Skipping Challenge - FAQs

We’re asking supporters to complete 100 skips a day throughout the month of February.

Once you've signed up, join the Facebook Group dedicated to this challenge here. Click 'Join Group'.​

Once you're in, get skipping top tips, be inspired by other fundraisers, and find support and motivation from your fellow teammates.

If you don’t have Facebook, you can set up a Cancer Research UK Giving Page using the link below and collect sponsorship for your Skipping Challenge using our downloadable Skipping Challenge Sponsorship Form.

 

There is not a minimum amount of fundraising that we set for participants, but we recommend you set a reasonable target of raising about £150. We understand fundraising is difficult at the moment and this target can be met by asking 15 people to donate £10. Please remember that every pound helps us achieve our goal of 3 in 4 people surviving their cancer by 2034.

Complete the below form to receive your free skipping rope in the post (note you will also get a Giving Page once you’ve submitted your skipping rope request). Once completed, please allow 10 working days for your skipping rope to arrive.

Order free skipping rope

If you have not received your skipping rope within this time, please contact supporter.services@cancer.org.uk

In addition, if you’d like to purchase a CRUK t shirt to wear whilst you complete your skips, you can do so here: Cancer Research UK T-shirt

It’s important you are well equipped to complete your daily skips. Whilst it’s more than doable to simply order one of our free CRUK skipping ropes and complete the challenge with that, here are some further tips on the equipment you might consider: 

  • Suitable exercise trainers 
  • Cordless skipping rope  
  • Hand tally counter  
  • Skipping rope mat 
  • Speed rope (for advanced skippers!) 

For safety and optimum comfort, find a surface that’s level and firm — but not too hard. According to Haft, a rubberized track is ideal and a wooden basketball court with some give is second best.  
 
Otherwise, he suggests asphalt (but not concrete, which is too rigid) and always avoid grass. “The grass is going to add some resistance to the rope as it spins under your feet,” Haft said. At best, it will make rookie jumpers trip and experienced jumpers slow down. At worst, you could land on a divot and sprain an ankle. 
 
If you’re inside, Haft suggests a carpeted surface (as long as it’s not plush or thick-pile) or hardwood flooring with a grippy mat rather than a throw rug. If you don’t have access to a good surface, Jablow suggests purchasing a jump-rope mat. They are lightweight and portable, and you can set one down on any flat surface and jump with adequate shock absorption. 
 
Also, be sure to check your surroundings before you skip, especially when attempting this challenge inside. You will want to ensure you have enough space around you to jump and swing your rope, without knocking into anything.

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 online fundraising 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 who regularly post their progress raise on average 40% more. 

Whilst we encourage everyone to complete this challenge in February, this is a personal challenge, and you can start/finish your challenge at a time that is convenient for you. If you can’t complete your skipping count on any day, then you can make up for it at any point of the month. 

Don't worry if you miss a day, you could always carry on into March or double your number of skips on another day. Take on the challenge in a way that suits you. ​

You don't need to prove evidence that you've completed your challenge but we recommend sharing your progress with your friends and family to encourage donations!

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 digital certificate and you can access digital badges to shout about your achievement on social. 

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

Schools can take part but will need to sign up individually, they can make a team page after too, or sign up under a parent or guardian. 

Absolutely, you can sign up as a team. We will need you to sign up individually, you can then make a team page which you can all register under!  

We currently send out a skipping rope to all our supporters taking part so they can use it during their challenge and encourage donations for their efforts. However, if you do not wish to receive a skipping rope, you can simply set up a Giving Page, be part of the group and still take part!  
 
To set up a giving page, please follow the link below.

Online Giving Page
 
If you have any further questions or would like to cancel an order, please email supporter.services@cancer.org.uk or call 0300 1231022 (lines open 08:00 – 20:00 Monday to Friday and, 09:00 – 17:00 at weekends) 

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 can download below:

Skipping Challenge Sponsorship Form 

The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself therefore complete as much of the challenge as you can. Whether you complete the full 100 skips a day for the whole of February or not, the money that you fundraise will allow Cancer Research UK to continue to fund life-saving research and we can’t thank you enough.  

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

It's then easy to share the page with your friends and family 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:

Skipping Challenge Fundraising Hub

There is no entry fee for this challenge. Participants are required to collect any sponsorship to Cancer Research UK through their Online Giving Page. This will automatically be sent to us once paid onto your fundraising page. 

You can use our Skipping Challenge 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:  
 
February 100 Skips Challenge, Cancer Research UK, PO BOX 1561, Oxford, OX4 9GZ. 
 
Please note 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.   
 

This challenge is specifically a fundraising initiative developed by Cancer Research UK, and therefore all fundraising must go direct 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 Skipping Challenge Sponsorship Form, following the guidelines at the top of the page. 

You can complete the challenge in a way that suits you. There are people of all levels of fitness doing this challenge. The important thing is that you're doing something that challenges you whether that’s all 100 skips in one go or split up over the day. However, you choose to complete the challenge and raise money, you’ll be helping beat cancer. 

The skipping rope we provide is one standard length (L 2.4m). If you want to use a longer or shorter rope of your own better suited to you, please do. 

Remember, if you’ve never skipped before (or not skipped in a long time), then it may take some time to build up to a steady number. Always listen to your body and only push yourself as much as feels comfortable. You’ll be surprised how quickly you will build up your skips! 
 

  1. Jump on the balls of your feet: 
    When you skip, try to softly jump up and down on the balls on your feet. Your heels should never touch the ground, which is one reason why skipping is a great calves workout! 
  1. Don’t jump too high! 
    If you’re trying to get in a rhythm and skip for more than 30 seconds without burning yourself out, keep your jumps as small as possible without tying up the rope. Just relax and don’t worry if you trip up the rope. 
  1. Don’t swing your arms and shoulders too much: 
    Skipping is all in the wrists. If you are using your arms and shoulders while jumping very high, skipping becomes a VERY difficult cardio activity. Just use your wrists in a circular motion. 
  1. Hands slightly above waistline: 
    Hand position is important, and this is also dependent on the length of the rope you have. Your arms should be comfortably bent, hands placed about a foot from your sides and about waist level. 
  1. Get in a rhythm: 
    You can really jump rope as fast as you want but getting in a rhythm can make skipping easier and more fun. It’s kind of like hitting your stride as you jog, so you can do the same thing skipping.  

 

For more tips, tricks and variations on how to skip, follow this link to 'Builtlean’. 

If wet, rainy or even frosty outside, we advise against skipping outside, which could potentially cause injury. You can; however, complete your skips inside, be it at the gym, in your living room, garage, or anywhere else with shelter and space! 
 
Don’t forget to leave your skipping rope inside to avoid it getting damaged.

Sign up to the challenge

Sign up to take on 100 skips a day in February and create your online Giving Page.

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