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The 2.6 Challenge

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From Sunday 26 April, the day when the Virgin Money London Marathon would have taken place, join the rest of the UK for The 2.6 Challenge. Whatever your age or ability, you can take part. After all, we’re not looking for superheroes. We’re looking for Home Heroes.

What is the 2.6 Challenge?

The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 April - the day that should have been the London Marathon, where thousands of runners would have run 26.2 miles for charity. We’re asking you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26  and fundraise or donate to Brain Research UK.

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. 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! Just have fun and raise money for Brain Research UK.

Why now?

Like so many charities across the UK, Brain Research UK has been impacted by the cancellation of many fundraising events due to Covid-19. In response, the country is coming together to raise vital funds to help charities – including Brain Research UK.

How to take part

Step 1

Decide on your challenge! Choose something fun that you can do ideally in your home or garden. Make it simple and make it fun! Why not nominate your friends and family to take part from their own homes too?

Need some ideas? Here's an Ideas Pack for you to get started! It also includes a colouring-in poster.

Download Ideas Pack (PDF)

Step 2

Set up your Virgin Money Giving or JustGiving online fundraising page

Step 3

Ask your friends and family to donate

Step 4

Undertake your challenge on April 26!

Step 5

Share your photos on social media. We would love to see all of your wonderful ideas, so don’t forget to tag us at #BrainResearch

Contact us for more information and to let us know you are taking part!