Walking or running is a fantastic way to support Pilgrims, whether doing it with friends or chasing a personal best.
What's on offer?
Our sponsored walks and runs take place throughout the year and there's something for everyone.
One of the best events I've taken part in, I literally laugh my way round! Support and organisation were amazing. Looking forward to doing it again.
Carol, Pilgrims Way Challenge participant
The award-winning Virtual Hike Series has been introduced to help our community to stay active, exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Start the New Year off on the right foot by challenging yourself to walk the equivalent distance on the iconic Inca Trail (26.2 miles) through January. Starting from, or near your home, you can record your walking activities and track your progress as you virtually hike the Inca Trail using the award-winning Pilgrims Event App.
Take a world tour...virtually with our Virtual Hike World Series. The Inca Trail is just the first monthly challenges in our new series which will take you on a journey to complete walks in some of the most incredible places on Earth and enables you to step your walking up gradually over January, February and March. But you'll have to wait to see what the next destination will be.
Our award-winning Pilgrims Way Challenge is a great way to spend time outdoors this Summer. Lace up your walking boots or running shoes and enjoy the rural beauty of one of England’s oldest and least-trodden national trails.
Starting from the picturesque village of Wye, nestled in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, follow the Pilgrims Way, through the scenic Stour Valley, to the historic cathedral city of Canterbury. Along the way you’ll pass through ancient woodland, rolling fields and charming villages, as well as a few challenging climbs through the undulating geography of the Garden of England.
Rolling hillside views, quiet country lanes, historic buildings and ancient woodland all await you along your choice of 25, 35 or 55km challenge.
In 2021, our hikers raised in excess of £164,000! A fantastic amount that could fund the entire running costs of all three inpatient units in Canterbury, Thanet and Ashford, for 7 days.
For those chasing a challenge this summer, you can test your legs in the Canterbury Half Marathon; a tough but beautiful run through the picturesque Kent countryside. Push yourself even further by taking on Brighton Marathon on Sunday 10 April 2022. The world-renowned TCS London Marathon is back on Sunday 2 October 2022. Every step you take, and mile you run, will be supporting local hospice care.
Be part of the Ultra Challenge Series as you walk, jog or run a 25km, 50km or 100km route passing stunning scenery, meeting new friends and discovering hidden resilience and spirit. These challenges are perfect for people of any fitness level, with softer options for beginners and 'ultra' options for those really going for it - along with all those in between!
- Isle of Wight Challenge
- Jurassic Coast Challenge
- London 2 Brighton Challenge
- South Coast Challenge
- Thames Bridges Trek
- Thames Path Challenge
Whatever walk or run you choose, you’ll have great time raising vital funds for hospice care across east Kent. Whether you come with family and friends, colleagues or by yourself, it's sure to be a fun, uplifting experience.
Show your support with the official Pilgrims Hospices technical t-shirt
The Pilgrims Hospices technical t-shirt is made of lightweight, breathable, sweat-wicking material that makes them comfortable to wear during walks, runs or to show your support at a Pilgrims event or your own fundraising activity.
What's more, you'll be letting everyone know that you're supporting Pilgrims Hospices whilst wearing your t-shirt.
T-shirts are just £7 and available in sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL.
We encourage you to raise as much as possible for your event, whether that's reaching a personal target or setting your sites on raising enough to pay for 10 hours of nursing care. Every £25 you raise could pay for an hour of dedicated nursing care at Pilgrims Hospices. Your fundraising will help Pilgrims to continue supporting families in east Kent living with an incurable illness.
To support you with your fundraising we've put together our top tips for raising sponsorship, as well as a guide for setting up your Justgiving page and a fundraising checklist to make the most of your JustGiving page!
Join our friendly community of Pilgrims Hospices walkers and hikers in our active Pilgrims Hospices Walking and Hiking Facebook Group.
Check out our event calendar or contact your local fundraising team to find out more about our latest walking and running events.
Kickstart your year by hiking a marathon to Machu Picchu along the fabled Inca Trail… virtually throughout January!
Fancy a marathon with a side of sea air instead of the usual city heat? Join #TeamPilgrims and run the Brighton Marathon in aid of Pilgrims Hospices.
Go the extra mile and walk, jog or run the Isle of Wight Challenge to push yourself further in support of Pilgrims Hospices.
Go the extra mile and walk, jog or run the Jurassic Coast Challenge to push yourself further in support of Pilgrims Hospices.
Go the extra mile and walk, jog or run the London 2 Brighton Challenge to push yourself further in support of Pilgrims Hospices.