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Top 10 Adventure Sports

Do you thrive on the rush of adrenaline and pushing your heart rate to the limit? Adventure sports are probably the fix you desire. At PledgeSports, we are sports nuts and love the thrill of sport’s more extreme disciplines. We have worked with loads of adventure sports athletes in the past to raise money through […]

12th July 2017 read full article

8 Most Extreme Sports Known To Man

One of the best things about sport is the adrenaline rush you get in the heat of competition, but nothing comes close to the high felt by athletes who get involved in the most extreme sports. At PledgeSports, we love extreme sports and have worked with tonnes of extreme athletes and teams to raise money […]

10th July 2017 read full article

The 8 Toughest Footraces On Earth

By combining extreme distance, rugged terrain, intense heat and cold, and elevation, these events are the toughest footraces know to man. At PledgeSports, we are huge fans of ultra athletes and have worked with many of them to raise money through sports crowdfunding. Some have even raised thousands so they could compete in of the […]

23rd June 2017 read full article

The World’s Toughest Endurance Races

From the vast, icy plains of the Arctic Circle to the unpredictable, unstoppable force of the world’s biggest oceans, we compile the most deadly, feared, difficult and toughest endurance races know to man. At PledgeSports, we’re huge fans of ultra-athletes and have helped many of them, from a wide range of sports, raise money through crowdfunding, […]

19th June 2017 read full article

Top 10 Most Extreme Sports In The World

Broken bones, comas, paralysis, and even death are all potential outcomes of playing some of the world’s most extreme sports. The fastest non motorised sports Here at PledgeSports, we’ve helped athletes and teams all over the world from almost every sport known to man raise money through crowdfunding. We thought we’d spice things up a little […]

8th June 2017 read full article

The World’s Toughest Races

From the vast, icy plains of the Arctic Circle to the unpredictable, unstoppable force of the world’s biggest oceans, we compile the most deadly, feared, difficult and toughest races know to man. At PledgeSports, we’re huge fans of ultra-athletes and have helped many of them, from a wide range of sports, raise money through crowdfunding, including […]

8th June 2017 read full article

The Most Extreme Races In The World

From the vast, icy plains of the Arctic Circle to the unpredictable, unstoppable force of the world’s biggest oceans, we compile the most deadly, feared, difficult and most extreme races know to man. At PledgeSports, we’re huge fans of ultra-athletes and have helped many of them, from a wide range of sports, raise money through crowdfunding. […]

2nd June 2017 read full article

The Toughest Sports In The World

We’ve created a list of the toughest sports in the world based on the sport’s difficulty, the danger athletes face, the different skills involved in the sport and the conditions athletes must endure in order to come out on top. At PledgeSports, we have worked with a tonne of athletes from almost every sport known […]

30th May 2017 read full article

Toughest Endurance Sports In The World

Through our hugely popular, “The Fittest Sport”, we discovered which sports boast the fittest athletes on the planet. Now, we switch our focus to endurance sports and determining what are “The Toughest Endurance Sports”. If you’re wondering what the difference between fitness and endurance is, we’ve explained it here. The Toughest Endurance Sports In this series, we […]

26th May 2017 read full article

The Ultimate Endurance Sport: Ocean Rowing

Through our hugely popular, “The Fittest Sport”, we discovered which sports boast the fittest athletes on the planet. Now, we switch our focus to endurance sports and determining what is “The Ultimate Endurance Sport”. If you’re wondering what the difference between fitness and endurance is, we’ve explained it here. The Ultimate Endurance Sport In this six-part series, […]

25th May 2017 read full article

The Ultimate Endurance Sport: Cross-Country Skiing

Through our hugely popular, “The Fittest Sport”, we discovered which sports boast the fittest athletes on the planet. Now, we switch our focus to endurance sports and determining what is “The Ultimate Endurance Sport”. If you’re wondering what the difference between fitness and endurance is, we’ve explained it here. The Ultimate Endurance Sport In this six-part series, […]

