Paul and the balance crew organised a supreme weekend of riding in the Welsh hills. The weather was very un-Welsh with the sun cracking the flags all weekend. The routes were challenging but achievable and would give anyone riding them a sense of achievement. The riding and van support was great and the team atmosphere they developed was tremendous. The exercise was naturally balanced with enjoyable sociable evenings and I’m already looking forward to the next one!
— Jason T

Our free days

We regularly organise social walking, running and cycling gatherings; they’re kept short, never too challenging and they’re free to come along. They’re great for starting to build your fitness and confidence, or as training for one of our bigger challenges. They follow the values we’ve set out for all events but they’re a little less formal, with no vehicle support or food provided (although we might bring along one of our homemade cakes for you to try at the end if you’re keen). We plan the routes (which we’ll send you beforehand) and a nice place we can stop for food and refreshments, as well as walking, running or cycling along with you, assisting and motivating as much as needed.

All we ask is that if you enjoy the day, you consider making a small donation to our charity fund to say thank you. It can be as much or as little as you can afford and there’s absolutely no obligation.

More info coming soon on the following for February…

Sunday 3rd: Castle Combe 10k Walk - I checked this route out over Christmas and it’s beautiful. Wooded valleys, streams and great pubs at the finish.

Sunday 17th: Severn Bridge 40 - A steady bike ride starting from the old Severn Bridge and following Sustrans routes for much of the way. Four noteworthy hills to climb and a planned halfway stop at Raglan Castle Cafe.

Our premium events

Our 2019 event calendar has walks and bike rides to challenge everyone. Click on an event to find out more and sign-up today.

All premium events are limited to 30 spaces so choose your challenge before it’s too late.


What makes our premium events so special?

Here are eight reasons why we think you’ll love our events and why people keep coming back for more:

  1. They’re friendly: Pre-event online areas, small participant numbers, guided groups so that you can socialise on the move and group meals make for a great way to make lots of wonderful, like-minded friends. 

  2. They’re relaxed: The days aren’t timed and there’s no racing, so you can relax, unwind and truly enjoy the experience.

  3. They’re challenging: Whilst they’re not races, we know you want to challenge yourself and get fitter, so there’s a range of levels to enable you to push yourself to new heights, and nice shiny medals to reward your efforts.

  4. They’re supported: The balance crew support you every step of the way, acting as chefs, drivers, guides, motivators, mechanics, coaches, pace-setters and first-aiders, encouraging, helping and advising when you need us.

  5. They’re tasty: Rather than endless gloopy sports gels, you’ll find a range of tasty homemade treats and lunches and dinners in great cafes, tea-rooms and pubs.

  6. They’re breath-taking: All of our routes are planned through stunningly beautiful countryside, with hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, canals, disused railway lines, forests, castles that make for the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation.

  7. They’re flexible: Pick and choose which days you do, jump in the van for a bit if the distance is too much, stay wherever suits your budget and tastes, join us for evening meals if you wish; everything is designed to give you the ultimate flexibility.

  8. They’re helping great causes: All of our events support our chosen charities so you can look good, feel good and do good at the same time. We donate £1 from every entry fee and you can raise further funds through sponsorship if you wish too.

All of our events, or ‘balanced days out’ as we like to call them are designed to do all of the above and more. We have a range of walking, cycling and running days on offer and colour code the different levels of challenge so that you can choose one right for you.

Our green and blue events sit at the easier end of the scale and we use these primarily for our free events to allow you to try them out, build your confidence or use them to increase your fitness in preparation for one of our bigger challenges. They’re also a great way to see the sights and make new friends and training partners.

Our pink and orange events are at the tougher end of the scale and are mostly used for our big challenges. They require a little practice and determination, but we know from experience that you can overcome the challenge and leave with a big smile on your face, a medal for your efforts and some incredible memories.

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“Thank you for such a fantastic Coast to Coast ride! It was a truly great few days and you do really have a knack of organising superb events! I hope this is the first of many.
The ride was the perfect run-in for my Ironman at the end of August and meeting all the great people was awesome.” 
— Brendan E

A little taster: here’s a selection of images from previous balance events and some of our own adventures.