Sign up for the 2.6 Challenge to save the nation's charities

Posted: Mon, 20 Apr 2020 14:13

Sign up for the 2.6 Challenge to save the nation's charities

With fundraising events across the UK cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus crisis, the organisers of the UK's biggest sports events have created a new campaign to help charities fill an estimated £4 billion shortfall.

The 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th edition of the London Marathon, which alone raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019.

The public will be asked to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to Save the UK's Charities via

The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

"The 2.6 Challenge can be anything that works for you," says Nick Rusling, Co-Chair of the Mass Participation Sports Organisers group (MSO) and CEO of Human Race.

"You can run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes. You could do the same in your home or garden, go up and down the stairs 26 times, juggle for 2.6 minutes, do a 26-minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26-minute workout – anything you like. We want people to get active, have fun and raise money to help save the UK's charities by giving money or raising funds for the charity close to your heart."

For more information on the 2.6 Challenge, visit

Tags: Coronavirus, Fundraising, Sport