17th May 2017 read full article

The Ultimate Endurance Sport: Cycling

Through our hugely popular, “The Fittest Sport”, we discovered which sports boast the fittest athletes on the planet. Now, we switch our focus to endurance sports and determining what is “The Ultimate Endurance Sport”. If you’re wondering what the difference between fitness and endurance is, we’ve explained it here. The Ultimate Endurance Sport In this six-part […]

9th May 2017 read full article

The Ultimate Endurance Sport: Running

Through our hugely popular, “The Fittest Sport”, we discovered which sports boast the fittest athletes on the planet. Now, we switch our focus to endurance sports and determining what is “The Ultimate Endurance Sport”. If you’re wondering what the difference between fitness and endurance is, we’ve explained it here. The Ultimate Endurance Sport In this six-part […]

25th April 2017 read full article

Top 10 Most Dangerous Sports In The World

Broken bones, comas, paralysis, and even death are all potential outcomes of playing some of the world’s most dangerous sports. Here at PledgeSports, we’ve helped athletes and teams all over the world from almost every sport known to man raise money through crowdfunding. We thought we’d spice things up a little by creating a list of […]

13th April 2017 read full article

The Key Difference Between Fitness And Endurance

  Through our hugely popular and controversial series, “The Fittest Sport”, we recently discovered which sport boasts the fittest athletes on the planet. Now, we switch our focus to endurance sports and determining what is “The Ultimate Endurance Sport”. But first, we’ll explain the difference between fitness and endurance. One of the most significant factors […]

11th April 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport On The Planet

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

31st March 2017 read full article

Diary Of An Ultra Runner: Ice Marathon Experience

Audrey McIntosh is preparing to write history as she will run 7 100km ultra-marathons across 7 continents. Audrey has joined PledgeSports in an effort to fundraise for this extreme expedition – you can view her incredible story here. As you’d imagine, her preparation for this challenge is gruelling, and perhaps none of her training sessions will be outdone […]

29th March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Part 7

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

29th March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Part 6

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

22nd March 2017 read full article

5 Tips On How To Survive An Ultra Run

Ultra running, the sport that is often met with disbelief from non-ultrarunners, has been said to be 10% physical and 90% mental and in a way that’s exactly how it is.  People of all abilities line up to start, and on the flipside people of all abilities pull out of a run. The reasons can […]

16th March 2017 read full article

How Different Running Surfaces Affect Your Body

The freedom of running takes us on many different surfaces: road, sidewalk, dirt, grass, sand, track, and treadmill. Each surface has its own set of pros and cons and it is important to understand these before starting your run. Here at PledgeSports, we care for the health and fitness of all athletes, whether they’re fundraising […]

15th March 2017 read full article

10 Things You Didn’t Know About JimGump

On October 1st, JimGump set off on a 20,000-mile run around the US with the mission of inspiring a generation to be more active and healthy. Fast-forward to March 2017 and Jim has run over 4,000 miles, inspiring children throughout the states of Alabama, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Florida and New York, to name a […]

13th March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Part 5

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

9th March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Part 4

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

3rd March 2017 read full article

Diary Of An Ultra Runner: Desert Marathon Experience

Audrey McIntosh is preparing to write history as she will run 7 100km ultra-marathons across 7 continents. Audrey has joined PledgeSports in an effort to fundraise for this extreme expedition – you can view her incredible story here. As you’d imagine, her preparation for this challenge is gruelling, and perhaps none of her training sessions will be […]

2nd March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Part 3

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

2nd March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Part 2

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest […]

2nd March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Soccer

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

2nd March 2017 read full article

Meet The 30,000 Mile Man: Ultra-Runner Jim Gump

Jim Gump is on an incredible mission. He has already run nearly 14,000 miles (10,000 in the UK and 4,000 in the US), covering an average of 22 miles per day! This remarkable quest will eventually see him run 30,000 miles (and he has hinted he may not stop at that!). Jim’s running isn’t without purpose. […]

