Events

If you’re looking to take part in an event that’s great fun and well organised, there are loads of great events you can get involved in to support Operation Smile – with such variety, there’s sure to be something to suit everyone!

London to Paris

Cycling

Oxford Half Marathon

Running

Carols by Candlelight

Special Event

Leeds Half Marathon

Running

London Santa Run

Running

Bear Grylls Survival

Obstacle Races

 

Bake a Smile
01 Jul 2017 - 30 Jun 2018
Bake a Smile
Bake a Smile
Whether it’s elevenses, afternoon tea or because it’s Wednesday; a yummy cake, delicious brownie or scrummy biscuit is always a welcome treat! After all, we are a nation of great bakers - cakes, biscuits, scones and so much more!

Every 3 minutes a child is born with a cleft lip or palate. 

Help us provide surgery for these children and Bake a Smile!

Donate to our Bake a Smile Fundraiser



Girl_mixing_bowl.jpgHow to Bake a Smile

  1. When?
    Choose a time and date for your cake sale
  2. Set Yourself a Target
    A new smile can take as little as 45 minutes and cost just £150 – so why not make that your target?
  3. Location, Location, Location
    Where is a good place to hold your cake sale? Anywhere – your school, local shopping centre, village hall, an office or your own home or garden
  4. Tell the World
    Promote your cake sale – put up posters to tell all your family, friends, neighbours & colleagues.  Write to your local paper to publicise your cake sale, put up posters in your local supermarket and shops, office, school or place of worship.
  5. “Bake a Smile” 
    Get on your apron and get baking
  6. Follow us on twitter at @OpSmileUK and tweet about your bakes so we can support your efforts and retweet your message to all our followers! Share your fundraising on Twitter and ask your followers to retweet your message. You can also share your bakes with us on Facebook.
  7. Send us your donation

Don’t forget to sit back and enjoy a cake yourself!

 


Download our BAKE A SMILE FUNDRAISING KIT for ideas, top tips and more! 


Top Tips:

Hold a ‘Cakeottery’: Put a sticker on the bottom of one of the cakes or cookies and whoever buys the winning cake wins a prize

Get your ingredients donated: Ask your local shops or supermarket to donate the ingredients to make your bake a smile goodies.  If you hold a Bake a Smile event at work, ask your employer to cover the cost

Decorate your own cake: How about baking a batch of plain fairy cakes and hosting a "decorate your own cake" stand

Relevant cakes: Baking can even be appropriate to a location - the cafe at Stonehenge does a roaring trade in rock-cakes, for example.

Promote: YOU know why you're baking a smile, but the people you're selling to won't unless you tell them!  This isn't just cake you're selling - it's "cake-in-aid-of!" Letting people know that your cakes are being sold to support a cause doesn't just help spread the word about your charity - it also gives people a legitimate excuse to buy more cake!

Top Tip! You'll sell more cakes in the afternoon than at any other time of the day.


Need inspiration? Look no further! Check out some of our Staff Recipes.


How to get involved

We’re here to help you every step of the way in planning and organising your fundraising events before, during and after the event. Get in touch with our Events Team by email at events.uk@operationsmile.org or call us on 020 3475 5126 for your Bake a Smile Fundraising Kit. Contact us about your event and to order fundraising materials such as collection tins, balloons, posters, leaflets and t-shirts to help make you’re Bake a Smile the best yet!

Carols by Candlelight
07 Dec 2017 - 07 Dec 2017
Carols By Candlelight
Carols by Candlelight
Operation Smile's Carols by Candlelight 2017 will be hosted at the beautiful Grosvenor Chapel in Mayfair on the 7th of December. We look forward to seeing you there!

Operation Smile Carols by Candlelight 

When:
Thursday 7th December 2017
7:00 pm

The service will be held at:
Grosvenor Chapel
24 South Audley Street
London W1K 2PA

Enjoy some more festive cheer and a chance to mingle with the Operation Smile team at a reception following the service at:

University Women’s Club, South Audley Street, Mayfair

8.15pm


Tickets for the Carol Service are £30 for an adult, and £15 for a child.

Tickets for the Carol Service and Reception are £45 and include drinks and nibbles. 

