When the London Marathon, which was set to take place on 26th April, was cancelled because of Coronavirus, the 2.6 Challenge was created! The 2.6 Challenge encouraged people to take part in an activity or do something based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and do it when the 40th London Marathon would have taken place to raise money for charity in order to make up for the fundraising which wouldn’t otherwise happen. The famous event is one of the biggest fundraisers in the world, with over £60 million being raised last year alone.
And one Myton supporter, who has been with us from the very beginning, was inspired by the 2.6 Challenge to raise money for Myton!
Geoff Kennedy is a founding member of the Rugby 250+ Club which has been raising money for Myton since we first opened in 1982!
Geoff Kennedy and the Rugby 250+ club pictured above
Over the last 38 years the club has raised in excess of £250,000!
But with Coronavirus meaning we haven’t been able to do any face to face fundraising since March, and also preventing supporters like the Rugby 250+ Club from holding their own fundraising events, Geoff decided to do something to raise money for Myton.
He had heard about the 2.6 Challenge and...
set himself the task of walking 26 miles in laps around his garden. He set off on what should have been the day of the London Marathon and over four days completed 312 laps to clock up the distance!
Take a look at Geoff completing his marathon below:
I’ve never done anything like it before, not something so individual. The Rugby 250+ Club hold events like coffee mornings, as well as the regular lottery members are in, but they couldn’t happen because of Coronavirus.
I’m delighted to have raised so much for Myton – the current total is over £5,000. A number of other clubs and groups I belong to donated which was very generous.
You can still sponsor Geoff here.
Feeling inspired by Geoff?
Then why not sign up to the Run for Charity – Virtual Run Series! Find out more here.