Take on the D-Day Challenge to commemorate the Allied invasion of occupied France with an epic journey down the Normandy coastline.
The D-Day Challenge is a unique 22 mile walk, 44 mile run or 88 mile cycle that commemorates the 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France on the anniversary of D-Day, 6 June, every year.
All three routes hug the Normandy coastline, and take you through corn, wheat and barley fields, over sand dunes, through marsh land and across pebble beaches starting from Point Du Hoc and finishing at Pegasus Bridge the same day.
These are all set alive during this first week of June with people from all over the world driving WWII vehicles and wearing old WWII uniforms. Amongst these people are hundreds of war veterans, some of whom lived through D-Day, proudly wearing their medals and telling their amazing stories.
Most people will sign up by themselves and meet people on the challenge - so don't worry if you're on your own. Children aged 12 and over may be allowed on the 22 mile walk and the costs would be the same as adults.
This annual challenge is opportunity to remember those who have died and to help who have suffered life-changing injuries in the honourable service of our country.
Day 1: Friday 5 June
Coach transfer from London to Dover. Ferry crossing to Calais where you'll enoy a nutritious dinner at the overnight accommodation followed by a full briefing with the entire team.
Day 2: Saturday 6 June
The 44 mile run and 88 mile cycle start from Pointe du Hoc where Colonel Rudder led an elite group of 200 rangers up the chalk cliffs using ropes and ladders to find and destroy large battery guns.
The runners head east with the sea to their left beating up against the rocks below, 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.
The cyclists take a route full of interesting sites, including cemeteries and beaches, along quieter roads with fabulous sea views and great road surface.
Runners and cyclists visit the small Norman village of Arromanches where the walkers begin their challenge. You get fantastic views of the emotive scene of what is left of the Mulberry harbours.
Onwards 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.
The epic D-Day Challenge concludes at Pegasus Bridge where you will be greeted with a celebratory drink and some well earned food. The overnight accommodation is a short journey from the finish line.
Commemorate the 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France on the anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 2020, by taking part in this challenge.
"Brilliantly organised.. the most enjoyable"
"The event was brilliantly organised and the support for runners outstanding. I have run marathons all over the world - this was the most enjoyable"
"An absolute honour"
"It was an absolute honour to be able to run on the D-Day beaches and the adjacent hinterland. It was also an honour to represent Blesma"
"Camaraderie, team work and the history of the location… an amazing event"
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Pay the challenge costs yourself.
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If you self-fund you will be required to raise £500 sponsorship. If you choose the 'minimum sponsorship' option, £800 needs to be submitted by 27 March.
This is your chance to do something amazing and support a fantastic cause - don't let the fundraising put you off! The Blesma, The Limbless Veterans team are great at helping people fundraise and you're going to have heaps of fun in the process.
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Supporting limbless veterans since WWI.
Since the First World War, Blesma has been providing help and support to serving and ex-Sevice personnel who have lost limbs or use of limbs to enable them to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
They rely on funds raised by supporters; £10 could help fund the cost of getting a limbless veteran to a limb fitting centre or £100 can help pay for house adaptations to aid independent living.
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