27th February 2017 read full article

Team Of The Week: Heads Together And Row

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Each week we choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week”, but this week we’ve opted for a “Team of the Week” award instead. This week’s winners are Heads Together And Row. It’s the team’s final week on PledgeSports, so we urge […]

24th February 2017 read full article

Barefoot Aleks Completes Incredible 6189km Ultra Run

On the 16th of February 2017, Aleks Kashefi went where no man ever has before and completed an unsupported ultra run through the entire length of Europe. Over the course of 196 days, Aleks (or Barefoot as we’ve come to know him) ran 6189km from Nordkap in Norway’s most northerly point, to Tarifa in Spain, […]

22nd February 2017 read full article

Down & Dirty – The Rise Of The Obstacle Course Racing Industry

This week’s guest blog on “The Rise Of The Obstacle Course Racing Industry” comes from sports marketing agency, Mongoose. Mongoose help sports & entertainment brands harness the power of sponsorship to gain actionable insight and drive business growth.  The Rise Of The Obstacle Course Racing Industry Obstacle Course Racing (or OCR under its jazzy acronym; […]

17th February 2017 read full article

Athlete of the Week: Charles Hannaford – The Novice Explorer

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Every Friday we will choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week”. This week’s winner is Charles Hannaford – The Novice Explorer. In April, 24 year-old Londoner, Charles, is setting off on a 17,000 mile unsupported, solo cycle around the […]

3rd February 2017 read full article

The Toughest Footrace On Earth: Khawar Siddique Q&A

In April of this year, Khawar Siddique will brave the Sahara Desert’s extreme temperatures of  +50 degrees celsius as he competes in “The Toughest Footrace On Earth” – Marathon Des Sables. PledgeSports Founder & CEO, Richard Pearson, recently caught up with Khawar to learn more about the Pakistani ultra-runner and his preparations for what will […]

2nd February 2017 read full article

Examples Of Successful Crowdfunding

We are the best at what we do. One of the reasons for this is that we are experts in this industry and give people the advice and training they need to be successful (Not that everyone listens!). So, we thought we would put together a blog with some examples of successful crowdfunding and show why […]

25th January 2017 read full article

Pardon Ndhlovu – One Milestone At A Time

Pardon Ndhlovu is a Zimbabwean Olympian and former PledgeSports athlete who has lived an incredible and unique life to date. In our first edition of guest blogs, the 29 year-old tells of his remarkable, inspiring story and the milestones he has achieved along the way. Enjoy! Zimbabwe: The Early Years If I was to sum […]

23rd January 2017 read full article

Who Can Crowdfund On PledgeSports?

We often receive emails asking, “Who Can Crowdfund”, “Can I be on PledgeSports?”, “What age do I have to be?”, “Can I set up a campaign for someone else?”, and “What country must I be from?” The answer to all of the above questions is that any athlete or team, of any age, from any […]

20th January 2017 read full article

The Man Who Ran Around The World: Q&A With Tony Mangan

In October 2010, Dubliner Tony Mangan departed his native city on a run which would take him around the world. Four years and 50,000km later, he would cross the finish line in Merrion Square, Dublin. Tony is the current world 48-hour indoor track record holder, totalling a distance of 426.178 km within the two-day period. He […]

10th January 2017 read full article

How to treat Shin Splints: Expert Advice

Shin Splints are the bane of any pro athlete’s existence. Even us amateurs get them from time to time. They’ll creep up on you out of nowhere and put your body through a world of pain in the process. Thankfully we’ve got some great top tips on how to treat Shin Splints so you never have […]

9th January 2017 read full article

Who will be the top PledgeSports people of 2017?

