The Ripley Challenge

Andy Ripley was a colossus of English rugby during the 1970‘s. It is 5 years since his passing from prostate cancer. His good friend and fellow international Roger Uttley is organising a challenge to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of his kindred spirit. Both men played for the England rugby XV in the 1970s and were members of the “Invincibles” Lions tour to South Africa in 1974. The purpose of the Ripley Challenge is to raise much needed funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer Uk.

After rugby Ripley and Uttley competed in the BBC Superstars competitions with Ripley going on to win the European and World events. They both then took up indoor rowing on the Concept2 Rowing machines competing in both the British and World Championship. Andy won at each age group level he competed in and still holds a record at one level.

Uttley is grateful to still be physically active. In retirement he has ambassadorial role’s for RU Adventure (it’s core principle is to inspire and pass on to young people his love of activity, sport, travel and friendship) and the “Ride of the Lions”. This is a group of former British & Irish Lions who have taken to doing “interesting” bike rides to raise money for “Walking with the Wounded” and Lions Charitable Trust on the premise that it is the spirit of rugby on a bike!

Uttley explained further, The “Ripley Challenge” is the sort of physical activity Andy would loved to have participated in and an appropriate celebration of his life. He enjoyed the camaraderie and craic of the team environment. Bearing that in mind we have formatted the challenge to encapsulate the values of the game of Rugby we all value. The chosen exercises reflect the different physical shapes and sizes that can play the game.  To be successful teams will have to dovetail their individual efforts together to achieve their best team scores in terms of Pace, Power, Agility, Speed and Endurance.

Check out our step by step guide to how YOU CAN TAKE PART below!

To set the “Ripley Challenge” in motion a team of Roger Uttley, Nigel Osborne of RU-Adventure and former British & Irish Lions rugby player, Paul Wallace completed the Ripley Challenge to set an initial baseline of what is achievable. Now it’s your turn to beat their score!

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The workouts are split into RX, Schools and Scaled so that everyone can take part. Each exercise has a set height or weight that is set for the workout. To get your score simply state the challenge you have chosen and how far you have made it through the workout when the 45 minutes is up (e.g. RX – 39 Burpees). For those who manage to complete the workout before the time is up, simply state the time you finished (e.g. Scaled – 36:45)

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RX time cap 45 mins

Exercise Reps / Metres Weight / Height
GTOH 100 60Kg
Box Jumps 200 24″ box
Walking Lunges 200 40kg
Bear Crawl 500 Bodyweight
Row 2,500m None
Burpees 150 Bodyweight

Schools time cap 45 mins

Exercise Reps / Metres Weight / Height
Burpees 150 Bodyweight
Box Jumps 200 24″ box
Walking Lunges 200 Bodyweight
Bear Crawl 500m Bodyweight
Row 2,500m None

Scaled time cap 45 mins

Exercise Reps / Metres Weight / Height
GTOH 100 40kg
Box Jumps 200 20″ box jumps
Walking Lunges 200 Bodyweight
Bear Crawl 500m Bodyweight
Row 2,500m None
Burpees 100 Bodyweight
Ripley Challenge Guide