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1st - 28th July | Free entry

  • Week 1: Dharan

    800m run | Lift & Carry Short

  • Week 2: Pokhara

    2km run | Lift & Carry Long

  • Week 3: Doko

    5.8km Weighted March

  • Week 4: Pulau Tekong

    Long Distance Run

JULY | Inspired by Gurkha Army Selection

Please note that this challenge series is in no way associated with any military organisation. The challenges therein are not meant to provide an authentic military experience, they have merely taken inspiration from selection tests documented online in honour of armed forces.

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Rated "Excellent"

The struggle is real

There's nothing virtual about our virtual challenges

At Rokman, we believe that mental resilience is the cornerstone to achieving our true potential and improving our  overall quality of life.

With no race-day crowds to cheer you on, our online challenges are designed to provide the ultimate opportunity to test and build your mental fortitude and achieve a higher state of performance and mental wellbeing.

  • 4 Weeks of varied challenges

    Much more challenging and enjoyable than regular distance accumulator virtual running challenges.

  • Stay Focussed & motivated

    Having a purpose and meaning to your training is shown to drastically increase your commitment to your goals.

  • Fits around any existing training

    Each challenge has been designed to fit in and around your life and any existing training.

  • improve Performance & wellbeing

    By pushing your physical limits you achieve greater psychological activation, strengthening your mind and increasing your ability to deal with the stresses and pressures of everyday life.

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Get the full series experience

Rokman Challenge Series are completely free to enter and take part. However, to get the full challenge series experience you may upgrade your entry at any time by purchasing a Rokman Challenge Pack. Benefits include:

  • Exclusive Finishers Pip & Certificate

    To be worn proudly on the sleeve of your training t-shirt.

  • Discounted Rokman training t-shirt

    Choose from a selection of over 7-designs.

  • Access to 'opt-in' leaderboard

    Providing a healthy measure of friendly competition.

  • Donation to Royal British Legion

    Portion of proceeds donated to the Royal British Legion to help support veterans and their families

Who are they?

The Gurkhas

The world-famous Nepalese Gurkha soldiers have played an integral part of the British Army for almost 200 years, with only 3% of recruits passing selection each year. They still carry into battle their traditional weapon - an 18-inch long curved knife known as the Kukri. In times past, it was said that once a Kukri was drawn in battle, it had to "taste blood" - if not, its owner had to cut himself before returning it to its sheath.

Weekly Challenges:

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  • 800m Run For Time

  • Lift & Carry Short

    For the lift and carry test you must run up and down a 15m track 5-times with weight and 4-times without. 

    Advanced - 20kg

    Intermediate - 15kg

    Moderate - 10kg

    Novice - 5kg

The first week's challenges are inspired by 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 Run For Time

  • Lift & Carry Long

    For the lift and carry test you must run up and down a 15m track 15-times with weight and 14-times without. 

    Advanced - 20kg

    Intermediate - 15kg

    Moderate - 10kg

    Novice - 5kg

Once the recruit passes Stage 1, the candidate moved to Central Selection, which takes place at the British Gurkha camp in Pokhara.



  • 5.8km Weighted March

    Advanced - 20kg

    Intermediate - 15kg

    Moderate - 10kg

    Novice - 5kg

Inspired by the traditional Gurkha recruitment Doko race, week three requires you to run 5.8km carrying a weight specific to your level. Bonus points are awarded for elevation gain and time achieved.


Pulau Tekong

  • Long Distance Run

    Advanced - 9 miles

    Intermediate - 8 miles

    Moderate - 7 miles

    Novice - 6 miles

The final challenge is inspired by the Gurkha final endurance march which usually takes place in the camp in Pulau Tekong. Bonus points are awarded for elevation gain accumulated.


  • Sign up

    Sign up to the challenge. It takes less time than it does to do one burpee.

  • Get Weekly Video Briefs

    On the first of the month, receive your first of four weekly video briefs straight to your inbox.

  • Evidence your Attempts

    Evidence your challenge attempts with either your fitness tracker or video recording, depending on the brief.

  • Submit for Manual Review*

    Upload your evidence to our submission form for manual review, verification and scoring.

  • Feature on Leaderboard*

    An 'opt-in' series leaderboard is kept for a bit of competitive fun. 

*Feature available with Challenge Pack purchase

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Join our online community comprising of people of all ages and abilities, united by a desire to push their physical limits, toughen their minds and overcome the most intimidating challenges possible. Our online network provides an excellent system of support and inspiration to help you seize the day and smash your goals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be mega fit?

No. Rokman challenge series offer a variety of different levels of entry to suit all fitness levels, from novice all the way up to advanced.

How does it work?

How does it work?

How long do we have to complete each challenge?

We recommend that you complete each challenge within 7-days from the date of issue. However, we understand that life can often get in the way, so that’s why accept submissions up until 7-days after the end of the series.

What is someone cheats?

We do our very best to weed out any cheating by asking people to evidence their challenge attempts. However, due to the nature of this being an online challenge series, it’s not 100% fool proof.We have to take everyone’s submissions at face-value. If we can confidently identify people either cheating or doing the challenge incorrectly, we will notify the competitor privately via email.At the end of the day, the leaderboard is just a bit of competitive fun. These challenges are personal tests of resilience. If people decide to cheat, they’re only cheating themselves. If you concentrate on yourself and give your best honest performance then you can hold your head high at the end of the day.

Do you offer refunds?

Unfortunately, we unable to offer refunds on challenge series entry, however, we do offer transfers. If you’re unable to take part in this challenge series, let us know and we can transfer you on to an alternative series.

Can I use a treadmill?

All running challenges are designed to undertaken outside, however, if you are unable to go outside we will accept treadmill entries. If participating on a treadmill, the treadmill must be set at a 2.5 degree angle.

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