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The Doko Challenge South – The Gurkha Welfare Trust

16 June @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Put yourself to the test, Gurkha style! Take on our annual 5km Doko Challenge South.

This unique event sees participants running in the footsteps of the ‘Bravest of the Brave’.  Based on a pivotal part of the Gurkha selection process, we challenge you to take on a 5km course with a weighted Nepali Doko basket strapped to your back.

What is a Doko?

A traditional Nepalese conical-shaped basket, usually hand woven from bamboo, fitted with shoulder straps and a ‘namlo’ (head strap) to support the load.  The baskets are used to carry a whole host of things, from clothing to bricks!

A Historic Challenge

Every British Army Gurkha Soldier will be familiar with the ‘Doko Race’.  During the renowned annual Gurkha recruitment drive, the aspiring recruits are tasked with ascending a gruelling course in the foothills of the Himalayas carrying a ‘Doko’ loaded with 25kg of sand.  They must complete the course within 46 minutes to proceed through to the next round of selection.

Our Doko South Race

Based on the traditional exercise, we have mapped out an undulating, cross-country course through Wimbledon Common.  On Sunday 16 June 2023, we challenge you to complete the 5km route carrying a Doko basket weighted with 5kg, 10kg or 15kg.  You can run, jog, or walk, but those looking to push themselves can aim to beat the Gurkha recruitment time of 46 minutes, or even the course record of 19 minutes 30 seconds!  Regardless of your time, a coveted Doko Challenge medal and t-shirt awaits at the finish line.

Supporting Gurkha veterans and widows in Nepal

Alongside keeping fit and challenging yourself, you can take great pride in raising money to support our team in Nepal, keeping our Gurkha veterans and widows safe and giving them the means to live with dignity.  We suggest you set a fundraising target of £150.  Your online fundraising page will be created automatically when you register, and we will be on hand throughout to answer any queries you may have.


16 June
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Wimbledon Common
Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields, Roehampton Vale
London, SW15 3PQ London
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