Get Involved With Mass Participation Challenge Events For Charity

Introduction

Charity mass participation challenge events are where large numbers of people take part in the same event at the same time. Participants can choose to get sponsored for any charity registered with the event.

There are a number of these events staged every year, such as runs, walks, obstacle courses, swims, bike rides, and colour runs, triathalons, treks, etc.

There are typically two routes into an event: gaining a charity place, or paying for your own entry place.

Applying for an animal charity entry place: In most events, a charity pays for a limited number of entry places up front. People then apply for those places, agreeing to raise money for the charity by asking people to sponsor them. Sometimes people with charity places are required to raise a minimum amount for the charity.

Paying for your own entry place: In oversubscribed events, there is a ballot people have to enter to try to gain an entry place. Those who get one pay an entrants fee to the event organisers. With other events, entrants are first come, first served.

If you purchased your own entry place, you are normally free to raise money for whatever animal charity or cause you choose, even if it is not registered with the event. If you choose an animal charity not registered with the event, contact them directly telling them you have purchased your own entry place in an event and wish to use it to raise money for them. Many animal charities and rescues will provide you with support and help.

How Do Animal Charities Get Involved With Mass Participation Events?
This page will explain how animal charities can register with these different events. There are different packages offered to charities, including a basic package where they are required to pay up front for each entry place they want. Sometimes charities have to enter a ballot to try to win entry places in oversubscribed events.

On this page you will find just a few of the many mass participation fundraising events organised each year in the UK. To find others local to you, search online through charity search engines so you raise money for animal charities while searching.

There are many similar events organised in other countries too.

There are also other challenge events you can do for animal charities, such as Zipwires, abseilling, skydiving, total wipe out, and zombie escape. Some of these can be done as corporate events, whilst raising money for animal charities.

In addition, some animal charities hold their own challenge events, such as Raystede‘s 5k or 10K Super Hero Run in London.

Image: Cats Protection supporters participate in mass participation challenge events. Source

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The London Marathon

The London Marathon is a hugely popular event event in the UK’s capital city. You must be over 18 years old to take part.

There are two entry routes:

  1. Gaining Your Own Entry Place:
    To try to gain your own entry  place, you must enter a ballot, as The London Marathon is very popular. You can use that entry place to raise money for charity by getting people to sponsor you. If you have your own entry place, you may be able to raise money for an animal charity or rescue even if they are not registered with the event. In that case, you should contact the animal charity direct.
  2. Applying For A Charity Entry Place:
    You can apply for an entry place through a charity registered with the event, and run for that charity. If you run for charity, the charity normally pays for your place, and you are required to raise money for them through getting sponsored by people.

How Do Animal Charities Register With The London Marathon?
For charities to take part, they must enter a charity ballot. Charities who register their interest  in advance will be contacted with details on how to enter the next charity ballot once available. There are different packages that charities can purchase, including a golden bond and silver bond package.

The official website has an FAQ section which answers many questions.

Image: Raise money for animal charities by taking part in the London Marathon. Source

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Tough Mudder Obstacle Course

Tough Mudder is a muddy obstacle course challenge. The events are run in London, the Midlands, Scotland, Yorkshire, South West, North West, and Leicestershire.

You can participate if you are aged 14 years old or above , but if you are aged 14-17 years old, you must have a chaperone.

In most locations you can choose between obstacle courses of five miles and twelve miles. There is also an overnight eight hour obstacle course and and an extreme overnight course in Las Vegas.

You can take part on your own, or as part of a team.

There are two entry routes into the event:

  1. You can purchase your own entry place in a Tough Mudder event and use it to raise money for animal charities through getting people to sponsor you. With your own entry place, you may be able to raise money for an animal charity or rescue even if they are not registered with the event. You should contact the animal charity direct.
  2. You can apply for a charity family’s golden ticket, where you can be offered a place by an animal charity registered with the event, in return for raising money for them through getting sponsored  by people.

