Heritage sponsor Alex Upsall as he takes part in the Mac 4×4 Challenge
We’ve supported all aspects of the 4×4 community for a number of years; we’ve definitely got a soft spot for the Land Rover community so when our customer, Alex Upsall, contacted us about his plans to take part in the Mac 4×4 Challenge we of course wanted to offer any support we could!
Alex Upsall is taking part in the 2016 Mac 4×4 Challenge, his mother sadly passed away last year after being diagnosed with cancer as Alex said ‘This is my way of giving something back and to try and help even just a little bit. So myself and Eddie are going to combine my love of Land Rovers and greenlaning doing this 4 day endurance/challenge event.’
Sadly we all know someone who has been affected by cancer, so anything we can do to support the charities like Macmillan, who make things a little easier for the people living with cancer and their families, is sure to be a good thing.
What is the Mac 4×4 Challenge?
It all began in 2002, when a group of enthusiasts saw a gap in the 4×4 calendar and decided to introduce a ‘Millennium Challenge’ event for 4×4 enthusiasts to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
It’s intended to be a fun challenge set over 3 to 4 days for 4×4 enthusiasts. The Mac 4×4 Challenge tests your navigation, orienteering and observational skills with both on and off road sections the challenge also tests your endurance as it takes place both day and night.
How much has the Mac 4×4 Challenge raised for Macmillan?
The Mac 4×4 Challenge had a difficult start with cancellations due to the petrol blockade in 2000 and then foot and mouth in 2001. Finally in 2002 eight teams took the first challenge and raised an amazing £8,000 for Macmillan.
Since then the money raised has continued to grow with an epic £114K worth of donations, which brought the total raised to over the £1million and the teams in 2015 managed to raise a further £122K.
What are the rules for taking part in the Mac 4×4 Challenge?
Teams looking to take part in the Mac 4×4 Challenge are restricted to two people, and the organisers recommend that you’re both competent drivers who are licensed and insured to drive the vehicle for the event.
Where does the Mac 4×4 Challenge take place?
The Mac 4×4 Challenge is a long weekend of greenlaning and a little off roading covering between 400-1000 miles. Teams only know where they are starting from, and the route then develops as the event unfolds usually finishing in Cheshire.
How can I take part in the Mac 4×4 Challenge?
If you’re interesting in taking part in the Mac 4×4 Challenge you can fill in an application form here. The cost for organising the event is covered by the entry fee of £150, and teams are asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Where does the money raised by the Mac 4×4 Challenge go?
All money raised by the teams for the Mac 4×4 Challenge goes to the Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity devoted to the support, treatment and care for people living with cancer and their families. You can find out more about the work Macmillan do here.