We’ve found you the ultimate fitness motivation, consisting of the ‘must try’ top 6 challenges taking place at home and abroad – so rope in some friends, take the plunge and make this the year you achieve something incredible.
It’s always easier to work out when there is the promise of food at the end. Well, imagine running a marathon where you get to stop every mile for wine and cheese?
Described as ‘the most fun you can have running a marathon’, Le Medoc’s 26.2 miles wind their way through dozens of vineyards, with runners sampling 23 glasses of local wine as well as cheese, oysters and foie gras en route. Probably best not to aim for a PB…
One of the most iconic open water swimming events in the world! Join over 1,500 competitors from all around the world to swim 6.5km from Asia to Europe in a spectacular setting that takes you through one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world (don't worry, it’s temporarily closed to traffic so you won’t be dodging tankers).
Once you’ve finished you then have every excuse to treat yourself to a few days of relaxing in Istanbul.
There are many ways to see New York City, but perhaps none as unique as by stand-up paddleboard. This 26.5-mile charity paddle around Manhattan is held every year in August and takes most athletes around five hours to complete.
If you’re after something closer to home, why don’t you rope in some friends? - the ITERA challenge is for mixed teams of four.
Taking on Ireland by foot, bike and kayak, racers travel more than 370 miles over a route that is only disclosed just before the start of the event. Dubbed an “unforgettable journey”, this is a must-do adventure.
Another one to grab your mates for is the 138-mile cycle ride from Whitehaven on the west coast to Tynemouth on the east coast. The challenge is to complete it in one weekend, sleeping in B&Bs or camping en route. Going west to east takes advantage of prevailing winds, as well as short uphill’s and long downhill’s, and around 96% of the route is quiet country roads, cycle paths and off-road trails so there’s plenty of scope to let loose.
For something a bit different, put your stair climbing skills to the test and support the charity, Shelter in the process by racing up the 42 floors and 932 steps of Tower 42 – one of London’s ten tallest skyscrapers.
Dominique Cutts, is a fitness fanatic and has completed many triathlons in her time. This year she is also planning to cycle coast to coast and to complete the Uganda Marathon.
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