Accessible Challenges

Ever wanted to take on a challenge for Back Up but weren’t sure what was accessible? We’ve been doing some research and here’s our suggestions for accessible DIY challenges for 2024. By taking part you can push yourself, have fun and make an important difference to our work. Get in touch with Emily to discuss any of the events below.

How it works:

  • Choose which accessible challenge you’d like to take on from our list below
  • Register for your place through the event/challenge website
  • Set up your fundraising page
  • We will send you all the fundraising materials you need and be your personal cheerleaders!
Set up a fundraising page

Great North Swim – 7th to 9th June 2024

Join thousands of like-minded people and set yourself an open water challenge in the great outdoors at the UK’s biggest open water swim event. Different length challenges available from 250m upwards.

Lake Windermere, Lake District.

Parallel Windsor – 7th July 2024

A hybrid mass participation event and festival of inclusivity set against the stunning backdrop of Windsor Great Park. Start together, finish whenever! A range of fully accessible distances with no cut off times. Choose from 100m, Sensory 360 1km, 1km, 5km or 10km. Get active and get social with no barriers for age or ability.

Windsor, Berkshire.

Cheshire 10k – 7th July 2024

Starting and finishing at Cheshire Country Sports Club just outside Cheshire city centre this road-closed 10k run along with a new Junior race is hard to miss and has a unique medal waiting for you at the finish!


Henley Swim Festival – 14th July 2024

This open water swim fest, incorporating the Henley Mile, promises swimmers of all abilities, and ages (8 plus), the chance to be part of a bumper weekend of swimming set amid the atmospheric festival village. A range of distances to choose from, to ensure that all levels and abilities are catered for.

Henley, Oxfordshire.

Marvel Super Hero Triathlon –  17th August 2024

It’s big. It’s bold. It’s the UK’s one & only disability sports series for the Everyday Superhero! A mass-participation sports events where people with disabilities – AKA Superheroes – call the shots & don’t have to worry about cut-off times or equipment restrictions. Fly solo or team up with family & friends to do as much or as little as you wish, with as much or as little support as you need. Whether you want flippers or floats in the water or need to use your powerchair, anything is possible. In fact, as far as they’re concerned anything goes!

Dorney Lake, Windsor.

Twilight Runway Challenge – 21st September 2024

Push, walk, cycle, handbike, skateboard, rollerblade or scoot. The runway is flat! Take part for fun or challenge yourself to complete it as quickly as you can. Challengers can enter the 3k or 5k routes or you can complete 10k by doing the 5k circuit twice.

Camberley, Surrey.

#NoLimits Cycle Ride – TBC September 2024

Open to both cyclists and hand-cyclists, all you need to do is set yourself a target distance to cycle over the weekend, and try to achieve it! As a hybrid event, you can take on the challenge from wherever you are; or you can join us at Goodwood Motor Circuit.

Goodwood Motor Track.

Royal Parks Half Marathon – 13th October 2024

This stunning central London Half Marathon, takes in some of the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.


Winter Wonderwheels – 1st December 2024

Fly solo & be your own hero or unite with your friends & family to complete your mission. Choose from 1km, 5km, or 10km, with no cut-off times. All types of gadgets & gismos are welcome on the course, from day chairs, handcycles, & trikes to tandems, race runners & bikes. Plus there’ll be (fake) snow, SUPER celebs, music, food & more. A SUPER-fun day out for all the family, the perfect incentive to keep you active through the chillier months!

Dress code: A Superhero outfit

Dorney Lake, Windsor, Berkshire.

RunThrough Racing Events – Various Dates & Locations 2024

RunThrough host around 200 racing events a year. They also understand there are certain requirements to make an event wheelchair friendly and give athletes the experience they are looking for and deserve! There are a variety of races to choose from, from 5k to half marathons at various locations across the country.

Various Locations

The Kiltwalk – Various Dates 2024

Kiltwalk is Scotland’s largest mass participation walking event with over 120,000 people taking part since 2016. With a variety of distances to choose from, there is an accessible route at each of the four event locations.

Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee & Edinburgh.

Race At Your Pace – a date to suit you

Take on a Race At Your Pace wheelchair challenge! Available as adult and kids challenges, our wheelchair distances range from 5 to 100 miles. Simply choose your distance, cover your miles over the course of the month and then claim your medal!

Your Home Town

Tandem or Indoor Skydiving – a date to suit you

Exit the aircraft from around 10,000 feet, experiencing 30 seconds of freefall – it’s quite a rush! Tandem parachuting allows many disabled people (subject to a satisfactory risk assessment), to experience the thrill of skydiving. Or, enjoy the thrilling feeling of flying with an indoor skydive experience.

Various Locations


For more information on taking part in an accessible event, or if you have any suggestions to add to our list, then please get in touch with our fundraising team by emailing Emily or give her a call on 020 8875 1805.