through those tough training sessions. 

Let Alex know your ambitions and he can help you reach your fundraising goal.

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