After a weekend of exhausting challenges testing both physical and mental stamina, would-be adventurers Byron Lewis and Tim Pickering have been selected to represent the UK in the next stage of the Land Rover G4 Challenge. The pair won through against tough competition from 50 other shortlisted applicants during the UK National Selections event at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire last weekend.
Byron and Tim will now embark on gruelling training regimes before going head-to-head with one another at the International Selections event. With Eastnor Castle again as a backdrop, the event is set for the end of January 2003, and will see only one of the pair chosen to fly the flag for the UK in the Land Rover G4 Challenge itself. The Challenge starts in New York City on March 30th, and features competitors from 16 nations, whose physical agility, stamina and mental strength will be tested to the limit across four time zones and almost 4,000 km of stunning terrain.
Tim, 39, is based on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and runs his own business as an outdoor adventure sports instructor, trainer and small business advisor. His adventurous spirit has already led him into deep water – literally – when he was shipwrecked in a 90 ft sailing boat off the Azores. Dark-haired Byron, 38, who lives at the opposite end of the UK, in Taunton, Somerset, is a teacher with a penchant for adventure sports, having previously co-led a 450 km long kayak expedition to the north of the Arctic Circle! Both are delighted to have reached the final stage of the Land Rover G4 Challenge selection process.
"I’m really excited to have been chosen," said Byron, "It’s just fantastic to think I have the opportunity to represent my country," Tim agreed: "The weekend was brilliant, really enjoyable, and we also learnt a lot about 4x4 driving techniques and driving responsibly off road. I’m over the moon to have been selected and I can’t wait for the next stage of the competition."
Land Rover UK Managing Director, Mike Wright, commented: "I’d like to wish both Byron and Tim good luck for the next stage of the Land Rover G4 Challenge. To have got this far against such strong competition is a great achievement. I think everyone involved with the National Selections event was very impressed with the high calibre and up-for-it attitude of all the competitors."
Although the UK competitors have now been selected, many of the other 16 participating nations have yet to choose the two applicants who will represent them at International Selections. More information is available at www.landroverG4challenge.comPublished 23 November 2002