Young cadets were put through their paces as part of a gruelling six-hour challenge.
A virtual race spanning from Kent, across the English Channel to France was played out at Leyland Leisure Centre on Saturday as youngsters battled it out to be the best.
The challenge was put on by the Lostock Hall Branch of the Royal British Legion to help mark the branch’s 75th anniversary.
It saw Preston Sea Cadets, Air Training Corps from Bamber Bridge and Army Cadets from Lostock Hall and Walton-le-Dale ‘run’ from RAF Eastchurch in Kent, a Spitfire station during the Second World War to the coast - a virtual distance of 25km - row across the English Channel, and rendezvous with the Army at the Normandy beaches.
Michael Turner, chairman of the Lostock Hall Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “The effort from the youngsters was phenomenal.
“It was a challenge to show the cadets and the general public that the Royal British Legion is in the community and wants to involve young people. It doesn’t just come out in November and sell poppies.
“They took it really seriously, it was wonderful.
“The idea now is that we want to do it again in October which will be a sponsored event and will launch Lostock Hall’s Poppy Appeal.
“We must also thank Leyland Leisure Centre for their help.”