The #MyMiles challenge

The #MyMiles challenge is a fun and easy way for YOU to show your support for the next generation of athletes

SportsAid Week - 25 September - 1 October 2017

The #MyMiles challenge is new to SportsAid Week – a social media led campaign asking YOU to keep Britain's finest young athletes company while raising money to help them fulfil their sporting ambitions.

On average, a SportsAid athlete covers 40 miles under their own steam in training every week. They show huge levels of dedication and commitment, making many sacrifices along the way, as they strive to reach the top of their sport. 

The #MyMiles challenge is simple - physically cover a distance of your choice (one mile minimum), make a nomination to continue the chain via social media and donate £2 to SportsAid by texting 'WEEK40 £2' to 70070. That's it!  

SportsAid has created #MyMiles to help shine a spotlight on the athlete journey and provide the British public with the opportunity to give their backing to the next generation during another week of fun and fundraising.

The inaugural SportsAid Week raised over £40,000 for the charity in 2016 with many fundraisers taking on sponsored physical challenges....that is where the inspiration behind the #MyMiles challenge has come from!

SportsAid Week ambassador Laura Wright, known as the 'sporting soprano' having performed classical music at many major sporting events across the world, tells you more about the #MyMiles challenge in the short video above.   

A step-by-step guide to #MyMiles

Exercise, nominate, donate!

The #MyMiles challenge is accessible to everybody and only asks for a £2 donation. It's entirely up to you as to the distance you wish to cover - as long as you meet the minimum requirement of one mile. Here's a step-by-step guide for you....

  • Physically cover a distance of your choice (one mile minimum) via any form of exercise (if it's not easy to record the distance of your activity - 20 minutes = one mile)
  • Post a video or photo on social media upon completion - include the distance you've covered, tag SportsAid (see social media handles below) and use #MyMiles
  • Don't forget to nominate a friend, family member or colleague to continue the chain - make sure to remind them to donate upon completion!
  • Finish by texting 'WEEK40 £2' to 70070 to help Britain's brightest sporting prospects during the critical early stages of their careers

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How shall I do #MyMiles?

It's up to you!

How you decide to support the #MyMiles challenge is entirely in your hands. SportsAid will be keeping a running total of the distance covered and is looking to encourage a diverse range of activity - all led by you. 

Perhaps opt for an Olympic or Paralympic discipline to add to #MyMiles....running, cycling, swimming and rowing are always popular. How about archery, boccia, canoeing, fencing, sailing, skiing, table tennis, taekwondo or weightlifting? The choice is yours! 

Why not incorporate #MyMiles into your daily routine? Walking your dog or going for a lunchtime stroll both fit the bill. The distance you cover doesn't necessarily have to come via strenuous activity. #MyMiles is designed to work for you.    

If you are planning on doing a bigger physical challenge throughout SportsAid Week and would prefer not to limit yourself to a £2 donation, don't hesitate to seek extra sponsorship by setting up your own fundraising page and promote the #MyMiles message even further.

Also, if you're not a social media user, your contribution to #MyMiles is still just as valuable! Please email sportsaidweek@sportsaid.org.uk informing us of the distance you've covered and make your nomination through your chosen communication method!

Can I do #MyMiles with other people?

Yes, of course - spread the word!

The #MyMiles challenge gives you the chance to team up with friends, family members and colleagues to show your support for Britain's future Olympians and Paralympians. And there's lots of great ways you can make your contribution towards the overall total.

Why not get together for a bit of circuit training or a spin class? Yoga, pilates, dancing and boxercise are just a few other ideas, while cricket, football, hockey, netball and rugby are perfect options for team sports you may already be involved in!

Here's a few things to remember if you do complete the #MyMiles challenge as a group....

  • Make sure to keep a track of the distance you cover - for example, if a group of 20 complete an hour of circuit training or playing football, that's 60 miles between you!
  • Get everybody involved to donate £2 each and to continue the chain - you could decide between you to nominate another group of people rather than all doing so individually
  • If you want to keep your donation simple, one person can take the lead by gathering up the money and texting 'WEEK40' followed by the amount raised to 70070 e.g 'WEEK40 £60'

Where does the money raised go?

To our future sporting heroes!

The money raised from the #MyMiles challenge and throughout SportsAid Week will support athletes in many different ways. SportsAid helps over 1,000 young sports stars every year with the impact being felt both financially and from a recognition perspective.

  • £5 will help one of Britain's best young athletes get to their next training session
  • £10 will help a young disabled footballer purchase new shinpads
  • £25 will help a young gymnast pay for a pair of wrist supports
  • £50 will help a young kayaker replace a damaged helmet
  • £100 will help a young athlete visit a physio for rehabilitation from an injury
  • £500 will help a young boxer travel to their next major international competition
  • £1,000 will provide a full year's worth of support for a SportsAid athlete

Your contribution to #MyMiles will make a real difference. Let's keep as many young athletes company as we can! Please contact us via sportsaidweek@sportsaid.org.uk or on Twitter for any questions regarding #MyMiles and SportsAid Week. What will you do to support the next?