Archive for Month: January 2013

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The Book

Talking about the future, Capt Tony Harris said: ‘I’m looking forward to helping put together a book about our Dakar experience as a rookie team with just 18 months of preparation. It will be great to take another look at our careful work which all paid off and to relive […]

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The Book (2)

Talking about the future, Capt Tony Harris said: ‘I’m looking forward to helping put together a book about our Dakar experience as a rookie team with just 18 months of preparation. It will be great to take another look at our careful work which all paid off and to relive […]

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QUOTE FROM DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sent a personal message of congratulations yesterday (Sunday 20 Jan 2013) to the Race2Recovery team of severely injured soldiers and civilian volunteers following their historic success in completing the gruelling Dakar Rally in Chile, South America.

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Blog – Finish Line

Race2Recovery, the group of predominantly injured soldiers who formed a rally team to raise funds for Forces charities, were today celebrating making history by becoming the first ever disability team to complete the world’s toughest race – the Dakar Rally.

Team Joy

Blog – Friday 18th Jan

We stood on top of the dune for three hours. It was thirty-five degrees Celsius, we could see for over 20km and we could see no-one else. Sun cream was applied, cameras were readied, GPS coordinates were confirmed and then Robby Gordon’s Hummer appeared, powering up the sand with an angry snarl. Man and machine were in charge of nature.

Crossing Andes

Blog – Thursday 17th Jan

Today the Dakar Rally crossed back over the Andes to Copiapó, Chile. The journey began with a 392km road section, which should have been a relaxing drive through some of the world’s most desolate and dramatic scenery.

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Blog – Wednesday 16th Jan

There’s little to report today. The perilous stage from La Rioja to Fiambalá was cancelled due to flooding. The whole rally has thus been teleported forwards a day. “I just can’t believe it’s been cancelled,” said Major Matt O’Hare, “My co-driver, ‘Barney’ (Phillip Gillespie), and I were so looking forward to the dunes.”

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Blog – Tuesday 15th Jan

According to the official Dakar guide, today’s stage might have reminded, “the most open-minded of participants of Ireland in some places.” Race2Recovery’s resident Irishman, Philip ‘Barney’ Gillespie, wasn’t convinced.

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Blog – Monday 14 Jan

As if to punish the drivers for having a rest, the organisers made the ninth stage of the Dakar the longest in this year’s event. This was an 852km epic, from Tucumán to Cordoba that included a 593km special stage.

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Blog – Sunday 13th Jan

Today was the Dakar’s only rest day and the drivers and co-drivers had a decent night’s sleep for the first time in a week. For those still left in the rally it was also a chance to reflect on the hard work done and to look ahead to another challenging week.