How Do Animal Charities Register With Tough Mudder?
Registered animal charities can enquire about purchasing places and becoming part of Tough Mudders official charity family, here.

Tough Mudder FAQs answer many questions you may have.

Image: Raise money for animal charities by taking part in a Tough Mudder event. Source

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The Bath Half Marathon

The Bath Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile event that takes place in Bath, Somerset.

You can enter either through gaining a charity place, or by paying for a place yourself.

If you gain a charity place, the charity will have paid your entry fee up front. In return for a charity place, you must raise money for the charity through getting sponsored to take part in the event.

If you purchase your own entry place, you can still raise money for charity – either one that is registered with the event, or one of your choice that is not. You need to contact the animal charity directly, as it is not done through the organisers of the event.

FAQs for entrants can be found here.

How Do Animal Charities Register With The Bath Half Marathon?

For animal charities who wish to get involved in this event, here is the page you need.
You will find a downloadable General Charity Entry Packages Outline, and an Official Charity Scheme Information Pack, as well as a charity application form to apply for ‘Gold Bond’, ‘Silver Bond’ or ‘Bronze Bond’ reserved charity entries.

FAQs for charities can be found here.

Image: Raise money for animal charities by doing the Bath Half Marathon. Source

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The Great North Run

The Great North Run in Newcastle Up Tyne is a 13.1 mile half marathon.  There is also a 5K run, as well as a 4k run and 1.5k mini run for children. Charity places are only available for the half marathon.

The main run is open to people aged 17 years and above. The 5k run is for people aged 14 and over. The Junior Run is for children aged 9 – 16 years. The Mini Run is for ages 3 – 8 years.

You can either try to win your own entry place by entering the general ballot and paying an entry fee if you are offered a place, or you can apply for a place through an animal charity  that is registered with the event, by agreeing to raise sponsorship money for them.

You can find animal charities registered with the run, here.

It says on the FAQ page of the site that if you win a place in the ballot, you do not need to run for the associated charities listed on the entry form or website. You can run and raise money for any charity/cause of your choice. All you need to do is contact your chosen charity directly.

The day before the run, you can watch the Great North City Games, which sees world-class athletes from around the globe compete alongside the very best of home-grown talent.

How Do Animal Charities Get Involved In The Great North Run?

Animal charities who wish to particpate in the Great North Run so that runners can raise money for them can find a charity prospectus here.

There are Platinum, Gold, Silver, Silver, Bronze+, and Bronze options, with the Bronze option being where you pay for each individual place you would like to reserve (minimum 5).

Image: The Great North Run, Newcastle. Source

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The Great Swim

The Great North Swim offers swims of ½ Mile, 1 Mile, 2 Miles, 5K & 10K. Charity places are for the 1 mile distance only.

The Great North Swim takes place in Lake Windermere, in the beautiful Lake District in Cumbria. There is also the Great East Swim in Suffolk, the Great London Swim, and the Great Scottish Swim, Loch Lomond.

You can pay for your own entry place and then raise money for an animal charity or cause of your choice, whether they are registered with the event or not. Just contact your chosen animal charity direct.

You can alternatively enter by applying for a charity place with an animal charity registered with the event. You must then raise money for the charity through getting people to sponsor you.

Find FAQs about the event here.

How Do Animal Charities Get Involved In The Great Swim?

Charities interested in participating so that people can raise money for them through sponsorship should look at the Charity Prospectus.

There you will find there are charity categories Official, Supporting, and Partner. The Partner option is where you pay for each individual place you would like to reserve (minimum 5).

Image: You could raise money for animal charities by doing The Great Swim. Source

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The Great Scottish Run

The Great Scottish Run is a 10km and half marathon run across the city of Glasgow.

  • You must be 15 years or over on the day of the event to enter the 10K event
  • You must be 17 years or over on the day of the event to enter the half marathon

You can gain entry to the event either by purchasing your own entry place, or by applying for a charity place with an animal charity that is registered with the event.

If you purchase your own entry place, you can raise money for any charity/cause of your choice. The charity does not have to be registered with the event. In this case, you need to contact your chosen charity directly.

