Run 62 Miles Challenge FAQs

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We're asking supporters to raise money by challenging themselves to jog or run 62 miles throughout the month of March.  

Whilst we encourage everyone to complete this challenge throughout the month of March, 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 miles a day to spread the distance throughout the month. 

Once you have signed up, join the Facebook Group dedicated to this challenge: https://www.facebook.com/groups/317353251181658  

Click 'Join Group'. Once you're in, you can complete a form to get your t-shirt, get tips for running the 62 miles, be inspired by other fundraisers and find out anything you want to know about the challenge. 

 

Once you have signed up, join the X Community, which is dedicated to this challenge here: https://twitter.com/i/communities/1734963832093540362  

Click ’Join Community’. Once you're in you’ll see tips for running the 62 miles, be inspired by other fundraisers and find out anything you want to know about the challenge.  

X Communities aren’t searchable unless you have previously joined a community. You’ll need to click the link we’ve sent you to access the X Communities section of the platform.  

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! 

We recommend using Strava so supporters can link their Strava account to their online Giving Page. Find out how to connect your Online Giving Page to Strava here: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/strava  

*Please note: 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. 

Warming up properly before running will help prevent injury and should only take 5 or 6 minutes.  

  • March on the spot for up to 3 minutes - Start off marching on the spot and then march forwards and backwards. Pump your arms up and down in rhythm with your steps, keeping the elbows bent and the fists soft. 

  • Heel Dig for 1 minute - For heel digs, place alternate heels to the front, keeping the front foot pointing up, and punch out with each heel dig. Keep a slight bend in the supporting leg. 

  • Knee lifts for 30 seconds - To do knee lifts, stand tall and bring up alternate knees to touch the opposite hand. Keep your abs tight and back straight. Keep a slight bend in the supporting leg. 

  • Shoulder rolls for 2 sets of 10 repetitions - For shoulder rolls, keep marching on the spot. Roll your shoulders forwards 5 times and backwards 5 times. Let your arms hang loose by your sides. 

It’s not unusual to encounter bad weather when out running in the UK. It’s important that you have the right equipment and top tips if you’re to go out running in adverse weather. Alternatively, it’s more than ok for your 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 

  • Walking shoes/boots and walking socks 

  • Warm clothing and layers (thermals, gloves, hats, fleece, long trousers) 

  • Neck warmer/buff  

  • Water and food  

  • Mobile phone  

Of course, you can, some top tips for walking on a hot day include:  
- wearing a damp, cool bandana for the run  
- hydrate before, during, and after your run
- try to run in the cooler parts of the day and in shade where possible 
- light coloured clothes will reflect the sun’s rays, avoid tight clothes, and switch to thinner socks!  
- A breathable cap keeps sun from your scalp, and sunscreen is important for your skin in the hot weather. 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 fatigues, dizzy, etc. stop for rests and if urgent, seek medical attention.  
For more info see this guide: https://bristolnordicwalking.co.uk/blog/hot-weather-walking-advice/

  • If you’re unsure about whether the weather will cause sunburn/skin damage, please check the UV forecast here: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/uv-index-forecast/

  • If you're running outside in the sun, use plenty of sunscreen with SPF 15+ with a 4 or 5 * rating which will sufficiently protect your skin (and apply everywhere, not just exposed skin!), also apply each time you run, if breaking it up throughout the day!  

  • You can find further information via the CRUK website at cruk.org/sun 

 

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 on running in different types of weather see these guides:  
https://www.runnersworld.com/beginner/a20794427/running-in-the-heat/  
https://www.verywellfit.com/tips-for-running-in-the-rain-2911026 

Hydrate before, during, and after your run 

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

Try to start your run slower than you normally would, if you’re feeling good halfway through then it’s ok to speed up a bit. 

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  

See below some top tips for running on a warm day: 

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 

  • Sun hat or cap 

  • Water bottle 

  • Running trainers 

  • Running socks 

  • A sports bra 

  • Neck warmer if its cold

Complete the below form to receive your free t-shirt in the post. Once completed, please allow 10 working days for your t-shirt to arrive: https://activities.cancerresearchuk.org/run-62-challenge-meta-mar-2024

If you have not received your t-shirt within this time, please contact: supporter.services@cancer.org.uk

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. 

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: https://shop.cancerresearchuk.org/product/cancer-research-uk-t-shirt 

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 join our X community here: https://twitter.com/i/communities/1734963832093540362   

Otherwise you can also set up an Online Giving Page using the link below and collect sponsorship for your miles that way: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/signup/?fundraising_page_type=d9b57ea7-0c87-44ff-8b44-cb09f2e57094&channel=run-62-challenge-meta-mar-2024  

Sure, if you don’t have X, you can join our Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/317353251181658

Otherwise you can also set up an Online Giving Page using the link below and collect sponsorship for your miles that way: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/signup/?fundraising_page_type=3c380e3f-1a63-4e53-a069-c64c3bddb75c&channel=run-62-challenge-x-mar-2024   

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 62 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 and sharing your Online Giving page is more important! Make sure you keep them posted on your progress and share videos and photos throughout March – 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: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/signup/?fundraising_page_type=d9b57ea7-0c87-44ff-8b44-cb09f2e57094&channel=run-62-challenge-meta-mar-2024  
It's then easy to share the page with your friends to gather sponsorship for your challenge.  

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

Yes, under 18s can take part in this challenge, but we do not market to them and any third-party platform forum (e.g. a Facebook forum) is only available to over 18s. If under 18s are taking part, their parent/guardian must consent to the child’s participation, supervise the challenge and accept responsibility for complying with the challenge rules. Currently we are unable to accept registration for a child, so the child’s parent/guardian must register on the child’s behalf. Similarly, if a child wants to raise money online and/or join a forum, the child’s parent/guardian must register for an online fundraising page and/or join the forum on the child’s 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:  

Run 62 Challenge, Cancer Research UK, PO BOX 1561, Oxford, OX4 9GZ. 

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. 

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 our completion email (at the end of the challenge), which can also be downloaded from our fundraising hub here.

How do I connect my Giving Page to my Strava account? 

Full instructions on how to this listed here. 

 

I’ve connected my Strava account to my Giving Page but my miles haven’t published 

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 September but if you’d like your training miles to show, you can adjust these settings on your Giving Page. 

 

Why aren’t my Strava activities appearing on my 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 Giving Page Strava setting only have Walk/Run selected. Therefore, you have not selected that activity type to be displayed on your 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. 

  

My Strava activities on my giving page aren’t as expected? 

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  

  

How can I delete an activity from my page?  

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

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

Note for advisors: There is no automated process to delete Strava activities from 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.  

 

I feel uncomfortable sharing my route 

That is totally understandable and in the interest of safety we ask that you do not share the beginning or end of your routes – if you’d like to share then feel free to post the middle/main part of your walk.  

Strava allows you to set a privacy zone around your address to hide the start and end of your routes. In the Strava app, head to Settings > Privacy Controls > Map Visibility. For more information see: https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/5999538163853-Activity-Privacy-Considerations 

Please remember if posting screenshots of your running routes and running information into the Facebook group that your location could be visible to others in the group. Please be careful with what you are posting for safety reasons. 

 

Why is my activity tracker total wrong? 

Reasons why your total may be wrong: 

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

 

Can I link my Apple Watch to my Giving page?  

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 

 

Can I link my Fitbit to my Giving page?  

If you connect your Fitbit to the Strava app then you can link this to your giving page. For guidance on how to connect your Fitbit to Strava please visit: 

https://help.fitbit.com/articles/en_US/Help_article/1742.htm?Highlight=Strava 

https://strava.fitbit.com/