If you're thinking of securing your own place on a race and joining Mencap's extreme team - this page is for you.
Can I really take on such an extreme challenge?
Which extreme challenges can I take on?
How much will it cost?
What's your refund policy?
What costs does this policy cover?
How do I claim the 40% refund?
How do I register?
What are the benefits of joining the team?
Why do it for Mencap?
If you are keen and enthusiastic, the answer is most definitely yes. All you need is the energy to train and raise funds that will make a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability.
Any - that is, any organised race or challenge in the world, from the ones featured on Mencap's extreme team to any other race you fancy, which can involve running, swimming, bike riding, climbing, skiing or indeed any sport at all. It just needs to have an endurance or extremely difficult element to it - for instance running beyond a marathon or on challenging terrain/climate.
You can also come up with your own challenge - ever fancied breaking a Guinness World Record, for instance? Just contact us to discuss your ideas and how we can help you make it happen.
You will need to secure your own place with the organiser and pay the costs directly to them. The costs vary for each event and we can offer a 40% refund to cover your costs. See below for further details.
You will need to check with the organiser for full details on costs, payment schedule and terms and conditions.
The Atlantic Coast Challenge costs £155 to enter.
- The North Pole Marathon and North Pole Bike Extreme cost c. £9,500 to enter, all included.
There is no minimum sponsorship to raise, you can raise as much as you like.
Mencap can offer you a 40% refund of any amount you raise to cover your entry costs which means you could take part in these events for free.
For example, if you raise £1,000, we can refund you £400 towards your costs.
To get a full refund on the cost of entering the Atlantic Coast Challenge you'd need to raise £387.50 and for the North Pole Marathon or the North Pole Bike Extreme (c. £9,500), you would need to raise £23,750.
Remember, there is no minimum sponsorship - you can raise as much as you like but the more you raise, the more we can contribute to your costs and the more goes towards our work. You can also opt not to claim this refund so more of your sponsorship money will go towards our services and campaigning for people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Race entry plus accommodation related to your race and transport costs to the race destination, if not included. You must keep all receipts.
Secure your place with the organisers and contact us with proof that you have secured a place and telling us how much you expect to raise. We will then support you with your fundraising and training.
We will process the refund on request within 8 weeks after the race.
Please register directly with the organisers for any event and then let us know you wish to join the team.
All members of Mencap's extreme team will receive:
- fundraising support
- training support
- the benefit of being part of a team
- invitations to Mencap's extreme team get togethers
- a top/vest before the race
- other free or discounted health and fitness services and products
- 40% refund of what you raise to cover costs
Mencap is the UK's leading charity for people with a learning disability. Every day, Mencap helps thousands of people with a learning disability, their families and carers. We provide support services and campaign so that people with a learning disability have equal opportunities to live life the way they want. Challenge yourself for Mencap and join us in supporting people with a learning disability.
Just look at what the money you raise could do:
- £250 could pay for 16 children who cannot speak to attend a special workshop where they can learn the Makaton sign language
- £570 could pay for the 16-week course we run for volunteers to train them to provide advice and support to families who have children with a learning disability
- £1,000 could provide a specialist one-to-one carer for two months, helping someone with a learning disability get the support they really need.
We spend the money you raise wisely. 94p of each £1 Mencap raises goes straight to the services we provide.
If you would like more information about any of the events, please contact:
Telephone: 020 7696 6946