Runner takes on cyclist in Hare and Tortoise Challenge across Scotland

Who'll be quicker? Former soldier running 350 miles in straight line, or colleague riding 750 miles along coast?

by Simon_MacMichael   June 3, 2011  

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Two investment managers from Edinburgh yesterday set off on what they have billed the MaT (Hare and Tortoise) Challenge through Scotland, with one running the length of the country over nine days, the other cycling, to see who can finish first.

On the way, they are seeking to raise money for three charities – Prostate Cancer Scotland, the Borders Children’s Charity, and The King’s Royal Hussars Appeal ahead of the regiment’s deployment in Afghanistan next year.

John Gunn is cycling 750 miles on a route that will take him from Kirkcudbright on the Solway Firth to Strathy Point, midway between Cape Wrath and Duncansby Head on Scotland’s north coast.

On the way, he will ride along the west coast, passing through towns including Tobermory and Ullapool.

His colleague, 47-year-old Christopher Godfrey-Faussett a former officer in the King’s Royal Hussars, is taking a rather more direct route, running 350 miles in a straight line between the departure and arrival points, following the 4 degree west line of longitude.

He is allowed to deviate 500 metres either side of that line to get round obstacles on the way, but there will still be some hazards to negotiate including two motorways and Loch Tay – he’ll use a canoe to negotiate the parts too deep for him to wade through.

His itinerary means that he’ll encounter few centres of habitation on the way, Motherwell and Airdrie being two notable examples.

"Within this zone I have to climb every mountain and hill that rises in front of me, and cross every river, loch or firth that I encounter," he told the BBC.

You can follow the pair’s progress using a GPS tracker link on their website, and there is also a link to Virgin Money Giving for donations to be made.
 

 

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The cyclist will win, of course, assuming that he is of average ability.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1384 posts]
3rd June 2011 - 10:54

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cat1commuter wrote:
The cyclist will win, of course, assuming that he is of average ability.

Have you looked at the routes? The cyclist is taking ferries between islands, thats going to take the advantage of being on 2 wheels away

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posted by Gkam84 [9075 posts]
3rd June 2011 - 16:09

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Yes, but "running" 36 miles a day off paths through the Scottish countryside? No chance.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1384 posts]
3rd June 2011 - 16:24

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Its not that bad up here, its the up and down hills and across the rivers i would worry about

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posted by Gkam84 [9075 posts]
3rd June 2011 - 17:07

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Pity that the GPS tracker on their website doesn't work.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1384 posts]
6th June 2011 - 15:16

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cat1commuter wrote:
Pity that the GPS tracker on their website doesn't work.

I'll wager that's to do with network reception in the wilds, that's what normally puts paid to my attempts to do live tracking. That or dropping my phone and jamming the power button Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7540 posts]
6th June 2011 - 15:20

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