Triathletes take on Land Rover G4 Challenge
WICKLOW TRIATHLON Club’s Jamie Bray and Deborah Meghen represented Ireland in the recent Land Rover G4 Challenge at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire.
The Landrover G4 Challenge event was a two-day adventure race with Land Rovers.
This was the Irish selections where 21 competitors picked from over a hundred applicants battled against each other and the weather conditions to make the top four (two male and two female) who will then go onto the International selections where this will be reduced to the top male, and top female.
These two will then represent Ireland in the 28 day long epic adventure race across Mongolia in 2009.
The first thing that struck the team when they arrived at Challenge Headquarters in Eastnor Castle was shear the scale of this event.
There was over forty, brand new, top of the range Landrover Discov- ery 3 vehicles all in their G4 livery lined up like soldiers in a parade.
There were three Range Rovers hanging from what can only be described as an enormous chandelier above the main entrance to the HQ marquee. This event was not going to be outdone in the logistics department!
Stage 1 – off road driving skills and finesse; Stage 2 – Physical and Mental tests; Stage 3 – Mountain Biking and Orienteering; Stage 4 – More Navigation, Interviews, Mechanical aptitude and exams; Stage 5 – Road Navigation with GPS and Bandit; Stage 6 – Endurance Run; Stage 7 – Kayak, Zip Line and Raft; Stage 8 – Vehicle recovery and winching.
After a brief from the organisers and the teams were split out into our random teams of four for the start of 36 hours of adventure, pain, suffering and frostbite! Both Jamie and Debbie completed the course successfully and will have to wait to see if they qualified.
Deborah Meghan in action during the Land Rover G4 challenge.