Sign up to the Lancaster Challenge today

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 it’s first test flight. This challenge is virtual which means you too can participate and complete the challenge from anywhere in the world.

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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 Lancaster Challenge Medal

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-engined 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-engined 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 then you just submit your log and we will post you an exclusive Lancaster Challenge medal. We will release images of the medal very soon.

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.

The Lancaster Challenge T-Shirt
The Lancaster Challenge T-Shirt

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.

More information

If you have a question related to the challenge – please see our FAQs page or contact the Museum Public Events team by emailing us at

Please note: Please always take your own health and the health of others into consideration. We would ask you to follow current advice from Public Health England and the Government about preventing the spread of Covid-19 before starting the Lancaster Challenge or deciding to do the Challenge with anyone else.