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.
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....
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 firstname.lastname@example.org informing us of the distance you've covered and make your nomination through your chosen communication method!
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....
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.
Your contribution to #MyMiles will make a real difference. Let's keep as many young athletes company as we can! Please contact us via email@example.com or on Twitter for any questions regarding #MyMiles and SportsAid Week. What will you do to support the next?