Are you looking for a physical challenge in 2022? Would you like to support Alopecia UK at the same time?

As we enter a new year, we are looking forward to hopefully getting back on track with fundraising activities. It was great to see lots of challenge events resume at the end of last year and we hope more will follow!

Being the small charity we are, Alopecia UK does not have lots of capacity to purchase large number of places in the various popular challenge events across the UK. However, we have got a handful of places in three of the popular events run by Great Run Company. These are: 

Great North Swim (1 mile distance) - Challenge can be undertaken between Friday 10th June to Sunday 12th June 2022, Lake Windermere, Cumbria 

Great North Run (Half marathon) - Sunday 11th September 2022, Newcastle/South Shields, Tyne and Wear. 

Great South Run (10 mile run) - Sunday 16th October 2022, Portsmouth, Hampshire. 

We have 5 places in each event and are inviting applications from our community. 

As the places come at a cost to Alopecia UK, we ask for any participants to pay a contribution towards their place (£25), as well as aiming to raise a minimum of £250 in fundraising. Alopecia UK will provide participants with an Alopecia UK t-shirt or vest (subject to availability). 

If you are up for a challenge, please apply here

In the event of there being lots of interest in the charity places, we cannot guarantee you will be successful.

Our application form will close on Sunday 6th February and we will notify applicants if they have been successful week commencing 7th February 2022. If we still have places remaining after this date, we will accept applications via email. 

We hope lots of you will consider rising to the challenge for Alopecia UK!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Alopecia UK have any places in the 2022 London Marathon?

A: No, unfortunately we are unable to obtain any places in the 2022 London Marathon race. 

Q: Are there other fundraising challenge opportunities that I can take part in to raise funds for Alopecia UK?

A: Yes, there are lots and lots of challenge events across the UK. Alopecia UK has only purchased a small number of places in the three events detailed in this news item. However, individuals can secure their own places in events (purchased directly through event organisers) and use these places to raise funds and awareness for Alopecia UK. We are very lucky that members of the alopecia community have been doing this for us for years. Check out the different challenge events in your local area or further afield by searching the different options online (there are LOTS!) 

Q: If physical challenges are not my thing, are there other ways I can support Alopecia UK?

A: Yes, absolutely! There are all sorts of ways you can get involved in fundraising for Alopecia UK. Quizzes, cake sales, dress down days, afternoon teas and 'Wear Blue for Alopecia UK Days' are just a few examples of ways that people have raised funds and awareness for Alopecia UK in the past. Get thinking about what you'd like to do and get in touch with us at [email protected] if you have any questions.