Ware Town Council

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The 2.6 Challenge

Covid19 (opens in a new window)(opens new window) has led to the cancellation of many events, one of them being the London Marathon. The event was scheduled to take place on the 26th April and is the world’s biggest fundraising event.

Last year in 2019 the event raised more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities, but now more than ever these charities are in need of support.

This has led to the launch of the 2.6 challenge, encouraging everyone to get active and do 2.6 of anything in order to raise the money the marathon would have made.

What is the 2.6 Challenge?

The campaign was launched after the London Marathon was cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak in order to raise the money which would have been made at the marathon. It is called the 2.6 Challenge as the marathon was set to be on the 26th April, and anyone can take part.

The challenge can be interpreted however you want more detail is available on the website https://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk/ (opens in a new window)(opens new window)

The 2.6 Challenge can be any activity you like – from running 2.6 miles to holding an online workout with 26 of your friends.’ They emphasise that ‘Whatever your age or ability, you can take part. After all, we’re not looking for superheroes. We’re looking for Home Heroes.’

Other ideas include

  • Run skip or hop 26 laps of the garden
  • Read 26 books in 26 days
  • Bake 26 cup cakes
  • Do 26 minutes of yoga or pilates
  • Go for a 2.6 mile / 26 mile bike ride
  • Put on some music and dance for 26 minutes

There are lots of other ideas on the internet, why not give it a go.

How do I donate to a UK charity?

If you don’t want to join in with the challenge you can still donate by going to the 2.6 Challenge website (opens in a new window)(opens new window) and clicking ‘Donate Now’. You can select any amount and can choose to leave your own message.

If you do want to join in, you can choose to fund raise through Justgiving or Virgin Money Giving, and can choose which charity you want to fund raise for. Get family and friends to donate and sponsor you to complete your challenge. Film yourself completing you 2.6 Challenge activity and upload it online with the hashtag #Twopointsixchallenge.