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1st - 28th September | Free entry

  • Week 1: Selection

    3,000m Run for time

  • Week 2: Iron circuit

    As many rounds as possible in 10 minutes strength circuit

  • Week 3: Soviet Sundays

    10km Weighted march

  • Week 4: Alpha Unit

    Long-distance endurance run

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The struggle is real

There's nothing virtual about our virtual challenges

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 so that you 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.

Upgrade your free entry

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

Weekly Challenges:

Receive full challenge instruction via email

WEEK 1

Selection

3,000m for time

Day one of the Spetsnaz selection process usually starts with a medium distance 3km run in relatively comfortable conditions. For our challenge, you are required to run 3,000m best effort for time.

WEEK 2

Iron Circuit

As many rounds as possible in 10 minutes

15 push-ups (male)/kneeing push-ups (female)

15 sit-ups

15 squat thrusts

15 standing burpees


As with many military training regimes, Spetsnaz training involves functional bodyweight training to improve strength and overall fitness. For this strength test, you must perform the set number of repetitions for each exercise back-to-back without a break to complete one circuit. The aim of the test is to perform as many completed circuits as possible within 10 minutes.

Week 3

Soviet Sundays

10km Weighted march

Advanced: 20kg

Intermediate: 15kg

Moderate: 10kg

Novice: 5kg


For “good” service during the week, on Sunday's, recruits can be awarded with a 10km dash, but this time in full gear — with a machine gun, helmet, body armour, and duffel bag on your back. For our test, you are required to take on a 10km march with weight specific to your level of entry. Contrary to the name, you can complete it on whatever day is convenient.

Week 4

Alpha Unit

Weekly distance accumulation challenge

Advanced: 40km

Intermediate: 30km

Moderate: 20km

Novice: 10km


Bonus points are awarded for the least number of workouts taken to achieve the set distance.


Those wishing to join the elite level unit of the Spetsnaz, Alpha Unit, you must undergo further specialised training. While classified, this training is known to consist of long-distance forced marches in the freezing weather. For the fourth and final challenge of the Russian Spetsnaz Challenge Series, you are required to complete a long-distance endurance run for time specific to your level of entry.

HOW IT WORKS

  • 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

Join Team Rokman

Online Community of support

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.

Commit to the challenge

Spetsnaz Virtual Running Challenge Series | September | Russian Special Forces Inspired

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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