Frequently asked questions
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The RNLI Extra Miler is a challenge to complete 31 miles during the month of March to support the RNLI. Open to all abilities, get sponsored to walk, jog or run 31 miles during March and raise money to fund the RNLI's lifesaving work.
Our volunteers crews are willing to go the extra mile every day to save lives, so we are challenging participants to walk, jog or run an extra mile for each day in March.
No. You can complete your 31 miles whenever you like. If you're feeling confident, you could finish it in one go, but if you're not an expert runner then we recommend breaking it up. You could do one mile a day, or spread it across a few different days throughout the month. It's entirely up to you.
- Register to take part in the RNLI Extra Miler, and follow the steps to create a RNLI Extra Miler fundraising page, where people can view your progress and sponsor you.
- Connect your fundraising page to either Strava or MapMyFitness to make sure your activity is tracked. You can manually add your runs on your page if you don't have a compatible device.
- Make sure you track every activity you do, otherwise it won't be counted towards your total.
- Get walking, jogging or running! If you're looking for inspiration and motivation during your challenge, join the RNLI Extra Miler Facebook group.
The challenge will take place between Sunday 1 March and Tuesday 31 March.
Yes. You decide when and where you want to walk, jog or run your 31 miles. Whether you prefer to go out in the fresh air, walk around town or run on the treadmill, you can take part in the RNLI Extra Miler.
Each person taking part in the RNLI Extra Miler must have their own fundraising page. But feel free to tackle your challenge with other Extra Miler walkers or runners - having a crew can help the miles fly by! Or get friends and family to join in by:
- setting up their own page and starting their own RNLI Extra Miler challenge
- sponsoring you and donating through your participant page
- joining you for support as you complete the Extra Miler
It is completely up to you how you would like to complete the challenge. If you're not an experienced runner, we recommend breaking up the distance over the month. If you’re fairly new to running, click here to read NHS advice on getting started.
You can join the RNLI Extra Miler Facebook group to meet other people who are going the Extra Mile for the RNLI.
If you're sharing your progress on social media, use #RNLIExtraMiler so we can see how and where you're going the extra mile for the RNLI.
If you would rather not hear from us, or would like to change how we contact you, please get in touch. Just visit RNLI.org/preferences or call 0300 300 9918.
You must be aged 18 or older to register the RNLI Extra Miler.
Absolutely. Strava and Fitbit (the applications used to track your distance) can both record distances for wheelchair users. If you're not able to use either of these applications, you can update you distance manually on your participant page.
When you sign up to RNLI Extra Miler an online fundraising page will be automatically created for you.
To make the most of your page, we recommend you:
- Add a photo – so everyone can see your face!
- Personalise the ‘About me’ section – tell people why you’re challenging yourself for the RNLI.
- Share your page – as far and as wide as you can using email and social media.
- Update – keep updating your page and sharing it throughout your challenge.
During the RNLI Extra Miler we’ll be in touch to help you make the most of your page and share extra fundraising ideas with you!
All money raised will go towards the lifesaving work of the RNLI. Our volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24-hour rescue service in the UK and Ireland, and our seasonal lifeguards look after people on busy beaches. We influence and educate people too, by explaining the risks and sharing safety knowledge with anyone going out to sea or to the coast. And our international teams work with like-minded organisations to help tackle drowning in communities at risk all around the world.
Yes, you can manually upload your distance on your fundraising page.