Walk 100 Miles Challenge - FAQs

Walk 100 miles in October and raise money for life-saving cancer research. You can take on the challenge in whatever way suits you, whether that's individually or as a team, all in one week or spread across the month. Walking 100 miles across the month works out at roughly 3.2 miles or 6,666 steps per day.  

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

Once you're in, get tips for walking the 100 miles, be inspired by other fundraisers, find support and motivation from your fellow walkers and find out anything you want to know about the challenge.

We welcome everyone to take part in the challenge, 100 miles in a month equated to about 3.3 miles a day. For wheelchair users you can challenge yourself to getting out and completing a set distance each day. The challenge is flexible, and we advise each individual to set challenge that’s suitable for them. 

Although we encourage you to join our Facebook Group, we do understand that not everyone is on this social network. If you would still like to take part and raise money, you can set up a Cancer Research UK Giving Page below:​

Set up a Giving Page 

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.

No, don’t worry, 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 fundraising page is important! Make sure you keep them posted on your progress and share videos and photos throughout March– the more updates the better. Supporters who regularly post their progress raise on average 40% more. 

We recommend you connect your Giving Page to Fitbit so you can track your steps automatically. Find out how here.

Whilst we will be encouraging most people to take part in October, this is a personal challenge so you can start and finish at a time that is more suitable and convenient for you. 

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

  • Shorts 
  • Sunscreen
  • T-shirt or shirt 
  • Long trousers 
  • Warm fleece if cold (wool, fleece, or insulated) 
  • Windproof top 
  • Sun hat or cap (for warm days) 
  • Warm hat and gloves 
  • Walking stick 

See here for more helpful guidance when going on a long-distance walk: https://www.timeoutdoors.com/expert-advice/walking/long-distance/starting-out-in-long-distance-walking

It’s not unusual to encounter bad weather when out walking in the UK, 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 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 walk 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  

Don't worry if you miss a day, you could always carry on into November or double your number of miles 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 sponsorship!

We'll provide a digital certificate and badge at the end of the challenge. Unfortunately, we cannot provide medals to finishers, however, you will be able to claim your free t-shirt to wear with pride for your challenge.

Unfortunately, it costs Cancer Research more money to return the t-shirt, therefore, 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 below: https://shop.cancerresearchuk.org/product/cancer-research-uk-t-shirt  

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: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/find-an-event/walk-100-miles-challenge/fundraising-materials  

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

Yes, under 18s can take part although we do not market to them and the Facebook group is only available to over 18s. 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:  

Walk 100 miles October 2022, 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.   

Walk 100 miles is specifically a fundraising initiative developed by Cancer Research UK, and therefore all fundraising must go direct the charity.

If you’ve decided to fundraise through your Cancer Research UK Giving Page, you won’t need to do a thing – your supporters’ donations will pay in automatically. If you’ve raised offline, simply post your sponsorship form along with your sponsorship in the form of a cheque to:  Walk 100 Miles October, Cancer Research UK, PO BOX 1561, Oxford, OX4 9GZ 

Participants must register as an individual but can take on the challenge as a team and split the miles up as a group or all complete 100 miles in the month. You may also like to set up a team Giving page and invite other registrants to join via the Cancer Research UK online fundraising site.  

Sign up to the challenge

Sign up to walk 100 miles in October and receive your free Cancer Research UK fundraising pack and Online Giving Page.

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