Due to COVID-19 and the restrictions in place to combat the pandemic, all organised physical challenges are currently postponed or cancelled. Some events may be virtual this year, though, so please get in touch with if you would like to find out more.

Whether its a sponsored family cycle or an ultra-marathon, challenging yourself for Bighearted Scotland is rewarding in so many ways. As well as being an amazing experience in itself, by getting sponsorship you raise awareness of our cause whilst also raising vital funds for our member charities who are on the front line of making Scotland a better place for everyone. You’ll be helping protect children, support those with special needs, epilepsy, mental ill health, and cancer, care for veterans, and protect animals from cruelty

You can do any challenge you like for Bighearted Scotland – the only limit is your imagination! Just get in touch with your ideas and we’ll take it from there. We also have places available in a number of challenge events, listed below.

London Marathon
The 2021 Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon

Apply now for your chance to be a part of the biggest Marathon ever staged; the Virgin Money London Marathon!

Show your support and enable Bighearted Scotland to raise even more vital funds for our five special charities.

The 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 3 October is set to be the world’s first 100,000-person marathon with 50,000 participants in a virtual event around the globe joining 50,000 on the traditional course from Blackheath to The Mall.

We have limited places available in the Virtual Marathon. 

General entry into the virtual 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 3 October is now sold out. The only way to be a part of the world’s biggest-ever marathon is to secure a charity place!

Your Run. Your Way. 

You will have 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds to join up to 50,000 runners in completing the marathon your way

Run, Walk or Jog, you can complete the 26.2 miles any way you want and be as creative as you like! 

All finishers will receive the coveted official Virgin Money London Marathon finisher medal and New Balance finisher T-shirt!

Will you make it into the World Record Books? 

The virtual Virgin Money London Marathon was held for the first time in 2020, when more than 37,000 runners, from all corners of the world, completed the race. This was awarded an official Guinness World Records title for the ‘Most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours’.

Entrants must be 18 or over on Sunday 3 October 2021 to take part in the 2021 Virtual Virgin London Marathon 

All 26.2 miles must be completed on Sunday 3 October 2021

Visit The Virgin Money London Marathon website for comprehensive lists of FAQs for participants

Registration Fee: £25

Minimum Sponsorship £250 

For more information or to register your interest contact us on


Take you pick from 13.1km, 6.5km, or the Mini Kilomathon for ages 6-14! All taking place in Edinburgh, this great event provides a great opportunity to try an alternative distance to push yourself from the usual 5 or 10k.

Stirling Scottish Marathon & Half Marathon

Take part in this picturesque running event which takes in Stirling Castle, Blair Drummond Safari Park, Bridge of Teith, Doune, Dunblane, Bridge of Allan and Blairlogie on it’s route.

BGHE 10k Running Festival 
Take part in Aberdeen’s longest running road race and raise vital funds for Bighearted Scotland.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival 
With the Edinburgh Marathon Festival you can choose from running a 5k, 10k, half marathon and a full marathon! You can also form a 4-person team to take part in the relay, and there’s distances from 1k-5k for kids! The Edinburgh Marathon is one of the fastest in the UK and a perfect place to set a new PB while running for a great cause.

Strathearn Marathon 
The route follows predominantly quiet B roads in Strathearn, starting and finishing at the Cultybraggan Camp just outside Comrie, with about 1500 feet of ascent.

Men’s 10K 
Starting at the Riverside Transport Museum, the Glasgow route takes you along the River Clyde while passing the Glasgow Science Centre, The Armadillo, The SECC and the SSE Hydro, before finishing in the iconic George Square!


Whether you want to go the full 24 miles, test yourself with 15.5 miles, or take it easy with 5 miles, there’s a walk that’s right for you! We don’t have charity places in this event, but you can still take part and help raise funds for Bighearted Scotland. Buy your place directly through the organisers (remember to select Bighearted Scotland as your chosen charity), then let us know you’ve got it by contacting, and set your own fundraising target. Once you’ve registered with us, we’ll help you with some fundraising ideas!

Scottish Half Marathon & 10k 

With a scenic coastal route, this race starts in Tranent and through Longniddry, before looping back to Musselburgh via Port Seton, Cockenzie and Prestonpans.

Baxter’s Lock Ness Marathon 

The Loch Ness Marathon takes you along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, and finishing in Inverness.

Run Scotland Rannoch Marathon 

Take in the scenery and backdrop on the north and south shore of Loch Rannoch by running the Marathon.

Skydiving – various dates throughout the year

Experience the rush of a skydive from at least 10,000ft at 120mph! Taking part in a skydive is a fantastic way to raise money for charity. This once in a life time experience will not only be exhilarating but adrenaline packed! Our main skydive provider has 19 sites available throughout the UK.

To book your place at one of these sites we ask you to pay a registration fee of £70 and commit to raising a minimum sponsorship of £395 (£450 for skydives in Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Please note the cost of your skydive will be paid for from the sponsorship you raise. For more information contact

Inspired? Then get in touch with us and lets get you signed up! Please contact Sheena on 0131 475 2549 or to sign up to any of these challenges or to discuss your own ideas.

Sign up to any challenge event today and we’ll send you your Bighearted Scotland sports t-shirt to get training in!