Rainbow Trust gears up for a jam-packed year of sports challenge events

This year we have crammed our calendar full of a huge variety of sporting events to provide an opportunity for everyone, regardless of ability, to get involved and raise vital funds.

Our events calendar includes some of the big events such as the TCS London Marathon and RideLondon, other events such as the Royal Parks Half Marathon, as well as some of our own challenges.

BM Ride

Sunday 10 April

This event provides a rare opportunity to cycle on closed roads through Brighton City Centre. BM Ride is back for one of the biggest weekends in Brighton and Hove, with a fantastic atmosphere and huge crowd support, it’s a weekend not to be missed! You’ll also pedal along the seafront and conquer a few challenging hills over a 50km distance.

Sign up here.

Vitality London 10,000

Monday 2 May

Returning to its iconic central London course, the Vitality London 10,000 guides you through many of the city’s most famous landmarks, including Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Old Bailey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, so there’s plenty to see to keep you occupied as you run.

Sign up here.

RideLondon-Essex 100

Sunday 29 May

We have had an unprecedented amount of interest in our charity places for the 2022 event and are completely sold out. However, if you already have a place in this event, take the opportunity to do something amazing and fundraise for Rainbow Trust.

Skydive 35

6 to 12 June

2022 will see Rainbow Trust celebrate our 35th year and to mark the occasion, we are launching our brand-new skydiving campaign, Skydive 35 - 35 jumps for 35 years of care. Imagine feeling the rush as you free fall at 125mph from 10,000 feet above the ground, all whilst raising vital funds. Your skydive will be organised through the booking provider Skyline Events, so you can choose from a range of airfield locations to take on the challenge. The campaign will run between 6 and 12 June 2022 but don't worry if you can't make these dates, you can book your skydive on a day that suits you.

Sign up here.

Great North Swim

10 to 12 June 2022

This is a fantastic weekend of open water swimming in the stunning Lake District surroundings. The event offers a family friendly atmosphere, spectacular swimming action and an unbeatable sense of achievement as you step out of the water and cross the finish line. There are one-mile waves over all three days of the event.

Register for your place.

Towards the end of the year, we have three of the biggest sporting challenges on our agenda for 2022 – the Great North Run, the TCS London Marathon and the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

Great North Run

Sunday 11 September 2022

57,000 determined and dedicated runners make the Great North Run the World’s biggest and best half marathon. Starting in Newcastle City Centre and passing over the famous Tyne Bridge, this year’s event will also celebrate the return of the traditional finish line in South Shields.

Join Team Rainbow Trust.

TCS London Marathon

Sunday 2 October

The 26.2-mile challenge begins at one of the three Start Lines near Blackheath in Greenwich, then passing many London landmarks before finishing on The Mall. We are currently at capacity with our charity places for the 2022 event so if you have applied for your own place in the London Marathon ballot, the results of this are due to be announced in February. If you are lucky enough to secure a place this way, you can still choose to raise vital funds for Rainbow Trust with your own place – just let us know using this form.

Royal Parks Half Marathon

Sunday 9 October 2022

This stunning central London Half Marathon takes in some of the capital's world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London's eight Royal Parks. 

Sign up today.


As always with our sports challenge events, by joining Team Rainbow Trust you will benefit from:

  • Technical running t-shirt, vest or cycling jersey as requested 
  • Cheer point on route (at most events) 
  • Our eye-catching rainbow hair 
  • Dedicated fundraising support  
  • Fundraising hints and tips 

Your sponsorship can help us in many ways, by allowing us to provide practical and emotional support for families across the country and for siblings of seriously ill children, at home – both in person and virtually, at hospital and by providing transport to vital medical appointments and hospital visits. 

If you have any queries about any of the events or would like to discuss anything in more detail, please email Hannah or call 01372 220042.