(Please note that Reception tickets are limited)

Cycling
16 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
Revolve 24
Cycling
Join us on the weekend of 16/17 September 2017 at Brands Hatch for the third successive Festival of Cycling and join us in raising a smile!

Revolve24 is an exciting new series of Endurance Cycling Challenges with our signature 24hour event the centre-piece of sporting and charitable endeavour. Competition and meeting a challenge are here for you - but so is having fun and making new friends.

Fast surfaces, racing lines to be learnt, challenges to be met and a chance to meet other riders or renew old friendships - whilst supporting Operation Smile.

This weekend of cycling can also include other formats including 24 hour, 12 hour and 6 hour Endurance Relays as well as Track Omniums and Cyclocross races. 

With participants so far aged between 14 and 70 we have something for everyone.

Choose between the 24 hour, 12 hour and 6 hour challenges - and enter as a soloist or a team of 2, 4, 6 or 8 - prizes will be awarded for each category (valid with a minimum number of category entries)

How to take part

Charity Places for Operation Smile are available in all three challenges.

Registration Fee:            Minimum Soloist Sponsorship: 

24 hour - £75                        £455                                                             

12 hour - £50                        £210

6 hour - £25                          £105

In return you will receive one of our new branded fundraising packs, fundraising advice and a heap of encouragement in the lead up and on the day. We have a limited number of guaranteed places available - Seize the opportunity and register today

The Charity fees include entry to your preferred relay as above PLUS a charity cycling top, and a complimentary Sports Massage (24 and 12 hour only).

The Revolve24 Race App will be available to compete for your place on the grid and will provide access to live tracking during the event.  Data from 1 January 2017 to 31 August 2017 will count towards your Grid Position for the 24 Hour Challenge!

25 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
London to Paris Cycle
Cycling
Join Operation Smile's team riding on one of the world's most iconic cycling routes. London to Paris is the perfect challenge for a keen cyclist to push themselves and change lives in 2017.

The London to Paris Bike Ride is an awesome cycling challenge and is by far one of the best fundraising events in Europe attracting hundreds of riders each year. Whether you’re a regular cyclist or new to cycling, looking to participate as part of a group or a solo cyclist – this is the perfect cycle event for you.

We’ll spend 4 days in the saddle, cycling 308 miles from capital to capital. Our journey begins in London with the route taking us through glorious English countryside as we cycle from Kent to Dover, before crossing the Channel to Calais. Once across the water we start cycling ‘French style’, remembering to keep to the right, we push on cycling along quiet French country lanes, through traditional market towns with views of the rolling green hills of northern France, passing the war memorials and cemeteries of the Somme.

A spectacular finish awaits us as we reach the home stretch up the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe, before reaching the piece de resistance, the Eiffel Tower, which marks our finish line. The days in the saddle may be long but the sense of achievement we’ll feel crossing the finish line and the euphoric atmosphere as we celebrate our achievements in this magnificent capital, the saddle soreness soon wears off!

Click here to download the brochure.

Please click the event date below to register:

How to take part

The applicant would have to pay a registration fee to secure the place.

 

Option A - Minimum Sponsorship (Learn more)
Registration Fee £149 + Min Sponsorship £1630

Option B - Self-funding (Learn more)
Registration Fee £149 + Self Funding £815

 

In return you will receive one of our new branded fundraising packs, fundraising advice and a heap of encouragement in the lead up and on the day. We have a limited number of guaranteed places available - Seize the opportunity and register today

Contact us: If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Events Team by email at events.uk@operationsmile.orgor call us on 020 3475 5126.


29 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Ride London - Surrey 100
Cycling
Registrations have now closed. To register your interest in Ride London 2018 contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org.

REGISTRATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED.

To register your interest in Ride London 2018 contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org.

 

Team Operation Smile Support

All Team Operation Smile cyclists receive:

  • A cycling jersey
  • A fundraising pack and fundraising materials to help you raise maximum funds
  • A Facebook Group
  • Event e-newsletters to keep you up to date on all things related to your event
  • Cheering points to support you on the day

Volunteer

Cycling not for you but still keen to join us on the day? We have a number of volunteering opportunities on the day from cheering on our cyclists at our cheer point to stewarding our cyclists at our post- race area. For more information or to register as a volunteer, email us at events.uk@operationsmile.org.

