Wanted: teams of three super-fit people and a good driver. They will be given a Ford Ranger suited to all terrains that will carry their kit; a canoe and special clothing. Two nights’ accommodation at a plush hotel and country club and a weekend’s skills training are also part of the deal.
In return, entrants will be asked to canoe the length of England’s longest lake, cycle up its steepest passes, scale its highest mountain and run eight miles – all in less than half a day!
One of Britain’s toughest charity challenges, the Ford Ranger Great Lakeland Challenge, reaches a landmark when the 10th event takes place on 19 May. To mark the occasion the objective is a record turnout – and to raise more funds than ever before. Ford Rangers will be on site to support the teams and marshal the course.
Organised by Wooden Spoon, the charity of British and Irish rugby, and sponsored by Ford Ranger, the event has already raised more than £1 million for underprivileged children and young people. It has also left hundreds of competitors with memories to cherish.
Additional first class travel will be provided by support drivers in Ford Galaxy MPVs, to transport athletes and their gear from challenge to gruelling challenge. The team must canoe the 10.5 mile length of Lake Windermere, cycle 26 miles over Hard Knott and Wrynose Passes – involving 1,200ft climbs at gradients of 1:3. Then they must climb the 3,208ft Scafell Pike, completing the course with an eight-mile cross-country run into Langdale Valley.
Mark Jones, sponsorship and advertising manager, Ford of Britain said: “The athletes who enter this Challenge are busy people who dedicate hours to achieving the peak of fitness in several disciplines. The Ranger is an ideal partner for people with this lifestyle as they can put their wet, smelly clothes, bikes and kit in the back of the Ranger and stay dry and comfortable in the cab as they drive around the country training and competing."
“Weather could play a part in this year’s Challenge, and there’s considerable pressure on the drivers as well as the athletes, because they have responsibility for getting the competitors, their bikes and other gear to the right place in good time for each leg of the challenge. One wrong turn or hold-up could undo a lot of hard work!”
The Great Lakeland Challenge continues to be proudly supported by the Ford Ranger. The rugged, sporty Ranger comes in a range of increasingly well-equipped versions, with Single, Double or innovative Super Cab bodystyles, and it is powered by an efficient 2.5-litre diesel engine. Four-wheel-drive versions can cope with the toughest terrain even the Lake District can offer, while their interiors are designed to offer the occupants the comfort of a car.