Triath­letes take on Land Rover G4 Chal­lenge

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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.

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