These experiences will stay with you for years to come, and if they can help raise money for a great cause too, all the better…
Have you ever sailed a dragon boat? Do you know what it feels like to look over the battlements of the Great Wall of China or cross the finish line of your first marathon? They’re bucket list items you’ll never forget and you can do a little good while you do them. How? By joining forces with Leeds Cares. As the official charity partner of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, they’ve made it their mission to make healthcare better for everyone, and they do it by raising money for things like MR scanners and clinical research, so your next adventure could make a lasting difference to people’s lives.
Leeds Half Marathon
The city comes to a standstill for Leeds Half Marathon, the largest race of its kind in Yorkshire. You can join over 7,500 adult runners, of all ages and abilities, to pound the tarmac as you head out on a 13.10-mile run. Start on The Headrow, where crowds line the way, before you head to Meanwood and on to Kirkstall Abbey. It’s then back into the city to Millennium Square for one last dash across the finishing line. You’ll get a free t-shirt and you can use the official Leeds Cares tent in the Charity Village as a meeting point and for refreshments.
Leeds Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 12th May 2019. Registration costs £25 and minimum sponsorship is £100.
Yorkshire Three Peaks
Don your walking boots and prepare to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks. The 25-mile trek will see you scale three of the highest mountains in Yorkshire. You’ll start at Pen-y-ghent, which comes in at 2,277 feet, before you head across the Dales towards Ingleborough and climb its 2,372 feet. The trek finishes at Whernside, which tops out at 2,145 feet. The challenge is to complete the route in under 12 hours starting at 7am and finishing at 7pm. If you do, you can join the exclusive Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club.
Yorkshire Three Peaks takes place on Saturday 18th May 2019. Registration costs £30 and minimum sponsorship is £150.
Great North Swim
The Great North Swim is Europe’s biggest open water swimming event. Over 10,000 people descend upon Brockhole on Windermere for three days to help raise money for great causes. There are six distances, ranging from 250 metres to 10 kilometres, so you’re sure to find something to suit, but you can make sure that all the money you raise help to support our treasured NHS by partnering with Leeds Cares and registering for the one-mile race with them.
Great North Swim takes place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June 2019. Registration costs £15 and minimum sponsorship is £400.
Dragon Boat Festival
Want to go on a 200-metre sprint down the canal at Roberts Park in Saltaire? Join the Dragon Boat Race! It’s one of the most popular fundraising activities of the year as you compete against other teams to get the fastest time. You need a group of 13 to 20 people and you’ll have three timed races. If you can make it into the top three, you’ll compete in the grand final for glory and revels. You can book training sessions beforehand and even brand your boat with a logo or design. Once it’s all done, there’s a mini festival market with food, rides and stalls.
Dragon Boat Festival takes place on Sunday 23rd June 2019. Registration costs £500 per team and minimum sponsorship is £2,000 per team.
There’s a reason Endure 24 is known as the Glastonbury of running events. You can revel in the festival atmosphere with camping, live music and street food at Bramham Park as one massive, gruelling run takes place. Small groups of runners will take on a 5-mile relay race over 24 hours, with the aim of completing as many laps as possible. It’s open to people of all abilities and if you want to add a competitive edge, you can put together a couple of groups of friends or colleagues to challenge race it out.
Endure 24 takes place on Saturday 29th June 2019. Registration costs £50 and minimum sponsorship is £250.
The Leeds 10K is the legacy run of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, whose endurance feats help to raise money for charity, even as she herself fought cancer. You can carry on her incredible work by signing up to this all-inclusive race that’s open to runners of all abilities. It’s a fast, flat route that starts at Vicar Lane and takes you out to Kirkstall before you head back on yourself all the way to finish line on The Headrow.
Leeds 10K takes place on Sunday 7th July 2019. Registration costs £20 and minimum sponsorship is £100.