Join Team Operation Smile:

Ride for Team Operation Smile:

No Registration Fee

Fundraising Target: £600

Already have your own place?

We’d be delighted to have you Team Operation Smile. We don't ask for a registration fee nor do we set you a fundraising target- just raise as much as you can. You will still receive the same unbeatable support as our charity place runners. For more information on how to join Team Operation Smile with your own place send an email to events.uk@operationsmile.org.

Contact us: If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Events Team by email at events.uk@operationsmile.org or call us on 020 3475 5126.

Obstacle Races
22 Jul 2017 - 01 Oct 2017
Spartan Races
Obstacle Races
Why not take on a challenge sure to leave you with an adrenaline high as well as a bonus of raising funds and awareness for Operation Smile.

Spartan Race  is a leader in the sport of obstacle racing, offering open heats for all fitness levels, as well as competitive and elite heats for those with something more to prove! The first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings, Spartan Race provided a proving ground for the beginner and professional obstacle racers looking to test themselves in new ways!

How to take part

The applicant would have to pay either a £42 OR £50 OR £70 registration fee (depending on your choice of race) to secure the place. In return you will receive one of our new branded fundraising packs, fundraising advice and a heap of encouragement in the lead up and on the day. We have a limited number of guaranteed places available - Seize the opportunity and register today!

Contact us: If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Events Team by email at events.uk@operationsmile.orgor call us on 020 3475 5126.

01 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2018
Rough Runner
Obstacle Races
Ready for an awesome obstacle course challenge combining distance running with a variety of game show- inspired obstacles (think gladiators, Ninja Warrior and Total Wipe-out!) along the way? Then don’t miss out! To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
16 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
The Gauntlet Games - Manchester
Obstacle Races
The Gauntlet Games is a hilarious obstacle course race! Run 5k or 10k, taking on a series of inflatable, water and climbing obstacles, with real Gladiators! This is your chance to become a game show hero. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
30 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Bear Grylls Survival Races
Obstacle Races
Put your fitness and survival skills to test! Not only is survival about being able to survive in extreme conditions, but it is also about having the fitness, agility, and the know-how.

“The difference between ordinary and extra-ordinary is just that little word – Extra. Give that little bit extra.” – Bear Grylls

London:  Sept 30th

Bear Grylls Survival Race 5K, 10K or 30K

  • Date - Saturday 30th September
  • Start Time – 09:00am
  • Location:  Trent Park, Barnet, London, EN4 0PS

5k Survival Race
Are you ready for your next challenge? Make your way through our 5k course with 20+ obstacles and 2+ BG Survival Challenges – taking you to new environments and survival situations in our themed Survival Zones.  Battle the elements of the desert, arctic, and jungle through our Bear Grylls Survival Challenges – testing your ability to endure a range of real-world survival scenarios. Failure to complete a Survival Challenge results in a time penalty.

This is the perfect course for those who may be new to the survival world, but want to release their inner Bear! Whether you are running as a lone soldier or with a team, the 5k Survival Race will leave you tired, but with a big sense of accomplishment that is well deserved.

10k Survival RaceCan you run 10k? Can you run 10k while making your way through 35+ natural and purpose-built obstacles? Can you run a 10k, make your way through 35+ obstacles, AND test yourself in each of our 4+ unique Bear Grylls Survival Challenges? Whether you answered yes to 1 or none of the above, push yourself this August and challenge yourself. 

The Survival Zones include BG Survival Challenges replicating real-world survival situations you would inevitably encounter in the wild – equipping you with the knowledge and skill-set to make it through some of the most dangerous environments and terrains out there. Failure to complete a Survival Challenge results in a time penalty.

How to take part

The applicant would have to pay a £25 (5K), £30 (10K) or £35 (30K) registration fee to secure the place. In return you will receive one of our new branded fundraising packs, fundraising advice and a heap of encouragement in the lead up and on the day. We have a limited number of guaranteed places available - Seize the opportunity and register today

Contact us: If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Events Team by email at events.uk@operationsmile.orgor call us on 020 3475 5126.

