This year all of our Adventure Challenges are supporting the Northumbria Sport Foundation's campaign to raise over £10,000 to support student mental health. When you regsiter for a challenge you will be able to set up your own fundraising page to support this campaign, or simply donate an amount at or above the minimum fundraising requirement for the challenge. The more you can fundraise, the more the Foundation can support. Visit our campaign page to see how we're doing, set up your fundraising page or donate
For more photos of our hike in the Lake District up Helvellyn, check out our photo album on Facebook
Mad March Mare
Mad March Mare is a cross-country 10km obstacle run. The event is organised by Challenge Northumberland, and by running and fundraising for the Northumbria Sport Foundation your upfront donation to register means you don’t have to pay your own entry fee (£50). The course, across Hexham Racecourse, includes 19 testing obstacles including The Waterfall, The Speed Slide, and The Tunnel of Darkness. Basically, you will get very muddy and very wet, but you will have a great time in a test of physical and mental endurance.
Saturday 2nd March 2019
Physical difficulty: 7/10
Event at Hexham Racecourse
Start time @ 09.30
Included: Race entry
Fundraising Goalf £60 - set up your JustGiving page
Hike Hadrian’s Wall 20 Mile Challenge
This is a 20 mile hike along the most exciting section of Hadrian’s Wall. The World Heritage Site is 1,897 years old, and marks the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, and is the inspiration behind Game of Thones’ Great Wall. As well as a undulating 20 mile hike, this challenge provides you with the perfect opportunity to visit one of Britain’s most famous historical sites. The hike includes the iconic Sycamore Gap, featured in the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, and breath-taking views across Northumberland National Park. This is an opportunity not to be missed!
Saturday 13th April 2019
Physical Difficulty: 7/10
Leave Northumbria University via minibus @ 07:30
Start hiking @ 09:00
Finish hike @ approx 16:00
Arrive back to Northumbria University @ approx 19:00
Includes: Transport to and from the university, vehicle support during challenge and qualified walk leader
Fundraising Goal £50 - set up your JustGiving page
The UK 24hr 3 Peaks Challenge
The UK 24hr 3 Peaks Challenge has been our most popular event, with 50 students and staff taking on the challenge in 2017 and 2018. The challenge involves climbing the highest mountain in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike), and Whales (Snowdon). Participants will hike over 26miles, climbing (and descending!) 9,843ft, across the 3 mountains. All of this must be done in under 24 hours, from starting at the bottom of Ben Nevis to finishing at the bottom of Snowdon. This means walking through whatever nature throws at you and walking for periods at night. It is physically and emotionally exhausting, and should not be taken lightly. You will need a good level of fitness to complete this exciting challenge. If you do not have experience of hiking mountains, we would strongly recommend you take part in one of our Bronze or Silver level mountain challenges before considering registering for the 3 Peaks.
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May 2019 (travel back to Newcastle Monday 27th May)
Physical Difficulty: 10/10
Leave Northumbria University via minibus @ 09:00 (Friday)
Start challenge (Ben Nevis) @ approx 15:00 (Friday)
Finish challenge (Snowdon) @ approx 15:00 (Saturday)
Arrive back to Northumbria University @ approx 16:00 (Sunday)
Includes: Transport from the university, transport between mountains, transport back to Newcastle, vehicle support during challenge, qualified walk leaders
Fundraising goal of £200 - set up your Just Giving page
£100 of fundraising goal must have been raised/paid by 8th May
1 nights Hostel Accommodation in Snowdon with evening meal & breakfast (£32)
Newcastle to Edinburgh Cycle
The Newcastle to Edinburgh 'Coast & Castles' Cycle Challenge involves cycling 200 miles over 3 days from Newcastle to Edinburgh along the Northumberland Coast, past its many historical castles, through Northumberland National Park and across the Scottish border.
Day 1 involves a 90 mile cycle to Berwick-upon-Tweed
Day 2 involves a shorter but very hilly 45 mile cycle to Melrose
Day 3 involves a 60 mile cycle into the incredible city of Edinburgh
Following a night in Edinburgh, the team will be driven back to Newcastle with their bikes. This challenge will require a high level of physical fitness and cycling experience.
Thursday 30th May & Saturday 1st June (Travel back to Newcastle Sunday 2nd June)
Physical Difficulty: 10/10
Start cycle from Tynemouth Priory @ 09:00
Day 1: 88 miles to Berwick Day 2: 45 miles to Melrose (hilly) Day 3: 60 miles to Edinburgh
Included: Transport, Support vehicle, Cycle Leader
Includes: Transport back to university and qualified cycle leaders
Fundraising Goal £250 - set up your Just Giving page
£100 of fundraising goal must have been raised/paid by 15th May
3 nights accommodation/evening meals (estimated £90)
Staff Lakes Challenge
A testing but enjoyable 2 days hiking in the Lake District. After driving from Newcastle on Saturday morning, the team will hike Great Gable and Buttermear before hiking Fleetwith Pike on the Sunday. This challenge will be a great goal to set yourself to improve health and fitness in time for the summer, as well as an ideal way to take in the great outdoors and teambuilding with colleagues.
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2019 (travel back to Newcastle Sunday 26th May)
Physical Difficulty: 8/10
Leave Northumbria University via minibus @ 07:30 (Saturday)
Hike Great Gable @ 10:00 (Saturday)
Hike Buttermear incl Haystacks & Fleetwith Pike (Sunday)
Arrive back to Northumbria University @ approx 19:00 (Sunday)
Includes: Transport from the university, transport between mountains, and transport back to Newcastle, vehicle support during challenge, qualified walk leaders, 1 nights’ accommodation.
Minimum Fundraising target of £100 - set up your Just Giving page
1 nights accommodation