Every year Northumbria University students, staff and alumni raise thousands of pounds for the Northumbria Sport Foundation by taking part in physical challenges. ADVENTURE offers a series of physical challenges to cater for different interests and personal goals. Individuals or groups can sign up to take part in any, and as many, Adventure challenges as they like. Adventure challenges also aim to help students get outdoors and to be active while at University. From a cycle ride along the Tyne to the UK 3 Peaks Challenge, Adventure provides a variety of fun and exciting physical challenges.

For guidance, Adventure challenges are put into three categories based on physical difficulty and fundraising requirements: Bronze, Silver and Gold. An Adventure calendar is below. To find out further details of each challenge, and to register, please click the Start Your Adventure button below.


Hike Helvelln - Wednesday 10th

Coledale Horseshoe Walk Sunday 14th


Tyne Cycle (Tyne Valley) - Sunday 28th


Hike Blencathra - Saturday 17th


Mad March Mare - Saturday 2nd

Borrowdale Walk - Sunday 17th

Tyne Cycle (Coast) - Sunday 31st



Hadrian's Wall Day Walk - Saturday 13th

The Northumbria Cycle Century Sunday 28th

UK 3 Peaks 24th/25th


Coast & Castles Cycle - 1st-2nd


Staff Lakes Challenge Sat/Sun 15th/16th


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Where the money goes 

The Northumbria Sport Foundation relies on external funding and our wonderful fundraisers who take part in our Adventure challenges and fundraising events.

The money that is raised is spent on the delivery of community programmes and supporting individuals from disadvantage access sporting opportunities.

These currently include:

  • Delivering two weekly sport and activity sessions, hosted at Sport Central, for adults with learning disabilities, supporting local charity LD:North East’s services.
  • Delivering PE lessons at Sport Central for pupils of Benton Dene Special School.
  • Delivering our Knockout Sisters project in the west end of Newcastle, involving weekly boxing classes for Muslim women.
  • Supporting LGBT+ running club, Northern Frontrunners, via subsidising facility costs to allow additional training provision and increased participant capacity.
  • Placing student coaches with local schools & charities to deliver sporting activity to promote health & wellbeing within the community.
  • Supporting Northumbria University’s involvement with the Volunteer Zambia Project (money that is spent on this project is specifically raised by the students and staff involved each year) 

In 2018/19, the Northumbria Sport Foundation is also providing funds to launch and deliver NU Thinking. NU Thinking will involve Northumbria University Sport and Student Support & Wellbeing provide additional support to Northumbria University students with mental illness and mental health issues. The project will work on a referral basis, with students referred by Mental Health & Counselling Practitioners, obtaining heavily subsidised sport, fitness, and sport volunteering opportunities. 2018/19 will be the first year of the project and money raised through Adventure 18/19 will be used to increase the projects capacity in 2019/20.


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