Challenge Yourself for Charity

Get active for conservation – choose your charity challenge here.

UK-based Charity Challenges & Virtual Challenges

We work with specialist partners to provide access to a number of exciting, supported real world fund-raising activities here in the UK and beyond,  suitable for a range of abilities.

These give you the opportunity for a lifechanging experience while raising vital funds for our projects. Activities range in duration from challenges completed in a single day, to extended treks, climbs and cycles.

We also offer virtual challenges, including the London Marathon. Further virtual challenges ranging from the Inca Trail to Mount Kilimanjaro coming soon…

Anyone taking on a sponsored challenge in aid of Explorers Against Extinction receives a complimentary one year membership to our Explorer Club as a thank you. All funds raised by active challenges in 2021 will support our 21 For 21 project partners – find out more here.

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Whether you’re running 10km or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, reaching your goal can be more rewarding if you’re part of a team, so consider recruiting some friends. 

If you don’t fancy one of the challenges listed below, you are very welcome to design your own sponsored activity – parachute jumps, triathlons, iron man events, tough mudders – anything goes. We are registered on all the major fundraising platforms including Just Giving, Virgin Money Giving and Enthuse so getting started is easy.


Choose Your Challenge


Charity fundraising places in well-known London events (shown below) – please email sara@realworldconservation.org.uk to apply for a place.


On Sunday 3 October 2021, 50,000 runners will have the chance to be a part of the biggest marathon ever staged anywhere in the world.

The virtual Virgin Money London Marathon will return this year, giving participants the opportunity to take on the world’s greatest marathon on the course of their choice from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59, wherever they are on the planet.

Runners in the virtual event will join a record 50,000 participants who will run the traditional Virgin Money London Marathon from Blackheath to The Mall.

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. The final finishing total of 37,966 means it has been awarded an official Guinness World Records title for the ‘Most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours’.

As well as having a place in the marathon, which has been allocated to Keiren Criddle for Explorers Against Extinction this year (thank you Keiren!), we also have five places in the virtual event. 

London Vitality Half Marathon rescheduled to Sunday 22 August 2021

London Vitality 10k 31 May 2021

Virgin Money London Marathon 3 October 2021 - real-world and virtual race


Choose from more than a dozen unique events, many with 3 distance options and all with full support. Challenges are designed for a wide range of fitness levels, ages, and experience and are suitable for teams as well as individuals. Your fund-raising will support our projects – next year we have an exciting new 21 for 21 initiative so fund-raisers can select a specific project to partner with if they wish, or they can fund-raise for our central project fund.

Please note: during the registration process you will have the option to select Explorers Against Extinction from a drop-down menu (charities are listed alphabetically in the ‘Other’ section). You can then set up a fund-raising page with Just Giving or right here through our website. We can help with this.


A range of longer UK challenges including iconic hikes and cycles.


Virtual events coming soon!

Take a wrong turn? Not feeling sporty? Check out some of the other great ways you can support here.

Explore our Creative Ways to Support here.

Expedition Archive

Explorers Against Extinction charity expeditions recreate the journeys of explorers and adventurers. All profit from these trips, as well as fund-raising by the participants supports Explorers Against Extinction projects.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 our 2020/21 expedition programme has been postponed. Details for 2022 will be unveiled once international travel becomes possible once more.


Expedition: Everest Base Camp 1953 

Dates: 27th February – 14th March 2020

Guides: Serap Sherpa, 7 time submitter of Everest. Robert Ferguson, author of the Nepal Handbook from Footprint Guides & EAE Trustee.

Details: In February – March 2020 EAE trustee Robert Ferguson trekked to Everest Base Camp, following the route taken by the 1953 British Everest Expedition that successfully reached the summit. This  entailed walking from the Kathmandu Valley to Everest, a journey of some 200 miles through some of the most spectacular terrain in the world. Every step was ascent or descent. He completed the trek using only equipment available at the time.

Rob was joined at Lukla by a group of supporters all of whom  fund-raised for EAE. They continued up to the Khumbu Ice-flow and Everest Base Camp.