Quest 79 Challenges

Take a moment, decide what you love or what you’d like to change…and create your own unique Quest 79 project. Then when you’re ready with a mix of excitement with a bit of fear and the question ‘Can I really do this?’ then register your Quest and let your adventure begin!

Read on below for some great ideas and to see videos of inspiration about what others, young and old, have been doing!

Explorer and Paralympic athlete Karen Darke is the founder of Quest 79 Inspirational Challenges. More of the story is available at After winning gold, the 79th medal for her country in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Karen launched Quest 79 and her Quest was to raise £79K for The Spinal Injuries Association charity, whilst cycling across 7 continents in 9 rides on her handbike, with people who were mostly stepping way out of their comfort zones to join. The last continent remains: Antarctica. Karen and the team are going to journey to 79 degrees latitude and longitude in the icy continent, a journey of 79 nautical miles each way, to create the POLE OF POSSIBILITY. The team will plant a flag there with the names of all the people: individuals, families, schools or teams who have joined in the Quest 79 Challenges.

Here are some stories & ideas to inspire you…these are all ideas created and accomplished by real people like you, who conquered their own Quest 79 challenge! Also see here for list of people and their projects for extra inspiration.

1. Cycle 79 miles or join a local cycle Sportive!
Read here about Mike Darke cycling 79 miles for 79 years
Christine Graham doing her first Sportive event

2. Kids Cycle Event: 7.9km or a team event with 79 laps of a local circuit
See what the Reddiford Schoolchildren did

3. Run your first marathon or half-marathon
Watch this video about Mark Pitcher running his first marathon inspired by 79 people donating blood

4. Team event: Team up to run 79 laps of your local running track or any circuit you like! Or a team triathlon?!

Thirteen year old Will Hall and his school-mates 79 laps of their school running track, and mixed ability kids and adults did individually or collectively 79 laps of their local cycle track.

5. Lose weight!
Get yourself down to a total weight of 79kg, or lose 7.9kg, or 79lbs… whatever fits your target best.

6. Adventure across Scotland on The Great Glen Way… from Fort William to Inverness is 79 miles by foot, bike or water…or a mix! Watch here to be inspired by young Scottish scouts.

7. Climb 79 peaks in 79 weeks?! Big or small, near or far, all at once?!!

Be inspired by 10 year old Rowan who did just this.

If you prefer something a little more sedate…here are some of the projects from the children of Broadford Primary School on the Isle of Skye

8. Read 79 books

9. Take 79 minutes of fresh air a day

10. Walk to school / work for 79 days

11. Make an effort to be nicer to somebody you love at least 79 times

12. Give up something that probably isn’t good for you for 79 days (fizzy drinks, sweets, chocolate, white bread…) 

Or perhaps you could use this as an opportunity to test out or launch a social enterprise idea…?!

13. A bake sale…79 cakes or 79 flavours?!

14. An- e-book…79 poems or short stories?

15. Make 79 things that you like to make and sell them?

16. Organise a fun event…a dinner, a coffee morning, a quiz…

The most unusual or inspiring projects will be selected to be part of a special TOP TRUMPS card pack that is being created just for the POP Challenge! Surprise your friends and family and see your own POP Challenge come to life in its own TOP TRUMPS card!

If you’d like to you could also help in raising funds for our charity, we are supporting the SPINAL INJURIES ASSOCIATION and aiming for £79,000. You can either set up your own Just Giving page for the Spinal Injuries Association or charity of your choice, or contact SIA directly and tell them you are doing the Quest 79 POP Challenge.