Frequently asked questions

Everything you ever wanted to know about Every Day in May but were too afraid to ask.

Registration

How do I register?

You can register here.

Is the event free to enter?

Yes it's totally absolutely free :D

From 2017 onwards there is no registration fee so there's literally no excuse for not taking part!

Is there a minimum age for entry?

Yes – minimum entry age is 18.

Fundraising

Do I have to fundraise?

The short answer is no – you are most welcome to register and take part without fundraising.

During previous years people told us that they wanted to take part as a personal challenge, without fundraising, but that they wanted to make a contribution to charity. We ask those people to make a suggested voluntary contribution of £25 to our mascot, Scout, who is raising money for the event's official charity, Dimbleby Cancer Care.

Raising money for charity is why we do Every Day in May and it's a big part of our chatter during the event. So if you're taking part and not fundraising we ask for your patience when we mention money. And please please do join in the social/online elements – there's a great community spirit that builds amongst all the participants and we want every to be part of that.

Is there a minimum fundraise amount?

No. You simply raise as much as you can. Your chosen charity (or Dimbleby Cancer Care) and fitnaturally will be thankful for all money raised no matter how large or small.

If fundraising isn’t your thing you can register to take part, joining in the social aspects of the event (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram). Note that during the event we mention fundraising a lot so if you’re not fundraising we ask for your patience. And if you or your friends subsequently want to make a donation you can do so through Scout’s JustGiving page. Scout is the gorgeous team mascot.

Can I raise money for a different charity?

Yes you can. Our charity partner is the very awesome Dimbleby Cancer Care who would very much love your support, but you are welcome to fundraise for your preferred charity if you want to.

Our primary aim to raise a shedload of money for worthy causes so whoever you decided to fundraise for, pull all your stops out and have fun!

How do I set up a charity page?

Join our team on JustGiving!

Just log in to your JustGiving account if you already have one or click on the sign up link if you’re new.

It’s really straightforward to set up a fundraising page and JustGiving have excellent help pages to guide you through the process, but if you're really stuck email us and we will try to help.

It's really important that you join our team. Doing so links your JustGiving page to the team pot and so we can all benefit from everyone else's fundraising kudos as the event progresses – being able to talk about how much money the team is raising really helps with promoting all our efforts.
If you're fundraising for Dimbleby Cancer Care please note that they are no longer listed on JustGiving. You can find them over on Virgin Money Giving.

What do I do with cash or cheque donations?

You should follow the advice from JustGiving on what to do with money that you have raised offline.

Taking part

How fit do I need to be?

Almost everyone, regardless of current fitness level, should be able to cover 5km every day.

If you’re daunted by the challenge – don’t be! You can do it!!

If you’re planning to run or cycle or swim you need a good basic level of fitness. You can swap your activity each day – so maybe run for a couple of days and then walk or cycle or do something less strenuous so long as you cover a minimum of 5km.

If you’re planning on doing the 10k challenge you need a very good level of running fitness and experience. You need to be confident that you can cover 43 miles a week at steady pace without a rest day four weeks in a row – you are probably someone who has trained and raced long distance.

In what ways can I take part?

You can choose any self-propelled method of movement – we very much want to stress that this is not a running event!

As long as you move the distance just using your own body power that’s great. Could be walking, kayaking, skating, space-hoppering (!), swimming, rolling, pogo-ing, running, cycling, rollerblading, canoeing, skipping, wheelchairing, hopping, scootering, jumping, tumbling, other things that end in ‘ing’!

Granted, some of them you probably wouldn’t want to do for 5 metres let alone 5km but self-propelled just means anything you are comfortably (and safely) able to do using your own steam and sense of fun.

But the whole idea is to raise funds for charity so it’d be very awesome if you to set up a JustGiving page, joined our team and got all your friends to sponsor you!

If you aren’t intending to fundraise that’s OK. It’d be very great if you joined in all the social aspects of the event – we’re pretty lively on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We ask you to be patient with our emails about fundraising – we tend to get a bit bossy!

What do you mean by self-propelled?

Self-propelled just means anything you are comfortably, and safely, able to do for 5k or 10k using your own steam and sense of fun.

Could be moonwalking, hop-skip-and-jumping, rollerblading, canoeing, skateboarding and so on. Realistically most people will walk, run or swim – which is fabulous! – but you don't have to stick rigidly to the either the distance or the activity day in day out.

And you don’t have to do it all in one block. You can split it up through the day by going for a walk during your lunch break then jogging when you get home. Or walking to and from work during the week and then cycling with your mates on a Saturday and swimming on a Sunday. Vary it up however you like!

Can I split the distance over one day?

Very much so!

This is especially encouraged if you are unused to physical activity. Perhaps towards the end of the event you could try day or two covering the distance in one go and see how you get on.

Can I have rest days?

No. The point of the challenge is that you do the distance every day in May. You can do it!

Remember that you can swap daily activities at any time. You don’t have to commit to running or swimming or pram-pushing every day. The activities can vary as much as you like as long as you cover a minimum of 5km each day.

If your energy levels are low try doing something less strenuous for a day or two and then go back to your preferred method of self-propulsion!

What if I am injured?

You should seek the advice of a medical professional or physiotherapist and decide with them whether it is safe for you to start, or continue with, the challenge.

Can I record my activity somewhere?

Absolutely! And it's to be encouraged :D

Once registered you'll be able to log in to your Every Day in May account where you can add details about your daily activity. Best to do that every day or you might miss recording one!

All the distances you record are added to the team total which we keep track of during the event and which we happily boast about on social media.

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