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Get your marching boots and get ready to move with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, National Army Museum, Royal Air Force Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, the National Army Museum, the Royal Air Force Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission are joining forces for this virtual challenge that kicks-off on Monday 20 June, Armed Forces Week.

Choose your distance – 10km, 25km or 50km - and join hundreds of others across the country running, walking, cycling or even swimming their way to the virtual finish line.

This Challenge is virtual which means you can participate and complete it from anywhere in the world. You can start marching on Monday 20 June, Armed Forces Week, and have until Sunday 3 July to complete.

Every person who enters will be sent a one-of-a-kind medal to commemorate your achievement, which will be posted out to you after the event has ended.

The money from your entry will go towards the three museums, and the CWGC Foundation, which are all registered charities. All four charities preserve the history of the Armed Forces and inspire with stories of sacrifice and courage. Your support will help us continue to tell the stories of those who served and are still serving in the Armed Forces.


Entry to the Virtual Challenge is £20.00* per person and all proceeds will go towards the RAF Museum, National Museum of the Royal Navy, National Army Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves foundation, all of which are registered charities.

We are offering discounted entry of £15.00* for our Armed Forces Family (including Veterans, cadets, serving personnel and their families).

If you enter with 5 or more friends or family members, then you will be eligible for a 10% discount on tickets. If you are a group of 10 or more then a 15% discount will apply.  Tickets must be purchased at once, and they will be emailed to one address.

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There is no age limit for those taking part, but we advise all children are accompanied by an adult.

*includes the booking fee.

How does the virtual challenge work?

In 5 easy steps this is how you complete your virtual challenge:

  1. Purchase your entry (and a t-shirt if you like)
  2. Download our distance log, or be ready with a route tracking app
  3. Run, walk, swim or cycle your distance
  4. Submit your final distance online – you won’t need to emai or upload your log book this time

Carry on reading for more information on all these steps.

Tracking your distance

Once you have purchased your ticket and completed your distance, all you need to do is submit proof of your walk through our submission portal.

We don’t need you to upload or email us your log book, just enter the final distance.

Update June 6 2022 -Please note submission portal will be added onto the webpage shortly. 

You will receive further details and a link to the portal a few days before the event.

You will need to submit your distance log by Friday 23 July at the very latest, but please note late submission will result in medal delays.

Distance Log

Download your distance log here to start inputting your distance. You can choose to download the distance log in either a word or excel version below.

In The Footsteps Of Our Forces Distance Log WORD

In The Footsteps Of Our Forces Distance Log EXCEL

Purchase a souvenir T-shirt

You can purchase a souvenir t-shirt to be delivered with your medal following the end of the Virtual Walk.

T-shirts are £15.00 per person and sizes range from XSmall to XXX Large.


Your entry is an amazing message of support for us, and enables us to continue sharing the stories of our Armed Forces. But if you would like to support the Museums and Commonwealth War Graves Commission with an additional donation you will be able to do so when you purchase your ticket. There is an option to add a donation amount of £5.00, £10.00 or £20.00 as part of the entry process.

All income from tickets and donations will be split equally between the four organisations.

Join our online community!

We would love to see your walks and hear your stories. Join the RAF Museum running community for like-minded challengers. Or follow the hashtag on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Just click the link below.


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