The 2.6 Challenge

The organisers of the UK’s biggest mass participation events have come together to create The 2.6 Challenge, a nationwide fundraising campaign launched in response to COVID-19 to help Save the UK's Charities and MCF is proud to be involved. We are taking part in the 2.6 challenge to help generate funds to ensure we can restart our workshops as soon as it is safe to do so.

Why 2.6?

Sunday 26 April was the scheduled date for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, the 40th edition of the world’s greatest marathon. The event has been postponed until later in the year, 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. 

The cancellation of fundraising events across the UK due to Covid-19 is having a devastating impact on charity income. It is estimated that the UK charity sector will lose £4 billion in income as a result of the pandemic. For MCF, closing our Shipley Bikery ,just as the weather starts improving and cyclists are getting back on their bikes for spring has a direct impact on our ability to generate income to support our prison workshops. 

The Idea

The organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new idea. 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, we are asking the public to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to help to support MCF. 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.

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 or cycle 26 miles as your daily exercise, to doing 26 minutes of yoga, or juggling for 26 minutes (or maybe just 2.6 minutes) non-stop. 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! Why not cycle 26 miles or 26km on an exercise bike or if you aren't feeling energetic why not try eating 26 chillies or pickled onions!

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 raise funds for MCF follow this link and set up your fundraising page straight and start asking your friends and family for support.

Make sure you set up your fundraising page using the link above rather than setting up a fundraising page directly on our site - all funds raised via the above link will come directly to MCF and there is an additional pot of funding available directly from which will be distributed proportionately to all charities after the challenge finished. 

Share your ideas 

Make sure you share your fundraising page on your own social media accounts and include #TwoPointSixChallenge so that the organisers can see your posts. Don't forget to send us your pictures so we can include you in our fundraisers gallery and social media accounts. 

Thank you and have fun! 

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