This Londoner is swimming 2.6km in a paddling pool in her back garden

In our old lives, it would have been the London Marathon this weekend. Instead, people are taking part in The 2.6 Challenge as a way to raise money for UK charities which rely on donations generated by the marathon.

The challenge asks people to do a sporting activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6. One Londoner has come up with a novel way to do her bit: swimming 2.6km in a paddling pool in her garden. Yes, really.

Sophie Allen, a charity worker from Romford, will be swimming on the spot, using a tether and this nifty-looking paddling pool, which is 2×3 metres. Allen is events manager at London’s Air Ambulance Charity and she’ll be raising money for the organisation.

You can find out more and donate to Allen’s fundraiser here. Now, where do we get one of those paddling pools?

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