Top 7 charity sports events in 2024

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Elijah Cruz - Digital Communications Officer
Thursday 25 January 2024
Action for Children mascot Cosmo poses with happy Kiltwalkers

New year? New challenge?  Fundraise for Action for Children and sign up to a charity sports event.

Whether you want to push your limits or kickstart a new fitness journey, we're here. Walk, swim, cycle, or run your way to a meaningful New Year's Resolution. Be an Action Hero in 2024.

Achieve something incredible

Challenge yourself this year while raising vital funds for children.

Find an event

1. Local charity sports events

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Want to fundraise locally?

From local park runs to setting your own sports challenge, you can fundraise in your own way for Action for children. And get your family and friends involved too!

Let us know what you are interested in doing. If you need support, we can help find the event for you.

Charity walks and treks

Take on a charity walk or trek. With a range of distances and difficulties, you can take in spectacular views around the UK while fundraising.

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2. Kiltwalk:

Group of Kiltwalkers walking, a man in an Action for Children t-shirt smiles and gives a thumbs up to the camera

This super Scottish fundraising event sees thousands of people walking miles and miles, wearing tartan and raising money for fantastic causes. Last year 200 Kiltwalkers took part in aid of Action for Children. In 2024, we want you to be part of our biggest team yet.

Sign up to Kiltwalk

I saw all the amazing work [Action for Children] were doing to help children and families and it stood out to me. I wanted to do something to raise some money.

Ryan, who along with wife Caroline took part in Kiltwalk on their honeymoon

3. Climb Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon):

Snowdon Team 2022

Climb the UK’s most popular mountain and feel alive in the great outdoors while raising money for Action for Children. Up for the challenge?

Sign up to Climb Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)

Charity running events

Hannah in a yellow Action for Children running vest at the Great North Run

Charity running events are the most popular way to fundraise. You'll feel a huge sense of pride crossing the finish line having raised vital funds for vulnerable children and families across the UK.

4. London Marathon

Were you lucky enough to secure a place in the London Marathon ballot? Use your own place to support Action for Children, and you’ll get invited to an exclusive post-race party. End the day with a shower, massage, food and professional photos with your medal.

This event has now passed. Sign up for the 2025 London Marathon here.

In the volunteer work I do for Action for Children, I’ve seen the difference they make to vulnerable young people. I can’t think of a better cause to put myself through all this training for than that.

Mark, volunteer independent visitor
Mark in an Action for Children runing vest running the London Marathon

5. Brighton Marathon

The Brighton Marathon is one of the UK’s favourite 26.2-milers. With a stunning backdrop of the sea in one of the country’s most vibrant cities, the race gets bigger and better every year. Renowned for its buzzing atmosphere and roaring crowd, the course winds through the city streets, finishing up on the spectacular Brighton seafront. What are you waiting for?

This event has now passed. Get in touch to run the 2025 Brighton Marathon for Action for Children.

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6. Great North Run

Join 65,000 runners taking on the biggest and best half marathon in the world! You’ll get the chance to run over the iconic Tyne Bridge, and enjoy beautiful views of the Northeast coastline as you pass the finish line.

Run with team Action for Children and you’ll be treated to a post-race massage, refreshments, and professional photographs to show off your medal.

Run the Great North Run

Hundreds of runners crossing Tyne Bridge in Great North Run

7. Extreme charity sports events

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Calling all adrenalin junkies! If you’re looking for something a bit more thrilling than your average fundraising event – take on an extreme charity sports event.

Whether it’s a skydive, a wingwalk or abseil, it’s the ultimate way to make a difference.

It was a totally unreal experience! I was the last one to jump so one by one I watched them all disappear off the edge! I’m so proud of them all.

Alison, whose family of 5 took part in a skydive for 5 charities – including Action for Children

Why take part in a charity sports event?

Charity sports events are a great way to make a difference. Support Action for Children and the money you raise will go towards creating safe and happy childhoods. You'll be changing the lives of vulnerable children and their families for the better.

All Action for Children sports fundraisers get:

  • A free Action for Children running vest or t-shirt to wear on the day of your event.
  • Support from your local fundraising expert who can help you smash your fundraising target.
  • On-the-day support at cheer points at many of the events listed above.
Achieve something incredible

Challenge yourself this year while raising vital funds for children.

Find an event

Ready for the challenge?

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