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About the Month of Miles

What is the Month of Miles?

The Month of Miles is a fundraising challenge that’s perfect for you, because you set the goal and run it from 1 to 31 October. It could be running a mile a day or working up to your first half marathon in one go – it is totally up to you. All as you track your progress on your personal Month of Miles profile page.

 

You can get your heart thumping in the park. Or feel that sweat trickling on the treadmill. Run it solo or pal up with a friend. Whatever you choose, you’ll be part of our Month of Miles team and, thanks to the money you raise through sponsorship, every mile you run will help transform the lives of people living with diabetes.

What do I need to take part?

The great thing about running is you don’t need much. A pair of running shoes, a t-shirt and some shorts or leggings – that’s it! Your local sports shop can advise on what shoe is best for you.

What challenge should I set myself?

There are four distances you can choose to run over the month of October, 8 miles, 13.1miles, 20 miles and 26.2 miles. But it really is entirely up to you and these are just some inspiration. Only you know what will stretch you. If you’re new to running, you might want to work up to running your first 5k at the end of October. If you have only a small amount of time, try running a mile a day – that’ll be more than a marathon by the end of the month! Finally, if you’re more experienced, you could set yourself a number of miles to run a week through October.

Why is it a month of loving me?

The Month of Miles is about finding some time for you – and discovering what running can do for you. That means powering through runs like you’ve never done before, and feeling amazed at what your body can do. It means savouring all the goodness running gives you. Register now and look forward to a month of loving you – of feeling healthy and well, in mind and body. What are you waiting for?

How do I join in?

It's easy, you can register here. Then pick a distance that suits you, but set a goal that you're really comfortable with. Then ask your family, friends and colleagues to sponsor you.

When is the Month of Miles

From 1 - 31 October 2020.

Is there a registration fee?

No. Taking part is free. All we ask is you use some of the energy you gain from running well to get sponsored and raise as much as you can to help bring us closer to a cure for diabetes.

Can children take part?

You need to be 18 years old or older to register for the Month of Miles.

Am I fit enough to take part in the Month of Miles?

The Month of Miles is about falling in love with running and feeling the benefits of it. There's no pace you have to run at, there's no distance you have to achieve. You do as much or as little as you want to, and we'll be here to encourage you and help you enjoy and recognise all the benefits of running.

We want you to challenge yourselves but please, take care and don’t overstretch yourselves. This Month of Miles is over a month and is designed for you to introduce a running goals into your weekly routine in a sustainable way.

Most importantly, we have to look after our feet. Please look at our ‘How to look after your feet’ guidance, which you can find here https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/complications/feet/taking-care-of-your-feet. Also, please check with your GP or diabetes health care clinician if you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to participate.

We want you all to enjoy taking part in the Month of Miles but in a safe way without overdoing it.

Can I start running after 1 October?

Of course. You can get started at any time during the 4 weeks of the Month of Miles.

It's never too late to get started running and raising funds.

Where should I do my running?

You can run your miles anywhere you like. Pound the pavements, in the park, on your way to work, on the treadmill. Every mile counts.

Do I have to do my miles all in one go?

No not at all, break down your distance goals into chunks that suit you. But if you'd like to do it one go, then you most definitely can.

I’m taking part as a member of a team, do we run our own distances or split that target between us?

You can work as a team in the best way that suits you. So if you want to share your miles, help your team mate and do their miles for them, or you can aim to complete 16 miles as a team, for example, by selecting the 8 mile option each.

Fundraising

How do I send you the money from my tracker page?

You don’t have to do anything. We receive it automatically. Thank you!

Do I have to fundraise online?

It’s quick and easy to step up your page and send it to friends and family. But there’s a sponsorship form here that you can use digitally, or print out and use instead or as well.

How do I send back any money I’ve raised offline?

Bank the money yourself. Then call us on 0345 123 2399 to donate the same amount using your credit or debit card. Alternatively, send back your sponsorship form (which you can find here) with a cheque written out to Diabetes UK to Month of Miles Fundraising Team, Wells Lawrence House, 126 Back Church Lane, London E1 1FH. Don’t forget to include your name and address so we know who you are!

Where can I download more sponsorship forms?

Download and print as many sponsorship forms as you like from the resources section.

How do I get a medal?

If you raise £30 or more, we’ll send you a Month of Miles medal at the end of the challenge. And we have other great rewards for fundraisers too. Check them out on the rewards page.

Where can I download additional sponsor forms?

You can download sponsorship forms from the resources page, or get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to post some out to you.

Do I get shoelaces for fundraising?

If you raised £25 before the 1 October you'll be sent some Diabetes UK shoelaces as an early fundraising reward.

Is there a minimum amount to be raised?

No, we just ask you try to raise as much as you can. £120 is a great target, though lots of Month of Milers raise much more. If you raise £30 or more by the end of the challenge, we’ll send you the must-have Month of Miles medal.

Technical support and tracking your distance

How do I track my miles?

There are lots of ways to do this. Choose which one works for you. Maybe you’ve already got a pedometer or an app on your phone? If so, you can use them and input the miles on your Month of Miles profile page.

 

If you’re using a Fitbit, Strava or MapMyFitness, link your account to your Month of Miles profile page and your miles will automatically update.

What’s my profile page?

This is your Month of Miles HQ. You keep a track of your miles and fundraising all in one place. You can personalise it by adding your photo, your story and adding journal updates.

And it's where you'll start earning virtual badges for both your running and your fundraising. It’s easy to share your profile page with friends and family, so you can show off how you're getting on and they can support your by making a donation.

