You decide the pace and you decide the place

FAQs

What is MyMarathon?

MyMarathon challenges you to complete 26.2 miles in May. Whether it takes you 4 hours, 4 days or 4 weeks, you can get out there as much as you need to to clock up your miles over the month.

Watch the MyMarathon video for a bit of inspiration.

Is there any guidance you have to help me get started?

A good way to start is by getting out there to see how far you can go. You can then work on building this up as the month progresses. Our Motivation section on our website is filled with lots of tips to get you started.

Do I have to run? Can I walk?

We advise you to do whatever is within your ability but is still challenging. If you don’t feel able to run 26.2 miles in May, you can walk it. If you’re a wheelchair user you can still complete 26.2 miles in a way that is a challenge for you. Making sure it is enough of a challenge means people will be more likely to sponsor you.

Is there a registration fee?

Signing-up to MyMarathon is free! But we do encourage everyone to raise as much as they can for the BHF’s life saving research work.

What's the date of the event?

The challenge is from the 1 May to the 31 May, or however long it takes you from the 1 May to complete your 26.2 miles. But you can of course start fundraising as soon as you want to!

Can I only do MyMarathon in May?

We are encouraging people to take part in MyMarathon in May as there will lots of tips and support on-hand and you’ll also be eligible for the fundraising prize incentives. If you are not able to complete it in May then we are happy for you to do your 26.2 miles in a different month, as long as you sign-up and fundraise. You could also try and run more than 26.2 miles if you like!

Where is MyMarathon?

You can choose to complete your marathon miles wherever you like. Whether it’s in the park, in the gym, or on the streets with your friends by your side. You decide the pace and you decide the place. Find out more here.

Is there a fundraising kit?

There isn’t a pack posted out but you can access lots of freebie downloads, tips and advice from the MyMarathon website. Fundraising materials and ideas can be found here, advice on nutrition, gear and running can be found here. And if you want to get inspired check out #MyMarathon. Don’t forget to ‘like’ the dedicated MyMarathon Facebook page too

What is everydayhero and how do I use it?

Everydayhero is an online fundraising platform which you can use to collect your donations. Your fundraising page will be set up automatically when you sign up for MyMarathon. You can access your page here and by entering the log in details you supplied when you signed up. You can share your page with friends and family to encourage them to donate to you.

How do I get help with my everydayhero fundraising page?

If you need help using your fundraising page, making a donation, or anything else everydayhero related, their dedicated support team can help you out.

Email help@everydayhero.co.uk  if you need any help or can’t find what you’re looking for. You can also call us on 0845 680 9720. Alternatively. check out their FAQ website.

Not only does this help with all the technical kinds of things, it’s also got lots of tried and tested tips to help give your fundraising an extra push.

What are the benefits of running?

We’ve put together a list of the benefits in our Get Ready section.

How will you know when I’ve finished MyMarathon?

If you have been using MapMyFitness or Strava whilst completing your miles we’ll have a running total and will automatically know once you’ve finished. Or you can manually update your fundraising page yourself. Find out how to do both here. Alternatively, let us know by emailing us at mymarathon@bhf.org.uk.

What is MapMyFitness and how do I use it?

MapMyFitness is a training app which tracks and records your distance. Everydayhero is partnered with MapMyFitness which means you can link your fundraising page to MapMyFitness and your page will then be updated every time you complete a run. That way your donors can see how you’re getting on. Fundraisers who use this feature raise an average 46% more!

What is Strava and how do I use it?

Strava is a training app which tracks and records your distance. Everydayhero is partnered with Strava which means you can link your fundraising page to Strava and your page will then be updated every time you complete a run. That way your donors can see how you’re getting on. Fundraisers who use this feature raise an average 46% more!

What happens if I only use the fitness app to track some of my miles and forget to use it for some?

Any of the miles you complete using your fitness app we will know about (if it is linked to your fundraising page). You just need to let us know about the rest of them by manually updating your fundraising page. Just remember – don’t manually log any miles that you’ve used a fitness app to track – we will already have those logged.

What if I don't want to use a tracking app? How can I track the miles I've completed?

Don’t worry, if you don’t want to use a fitness app, you can still easily keep track of your miles through your fundraising page by manually updating it using the simple steps here. Alternatively you can use our downloadable paper tracker.

Do you have anything to help me with my fundraising?

The Fundraising section on our website has lots of tools to help you raise money for our life saving heart research. You’ll find our printable sponsorship form on here too.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid adds 25p to every £1 donated, at no cost to the donor. It’s a Government scheme that enables charities to claim this ‘extra money’ from tax that people have already paid. To allow us to claim Gift Aid, the donor has to be a UK taxpayer and have paid sufficient Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover the amount BHF will reclaim in the tax year. Please make sure you send your Sponsorship form to us so we can claim it.

How long do I have to pay in my money?

If you want to be eligible to receive our fundraising prize incentives, make sure you pay in before the 30 June 2017.

How do I pay in my money?

Ask people to donate directly to your fundraising page as that way the money will come to the British Heart Foundation automatically. Easy peasy.

If you’ve collected cash then you can pay in the money yourself (using a credit or debit card) to your fundraising page.

Or send a cheque (made payable to the British Heart Foundation) to:
MyMarathon. British Heart Foundation, Lyndon Place, 2096 Coventry Road, Sheldon, Birmingham, B26 3YU

If you’re making an offline donation please fill out a Sponsorship Form and tick the Gift Aid Box.

 

Can I order merchandise items?

Yes, you can order t-shirts and wristbands from our online shop.