The 2.6 Challenge

Apr 20, 2020

We’re inviting you, your family and friends to take part in The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April to help Headway Thames Valley.

Since the lockdown we have continued to support our clients and their families. Staff and volunteers have set up regular telephone calls, video chats and we have been sending activity packs by post.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income. 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 to save the UK’s charities.
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 Headway Thames Valley.
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!

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:

Dream up your 2.6 challenge – if you are feeling active you could run or cycle 2.6 kilometres/ miles, hop or skip for 26 minutes or maybe you could write a poem in 26 minutes!  if you need help there are lots of ideas on the challenge website
Head to  to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford ­– to Headway Thames Valley or to set up a fundraising page
Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge them to do their own 2.6 Challenge and then all that’s left to do is complete your challenge!

We hope you’ll join us in The 2.6 Challenge to support Headway Thames Valley and be part of a national challenge to help many charities at this difficult time.