Operation Bletchley – A walking & code-breaking challenge

There’s an interesting idea: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, has launched ‘Operation Bletchley’, a family friendly challenge that takes participants on a virtual visit through wartime Britain, where they must walk 50 miles in 31 days, crack hidden codes delivered by British secret agents and, hopefully, deliver a vital message to Winston Churchill.

The virtual challenge takes place throughout July. It has been designed to encourage families to get outdoors, while also finding out more about the legendary codebreakers at Bletchley Park.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the national charity of the British Army. Its Chief of Staff, Brigadier Robin Bacon, explains: “Operation Bletchley involves walking 50-miles, the exact distance of the route between Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire and the Cabinet War Rooms in London. The mission is to crack the codes that are sent to you along the way at five mile intervals so you can successfully deliver a vital message to Winston Churchill before time runs out.”

The challenge, which ends on 31 July, will use mobile phones or fitness trackers to keep track of mileage and send the codes and information participating code breakers need to get to the next stage of the challenge.

There will be three codebreaking levels to choose from – junior codebreaker, codebreaker and cypher expert – enabling people of all ages to take part in Operation Bletchley.

To sign up for Operation Bletchley, visit www.soldierscharity.org/operationbletchley. It costs £10 to sign up and there are also optional opportunities to raise additional funds for the charity, which was set up in 1944 to ensure soldiers receive the support they require and deserve.

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