It may be mid-January but it’s still not too late to set resolutions or goals for happy and healthy 2018 if you haven’t so far. Maybe you want to kick start a new fitness regime, or jump out of your comfort zone; perhaps it’s time to ‘give back.’

Well, there’s a way you can combine all three of those excellent aspirations – by taking on a charity challenge event. Challenge events are a unique way to fundraise for a great cause, while impressing friends and family and, of course, yourself, by doing something you never thought you would. Setting a clear goal can help with training as a study by Harvard Business found that the 14% of people with goals are 10 times more successful than those without.

Here at Wellbeing Of Women, we’ve plotted out some great events in the UK and overseas to set your sights on for the upcoming year.

Ajla Nebi, Wow Challenge Event Organiser, said: “Setting a clear goal and fundraising target is a great way to success. Many of our fundraisers find that the training, whether for a trek or run, is much easier when following a plan and is a great way to get fit and healthy. A fundraising target also helps you to keep track of how much you’ve raised and we often find many of our fundraisers raising well over their targets! Wellbeing of Women will support all the way through, providing training tips as well as fundraising guidance.”

Get the ultimate selfie on top of Kilimanjaro

Wellbeing of Women is organising a once in a life time trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, 16 – 25 September 2018 with Mountain Expeditions.

The trek will see intrepid participants reach new heights as they ascend 5895m (19,341 ft) over seven days.

Heather Geluk, who completed the challenge last year with PwC, said: “As individuals we pushed ourselves to our personal limits, to the nth degree and beyond, putting one heavy altitude weighted foot in front of the other whilst being spurred on the journey by our collective sense of team and sights on the ultimate objective.”

If scaling great heights isn’t your thing, then there are plenty of other challenges to tick off the bucket list.

British 10k Run, 15 July

This 10k run is great for newbie runners and athletes alike. The course itself winds through some of London’s favourite monuments such as Westminster, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and more. What better way to do a spot of sightseeing this summer!

Euro City Cycling Challenge 29 Aug – 2 Sep

Put all those spin classes to good use and hop on your bike from London, through Amsterdam, to Brussels at a distance of 270 miles (483km) over 4 days.

Three Peaks Challenge 21 – 23 September

Take in some of the UK’s most scenic views while climbing the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales.  The total walking distance is 23 miles (37km) and is often completed in 24 hours.

Great Wall of China Trek 7 – 15 Oct

Walk along one of seven wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China which snakes over 6,000km across China, through epic mountains and valleys.

Cycle Vietnam to Cambodia 24 Nov – 4 Dec

Join a cycle ride you’ll never forget, starting in the historic city of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), you’ll pass through in paddy fields and Vietnamese villages, as well the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia on this 400km cycle route.

London Triathlon 4 – 5 August

Take on an ultimate test of endurance and fitness in the largest Triathlon in the world.

Tough Mudder, various dates

Tough Mudder races are hardcore obstacles courses are designed to test fitness, stamina and strength and are a great way to have fun and team build with friends and colleagues. Training might be intense but there’s a beer waiting on the other side of the finishing line to celebrate.

There are minimum sponsorship levels attached to each challenge. For further information or to sign up, please get in touch with our Challenge Events team at The money you raise will go towards funding vital medical research into women’s reproductive health, helping transform the lives of women and their families.


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Women's medical research

Wellbeing of Women touches the lives of millions of women and their families by investing in pioneering research into women's reproductive health. We fund people and projects to improve treatments, advance knowledge and better support women at each stage of life so they no longer have to suffer the distress, pain and heartache caused by women's reproductive health issues. Many of the tests, treatments and preventions that we all take for granted today are the results of research that Wellbeing of Women has funded over the last 50 years including: increasing survival rates in premature babies, the introduction of fetal scanning in pregnancy and the importance of folic acid, both when trying to conceive and during pregnancy. Wellbeing of women also funded research which identified the link between cervical cancer and the human papilloma virus, so that today's teenage girls are routinely offered immunisation to help protect them from the virus and the use of Botox for some treatments of incontinence. Twitter: @WellbeingofWmen Facebook: Instagram: wellbeingofwomen Website:

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