We asked you to join us in the 2.6 Challenge and #TeamShootingStar hopped, skipped, jumped, walked and ran (to name a few things!) to it – raising thousands of pounds to help support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Yesterday, on what should have been the 40th London Marathon, the nation embarked on the 2.6 Challenge where supporters across the country took on unique and fun challenges, based around the number 2 and 6 to raise money for charities during this challenging time – and #TeamShootingStar didn’t disappoint!

Going the extra mile (or should that be miles?), our incredible #TeamShootingStar London Marathon runners, along with friends, family and staff at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices joined forces (virtually!) and set themselves the challenge of covering 1,884 miles (the distance our runners would have completed between them had they taken on the marathon yesterday) to mark the iconic event.

Channelling all their training the London Marathon team took on a range of different runs including Rich who’s son Kyffin has been supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices running 26 laps of his street – approximately half a marathon! Sharon, Lead Nurse at our Guildford hospice, went ‘fore’ a different route running 26 holes of her local golf course. Nicky, who’s son George is supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices got her neighbours involved and created the world’s first #EnnismoreMarathon – with families teaming up to run a total of 26 miles.

Emma and Tony mixed it up by running a 26km loop, in opposite directions so they could wave from afar when they met, and supported dad Paul donned a fetching beard to channel Forest Gump and ran an entire marathon in his back garden!

The marathon team, along with friends, family and staff have so far covered an amazing 1,776.65 miles and raised £1,817, and counting!

Our very own Head of Challenge Events, Alexa is completing 26.2 miles over five days and Alex, our Corporate Relationship Manager jumped to it with her family to bounce on the trampoline for 26.2 minutes, and Clare, our Fulham Shop Manager is pushing to complete 26 press ups a day for 26 days!

Proving neighbours become good friends, streets were awash with smiling faces and steady paces as many of our supporters took on street relays to complete the 26.2 miles distance together, including residents on Crutchfield Lane, as well as Charlie and his neighbours.

Fiona and Chris are limbering up to attempt the eye watering challenge of doing the splits in 26 days and Mary is planning to use an amazing 2.6 miles of wool to knit bears for us!

Donna decided it wasn’t enough for her to take on her amazing 2.6 Challenge over one day – instead taking it on over 20 days straight! Come rain or shine Donna ran 2.6km consecutively for 20 days making sure she got a photo after each run and raising a fantastic £439.

Liz Chick should have been pounding the streets of London but instead, her, the Hampton and Hollies Boat Club Association and rowing community pulled together to take on the 2.6 Challenge by any means possible – running, jumping and cycling  to support their local children’s hospice charity, including Jon who cycled 26 miles for the cause. Between them they have already raised £5000!

Grace, Eddie and Max wanted to be part of the 2.6 Challenge and do something original, so Grace  had the idea of taking isolation to the extreme staying in one room at home together for 26 hours! The trio chose the bathroom – for obvious reasons and brought in bedding, a small table and chairs, books, music and games galore – (but no screens!) and they all completed their challenge with ease raising over £600!

At a time when he should have been enjoying his gap year exploring Australia, Dylan decided to channel his disappointment and boredom by taking on the 2.6 Challenge and raise money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices with an Australian twist! Selecting places in the UK with the same name as places he would of visited on his travels, Dylan set himself the task to run and cycle to them virtually – covering the huge distance of 146km running and 180km cycling and raising an amazing £866.

Sarah, who did an 8-week placement as a student paediatric nurse with us last year, will be skipping for 26 continuous minutes for 26 days and Alex, Captain of long-time supporters the Akuma Beavers Rugby Club, aimed to complete a sprint triathlon – 750km swim, 20km bike ride and 5k run – all in 2.6 hours.

Emma and Graham, who ran the 2018 London Marathon on their 1st wedding anniversary for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices wanted to do something slightly different during lockdown in aid of their local children’s hospice charity. So for their 2.6 Challenge they looked to a fellow fitness fan – Joe Wicks as their inspiration – taking on 26 ‘P.E with Joe’ workout sessions in one day! The couple started at 7am and star jumped, burpee-ed and lunged all day to triumphantly complete their challenge and raising a huge £1056.

Tristan, who’s daughter Imogen is supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, is ‘stair’ing his challenge straight on as he attempts to run up and down the stairs 26 times every day for a week as part of the 2.6 Challenge.

Christmas for kids, who perform shows for free at our hospices throughout the Christmas period are utilising their talents to sing 26 songs for people to enjoy, and Clive and James took to the water combining their daily exercise allowance by kayaking 2.6km each.

With so many ideas and possibilities on offer supporter Hannah is challenging herself to fit as many 2 and 6 challenges as possible in over 2.6 weeks – ideas so far include a 2.6 minute plank, 26 star jumps and 2.6 minute balance on each leg.

So far, these, and many more of our superstar supporters have raised a phenomenal £25,276 by taking part in the 2.6 Challenge in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices – thank you! Every single penny will go towards providing a vital lifeline to families who so desperately need us now and into the future.

And it’s not too late to take part yourself, simply visit our 2.6 Challenge page to find out how you can sign up and head to our Twitter page for ideas galore! And don’t forget our Virtual Sunrise Walk and Make Every Mile Count Virtual Challenge!