Frequently Asked Questions
Whenever you take part in any challenge it is important to look after yourself. Please ensure you follow all government advice and look after your own safety as well as the safety of those you come into contact with. Under the current restrictions it is still possible to take part in Operation Bletchley.
This challenge can be completed alone or with members of your household as part of your daily exercise routine, you can also log steps around your house and if you are lucky enough to have one, garden. You have 31 days to complete the challenge so only have to walk on average 1.6 miles a day (50 mile mission) 3.2 miles a day (100 mile mission). You can spread it out over the month or do it in bigger chunks but please remember to make sure you follow social distancing rules at all times.
We wish we had a crystal ball to know what the situation will be in July but please always follow current government advice, keep an eye in your inbox or on our Operation Bletchley Facebook group for advice and updates, follow social distancing and stay safe.
In this current climate children are off school, at home with their family and are looking for activities during lockdown and something to get excited about and look forward to, this is the perfect virtual event to get involved in. Use your daily exercise to unlock puzzles and crack codes as you go while learning about the hidden figures of the Second World War. Immerse yourself in the story and accomplish your mission – can you crack the codes and deliver the message before time runs out
About the event
Operation Bletchley is a personal challenge, testing yourself physically and mentally that can be completed at any location. You can start at your pace anywhere in the world. It can be completed in lots of smaller walks, as part of your day to day life or even as one big walk. Cover the 50 or 100 miles, crack the codes and deliver the message to Winston Churchill or to a secret agent waiting for you in the heart of Paris before it’s too late.
There are 2 different distances to choose from, and each has 3 different levels to participate in:
- Junior codebreaker – aimed at 8-12 year olds
- Codebreaker – Challenging
- Cipher Expert – Would be accepted at GCHQ!
Don’t be fooled into thinking the Junior codebreaker and codebreaker levels will be too easy!
When you receive your first email with the options of codes, if you choose Codebreaker and find further down the line you are unable to solve them you can return to your first email and select Junior codebreaker and complete the 10 codes in that level.
You can also choose the option of paying £5 for a clue to help crack your code! This does not count towards your fundraising target but the money is donated directly to ABF The Soldiers' Charity.
Congratulations on getting this far! You now need to piece together the answers from your codes and work out the hidden message to deliver to Winston Churchill at the Cabinet War Rooms in Whitehall or to a secret agent waiting for you in the heart of Paris. Submit your answer and find out if you have accomplished your mission!
We recommend using the Strava app to track your walks. Strava can be linked with your fundraising page so you can share your progress with your friends and family. If you cannot do this then you can manually add your completed miles to your page by logging on to your fundraising page from 1st July.
Strava is an app that allows you to track your athletic activity using a compatible GPS device and then upload your activity to your Strava account from the device directly.
If you have a Strava account, you can now track your workouts on your Operation Bletchley fundraising page!
If you do not yet have a Strava account, please create one here prior to following the below steps.
To connect your fundraising page account with Strava, simply follow the below instructions.
- Sign into your fundraising page account /website link/ using your ordinary log in details.
- Select your name and select the 'Account' option on the drop-down menu.
- Once you are inside your page account, select 'Manage Connections.
- Select the 'Strava' button.
- Follow the prompts to approve the connection between your fundraising page account and your Strava account.
- You will be redirected back inside your account. You can now see that you're connected.
You can also find a help video here.
Add Privacy Zones
A privacy zone will hide the portion of your activity that starts or ends in your zone from all athletes. For example, if you don’t want anyone to know where you live or work, you can set up a privacy zone between ⅛ and ⅝ mile (200m-1km) around your home address or your office address. This means that even as you share your walks on your fundraising page they wouldn’t be able to pinpoint the start or endpoint of your activity.
To enable a Privacy Zone log into your Strava account. Click on the Privacy tab on the left side of the page. Enter an address or GPS coordinate in the text field provided under 'Hide your house/office on your activity maps,' select the size of the privacy radius, and click 'Create Privacy Zone.'
Adding your miles manually
If you do not have a tracker you can link, do not worry, you can log your walks and manually add them to your account. We recommend that you enter your miles in multiples of 5 miles (50 mile London mission) or 10 miles (100 mile Paris mission) at a time to ensure you receive every stage of the email journey and every puzzle. If at any stage you feel you have missed one, just let us know and we can forward it onto you. Simply log into your account and click the + button next to your miles logged on the right hand side.
It is just £10 to register for one of our missions
Yes, during registration you can select 'create a team'. Once your registration is complete you can then share your team name or send your team mates the link to your team and they can register onto your team. They can also select 'Join a team' during their registration and search for your team name.
Simply log back into your account, go to your fundraising page and you will see the 'create a team' button. Select this, create your team and share the team name/link for your team with mates so they can join it.
Although there is no fundraising obligation we ask that you raise as much as you can. No matter how big or small your target is we are here to help you. How about aiming for one of the below targets to get you started?
- Raise £50 to receive your Operation Bletchley codebreaking puzzle book
- Raise £100 to receive your Fundraising Army Buff
- Raise £150 to receive your Operation Bletchley t-shirt
- Raise £250 to receive your Operation Bletchley commemorative pin
When you register for Operation Bletchley you’ll also be enrolled into our Fundraising Army. The more you raise the higher you’ll rise through the ranks – click here to see the ranks you can achieve. Challenge yourself to see how high you can get; will you make it to Captain?
Of course, the National Events Team is always at the end of the phone so please drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call 020 7811 3967. We can help with ideas, answer your queries and provide you with any fundraising materials you may need – collection tins, t-shirts, wristbands etc. We are here to help you!
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity policy, like that of many other charities, is that Gift Aid is not included in sponsorship targets.
Absolutely – online fundraising is a fantastic way for you to collect sponsorship from your friends, family and colleagues, particularly those you don’t see every day. From your donors’ point of view, it is a quick, easy and secure method of donating. When you register for the event an online fundraising page is automatically created for you. This is your page, add your picture, write some text about what you’re doing and why, set your fundraising target, then send the link out to everyone you have ever met so that they can sponsor you easily and securely.
Yes – it can make your fundraising target easier to meet if you fundraise together. You will even have a team fundraising page which is created automatically when you register as a team.