Your Questions Answered!

Whether you’re considering JanuRun or already signed up, our FAQs will answer some of the questions you might have about this virtual challenge.

Have more questions? Our JanuRun team are always happy to help! For any queries about your challenge or fundraising, please email janurun@gosh.org, post in the JanuRun Facebook Group or give us a call on 020 3841 3270 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

About JanuRun

What is JanuRun?

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JanuRun is a virtual 31 mile running challenge in January. Head out for a mile a day or three miles a few times a week, it’s up to you. What’s important is you’re regularly getting out and moving this January.

Feel the fresh air on your face with the freedom to run, walk or wheel in the way that feels right for you - where, when and how you like. Open to all abilities, whether you take part on your own, as a team or alongside a four-legged friend, this virtual challenge will show how heading outside can help you feel better inside.

How do I sign up to JanuRun? How does it work?

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It’s free to take part in JanuRun and easy to sign up:

  1. Sign up here as an individual or as part of a team.
  2. Once you sign up, you will receive your own fundraising page. You can personalise this page and add a Facebook Fundraiser to further your fundraising!
  3. Share the link to your fundraising page with all your friends, family and colleagues. Tell them about your challenge and ask them to sponsor you.
  4. Run, walk or wheel 31 miles throughout January and see how heading outside can help you feel better inside.
  5. Feel a huge sense of pride and joy as you enter February having completed JanuRun!

Do I have to run?

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Whilst primarily a running challenge, JanuRun is open to all abilities and can be tailored to your needs. Complete 31 miles in the way that feels right for you; whether you run, walk, wheel, or do a combination of all three. What’s important is you’re regularly getting out and moving this January

Can I take part in JanuRun as a group and fundraise with my friends/family/colleagues?

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Yes, absolutely – the more the merrier! Your group can also set up a team fundraising page to collectively fundraise together.

To create your team, you can set one up as part of registering for JanuRun or afterwards from your fundraising dashboard. Once created, you can send out invitations to your team.

To join a team, simply search for the team name or teammate name when you sign up for JanuRun. Alternatively, ask the team captain to send you an invitation.

How can I track my miles?

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You can update your fundraising page by manually adding your distance or linking your fitness app to your page. To do this, please visit your fundraising dashboard.

There is also a JanuRun tracker poster for you to download from the Resources tab on your fundraising dashboard to help you keep track of your daily distance.

Can I alter my challenge, so I cover a longer or shorter distance, or start and finish earlier or later?

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With it being a personal challenge, you can alter the challenge as needed as we understand that it’s not always possible to complete the challenge as planned. We want you to take part in whatever way works best for you, whether you reduce or increase the distance you cover or give yourself a different time frame to complete it within.

You aren’t required to let us know, unless you wish to, but it’s best to let your supporters know by posting an update on your page.

Please note, the distance leader board and badges are set to 31 miles and run between 1 –31 January. If you hit milestones outside these dates, you can request these badges by emailing janurun@gosh.org

Can I take part inside/run on a treadmill?

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If that works best for you, of course you can! Depending on how you’re tracking your miles, you might need to manually upload your distance to your fundraising page, so make sure to note your progress.

Can my child(ren) take part and fundraise?

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Children are welcome to take part with the consent of a parent or guardian and must be accompanied by a responsible adult during the challenge.

Children under 16 years of age at the start of the event (1 January 2023) must be registered by a parent or guardian. The fundraising page created will be owned by the registering parent or guardian, but this can be edited to include the child(ren) if you wish

Your fundraising

Is there a fundraising target?

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There is no fundraising target, but we ask everyone to raise as much as they can.

To help you get started with achieving your personal goal, we have shared our top five fundraising tips. As you fundraise, you will unlock exclusive JanuRun rewards as our way of saying thank you for your hard work and support.

Do I receive a fundraising page when I sign up?

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Yes! Once you sign up to JanuRun, you will receive your very own fundraising page, which you can personalise with your story, updates and pictures. From your fundraising dashboard, you can also create a team, send out messages asking for support and access our JanuRun resources.

You can also create a Facebook Fundraiser by clicking the button on your dashboard. It’s a great way to further your fundraising and will add to your grand total!

Where can I find fundraising tips and support?

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To help you get started with achieving your personal goal, we have shared our top five fundraising tips.

We recommend joining our JanuRun Facebook group and posting there as it’s a great space to share your successes, ask questions and exchange tips, and support one another towards achieving your running and fundraising goals!

Should you require further support, please contact the team by emailing janurun@gosh.org or calling us on 020 3841 3270 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Do I earn anything by fundraising?

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Yes, we have three exclusive JanuRun rewards for you to unlock by reaching different fundraising milestones:

  • Everyone who receives at least one donation by 28 February 2023* will receive one pair of GOSH shoelaces.
  • Everyone who raises £100 by 28 February 2023* will receive a GOSH running buff. 
  • Everyone who raises £400 by 28 February 2023* will receive a JanuRun technical t-shirt.

If you receive your first donation before 5 December 2022 then we will send your shoelaces to you in December, ready to start running in them in January!

We will be sending the other rewards out in March 2023 to give everyone time to complete their fundraising.

*Terms and Conditions apply

Can I fundraise offline too?

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Yes, you can fundraise offline as well as online. You can download a sponsorship form within the Resources tab of your fundraising dashboard.

To pay in your offline donations, you can either:

  • Pay it directly onto your fundraising page.
  • Pay online using our website form. Please select Running to then click JanuRun in the list of running events.
  • Call us on 020 3841 3131 to pay over the phone. Be sure to mention JanuRun!

I’m a corporate partner/I have got a Brighter Future Fund or Team GOSH Fund. Can my fundraising go towards my specific fund?

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Yes it can. Please email us at janurun@gosh.org with your details and link to your fundraising page so we can arrange this for you.

Where will the money I raise go?

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Every day brings new challenges at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Every day around 600 children and young people from across the UK arrive for life-changing treatments.

Every day, doctors and nurses battle the most complex illnesses, and the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs. And every day you run you'll help Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) give seriously ill children the chance of a better future.

The money you raise will help GOSH Charity to fund groundbreaking research, child and family support services, life-changing state-of-the-art medical equipment, and new child-focused environments at GOSH.