Inspirational Fitness Challenges for 2024

Looking for a fun, achievable goal to set yourself in 2024? Don’t miss these inspiring walking and running challenges based in the UK. 

A new season brings with it renewed enthusiasm for planning your next big challenge or adventure! For our #TeamMontane athletes, our ultra events will be focussing their energies as they gear up for some of the toughest challenges on the planet. But these races have been designed for experienced ultra runners who are at the peak of their physical fitness. So what about the rest of us?

For keen adventurers, there are tons of amazing fitness challenges to try across the UK. Your chance to put some fire in your belly and to get excited for the better weather to come. So for those of you who aren’t quite at the pro ultra running level (just yet), but are eager to take their running (or walking) to the next level this year, take a look at these ideas to get started…

Outside Hope Valley Round

Since its launch in 2022, this route has become a must-do challenge in the UK! For those unfamiliar, the Outside Hope Valley Round is a satisfying 20-mile loop taking you on a fun, rollercoaster journey through the heart of the Peak District National Park.

Perfect for walkers and runners alike, it’s a great challenge for anyone eager to get out for a fun day in the hills! Starting and finishing at the Outside shop in Hathersage, means you can refuel and relive the highlights over a lovely cuppa and slice of cake too.  Want to find out more about this inspiring challenge? Discover our gear guide and packing essentials for the Hope Valley Round. For anyone looking to push their performance, hear from Team Montane Athlete, Victoria Thompson, who shares her tips to help you set an FKT on this route.

Hope Valley Round

Take on a walking challenge

The UK is home to several world renowned walking challenges that not only boast great views, but a rewarding journey to complete too. For those heading up to Scotland this year, why not try and bag 1 of its 282 Munros, you might find it kick starts a need to take on all of them! Alternatively, the Lake District's Wainwright fells are another great option for hikers looking to explore more of the UK's awe-inspiring natural landscapes.

Munro Bagging

Set a Fastest Known Time

FKT’s, an acronym for Fastest Known Time, became all the rage during the covid-19 pandemic, and their popularity shows no sign of slowing down! Simply put, it’s the fastest recorded time of a challenge and can be as unique and creative, or well known, as you like.

Sound good? #TeamMontane’s Tom Hollins has smashed several FKT’s in his time and shares his journey so far. Discover his guide to FKTs to find out how you could take on your own.

Tom Hollins

Take on an ultra 

Looking to take your running to the next level? Ultra running is often regarded as the ultimate test of physical and mental endurance. With a bit of training and determination everyone can take on a legendary long distance race like the Lakeland 50! Take a look at our guide to ultra running to learn essential advice to get started on this journey...who knows maybe we will see you at the Lakeland next year?

New challenge, new gear? Take a look at our new season gear to make sure you can go further in the great outdoors with technical clothing and equipment.