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Gurkha: Week 2 | Pokhara

The first week's challenges are inspired by two separate Gurkha Army pre-training fitness tests, usually carried out on a camp in Dharan. These physical tests are used to establish if the potential recruit has what it takes to hack it as a Gurkha soldier.

  • 2,000m
  • Lift & Carry - Long

Instructions

  • 2,000m for time

    Achieve a distance of 2,000m in as quick as time as possible.

Requirements

  • You must 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%

    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.

Evidencing

  • Fitness Tracker

    Eg: Strava, Garmin, Fitbit...

Scoring

Time

6m 30s

6m 50s

7m 10s

7m 30s

7m 50s

8m 10s

8m 30s

8m 50s

9m 10s

9m 30s

9m 50s

10m 10s

10m 30s

10m 50s

11m 10s

11m 30s

11m 50s

12m 10s

12m 30s

12m 50s

13m 10s

13m 30s

13m 50s

14m 10s

14m 30s

14m 50s

15m 10s

15m 30s

15m 50s

16m 10s

Points

60

58

56

54

52

50

48

46

44

42

40

38

36

34

32

30

28
26
24
22
20

18

16

14

12

10

8

6

4

2

Instructions

  • Weighted Shuttle Challenge

    Perform 29 shuttles on a measured out 15m track alternating between carrying weight (15 shuttles) and not carrying the weight (14 shuttles). 1 shuttle equals running out 15m turning around and returning to the start position. You must start the challenge carrying the weight.

    Advanced: 20kg

    Intermediate: 15kg

    Moderate: 10kg

    Novice: 5kg

Requirements

  • Measure and mark out a 15m track

    Use a tape measure to measure out a 15m clear track in which to conduct the fitness test and mark it out with cones or alternative objects.

  • Use a weighted rucksack or gym sandbag for the weight

    You can use whatever weight you like, however, it is recommended that you use either a rucksack filled with weight or a gym sandbag/powerbag to conduct the fitness test.

  • Place one foot outside the markers

    When you reach the end of the track at both ends you must place one foot outside the markers.

  • Rest the weight outside the marker

    When resting the weight between shuttles, you must place the weight outside of the marker.

Evidencing

  • Video Recording of attempt
  • Photograph of weight on scales
  • Photograph of track measured at 15 meters

Video Evidence Format:

  1. Be uncut, unedited and recorded in real-time. Strictly no time-lapse.
  2. Clearly show the participant meeting the challenge's set requirements.
  3. Display the whole challenge in its entirety from start to finish.

Recommendations:

  1. To keep the video file as small as possible, ensure that you set recording to the lowest resolution. There's no need for 4K Ultra Hi-def videos here.
  2. Be sure that you have enough recording space on your device's hard drive.
  3. Make sure you have enough battery power for the recording. Are you able to plug your device into a power source while recording?

Scoring

Completion Points

Entry-Level

Advanced

Intermediate

Moderate

Novice

Points

40

30

20

10

Time Points

Time

5m 00s

5m 18s

5m 36s

5m 54s

6m 14s

6m 22s

6m 40s

6m 58s

7m 16s

7m 34s

7m 52s

8m 10s

8m 28s

8m 46s

9m 04s

9m 22s

9m 40s

9m 58s

10m 16s

10m 34s

Points

20

19

18

17
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1

Submitting

Before submitting, please make sure you have ready:

  • Challenge Entry Order Number

    Found on your Challenge Entry purchase confirmation email.

  • Evidence ready to submit

Deadline: 7-Days

It is highly recommended that you complete the challenge within 7-days of its issue, however, we will accept submissions right up until 7-days after the end of the series. We will not accept submissions after this time.

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 & Support

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

info@rokman.co.uk

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