FAQs can be found here.

How Do Animal Charities Get Involved In The Great Scottish Run?

Animal charities can find out how to purchase places by looking at the charity prospectus.

Image: Raise money for an animal charity by getting sponsored to take part in the Great Scottish Run, Glasgow. Source

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Other Great Run Events In Other Locations

Other events, held by The Great Run Company, and their locations:

Animal charities who wish to particpate in any of the single starred * Great Run events, can find details in the charity prospectus here, with details.

Charities who wish to take part in any of the double starred ** Great Swim events can find details in the Great Swim Charity Prospectus, here.

On the Great Run website’s FAQ page, it says that entrants who do not have charity places but have purchased their own entry places are welcome to raise money for any charity they choose, not just the charities registered with them. They should contact their chosen charity direct.

 Image: You can raise money for animals by taking part in any of The Great Run events, such as this one in Ireland. Source
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Kiltwalk

With the Kiltwalk  any charity in Scotland can register for free (in most events charities have to pay for each entry they want up front), so they keep every penny you raise for them and do not need to pay the organisers anything.

You can enter through an animal charity registered with the event, or you can purchase your own entry place from the event organisers. If you choose to do the latter, you can raise money for any animal charity or cause you choose, whether they are registered with the event or not. If your chosen charity is not registered, contact the charity direct.

Find an animal charity registered with Kiltwalk, to raise money for, here.

There are three different walks to choose from, one of which children can take part in.

The Kiltwalk takes place in four locations: Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh.

How Do Animal Charities Register With Kiltwalk?

Get your charity involved with the Kiltwalk, here

In 2017: All money raised comes into the Kiltwalk and is then paid out in full to your chosen charity, as well as an extra 10% provided by The Hunter Foundation.

Image: The Kiltwalk where you can get sponsored to take part in the Kiltwalk and raise money for animal charities. Source

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Ride London

Ride London is a cycling event that begins in the UKs capital city. Charity places are available for the  RideLondon-Surrey 100, and thel RideLondon-Surrey 46 events.

You can apply for limited animal charity places for the RideLondon-Surry 46 or 100 events.

Alternatively, you can apply to enter the ballot to purchase your own entry in the RideLondon-Surrey 46 or 100 event. There is an entrants fee to pay to the event organisers if you are successful in the ballot.

You can still support a charity if you gain your own entry place through the ballot. You can either support an animal charity or cause whether it is registered with the event or not. If it is not, contact your chosen animal charity direct.

Here are the FAQs.

How Does An Animal Charity Get Involved With Ride London?

For charities wishing to register, there is a charities ballot to enter. Successful charities have the option to purchase entry places for the events.

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The Silverstone Half Marathon

The Silverstone Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile course that takes place at the famous Silverstone Formula One circuit.

You can either enter online and purchase your own entry place, or you can apply to run for a charity registered with the event.

I have so far been unable to find a link to how charities get involved with the Silverstone Half Marathon.

Image: You could raise money for an animal charity by taking part in the Half Marathon, Silverstone. Source

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The London 10,000

The London 10,000 is a 10km event which starts and finishes in St James’s Park and uses Green Park as its assembly area, all in the UKs capital city.

You must be aged 15 years or above to participate.

You can either enter online and pay a fee to the event organisers for your own entry place, or you can apply for an animal charity entry place and raise money for the charity through sponsorship.

If you purchase your own entry place, you are free to raise money for any animal charity or cause you wish, not just ones registered with the event. If the animal charity or cause you choose is not registered with the event, contact them directly.

If you would like to apply for a charity place, you can search for animal charities registered with the event, here.

Find FAQs here.

How Do Animal Charities Register With The London 10,ooo?

Charities wishing to purchase entries, so people can take part whilst raising money for them through getting sponsored, can do so here.

Image: You can help animals by getting sponsored to participate in the London 10,000 event. Source

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Swim Serpentine

Swim Serpentine, is a 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile, and Super Six open water swimming event. It is held at the Serpentine in Hyde Park in London.

