The 2.6 challenge

The 2.6 Challenge - Calling all stay at home heroes

We’re inviting you, your family and friends to take part in The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday, 26 April 2020 to support WAY.  

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 WAY Widowed and Young via  

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 26 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:

  1. Dream up your 2.6 challenge – if you need help, there are lots of ideas here.
  2. Head to twopointsixchallenge to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford to WAY Widowed and Young 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.
  4. Complete your challenge.
  5. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge and don't forget to tag us in @widowedanyoung. Our social media pages are all at the bottom of this page.  

For further information on The 2.6 Challenge, including a list of partners and supporters, and for more ideas about what your activity could be, visit  

We hope you’ll join the nation in The 2.6 Challenge to support WAY Widowed and Young during this time!