Sunday 26 April was the scheduled date
for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon,
the 40th edition of the world’s greatest
marathon. It is a huge event in the charity
Every year for the past 13 years, the London
Marathon has set a world record for an
annual one-day fundraiser, with an
incredible £66.4 million raised for good
causes in 2019 and more than £1 billion
raised since the first race in 1981.
The 40th Race has now been
postponed to Sunday 4 October, but
the original date of Sunday 26 April
resonates very strongly with the
many thousands of runners, charities,
spectators and TV viewers who’ve
been counting down to Marathon Day,
with the BBC planning network
programming over the weekend.
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
save the UK’s charities.
The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, will
launch on Sunday 26 April – what should
have been the date of the 40th edition of
the London Marathon.
From Sunday 26 April, the public is 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 is a simple and fun way
for everyone to do their bit to help save
the UK’s charities.
Thousands of fundraising events across the
UK have been cancelled due to Covid-19 with
a devastating impact on charity income that
means many charities are facing closure. The
National Council for Voluntary Organisations
(NCVO) CEO Karl Wilding estimates that the
UK charity sector will lose £4 billion in income
as a result of the pandemic.
This impacts all sectors of society – from
children to the elderly – as well as the vital
work in areas such as palliative care, serious
diseases, mental health, housing support,
food supplies and countless others that
The 2.6 Challenge is a simple and fun way for everyone
to do their bit to help save the UK’s charities.
This is a challenge for all ages and abilities.
All you need to do is think of an activity based
around the numbers 26 or 2.6 that suits your
skills and complete it on or from Sunday
This could be something as simple as
pledging to run 2.6 miles as your daily
exercise to doing 26 minutes of yoga, or
juggling for 26 minutes (or maybe just 2.6
minutes) non-stop. Check out the ‘how to
get involved’ page on our website for more
ideas and inspiration.
And don’t worry if you’re not able to get out
your house or flat for now – you can do
your 2.6 challenge anywhere inside too!
There are no rules, apart from the
Government guidelines on how to exercise
safely during this time. Whatever you can do,
you can be a part of it – the main thing is to
get active, have fun and pledge whatever
you can to help save the UK’s charities.
To donate to the 3H Fund 2.6 Challenge, Please click on the buttons below.