Op Frankton Challenge 2019

Raising Funds in honour of the 'Cockleshell Heroes'

This isn’t a challenge for the faint hearted! OP FRANKTON was a daring commando raid on ships in the Nazi German occupied French port of Bordeaux in southwest France during the Second World War. The raid was carried out by a small unit of Royal Marines known as the Royal Marines Boom Patrol Detachment. For the full details click here.

The Commandos covered an incredible distance of 176 miles over 11 days; 76 miles in two man Kayaks and 100 miles on foot whilst escaping. Only two teams made it to the objective.  

To Honour this, Virtual Military Challenges has created a Virtual OP FRANKTON Challenge to raise funds for the Royal Marines Charity and the Special Boat Service Association. 

How to enter

Completing the distance is not the objective, taking part, pushing yourself and raising funds is. We have set a suggested donation of £20 per pair.

Taking part is simple;

  1. Pick a category
  2. Find a ‘buddy’
  3. Download the distance tracker
  4. Crack on. 

The challenge starts on the 7th December 2019 and finishes on the 18th December 2019.

The challenge has two phases:

Phase One – Insertion. 7th Dec – 11th Dec.

  • In pairs row as much of your targeted distance as you can within the time frame.

Phase Two – Extraction. 12th Dec – 18th Dec.

  • In pairs run as much of your targeted distance as you can within the time frame.

Required Equipment

  • Rowing Machine
  • Running trainers 
  • Bike (for modified)
  • Distrance Tracker  

1. Pick a category

Challenge yourself and your buddy to the full Cockleshell Challenge, you will complete the full distance that Major Hasler and Marine Sparks completed. 

Phase One – Insertion, 76 Mile (121 Km) row.  

Phase Two – Extraction, 100 mile (160 Km) run.

Modifications

If modifications need to be made due to disability then adaptive rowing may be used for Phase One and the distance changed to 75%. For Phase Two a bicycle may be used.  

Suggested Donation – £20 per pair

Challenge yourself and your buddy in a fitting tribute to the Cockleshell Heroes, you will complete a sizable portion of the distance that Major Hasler and Marine Sparks completed. 

Phase One – Insertion, 55 Mile (88 Km) row.  

Phase Two – Extraction, 70 mile (112 Km) run.

Modifications

If modifications need to be made due to disability then adaptive rowing may be used for Phase One and the distance changed to 75%. For Phase Two a bicycle may be used.  

Suggested Donation – £20 per pair

Challenge yourself and your buddy to complete a portion of the distance that Major Hasler and Marine Sparks completed. 

Phase One – Insertion, 30 Mile (48 Km) row.  

Phase Two – Extraction, 42 mile (67.2 Km) run.

Modifications

If modifications need to be made due to disability then adaptive rowing may be used for Phase One and the distance changed to 75%. For Phase Two a bicycle may be used.  

Suggested Donation – £20 per pair

2. Find a 'Buddy'

To reiterate completing the distance is not the Objective, taking part, pushing yourself and raising funds is.

This is a teamwork challenge, split the distances however you like, play to your teams strengths. If one of your pair is a human rowing machine then have them complete more of the row and if the other member is a racing snake then they will complete more of the run. Do a much as you can however you want.    

You do not have to be in the same physical location as your buddy, this is a virtual challenge the members of each pair could be on the other side of the world from each other. Coordinate with your buddy to complete and track the distances. 

3. Download the distance Tracker

To keep a track of your progress download the following tracker.  Integrity is critical you must be honest with your entries . We suggest taking a photo of your distances after each session to help keep track.  The layout is pretty intuitive but if you have any questions email us on Info@virtualmilitarychallenges.co.uk.

4. Crack on

The challenge starts on the 7th December 2019.

By that time we do ask that all teams have downloaded the distance tracker, decided on the challenge they wish to tackle and made a donation to the virginmoneygiving page.

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5. Submission

The challenge will finish on the 19th December 2019. For all those teams who would like to be included on the leaderboard we need to receive your distance tracker by the 20th of December 2019. We would like to raise £500 for both the Royal Marine Charity and the Special Boat Service Association.

During the Challenge please share your progress and spread the word on Social media, your Gym and your Units. 

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