The 2.6 Challenge

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  estimates that the UK charity sector will lose £4 billion in income as a result of the pandemic.

The Idea

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 for everyone to do their bit to help save the UK’s charities.

Get Involved

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 26 April.

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.

Taking part is easy

  • Dream up your 2.6 challenge – if you need help there are lots of ideas here 
  • Head to twopointsixchallenge to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford – to Anxiety UK or set up a Just Giving or Virgin Money fundraising page.
  • Ask all of your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge
  • Complete your challenge
  • Share a photo or video of your challenge on our Anxiety UK Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page with #TwoPointSixChallenge hashtag.


The 2.6 Challenge explained

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has gotten involved so far, especially to Kirsty and Lily who have raised over £4000 for Anxiety UK in such a short amount of time! If you’re getting involved in the 2.6 challenge share your photos or videos with us to let us know!