Run 100 miles in February FAQs  

Thank you for joining the Refuge 100 miles in February challenge. Below are some frequently asked questions, you can also put queries on our Facebook group.

Please note, this challenge, and the Facebook group, are now closed to new joiners. Thank you for your support.

Q. I just signed up, now what?

A. Firstly, join the Facebook Group we set up for this challenge. Click ‘Join Group’. Once you’re in, you can get your pack, including a t-shirt, get tips, be inspired and find out anything you want to know about the challenge!

Q. How do I raise money?

A. Facebook Fundraisers are the easiest way to raise money. You can set one up in a few seconds heredon’t forget to set your end date for 1st March. It’s then really easy to share the page with your Facebook friends. There is no minimum target so every pound raised will make a difference. 

Q. Do I have to fundraise to take part in the challenge?

A.Yes, this event is a fundraising challenge. Every pound you raise will help Refuge continue to support 7,000 women, children and men on any given day. Just £10 could provide a woman arriving at a refuge with the essentials she needs for her first night. Every pound helps!

Q. How do I change the date on my fundraising page?

A. On your fundraising page in Facebook, go to ‘manage your page’ and ‘edit’. You will be able to change the date to the 1st March.  There are videos of how to do this in the announcement sections of the Facebook group.

Q. Why has my fundraising page closed?

A. Facebook fundraising pages automatically close after 14 days. To continue fundraising you will need to set up a new page and change the end date. On your fundraising page in Facebook, go to ‘manage your page’ and ‘edit’. You will be able to change the date to the 1st March. 

Q. How do I get my t-shirt?

A. Put your address and t-shirt size in hereThe t-shirts and fundraising packs will be arriving from the 15th – 31st January depending on when you sign up. Don’t worry, they will arrive in time for the start of the challenge on the 1st February. 

Q. What if I don’t have Facebook/my sponsors don’t have Facebook?

A. You can set up a JustGiving page instead by clicking on thislinkMake sure to name your page ‘(YOUR NAME) Run 100 Miles in February Challenge for Refuge’ and **make sure to set it to end on 1st March**. 

Q. How do I keep track of how much I’ve done?

A. This is a self-reported challenge. We’ll include a blank planner in your challenge pack with a QR code which will take you to this page where you can access running plans created by our challenge personal trainer. You can then fill in the planner as you wish. 

We have set up a Refuge Strava running club which you can join once you have joined the Facebook group and set up a fundraising pageYou can record all your runs in this group and be motivated by all the other amazing runners taking part in this challenge!  

You can also update the Facebook group and your Facebook fundraising page manually to let everyone know how you are getting on. 

Q. Do you have any training advice?

A. We have 3 training plans to help you complete 100 miles in February for Refuge. These have been designed by our challenge personal trainer for a variety of abilities. Download them here: 

Q. What is Strava and how do I join?

A. Strava is a fitness tracking app which allows individuals to record their activity, such as runningStrava will allow you to track how far you have run and monitor how close you are to reaching 100 miles! You can download the Strava app or access it on a web browser and create a free account.

Q. How do I join the Refuge Strava community?

A. You can follow Refuge on Strava by searching for us in the Explore tab and typing in “Refuge Events”, please follow this link to find us. We have set up a club for the 100 mile Run challenge which can be found in the Explore tab under clubs when you search for “Refuge’s Run 100 Miles in Feb Challenge”. You can also access the club using this linkThis will be a private club on Strava so only people who have joined the Facebook group and set up a fundraising page will be able to join

Q. How do I hide my location on Strava?

A. You can create a privacy zone to hide the area where you start and finish a run.  

On the web, go to your Settings pageby hovering over your profile picture in the top right and selecting ‘Settings.’ 

  1. Click on the Privacy tab on the left side of the page. 
  2. Enter an address or GPS coordinate in the text field provided under ‘Hide your house/office on your activity maps,’ select the size of the privacy radius, and click ‘Create Privacy Zone.’

On the mobile app, select ‘Profile’ > ‘Settings’ (gear icon in the upper right-hand corner) > ‘Privacy Controls.’ Scroll down to select the ‘Privacy Zones’ option. 

  1. Select the ‘Add’ button in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Enter an address, select the size of the privacy radius and hit ‘Save.’ 

We have a Strava safety guide in the announcements of the Facebook group. Further details can be found using this link.

Q. What if I don’t complete the challenge?

A. The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself.There are people of all levels of fitness doing this challenge. The important thing is that you’re doing something that challenges you. This will vary from person to person, so tailor the challenge however you like. It should be tough, but doable. You should feel satisfied when you finish it! Do as much as you can. Every mile helps. 

Q. Where will my friends’ money go?

A. Directly to Refuge. You don’t have to worry about this. It happens automatically.

Q. My friends have donated and I cannot see their donation on my page?

A. If your friends donated using PayPal, this can take a few days to appear on your page so don’t worry!

Q. Can I start late or early?

A. Our challenge does not start until 1st February. You will have your challenge pack and t-shirt for then. You can of course join after 1st February to complete a month running 100 miles for Refuge. 

Q. Can I just raise money offline?

A. Our event is being run through Facebook though if you want to make a donation another way then please do this via our donation page on our website.

Q. Can I get extra t-shirts/a t-shirt for my child?

You can purchase an extra t-shirt or t-shirt for your child through our supplier’s online web shophere. Please note the cost of this t-shirt does not go to Refuge.

Q. What sizes are the t-shirts?

A. S 35/37″ M 38/40″ L 41/43″ XL 44/46″ 2XL 47/49″ 3XL 50/52″

Q. How do I get my first donation to my Facebook fundraising page?

A. You’ve made the first step by setting up your page. The best way to get your first donation is to share your page on Facebook and explain why you are taking part in the challenge. Share how their donations could help for example, just £10 could provide a woman arriving at a refuge with the essentials she needs for her first night. You may want to donate to your fundraising page yourself. Showing this commitment to your challenge will inspire others to support you as well.

Q. How do I reach my fundraising target?

A. Our top tip is to keep updating your Facebook fundraising page. Share screenshots of your runs, a selfie or just a quick update on your page. Your friends and family will see how dedicated you are to the challenge and want to support you. Keep sharing your page, especially around payday. Also, check out our fundraising tips in the Announcements section of the Facebook group.

Q. How do I get a fundraising medal at the end of the challenge?

A. If you share your runs on your Facebook fundraising page, we will send you a fundraising medal in March. We will send you a link to order your medal once the challenge is completed. Please note, due to costs, we can only send 1 medal per participant.

**Some safety tips for women currently staying in a refuge**

Please note that this group is open to anyone who wants to join, so we want you to carefully consider any personal and location information that you share here. We recommend that you review your privacy and security settings on Facebook and Strava – if you need more information about how to do this you can check the Strava safety guide, which will be posted in the announcements section.

You can also access our Tech Safety Tool which provides simple step-by-step tutorials on how to change your settings on different social media platforms, manage your location permissions and more. Just click the pink message icon in the bottom right corner.

If you are currently staying in a refuge it is encouraged that you do not share any personally identifiable information in public groups that may give away your location; this includes images with identifiable backgrounds or sharing screenshots of your running routes. Before you share photos or posts in public groups, check your phone to ensure your location services are off. Your safety is very important for us here at Refuge.

If you have any questions, please email events@refuge.org.uk.