Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to take part in The Mayday Mile. All we ask is that you raise as much money as you can to support our lifesavers as they prepare for a hectic summer season.
How do I collect money for my chosen run?
When you sign up, your JustGiving fundraising page is automatically created for you and all donations collected on your page will come directly to the RNLI.
Simply add your own profile picture and explain why you’re taking on The Mayday Mile for the RNLI. Your fundraising page will then be ready to share with your friends and family so they can donate to support you and the RNLI’s volunteer lifesavers. Remember to include the hashtag #MyMaydayMile when sharing your page online and let us know how you’ll be taking on the challenge.
How do I pay in my fundraising?
All donations made to your JustGiving fundraising page will be automatically transferred to the RNLI, so you don’t need to do anything.
Is there a minimum amount I should raise?
Like many charities, RNLI income is down after one of the most challenging years for us all. So we are asking everyone who takes on The Mayday Mile to try and raise an amazing £55/€55 or more if you can! Whatever you are able to raise, every penny or cent will help make sure RNLI lifesavers can keep people safe by the water this summer, and to come home safe themselves.
Is there a hashtag I can use for sharing my progress online?
Yes! Please share your fundraising and challenge progress on your social media channels using hashtag #MyMaydayMile. We’d love to see how you’ve chosen to take on the challenge.
What if I have questions?
Please email us at Mayday@rnli.org.uk and one of the team will be more than happy to help.
What is the challenge?
The Mayday Mile is a way to show your support to the RNLI lifesavers and answer their call. Take on your mile however you like. Alone or with a friend. Just once or every day for a week. In wellies or on a unicycle. It’s entirely up to you. Make your challenge personal to you and what you are able to achieve. If you find it easy to achieve your mile, take on the challenge and find a way to make it harder. You’ll find lots of ideas in our downloadable ideas guide on the resources page.
How does the challenge work?
The Mayday Mile is a virtual event taking place from Saturday 1 to Sunday 16 May 2021. You decide when and where you want to complete your challenge. To sign up, simply register on this site. You’ll be asked to set your distance and fundraising targets on your JustGiving fundraising page, which will be automatically created for you. Make sure you add a profile picture and tell people why you’re taking on this challenge for the RNLI. Then simply share your fundraising page with your friends and family to bring in those all-important donations! Remember to include the hashtag #MyMaydayMile when sharing your page online.
Do I need to complete my challenge on a specific day?
You can choose to complete your challenge any time between 1–16 May 2021. You are welcome to spread a longer distance over a longer period to challenge yourself even further - in fact, we’d encourage you to go for it and cover as much distance as you can!
If it's not possible for you to complete your Mayday Mile before 16 May, you can continue throughout the whole of May as the challenge will remain open for the entire month.
Where is The Mayday Mile taking place?
This year’s Mayday Mile is a virtual event. This means you decide on where to complete your challenge. Whether that’s your favourite park, your garden, the beach or even the treadmill!
We know you will likely want to visit our lifeboat stations as part of your challenge but please avoid all stations wherever possible so that we can safeguard our operational capability.
Is there an age limit to take part?
To take part - no. To register online - yes. The Mayday Mile is a challenge for people of all ages and abilities. The person signing up to the fundraising event online must be 18 or over but younger people in their household or support bubble can take part with them. Adults can sign up multiple times on behalf of junior participants to ensure each participant has their own fundraising page and can strive to raise the £55/€55 in donations required to receive their medal.
Can I take part as a team?
Yes. Each participant will need to sign up individually online to take part in The Mayday Mile and as part of the registration process you can create or join a team. You can still take on the challenge with members of your own household or support bubble. When taking part, please make sure you follow the latest government coronavirus guidelines in your area, including social distancing and social gatherings.
Which apps can I to use to track my distance?
You can track your steps using a number of different apps, including Strava, Fitbit and MapMyFitness. You can also connect some fitness tracking apps to your JustGiving fundraising page to show your progress instead of updating this manually.
Will I get a medal?
We are asking everyone who takes on The Mayday Mile to try and raise an amazing £55/€55 or more if you can! Anyone who achieves this will receive a medal. Anyone who doesn't quite reach this target will receive a The Mayday Mile wristband to thank them for their support.
When will I receive my medal?
Medals and wristbands will be dispatched within 6 weeks of the event closing.
How far do I have to go?
We’re asking people to cover at least one mile in any way they like in order to raise vital funds. Our lifesavers drop everything to run to the lifeboat station when the call comes, so we’re asking our supporters to put themselves in the crew’s boots and join The Mayday Mile. Every penny raised during Mayday will go towards ensuring we are ready to save even more lives this year.