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1 Million Step Challenge

Between 1 July and 30 September we challenge you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Take 1 million steps over 3 months and get sponsored for every stride.

We're currently putting the final touches to the new and improved 2019 event, but will have registration open by mid-March. So please check back in with us then to grab your place.

Step it up this summer towards a healthier you

Walk it. Jog It. Dance it. The choice is yours. You will need to take at least 10,000 steps a day to reach your million, so do it your way.

You can take on the challenge alone, or better still, get your family, friends and colleagues involved. You can even split the million steps between a team to make it easier.

However you take part, the money you raise is vital in our fight against diabetes.

Registration info

  • Registration will be open by mid-March
  • Free to register
  • No minimum sponsorship requirement. We would suggest a target of £120, but please raise as much as you can for us.
  • You must be aged 18 or over to register and receive an online Tracker page. Children are welcome to join, but they need a parent or guardian to register on their behalf.
  • You will need to source your own pedometer or step tracker. If you are a smartphone user there are many very good pedometer apps that are free to use.

How we'll support you

Before you get stepping, you’ll receive your welcome pack through the post. We’ll send them soon and they’ll include advice on increasing your steps, fundraising tips, a record card to log your steps and a sponsorship form.

You will also get your very own 1 Million Step tracker page which is an online page where you can log your steps and keep a running total, collect virtual badges, keep track of your fundraising and share your progress with everyone on Facebook and Twitter.

How do I count my steps?

Keeping on top of your steps using a smartphone is by far the easiest way to track your activity. If you need help finding the best walking app for you, get in touch with us at

If you would rather use a physical pedometer or activity tracker, we have some great options in our online shop.

Then keep a log of your daily steps on your 1 Million Steps record card or Tracker website.

Why take part?

You’ll walk towards a healthier you and a future where diabetes can do no harm.

At the moment it does too much. Each week thousands of people in the UK suffer heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, amputation and blindness because of their diabetes. But when people manage their diabetes well, they can avoid these life-threatening complications and stay healthy.

We provide information, care and support for everyone with diabetes – and for their family and friends – so they can manage their condition well. Our campaigns improve life for people with diabetes while our research develops new treatments, technologies and will, one day, find a cure.

But we need your help to do it. That’s where you and your fundraising come in. It’s time to step up for people with diabetes.

Any questions? Email, or call 0345 123 2399.

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