Get fit in supreme style this year by participating in everything from twilight walks to demanding triathlons at some of the most beautiful locations in the country. The Treasure Houses of England present the perfect space and backdrop for an array of exciting events while giving the opportunity to raise money for some incredible charities.
Beaulieu Estate is hosting Walk Ten for Marie Curie Cancer Care (4 August) – a unique twilight walk through the picturesque village and along the river for an inspiringly worthy cause.
Watch one of the biggest UK triathlons at Blenheim Palace’s esteemed event (9-10 June) and get behind the wheels yourself for Bike Blenheim Palace (18-19 August) – the country’s fastest-growing festival that sees everyone from fanatics to families enjoy the splendour of their stunning surrounds.
|Triathlon at Blenheim Palace|
Castle Howard will be hosting the Markel Castle Triathlon (22 July) where you can test your stamina and fitness by running and cycling around the estate and snatching a rare opportunity to swim in the Great Lake. There’s also an assortment of outdoor activities during their anticipated Get Active Weekend (26-27 August).
Age UK’s North Yorkshire 10k run will be supported by Jane McDonald (Loose Women, The Cruise) who will be joining the masses on Mothering Sunday (18 March) at Harewood House in aid of helping older people to keep warm and well this winter.
On Sunday 7 October, take part in the Willow Foundation's 10k challenge in the grounds of Hatfield House and help to provide special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds. This is the 4th Willow 10k - a great race for beginners and experienced runners and walkers alike.
Explore the enticing North Norfolk Coast Path and gorgeous grounds at Holkham Hall for the North Norfolk Marathon (13 May). Travelling through the parklands of the estate and into the seaside town of Wells, both half and full marathon courses will allow people of all levels to participate in the run.
|Pink Ribbon Ride|
To take part in the UK’s leading series of women-only bike rides, head to Woburn Abbey for their hugely popular Cycletta (13 May). One of seven similar events across the country, it marks the beginning of the series in fun and family-friendly – not to mention – scenic style. As if that wasn’t enough the British Heart Foundation Jog returns in May (27 May) and Woburn Abbey’s first triathlon is in September (15 September). Placed within the 3,000 acres of deer park it’s the perfect location for the 2012 tri for life charity multi-sport event which includes three different triathalon distances and a new 10k run for adults as well as the kids’ duathlon and scootathlon
Or join the thousands of women who put their best feet forward in the beautiful surroundings of Burghley House in the Stamford Race for Life (13 May).
Helen’s Trust helps people with incurable illnesses to live at home by supporting their individual needs, bringing great comfort at the end of their lives. Support their stellar work at Chatsworth and take part in the 5th annual 10K and Family Fun Run (20 May). A hugely popular event in the running calendar, the 10k horn will fire at 9.30am, with a refreshed course, free parking and cash prizes for winners and veterans.
The Treasure Houses sporting calendar has something for all – from family fun events – including even some in fancy dress to more serious side of fitness with the acclaimed triathlons and marathons, and also the chance to watch some elite athletes at these unique venues.