Tuesday 19 January 2010

Norwood announces its 2010 Challenges programme

It’s mid-January, you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolutions and that holiday weight just isn’t shifting. But don’t worry, help is at hand. Norwood is offering a programme of sporting challenges which will leave you feeling on top of the world – literally.

A trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in October is just one of a huge selection of sponsored walks, local and international bike rides and running events for people of all ages and abilities which we are staging throughout 2010. And not only will you personally feel the benefits of taking part in a Norwood Challenge, you will also be helping us to continue our work offering vital support to people with learning disabilities and children and families in need.

Ian Tate, Norwood’s Head of Challenges, said: “If you are feeling guilty because a few of those New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside, it’s not too late to do something about it. Norwood offers a wide range of sponsored events to suit all tastes and abilities and our Challenges can often prove to be a life-changing experience for the people who take part.

“Last year, Norwood’s Challenges programme raised an incredible £1.2million and with your support we hope to exceed that amount in 2010.  Every pound raised will help us to provide first-class services which enable thousands of children, families and adults to live the lives they choose and achieve their goals.”

With a spring in its step, the calendar kicks off in April when a team from Norwood takes part in the London Marathon (25 April). All our Golden Bond places have been allocated but we are asking anyone with a ballot place to consider running for Norwood. Other running events during the year include a Community Fun Run (23 May), where participants can run, skip or walk 1km, 5km or 10km in aid of Norwood within the grounds of  Haberdasher’s Askes’ Boys’ School in Hertfordshire, and The Royal Parks Half Marathon (10 October).

Norwood is hosting four of its famous international bike rides this year, beginning with a new event for younger riders, the YN Italian Challenge (27-31 May), which will wind its way along the beautiful Riccione coastline. The merry month of May also includes a ride to the top of one of France’s most legendary summits during the Mont Ventoux Cycle Challenge. But the jewel in the crown is undoubtedly the Kenya Bike Ride (Group 1: 7-18 October and Group 2: 14-25 October), which will take participants on an amazing journey from the foothills of Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean at Mombasa. The following month, the Charity will return to the Holy Land for its annual Israel Bike Ride (6-14 November)

Closer to home, Norwood is teaming up with several other charities to hold its annual Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge (27 June) from London to Hove, which includes two 60 mile routes and a shorter 30 mile ride. More than 1,600 riders took part last year and we hope to raise over £300,000 in 2010. And the whole family can take part in our popular Junior Bike Ride (20 June), a 10-mile ride through beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.

But for those who prefer two legs to two wheels, Norwood is giving people the chance to explore spectacular parkland during its Waterside Walk (9 May), which includes both a 10 or 20 mile route around Virginia Water in Windsor Great Park. Meanwhile, the more adventurous among you should consider signing up to the Kilimanjaro Challenge (4-14 October) and climb 19,340 ft to the roof of Africa.

If you are interested in taking part in a forthcoming Norwood Challenge please explore this website or call 020 8420 6834 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Norwood Challenges Calendar 2010
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LONDON MARATHON 25 April
WATERSIDE WALK 9 May
MONT VENTOUX CYCLE CHALLENGE May (date to be announced)
COMMUNITY FUN RUN 23 May
YN ITALIAN CHALLENGE 27-31 May
JUNIOR BIKE RIDE 20 June
CAPITAL TO COAST CYCLE CHALLENGE 27 June
KILIMANJARO CHALLENGE  4-14 October
THE ROYAL PARKS HALF MARATHON 10 October
KENYA BIKE RIDE 7-18 October (Group 1) and 14-25 October (Group 2)
ISRAEL BIKE RIDE 6-14 November



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