Burn the pounds and Raise funds for charity

After a difficult year of events being cancelled or postponed, why not set yourself an exciting challenge for 2021! Whether it’s big or small, we all love feeling a sense of achievement, and we’ve got a challenge to suit everyone.

We've covered all bases, from walking, running, crawling (through mud) to swimming - you can even combine them all together!

Burn and Raise

Burn those pounds and Raise funds for Simpsons!

If getting fit and doing something worthwhile are on your New Year’s Resolutions List, then why not combine the two and raise vital funds for Simpsons Special Care Babies?



Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk

23rd – 25th April 2021

We are thrilled to announce that the Kiltwalk is returning for 2021, so don your tartan and put your best fundraising foot forward for SSCB at Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk Weekend.

The Kiltwalk are promising a very special weekend in April which will include a number of virtual surprises for participants. You are invited to don your kilt or snazziest tartan and complete any socially distanced challenge you wish – from walking, running or cycling, to hopping, skipping or jumping on a trampoline. All funds raised for SSCB will receive a generous top up of 50% by The Hunter Foundation - so for every £1 you raise, they will add an extra 50p!

If this sounds like something you'd like to get involved in, watch this space to see when registrations open.

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Glasgow Kiltwalk

Sunday 29th August 2021

Don’t fancy a virtual event? The Kiltwalk is planning to stage Scotland’s Kiltwalk 2021 – the first Live Kiltwalk since the pandemic hit, and with 3 distances to choose from, there really is something for everyone.

In an atmosphere like no other, take on the Mighty Stride (approx. 24 miles), a Big Stroll (approx. 15.5 miles) or the Wee Wander (approx. 5 miles). It is not a race so you can walk at your own pace. As with the virtual event, all funds raised for SSCB will be topped up by 50% thanks to Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation.

Registration is set to open in the new year, stay tuned for more details coming soon. 

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Kelpies Supernova

12-14th November 2021

This fantastic 5K route is a great opportunity to explore the home of two 30-metre high horses! The Kelpies are mythical creatures who love to play at dusk, each one weighs over 300 tonnes. Why not get together with your family and friends, grab anything that glows or flashes, and immerse yourself in a light journey with the magical Kelpies!

The atmosphere is a huge amount of fun, and is the perfect way to get involved in a timed 5K with your family and friends. The route starts and finishes within Helix Park, and gives you the opportunity to run alongside the iconic sculptures. The Kelpies are lit up and change colour to create a fabulous spectacle of light.

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Stirling Marathon Weekend

23-24th October 2021

Dubbed the most picturesque marathon in the world, this is your chance to run through the heart of Scotland and run through history. The Stirling Scottish Marathon is a weekend festival of running with something for everyone. From the free family-run event in Kings Park, the full marathon or a distance in between, the weekend will be one to remember.

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Edinburgh Marathon Festival: Virtual Run

30th May 2021

Not just a race, but an entire running festival! From the Junior races to the full Marathon, there is something for all the family.

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Marathon – 26.2 miles

Fast and flat, this marathon course was voted the fastest marathon in the UK – ideal if it’s your first marathon or you are looking for a personal best! Starting in Edinburgh and continuing along the coast to East Lothian, the route offers stunning views and an unforgettable atmosphere.

Half Marathon – 13.1 miles

Perfect for those who don’t fancy the full marathon, the Edinburgh half marathon follows the same fast and flat route.

Marathon Relay

The EMF Relay is a chance for a team of four to complete the Edinburgh Marathon! With different legs to choose from, why not encourage friends and colleagues to join forces with you and take on this exciting challenge

5k and 10k Races

The 5K and 10K races fall on the Saturday of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend and are run in the stunning surroundings of Holyrood Park. Starting and finishing near Dynamic Earth, the routes offer striking panoramic views of the city and Edinburgh Castle.

Junior Races

The junior races offer a picturesque route around Holyrood Park, and are the perfect way for children and teenagers to get active and involved in fundraising. There are several races to choose from depending on age – the Junior 5K is for 11-18 year olds; the Junior 2K is for 9-12 year olds; the Junior 1.5K is for 6-8 year olds; and the Kids’ Kilometre is for 3-6 year olds. The races take place on the Saturday of the Marathon Festival weekend.

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Lands End to John O Groats: Virtual Run

1st January – 31st December 2021

874 miles in 12 months… Can you do it? This is an exciting opportunity to run the length of the UK in the space of a year. You can run or walk as much or as little each day, and track yourself as you advance along the map.

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Tough Mudder

3rd & 4th July 2021

No matter whether you take on the 10 mile challenge or the 5K challenge, the Tough Mudder is a unique experience based on courage, teamwork and personal accomplishment.

Designed by the British Special Forces, Tough Mudder competitions test your physical strength, stamina and mental grit. Above all though, it is about teamwork and camaraderie and you run, climb, crawl and pull each other over the finish line – in water, up hills, over obstacles and through a lot of mud!

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Ultra Tour of Edinburgh

17th October 2021

Ready to take on the ultimate challenge? The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh is a 57km (35.4 miles) course that weaves through streets, alleyways, onto hills, up crags, past monuments, museums, seats of Royalty, Government and up and down 3000 feet of ascent and descent.

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Fundraising at Home

When it comes to fundraising ideas, there really is something for everyone, and whilst we may all be spending a lot more time indoors at the moment, there are loads of fun ways you can raise money for SSCB without breaking a sweat!

  • Hold a sponsored silence (a great one for the kids)

  • Arrange a teddy bear’s picnic

  • Arrange a bake sale

  • Hold a virtual event (e.g. quiz night or games night)

  • Host a virtual class

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Your Own

Have an event of your own in mind? Or an event that we should be involved with? Get in touch!

Whether it’s an event from the list above, or you have your own personal challenge in mind, every penny raised will help fund vital research, purchase life saving equipment for the NNU, support staff training, and support parents.