The spectacular scenery around Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire will shortly be the backdrop for the first round of a global adventure challenge, as Land Rover selects its competitor to represent the UK in the 2003 Land Rover G4 Challenge. The National Selections event, which is to be staged from 15 – 17 November 2002, will see 50 finalists, selected from hundreds of applicants, compete in a variety of off-road driving challenges and multi-sport activities.

The goal is to identify the two competitors that have the best combination of physical skill, 4x4 driving abilities, up-for-it attitude and strategic thinking capability. Surrounded by the Malvern Hills and featuring a beautiful deer park, the 5,000 acre Eastnor Estate offers some of the toughest 4x4 driving routes in the UK. The castle itself will also present competitors with a challenge as the finale on Sunday, 17 November, will see competitors abseiling down its South Tower.

"We are delighted with the response from the British public," said Mike Wright, Managing Director, Land Rover UK. "With so many high quality entries, the process of selecting the winners of the UK National Selections is sure to prove both tough and spectacular."

In January 2003, the two entrants chosen to represent the UK will go forward to International Selections, where they will meet National Champions from each of the other 15 countries taking part in the inaugural Land Rover G4 Challenge. At this event, one competitor per nation will be selected from two finalists after a week of gruelling challenges, and will be jetted off to New York to fly the flag for their home nation in the Land Rover G4 Challenge itself.

Published : 30/10/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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