Running
01 Jul 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
Dog Jog
Running
Taking place from July – October with locations throughout the UK, Dog Jogs are a series of unique 5K jogging events for you and your dog to get fit and have fun! To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
01 Jul 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
Big Fun Run
Running
A series of 5K untimed runs staged within scenic settings throughout the UK from July to October. With 18 locations to choose from, the runs are suitable for all the family; mums with prams, dads with toddlers, groups running together, fancy dress and a fantastic fun atmosphere! To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
29 Jul 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
Color Vibe
Running
Bristol Color Vibe, 29th July 2017 | Essex Color Vibe, 27th August 2017 | Edinburgh Color Vibe, 23rd Sept 2017

Color Vibe is here, and you’re about to get tagged!

Welcome to the most awesome 5K run ever! The Color Vibes fun run will have you and your friends going crazy with color in the most exciting color filled day of your lives! Did we mention we had color - and lots of it! 

At the Color Vibe, YOU are our color canvas, and when you’re finished with this 5k run you’ll be an exciting and vivid masterpiece. So tag your friends and hook everybody up with the coolest color blast 5K run to hit the streets. This is one amazing run you won’t want to miss! Register for the color craziness today before we are sold out in your city.

Registration Fee: £18.50

Dates:

  • Bristol Color Vibe | 29 July 2017
  • Essex Color Vibe | 27 August 2017
  • Edinburgh Color Vibe | 23 Sept 2017

Minimum sponsorship pledge: £150 - the cost to put a smile on a child’s face

Already have your own place?

We’d be delighted to have you join Team Operation Smile. We don't ask for a registration fee nor do we set you a fundraising target- just raise as much as you can. You will still receive the same unbeatable support as our charity place runners. For more information on how to join Team Operation Smile with a ballot place send an email to events.uk@operationsmile.org

All Team Operation Smile runners receive:

  • Our fundraising pack filled with materials to help you get started
  • Training and nutrition advice
  • Ongoing support from sign up to race day

Contact us

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our event team by email or call us on 020 3475 5126

24 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
Sheffield 10K
Running
Entries for the 2017 Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K are now open! Enter online here. It’s back … following its debut in 2016, the much talked-about Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K returns! To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
24 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
Scottish 10K or Half Marathon
Running
The routes are seriously flat & rapid – if you want to set a personal best for a 10K or a half marathon, then this is the event for you! Run along the magnificent East Lothian Golf Coast before finishing in the final furlong at Scotland’s oldest racecourse. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
07 Oct 2017 - 08 Oct 2017
Bournemouth 5K, 10K or Marathon
Running
The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is ’running as it should be.’ Beautiful coastal views, a chance to run the Boscombe and Bournemouth piers and a spectacular finish. There are a range of different running events across the span of the festival weekend. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
08 Oct 2017 - 08 Oct 2017
Chester Marathon
Running
The multi-award winning marathon from the historic Roman/Medieval international destination City of Chester, is fast and a largely flat spectacular city and rural race route. A record 70% of last year’s runners achieved PB times. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
08 Oct 2017 - 08 Oct 2017
Oxford Half Marathon
Running
A fantastic half marathon through the city of oxford and surrounding countryside on a traffic-free course. A superb route taking in the iconic Oxfordshire scenery, the wonderful landmarks and the 'dreaming spires' of this beautiful city, against the spectacular backdrop of the river Thames. One of the virgin sport festival events.

We're happy to announce that the Oxford Half is now the Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon! Check out Virgin Sport Hackney on social to see how they do things a bit differently. This year, they'll be celebrating traditions, old and new at Oxford. Sign up now as this race sold out last year - space is limited!

How to take part

The applicant would have to pay a £40 registration fee to secure the place. In return you will receive one of our new branded fundraising packs, fundraising advice and a heap of encouragement in the lead up and on the day. We have a limited number of guaranteed places available - Seize the opportunity and register today!

Contact us: If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Events Team by email at events.uk@operationsmile.orgor call us on 020 3475 5126.

