Rifle Run 2019 took place on 14th April 2019.

Thank you to all our fantastic fundraisers who took part.

If you’d like to donate to the fundraising page of someone who took part, please click here.

Results

The running results can be found here.

The shooting results can be found here.

The UK’s toughest 10km is back!

A 10km run if you can shoot straight.

Air-rifle and shotgun challenges await you in this cross-country race.

Rifle Run is the first and only civilian event of its kind – based on a military exercise called a march and shoot, it combines three shooting challenges with a 10km cross-country run.

Experience the adrenaline of a cross-country race, combined with the thrill of shooting. Last year the runners took on the snow and ice from the Beast from the East – can you compete?

The shooting

  • Air-rifle: standing and prone. 10 shots
  • Shotgun: clay pigeon. 10 shots

For every shot you miss, you face a 250m penalty lap

  • Hit 20/20 and run 10km
  • Hit 0/20 and run 15km

Hit 15 or more shots and you reach ‘marksman’ status

Registration Options

Rifle Run 2019 has now taken place. Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about future events.

Have a question?

Get in touch with Amy on akenyon@soldierscharity.org or call 020 7811 3960.

 

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Fundraising

By taking part in Rifle Run you’ll be supporting The Soldiers’ Charity – the Army’s National Charity. We provide a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. We make grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world. Visit our stories section to see some stories of the amazing people we’ve helped.


Online fundraising

As part of the registration process for Rifle Run you create a personalised fundraising page for you to use which you can fill with your own photos and sponsors can leave you messages of support.


Fundraising support

Soon after you register you’ll receive your fundraising pack in the post, which is full of top tips, sponsorship forms, a collection tin and much more. We have got lots of resources to get you started, including extra sponsorship forms and A3 and A4 posters, We can also post you resources such as sponsorship forms, collection tins, posters, wristbands, balloons and more for your fundraising events.  Just give us a call on 0207 811 3960 or e-mail akenyon@soldierscharity.org.


Incentives – Fundraising Army

We have some great incentives for our Rifle Runners, such as:

  • Be in the first 15 to raise £250 and choose your start time!
  • Raise £250 before the 10th April and get a bacon butty on us at Rifle Run (vegetarian option available)

All Rifle Run recruits are enrolled in our Fundraising Army as a Private and are promoted when fundraising milestones have been achieved.

Fundraising Army Ranks

No-one’s ever got past Colonel before – will you be the first?


Fundraising leaderboard

Check out our fundraising leaderboard and see who’s smashed their sponsorship target and earned their stripes! See the leaderboard here >>

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered below then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Event information

When is it?

14th April 2019

You will need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your start time to complete registration. During registration you’ll receive a safety briefing, your registration number and timing chip, and have the chance to meet other people taking part.

Where is the event held?

E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3NS

How much does it cost to take part?

Registration is £49 per person. The registration fee is non-refundable.

We do team discounts for teams of 5 or more. For every 5 people signed up you get 1 place free – or £39.20 per person.

Can I enter a team?

Yes! We encourage team entry, and a bit of healthy competition between friends. A team can be anywhere from 2-50 people, but we start doing discounts on teams of 5 or more.

To sign up as a team simply enter a team name when prompted during registration.

Can my company enter a team?

Yes! We do team packages for large teams, so get in touch with Amy on akenyon@soldierscharity.org or call 020 7811 3960 to discuss your requirements.

Is there an age restriction?

The minimum age is 18, there is no upper age limit.

The Shooting

Who is managing the shooting/ranges?

The weapons and ranges are managed by British Shooting and E.J. Churchill. Instruction will be on a one-on-one basis

Is it safe?

Safety is paramount – to ensure this we have teamed up with British Shooting and E.J. Churchill to ensure that the weapons are carefully controlled and managed. Each range will have qualified instructors who will work with each runner one on one.

You won’t be running with the air-rifles or shotguns. When you arrive at the shooting range, the instructor will give you a quick briefing (if you need it), pass you the air-rifle or shotgun. You’ll then complete your 5 or 10 shots, hand the air-rifle or shotgun back and head off, completing any penalty laps before you continue on the course.

As with all such events which require physical exertion there is a small risk, however we do everything we can to get you as prepared as possible for the run itself.

