On Sunday 26th April – the day the 40th London Marathon event was due to take place – people from all around the country staged their own fundraising activities as part of The 2.6 Challenge.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on most charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events. The #TwoPointSixChallenge organisers were determined to fill some of the gaps by encouraging people to raise funds for good causes, all at a safe distance during the lockdown.

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of some of the activities that went down in aid of ERUK

ERUK went head to head with fellow charities Epilepsy Society and Epilepsy Positivity in a showdown of epic proportions – The Epilepsy Charity Tortoise Grand Prix. The event highlighted the importance of strategic collaboration and saw each charity field a Tortoise to race over 2.6 metres. Representing ERUK was Spitfire, whose intense training regime was evident out there on the track.

A massive thank you to the epilepsy charities, to their tortoises Tilly and Freddie, and to Spitfire’s Manager and Agent, ERUK’s ex Director of Communications, Deborah Pullen.

Clare rallied a huge group of people to join her in running 2.6-mile sections of a virtual London Marathon route – the team ended up covering the distance of approximately SIX marathons and raised £770, taking her fundraising for ERUK this year over £5,000!

#TeamERUK London Marathon Team Captain Professor Sameer Zuberi also raised £200 with a 2.6 mile walk – a warm up for the full 26 miles in October!

ERUK also fielded its own team for this event:

Georgina and her family staged a huge 26 themed fun-day for their #TwoPointSixChallenge, with activities including running up and down the stairs 26 times, 26 keep-ups, 26 burpees, 26 ping pong bounces, 26 dog tricks, talking to grandad for 26 minutes, baking 26 cupcakes, and much more!

– Leanne beat her PB time running 2.6 miles and raised £229
– Jo had a garden hop-athon – 26 time around it!
– Caoimhe and her sidekick Robbie flew 2.6 miles around Twickenham dressed as superheroes, inspiring James and his son to follow suit
– Becca’s flatmate Jack ran up and down a flight of stairs 260 times – wow!
– Alison’s husband Leigh took on a virtual marathon
– and ERUK Vice President Shona took on her own step challenge – 260 metres up and down the staircase…“I never expected to be so thoroughly upstaged by tortoises!”

Our Chief Executive Maxine Smeaton and other leading national and international epilepsy experts were interviewed in Facebook Live sessions by Torie Robison – Epilepsy Sparks CEO. Maxine discussed the responsibility of being an effective grant maker and plans to involve people with epilepsy in setting research priorities. The talk was part of a series of 26 short epilepsy-related discussions held by Torie.

We are humbled and so proud of #TeamERUK for their incredible efforts – thank you all so much.

The #TwoPointSixChallenge rolls on all next week – which challenges are you taking on? You can find more information and how to set up your own fundraiser here.

Whatever you decide to do please make sure you follow government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.