15 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
Manchester Half Marathon
Running
Take on the Manchester Half Marathon with #TeamOperationSmile. This super-fast course provides great entertainment, outstanding crowd support and a glorious finish at Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire Cricket Club. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
12 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017
Tatton Park 10K or Half Marathon
Running
Set in the incredible venue of Tatton Park in rural Cheshire, this scenic route offers a road closed, fast race. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org and help to #RaiseASmile!
09 Dec 2017 - 09 Dec 2017
London Santa Run
Running
Put runners in fancy dress and suddenly a run around the park becomes 10 times more fun! This is definitely the case with the annual London Santa Run! Join 2,000 others Santa's in our annual 'Red & White' bearded charge around Battersea Park in this 5k festive fun run. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
21 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018
Farnborough Half Marathon
Running
Home of the world famous Air Show, the Farnborough Winter Half Marathon starts and finishes under the infamous Airship hanger. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org and help to #RaiseASmile!
28 Jan 2018 - 28 Jan 2018
Longleat 10K
Running
If you're looking for beautiful scenery then look no further than the Longleat 10km; starting in front of the magnificent Longleat House the race takes in the estates' private, and traffic-free roads. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
25 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
Thorpe Park Half
Running
This is the only Half Marathon ever to be held at one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations. At the Thorpe Park Half Marathon there will be no excuses for fast and furious times with the flat, beautiful surrounding country roads of Thorpe. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
11 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
Barcelona Marathon
Running
The Barcelona Marathon is one of the most popular in Europe. The route takes you through the centre of the city and includes the city’s famous landmarks such as the Camp Nou (the home of Barcelona FC), Sagrada Familia, and finishing a short distance from La Rambla. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
18 Mar 2018 - 18 Mar 2018
Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon
Running
This is the only Half Marathon to be held at this famous and historic royal home. Hampton Court Palace is one of only two surviving palaces that King Henry VIII owned. The race will start inside the gates of Hampton Court Palace and finish in its beautiful gardens. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
02 Apr 2018 - 02 Apr 2018
Lincoln 10K
Running
Attracting people from across the UK and abroad, it boasts a route that takes in some of Lincoln’s historic landmarks, including the cathedral and the city’s Roman Walls. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
08 Apr 2018 - 08 Apr 2018
Greater Manchester Marathon
Running
Recently awarded the title of the UK’s Best Marathon at the 2017 Running Awards, this superfast course offers great entertainment, outstanding crowd support and a glorious finish at Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire Cricket Club. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
08 Apr 2018 - 08 Apr 2018
Paris Marathon
Running
The Paris Marathon begins on one of the world’s most famous streets, Les Champs Elysées the route then takes you on a truly memorable journey though the City of Light. This big international city marathon attracts over 40,000 runners a year and you could be one of them! To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
06 May 2018 - 07 May 2018
Milton Keynes Rocket 5K, Super Hero Run, Half or Marathon
Running
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the buzz of Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend! With numerous races and distances on offer, there really is something for everyone! To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
13 May 2018 - 13 May 2018
Leeds Half Marathon
Running
The Leeds Half Marathon – which this year celebrates its 32nd anniversary - is firmly established as one of the highlights on Leeds’s sporting calendar thanks to its challenging course, enthusiastic crowds and fantastic atmosphere.

The Leeds Half Marathon – which this year celebrates its 32nd anniversary - is firmly established as one of the highlights on Leeds’s sporting calendar thanks to its challenging course, enthusiastic crowds and fantastic atmosphere.

Around 9,000 sign up for this annual event raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities and good causes across Yorkshire and beyond.

The 2018 event takes place on Sunday May 13th at 9.30am.

The route starts in The Headrow alongside Victoria Gardens, heads out of the city centre, takes in a section of the Ring Road and returns via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road before finishing in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.The event is staged in partnership with Leeds City Council and forms part of the Plusnet Marathon Series that also features the Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield and the Yorkshire Marathon.

How to take part

The applicant would have to pay a £28 registration fee to secure the place. In return you will receive one of our new branded fundraising packs, fundraising advice and a heap of encouragement in the lead up and on the day. We have a limited number of guaranteed places available - Seize the opportunity and register today!

Contact us: If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Events Team by email at events.uk@operationsmile.org or call us on 020 3475 5126.

