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Challenges

If you are interested in taking park in any of the events below and want to support Ormiston Families with your challenge then please get in contact with the fundraising team on fundraising@ormistonfamilies.org or call 01473 705040.

eastswim
Date: 16 July 2017

Set in the beautiful Alton Water reservoir, this peaceful part of the world is enjoyed all year round by walkers, cyclists and wildlife spotters. Enjoy the unspoilt outdoors and discover award winning beaches as well as a group of swimmers raring to dive into their open water challenge. The Great East Swim has challenges for all abilities including 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile and 5K distances.

Ride London
Date: 30 July 2017

Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it's a truly spectacular event for all involved. RideLondon-Surrey 100 finishes on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race in the RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route.

Every year thousands of cyclists enter the RideLondon-Surrey 100 via a guaranteed charity entry. Ormiston Families has 9 charity places available, we ask for a £50 registration fee and then each Ormiston Families cyclist is asked to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship.

To apply for one of our bond places contact emily.sheridan@ormistonfamilies.org.uk

London Marathon Walk image
Date: 23 September 2017

Pull on your daisy roots, and join us for our cockney-themed London marathon ball of chalk!

2017 sees our cockney-themed 26.2 mile ‘marathon’ walk (half-marathon option also available) which takes in famous landmarks and lesser-known corners of the historic capital.

Our route takes us towards the church of St-Mary-le-Bow, centre of London's Cockney heritage, while having fun learning the old cockney rhyming slang (some of which you will have to figure out yourself as you go along!)

This is a tough challenge and you can expect tired pins and plates of meat, but there’s plenty for you to have a butcher’s at along the way! With plenty of sights for your mince pies, it’ll be one of the most memorable things you do this year – you won’t Adam & Eve it!

So bubble and squeak to your china plates or your trouble – and even if you start out on your Jack Jones you’ll end up with plenty of new friends. Register online or just pick up the dog and bone ….

London-Marathon-Walk.pdf

Lon Mara
Date: 22 April 2018

Join us for an incredible 26.2 mile route around London! 

To apply for one of our places contact emily.sheridan@ormistonfamilies.org.uk.

bennevis
Date: 23 June 2018

Registration Fee:  £195 - Minimum sponsorship target:  £1,600  (per team of 4)


The Ben Nevis Charity Challenge is an exciting team challenge set in the stunning Scottish Highlands. Teams of four are challenged to climb Ben Nevis, cycle 25 miles (on road) and canoe Loch Lochy.

wing walking 4
Various Dates: 2017

You can finally realise your dream of becoming a wing walker while raising money for Ormiston Families thanks to recently approved regulations granted to Aerobatic Tactics.

On the day of your wing walking experience, friends and family are welcome and all airfields have a viewing area and a cafeteria serving food and drink until late afternoon. You will be with the team for a maximum of 90 minutes, but you are welcome to stay at the airfield and enjoy the atmosphere for the day.

Before your flight we provide a comprehensive ground and safety briefing when you will need to sign a fitness/waiver declaration. Once strapped into the 5 point harness you will take off for a 10 minute ultimate experience that will include zooms and climbs at speeds up to 130mph and passes near to friends and family.

The upper weight limit is 12st 2lb (77kgs) and age limit is 65. but you can fly up to 75 years of age with a GP’s declaration of good health.

The cost of this amazing experience is £1000 which covers all flight costs.

To sign up please get in touch with Emily Sheridan by emailing Emily.sheridan@ormistonfamilies.org.uk or calling 01473 705046.

Great wall of china
Various Dates: 2017

Stretching 6000km in a dotted line across China, the Great Wall was begun in the 5th Century BC. As it snakes across the mountains it conjures up a sense of history which is difficult to grasp until you have had the opportunity to experience it.

Our trek is very varied, as we pass through woodland and terraced farmland, and follow the contours of the beautiful hills and mountains in remote areas north of Beijing. We follow old sections of the Great Wall, as well as restored sections with smooth flagstones and lots of steps! This challenge is physically demanding and offers fabulous scenery and a fascinating insight into a rich culture and history.

mt kil
Various Dates: 2017

One of the ‘Seven Summits’, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Its summit rises high above the dusty plains and huge permanent glaciers flow down from its peaks; these views are the reward for pushing your limits both physically and mentally.

Our trek takes the Machame route allowing gradual acclimatisation and an excellent chance of reaching the summit.  During our six days on the mountain we pass through thick forest, moorland and scree enroute to the highest point, Uhuru Peak.  This is a challenging trek at altitude, climbing one of the most impressive and well-known mountains in the world.

London to Paris
Various Dates: 2017

Cycling from London to Paris is one of the great cycle experiences in Europe. Passing through picturesque Kent countryside, we cross the Channel and continue through the small villages and medieval market towns of Northern France. With long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill-climbs, the sight of the Eiffel Tower, our finishing point, will evoke a real sense of achievement. Our last day in Paris allows us to explore the sights and soak up the romantic atmosphere of this majestic city! 

Andes to Amazon
Various Dates: 2017

The Andes and the Amazon Rainforest are the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in South America. Our exciting and demanding cycle challenge takes in both, as we start our epic journey from the famed Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.  

We cycle through the renowned Sacred Valley, with its ruins and small villages, providing us with a great warm-up to the tough mountain passes ahead. With some tough climbs at altitude, reaching 4700m, the mountain views are magnificent and the sense of journey unforgettable. There are plenty of long descents too, as we descend almost 4000m from the heights of the Andes to the Amazon Rainforest and the end of our journey.

LandsEnd to John Ogroats
Various Dates: 2017

Starting at Land’s End on the south-westerly tip of England, we pedal our way through Cornwall, over Dartmoor and north along the Welsh border, skirting the Lake District into Scotland, via lochs and the Highlands to the North Coast and John O’Groats.

In all we will cover roughly 1,000 miles, passing through some of the most stunning and remote countryside in the British Isles.  This is a tough challenge but a fabulous way to see the country, and one of the most rewarding things you will ever do!

skydive

Choose your own date!


Imagine standing at the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft flying at 10,000 feet - the noise of the engines and the wind ringing in your ears with only the outline of distant fields below. Now imagine leaning forward out of that doorway and letting go - falling forward into the clouds, skydiving down through the air as you start freefalling at over 120mph.

Bungee Jump

Various dates and locations available


If you are the sort of person who likes to take on something a little more "out there" to raise money for Ormiston Families then perhaps a bungee jump is the thing for you.

Bungee jumping is diving head first from a crane-tower or high bridge with a special elastic cord attached to your ankles. The stretch of the cord breaks your fall leaving you hanging suspended by your ankles to be lowered down to the ground.

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