The clock is already ticking on 2017, but what will the coming year have in store for PledgeSports’ athletes? In 12 months time, who will stand out as our athlete/team of the year? We already have one person on the list for 17 and that’s Barefoot Aleks.  He is set to be the first person to […]

6th January 2017 read full article

PledgeSports “Athlete of the Year”

2016 has been a great year for us, but that has been made so purely through the great people we have the fortune of working with on a daily basis.  To honour the fantastic times our athletes have given us over the last 12 months, we wanted to give something back to them. One of […]

21st December 2016 read full article

PledgeSports Top 5 Moments of 2016

“We had a massive year in 2015 – we expanded into more than 14 countries, had a successful round of investment, and even managed to pick up a Global Summit award along the way!  “To match that in 2016 was never going to be easy but I think we pulled it off. Better than that, […]

15th December 2016 read full article

Top 5 Blogs Of 2016

We’ve had a look at our site analytics and come up with our Most Popular Blogs of 2016 among readers. To make life easy for you we’ve put them all into one page for you to enjoy! No.1 – Athletes Running On Empty: Hitting The Wall In this piece we get to grips with the […]

13th December 2016 read full article

Athlete Of The Week: Paddy Gallagher – RowPaddyRow

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Each week we will choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week” award. This week’s winner is Paddy Gallagher and his project, RowPaddyRow – 1 Man 1 Leg 1 Ocean. A former member of the Irish Guards, Paddy lost his leg […]

5th December 2016 read full article

Q&A: Sophie Rooney Writes Name Into History Books

‘Dare Mighty Things’ “When I first talked to Sophie, she inspired us all here, particularly me, with her motto – “Dare Mighty Things”.  I think we all have a dream deep down to do something out of the ordinary, a real challenge to test our limits or do something completely extraordinary. Sophie has accomplished this. […]

26th November 2016 read full article

PledgeSports Athlete Of The Week: Sophie Rooney

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Each week we will choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week”. This week’s winner is Sophie Rooney (Rundinavia). Sophie, who swears by the motto, “Dare Mighty Things”, left England for Norway in August. Last week, after three months of running, […]

25th November 2016 read full article

PledgeSports Athlete Of The Week: Jim Gump

PledgeSports have the pleasure of working with some phenomenal athletes and teams. Each week we will choose one of them as the PledgeSports “Athlete of the Week” award. This week’s winner is Jim Plunkett-Cole (Jim Gump), the inspirational man running 20,000 miles, the longest continuous run in history, in an attempt to change the lives of […]

18th November 2016 read full article

Running Man: Jim Gump – 11,000 down, 19,000 Miles To Go

Setting your mind to something is a part of life, it is how we achieve the goals that take us to the next step, whatever that step may be. For some, it could be walking to work rather than getting the bus. For others, it could be a Saturday morning cycle, or swim in the […]

15th November 2016 read full article

Athletes Running On Empty: Hitting The Wall

Often times, sport hinges on defining moments. In tennis, a break of serve. In golf, a clutch up-and-down. In football, a last-minute goal. All are defining, but perhaps none are more so than an athlete “hitting the wall”. Hitting the Wall refers to the moment an ultra-athlete’s body no longer has any energy to burn. […]

27th October 2016 read full article

Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. The person who starts a long-distance run is a different person to the one who finishes it. In a form of sport that pushes every atom of human effort to its limit, we delve inside the minds of […]

27th October 2016 read full article

‘You sweat, you die’ – Inside the mind and body of an ultra-athlete

Founder & CEO of PledgeSports, Richard Pearson, recently caught up with ultra-athlete, Audrey McIntosh, as she prepares  for a challenge never before attempted by any woman in history.  Audrey McIntosh is a 53 year-old mother and ultra-athlete from Scotland. By her own admission, Audrey is an ordinary woman fitting in training around her family and work […]

27th October 2016 read full article

Funding Your Extreme Adventure

Adrenaline is like an addiction, there are few better sensations than feeling it course through your veins. The greatest shot of adrenaline is to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly, for so long. It makes you feel truly alive. At PledgeSports we love extreme challenges and expeditions, they are our adrenaline. With […]