26 May 2018 - 27 May 2018
Edinburgh 5K, 10K, Half or Marathon
Running
The beautiful City of Edinburgh hosts Scotland’s largest running festival, offering multiple races of different distance across an entire weekend. There really is something for everyone! To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
04 Jun 2018 - 04 Jun 2018
Burnley 10K
Running
The Asda Foundation Burnley 10K is much loved with repeat competitors returning to enjoy the amazing support and atmosphere on route! To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
17 Jun 2018 - 17 Jun 2018
South Downs Trail Half Marathon or Marathon
Running
With fantastically scenic routes, both the Half and full South Downs Trail Marathons prove to provide enjoyable challenges for all participants. To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
08 Jul 2018 - 08 Jul 2018
The British 10K
Running
Registrations for this event have now closed. To register your interest in The British 10K 2018 please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org

The British 10k London Run is one of the world’s greatest road race routes. Starting in Piccadilly, runners will pass historic landmarks including Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye. You'll join 25,000 runners to help raise millions of pounds for worthy causes. The British 10k is an excellent opportunity to take in London’s beautiful backdrop whilst raising money for Operation Smile.

**Registrations for this event have now closed**

To register your interest in The British 10K 2018 please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org or call us on 020 3475 5126.

Treks & Overseas
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Ben Nevis Trek
Treks & Overseas
Join Operation Smile as we trek to the top of Britain!

On this exciting weekend challenge we will be conquering Ben Nevis! Our trek will take us through the heart of the breath-taking Western Highlands. The extraordinary natural beauty of the surroundings make tackling the highest peak in Britain less gruelling but no less an absolutely amazing experience.

Our trail to the summit is technically easy, but trekking Ben Nevis is a strenuous challenge – stamina and determination are a must!

The stunning views of the highlands will be with us all the way and provide a fantastic backdrop

Click here to download the brochure

If this sounds like the event for you please select from the dates below to sign up

How to take part

The applicant would have to pay a registration fee to secure the place.

  • Registration Fee: £75
  • Minimum Sponsorship: £560

In return you will receive one of our new branded fundraising packs, fundraising advice and a heap of encouragement in the lead up and on the day. We have a limited number of guaranteed places available - Seize the opportunity and register today

Contact us: If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Events Team by email at events.uk@operationsmile.orgor call us on 020 3475 5126.

26 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
South Coast Challenge
Treks & Overseas
Back for 2017 - this Challenge takes on some of England's finest scenery as a Walk, Jog or Run

An Eastbourne start, up the infamous Beachy Head, through the Seven Sisters Country Park and along the South Downs Way. A Brighton midpoint, Devils Dyke, stunning views, sunset & sunrise all lie ahead before the Cathedral spire of historic Arundel comes into view and a welcome finish line after 100km and an amazing personal journey. Most of the 2,000 challengers will be walking at their own pace, many will jog parts, and some will run the whole course. However you take it on, you'll be supported through day & night and rewarded with an overwhelming sense of achievement. Push yourself in 2017 - get in shape - join us for a real challenge and an unforgettable bank holiday weekend!

How to take part

The applicant would have to pay a registration fee to secure the place.

  • Full 100 km Challenge - £70 Registration Fee + £395 minimum fundraising target
  • Half Challenge - £50 Registration Fee + £275 minimum fundraising target
  • Quarter Challenge - £40 Registration Fee + £150 minimum fundraising target

In return you will receive one of our new branded fundraising packs, fundraising advice and a heap of encouragement in the lead up and on the day. We have a limited number of guaranteed places available - Seize the opportunity and register today

Contact us: If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Events Team by email at events.uk@operationsmile.orgor call us on 020 3475 5126.

09 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
Thames Path Challenge
Treks & Overseas
The Thames Path is unique - beautiful scenery that's steeped in history, and a superb backdrop for a festival of river-side challenge events you can join.

Take on the main 'Thames Path Challenge' and push yourself - its 100km from Putney Bridge to Henley - or Half & Quarter distance options. Most will Walk at their own pace, many will Jog parts, and some will Run the whole course. You'll get full support all the way - with marquee rest stops, free food/drink, medics/massage & great hospitality

Or join the 'Thames Bridges Trek' - 23km through central London over 16 historic bridges with the best City views, and there's fun for all the family on 'The Henley 10K.

How to take part

The applicant would have to pay a registration fee to secure the place.

