The 2.6 Challenge, launches on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon.

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. In response, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country have come together to create a fun new campaign to raise vital funds for UK charities.

We are asking you to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to Royal Papworth Charity. Your 2.6 challenge 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.

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This is a challenge for all ages and abilities. 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 Royal Papworth Charity.

Our Challenge Ideas .. (but you can do better than us!)

  • Run or ride 2.6 miles as your daily exercise
  • Hold the plank for 2.6 minutes
  • Garden for 26 minutes
  • Get 26 friends together for an online workout
  • Hula hoop 26 times
  • Complete 26 laps of the garden
  • Dance to your top 26 songs
  • Toss 26 pancakes

Still looking for inspiration? You can download a family activities pack here or head over to the 2.6 challenge website for more fun ways you can get involved. 

Your support will help Royal Papworth to deliver world leading cardiothoracic medicine at we are grateful for your efforts unleashing your inner fundraiser.

We encourage you to raise as much as you can - we think £26 is a great fit though! 

If fundraising just isn’t for you, you can still join the challenge by simply making a donation on our website or either via any fundraising platform.

Share your pictures of your challenge on our social media platforms and don't forget to use the hashtags #TwoPointSixChallenge and #RoyalPapworthCharity