Take on a challenge!

Can you make your miles matter and pull on your trainers for Bede?  Whether it’s cycling in the Ford RideLondon-Essex 100, running or climbing a mountain, everyone in Bede is behind you all the way, from start to triumphant finish! Do it your way!

Become part of  Team Bede, you’ll receive great support from our friendly, local team.


  • A Team Bede t-shirt running top/vest/T-shirt to wear with pride!
  • Our Team Bede fundraising guide.
  • Access to Bede materials – such as collection tins, posters and banners to support your fundraising.
  • A ‘goody’ bag.

Get inspired with some ideas below – and remember to tell us you are taking part so we can support you along the way.

Ford RideLondon-Essex 100

With a route running alongside the Thames in central London looping through to picturesque Essex villages and countryside, the iconic Ford RideLondon-Essex 100 will return on Sunday 25 May 2025. The centrepiece of the world’s greatest festival of cycling, the 100-mile challenge is one of the UK’s most famous challenge rides and gives riders a unique opportunity to cycle on traffic-free roads through some of the most famous London streets of London and the scenic parts of Essex.

To become one of Bede’s charity place runners you’ll need to pledge to raise at least £1000 in sponsorship for the charity. But don’t worry, we will be there to support you every step of the way! If you are lucky enough to secure your own ballot place and still want to support Bede, you can join Team Bede as an ‘own place runner.’ You’ll receive the same support as our charity place runners, but there’s no minimum fundraising target, meaning you can select a target that’s right for you.

Bede has 3 places available on the race. If you would like to set yourself a challenge and at the same time support us, why not sign up here!, before Monday 14th April 2025.

The Big Half

The Big Half is London’s community half marathon. Created in 2018, it brings together people of all backgrounds and abilities in a mass participation event that celebrates the city’s diversity.

This year’s event takes place on Sunday 1 September on a stunning 13.1 mile course on closed roads that sets off by Tower Bridge in central London and finishes at the famous Cutty Sark in Greenwich

General entry cost: £56 but other costs may be available.  See website for details.

Will you £ the streets for Bede? Sign up now.

Run a 5k & 10k at the iconic QE Olympic Park

Race, sprint or jog around the inspiring grounds of London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in events organised by RunThrough. With a quick 5k or a full 10k, they are the perfect opportunity for a chip timed personal best or test of endurance and you’ll be running pass the London Stadium, ArcelorMittal Orbit and London Aquatics Centre.

Turn your miles into smiles! Find a race to suit you and sign up here.

TCS London Marathon

If you have a place on the Marathon, but no one to fundraise for, why not consider taking on the epic 26.2 mile tour of the capital’s most famous landmarks for Bede? You’d be running over the iconic Tower Bridge, past the Cutty Sark and finishing triumphantly down the Mall in the shadow of Buckingham Palace. This is truly a once in a lifetime event and achievement for many and you’d also be supporting us!

See what runners, Harry and Andy, achieved for us in 2023’s race.

Choose your own Challenge

Fancy taking on an adventure of a lifetime but not sure where to start?   Check out Charity Challenge for some inspiration – you can search the website for over 100 challenges throughout the world and raise money to support Bede. Remember, you can do it your way!

How you are helping:

  • £60 provides lunch every week for a year for a volunteer who has learning disabilities.
  • £100 buys materials for a Bede youth club art and craft sessions for a year. These activities allow quieter young people to express themselves.
  • £600 supports a Bede worker to assess the risks facing a client who is experiencing domestic violence. They can then create a safety plan together.


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