2.6 Challenge: The Earthworks Marathon

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

On the day The Virgin Money London Marathon should have taken place, Sunday 26 April, its organisers will launch The 2.6 Challenge – which Earthworks is taking part in – and so can you!

How can I take part?

This is a challenge for all ages and abilities. All you need to do is think of an activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 that suits your skills and complete it on or from Sunday 26 April. This could be something as simple as pledging to run 2.6 miles as your daily exercise to doing 26 minutes of yoga, or juggling for 26 minutes (or maybe just 2.6 minutes) non-stop. Find more ideas here. And don’t worry if you’re not able to get out your house or flat for now – you can do your 2.6 challenge anywhere inside too!

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 the Earthworks' 2.6 Challenge to donate whatever you can afford to Earthworks 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 Earthworks!

How is Earthworks taking part in the 2.6 Challenge?

We are walking the Earthworks Marathon!

From 11 May, Earthworkers, volunteers and staff will be walking all 26 miles (and 385 yards) of a marathon. We are very excited!

You can sponsor us here: virginmoneygiving.com/fund/earthworks-marathon-20

Where will the money go?

All money raised for Earthworks will go immediately to fund our work supporting our Earthworkers – who are local people with learning disabilities - through social and therapeutic horticulture. Read more about our work here.

Thank you for your support at this difficult time.