Big Purple Jump
If skydiving has always been at the top of your bucket list, now’s your chance to tick it off. Leeds Cares has teamed up with Skydive GB in Bridlington to take you on an unforgettable adventure – you’ll fly high into the sky before taking a leap of faith on a 10,000 foot tandem skydive. In the seconds before the parachute releases, it’s pure adrenaline, then it’s a leisurely cruise down to the ground surrounded by the stunning East Yorkshire coastline.
Big Purple Jump takes place on Sunday 21st July 2019. Registration costs £50 and minimum sponsorship is £500.
No, we’re not mad – you really can walk on the wings of a moving aeroplane. The Wing Walk is one of the most exhilarating adventure activities on the planet – you’ll be rigged to the top wing of a 1940s Boeing Stearman Biplane, flown by a fully qualified pilot, for the most incredible 10 minutes of your life. They’ll take you on a series of flypasts and perform a host of manoeuvres, including a dive from 500-feet and a zoom climb, before a final ‘run and break’ ahead of landing.
Wing Walk takes place on Sunday 4th August 2019. Registration costs £50 and minimum sponsorship is £750.
Innsbruck to Leeds Cycle
This is a cycling break you’ll never forget. The Innsbruck to Leeds Cycle will see you head over to Innsbruck in Tyrol, Austria, where the UCI World Road Cycling Championships were held in 2018, to start a mammoth adventure that will really test your endurance. You’ll ride your bike a staggering 95 kilometres a day all the way back to Leeds, the 2019 host city. It’s an amazing journey that will see you cover 1,500 kilometres over seven days. Have you got what it takes?
Innsbruck to Leeds Cycle takes place from Saturday 24th to Saturday 31st August 2019. Registration costs £200 and minimum sponsorship is £2,500 (or you can pay £1,500 and fundraise £1,200).
The Great North Run
The Great North Run is one of the most famous half-marathons in the world and it’s the perfect excuse to raise money for a good cause. Thousands of supporters will line the 13.1-mile route from Newcastle city centre to the South Shields coast, as you race alongside some of the world’s best athletes. But you don’t have to take it quite so seriously – why not seize the opportunity to up the stakes and don fancy dress or race as part of a team to help get over the line?
The Great North Run takes place on Sunday 8th September 2019. Registration costs £30 and minimum sponsorship is £300.
UCI Road World Championships
Leeds Cares is the official fundraising partner of this year’s UCI Road World Championships which come to Yorkshire for the first time in September. Through the charity, you can cycle in the official Sportive race and register to guarantee your space before anyone else when the public ballot opens in March. There are three routes, which come in at 72 kilometres, 98 kilometres or 145 kilometres – and you’ll get an exclusive Leeds Cares-branded Santini cycling jersey to wear.
UCI Road World Championships takes place on Sunday 22nd September 2019. Registration costs £50 and minimum sponsorship is £395.
Have you got what it takes to complete a marathon? You can support Leeds Cares by putting your name down for this year’s Yorkshire Marathon – it doesn’t take place until October, so you’ve got plenty of time to prepare. The 26.2 mile route is fast and flat – it starts in the historic centre of York, before you head out into the picturesque countryside around the Vale of York and back to the finish line in Heslington.
Yorkshire Marathon takes place on Sunday 20th October 2019. Registration costs £30 and minimum sponsorship is £350.
The Great Wall of China
You read that right – you can raise money for Leeds Cares and tick off one of the New Seven Wonders of the World at the same time. They’re organising a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Great Wall of China in April 2020, so you’ve got over a year to fundraise. You’ll trek segments of the wall, climb its watchtowers and battlements, learn all about its history and take in the stunning views from its mountaintop perch. You can even lend a hand to repair sections of the Great Wall and place a personalised brick into it.
The Great Wall of China Trip takes place from Thursday 18th to Friday 26th April 2020. Registration costs £299 and the minimum sponsorship is £3,520 (including the price of the tour) or £1,760 if you pay the tour costs yourself.