Run 56 Miles Challenge - FAQs

Supporters raise money by challenging themselves to run 56 miles over February. This can be done any way you like (e.g. 2 miles a day or several longer runs each week), indoor, outdoor– you decide.

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

We’d recommend aiming for 2 mile a day to spread the distance throughout the month.   

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 technical t-shirt, get tips for running the 56 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, Nike Run Club and RunKeeper. Posting out about their progress on their page will help encourage donations! 

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

*Please note: Strava 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. 

It’s not unusual to encounter bad weather when out running in the UK, so it’s important that you have the right equipment and top tips if you’re to go out walking in adverse weather. Alternatively, it’s more than okay for you to complete the miles inside on a treadmill at home/the gym, if that’s an option for you. 
When taking on a run in adverse weather, remember to check your route and know your trail, understanding your surroundings will help you avoid difficult terrain and ensure you stick to safer, flat surfaces.  
There’s always a chance you’ll be caught off guard in bad weather whilst out and about, see below some useful equipment to consider: 

  • Waterproof clothing 
  • Appropriate running trainers and socks 
  • Warm clothing and layers (thermals, gloves, hats, fleece, long trousers) 
  • Water and food  
  • Mobile phone

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. 

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

You can order a technical running t-shirt from our Online Shop here:

Unfortunately, it costs Cancer Research 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 our online shop, link below:

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

  • Running shorts or tights 
  • Sunscreen  
  • Running top or light t-shirt 
  • Cap  
  • Water bottle 
  • Running trainers 
  • Running socks 
  • A sports bra
  • Waterproofs

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 a 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 56 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 Cancer Research UK to continue to fund life-saving research.  

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

Setting up a Giving Page is the easiest way to raise money. You can set one up here: 4e25-83fe-96baa53252fd&channel=run-56-challenge-2023 

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 the automated 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 Cancer Research UK through their Giving Page. 

Yes, under 18s can take part although we do not market to them. If taking part, they must have consent from parent or guardian. We currently do not capture this/unable to change the registration form in order to do this. Therefore, we’d recommend the parent/guardian to register on behalf of them. 

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:  

Run 56 Challenge, Cancer Research UK, PO BOX 1561, Oxford, OX4 9GZ. 

During this unprecedented time, we are currently experiencing a delay in receiving and processing donations so do bear with us if it takes a little longer than usual to receive an acknowledgment.   

Run 56 is specifically a fundraising initiative developed by 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 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.

Join the Run 56 Miles Challenge

Sign up to Run 56 miles in February and receive an Online Giving Page to collect donations.

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