The 2.6 Challenge

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The UK’s charities need your help

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events.

You can help

The 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event.

We’re asking you to take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support Element Society via

Every penny raised goes towards issues that young people tell us are important. Right now, every penny is going towards supporting young people to help themselves and others during the coronavirus crisis.

People of all ages are taking on The 2.6 Challenge with a host of activities – from walking, running or cycling 2.6 miles, juggling for 2.6 minutes, to holding online workouts with 26 friends. The ideas and options are endless!

Our own Head of Operations, John Parkinson 70, is smashing out a 26-mile ride in his garage

The only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Most people are taking part from Sunday 26 April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you.


There are just five simple steps to take:

  1. Dream up your 2.6 challenge – if you need help there are lots of ideas on this page

  2. Head to to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford ­– to Element or to set up a fundraising page

  3. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge 
  1. Complete your challenge

  2. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge #elementsociety

A few ideas

  • Do 26 press-ups – or 260
  • Get 26 pals together for an online workout – for 26 minutes
  • Complete 26 keepie-uppies or headers
  • Complete 26 laps of the garden on foot, scooter or roller skates
  • Hula hoop 26 times
  • Jump 26 times on a trampoline
  • Skip for 2.6 minutes without making a mistake
  • Try 26 sofa-triceps dips
  • Hold the plank for 26 seconds or 2.6 minutes (that’s 156 seconds!)
  • Stretch with 26 minutes of pilates or yoga
  • Do 26 cartwheels
  • Juggle for 26 minutes (or maybe 2.6 minutes – or just 2.6 seconds!)
  • Take your dog for a 26 minute walk
  • Put on some music and dance for 26 minutes
  • Hop on each leg 26 times
  • Complete 26 shoulder shrugs
  • Run up and down your front path 26 times
  • Bike ride for 2.6 miles or kms
  • Run 2.6 miles or kms (indoors, outdoors or on the spot!)
  • Throw and catch a ball 26 times
  • Walk 2.6km (that’s 3,412 steps!) around your house (in fancy dress if you like!)
  • Do some gardening for 26 minutes
  • Walk up and down your stairs 26 times