Bowelbabe Fund Jog 31 Miles Challenge FAQs

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Supporters raise money by challenging themselves to Jog 31 Miles throughout the month of May for the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK. They can choose to complete the distance by taking on 1 mile a day or spread out 31 miles to how it suits them. They can take on the challenge in any way they wish, solo, as a team, all in one week or spread across the month 

The Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK is a restricted fund within Cancer Research UK set up by Deborah James and her family in May 2022. So far the Bowelbabe Fund has fundraised over £13m to fund clinical trials, research and cancer information and awareness, as well as other initiatives to combat cancer and support those affected by cancer.  

May 1st – May 31st 

Whilst we encourage everyone to complete this challenge throughout the month of May, this is a personal challenge, and you can start/finish your challenge at a time that is convenient for you. 

Once you have signed up, join the Facebook group dedicated to this challenge:  

Click 'Join Group'. Once you're in, you can complete a form to get your t-shirt, get tips for jogging 31 miles, be inspired by other fundraisers and find out anything you want to know about the challenge.  

There are plenty of free apps that will allow you to track your miles such as Strava or Fitbit.  

Posting out about your progress on your page will help encourage donations! 

Find out how to connect your Online Giving Page to Strava here:  

*Please note: Sometimes there is a 48-hour lag in the Strava data being updated, and if the miles still aren't showing, disconnect and reconnect to do a hard reset and this will add any miles already on the Strava account.



Unfortunately, medals come at a huge cost to the charity so we will not be sending these out. However, we will send all supporters a certificate in their completion email (at the end of the challenge) and they can access downloadable digital badges to shout about their achievement on social. 


Of course, see below some top tips for jogging on a warm day: 

  • Hydrate before, during, and after your jog 

  • Watch your alcohol and medication. Alcohol, antidepressants, antihistamines, and other medicines have dehydrating effects. Using them before you run can make you need the toilet, compounding your risk of dehydration. 

  • Try to jog during cooler parts of the day, and in shade, where possible, if jogging in the heat of the sun, try to do less miles during that run and make them up another time! 

  • Light coloured clothes reflect the sun’s rays, avoid tight or heavy clothes, and switch to thinner socks! 

  • Sunscreen is important for your skin in the hot weather, and if you’re sensitive to insect bites then make sure to use some insect repellent!  

Remember to listen to your body and don’t push yourself if you’re feeling fatigued, dizzy, etc. Stop for rests and, if urgent, seek medical attention. 
For more information see this guide:  


Almost anyone can jog, and it can be performed at whatever pace is comfortable for you, even at a leisurely pace that is only slightly faster than walking. Running is a more intense version of jogging and sprinting is an even more intense version of running. 
In order to apply the correct jogging form, please see this helpful link with information on correct technique and posture when jogging:

It’s important that you’re well prepared for your jog, especially if you’re considering going for a long-distance jog. See below a list of appropriate equipment you might want to consider: 

  • Running shorts or tights 

  • Sunscreen 

  • Running top or light t-shirt 

  • Sun hat or cap 

  • Water bottle 

  • Running trainers 

  • Running socks 

  • A sports bra 

You can also purchase a technical t-shirt which is perfect for running in! If you’d like to purchase this you can do so here: 

Sending out your t-shirt comes at a cost to Cancer Research UK so please only order one t-shirt to ensure as much fundraising goes towards our life saving research. We ask if you do request a t-shirt that you set up an Online Giving Page and make a donation to your page. 

If you would like to order more t-shirts, please visit our online shop:   

Unfortunately, it costs Cancer Research UK more money to return the t-shirt, so we ask that you keep hold of it for personal use (for example bed, gym, give to a friend, etc). If you would like a replacement, please visit our online shop, link below:

No, unfortunately we currently don’t offer a running t shirt for the Bowelbabe Fund. 

There is not a minimum amount of fundraising that we set for participant, but we recommend that supporters set a reasonable target of raising about £150. 

Sure, if you don’t have Facebook, you can set up an Online Giving Page using the link below and collect sponsorship for your miles that way: 

You can add an offline donation onto your own page and send this donation through to us as a cheque, along with the sponsorship form which you find here:



There are people of all levels of fitness doing this challenge. The important thing is that you're doing something that challenges you. This will vary from person to person, so tailor the challenge however you like. It should be tough, but doable. However, you choose to break down the 31 miles, you’ll be helping beat cancer. 

Of course! You can complete your miles in a way that’s a challenge for you. 

The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself therefore complete as much of the challenge as you can. Whether you complete the distance or not, the money that you fundraise will allow Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK to continue to do the incredible work they do.  

We trust you! You don’t need to provide evidence that you’ve completed the challenge to us. Updating your friends and family and sharing your Online Giving Page is more important! Make sure you keep them posted on your progress and share videos and photos throughout May – the more updates the better. Supporters that post their progress raise on average 40% more. 

