Take on Young Bristol’s 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26 April 2020, to raise awareness and vital funds for Young Bristol.

What is the 2.6 Challenge

The campaign, the 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April – what should have been the date of the 40th edition of the London Marathon.

Every year for the past 13 years, the London Marathon has set a world record for an annual one-day fundraiser, with an incredible £66.4 million raised for good causes in 2019 and more than £1 billion raised since the first race in 1981. The 40th Race has now been postponed to Sunday 4 October, but the original date of Sunday 26 April resonates very strongly with the many thousands of runners, charities, spectators and TV viewers who’ve been counting down to Marathon Day.

From Sunday 26 April, the public is being asked to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to UK Charities. The 2.6 Challenge is a simple and fun way for everyone to do their bit to help save the UK’s charities.

Our 2.6 Challenge

Young Bristol’s Marathon Runners past and present, Board of Trustees and Team will be running, walking and cycling one or more sections of the route that links all of our Youth Clubs and Outdoor Centres, to raise awareness and funds for Young Bristol.

The route that connects all of our youth clubs and outdoor centres equals to just over 26 miles, broken down into 10 legs – the shortest 1.3 miles and the longest 5.5 miles.

We are asking you to take on one or multiple legs of the route, depending on your location and whether you are looking to walk, run or cycle,  to raise money and awareness of Young Bristol. If you don’t live locally to our Youth Clubs you can do this challenge virtually walking, running or cycling the equivalent.

All we ask is that you make sure to adhere to the Government’s guidelines on how to exercise safely during this time. Please complete the challenge virtually if you do not live near one of our Youth Clubs. You can access the guidelines here.

By taking on this challenge together we can combined complete the 2.6 challenge!

The 2.6 Challenge route

From To Approx. distance (miles)
Avon Youth Club (BS11 0LP) Pyramid Youth Club (BS7 0LW) 5.2
Pyramid (BS7 0LW) Manor Farm Boys Club (BS7 8ST) 1.5
Manor Farm Boys Club (BS7 8ST) Broad Plain + Riverside Youth Project (BS2 9ES) 2.4
Broad Plain + Riverside Youth Project (BS2 9ES) BS14 Club (BS14 8SJ) 5.1
BS14 Club (BS14 8SJ) Hartcliffe Club for Young People (BS13 9AE) 3.8
Hartcliffe Club for Young People (BS13 9AE) The Grove (BS13 7EN) 1.2
The Grove (BS13 7EN) Ashton Vale Club for Young People (BS3 2QE) 1.6
Ashton Vale Club for Young People (BS3 2QE) Pooles Wharf Activity Centre (BS8 4RU) 2.1
Pooles Wharf Activity Centre (BS8 4RU) Sea Mills Boys’ and Girls Club (BS9 2HX) 3.9
Sea Mills Boys’ and Girls Club (BS9 2HX) Avon Youth Club (BS11 0LP) 1.3
2.6 challenge map

How your support will make a difference

Today’s national news highlights how many Youth Clubs across the UK may never reopen their doors after this crisis. 

Here in Bristol, Young Bristol continues to respond at the frontline with great initiatives to keep young people engaged, inspired and active, whilst at home.

  • £22.40 will provide a creative pack with 5 activities for one young person.
  • £55.00 will provide internet access for a month for a home that doesn’t have it.
  • £67.93 will provide a sports pack with 7 activities for one young person.

How do I get involved?

Before the day

To get involved all you need to do is pick your route, and decide whether you want to walk, run or cycle!

To help raise awareness of your participation in the 2.6 Challenge, you can share your involvement on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram tagging Young Bristol, as well as setting up a fundraising page or donating to Young Bristol on Just Giving.

On the day

Share photos of your walk, run or cycle on your social media, tagging Young Bristol and using the hashtag #TwoPointSixChallenge. If you are following our route, take a photo outside any of the Youth Clubs that you pass!

You can also send your photos and fundraising support to info@youngbristol.com. Please let us know if you are happy for us to share your support on our social media channels and website.

But, most importantly, have fun and feel good knowing that you are supporting a local charity!

Our work during Covid-19

Yb staff with packs

Providing vital packs to young people most in need

Our Programme Leads have been busy distributing sports, creative and educational packs to families across Bristol this week, supporting the most vulnerable and in need young people to keep engaged and inspired.

The packs offer vital resources to enable those young people to access valuable online tools, as well as activities to keep them both active and creative.

Bringing inspiring, creative and educational content to young people online!

To help young people to stay engaged, creative and active whilst at home, Young Bristol has adapted and diversified its youth services, bringing the work of our Community Youth Clubs and programmes online.

We have rolled out a programme of daily Boredom Buster videos on our social media channels, where young people can join staff to get involved with various activities, topics and tutorials twice a day. We have also launched a Virtual Youth Club, providing young people with an hour of valuable conversations, support and activities throughout the week.

YB Staff detached youth work

Encouraging young people to stay at home

We are proud to be working with youth services across Bristol as part of a new detached youth work strategy, educating and encouraging young people to #StayHomeSaveLives.

Young Bristol have joined a consortium of Targeted Youth Services, Bristol City Council, and Avon and Somerset Police; to ensure that young people understand the Government’s Guidelines and are staying safe at home.

Young people smiling at Community Youth Clubs

Community Youth Clubs

Young people taking part in graffiti session

Creative Programme

Holiday Clubs

Kayak Club

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Employment Programme

Supporting the Wider Community

Young people gorgewalking

The Respect Project

Training Courses for Young People

Youth Club on Wheels

Young people on Youth Voice residential

Youth Voice