D-Day 44 Challenge


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D-Day 44 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 22 mile run or a 44 mile ultra-run. Come along to remember this historic day and support Combat Stress.
44 Mile Ultra, 22 Mile Walk and 22 Mile Run
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Tue, 4 Jun 2024
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London, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9TP, UK
Start times
Tuesday, 4 Jun 2024
44 Mile Ultra: TBC22 Mile Walk: TBC22 Mile Run: TBC
Event summary
Here are the distances available for D-Day 44 Challenge
44 Mile Ultra
22 Mile Walk
22 Mile Run
Route information
The D-Day Challenge is made up of 3 epic route options; a 22 mile walk, a 22 mile run or a 44 mile ultra-marathon. All challenges will take place on the 6th June 2024.
The route
The route starts at the Pointe du Hoc. This is where Colonel Rudder led an elite group of 200 rangers up the chalk cliffs using ropes and ladders.
From the Pointe du Hoc you head east, with the sea on your left beating up against the rocks below. Immediately the striking countryside takes hold as you run through crop fields, passing evidence of the German defensive line in the form of concrete bunkers and the occasional burnt out WWII vehicle.
As you head down towards Arromanches, the 22-mile participants begin their challenge and join the 44-mile runners. There is an incredible descent to a small Norman village and a fantastic view of the emotive scene of what is left of the Mulberry harbours.
The route then continues to Ouistreham where the course heads south along the Orne canal. Pegasus Bridge looms up ahead, its structure an icon of the first few hours of the D-Day invasion.
It is here at Pegasus Bridge that the epic D-Day 44 Challenge concludes. On arrival at the finish line you will be greeted with a celebratory drink and some well earned food. Your overnight accommodation is a short journey from the finish line.
On Course support
You will be supported throughout the challenge by experienced event staff. The entire route will be marked with red flags to follow; it is very important to keep to the trail as there are hidden dangers along the cliff edges.
At the break stops there will always be water to re-fill your bottles before you head off. There will also be a selection of sweet and salty snacks to make sure you get the appropriate nutrition levels back into your system. Not all break stops will stock the exact same food as the organisers like to vary. If you are used to energy gels/powders and have trained with this then you will need to provide your own.
Both the 44 mile and the 22 mile events will have both a lead and a tail runner/walker who are all medically trained.
Cut-Off Times
The organisers have allowed generous cut off times for you to complete the D-Day Challenge which are:
44 mile run = 12 hours
22 mile walk = 8.5 hours
22 mile run = 7.5 hours
What's included
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Return coach transfer from London
  • Fully-signed route
  • Full medical support
  • Charity T-shirt
  • 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
  • Back up response vehicle
How to get there
Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9TP, UK
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Event day logistics
Day One: Travel to France
Travel by coach from London to your overnight accommodation in France via the Eurotunnel.
Day Two: D-Day Challenge
Tackle the 44 mile or 22 mile D-Day Challenge.
Day Three: Sight Seeing
Take a tour of the local sites and memorials around Caen.
Day Four: Return to UK
Return travel by coach from France to London via the Eurotunnel and on to home.
Payment Options
Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) - You pay a £150 registration fee and agree to raise a minimum £1250 sponsorship.
Option 2 (Own Place) - You pay a £150 registration fee, plus £600 for the balance of the tour costs. You agree to raise a minimum of £650.
Entrants will be invoiced for the rest of the payment 8 weeks before the event.
What charity does the D-Day Challenge support?
This event is in support of the incredible work of Combat Stress, the UKs leading charity for veterans’ mental health.
Is travel and accommodation included in the entry price of the D-Day 44 Challenge?
This four-day package includes return transport from London, three-nights’ accommodation, all meals, including a pasta party the night before and full medical and event support. The trip departs from London Victoria and participants will have to arrange their own transport to the pickup and drop off location. Entrants must also provide their own travel insurance, food on day 4, and any personal equipment needed to complete the challenge.
What is the accommodation like at the D-Day 44 Challenge?
You will be staying in static cabins located in a campsite. All participants will be sharing a room with one other person. Single accommodation is available upon request and you will be required to cover the price difference.
Can I take part in the D-Day 44 Challenge with family and friends?
Yes – the more the merrier! Please contact the Event Organiser, Combat Stress, to let them know if you are taking part with friends or family so they can organise accommodation accordingly. You can contact them at challenges@combatstress.org.uk
Can I enter my child in the D-Day 44 Challenge?
Participants must be over the age of 16 to take part. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian or parent.
How do I set up an online page for D-Day 44 Challenge?
When you register for our D-Day Challenge, you will be automatically directed to setting up an online fundraising page. Once created, remember to share your fundraising link with friends and family. You can login to your fundraising page at anytime to update your photo, fundraising target, upload updates for your supporters and your training miles.
Is there anywhere I can get support to fundraise for the D-Day 44 Challenge?
Absolutely! If you have any questions or would like to chat to about how to fundraise, you can contact Combat Stress. Either email them on challenges@combatstress.org.uk or give them a call on 01372 587 140.
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