  • Full 100 km Challenge - £70 Registration Fee + £395 minimum fundraising target
  • Half Challenge - £50 Registration Fee + £275 minimum fundraising target
  • Quarter Challenge - £40 Registration Fee + £150 minimum fundraising target

In return you will receive one of our new branded fundraising packs, fundraising advice and a heap of encouragement in the lead up and on the day. We have a limited number of guaranteed places available - Seize the opportunity and register today!

Contact us: If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Events Team by email at events.uk@operationsmile.org or call us on 020 3475 5126.

10 Nov 2017 - 18 Nov 2018
Inca Trail Trek
Treks & Overseas
A spectacular trek through the Andes Mountains to discover the lost city of the Incas. Your trekking challenge begins in the Inca capital of Cusco – a fascinating city full of colonial charm...

Inca Trail Trek

A spectacular trek through the Andes Mountains to discover the lost city of the Incas...…

Your trekking challenge... …begins in the Inca capital of Cusco – a fascinating city full of colonial charm, hidden deep in the Andes Mountains. There are many trails throughout Peru, but only the original Inca Trail leads us along gushing rivers, through ancient tunnels and over high mountain passes to the Sun Gate. The sight of the magnificent lost city of Machu Picchu appearing through the morning mist is one that will live with you forever!

What’s included? Return flights from London to Cusco, all transfers, all accommodation, all meals except dinner on day 7 and lunch on day 8, porters and professional English speaking local guides for trek, cooks, tents, trekking permits and National Park fees and a comprehensive first aid kit. What’s not included? Airport taxes and fuel surcharge – these are approximately £250 and payable 6 weeks prior to departure, personal travel insurance – it is strongly advised that this is taken out through Global Adventure Challenges, dinner on day 7 and lunch on day 8, gratuities, alcoholic drinks and your own kit (warm sleeping bag, warm clothes, trekking boots etc).

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10th Nov 2017 - 19th Nov 2017 

  • Option A - Registration Fee £299 + Min Sponsorship £3800
  • Option B - Registration Fee £299 + Self Funding £2100

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18 May 2018 - 27 May 2018

  • Option A - Registration Fee £349 + Min Sponsorship £3400
  • Option B - Registration Fee £349 + Self Funding £1700

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3 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018

  • Option A - Registration Fee £349 + Min Sponsorship £3400
  • Option B - Registration Fee £349 + Self Funding £1700

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9 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

  • Option A - Registration Fee £349 + Min Sponsorship £3400
  • Option B - Registration Fee £349 + Self Funding £1700

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Payment Options Explained

Each of challenges can be funded in two different ways. You will need to decide which option is best for you, before you register on your challenge. See table below for further information.

Option A – Raising a Minimum Sponsorship

  • Participant pays Registration Fee to Global Adventure Challenges and then raises the minimum sponsorship for their chosen Charity.
  • Participant sends 80% of the minimum sponsorship and pledges for the remaining 20% to their chosen Charity at least 11 weeks prior to the departure date of the Challenge. All outstanding sponsorship MUST be sent to the Charity within six weeks of completing the Challenge.
  • The Charity will be invoiced by Global for the balance of the Challenge 10 weeks prior to departure.

Option B – Self-Funding Option

  • Participant sends Registration Form to Global Adventure Challenges, together with the Registration Fee.
  • 11 weeks prior to departure, an invoice will be sent to the participant for the cost of the Challenge.
  • Although there is no minimum sponsorship required, you can, if you wish raise additional funds for your Charity. Any sponsorship collected MUST be sent to the Charity as agreed with the Charity.

Additional Costs

  • Travel Insurance (find out more)
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges – these charges fluctuate on a daily basis and once you have registered we will write to you with further information.
  • Visa Application (where applicable)
  • Administration Fee £60 plus VAT (if participant extends their stay following end of challenge)
  • Administration Fee £60 plus VAT if a participant transfers to a future challenge.

Please contact us if you would like to spread the cost of your registration fee over consecutive months.

PLEASE NOTE: PARTICIPANTS WILL BE INVOICED £150 FOR A MANDATORY TREKKING PERMIT, PRIOR TO THE CHALLENGE IN ADDITION TO THE MINIMUM SPONSORSHIP OR CHALLENGE BALANCE.

