R.E.D January FAQs

R.E.D January FAQs

  • What is R.E.D January? 

R.E.D stands for RUN EVERY DAY and centres around a month long challenge in January to run, walk, swim (whatever you fancy!) each day, every day.  There are no rules. The aim is to get active every day. 

R.E.D's mission is to raise awareness and support for mental health, by promoting the positive power exercise can have on our minds and wellbeing. 

  • What if exercising every day seems too daunting? 

The great thing about this challenge is its inclusivity. Whether you’re planning on walking 5 mins a day or running 100 miles in the month, there are no rules and no judgements. The emphasis is on a flexible exercise schedule that celebrates every achievement, no matter how large or small. You can scale things up or ease them back, just keep listening to your body. R.E.D experts will be on hand to offer handy tips and advice. 

Exercising is usually a beneficial thing to do for your mental health, and can be helpful as part of a long-term recovery or treatment plan. But there are some situations in which you might need to take extra care in case it starts to become a problem for you.

Find more information about exercising safely on:. mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/physical-activity-sport-and-exercise/assessing-risks

  • When is the deadline to register for R.E.D January 2018?

Registration for R.E.D January 2018 closed at midnight on December 31st. Please still feel free to get involved. On R.E.D January’s website, there's lots of useful resources for you to print, including a leaflet, countdown calendar, sponsorship form and fundraising pack - http://www.runeverydayjanuary.com/get-ready-for-red/

  • Where does R.E.D January take part?

At a location that suits you. Whether you're exercising solo, with friends, family or colleagues, you decide where and when is best for you to enjoy your daily dose of exercise. 

You can also feel supported in the knowledge that there will be R.E.D participants around the country that will be out and about at the same time as you. 

  • How do I register?

Registration is now closed. For support, motivation and expert advice, feel free to join the R.E.D community - facebook.com/groups/runeverydayjanuary/

  • How do I get a R.E.D t-shirt?

T-shirts are limited to the first 20,000 registered participants and therefore not all registrants are guaranteed to receive a t-shirt

We would love nothing more than to give R.E.D t-shirts to everyone who registers, but to avoid t-shirts being delivered too late into R.E.D January, they are only available to the first 20,000 registrations. We hope you understand our reasoning behind this.

If you're in the first 20,000, when you registered, you would have been asked your t-shirt size.

For any questions about your RED January t-shirt or materials please email Lisa Riggs-Long on l.riggs-long@mind.org.uk

  • My t-shirt hasn’t arrived by 1st January, when will I receive it?

Due to high demand, t-shirts will be sent in three stages throughout January. The next batch will start to go out from Friday 5th January, with two further deliveries arriving and being sent out the following week. Please bear with us whilst we get them out to you.

If you registered during the Christmas break, your t-shirt may not arrive until the third week of January

If you registered in early December and your t-shirt hasn’t arrived, we anticipate you’ll receive it week commencing 15th January.

  • Can I still get a t-shirt now?

Due to the shortages on t-shirts, we must prioritise sending them out to those who registered first.

Once these have all been sent, we may have some surplus t-shirt stock. If you'd still like a t-shirt in late January, please get in touch towards the end of the month to check if we have any remaining stock that we can send.

  • How do I get a fundraising medal?

We’d be delighted to send you a medal in recognition of your fundraising achievements and how much you have raised to support Mind’s vital services and this will be automatically sent out to fundraisers.

Given the incredible number of REDers who have chosen to fundraise, we want to make sure we give everyone enough time to get all their fundraising to us so you are thanked for the correct amount.

Therefore, to give us enough time to process all the donations and get everything ready for the medal mailing, we anticipate your fundraising medal will arrive by the end of March 2018.

If you have not received your medal by the end of March 2018, but have fundraised as part of your R.E.D January challenge please contact us on events@mind.org.uk

  • I'd like to fundraise whilst doing R.E.D January, how do I do that?

That’s great!

There are plenty of resources to help you get started on runeverydayjanuary.com/get-ready-for-red/ including a R.E.D Fundraising Guide.

The easiest way to fundraise is setting up a Just Giving page via justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/mind/redjanuary and sharing this with your friends and family and via Facebook and Twitter

  • How do I connect with other R.E.D January participants?

The R.E.D January Facebook community brings people together from around the country. It's a space for you to share your personal progress and feel supported by the endless amounts of encouragement.


There's also the option to connect with R.E.D participants via our Instagram and Twitter pages. 

  • How do I contact someone from the R.E.D team?

Share your thoughts, ask a question or simply say hello at runeverydayjanuary@gmail.com.

  • Can I take part and raise money for my Local Mind?

If you complete our online registration form to take part in R.E.D January, your online fundraising page will be set up for Mind and we will receive any fundraising you raise.

This year a number of Local Minds are taking part in R.E.D January and you can fundraise for them if you wish by registering directly with them. Email Lisa (l.riggs-long@mind.org.uk) in the Mind Events Team for details of which local Minds are taking part and she can direct you towards their registrations process.

  • After the challenge in January, is that it for R.E.D?

We know that people who experience mental health conditions like depression and anxiety are not restricted to feeling the symptoms for one month of the year. It can happen at any time and the R.E.D community page and Mind is available to help people throughout the year. 

Feel free to remain a part of the community, share stories and offer and receive support well after your R.E.D January experience. 

There are also Mind events throughout the year for you to continue using physical exercise to help manage your mental wellbeing. For more details go to mind.org.uk/events  

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