“We could end up anywhere and go everywhere!” explains Colin Batchelor of Team Chaos, as he describes the daunting task ahead in this year’s Macmillan 4x4 UK Challenge, a test of navigational skills, observation, on and off road driving ability and endurance, taking place from the 6th - 9th March 2014.
The teams aren't told where they are going until 15 minutes before they depart. Then the team navigator must direct the driver whilst planning the route ahead.
Colin continues “The last time we entered we covered over 1000 miles and found ourselves in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales! We’ve found the best tactic is slowly slowly catchy monkey. You can always tell who the new competitors are because they go racing off!
“When we arrive at a co-ordinate there are tasks to do which could be anything from collecting markers and taking pictures of waypoints to dragging a Land Rover across a muddy ditch!”
This year Colin and his team mate Tom Hyde will be using ViewRanger to help them navigate the challenge. ViewRanger have supported Team Chaos with Ordnance Survey mapping for all of the UK.
“We are going to mount my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 on the passenger side so the navigator can quickly access the mapping as and when he needs to. Stages of the challenge are also held at night where it can be literally impossible to find your bearings! But having Ordnance Survey maps and GPS location together on a screen, with the option to switch to night mode as and when we need it is perfect!”
The event raises money for Macmillan Cancer Support and this year should see the money donated since the challenge started raise over £1,000,000. Colin and Team Chaos have raised over £40,000 since they first entered in 2004.
“To me the best trophy is the one for the highest sponsorship raised, because winning that means you have done something really good for everyone involved with Macmillan.
“As well as raising money we take hospice patients, family members and carers off-roading so they can have some time away from the hospice and enjoy the outdoors.”
Team Chaos don’t take running costs from the sponsorship money so 100% of what is donated is received by Macmillan Cancer Support, plus 20% from Gift Aid.
We wish Team Chaos the best of luck in the challenge and look forward to hearing about the adventure upon their return!