Archive for Month: October 2012

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Pete Garlick’s 150 mile journey by foot

Pete Garlick, a long time supporter of Race2Recovery, took on a huge challenge to raise £1648.72 for our nominated charity Help for Heroes and Tedworth House. In September he walked an incredible 150 miles from QT Wildcat in Plymouth, where our fantastic cars are built, all the way to Tedworth House in Tidworth, Wiltshire.

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The October Update!

As the month draws to a close and the nights are drawing in it is time to reflect on the last month of incredible activity. The focus has been primarily on the preparation of all vehicles, procurement of parts and spares, the purchase of our fourth and final Wildcat as well as continuation training for the drivers in Morocco. Of course the wonderful pre-Dakar video is here too!

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Morocco Training Improves Team Skills

With the drivers safely back from Morocco on their Easyjet flight G-EZUS (that one’s never going to crash then) we can all reflect on the vital driving skills, terrain analysis and recovery techniques imparted by R2R T4 crew member and off road driving instructor Mark Cullum alongside Moy Torralladona from […]

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Morocco Training Day 3

Having spent the night in a large rock field with our film crew, some may say it was comfortable… it wasn’t, we prepared our vehicles and Barney set our course towards the dune fields near the Algerian border. 

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Morocco Training Day 2

With a beautiful sunrise in the Atlas Mountains the Race2Recovery drivers began day two of their driving instruction. Our day was set to consist of a long road move towards the dunes in the south-east which began with a long winding descent in the mountains and then a scenic drive through the flat valleys and culminating in our next overnight stop deep in the moonscape of Morocco where we would practice our complex driving techniques, ascents and descents and procedures for reading the ground as well correct vehicle preparation for the terrain. 

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R2R Drivers in Morocco – Day 1, Pt 2

Following our last update we have now completed day one of our training package with Mark Cullum and the Land Rover Experience team and what a great introduction it has been. The team were broken down between the three Defenders with Tony and Chris in the grey Matt, Mark and Barney in the green Defender and Ben, Charlie and Moy in the “Little Foot” (affectionally titled due to it’s large Cooper Discoverer STT LT305/70/R16’s).

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R2R Drivers in Morocco – Day 1

The Race2Recovery drivers have arrived in Morocco for what promises to be an intensive desert driving training package with R2R T4 crew member and former Camel Trophy expert Mark Cullum, Dakar veteran Moy Torrallardona and the Land Rover Experience (LRE) team. Barney is also out here to add co-driver inputs and generally harangue the drivers when they make mistakes.

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Lisa Minto raises £500

Lisa Minto, Finance Manager at our sponsor Orange Plant, raised a fantastic £500 for our charity Tedworth House by competing in The Great North Run 2012. She took part in the 13 mile run wearing a bright orange T-shirt, kindly provided by Orange Plant, and finished in a time of 2 hours 10 minutes.

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BCCC Round 6

The sixth and final round of the Britpart British Cross Country Championship will be held in Walters Arena, Glynneath, South Wales over 13-14 Oct 2012. The team will be present throughout and it will be a fantastic finale to a long and difficult season with Chris Ratter and Barney Gillespie looking to lead a late charge in the Freelander Championship against the rival challenger Nick Lines who has produced a consistent display this year and looks set to take the trophy.

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Wake me up when September ends

September couldn’t have been any busier for the R2R team with fitness tests, a first and second Place finish in Wales in front of long time supporter and fellow amputee Stephanie Boddez, navigator training with Quin Evans and Boeing UK, Pete Garlick walking all the way from Qt Services in Plymouth to Tedworth House, Tiff Hyde’s incredible firewalk for charity, the team welcomed two US Servicemen to the adventure as well rebuilding and preparing the Qt Wildcats. We also had to make the sad decision to pull out of the Rally de Maroc in October to focus on preparations for the big one in January but we have some plans afoot to ensure that the team are ready so read on!