7 Best Fitness Challenges in the UK - BookitList

7 Best Fitness Challenges in the UK

Whilst the London Marathon might attract the most eyeballs on TV and the most horse pantomime costumes off the TV, there are a ton of enthralling fitness challenges up and down the country. What's great is don't have to be a seasoned competitor to take part!

Being a relatively small Island, the country is host to some epic challenges such as Coast to Coast, or people even run/cycle the most Northern to Southern point, the famous John O'Groats to Land's End.

Check out our 7 best fitness challenges in the UK, and you could even take part in them!

Quest Wales

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  • Where: Snowdonia National Park
  • When: June
  • What: Run, Cycle, Kayak

An epic remix of the iron-man format that replaces swimming for kayaking! Snowdonia is touted for its incredible scenery and the endorphins from braving the 25km - 42km or even the 53km routes will make it all the more vivid.

Tough Mudder

  • Where: Various Locations
  • When: Various Dates
  • What: Endurance Obstacle Course

When the going gets tough, the tough get muddy! This is what happens when endurance challenges meet climbing ropes, wall scaling, teamwork and sliding over fire! 8-10miles of blood, sweat and sludge awaits you!

The Great North Swim

  • Where: Lake District
  • When: June
  • What: Endurance Swim

Lake Windermere provides you with baltic waters, and a challenge sure to get your lactic acid building in no time. The icy waters of this iconic race play host to some 10,000 competitors each year. Are you brave enough to bear it?

3 Peaks Challenge

Chris taking his dog up Snowdon

  • Where: England, Scotland & Wales
  • When: Various Dates
  • What: Climbing 3 mountains back to back to back.

It’s hard to compete with the scenery from atop a mountain. It’s harder to compete with the views across several mountains. But what’s really hard to compete with, is the challenge of climbing the tallest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in 24hours without a wink of sleep! This is truly a “peak” of achievement for those who can summit all 3!

Ironman UK

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  • Where: Bolton
  • When: July
  • What: Run-Swim-Cycle

If marathons are a true test of endurance, then Ironman competitions are a test of endurance on steroids. A full 26 mile marathon run is just 1 leg of this brutal race that also includes a 2.4 mile swim and a 112 mile cycle. Only for those with peak conditioning and a tenacious spirit.

Vertical Rush - London

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  • Where: London’s Tower 42
  • When: Date Pending
  • What: Sprint up 932 steps to the top of the tower

What it lacks in length it makes up for in lactic acid. A thigh burning, quad-coma inducing, sprint up the 932 steps of London’s Tower 42 as fast as your fatiguing legs will carry you. Your reward? The view at the top ;)

Coast to Coast Challenge

  • Where: South-West
  • When: July
  • What: Endurance 102km Race Across Country

The beauty of the coast to coast challenge is you can walk, jog or run. 102km of some of the most scenic trails in the UK make the effort worthwhile. Also perfect for groups who fancy a challenge.