Whether you're trekking in Peru, cycling to Paris or running 10K in your hometown, we'll help you get ready for your challenge.
We've put together some fundraising and training guides to help you hit (and maybe even beat) your targets and goals, which you will receive in your registration pack, but in the meantime, here are some helpful pointers to get you started!
Top Training Tips
While our events should be suitable for anyone who's reasonably fit, we recommend that you follow a training programme and buy some good kit. And whatever shape you're in, we recommend you check in with your GP before taking on a big new challenge.
- It's a good idea to follow a training plan as closely as possible - we promise you that the more sensible training you do now, the better prepared you'll be for your event (and the more you'll enjoy it). It is also important to warm up and down properly - if in doubt, ask your local gym for advice.
It can be hard to keep motivated, especially if your event is months away, it's dark or cold outside and there's a good programme on telly. We recommend joining an online forum or training with a friend - great ways to get advice, support and encouragement.
Invest in decent equipment. For a running challenge, you'll need good trainers, clothes made from breathable fabrics and perhaps even gadgets like distance measuring devices. As for cycling, start with a bike! You will need a bike with multiple gears that is roadworthy, plus a water bottle, storage bag, a tyre pump and spare kit like inner tubes. If you're taking on a trekking or walking challenge, a good pair of boots and light clothing are essential and you might even find walking poles useful.
Above all: stay safe! Keep hydrated, stick to well-lit and populated areas, wear sunscreen and have ID and an emergency contact number with you in case of an accident.
Kick-starting your fundraising
Set yourself a high (but realistic) target, and tell everyone. It'll motivate you to keep going.
- Get an online fundraising page - it's really easy and only takes a few minutes. Go to www.justgiving.com/nationalautistic or www.virginmoneygiving.com.
- Ask your family, friends and colleagues to help you. We think they'll be impressed by your efforts and happy to get involved.
- Who's most likely to give you a generous donation? Approach them first and set a good example for everyone else to follow!
- Wait until payday to ask your colleagues to sponsor you.
- Ask your employer if they have a match funding scheme - it could double your fundraising efforts.