Join us for our

D-Day Challenge

Join Team Combat Stress and take on our D-Day Challenge!

You'll come with us to Normandy, to race across its picturesque beaches, finishing at the historic Pegasus Bridge on the 78th anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 2022.

All funds raised help us provide life changing mental
health treatment for veterans.

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Taking place between 5-7th June in Normandy, France. 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.

There is a 22-mile walk, 44-mile ultra-run and an 88-mile cycle event to choose from. Participants choose their distance and their fundraising option. Please note, the 88-mile cycle will be a guided ride.

Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) - You pay a £150 registration fee and agree to raise a minimum £1000 sponsorship. We ask that 80% of the fundraising target is raised by 25th March.

Option 2 (Own Place) - You pay a £150 registration fee, plus £340 for the balance of the tour costs. You agree to raise a minimum of £500.


Secure your place on the team by registering today. The registration fee is £150pp and this goes towards your travel cost.

Choose the distance

Choose one of three challenges - a 22-mile walk, 44-mile ultra-run or an 88-mile guided cycle. All challenges take place on 6 June 2021 and finish at Pegasus Bridge

Raise vital funds

Share your fundraising page and spread the word! Get your family and friends to sponsor your challenge and raise vital funds in support of veterans' mental health. Option 1: £1000 fundraising target. Option 2: £500 fundraising target.

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Connect with our D-Day Challenge community



Join Team Combat Stress on Strava to track your miles, share your personal best, and see your place on the event leaderboard. 

Sharing your miles on FacebookTwitter and Instagram are all great ways to let everyone know you’re taking part in the D-Day Challenge so they can support you and we can thank you.

Be a part of our community and use the hashtag #DDayChallenge if you would like your photo featured below.  We always love to see what our amazing fundraisers get up to!


The origins of the D-Day 44 Challenge

With thanks to Mike and Jo McErlain

Lt Col Mike McErlain-Trauma Spine and Orthopaedic Surgeon served in Iraq, Afghanistan, including tours of Bosnia and Northern Ireland and was attached to the Parachute Regiment. Mike co-founded the D-Day Challenge with Brother-In-Law Giles Barnes in 2009 to remember the fallen soldiers of 1944 and those who sacrifice their lives today for our country.  Tragically, Mike died on the 6th June 2013 aged 45, while running the Normandy beaches for charity. 

With the support of Combat Stress Joanna, Mikes wife has continued the D-Day Challenge in his memory.

The D-Day Challenge running and walking routes take you on a fantastic course through corn, wheat and barley fields as you head down the Normandy coastline over sand dunes, through marsh land and pebble beaches. You will follow forgotten paths and rocky outcrops and beautiful Norman villages.

The beaches are all set alive during this first week of June with people from all over the world driving WWII vehicles, some even wearing old WWII uniforms. Amongst these people are hundreds of war veterans, some of whom lived through D-Day and proudly wear their medals and tell their amazing stories.

The D-Day 44 Challenge commemorates the 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France. For those who are passionate about adventure and sporting challenges, the D-Day 44 Challenge offers the perfect opportunity to indulge these passions. The walk/run allows you to appreciate fully the sacrifices made by our forefathers, as well as current servicemen, who have bravely fought to protect our way of life.