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D-Day Challenge

Event summary

Test yourself with this unique event in commemoration of the 1944 D-Day landing. Great for those seeking a purposeful challenge, there is a choice of a 22 mile walk, a 44 mile ultra-run and now an 88 mile cycle. Come along to remember this historic day and support some epic charities.

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We are Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The work we do is life-changing and often life-saving. No one else does what we do.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Fri May 06 2022

What's included:

  • Two nights accommodation
  • Return coach transfer from London
  • Fully-signed route
  • Full medical support
  • Smartphone tracking app
  • Charity T-shirt
  • Fundraising pack
  • Finisher's medal
  • Regular support and engagement from Events team
  • Training recommendations and kit list
  • All meals (except on the return day)
  • Water and food stations throughout the duration of the challenge
  • Bike transfer for the 88 mile cycle challenge
  • Back up response vehicle
44 Mile Ultra
Sun 5th Jun 2022

Run 44mi

£150.00
22 Mile Walk
Sun 5th Jun 2022

Run 22mi

£150.00
88 Mile Cycle
Sun 5th Jun 2022

Bike 88mi

£150.00
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Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Who are the two charities which the D-Day Challenge supports?
This event is in support of the epic work of both Combat Stress and Blesma The Limbless Veterans.… read more
FAQ
How do the ticket payments work for the D-Day Challenge?
Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) - You pay a £150 registration fee and agree to raise a minimum £1000 sponsorship. Option 2 (Own Place) - You pay a £150 registration fee, plus £340 for the balance of the tour costs. You agree to raise a minimum of £500.… read more
FAQ
What is not included in the package for the D-Day Challenge?
Entrants must provide their own travel insurance, food on day 3, and any personal equipment needed to complete the challenge.… read more
Route description
Route description

The D-Day Challenge is made up of 3 epic route options; a 22 mile walk, a 44 mile ultra-marathon, and an 88 mile cycle.

Throughout these routes, participants will enjoy the corn, wheat and barley fields of the Normandy coastline, before hitting the sand dunes, marsh land and pebble beaches. Over paths and rocky outcrops of a bygone era, entrants will experience the sheer beauty of Norman villages.

This challenge commemorates the 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France, and the challenges present an ideal opportunity for adventure seekers to get involved with not only a fantastic event, but a purposeful one too.

These events are designed to be tough and to allow participants to appreciate the sacrifices made not only by our forefathers, but by current serviceman as well. As a result, there will be cut-off times in place throughout the course, which will be relayed to entrants prior to the event.

Please note: Those taking part in the 88 mile cycle challenge must provide their own bike in good working order and helmets are mandatory.

Payment Options

Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) - You pay a £150 registration fee and agree to raise a minimum £1000 sponsorship.

Option 2 (Own Place) - You pay a £150 registration fee, plus £340 for the balance of the tour costs. You agree to raise a minimum of £500.

Entrants will be invoiced for the rest of the payment 8 weeks before the event.

Logistics and schedule

Day One

Participants will make their own way to London, where they will be pick up by coach transfer and travel down to Dover. After a day crossing to Calais, you will be taken to the overnight accommodation for dinner and then a pre-challenge briefing.

Day Two

The challenge will kick-off from Pointe du Hoc. From here, 44 mile runners will head to Arromanches (this is where the 22 mile walk will begin).

Course heads south toward Orne Canal, with Pegasus Bridge looming ahead.The course concludes at Pegasus Bridge. Enjoy a well-earned drink and food at the finish line, before being taken to the overnight accommodation.

Day Three

Mid-morning departure back to London via Calais.

Please arrange your own travel to London - exact timing of the coach transfer to Dover will be relayed to entrants upon registration.

Kit List

Those taking part in the 88 mile cycle challenge must provide their own bike in good working order and helmets are mandatory.

How to get there

Pointe du Hoc, Pointe du Hoc, France

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Accommodation

Two nights accommodation is included within the package and will consist of a mixture of twin/triple/quad sharing rooms.

Transfers

All transfers during the race are included, as well as a bike transfer for the 88 mile cycle.

Travel Insurance

All entrants must provide their own comprehensive travel insurance for this challenge.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Who are the two charities which the D-Day Challenge supports?
This event is in support of the epic work of both Combat Stress and Blesma The Limbless Veterans.
FAQ
How do the ticket payments work for the D-Day Challenge?
Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) - You pay a £150 registration fee and agree to raise a minimum £1000 sponsorship. Option 2 (Own Place) - You pay a £150 registration fee, plus £340 for the balance of the tour costs. You agree to raise a minimum of £500.
FAQ
What is not included in the package for the D-Day Challenge?
Entrants must provide their own travel insurance, food on day 3, and any personal equipment needed to complete the challenge.
FAQ
What is the cycling itinerary for the D-Day Challenge?
The bike itinerary will be released soon, so keep an eye on this page.
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88 Mile Cycle
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