What will I be shooting?

The shooting challenges are:

  • Air-Rifle: Standing x 5 shots
  • Air-Rifle: Prone x 5 shots
  • Shotgun: Clay-pigeon x 10 shots.

Two shooting challenges will be using an Air-Arms MPR and the third using a shotgun.

Route information

How far is it?

The minimum route is 10km – if you miss all of your shots you’ll run a maximum of 15km.

What is the terrain like?

The terrain for Rifle Run is really varied and covers tarmac, grass, loose stone, flat and hills. For more information visit the ‘route’ tab above.

How do I get to the start?

The event starts at E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground. Simply arrive there half an hour before your allocated start time.

Getting ready

Getting here:

The event takes place at EJ Churchill Shooting Ground:

E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground
Park Lane
Lane End
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP14 3NS

EJ Churchill is approximately 10 minutes from either junctions 4 or 5 on the M40. However as the shooting ground is so close to the M40 satnav’s do not recognise the postcode. Please ensure that you type the full address into your satnav and leave the M40 at J4 if travelling from London or J5 if travelling from Oxford. E.J. Churchill is clearly signposted from Park Lane.

Places to stay:

There are plenty of great hotels & B&B’s close to EJ Churchill, however we recommend any on this list.

Do I need to train?

You’ll need to train for the run! The better prepared you are for the run the steadier your hands will be for the shooting. We will send you a training plan to make sure you’re in tip top condition and stand more chance of hitting those targets.

What should I bring?

A full kit list will be sent out in the event newsletters.

What is my start time?

Your individual start time will be sent out no later than 1 week before the event.

Fundraising

What is the fundraising target?

We ask that each participant uses their participation in Rifle Run to raise money for The Soldiers’ Charity and suggest a target of £250 per person. This money goes towards helping soldiers, veterans and their families.

Why do I have to raise money and where does it go?

Rifle Run raises money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, with the money raised going towards helping soldiers, veterans, and their families in times of greatest need. Find out more about who we’ve helped on our ‘stories’ section.

Can I get help reaching the sponsorship target?

Of course, e-mail akenyon@soldierscharity.org or call us on 0207 811 3960. We can help with ideas, answer your queries, and provide you with any fundraising materials you may need – collection tins, t-shirts, wristbands etc.

What happens if I do not reach the minimum sponsorship target?

All we can ask is that you do your absolute best to raise £250 per person. You also have up to 6 weeks after the event to hit that all-important target. We’re here to help every step of the way so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

How do I apply for matched funding from my employer?

Many companies will match up to 100% of the donations you collect. Each company has a different policy and so please contact your HR or corporate social responsibility teams to find out more.

Is Gift Aid included in my sponsorship target?

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity policy, like that of many other charities, is that Gift Aid is not included in minimum sponsorship targets.

Can I fundraise online?

Of course! We’re big fans of online fundraising at The Soldiers’ Charity. It’s quick, easy, and secure for both you and your sponsors. As part of the registration process for Rifle Run you create a personalised fundraising page for you to use which you can fill with your own photos and sponsors can leave you messages of support. All you have to do is send it out to everyone and everyone!

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Can we fundraise jointly as a team?

Yes – it can make your fundraising target easier to meet if you fundraise together. You will even have a team fundraising page which is created automatically when you register as a team. Just remember that the sponsorship requirement is £250 per person, so if five of you fundraise together, you need to raise £1,250.

I’ve collected in my sponsorship money and have some cash and cheques. How can I pay everything in?

Cheques should be made payable to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and can be sent to us at:

Rifle Run
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
Mountbarrow House
6-20 Elizabeth Street
London
SW1W 9RB

If you have cash, please bank it and send us a cheque from your account or sponsor yourself on your online fundraising page.

When you send money in to us, please ensure that you write your name and ‘Rifle Run’ on the back of each cheque, and if you know your team’s name, add that too. This will ensure that money is allocated to your sponsorship total.

If after reading through the FAQ’s you still have any other questions or want to chat anything through give us a call on 0207 811 3960 or e-mail akenyon@soldierscharity.org.

 

 

Partners

We are proud to be working with some world-class organisations to bring you Rifle Run 2019.


