Gurkha - 1 | 800m Best Effort

Gurkha - 1 | 800m Best Effort

Gurkha Challenge Series

Complete each challenge within series to earn your finishers pip.

  • Brief


800m Best Effort




Best Effort

The first week's challenge is inspired by one of the Gurkha Army pre-training fitness tests, usually carried out on a camp in Dharan. This physical test is used to establish if the potential recruit has the level of fitness to hack it as a Gurkha soldier.

The challenge is simple. Cover a distance of 800m (half a mile) in as quick as time as possible. Walking is permitted but challengers are encouraged to push themselves as hard as they can.


  • Start and finish in roughly the same location
    As this is a timed challenge, to stop people just running down a hill to get the best time possible, you are required to end your attempt roughly in the same location in which you started. You can achieve this my either running out half way and then turning back on yourself, or, running a single looped route, or, multiple loops of a circuit.
  • Set treadmill to 2.5% gradient
    It is preferred that you tackle this challenge outside, however, if you are unable to do so and must use a treadmill, then the treadmill must be set at a 2.5% gradient.











  • GPS Fitness Tracker
    Submit screenshot of fitness activity.


Before submitting, please make sure you have your evidence ready. Submit evidence for all of the challenges in the same challenge series by the deadline below to earn your Finishers Pip.

  • Order Number

    Found on your latest membership purchase confirmation email.

  • Evidence


It is highly recommended that you complete the challenge within 7-days of its issue, however, we will accept submissions right up until the end of the series deadline detailed at the top of the page.

Health & Safety

This is a brutal physical challenge for which you are responsible for your own health and safety. It is imperative that you read through, understand and follow our health and safety guidelines before you embark on your challenge attempt. This list is only a guide. It is your responsibility to take the appropriate health and safety measures during the attempt of a challenge.

  • Consult a physician

    You should consult a physician before you begin any strenuous exercise program, such as the one described on this website, especially if you have or suspect that you may have heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or any other adverse medical conditions. If you feel faint or dizzy at any time while performing any challenges or exercise, stop immediately and seek medical evaluation.  

  • Plan your route

    On running challenges, we strongly recommend planning your route with online running route planners. This leaves out the guesswork, allowing you to know the distance and elevation before you embark on the challenge.

  • Let others know

    When performing any challenge, we strongly recommend you let a friend or family member know what you are doing and where and when you are doing it and what time you are expected to return incase you face any difficulty.

  • Carry a mobile phone

    We strongly advice that you carry with you a fully charged mobile phone and back up battery if possible.

  • Bad weather

    Keep an eye on the weather forecast.

  • Nutrition and hydration

    You are responsible for your own nutrition and hydration as this is a self-disciplined event. Please ensure you have enough fluids and food or adequate access to these. Click here to read our guide on fuelling correctly for this challenge.

Help and Support

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.