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D-Day Challenge

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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.

How to enter the D-Day Challenge

  1. D-Day Challenge - 44 Mile Ultra

    Run 44mi
    £150
    Entry Closed
  2. D-Day Challenge - 22 Mile Walk

    Run 22mi
    £150
    Entry Closed
  3. D-Day Challenge - 88 Mile Cycle

    Bike 88mi
    £150
    Entry Closed

D-Day Challenge routes

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.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • 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
  • Return coach transfer from London
  • Two nights accommodation
  • 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

    NB: Accommodation is basic and consists of twin/triple rooms and a quad share.
Raceday Logistics

Schedule:

Day One, Friday 5th June:

- 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, Challenge Day, Saturday 6th June

- 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, Sunday 7th June

- 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the two charities which this event supports?
This event is in support of the epic work of both Combat Stress and Blesma The Limbless Veterans.
How do the ticket payments work?
Ticket payments are split into two: Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) and Option 2 (Own Place). Option 1: You will pay £150 registration fee and agree to raise £1,000 sponsorship for either Blesma The Limbless Veterans or Combat Stress. You should have raised 80% of sponsorship 10 weeks prior to the event. Option 2: You will pay £150 registration fee, plus £349 for the costs of the event and then agree to raise £500 sponsorship. You will be invoiced for the full fee 8 weeks before the event. You can choose which charity you are going to support upon checkout.
What is not included in the package?
Entrants must provide their own travel insurance, food on day 3, and any personal equipment needed to complete the challenge.
What is the cycling itinerary?
The bike itinerary will be released soon, so keep an eye on this page.
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D-Day Challenge weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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Predicted highs
13°C
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IconModerate breeze possible, up to 10mph

Meet the organizer

Combat Stress

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Combat Stress
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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