Road to Twickenham is our annual challenge that sets you and your team the goal of covering the distance from your home or workplace to Twickenham Stadium, in the months and weeks before the unmissable Army v Navy rugby match.

You could choose to run, swim, row or ride the distance. You might take it literally, like the amazing team from Babcock in Plymouth who ran more than 200 miles from the dockyard all the way to Twickenham, finishing in front of the stadium on match day. Or perhaps you would prefer a more abstract challenge, like the staff of Naval Command Headquarters on Whale Island who endured a 70 minute 'beasting' from the Physical Training Instructors to represent the 70 miles from Portsmouth to Twickenham.

You can complete the challenge individually or as part of a team, with your starting point being your workplace, hometown, unit or ship's current location.

Whatever you choose to do, you can help us reach our target of raising over £20,000 in 2016, before match day on 30 April.
Here are a few ideas from previous Road to Twickenham challenges to help inspire you:

  • Maritime Forces in Bahrain completed the 3,157-mile distance by running, swimming, walking, cycling and rowing
  • A group of employees from the North Sea Shearwater Platform rig ran and rowed their way to Twickenham to pay respects to Royal Navy's job protecting oil and gas lines
  • HMS Duncan's challenge took on a twist when they decided to cover the 13,816kms from their deployed location to Twickenham via all of the ship's battle honours
  • 16 Royal Navy sailors from Plymouth-based HMS Sutherland ran the equivalent of 240 miles from their ship to Twickenham
  • Staff at Day Lewis Pharmacy, Gosport, carried out a static cycle and cake sale to raise funds
  • In a jail-break style challenge, a team of sailors from HMS Raleigh travelled through nine major towns using thirteen different modes of transport to reach the stadium. En-route to London the team completed numerous challenges set by supporters, ranging from riding horses to leading the conga in a supermarket, performing the traditional hornpipe dance in Trafalgar Square and serving lunch to the sea cadets at Britannia Royal Navy College Dartmouth

Who you will help

Your fundraising efforts will go toward helping people like David, a resident of Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), which received a £40,000 in 2014/15 towards the costs of delivering a tailored rehabilitation programme to disabled Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans and their dependants.

David meets Second Sea Lord Jonathan Woodcock OBE at a garden party in 2015

David served in the Medical Branch of the Royal Naval Reserve for 17 years as a Medical Services Officer. After suffering a stroke in September 2012, David and his family heard about QAHH via an armed forces support group.

He spent an initial seven weeks at QAHH, sticking to an individual care programme comprising physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social activities. He enjoyed taking part in the cookery sessions and playing darts against other residents. He also spent time in the QAHH gardens and along the nearby seafront with visiting friends and family.

David also took up the Road to Twickenham challenge in 2015 and raised £220 by walking to and from his local post box. What will you do?

Think you can do it? 

Sign up for the challenge now!

For further information contact:

T: 023 9387 1520

Going to the Army vs Navy match?

You can also support the Road to Twickenham campaign by fundraising on your coach on route to the match! Why not run a raffle, a fines tin or perhaps use one of our rugby scratch cards. Contact the fundraising team for a coach fundraising pack.

This challenge is a brilliant opportunity to raise sponsorship in support of your team and the RNRMC. The money you raise goes straight back into supporting the Royal Navy and Royal Marines family through a huge range of projects and grants.