London Marathon Day 26 April 2020 – the 2.6 Challenge

Photos from 2.6 challengee
  • The day of the London Marathon is always a big day in the Club calendar. For some it represents the culmination of several months’ hard training and keen anticipation to experience one of the great races. For many others it is an opportunity to watch a great spectacle, either live or on TV, and support friends, family and other runners to achieve huge personal goals. It is also one of the biggest Charity fundraising events in the World, raising £66.4 million for charities in 2019. This year everything is different – the Race was postponed leaving runners and supporters disappointed but, most significantly, leaving many Charities desperately short of vital fundraising.
  • The 2.6 Challenge was launched on 26 Apr to embody the spirit of the London Marathon and inspire people, families and communities to fundraise for their chosen charity to help Save the UK’s Charities by choosing a challenge incorporating the numbers 2.6 or 26. The challenge is open to all ages and the only rule is that activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.
  • Stroud & District AC members decided to put their training to good use and accumulate virtual marathons by contributing individual’s miles exercised to a Club total. Members were invited to publish a selfie wearing official Club kit as they went for their daily exercise – running, cycling or walking and then the mileage they covered was totalled to see how many 26.2 mile marathons they could complete in a day.
  • The response was fantastic – a total of 114 members, from juniors to senior citizens, contributed a total of 1,138.5 miles equivalent to 43.5 marathons (29.4 from the runners, 10.1 from the cyclists, 3.7 from the Juniors and 0.25 from a Nordic walker with bad knees!). Members went to great lengths to abide by the rules – one family running 1,733 laps of their garden to complete their marathon, another cycling 216 km on a Watt bike in his garage, and everyone was careful to ensure respectful social distancing.
  • The collages below are a selection of the selfies from the day. It was a lovely day to exercise and to help raise vital funds for Charity. If you have not yet contributed and feel inspired by the efforts of our Club members please follow this link.