If you are looking to raise money for a great cause through doing something extreme, you will find no shortage of ideas on the internet.

You can go old school and sit in a tub of cold baked beans, which will raise some pennies and probably generate a lot of laughs. However, I imagine it to be a smelly and an uncomfortable 24 hours. Surely there has to be some more ‘fun’ ways to drive people to your fundraising page with their credit card in hand?

London Marathon - the ultimae challenge!

London marathon – the ultimae challenge!

Hit the streets.

For those of you looking to push yourself to extremes, why not sign up for a marathon. The London Marathon is an incredible experience and one that raises an unbelievable amount of money for an amazing amount of charities. If you want to add an extra spice to your ‘fun run’ you can dress up in a costume. In the marathon’s history Wombles have crossed the famous finish line, chaps in mankinis have chaffed through the ribbon and there is a two man camel every year.

If you want to take your marathon exploits abroad, you can run and raise funds all over the world. Las Vegas offers an evening marathon, and you can jog in sub zero temperatures and stunning scenery in the Polar Circle.

If 26.2 miles is a little too far why not start out with a half marathon, London’s Run to the Beat is an awesome one to start with, and there is always fantastic support at the Reading Half Marathon in March.

Not a runner?

What about hopping on your bike.  You can cycle form John O’ Groats to Lands End, or do the slightly less painful but extremely well known London to Brighton cycle race.  For croissant and frog legs fans you can venture further afield, and pedal over to Paris and celebrate completion under the Eiffel Tower, before going on to sample some famous Parisian wines.

Climb a mountain?

A superb was to fundraise and push your body to the limit is to climb a mountain. Mount Kilimanjaro is a beast that has generated lots of charity investment. Known to be unforgiving on the weak and an enormous test of character this epic mountain only suits those equipped with strong motivation and excellent training behind them.  Famous celebrities that have succeeded at this mammoth challenge include Cheryl Cole, Ex Radio One DJ Chris Moyles, and the lovely Gary Barlow. However, not all that are rich and famous are successful, ex Chelsea football club owner, Roman Abramovich, failed in his attempt to reach the summit owing to breathing problems on his ascent.

If you are reading this with despair and are keen to raise money without the risk of shin splints or altitude sickness, perhaps this is the time to brush up on your cooking skills and hold a bake sale? It doesn’t have quite the same extreme element, but a challenge all the same.

Author: Jane Blackmore is a writer, editor, blogger and mother. She has run three marathons, jumped off a few mountains and dreams of tackling Kilimanjaro. When not training for a race of some kind she can be found at home, book in one hand, a large glass of wine in the other.

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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