We have all had to adapt to life in lockdown, but for many families with a disabled child, this has presented extra challenges.  Your support with this event can help us to ensure that disabled children and young people are not left behind and continue to receive the practical support they need to reduce loneliness and isolation.

Simply bank any exercise you complete this August - whether you walk, run, cycle, swim or wheel. Every mile counts and you can even help us decide on the route we take next. The whole family can get involved and it’s the perfect motivation to get out there and feel good this summer.

Not only will your own physical and mental health benefit, but you will also be  making a difference to the lives of disabled children and young people.

Be part of something special this August and join us as we see how far our legs or wheels can take us.

How to take part

Simply click here to visit RunThings and sign up. Registration is just £10 per adult and £5 per child under 16.  There is no need to ask for any sponsorship, although you can if you want to of course. 

Once you are signed up, from 1st August you can begin banking your miles either by linking Strava to your account or by manually uploading a picture of your activity and adding the distance you covered.

Miles Mean Prizes

The more of us that upload miles, the further we will virtually go! Plus everyone that adds any miles to the challenge, will be in with the chance of winning a Luxury Treats Hamper, worth £64 (kindly donated by www.bunches.co.uk), regardless of how far you go. 

And for those feeling competitive, we have a leader board – can you go the furthest and be at the top by the end of August to win a very special Make Your Miles Matter trophy and a £50 Decathlon giftcard (kindly donated by www.decathlon.co.uk)

Not only that, but we will also have a Mindful Chef Recipe Box with 2 recipe kits for 2 people to 

give away to the winner of the best photo taken during the challenge (kindly donated by www.mindfulchef.com).

Everyone taking part will also receive a personalised certificate for completing the challenge.

There’s miles to go in improving the lives of disabled children and young people so why not put your best foot forward and join us to Make your Miles Matter.

FAQs

What types of activity count?

You can walk, run, cycle, row or swim - if you can record it, it counts towards the total.  You can complete the miles outdoors, in the pool, in your garden or at a gym.  Just make sure you are adhering to the latest government guidelines and regulations around social distancing and keeping safe when away from home.

Can I mix activities e.g. walking and swimming?

Absolutely!  You might do all your miles on foot or mix it up by hopping on your bike or getting in the pool, it’s up to you.  And of course, any distance covered in a wheelchair is added too.

Do I have to add miles every day?

Not at all.  You can add miles whenever you complete them so it’s up to you when you bank them.  Just make sure they are completed between 1st – 31st August.  Hopefully the motivation of banking your miles will encourage you to go out more often!

Is there an age limit?

No, the event is open to anyone whether you are toddling along or running a PB – we would like as many people as possible to join us.

Can I do this as part of a team?

Yes, you can enter as a team.  Teams are perfect for a bit of healthy competition between colleagues and other families!  Simply opt to create or join a team when you register.  Just make sure you have joined your team before the challenge starts.  Your individual total will also show on the Leaderboard, as well your team’s total.

How do I join a team?

Firstly decide who is going to create your team – this person will need to select ‘Create Team’ when signing up and add the team name.  The rest of the team members then need to select ‘Join Team’ when registering and choose the relevant team to join.

Can I sign up more than one person when I register?

You can add multiple entries to your order, however all entrants will need to create a team.  If you want to be able to add your own miles separately, each person will need to register individually as a solo entrant (and can then join a team if they wish) so that you all have your own account.

Why do I have to join team KIDS when signing up as a solo entry?

Everyone will need to join team KIDS when registering, to make sure your miles are added to our overall total.  You can still have your own team within this option.

How much does it cost to enter?

It is £10 per adult and £5 per child under 16. Children’s entries will need to be done with an adult entry.

How do I send you pictures to be included in the competition for best photo?

You can either share these on our social media pages @KIDScharity using the hashtag #makingmilesmatter or email them to [email protected]

How do I bank my miles?

Once signed up, you will have your own RunThings account where you can add miles either by linking your activity to Strava or by manually uploading a picture of your evidence.  This could be a photo of your smartwatch or treadmill screen or simply a photo of you doing the activity. You will receive full instructions after signing up.

How can I see how far we have all gone?

Once registered, simply log in to your account and here you will see miles you have banked as well as those completed by other people and where you are on our Leaderboard.  We will also keep you posted with motivational emails updating you on the route, with the chance to vote on which direction we go next.

Can I sign up at any point during August?

Yes, you can sign up and back date any miles covered until now.

What happens at the end of August?

The challenge will finish at 23.59 on 31st August and we will then be able to let you know how far we have managed to go and how much we have raised for KIDS.  You'll then be sent a digital certificate to download for all your achievements.  We will be in touch with all prize winners by the middle of September.

How can I encourage children to take part?

To add some fun to your exercise and encourage little legs to go even further why not try some scavenger hunts along the way?  We love these downloadable versions.  Or you could try a reward chart to tick off the miles as you go - you can find some ideas here.

How will I be supporting KIDS with this event?

Your entry fee will go towards supporting the services we provide for disabled children and their families.  You can find out more about what we do here or by watching this short video.