23 Mar 2018 - 07 Apr 2018
The Husky Trail
Treks & Overseas
Ever dreamt of driving your own team of spirited huskies across the Arctic, with civilisation left far behind? Well, now that dream can become a reality!

The Husky Trail

Ever dreamt of driving your own team of spirited huskies across the Arctic, with civilisation left far behind? Well, now that dream can become a reality!

Join us on this, the most unique of charity events, as we spend six days sledding through the rolling highlands and deep forests of Lapland for an experience you will never forget. Our charity challenge is to sled 250km from Norway, into Sweden through untouched nature, in order to finish at the world famous Ice Hotel (the original!) in Jukkasjarvi!

Our challenge begins in the Arctic city of Tromso, where we make our way to the Dog Sled Centre in order to meet our husky companions. After meeting and greeting our furry friends, we then dive straight into the spirit of adventure and spend our first night in a traditional Lavvo, surrounding the roaring fire.

Watching the Northern Lights and tending our dogs will give us an exact experience for living as the Laplanders do. This is one of our most popular charity challenges and is oversubscribed year on year… a truly unforgettable experience awaits you.

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23 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018

  • Option A - Registration Fee £449 + Min Sponsorship £4000
  • Option B - Registration Fee £449 + Self Funding £2000

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31 Mar 2018 - 7 Apr 2018

  • Option A - Registration Fee £449 + Min Sponsorship £4000
  • Option B - Registration Fee £449 + Self Funding £2000

Register Now 


Payment Options Explained

Each of challenges can be funded in two different ways. You will need to decide which option is best for you, before you register on your challenge. See table below for further information.

Option A – Raising a Minimum Sponsorship

  • Participant pays Registration Fee to Global Adventure Challenges and then raises the minimum sponsorship for their chosen Charity.
  • Participant sends 80% of the minimum sponsorship and pledges for the remaining 20% to their chosen Charity at least 11 weeks prior to the departure date of the Challenge. All outstanding sponsorship MUST be sent to the Charity within six weeks of completing the Challenge.
  • The Charity will be invoiced by Global for the balance of the Challenge 10 weeks prior to departure.

Option B – Self-Funding Option

  • Participant sends Registration Form to Global Adventure Challenges, together with the Registration Fee.
  • 11 weeks prior to departure, an invoice will be sent to the participant for the cost of the Challenge.
  • Although there is no minimum sponsorship required, you can, if you wish raise additional funds for your Charity. Any sponsorship collected MUST be sent to the Charity as agreed with the Charity.

Additional Costs

  • Travel Insurance (find out more)
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges – these charges fluctuate on a daily basis and once you have registered we will write to you with further information.
  • Visa Application (where applicable)
  • Administration Fee £60 plus VAT (if participant extends their stay following end of challenge)
  • Administration Fee £60 plus VAT if a participant transfers to a future challenge.

Please contact us if you would like to spread the cost of your registration fee over consecutive months.

05 May 2018 - 05 May 2018
Isle of Wight Challenge
Treks & Overseas
Great challenges need great settings, and none are better than this stunning coastal path. Over 2,000 adventurers will walk, jog, or run and take on the Island! To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
26 May 2018 - 27 Aug 2017
London to Brighton Challenge
Treks & Overseas
Over the May Bank Holiday, 3,00 adventurers will walk, jog, or run an epic 100km from capital to coast! To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org
30 Jun 2018 - 01 Jul 2018
Cotswold Way Challenge
Treks & Overseas
The Cotswold Way provides a stunning setting for this new testing challenge – with some fantastic views en-route and some tough hills in between! To register your interest in joining #TeamOperationSmile at this event please contact us at events.uk@operationsmile.org

GET IN TOUCH!

Operation Smile is here to help you! We can provide you with posters, leaflets, collection tins and balloons for your lovely supporters to wave as they cheer you on! Download our 2017 EVENTS CALENDAR - Have a look, pick an event, support Operation Smile and help raise a smile this year!

You can also turn to our partner Run for Charity get off the couch beginners guide for more inspiration.

For more information, please contact the fundraising team

+44 (0)20 3475 5126 | events.uk@operationsmile.org

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