Our events

Something truly wonderful happens when a group of people come together to take on a shared challenge. I learned this for the first time back in 2005 when I completed the London Marathon, my first attempt at the 26.2 mile distance. It was hard, it hurt a lot, but I absolutely loved it! Why??? The support from the crowds (it's definitely London's happiest day of the year), the camaraderie of the runners (and walkers) helping each other towards their ultimate goal and the immense feeling of pride and satisfaction that comes when you cross that finish line; pride in yourself for overcoming the voice in your head that says you can't, pride for surprising others with your determination and immense pride if you've used the event to raise money for a goos cause, helping to make the world just that little bit better.

Over the years, all of us involved in the balance events have done numerous events to challenge ourselves and raise money for great causes in the process and we wanted to use what we've learned to create some memorable experiences for you too.

All of our balanced days out, as we call them, are built around our 'Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good' ethos and we make sure we create a mixture of walks, runs and cycle rides that are suitable for a wide range of fitness and experience levels. Each event is labelled in terms of difficulty level so you can pick one that's right for you.

 

 

Here's a brief overview of the events of the events we've taken part in or organised:

  • Running everything from 5k's to marathons and even an ultra-marathon
  • Cycling John O'Groats to Land's End, Coast to Coast, London to Paris in 24 hours, plus a range of Alpine mountains including the famous Etape du Tour and three ascents of the legendary Mont Ventoux in a single day
  • The 3 Peaks - Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis whilst cycling the distance between them over four days
  • Aquathlons (in which Vicky managed to get herself a World silver medal for her age group), duathlons, triathlons, half-ironmans, and this year, Vicky and Simon will take on Ironman distance for the first time too
  • A range of long-distance walks and cycle rides in and around Bristol and the south-west

Look and feel good:

  • Book one of our events and increase your motivation to exercise
  • Get fitter, leaner and lighter in the process
  • Improve both your physical and mental health
  • Boost your energy levels
  • Enjoy those lovely endorphins that exercise releases in your brain
  • Socialise with a group of brilliant people all sharing the challenge with you
  • Marvel at some of the most beautiful scenery you can imagine, escape from everyday life for a while and get a great sense of pride and achievement when you finish

Do good:

  • All of our events are linked to charities and good causes
  • For paid events we'll donate a proportion of your entry fee to the cause
  • For free events you'll have the option to make a donation to the linked cause if you wish
  • You'll always be able to ask others to sponsor you for doing the event, whether that's to raise money for our cause or for one close to your heart
“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 Ellis
 

What's on?

Here's all of our latest events. Click on the event you're interested in to find out more and book your place.

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Wonderful Wye Valley Walk: Sunday 10th April

       

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RIDE

 

Avon Circular Cycle

 

Sunday 27th May

 

85 miles

 

£10

 

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RIDE

 

Welsh Wheelers

 

£45 per day

Three amazing 1-day rides to challenge you, or take them all on:

Friday 29th June: 45 or 75 miles  Saturday 30th June: 75 or 90 miles

Sunday 1st July: 45 or 70 miles

 

 

A little more about balance events

 All are designed to be:

  • Inclusive - all fitness levels, ages and abilities are catered for, so you can push yourself to a level that's right for you
  • Challenging - whilst it is inclusive, it shouldn't be easy. You're likely doing it to get fitter and healthier and as the saying goes...no challenge, no change
  • Relaxing - we always find the most beautiful places and scenery for our events, to help you unwind, de-stress and escape. We also let you take your time; there's no racing and no need to rush, why would you in such beautiful surroundings
  • Sociable and fun - meet like-minded people who love a challenge and boost your mental health as much as your physical
  • Supportive - in the build-up to the event, we'll send you lots of hints and tips on exercise, nutrition and lifestyle that'll help you prepare for the day. Throughout the event the support crew will be on hand to guide, motivate and generally take care of everything for you
  • Tasty - we'll always look to stop at great tea rooms, coffee shops and pubs during and after the event for some lovely food and a celebratory drink to balance out your hard work. 'Burned it, earned it' as we like to say