British Shooting is the only target shooting governing body in Great Britain recognised by the ISSF, IPC Shooting, British Olympic Association, British Paralympic Association, UK Sport & Sport England. British Shooting’s purpose is:

  • To act as a single contact for International Federations
  • To act as a single shooting body in receipt of public funding from UK Sport and Sport England
  • To be the member body of the National Olympic Committee and the National Paralympic Committee.
  • To oversee the development and preparation of world-class shooters for success on the international stage
  • To support the development of grassroots shooting in England
  • To promote quality and professional governance for target shooting sports.

Set amidst 40 acres of woodland on the stunning West Wycombe Estate, Buckinghamshire, the shooting ground – voted best shooting ground in the UK in the IPC Shooting Industry Awards 2014 and 2017, proud hosts of the World English Sporting Championship 2014 and 2016 – comprises of over 100 clay shooting stands and 6 clay shooting disciplines offering varied and extensive practice and tuition opportunities. Their layouts include three high towers, skeet, multi-sport and purpose-built grouse butts.

The Shooting Ground is within easy reach of London, Oxford, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. Their dedicated team of instructors are trained to the highest standards and are amongst the most experienced in the country. They offer instruction for novice through to experienced game and clay shooters both at the shooting ground and in the field.

More than a century has passed since Edwin John Churchill set up his gunmaking workshop in London in 1891, laying the foundations of a name that now sees E.J. Churchill as one of the world’s finest gunmakers. E.J. Churchill is thriving today. Led by passionate sportsmen, it remains the largest gunmaker in British hands.

The style, elegance, reliability and technical innovation of Churchill guns make them the natural choice for the keen shot. They are the only shooting business in the U.K. that has its own gunmaking facility, shooting ground, corporate entertainment company and sporting agency. This makes E.J. Churchill unique and enables us to cater for all our clients’ sporting needs under one roof. Their home is the West Wycombe Estate, just outside London, seat of the Dashwood family.

 

British Shooting coach Paul Langford has given us his top 5 tips for everyone taking on Rifle Run

Running

We understand that signing up for Rifle Run can be daunting! We’ll be here to support you every step of the way and have tried to make training as easy as possible for you. We’re working with Ex-Military Personal Trainer Ed Kerry, who has put together a bespoke training guide which you’ll get sent through as soon as you register.

Our top tips include:

  • Train on a variety of surfaces, don’t just focus on tarmac/road running.
  • Get used to stopping and starting while you’re running.
  • Train for 15km! While we have utmost faith in you all hitting 20/20 targets, you’ll be better prepared if you can run further.

Shooting

The best thing to do is find your local shooting club, get in touch and get some practice in! Find your local club by visiting http://www.shootingclubdirectory.com/

The Route

The 10km run takes place over the West Wycombe Estate, passing the stunning West Wycombe House.

The route is really varied, and covers all terrains – tarmac, grass, loose stone, flat and hills. The shooting stations are located roughly every 3km. The ground conditions depend on how the weather is in the run up, but we can promise that either way there will be some mud!

 

Across the route you’ll find three shooting stations, positioned roughly every 3km.

You’ll face 20 shots in total, which will be:

1)         Air-Rifle: Standing x 5 shots

2)         Air-Rifle: Prone x 5 shots

3)         Shotgun: Clay-pigeon x 10 shots.

For every shot you miss, you face a 250m penalty lap

Hit 20/20 and run 10km

Hit 0/20 and run 15km

Hit 15/20 or more and you’ll earn ‘marksman’ status!

When you arrive at the shooting range, the instructor will give you a quick briefing (if you need it), pass you the air-rifle or shotgun. You’ll then complete your 5 or 10 shots, hand the air-rifle or shotgun back and head off, completing any penalty laps before you continue on the course.

Your score will be marked clearly on your runners’ number by one of the instructors.

With the exception of a few core staff, Rifle Run is run nearly entirely by volunteers! We couldn’t run any of our events without our fantastic volunteers, and really appreciate you all turning out to support us.

Volunteer roles at Rifle Run could be anything from marshalling the route, registering people, monitoring the penalty laps to giving out goody bags and cheering people on.

More information can be found on our volunteer pack.

Ready to volunteer? Get in touch with Amy on akenyon@soldierscharity.org or 0207 811 3960.

Event Sponsors