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The Lancaster Challenge

Take part in the Lancaster Challenge to celebrate 80 years since the first flight of the iconic Avro Lancaster. Sign up from the 9 January, the exact date 80 years ago that the aircraft took its first test flight. This challenge is virtual which means you can participate and complete the challenge from anywhere in the world. 

The Challenge will start on the 9 January!

Choose to complete 80K, 150K or 500K! You can run, walk, cycle or walk the dog to complete your Challenge. We want you to keep you motivated and moving in Lockdown so you can start your Challenge as soon as you sign up!

The Challenge will close on the 17 May 2021, the anniversary of Operation Chastise.

Once the challenge closes, we will post you an exclusive Lancaster Challenge Medal, it should be landing on your doorstep by the end of May 2021.

By entering the Lancaster Challenge, you are supporting the RAF Museum Charity and enabling us to share the stories of the crews who showed incredible bravery flying missions for Bomber Command.

For the last three years of World War Two the Avro Lancaster was the major heavy bomber used by Bomber Command to take the war to the heart-land of Nazi Germany. It resulted from design work undertaken by Roy Chadwick and his Avro team to overcome the problems experienced with the twin-engine Manchester bomber. The prototype made its first flight in January 1941.

With an impressive performance and excellent flying characteristics, it soon established its superiority over other allied four-engine bombers operating in Europe. The industrial and military organisation needed to build and operate the Lancaster was huge. Six major companies built 7377 aircraft at ten factories on two continents; at the height of production over 1,100,000 men and women were employed working for over 920 companies. More service personnel were involved in flying and maintaining it than any other British aircraft in history.

The Lancaster's operational career is littered with impressive statistics, some are set out below, but it is worth remembering that the average age of the seven-man crew was only 22 years. They endured danger and discomfort, and many showed great courage in continuing to fly knowing the odds against survival were high. Bomber Command suffered the highest casualty rate of any branch of the British services in World War Two.

On average Lancaster’s completed twenty-one missions before being lost.

How does a virtual challenge work?

Once you have signed up to complete the Lancaster Challenge, we will send you a Distance Log so you can keep track of your distances.

After you have completed the distance, you just submit your distance log. We will post you an exclusive Lancaster Challenge medal after the end of the challenge.
There is no minimum age for this challenge – but we do recommend under 16’s are accompanied by an adult!

How do I complete the Challenge and get my medal?

Entry costs £20 per person and all proceeds will go towards the RAF Museum (registered charity number 244708) to enable us to continue telling the story of the RAF and the thousands of service men and women who served in it.

The Hurricane 80K Challenge was a huge success and the support from our Challengers enables us to keep the doors of our Museums open for all generations.

All medals will be sent to the one address, if you would like them sent to different addresses, please complete a separate entry for each participant.

We would love to hear from you during the challenge! Tag us in your pictures on Twitter and Instagram using #LancasterChallenge2021

Lancaster Challenge T-shirt

You can purchase a souvenir t-shirt to be delivered with your medal following the end of the challenge. T-shirts are £14.00 per person. Sizes range from Small to XX Large.

You can view the shirt design below!

Fundraise for the RAF Museum and receive a free t-shirt!

Help us celebrate 80 years since the first flight and continue to share the incredible stories of the crews by fundraising for the RAF Museum.  Pledge to raise £80 and receive your Lancaster Challenge t-shirt for free.   Fundraising t-shirts will be delivered with your medal after the end of the Challenge.

Last year, our amazing Challenge fundraisers raised an additional £24,000 in sponsorship, this year we are hoping to reach £30,000. With your support, we will be able to continue to share the RAF Story – past, present and future.  If you would like to pledge to raise £80 please select the sponsorship option when signing up online.  If you have any further questions do contact development@rafmuseum.org 
Our Virtual Running Community

Join our Virtual Running Group on Facebook and meet other Challengers, post updates and ask for advice. There are over a thousand people in the group all competing our virtual events in their own way.

To join the community just click here.

More information

If you have a question related to the challenge – you can view our FAQ’s here or contact the Museum Public Events team by emailing us at info@nice-work.org.uk.
You can download a copy of the log book for the event here.

Once you have completed your distance challenge simply email your logbook to info@nice-work.org.uk by the 31st May and your submission will be processed.

Medals for the event will be dispatched from the 17th May and will aim to be hitting doorsteps by the end of May.