25th October 2016 read full article

JimGump has started world’s longest run

On October 1st, Jim Plunkett-Cole (JimGump) set off on what is the longest run ever attempted. 20,000 miles and 3 years of running stand between Jim and the history books.   Jim is recreating the infamous cross-country trek from the 1994 Oscar-winning film, Forrest Gump, hence his apt nickname, JimGump. Over the 1,172 day run, […]

29th September 2016 read full article

When Barefoot Met Gump At Parkrun

IT has been a phenomenal fews weeks following our THREE crowdfunding ultra-marathon runners as they prepare to take on runs later this year that will total more than 26,000 miles – and then this happened. It blew our socks off really: JimGump, out to bring Forrest Gump’s US-wide run to life, jogging side-by-side with Barefoot […]

16th June 2016 read full article

‘I believe in this more than anything in my life that I’ve ever done’ – The Real Forrest Gump

JIM is the modern day Forrest Gump. He’s the real Forrest Gump and he needs your help. He needs your help to make his running journey across America, taking with him the same inspirational, significant messages that Forrest Gump did in his fictional epic. Forrest spread goodwill and helped people by accident – it was […]

2nd June 2016 read full article

Couch to 3,000km: Diary Of An Ultra Marathon Beginner

Training For Ultra Marathons For Beginners WE’VE so many ultra marathon runners raising adventure funding on PledgeSports.org right now, we felt sharing their expertise was well overdue. Behold, the latest extract from running newcomer Sophie Rooney’s Diary of An Ultra Marathon Beginner It’s The Rooney’s (almost) Couch to 3,000km: Training for Ultra Marathons For Beginners: […]

16th May 2016 read full article

Marathoner To Sing For His Adventure Funding

WATCH these hilarious #OperaticLandscapes videos and support Aleks Kashefi’s Adventure Funding campaign to get yourself in the next episode. HAVE you met our barefoot, bearded runner Aleks Kashefi? He’s planning to run from the top to the bottom of Europe, that’s 4,750miles from Norway to Sicily – and he’s going to do it barefoot. Yep, […]

11th May 2016 read full article

A Very Personal Account Of Adventure Funding Pains

BAREFOOT runner Aleks Kashefi has sent us this very personal account of the adventure funding pains that have been eased by his PledgeSports.org campaign backers. The 37-year-old teacher wants to raise over £50,000 for Stroke Association, UK Mountain Rescue and Thomas Thyer Foundation by running the 4,750m E1 Euro Trail from Norway to Sicily, barefoot […]

11th April 2016 read full article

PledgeSports among nominees for Sport Industry Awards

IT’S awards season and we’re delighted to announce that, hot on the heels of our World Summit Award, PledgeSports.org is among the nominees for the Irish Sport Industry Awards. These awards have been set up this year by the Federation of Irish Sport to recognise excellence in the thriving Irish Sport Industry. The 12 award categories […]

29th October 2015 read full article

I Can Focus On World Championships Thanks To Crowdfunding

Sports crowdfunding answer to Deary’s training funding woes TRIATHLETE Emma Deary recently raised nearly £4,000 to fund her training and travel costs for the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago and next year’s European Triathlon Championships in Lisbon. The Bishop’s Stortford athlete did this through sports crowdfunding with Pledge Sports and, in her thank you message […]

24th August 2015 read full article

Athlete gains top sports sponsor after PledgeSports campaign

Sports sponsor signs athlete after Pledge Sports sponsorship campaign IRELAND international triathlete Kevin Thornton, who funded most of last season via PledgeSports, has gained a new sports sponsor. The athlete is set to be sponsored by warm-weather training camp Tenerife Top Training this term. Thornton’s 2014 was hampered by injuries, but he finished on a […]

14th January 2015 read full article
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