Age limits:
Half mile: 12 years and above
One mile: 16 years and above
Two miles: 16 years and above
Super Six: 18 years and above

You can either apply for a charity place and raise money for the charity through sponsorship in return, or you can secure your own entry place by paying a fee to the event organisers.

You can search for animal charity places, here.

If you have your own entry place, you are free to raise money through sponsorship for any animal charity or cause, whether they are registered with the event or not. If they are not, contact them directly.

Here are event FAQs.

I am currently unable to find how charities purchase places in this event.

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Non-Charity Mass Participation Events You Can Still Fund Raise Through

Some events say on their websites that even if the event isn’t publicised as a charity event, you are welcome to use your own purchased entry place to raise money for an animal charity or rescue of your choice. Just contact the animal charity or rescue directly and then get people to sponsor you to do it. It just won’t be officially done through the event organiser, because no charities are registered with the event.

For example, the Colour Obstacle Rush, (Brighton, Windsor, Wolverhampton, Milton Keynes, London, Newcastle, Derby West, Bath, Sheffield, Liverpool, and Exeter), andd the Super Obstacle Rush 5K, Windsor, say that although they are not charity events, participants are welcome to raise money for their chosen charity. They even provide sponsor forms, which are downloadable from their sites.

The Westminster Mile in London also says on its website that although charities cannot purchase places in the event, people who have purchased places are welcome to gain sponsorship to raise money for a charity of their choice, as does the City Race, London.

Image: Color Obstacle Rush. Source

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Other Challenge Events You Can Do For Charity

Marathons, Half Marathons And Runs:

Isle Of Wight Challenge – Walk it, jog it, run it.

Run For All Leeds Half Marathon

London 2 Brighton Challenge

Rock ‘N’ Roll Liverpool

The Great Manchester Run

The Cotswold Way Challenge – Walk it, jog it, run it.

Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All York 10k

The Thames Path Challenge, London

Belfast City Marathon, Northern Ireland

Loch Ness Marathon, Scotland

Cardiff Half Marathon, Wales

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

Yorkshire Marathon

The Great BirminghamRun

The Great South run

The Brighton Marathon

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Walks And Treks:

TrekFest – 25k or 50k through the Brecon Beacons in South Wales or the Peak District in Derbyshire.

Hadrians Wall Trek

South Coast Challenge – Eastbourne To Arundel

The Cotswold Way Challenge – Walk it, jog it, run it.

London 2 Brighton Challenge

Isle Of Wight Challenge – Walk it, jog it, run it.

Thames Bridges Trek, London

The Thames Path Challenge, London


Swims And Triathlons:

AJ Bell London Triathlon


Cycling:

Nightrider – London, Bristol and Liverpool

Edinburgh Night Ride

London To Paris Bike Ride

Image: You could raise money for animal charities by doing the London to Paris bike ride. Source

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Zip Wires:

Zipworld Velocity – Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda


Abseiling:

Abseil The Forth Rail Bridge


Sky Diving:

Skydive Buzz

Skydive St. George

UK Parachuting

Click And jump Skydive – options to jump with the Red Devils

Skydive Cornwall

Skydive Wild Geese

 

RSPCA Corporate Events: 

Image: Your corporate team building event could raise money for animal charities, like with the RSPCA Total Wipe Out Challenge.

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Learn More About Animal Cruelty And The Many Ways To Help Stop It

There are many varied ways you can help stop animal cruelty, and there is something that will suit everyone, no matter what their personality.

If you would like to learn more about why we so urgently need to help stop animal suffering, please have a look at the Types Of Animal Cruelty section of this site. It will allow you to broaden your knowledge of many different types of animal abuse that happens in the world.

Sadly, what you will find is only the tip of the iceberg, but do not worry, because in the Help Stop Animal Cruelty section of this site, you can find a large and varied choice of ways that you can help stop the suffering. Have a look and see what ways would most suit you.

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