Are you ready for the 2.6 challenge?

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events and the loss of billions in income – the 2.6 Challenge launches this Sunday to help charities continue their vital work

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Coronavirus has changed all of our lives, but has also had an extremely large impact on the UK’s charities, whose work is as vital as ever in this difficult time.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events and the loss of billions in income for UK charities. 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 charities continue to help people during this period, the 2.6 Challenge will launch on Sunday 26 of April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event.

The 2.6 Challenge can be anything that works for you, such as indoor rowing, running or walking 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes.

You can do it in your home, or garden if you have one. For instance, you could go up and down the stairs 26 times, do a 26-minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26-minute workout – anything you like! If you have an indoor rowing machine at home, you could even have a go at this #GoRowIndoor workout video, clocking in at 26 minutes of rowing and bodyweight exercises.

The challenge will last for a week and is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the government guidelines on exercise and social distancing, so remember to stay local.

For full details on how to take part or donate, head to the 2.6 Challenge website. Be sure to tag @BritishRowing on social media to let us know how you get involved!

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