Join thousands of people across the nation for one of the biggest fundraising events of the year.

From walking, running or cycling 2.6 miles, to holding an online workout with 26 friends, take part in any activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 on Sunday 26 April and help raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

What is the 2.6 Challenge?

The 2.6 challenge is for ages and abilities. To join in, you need to think of any activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6. Maybe you’ll run 2.6 miles, or do yoga for 26 minutes. You might walk 2.6 miles a day or swim 26 lengths of a pool.

Whatever you choose, you need to do your activity on or from Sunday 26 April 2020.

And don’t worry if you’re not able to get out of the house. It’s not about being a superhero – it’s about being a Home Hero. Remember to follow the Government guidelines on how to exercise safely during this time.

Whatever you can do, you can be part of it – the main thing is getting active, having fun and donating whatever you can.

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GNAAS #TwoPointSixChallenge Home Heroes

Georgie

26 times down the slide
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18-month-old Georgie is taking part in the 2.6 challenge with help from her older brother Archie who is 6 – he will be cheering her on. She will be going down the slide 26 times without stopping.

Georgie’s JustGiving Page

Grace

2.6 miles a day on her bike
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Five-year-old  Grace learnt to ride her bike for the first time without stabilisers during the lockdown. She is using her new skill to cycle 2.6 miles every day for a week.
Grace’s JustGiving Page

Peyton

26 times down the slide
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Peyton will be sliding down her slide 26 times non-stop as part of the 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26th April.

Peyton’s JustGiving Page

Pickle

Fetching 26 balls
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14-week-old Pickle is going to fetch 26 green and yellow balls. Concentrating for such a long time is going to be tough for such a young pup but Pickle promises to do her best!

Pickle’s Justgiving Page

Sam

Shaving 2.6 inches of hair
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Sam is going to shave 2.6 inches of hair off his head for the Great North Air Ambulance Service because they are still flying through COVID-19 pandemic.

Sam’s JustGiving Page

Reuben

26 Keepy Uppies
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Reuben can currently do six keepy uppies, but he’s practising hard to get to 26 by Sunday 26 April!

Reuben’s JustGiving Page 

Hannah

Walking 26 miles
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Hannah is walking a marathon distance in stints of 2.6 miles a time to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Hannah’s JustGiving Page

Joanne

260 star jumps for 26 days
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Joanne has decided to do 260 star jumps every day for 26 days to support GNAAS through these uncertain times.

Joanne’s JustGiving Page

Phil

Running 2.6 miles for a week
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Phil is running 2.6 miles every day for a week – a great start to his training for the Great North Run later in the year!

Phil’s JustGiving Page

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Looking for more 2.6 Challenge ideas? Find your challenge here! 

If you’re already taking on a 2.6  challenge for the Great North Air Ambulance Service, tell us what you’re up to by emailing challenges@gnaas.com.

The 2.6 Challenge FAQs

If you have any questions about The 2.6 Challenge that aren't answered below, please get in touch with our team on challenges@gnaas.com or call 01325 487 263.
Why is it called The 2.6 Challenge?
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Sunday 26 April should have been the day of the London Marathon, the biggest one-day fundraising event in the world. Last year, it raised nearly £67 million for charities and The 2.6 Challenge aims to do the same this April.

That’s the equivalent of 2.6 million incredible people raising £26 (but why stop at £26 – we know we can all smash that!).

Here’s a handy download with more information about the challenge.

How can I join in?
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Taking part is easy. On Sunday 26 April, join people around the nation in taking on a challenge that involves the number 2.6 or 26. Do it from the safety of your own home or immediate local area and get sponsored for doing it. Find challenge ideas and inspiration here, then register with JustGiving to start your fundraising.

If you’re not able to fundraise but would still like to support the Great North Air Ambulance through The 2.6 Challenge,  why not make a donation?  You can do so here on our website, or through JustGiving.

How can I track my activity?
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We recommend tracking your activity using Strava – it’s free, and you can connect Strava with your JustGiving Fundraising Page!

To connect Strava and JustGiving: 

  1. Login to your JustGiving account and view the Fundraising Page you wish to connect with Strava. Scroll down slightly on your Fundraising Page and select the ‘Connect Strava’ button.
  2. You’ll then need to login to or register with Strava (it’s free!).
  3. Finally, confirm some Strava permissions and select and save your fitness preferences.

For more information on connecting JustGiving and Strava, visit the JustGiving help page here.

How can I let people know about my fundraising?
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Check out our downloadable resources, including images, videos and profile picture frames to let people know what you’re up to on social media.

When you’re taking on the challenge, be sure to take photos and videos to show your supporters that your challenge has been a success.

And most importantly, don’t forget to say thank you to everyone who supports your 2.6 Challenge!

I'm not able to fundraise, can I still get involved?
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If you’re not able to fundraise but would still like to support the Great North Air Ambulance through The 2.6 Challenge,  why not make a donation?  You can do so here on our website, or through JustGiving.

Donate to The 2.6 Challenge

If you’re not able to fundraise but would still like to support the Great North Air Ambulance through The 2.6 Challenge,  why not make a donation?


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