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We've hand picked some of the UK's biggest fitness challenges, so whether your New Year's resolution is to get into shape, spend more time outdoors or simply push yourself to try something new, you're in the perfect place to start.

Go on... challenge yourself to do something amazing in 2018!

Brooks Snowdonia Marathon - 27th October 2018

If you’re looking to take your running to the next level in 2018, the Brooks Snowdonia Marathon could be the perfect race. Not for the faint-hearted, the 26 mile route is known as one of the toughest in the UK - thanks to its challenging hills and exposed trails. Challenges come with rewards, though, and this marathon is no exception. A favourite amongst runners and athletes, the route offers incredible views over Snowdonia National Park. It's one way to see Wales that you'll never forget!

With the starting point just 45 minutes drive from Ty Mawr Holiday Park, why not follow your challenge with a relaxing break on the beautiful North Wales coast?


Image courtesy of Brooks Snowdonia Marathon / SportpictureCymru

The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia - 20th May 2018

The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia is an event firmly pinned to the calendars of professional and amateur cyclists across the UK. Offering participants the chance to compete on the 81 mile closed road course, winding through beautiful Perthshire, cyclists are rewarded with spectacular views of Loch Rannoch, Loch Tummel and the Scottish Highlands - unmatched by any other sportive. With everyone from clubs to individuals welcome, it’s the perfect challenge to step up your cycling game - whatever your ability.

The Event Village and start line in Pitlochry is less than 30 minutes away from Tummel Valley Holiday Park, making it a perfect place to stay.

The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia

Image courtesy of The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia/IMG UK Ltd

Tough Mudder Yorkshire - July 28th & 29th 2018

Yorkshire’s Tough Mudder event is a serious test of stamina, strength and teamwork. With no winners or clocks to race against, Tough Mudder is all about taking on the challenge. As the name suggests, you can expect plenty of mud - as well as challenging obstacles and even ice pools, all designed to find out whether you’re made of the tough stuff! Don't worry though, we promise there's plenty of fun on offer too! It's the perfect challenge to take on with your friends and family.

Taking part in Tough Mudder Yorkshire? Why not unwind afterwards with a relaxing stay at Todber Valley Holiday Park.

Tough Mudder

Image courtesy of Tough Mudder / Edelman

Great East Swim - 23rd June 2018

If pounding the pavement isn’t your thing, a swimming challenge could be just what you need to achieve your fitness goals and raise money for a great cause. The Great East Swim takes place annually at Alton Water, just outside Ipswich in Suffolk, offering participants the chance to take part in a variety of swimming challenges, ranging from a half-mile to 10km swim. The Great East Swim is the perfect challenge for first timers as you can tailor your challenge to your ability.

Looking for somewhere to stay? Weeley Bridge Holiday Park is just 16 miles away, making it the perfect place to warm up and dry off with a relaxing break following your challenge.

Great East Swim

Image courtesy of The Great Run Company

Great North Run - 9th September 2018

Perhaps one of the UK’s most famous running events, the Simplyhealth Great North Run has graced Tyneside every year since 1981 - going on to become the biggest half marathon in the world, with over a million people having crossed the finish line. With everyone from elite professional athletes to first timers in fancy dress welcome, the Great North Run offers the perfect challenge for the new year.

With 57,000 runners taking part annually, accommodation can be few and far between. Why not relax after the run in your own home away from home at Whitley Bay Caravan Park - it's just 30 minutes away from the starting line and can easily be reached by public transport.

Video sourced from GreatRunTV

Great Scottish Swim - 25th August 2018

Taking place in beautiful Loch Lomond, the UK’s largest inland stretch of water, the Great Scottish Swim brings together elite swimmers, amateur athletes and complete beginners to compete in a timed swim. As with the Great East Swim, participants can choose from a variety of challenges to match their swimming ability. Entering the water at Balloch Pier, Loch Lomond’s most southerly point, swimmers head out into the depths of the loch before looping back around and crossing the finishing line on the adjacent beach. With the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park all around you, we can't think of a finer place to take a dip!

It would be a shame to miss out on what this beautiful corner of Scotland has to offer - so treat yourself to a break at Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, situated less than an hour away away from the start line.

Great Scottish swim

Image courtesy of The Great Run Company

Isle of Wight Challenge - 5th-6th May 2018

If walking is more your thing (although nobody’s stopping you from running it!), the Isle of Wight Challenge could be the perfect goal to set yourself this year. This May, participants from across the UK will aim to conquer the isle by attempting to walk, jog or run the entirety of the island’s 106km coastline! This circumnavigation of the island continues through the night, with the event running non-stop for the whole weekend. While walking the full route usually takes between 20 and 33 hours, shorter challenges are available with a half and quarter island challenge running alongside the full event. Whichever distance you choose, you’ll find plenty of support along the way - with rest stops providing hot meals, snacks, drinks and plenty of encouragement to keep you going.

Fancy taking part? Why not follow your challenge with a relaxing break at one of our holiday parks on the island, you’ll need a rest after hiking through the night after all!

Isle of Wight Challenge

Image courtesy of Action Challenge

Great North SwimRun - 9th June 2018

Can’t make your mind up when it comes to choosing a fitness challenge? Get the best of both worlds with the Great North SwimRun. Taking place in Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District National Park, you couldn’t ask for better surroundings. Unlike other solo challenges, participants must complete the SwimRun in pairs - traversing the course on water and land as they help each other navigate to the finish line. With a choice of ‘Short’, ‘Middle’ or ‘Endurance’ routes ranging from 10.6km to 36.5km, the event attracts everyone from friends and couples looking for an exhilarating challenge to serious athletes looking to hone their craft.

You’ll need somewhere to dry off, rest and regale following all that hard work, so why not pair the challenge with a stay at one of our holiday parks in the region and explore more of what the Lake District has to offer.

Great North Swimrun

Image courtesy of The Great Run Company

Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon - 20th May 2018

Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon, is an annual event that’s gaining momentum every year - and this year's race is set to be bigger and better than ever. The half marathon is the perfect challenge to set yourself in the new year, better yet, get your colleagues involved in the Corporate Challenge and compete to raise money for a good cause.

Looking for a place to stay after the run? Challaborough Bay Holiday Park is perfectly situated for exploring the beautiful South Devon coast.

Video sourced from Event West

We’d love to hear about which fitness or charity challenge you’re planning to take part in this year. Tweet us @parkdeanresorts!

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