2.6 Challenge

Join the 2.6 Challenge campaign and help FirstLight Trust

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events. The Virgin Money London Marathon, which should have taken place on Sunday 26 April, is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, and raised more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities in 2019 alone. In response, the organisers of the biggest mass participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help our fundraising and save the UK’s charities.

The campaign, 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April 2020 – what should have been the date of the 40thLondon Marathon.

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

Dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise by donating via FirstLight’s Virgin Money Giving or JustGiving page. Post your challenge on social media, tag us and use #twopointsixchallenge

How to take part

1. Think of an activity involving the numbers 2.6 or 26.

2. Click either links below to donate £2.6, £26 – or whatever you can, or set up a fundraising page.

3. Ask friends or family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 challenge!

4. Complete your challenge.

5. Share a photo or video of your activity on social media. Remember to tag us and us the hashtag #TwoPointSixChallenge.

Sign up!

Create your own fundraising campaign using either of the platforms below.

For more information about the 2.6 Challenge Click here.

Need some ideas?

  • How many times can you sit and stand upright in 2.6 minutes or 26 minutes
  • How long does it take you to sit 26 times
  • Walk for an hour carrying 2.6kg or 26kg (can be done as family unit)
  • Complete 26 puzzles in 26 days (or however long you want to set yourself)
  • 26 pancake tosses in a row
  • How many balls can you throw in a bag in 2.6 minutes?
  • Send out 26 recipe ideas to those who donate
  • Challenge yourself to 26 press ups
  • Skip for 2.6 minutes without any mistakes
  • Run 2.6 miles or for 26 minutes
  • Stretch with 26 minutes of pilates or yoga
  • Throw and catch a ball 26 times
  • Complete 26 laps of the garden on foot, running, cycling, on your scooter or roller skates
  • Dance for 26 minutes
  • Juggle or 2.6 or 26 minutes
  • Do some gardening for 26 minutes
  • Build your own escape room with 26 clues
  • Put on an indoor Olympics with 26 ‘sports’ (e.g. teddy bear bowls!)
  • Make your own comic using a 26-frame grid
  • Create a quiz with 26 questions and ask friends and family to donate to take part