5 January 2023

Who says that a goal or a challenge has to be huge to be worthwhile?

If your aim is to improve your fitness this year, find a fun group to walk with or get back on your bicycle after a while out of the saddle, there’s a local charity that is waiting to help.

YMCA East Surrey has a training programme of walks and cycle rides which are free to anyone who would like to join them.

Sunday group walks/runs start from 22 January, take place once each month and are open to all, especially those who have plans to take part in a YMCA Challenge event.

Monthly group training cycle rides begin on Sunday 29 January. Each day will usually have a choice of three rides (depending on the number of leaders available) ranging from 20+ miles. The shorter rides will be suitable for beginners and the longer rides are for more experienced cyclists.

Sign up for free training rides / walks

YMCA East Surrey also has a variety of exciting and fun challenge events lined up throughout 2023. Sign up with friends or a partner or go it alone and meet like-minded people.

Which one will you choose?

Friday 10 March
Sleep rough for one night to help young people who find themselves without a secure home. Raising the issue of local homelessness

Sunday 26 March
Walk or run 26.2 or 13.1 miles across the stunning North Downs to the YMCA in Redhill

Sunday 30 April
A popular local event with 5-mile adult and 1-mile adult and children’s races in Reigate’s Priory Park

Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 June
Cycle 175 miles from Redhill to the Arc De Triomphe in 1, 2 or 3 days

Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July
Climb the highest and most spectacular mountain in the UK with a 9-mile or an 11-mile option to accommodate different levels of ability, experience and fitness

Sunday 9 – Friday 14 July
A tough but beautiful 365-mile route from Milan to Bolzano with a total climb of 38,000 ft over four full days of cycling

Fundraising quizzes and curry nights will also take place throughout the year but have yet to be given a confirmed date.

The money raised from YMCA East Surrey’s Challenge programme will go towards the Y-Bus Appeal with the aim of providing a mobile youth club on wheels to reach young people in areas where there is little or no youth provision.

Call the YMCA Challenge team on 01737 779979 to find out more or email challenge@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk.

Further details can be found at www.ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk/get-involved/challenge-events/