What is Rifle Run?

Rifle Run is the first 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.

Be amongst the first to take it on – experience the adrenaline of a cross country race, combined with the thrill of shooting. Set the standard for future years and ensure we can continue our work supporting soldiers, veterans and their families.

The shooting

Two air-rifle ranges; standing and prone.

One shotgun range; clay pigeon

The ranges are expertly managed with one on one instruction from British Shooting and EJ Churchill Shooting Ground

The running

Rifle Run is a 10km run if you can shoot straight.

Compete against the clock to take on the 10km race, along the route you will find your shooting challenges. For every shot you miss you’ll face a 250m penalty. Miss all your shots and you’ll run 15km in total.

Still think you’ve got what it takes? Prove it!

What’s your tactic? Pace yourself and hit the targets, or push your “red zone” and lose your aim?

The details

Date: 18th March 2018.

Location: EJ Churchill, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3NS.

Registration fee: £95 per person (special offer: register for half price this November using the code earlybird)

Enter a team – register a team of 5 for the price of 4.

Fundraising target: £200 per person.

What’s included?

  • All your equipment for a full days shooting: ranges, air-rifles and shotguns, ammunition, targets and most importantly: qualified instructors
  • Everything you need for a cross country run: a full signposted route, marshals, first aid cover, and that all important finishers medal!
  • Full fundraising support: a dedicated point of contact at The Soldiers’ Charity, fundraising pack and all the wristbands and supplies you could need.

Have a question?

Contact Amy on akenyon@soldierscharity.org or 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 (link), 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 020 7811 3960 or e-mail akenyon@soldierscharity.org.

Incentives – Fundraising Army

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?

18th March 2018

You will need to arrive an hour 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.

How much does it cost to take part?

Registration is £95 per person. The registration fee is non-refundable.

Where is the event held?

EJ Churchill, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3NS

Can I enter a team?

Yes – a full team is 5 people. We currently have a promotion to enter a team of 5 for the price of 4. Choose ‘create a team’ during registration.

If you would like to enter a team of a different size contact Amy on akenyon@soldierscharity.org or 0207 811 3960 if you have any questions

Can my company enter a team?

Yes, contact Amy Kenyon on akenyon@soldierscharity.org or 0207 811 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?

We are partnered with British Shooting and EJ Churchill who provide all the qualified instructors.

Is it safe?

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.

Safety is paramount – to ensure this we have teamed up with British Shooting and EJ 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.

What will I be shooting?

Two shooting challenges will be using an Air-Arms MPR and the final one 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.

How do I get to the start?

Check back later for details

Getting ready

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 once you have registered.

Fundraising

What is the fundraising target?

We ask that each participant raises a minimum of £200 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 020 7811 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 £200 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 of five. Just remember that the sponsorship requirement is £200 per person, so if five of you fundraise together, you need to raise £1,000.

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 deliver Rifle Run.


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.

 

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