The London Marathon 2020 was supposed to be going ahead tomorrow (Sunday 26 April), until coronavirus happened.
After months and months of gruelling winter training (shout out to everyone who did their long runs during Storm Dennis), this was supposed to the victory lap – the glorious 26.2 mile finish around our beautiful capital. Now, everyone will have to wait until October…if we’re out of the woods by then.
But whether you were prepped to run the race, were planning on going down to Tower Hill to watch or you’re just getting into running in general, there’s a virtual challenge we can all take part in tomorrow. .
The 2.6 Challenge is a virtual run designed to bring us runners together to raise money on what is usually the best day in the UK racing calendar.
Women for Women is just one charity asking supporters to give it a go on their behalf. It’s asking for people to dream up an activity based on the numbers 2 and 6. That would be jogging or dancing for 26 minutes, walking 2.6 miles, or something entirely non-sport related.
Simply do whatever activity you’ve vowed to do then donate via Women for Women’s International donation page here.
If you’d rather donate your money to a broader spectrum of charities, however, then you may want to get involved with the New Balance 2.6 Challenge on Strava.
All you have to do is sign up to the challenge on Strava, log 2.6 miles between 26 April and 2 May and donate to a charity of your choice. You can run or walk – or do a mixture of both. It really is the taking part that counts.
Donate your money at: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving (there is a 0% platform fee for all charities), before sharing a picture of your run or walk, using the hashtag #TwoPointSixChallenge. Anyone who completes the challenge will earn the New Balance 2.6 challenge digital badge on Strava and will also get an exclusive 26% discount at Sport Shoes.
Millions of pounds are raised every year by marathon runners. Many marathons and races usually take part in the spring so charities are missing out on a huge amount of money as a result of them being called off. Last year, Virgin Money London Marathon raised a record-breaking £66.4 millon for charity – an extraordinary amount for a one-day event (although anyone who has run one knows that it’s anything but a one-day event).
So, lace up, get outside and have a go.
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