In total the team raised KES1.9m (£14,400)
Thank you for your donations either to my Just Giving account or by cash or cheque which is all in Kenya with relevant Gift Aid.
In total $1m (£635,000) raised for the day . FANTASTIC for the Rhino Ark Trust.
So what happened ?
We came 8th in the Victor Ludorum positions after our funding is taken into account. The highest placed foreign entrant.
Yes we were one of only 15 vehicles that finished the course. The only vehicle to return to our starting point out of 6 starters.
There were 62 starters with several vehicles rolling and the Clerk of the Course admitting it was the most difficult course he had set as it was his last time as CoC !
No serious injuries other than one broken leg.
So how did Car 9 fare.
Well I drove from HQ at 6.15 a.m to our starting point one hour away.
At the start time of 7.30 we were still sorting out which route to take.After 20 minutes we changed our plans from those agreed the previous night & took the easier route by track on leg 1.Not much of a track but vehicles had been on it before !
For leg 2 we opted for the direct straight line route up a long steep hill across gullies and scrub etc.
Believe it or not this was not a good choice as it took 3 hrs.
I was still driving ( sitting in the vehicle whilst a route was decided on ) but when I saw one car ahead of us rear up twice & nearly topple over backwards down the hill
as it tried to clear the final ridge on loose stone I handed over to the keeper of the vehicle.
Eventually with stones flying everywhere he took it over the last step.
I was so shattered after walking up the the last bit that I wedged myself in the back of the LR as we had a lot of time to make up.
By minimising waypoint stops for literally a drink , a wet cloth & a quick bite to eat we made it back our starting point at 5.10 p.m. 20 mins before close down.
After a celebratory soft drink & a special cake from the Greensteds team we set off for HQ around 5.45.
300m down the track the engine stopped !
For 90 mins we tried various methods to restart but alas no luck.
With a lift from one of the Event Co ordinators we made it back to camp by 9.30 tired but elated at the finish.
I retired to my tent around 11 but the rest carried on till 3 a.m…. drinking of course.
After Prize Giving the next day I left for Safari at Solio & Sasaab.The former has around 250 Black & White Rhinos as well as lion, cheetah , buffalo , zebra , giraffe , deer etc.
On the way to Sasaab the team went to collect the b/d car and tow it over the hill to the next ranch.
It still lies there problem unknown.
Hopefully fixed for next year and I will be there. In what capacity unknown today !!
So there we are .. WHAT NEXT ?
Poland off roading in July but the UK Rhino Charge in September.
On Saturday 22 Sept we have a fun run in Pippingford Park just south of East Grinstead for any of you with a 4×4.
Bring a picnic and try something better than the school run.
There will be an entry fee as yet not finalised as we have to contribute to the owner of the Park for maintenance etc . Please see www.pippingford.co.uk
On Sunday 23 Sept at the same place is the UK Rhino Charge.Entry fee £500 . This is nothing challenging other than your brain and again a run round the Park.
If you WIN you get the chance to enter the real thing in Kenya next year.
Please see the Rhino Ark website for fuller details or contact me if you wish to enter either.
Thank you all once again for your donation to the Rhino Ark Trust charity & I will be contacting you early next year as I chase up donations.
Also a BIG thank you to those of you who gave goodies for the schools and orphanage supported by The Safari Collection through Solio & Sasaab.
They are very grateful for your support.
Very best wishes.
Kit and the rest of the team of car 9.
Pic 1 The team the day before,Pics 2&3 at our Fiinishing Point, Pic 4 3 hrs after finish near