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Challenge Yourself Globally

Sometimes, a cycle at a national park, a coffee morning at your local cafe or a 10K run or even a marathon is just not enough of a challenge. Sometimes, you need to go further afield!

Breathing Matters has teamed up with Global Adventure Challenges who offer some amazing charity challenges. There are so many international challenges to choose from at www.globaladventurechallenges.com, but here’s just a few fabulous examples:

Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal:  12-29.3.20, 12-29.11.20, 11-28.3.21, 11-28.11.20

Minimum sponsorship:

2020 – £399 registration + £3950 + airport TAX

2021 – £449 registration + £4160 + airport TA

Self-funding:

2020 – £399 registration + £1975 + airport TAX

2021 – £499 registration + £2080 + airport TAX

New for 2021!!  Trek to Petra, Jordan: 2-10.21

Minimum sponsorship: £299 registration + £3232 + airport TAX

Self-funding: £399 registration + £1616 + airport TAX

Kilimanjaro Trek, Tanzania:  22.9.20-2.10.20, 17-27.6.21, 16-26.9.21

Minimum sponsorship: 2010+2021 – £399 registration + £4360 + airport TAX

Self-funding: 2020+2021 – £399 registration + £2180 + airport TAX

Great Wall of China Trek: 12-20.9.20, 16-24.10.20, 8-16.5.21, 16-24.10.21

Minimum sponsorship: 2020+2021 – £299 registration + £2750 + airport TAX

Self-funding: 2020+2021 – £299 registration + £1375 + airport TAX

Trek the Grand Canyon: 19-26.9.20, 8-15.5.21, 11-18.9.21

Minimum sponsorship:

2020 – £449 registration + £4040 + airport TAX

2021 – £449 registration + £4090 + airport TAX

Self-funding:

2020 – £449 registration + £2020 + airport TAX

2021 – £449 registration + £2045 + airport TAX

Inca Trail, Peru: 31.7.20-9.8.20*, 20-29.11.20, 14-23.5.21, 30.7.21-8.8.21*, 5-14.11.21

Minimum sponsorship: 2020+202 – £299 registration + £3474 + £200 trek permit + airport TAX

Self-funding: 2020+202 – £299 registration + £1737 + £200 trek permit + airport TAX

*Extra supplements for July/August dates

New for 2021!!  Northern Lights Trek, Iceland: 3-7.3.21

Minimum sponsorship: £299 registration + £3124 + airport TAX

Self-funding: £299 registration + £1562 + airport TAX

Lapland: Husky Trail Dog Sled:  16-26.3.21

Minimum sponsorship: £399 registration + £4382 + airport TAX

Self-funding: £399 registration + £2191 + airport TAX

New for 2021!!  Cycle Mallorca: 22-29.6.21

Minimum sponsorship: £249 registration + £2674

Self-funding: £249 registration + £1337

London to Paris Bike Ride: 3-7.6.20, 15-19.7.20 [Tour de France], 12-16.8.20, 9-13.9.20, 2-6.6.21, 11-15.8.21, 8-12.9.21

2020+2021 – Minimum sponsorship: £125 registration + £1610

2020+2021 – Self-funding: £125 registration + £805

Vietnam to Cambodia Cycle:  7-17.3.20, 7-17.11.20, 6-16.3.21, 13-23.11.21

Minimum sponsorship: 2020+2021 – £399 registration + £3190 + airport TAX

Self-funding: 2020+2021 – £399 registration + £1599 + airport TAX

New for 2021!!  Cycle China: 7-17.10.21

Minimum sponsorship: £349 registration + £3290 + airport TAX

Self-funding: £349 registration + £1645 + airport TAX

Milan to Monaco Cycle: 30.9.20-4.10.20

Minimum sponsorship: £125 registration + £1810 + airport TAX

Self-funding: £125 registration + £905 + airport TAX

Payment Plan

There are two ways of funding your challenge; minimum sponsorship or self-funding.

For payment option A – minimum sponsorship – You pay the non-refundable deposit (the first sum above) to Global Adventure Challenges. This is used to organise your trip including securing airline seats and relevant permits. You then commit to raising the minimum sponsorship (the second sum above) for Breathing Matters.  You can set up a Justgiving Page from our home page (https://www.justgiving.com/breathingmatters) and 80% of the minimum sponsorship MUST be raised no later than ELEVEN WEEKS BEFORE DEPARTURE as this is when Breathing Matters will pay your challenge costs direct to Global Adventure Challenges.  Failure to raise this money may mean non-participation and cancellation of your challenge so it is important to raise your funds early.  The remaining 20% should be received no more than two weeks after your challenge finishes (we may ask for proof of offline pledges). We would be grateful if you could try and raise as much as you can over the minimum sponsorship target as every penny of this is what Breathing Matters will receive.  The more you raise, the more research work we can do and the more your challenge will have been worthwhile.

For payment option B – self-funding – You pay the non-refundable deposit (the first sum above) to Global Adventure Challenges which is used to organise your trip including securing airline seats and relevant permits. Ten weeks before departure, Global Adventure Challenges will invoice you for the balance (the second sum above) and this should be paid within two weeks; eight weeks prior to your challenge.  Although there is no minimum sponsorship target for this option, we would encourage you to raise as much as possible for Breathing Matters (via https://www.justgiving.com/breathingmatters). The more you raise, the more research work we can do and the more your challenge will have been worthwhile.

If all the above fills you with dread, why don’t you check out many more challenges including those closer to home in the UK, including Hadrian’s Wall Trek, Ben Nevis Trek, 24 Peak Challenge, Snowdon at Night Trek, Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle, Wales End to End cycle on www.globaladventurechallenges.com

Always Remember: Breathing Matters!

Prudential RideLondon 100 2020 – Sign up and Train Up

Are you a keen cyclist and want a serious challenge to plan for?  How about the Prudential RideLondon 100 on Sunday, 16th August 2020?

RideLondon really is a true gem of an event starting at the iconic Olympic VeloPark in Lee Valley, cycling 100 miles of closed roads past London landmarks and through the stunning Surrey countryside (and hills!) and finishing in champion-style at the Mall outside Buckingham Palace!  It’s the UK’s largest world-class festival of cycling.

You don’t have to be an elite cyclist, however, and can choose a start time based at your level – you just need to be able to finish the course in under 9 hours and be over 18. More info for riders can be found here.

Breathing Matters has a number of guaranteed places for this year’s event.  Registration is £25 and we ask that you raise £475 for Breathing Matters per rider.  Groups of up to 5 are welcome. To sign up, email us at breathingmatters@ucl.ac.uk

The deadline for registration is Friday, 1st May 2020, but we expect a lot of interest, so please don’t delay registering your interest with us to secure your place.