Setting up an Online Giving Page is the easiest way to raise money. You can set one up here: 

It's then easy to share the page with your friends to gather sponsorship for your challenge.  

We have plenty of fundraising tools and ideas to help you raise life-saving donations. Please see our fundraising hub with everything you need from the challenge here:  

As part of your email journey users will receive a link to fundraising materials which they can download. No physical copies will be sent of any of the fundraising materials.  

There is no entry fee for this challenge. Participants are required to donate their fundraising to the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK through their Online Giving Page. 

If you are under 18, you must get your parent/guardian’s permission. You must be supervised by a responsible adult while completing your Challenge; and you must accept responsibility for complying with our challenge rules (including setting up an online fundraising page and/or joining a Forum (as applicable) on your behalf). 

You can use our sponsorship form to raise money rather than using an online method. Simply download and print off to keep track of all your sponsorship collected or pledged. Once you have completed your fundraising, please send the form with a cheque to:  

Bowelbabe Fund, Jog 31 Miles Challenge, PO BOX 1561, Oxford, OX4 9GZ.

Bowelbabe Fund Jog 31 Miles Challenge is specifically a fundraising initiative developed by Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK, and therefore all fundraising must go direct to the charity.  

Gift Aid is a tax relief allowing UK charities to reclaim an extra 25% on every eligible donation made by a UK taxpayer. This means The Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK can claim an extra 25p for every £1 donated, without it costing you or your sponsors an extra penny. If the donation is eligible for Gift Aid, sponsors need to fill out the sponsor form, following the guidelines at the top of the page.

Facebook Fundraiser FAQs

When setting up a Facebook fundraiser they are automatically set up for ten days. To make the most of your fundraising efforts, you need to change the end date to keep your fundraiser open throughout the challenge. To change the end date simply, click ‘More’ under the invite button, then click ‘Edit Fundraiser’.  We recommend setting this date to at least a month after your challenge has ended. 

Unfortunately, once your Facebook Fundraiser has finished you cannot reopen the same page. However, you can create a new one here and set the end date for past your challenge, so that you can continue receiving donations once you’ve finished your miles:

To see your past fundraisers, go to the Facebook home page on a desktop and look underneath your name on the left-hand side - click fundraisers > your activity > scroll down the page until you reach "your past fundraisers" 

Donating on Facebook is safe and secure and there is no fee taken from Facebook to set up a Facebook Fundraiser. If you have any suspicious charges, we recommend speaking directly to your bank. If you have any questions about your Facebook Fundraiser please contact Facebook at: 

Strava Specific FAQs

Please note that sometimes it takes a little while for miles to be published onto your page. If they haven’t shown after a few hours, please get in touch. 

Your settings will also automatically be set to only show miles throughout February but if you’d like your training miles to show, you can adjust these settings on your Giving Page. 

This could be due to the date ranges you have set. You can change these in 'Manage Strava Settings'. 

 There can sometimes be a short delay between completing your activity and your activity appearing on your page. Please check your giving page again later. 

 Your Strava activity does not match the activity types you have selected in your Strava settings. For example, you completed a bike ride but your Online Giving Page Strava setting only have Walk/Run selected. Therefore, you have not selected that activity type to be displayed on your Online Giving Page. You can update the activity type that appear on your Giving Page in the 'Manage Strava Settings'. 

Your Strava privacy settings are not set to 'everyone'. You can change Privacy settings in Strava. 

We will only show Strava activities on your page from the date ranges and activity types you have selected in your settings. These activities also need to be public for Strava to share them with CRUK. 

Changes to settings that will affect what Strava activities will show on your page:  

  • Changing the date range 

  • Changing the units of measure  

  • Changing the activity types  

You can delete any activity you don’t want to appear on your Online Giving Page by using the delete option below the activity post.  

CRUK will never delete activities from your Online Giving Page. If you update the ‘timeframe’ section in Strava setting from your Online Giving Page, you will still need to manually delete unwanted activities from your Online Giving Page.  

Note for advisors: There is no automated process to delete Strava activities from Online Giving Pages, as we want the user to have as much control over their page as possible. As an OFP admin user, you will be able to manually delete Strava activities from Pages.  

Reasons why your total may be wrong: 

  • Your activity types selected -Your target is calculated from all activities on your Online Giving Page. If you only want one type of activity to count towards your target, please remove the other activity types from your Online Giving Page via the settings section. 

  •  Your date ranges selected - Your target is calculated from all activities in the timeframe you've set. If you want your target to reflect your challenge progress only, please set your start date to the day you started your challenge. 

  • Your Strava privacy settings - If your Strava activities are set to private they will not count towards your target.  

If you track your miles using the Strava app on your app watch then you can link this to your giving page. For guidance on how to set the Strava Apple Watch App up please visit the Strava Site.   

Strava Apple Watch App – Strava Support 

Sign up to the challenge

Sign up to jog 31 miles in May and you’ll receive:​

  • An Online Giving Page
  • A digital fundraising pack

Sign up now