The very best of the 2.6 challenge | Women's Running

The very best of the 2.6 challenge

Read Time:   |  April 29, 2020

All our favourite activities from the 2.6 virtual challenge

Thousands of runners were disappointed not to be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday, but the community was out in full force on social media over the weekend for a series of challenges relating to the number 2.6.

The 2.6 challenge is an opportunity to raise money for charities that may have missed out on the huge amount of funding they receive from races like the London Marathon every year. Last year alone, £66.4 million was raised for charity at the London Marathon and there’s growing concern that vital organisations won’t survive losses like this.

Thankfully, the 2.6 challenge has helped to raise over £7 million so far for hundreds of charities that would have forgone vital funding.

Participants are encouraged to choose their own challenge, which could be anything from hula-hooping for 26 minutes to running 26 miles around the garden, so all abilities and skills are welcome. You can still take part in the challenge: find out more here.

To give you some inspiration on how to get involved, here are some of our favourite takes on the 2.6 challenge…

Cath’s plant-potting

Just as a reminder of how versatile this challenge is: Cath from Bath potted 26 plants and seeds in her greenhouse to raise money for Bath Mind and they’re flourishing!

We have a special place in our hearts for Bath Mind – we’re partnered with them and get to witness first-hand the amazing work they do for our local community. Take on the challenge for Bath Mind here.

Ronnie’s hill-running

Marathon-runner Ronnie is taking on Primrose Hill in London 26 times, running up and down the 63-metre hill to raise money for both Norwood and the Teenage Cancer Trust. He’s already raised a whopping £29,000 and is still going!

Find out more about Norwood and the Teenage Cancer Trust and get involved with fundraising by following the links.

Shareefa J’s juggling

Our gorgeous and talented April cover star has been trying her hand at juggling, keeping oranges air-bound for 26 seconds. She’s been raising money for CALM, a brilliant mental health charity and appeared on Channel 4 over the weekend to demonstrate her new skill.

Find out more about taking on your own challenge for CALM here.

Nelly The Elephant’s London Marathon

How Many Elephants’ matriarch Nelly is completing her own virtual London Marathon to support front-line rangers who fight against poaching. She’s currently at the 11-mile marker, but needs more donations to keep going!

Support Nelly or get involved with How Many Elephants here.

Let us know which challenges you’ve been inspired by emailing us here.

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Currently training for her second half marathon

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