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 clock up your miles over the month.
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 cover 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 pavement with your friends by your side. You decide the pace and you decide the place.
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.
Is there an age limit for MyMarathon?
No, we welcome people of all ages to take part in MyMarathon. However participants under the age of 16 will need consent from a parent or guardian. If you're under 16 please get a parent or guardian to call us on 0300 330 3322 so they can register you.
Do I have to run MyMarathon?
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.
What happens after I sign up and what support will I receive from the BHF?
You will be sent a welcome email following sign up with everything you need to get you prepared for MyMarathon. We will also send you regular email communications throughout the challenge to provide you with inspiration, motivation and fundraising tips and tools. There are a number of free fundraising tools available for download directly from the website here, as well as running advice to help you get going.
You can also ‘like’ our dedicated MyMarathon Facebook Page for more inspiration.
I’m having problems signing up, who do I contact with questions?
Please send a description of the issue you are experiencing to [email protected] or call 0300 330 3322 and a member of our customer care team will be able to help you.
Do I have to fundraise?
As MyMarathon is a challenge to raise money for the BHF, we encourage all participants to try by telling family and friends about their challenge, and collecting sponsorships. We will provide you with lots of free tools and tips to support your fundraising efforts throughout the challenge.
Is there a minimum fundraising amount?
No, there is no minimum fundraising amount, however we encourage you to make the most of your challenge by asking your friends and family for sponsorship to help us fund even more life saving research. We encourage you to set yourself a fundraising target on your everydayhero fundraising page to keep you motivated.
Is there a fundraising pack?
Yes, you can download a fundraising pack of materials or download different tools individually on our Fundraising Tools page.
Is there any guidance 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 Get Going section on our website is filled with lots of tips to get you started.
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. Your confirmation email, will also have a link to your page if you signed up online. You can share your page with friends and family to encourage them to donate to your challenge.
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.
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.
I don’t want to sign up online or set up a JustGiving page, can I still take part?
While we encourage you to sign up online to ensure you receive all our motivational emails and free fundraising support, you can still take part without registering online. Please call 0300 330 3322 or email [email protected] and someone will be able to help you to sign up to MyMarathon. Alternatively, simply take part and pay in any donations raised via our online paying in form. Just be sure to put ‘MyMarathon 2019’ in the event box.
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.
How do I track miles?
We recommend you track your miles using MayMyFitness or Strava as both of these apps can be linked to your fundraising page so they track automatically every time you run. However, you can use any other tracking device and upload your miles manually to your fundraising page. Find out how to do both here.
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 your page. Find out how to do this here.
Can I create a team?
Yes! Once you’ve signed up to MyMarathon you can create a team page to allow you and your friends to join your individual fundraising pages together so your fundraising contributes to a larger team goal. For detail on how to create a team visit the everydayhero website here.
Remember, you must sign up as an individual before creating or joining a team.
How can I collect sponsorship?
The quickest and easiest way to collect sponsorship is through donations directly to your everydayhero fundraising page. However you can also accept cash donations for your challenge too. You can download a sponsorship form on our fundraising tools page.
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.
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 2018.
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 does the BHF spend the donations I raise?
Thanks to the amazing efforts of our supporters, last year the British Heart Foundation raised more than £158 million. £120 million was spent on life-saving research and support for heart patients. £38 million was spent on the costs associated with generating income. In other words, for every £1 raised, around 76p, went straight to funding research on heart and circulatory diseases, and the risk factors that cause them.
I can’t find an answer to my question here, who do I contact?
You can email our BHF customer care team on [email protected] or call 0300 330 3322.