See how far you can climb up the leaderboards and share your run well journey with your family, friends and sponsors.

What are Fitbit, Strava and MapMyFitness?

These are apps that track your running distance and speed. If you have one, link your account to your Month of Miles profile page and your miles will automatically update.

Do I need to a fitness tracker to take part?

No, not at all. There are lots of ways to keep track of your running, including free apps – just update your Month of Miles profile page as you go.

Can you help with my profile page?

Of course! The team at Everydayhero will be happy to help. Just email them at help@everydayhero.co.uk or contact your Month of Miles team at monthofmiles@diabetes.org.uk

Duplicate pages: I've got a duplicate page with donations on, I want to close the duplicate page and move over my donations to my original page

No problem at all. Send to us the links to both of your pages and let us know which page you'd like us to close.

Can I take part if I use a wheelchair?

Yes you most definitely can. You can add your distance in either miles, kilometers or steps.

Can I change my distance?

Of course you can, you just have to email us at monthofmiles@diabetes.org.uk and whether you want your distance to be 8 miles, 13.1miles, 20 miles and 26.2 miles.

How does my profile page work?

1. Register for the Month of Miles here

2. Follow the steps to create your profile page

3. Start fundraising. Share your profile page so friends and family can sponsor your Month of Miles.

4. From the 1 October, start running and logging your miles on your profile page. Add miles manually, or by connecting your page to Fitbit, Strava or MapMyFitness so your steps are updated automatically

5. Check your progress on the leaderboards, get motivation in the Facebook Group and starting earning virtual badges and rewards

What are Fitbit, Strava and MapMyFitness?

Fitbit, Strava and MapMyFitness are apps which track and record your activity (runs). If you choose to use one of them, and connect it to your profile page, the runs you complete will be uploaded onto your profile page (depending on how your fitness app works with the site).

Do I have to use Fitbit, Strava or MapMyFitness to take part?

You don’t need to use Fitbit, Strava or MapmyFtiness account to take part, you can add your runs onto your profile page manually. You just need a way to track your distance in miles or kilometers and most smartphones, or a pedometer will take care of that.

How do I get help with my profile page?

If you’re having problems with your page, don’t worry, just get in touch with us at monthofmiles@diabetes.org.uk and the team will be happy to help.

Fitness apps: how does my Fitbit work with my profile page?

To connect your Fitbit to your profile page, login and press the 'fitness app' button and follow the steps to connect.

Once you've connected your Fitbit to your profile page you'll need to log specific runs, walks or hikes using your Fitbit for them to pull to your page automatically. You can do this as often as you like.

Fitness apps: adding manual activity to your Fitbit account

We recommend you don't add manual runs to your Fitbit account, but instead add these to your profile page using the manual tracking function. This is because manual tracking does not convert to the platform accurately.

Fitness apps: using MapMyFitness and Strava

To connect your MapMyFitness or Strava app to your profile page, login and press the 'fitness app' button and follow the steps to connect.

To track your runs on MapMyFitness and Strava you'll need to start and finish an activity that is a run, walk or hike. You can start your activity at any time during the day. If you ever need to top up your miles as you didn't capture it on your app, you can do this directly on your profile page using the manual tracking function, which appears when you're logged into your page.

I can't add manual tracking to my page?

This usually happens because you're not logged in to your profile. If you are logged in and you can't add manual runs, please email us at monthofmiles@diabetes.org.uk.

Teams: I've connected to a team but it isn't showing on my profile page

Here are a few things to try if your page isn't showing you're connected to a team:

  • It can take up to five minutes for your team name to load to your page - give your page a moment
  •  Refresh your profile page
  • Clear your cache. You can find your cache in the ‘history’ of your browser. You only need to clear the last hour or so of your cache history.
Teams: I've created my page and now want to create a team

If you log into your page, you should see a button which says ‘Create or join a team’. It may take a few minutes to create and show for you, so we would recommend refreshing your page after 5/10 minutes then you can let your team mates know you have created a team and they can join it.

Your team mates will need to register individually and have their own page. They can select ‘join team’ on the registration screen.

Teams: I've not signed up yet but would like to create a team

To take part as a team, whoever signs up first can create a team during registration. You can then share this team name with friends, family or colleagues who can search for your team when they register themselves.

If you or a team mate are already signed up and have not created or joined a team, just go to your fundraising page and scroll down to find ‘Create or join a team’. It may take a few minutes to create this so I would recommend refreshing your page after 5/10 minutes then you can let your team mates know you have created a team and they can join it.

Teams: I've joined the wrong team

No problem at all, email (monthofmiles@diabetes.org.uk) us with the link to your profile page and we'll get you removed from the team.

I've updated my page (story, profile picture, name) but it isn't showing on my profile page

Here are a few things to try if your page isn't showing your updated details:

  • It can take up to five minutes for your page to load- give your page a moment
  •  Refresh your profile page
  • Clear your cache. You can find your cache in the ‘history’ of your browser. You only need to clear the last hour or so of your cache history.
Tracking: where can i see my steps?

All of your runs are tracked at the bottom of your page, and you can see also see the total miles you've taken in the totaliser at the top of your page.

Tracking: my miles aren't the same on my fitness app as they are on my page

If you've adjusted the stride length on your fitness app it may appear differently on your profile page, that's because we have to use an average stride length for everyone. If your miles are appearing as less, top them up using the manual step function so you don't miss a stride.

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