Challenge yourself to do something amazing in 2017. Raise money for a good cause, see more of beautiful Britain and get fit in the process.

We’ve hand picked some of the UK’s best challenges to help you set your New Year's resolution. From marathons to hiking and swimming, there’s something for everyone to take on in 2017.

Great North Run - 10th September 2017

Perhaps one of the UK’s most famous running events, the 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?

Great North Run
Image courtesy of The Great Run Company

The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia - 21st May 2017

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 29th & 30th 2017

Not for the faint hearted, 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!

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 - 17th June 2017

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

Brooks Snowdonia Marathon - 28th October 2017

If you’re looking to take your running to the next level in 2017, the Brooks Snowdonia Marathon could be the perfect race. With challenging hills and exposure to the elements, the Brooks Snowdonia Marathon is known as one of the toughest marathons in the UK. That being said, this challenge comes with a fantastic reward - with breathtaking views of Snowdonia National Park making this route a favourite amongst runners.

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

Great Scottish Swim - 26th August 2017

Taking place in beautiful Loch Lomond, the UK’s largest inland stretch of water, the Great Scottish Swim brings together elite swimmers, amateurs and 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.

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 - 29th - 30th April 2017

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 April, 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 and drinks 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 - 10th June 2017

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 - 23rd April 2017

Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon, previously known as the Plymouth Half Marathon, is an annual event that’s gaining momentum every year - with thousands of runners set to complete the course through the city. While the full event details have yet to be announced, this year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever - with new organisers Event West putting on this year’s run. 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.

Britain's Ocean City Half Marathin
Image courtesy of Run Plymouth

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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