Seven new challenges for 2019

Posted 12.01.2019

If you’re looking for a new challenge or focus in 2019, here are seven fantastic events that we’ll be enjoying…


Rough Runner

Rough Runner

We’ve already signed up to take part as a Promote team in Rough Runner, Oxford in May. What’s not to love? Beautiful venues, epic ‘game show inspired’ obstacles – the perfect blend of challenge and entertainment.

The events are inspired by TV games such as Gladiators, Total Wipeout and Ninja Warrior with sweeper arms, a 40m water slide and the legendary TRAVELATOR!

With 5km, 10km & 15km options there’s a level of challenge that’s right for everyone.

There are currently seven confirmed Rough Runner weekends throughout 2019 running from April to October.

  • The South – 13/14 April 2019
  • Oxfordshire – 18/19 May 2019
  • Manchester/North West – 15/16 June 2019
  • North East – 20/21 July 2019
  • Scotland – 17/18 August 2019
  • London, Finsbury Park – 7/8 September 2019
  • London, Morden Park – 5/6 October 2019

You can sign up at

  • Prices start at £45 per person, depending on location and choice of distance, with discounts offered for groups and corporate teams.


Quest Wales

Quest Wales is a fabulous multi-disciplined adventure race that includes trail running, cycling and kayaking.

It takes place in the heart of the stunning Snowdonia National Park in North Wales on Saturday June, 8 2019.

Great for people of all fitness levels and abilities, participants have the choice of three scenic routes; 25km Challenge, 42km Sport or 53km Expert. You can even hire a bike and the kayak is included too.

Prices start at £68.00 per person. You can sign up here.


Promote challenges for 2019Indoor Rowing

Indoor rowing continues to grow in popularity as more and more people recognise the incredible effectiveness of this non-impact, total body workout. The #SheRows campaign, led by Olympic Champion and new mum Helen Glover MBE, has been particularly popular with women returning to exercise.

If you’d like to improve your indoor rowing, the lovely people at British Rowing have a range of technique and class videos available, with more being launched soon. Check them out here.

And if you’re really after a proper challenge to train for, why not enter the Mizuno British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC) which take place at the velodrome in Queen Elizabeth Park, London in December? Sue had a great time when she competed in 2017 in the 2,000m and 500m events. More details of last year’s event here.


Jubilee Swim

Sue’s top challenge this summer is likely to be the 10k Jubilee Swim, a fabulous river swim along Berkshire’s secret river that meanders its way from Taplow to Eton.

The swim is now in its 8th year. Sue swam one of the sections in the first year of this event, but shes hoping a full winter of open water swimming will be a great foundation to do the full 10k distance in 2019.

The 2019 event looks set to fill earlier than ever, so if you’d like to enter, details are here.

There’s also a ‘swim bundle’ available where you can enter the 10km Jubilee River Swim and the 9km Long Reach Swim (July 21)  for just £130.


Tri January

Lauren Steadman inspired millions competing on Strictly Come Dancing last year and now she’s inspiring thousands more as she fronts ‘Tri January’, a new campaign encouraging people to try a multisport challenge.

Reigning ITU Paratriathlon World Champion and Strictly star Lauren is joined by Deborah James and Lauren Mahon from the You, Me and the Big C podcast, along with TV Sports Presenter Mike Bushell, fronting the British Triathlon campaign which over 5,000 people to complete a triathlon in January.

Each of the four famous faces will take on a different triathlon distance and encourage others to do the same – showing that triathlon is for everyone, regardless of age, ability or lifestyle.

Why not give Tri January a go? Challenge yourself, your friends, family and colleagues, to take on Tri January as an individual, or as part of a team. Swim or row, bike and run throughout the month by choosing your challenge and completing one of the distances below:

  • TEAM YOU, ME AND THE BIG C (GO TRI distance – 15km)
  • TEAM BUSHELL (Sprint distance – 25km)
  • TEAM STEADMAN (Standard distance – 50km)

It’s not too late to sign up for the challenge. Head over to British Triathlon website here to find out more.


Inner Warrior CampInner warrior camps

If you’re looking for a new sport this year, why not try rugby?

Held regularly at rugby clubs across the country, England Rugby’s Warrior Camps are a fun-packed, commitment-free way for women to get outside, get muddy and experience the dynamic, exhilarating sport of rugby for the first time.

With plenty of help on hand, you’ll be introduced you to the basics of rugby – passing, kicking and tackling and enjoyable fitness routines – helping you step out of your comfort zone and unearth your Inner Warrior.

Rugby is an incredibly inclusive sport which has contributed to it being one of the fastest growing female team sports in England. Rugby offers women the chance to build new friendships with like-minded people through a shared passion for breaking barriers and trying new experiences. You’ll build friendships through the strong camaraderie as players rally around each other to support and encourage teammates on the pitch.

Click here for a list of Warrior Camps taking place across England this month.


Cardiff Half Marathon

Emma and Tom had a wonderful time at last year’s Cardiff Half Marathon which is sponsored by our client Meridian Foods. They both did incredibly well on the beautiful course.

This year the Cardiff Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 6th October 2019 and registration is now open, but those keen to take part are urged to sign up as soon as possible – with entries due to sell-out in record time this year.

Charity is at the heart of the Cardiff Half Marathon, with many runners raising money for fantastic good causes. Knowing your run has helped others gives a huge boost to the satisfaction you feel on finishing the race – and keeps you motivated during your training.

Runners can fundraise for the Lead Charity Partner the NSPCC, or one of the Associate Charity Partners. #TeamNSPCC runners receive a personalised training plan, training day with expert coaches, a Facebook community to share training tips and experiences with and post-race reception.

You can enter the race here.


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