A challenge shared is a challenge halved...
Witnessing the stamina-inducing effect of children walking with their friends never ceases to amaze. Eight hour walks in the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains or Scottish Highlands would normally be a tough assignment for any parent and child. Hunger, tiredness, coldness and "are we nearly there yet" would typically be encountered thirty minutes in! The funny thing is, this just isn't experienced when they are running up the hills (yep!) laughing and joking with their friends.
These walks are physically demanding for both parents and children with heavy packs and little legs respectively. However, when chatting away to your peers, they are immensely enjoyable. Irrespective of the hills and the mud and the wind and the rain, these trips are to be embraced and cherished. You certainly get out what you put in.
The cross-country events are designed to be exciting for teams of children and foster a sense of competition and camaraderie that you just don't get when running on your own. Even though parents don't physically participate, they'll be cheering the team on every step of the way.
Raising sponsorship for charity is encouraged. It is not intended to be an onerous undertaking. It is recognised that the ability to raise money will differ from family to family. Prices are kept as low as possible to ensure that the events are open to all. The aspirational level of sponsorship varies according to the event. There is no sponsorship requirement for the YHA Adventure series.
For all sponsorship events a dedicated team "Just Giving" web page will be created. This joins individual fundraising pages together, giving teams the opportunity to raise money for their own chosen charity whilst working towards a common fundraising target.