6 Awe Inspiring New Year Challenges

If the New Year means taking on new challenges, fear not! We've put together a list of six challenges to provide inspiration for upcoming adventures!


These challenges certainly aren’t for the faint hearted. All require determination, fitness and a significant investment in preparation time to complete. Whether you fancy trekking, paddling, pedalling or running across this finish line we’ve got a challenge for you.


Tackle The Jungle Ultra

Where: Peruvian Amazon 

How: Run 

Running 230km over 5 stages is eye watering in itself, throw in 100% humidity, thick jungle, mountain tracks and carrying your own gear, and you’ll start to appreciate the challenge involved in the Jungle Ultra. Set deep in the Peruvian Amazon the event is a formidable self-supported challenge with river crossings, creatures of the jungle and technical trails to test the most adventurous of endurance runners.


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The Devizes To Westminster Iinternational Canoe Race

When: April

Where: Devizes, Wiltshire 

How: Canoe

The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race covers 125 miles providing challengers with one of the toughest endurance events in the UK and a serious test of fitness and determination. Held annually since 1948, the route starts in Devizes, Wiltshire, travels the Kennet & Avon Canal to Reading to join the River Thames where the last of the 77 portages (short carry sections) at Teddington sets you on the 17 miles tidal portion of the Thames, providing some challenging river conditions and the sting in the tail. The Senior Doubles is non-stop testing mind and body to the max as you paddle through the night over Easter Weekend. Or split the challenge over four days for a different format to your endurance challenge. Serious training is essential to undertake this wonderfully British challenge.


Read what you need to take to the water


Trek The GR20

Where: Corsica

How: Trek

Often considered to be the toughest and most spectacular of the GR (Grand Randonnee/Great Trek) routes, the GR20 route in Corsica covers a stunning variety of terrains and should only be tackled by those with a high level of fitness and with careful preparation and planning. At approximately 200km in length with over 10,000m in height variation the route can be split into two parts (North and South), with the North section being more mountainous, technical and challenging and the South a little easier. The whole route can be walked in 15 days and doesn’t require technical climbing skills but don’t underestimate any part of this adventure, it is as beautiful as it is challenging!


Get the facts and information on the GR20

The Montane Spine Race

When: June

Where: The Pennine Way 

How: Run

This 268 mile Montane Spine Race along the entire Pennine Way is considered to be amongst the world’s most brutal races and showcases the wilder side of the British landscape. Athletes face deep snow, high winds, sideways rain and mud, in a 7 day foot race from Edale in the Peak District up to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. If the event sounds like your bag then it’s worth enjoying the extensive coverage that the race receives (participants carry GPS live tracking devices) and seeing if you meet the required experience. This is undoubtedly a challenge of serious magnitude- not for the inexperienced!


Read about Britain’s most brutal race


Climb Mont Blanc

When: June to September 

Where: Mont Blanc, French/Italian Alps 

How: Mountaineer

At 4810m, Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Western Europe and stands proud amongst the Alpine peaks. Given careful preparation, favourable weather conditions and a high level of fitness Mont Blanc can be expected to take 2 days and so can be done in a weekend. 


Steeped in climbing history and romance, ascending Mont Blanc,whilst not as technically challenging as some mountaineering peaks, should not be underestimated and requires experience using ice axes and crampons. Those with less experience but who are up for a serious challenge can book guided expeditions.


Learn about climbing Mont Blanc

Pedal Rat Race - The Crossing

When: August

Where: Whitehaven to Scarborough 

How: Mountain Bike

Go coast to coast along waymarked mountain biking trails, travelling through the stunning Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. The Rat Race team know how to organise big events, so whilst they take care of the logistics you can focus on the challenge and the trails. You’ll need to be up for 200 miles over 3 days with 18,000 feet of climbing along a huge variety of surfaces but this a really fun (and challenging) way to do the coast to coast.


Discover if you've got what it takes 

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