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Join the 2.6 Challenge!

Be a Home Hero and raise funds from your very own living room, bedroom, balcony or garden!

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating effect on charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in fundraising income and Nottinghamshire YMCA are no different.

The 2.6 Challenge launched on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event, but you can still take part throughout the week!

We have a range of online classes all week with a 2.6 theme you can attend via Zoom and a special 2.6 mile ‘Walk & Talk’ with the YMCA Gym Team on Friday May 1st 10am – find the link via app!

We would love for you, your family and friends to take part to help to save the UK’s charities and raise much-needed funds for our YMCA. All you have to do is take part in an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support Nottinghamshire YMCA.

Across the UK people of all ages are taking on the 2.6 Challenge with a host of activities – from juggling or walking in your garden to going up and down the stairs 26 times, running or cycling 2.6 miles, holding online workouts with 26 friends. Everyone is welcome to take part regardless of age or ability – and activities don’t have to be fitness related. The only barrier is your imagination!

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 below.
  2. Head to twopointsixchallenge.co.uk to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford ­– to Nottinghamshire YMCA 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 #ReasonY #nottsymcagym

For further information on the 2.6 Challenge, including a list of partners and supporters visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk

We need your help more than ever and hope you’ll join us in the 2.6 Challenge to support Nottinghamshire YMCA and help our homeless community.

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Challenge Ideas

Jump 26 times on a trampoline2.6 challenge YMCA - man & buggy
Skip for 2.6 minutes without making a mistake 
Try 26 sofa-triceps dips
Hold the plank for 26 seconds or 2.6 minutes (that’s 156 seconds!)
Stretch with 26 minutes of pilates or yoga
Do 26 cartwheels
Juggle for 26 minutes (or maybe 2.6 minutes – or just 2.6 seconds!)
Take your dog for a 26 minute walk
Put on some music and dance for 26 minutes
Hop on each leg 26 times
Complete 26 shoulder shrugs
Run up and down your front path 26 times
Bike ride for 2.6 miles or kms
Run 2.6 miles or kms (indoors, outdoors or on the spot!)
Throw and catch a ball 26 times
Walk 2.6km (that’s 3,412 steps!) around your house (in fancy dress if you like!)
Do some gardening for 26 minutes
Walk up and down your stairs 26 times