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D-Day 44 Challenge


D-Day 44 Challenge

The D-Day 44 Challenge is a unique 44 mile run or 22 mile walk that commemorates the 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France on the anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 2019.

In 2009 Lt Col. Mike McErlain, with his wife Jo, set up the D-Day 44 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 2019 to raise money for Combat Stress, Blind Veterans UK 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.

Runners will start at Pointe Du Hoc and walkers will join the route at Arromanches on 6 June and both 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 on the Challenge can be found here.

When: 5-7 June 2019
Where: Normandy, France
Distance: 44 or 22 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 £340 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.

Participants will receive

  • Return transport from London to France
  • 2 nights accommodation,
  • All meals from leaving London to breakfast on the morning of the 7th June
  • Regular refreshment stops along the way
  • Fully signed route
  • Full medical support
  • Smartphone tracking app
  • Charity t-shirt
  • Fundraising pack
  • Finishers medal
  • Regular support and engagement from our Events team
  • Training recommendations and kit list

Please email us at or call us on 01372 587149 if you have any questions

This event is run by Classic Challenge for more infromation and booking conditions please visit Classic Challenge's website