A group shot of Macmillan runners at Run Regents Park 2019

Organise your own run

Organise your own running challenge for Macmillan. You choose the route, you choose when, and you make the rules.

Creating your own running challenge is an exciting way to support people living with cancer. You choose the route, you choose when, and you make the rules.

Quick steps to plan your running challenge

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Choose a route
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Choose a date(s)
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Get your team together
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Register your challenge
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Set up your fundraising page

Your impact

In 2020, our supporters raised over £750,000 by organising their own physical activity challenges, including runs. That money could support our Cancer Information and Support team to run our Macmillan Support Line phone service for five months. In this time, they could deal with over 40,000 calls and web enquiries from people who want questions answered, need practical or financial support, or just want to chat.

Find out more about why your support matters.

Frequently asked questions

  • I need some help with fundraising ideas, can you help?

    We love fundraising and want to help make sure it's as easy as possible for you. We've got lots of ideas to help get the money rolling in.

  • Can I get another sponsorship form?

    Yes, you can download another sponsorship form here.

    If you don't have access to a printer, you can ask us for one us by emailing running@macmillan.org.uk and we'll post one straight out to you and you can carry on with your fundraising.

  • I’ve done my run, how do I pay the money in?

    Paying your money is easy. Find out how.

  • How far in the future should I pick a date for my run?

    Lots of things can affect how far in advance you plan your run. Will you need to do some training? Will you want to hold extra fundraising events to help you reach your fundraising target?

    If you're hoping to lead a long-distance run, how much notice might people need to get it in their diaries?

    Most of our runners start planning three to six months before their challenge to give them plenty of time to fit fundraising and training around their busy lives. If you're planning something super ambitious, you might need a bit longer. Don't underestimate the amount of training you may need to do to feel ready for your run, so give yourself plenty of time.

  • What can I do to make sure my run is safe?

    Solo running events

    If you are taking on a solo challenge, it can be safer - and more fun - to have friends or family meet you at points along the way. If that's not possible, make sure there's someone who knows your route and is waiting to meet you at the end.

    Runner's World have released some helpful, up to date guidance about running safely during Coronavirus.

    Group running events

    If you are leading or organising a run, one of the most important things to do is a risk assessment. This will help you to anticipate and plan for anything that might go wrong. You can find advice about how to do a risk assessment at the Health and Safety Executive.

    There's also some useful information on organising your own event from the Institute of Fundraising.

    You will also need to consider whether you need insurance. This might be insurance for yourself if you're doing an overseas run, or public liability insurance if you're holding a public event. For private events this may not be necessary.

    If you need further advice, get in touch with our Supporter Care team on 0300 1000 200 or by emailing running@macmillan.org.uk.

  • What running gear do I need to take?

    This may depend on the type of run you'll be doing. We've got lots of helpful advice to get you prepared for your run.

  • Where can I find help with running training?

    We have training plans to get you in tip-top shape. You should also check out our practical tips and information and our guidance on how to stretch, strength, and fuel for your run with professional advice from our training partner Running with Us.

  • Can I get extra t-shirts for my event?

    We'll send you a t-shirt in the post with your welcome pack. You can buy a technical running t-shirt, water bottles and other useful items from our online shop.

  • How can I get posters and flyers to advertise my event?

    You can create your own event materials on be.Macmillan. Once you've registered on the website you can create any materials you need for your event.