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 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 fun virtual challenge to get your body moving while fundraising for seriously ill children across the UK.

Embrace the fresh air as you run, walk or wheel 31 miles throughout January – when, where and how you like.

Whether you head out for a mile a day or three miles a few times a week, it's about getting out, getting active and getting ready for an incredible 2024.

Open to all abilities, you can take part on your own, as a team or alongside a four-legged friend. Ultimately, 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. Head to our registration form to register yourself in the event.
  2. Once signed up, you will receive your own fundraising page which you can personalise to make your own.
  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. This challenge is about getting out, getting active and getting ready for an incredible 2024.

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

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Yes, absolutely – the more the merrier!

You each will need to sign up individually and will receive your own fundraising page. You can each fundraise seperately, or use one person's fundraising page if you prefer. Just make sure to mention all your team members name on the page!

Once you have signed up, you can also use our Invite a Friend tool to send out invitations to sign up*. This allows you to keep track of which of your friends have signed up and how they are getting on with their fundraising.

*Please note, we ask that before you send any invitations using this tool that you have the person's consent to share their details to send them 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 2024) 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 invite friends and family to sign up, send out messages asking for support and access our JanuRun resources.

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.

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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We have an exclusive new reward for JanuRun 2024 to thank our amazing fundraisers.

If you are among the first 350 people to register for JanuRun by 12 December 2023, you will receive a free running buff and pair of shoelaces*.

Plus, everyone who raises £96 will receive our JanuRun medal* after the challenge!

£96 could fund everything a Play worker needs for an afternoon of imaginative play with a child on a ward.

We plan to send all medals out by the end of February so you have until 15 February 2024 to complete your fundraising. Please see Terms and Conditions for more details.

Plus, as you hit different distance and fundraising milestones during your challenge, you'll unlock JanuRun badges to display on your fundraising page.

*Terms and Conditions apply

How do I get the free running buff and pair of shoelaces for this event?

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To thank those who sign up early, we are sending a free running buff and pair of shoelaces to the first 350 people to register for JanuRun 2024 by 12 December 2023*.

You'll have to be quick so sign up today to get started!

*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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The money you raise will go towards helping the children, families and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Every day, around 750 children and young people are seen at GOSH from across the UK for life-changing treatment and care. Every day, doctors and nurses battle the most complex illnesses, and the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs. And every day that you run, walk or wheel you'll help Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity give seriously ill children the chance of a better future.