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What is the challenge?

Take the Lead is a virtual challenge that you can complete anywhere, in your own time and at your own pace.

Just team up with your dog and pledge to walk the equivalent of a marathon (26.2 miles) between 1 and 31 August. This contributes to an overall target of 2,688 miles - one for every person found rough sleeping in England last year.

You can achieve this by walking 1 mile every day for 26 days in August, this will take about 15 minutes a day. Or you could walk 2 miles on 13 days in August, this will be about 30 minutes every other day.

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What will I be provided with?

Every supporter who signs up and pledges to raise at least £50 will receive:

  • a St Mungo’s t-shirt
  • a St Mungo's dog lead
  • a Lily’s Kitchen compostable dog waste bags to help look after the planet. 
  • Our top 10 fundraisers will receive a personalised tin from Lily’s Kitchen
  • Hit your fundraising target? You will receive a doggy goody bag including Proper Treats from Lily’s Kitchen.

How to log our progress?

  1. Create your fundraising page.
  2. Link a Strava account to automatically log your miles walked.
  3. Make sure you have only selected to upload walking activity.
  4. If you don't use fitness devices and apps, you can log your miles manually on your Take the Lead fundraising page.
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What do I need to start my challenge?

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Challenge your dog

Pledge to walk a marathon

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Get kitted up

Receive a St Mungo’s t-shirt and dog bandana on sign-up

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Take the Lead

Time to make those walkies count!

St Mungo's Impact

St Mungo’s outreach teams go out each night to meet people who are homeless and to help them off the streets. With 17 outreach teams we are one of the largest providers of outreach services in the country. Each night we offer a bed and support to more than 3,150 people across the south and south west. We believe that people can – and do – recover from the issues that cause homelessness. We work to prevent homelessness and support people at every step of their recovery from homelessness.