The D-Day Challenge is a unique event that commemorates the 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France on the anniversary of D-Day with a 22 mile walk or 44 mile ultra-run. The 2020 edition of the challenge will also feature an 88-mile cycle…

In 2009 Lt Col. Mike McErlain, with his wife Jo, set up the D-Day Challenge. Sadly, Mike died while doing the run on 6 June 2013, but with the blessing of Mike’s widow, Jo, the event returns in 2020 to raise money for us and BLESMA.

Limited places are available for runners to take on the 44 mile challenge and for walkers to complete the 22 mile challenge. The route, which hugs the Normandy coastline, will take in villages, fields, beaches and D-Day celebrations.

Cyclists and runners will start at Pointe Du Hoc and walkers will join the route at Arromanches on 6th June and all will finish at the historic Pegasus Bridge the same day. This three-day package includes return transport from London, two-nights’ accommodation, all meals, including a pasta party the night before and full medical and event support.

Details of the Challenge can be found here.

  • When: 5-7 June 2020
  • Where: Normandy, France
  • Distance: 22, 44 or 88 miles
  • Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship): You pay a £150 registration fee and agree to raise £1,000 sponsorship. You will need to have raised 80%of your sponsorship 10 weeks prior to the event
  • Option 2 (Own Place): You pay a £150 registration fee, plus £349 for the balance of the tour costs and agree to raise £500 sponsorship. You will be invoiced for the tour cost 8 weeks before the event