A Brentford fan is undertaking a special 2.6 Challenge. Ronan Alcock, nine, from Ealing, is running 2.6km every day for 26 days to raise money for Shelter, a charity that campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing. He is set to complete his challenge today and has raised almost £3,000.
The 2.6 Challenge has been designed to help the countries charities. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income for charities through fundraising events. The Virgin Money London Marathon alone, which should have taken place on 26 April, is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, which raised more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities in 2019. The 2.6 Challenge is planned to fill some of that gap.
Brentford FC Community Sports Trust is joining in with the 2.6 Challenge. The Trust is giving fans and those in the local community the chance to take part in a new Bees 2.6 Virtual Challenge. New walking, running, cycling and other creative challenges are being created and more can be seen here.
Ronan has been using his daily exercise to run 2.6km every day for 26 days, often in his Brentford shirt. He will be completing the challenge today, Tuesday 12 May. Ronan set out to raise £262 but has smashed through that. To donate, and for more information, see here. He also spoke to BBC Radio 5Live about the challenge. Listen to that below.