Challenge events

Challenge Events

The simplest tasks are incredibly difficult for someone with SMA. Originally taken on by children and teenagers who live with this condition, The SMA Trust challenges have managed to raise thousands of pounds, completing feats of courage and perseverance. Show your support for the SMA Trust, and challenge yourself by taking part in one of our many events detailed below.

Whether you’re a walker or a runner, a cyclist or a triathlete… or just an adrenaline junkie, there’s an event to suit you.

Take tUKSMARC 1000 MC Logo SMALLhe 1000 Mile Challenge – It might sound daunting, but it isn’t! Get together with friends, family and colleagues and clock up a cumulative 1000 miles as a team. All you have to do is travel 1000 miles – there’s no time limit and no limit on how many people you get to help you; you certainly don’t have to do it on your own!  You could bike, row your boat, walk the dog, take part in a run, do an exercise class, ride your horse or even knit! Everyone can take part and every contribution will help you reach your 1000 mile target.

Great Birmingham 10k

  • Location: Birmingham
  • Date: 30th April 2017
  • Registration fee: £10
  • Minimum sponsorship: £100
  • Activity level: Medium

Join us by running, singing and dancing your way to completing the Birmingham 10K supporting SMA Research. There will be a musical theme for the run, and the music you listen to will depend on the wave that you select.  Wave 1 will be for those of you seeking a Personal Best and won’t be…


Ride Scorpion

  • Location: Ilmington (South Warwickshire)
  • Date: 6th May 2017
  • Registration fee: From £30
  • Minimum sponsorship: Minimum sponsorship £150
  • Activity level: Medium to high

Join us on 6th May 2017 for the Ride Scorpion cycle with a choice of 2 circular routes in the countryside of south Warwickshire. Whether it’s taking on the challenging hills of the 66 mile route or stretching yourself on the 20 miler, this is an opportunity to get a team together and enjoy a…


Snowdon By Night

  • Location: Snowdon North Wales
  • Date: 20th May 2017
  • Activity level: Medium

The highest mountain in England and Wales at 1085m, Snowdon in north Wales is a popular summit trek by day-time, it forms a real challenge by night!


Great Manchester Run (10k)

  • Location: Manchester
  • Date: 28th May 2017
  • Registration fee: £20
  • Minimum sponsorship: £150
  • Activity level: Medium

The 10k urban route takes runners through the heart of Manchester passing iconic tourist sites such as the Imperial War Museum and Manchester United’s home ground, Old Trafford.


The SMA Trust Mud Run

  • Location: Blockley in The Cotswolds
  • Date: 9th July 2017
  • Registration fee: £15 Adults & £10 for u16s
  • Activity level: Medium

A great opportunity to get a team together to tackle this challenging, but achievable 4k Mud Run with over 40 obstacles to conquer. Fantastic fun, you will laugh your way round the muddy course in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds. Suitable for children over the age of 7, which means the whole family can take…


Sky Dives

  • Location: UK
  • Date: Throughout the year
  • Registration fee: From £395
  • Minimum sponsorship: None
  • Activity level: Medium

Would you like to try skydiving? By raising a minimum sponsorship amount you can receive your skydive for FREE! Find information on how you can benefit by raising funds for your favourite cause through parachuting and skydiving…


Ben Nevis Weekend

  • Location: Fort William Scotland
  • Date: 11th August 2017
  • Activity level: High

Ben Nevis is the highest point in Scotland and the British Isles, standing at the lofty height of 1343m. The trek to reach the summit will last 3 days while enjoying the enchantment and ancient history of The Scottish Highlands.


Great North Run

  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Date: 10th September 2017
  • Registration fee: £45
  • Minimum sponsorship: £250
  • Activity level: High

Missed out on a place in the London Marathon? Thought 26 miles may have been a little too far? Why not fundraise for the SMA Trust in the Great North Run in September. Run in one of the world’s most popular and biggest half marathons!  


Sheffield 10k

  • Location: Sheffield
  • Date: 24th September 2017
  • Registration fee: £10
  • Minimum sponsorship: £100
  • Activity level: Medium

Join thousands of runners in the 2017 Sheffield 10K and raise funds for The SMA Trust! Starting in Arundel Gate in the heart of the city,  along Charter Row and Ecclesall Road, before skirting the edges of pretty Endcliffe Park.