On 2 June 2011, Christopher Godfrey-Faussett and John Gunn set off on a race of Man v Bike from North to South of Scotland in their unique Mad Hat Challenge.
Fundraising in aid of Prostate Scotland, Border’s Children Charity and the King’s Royal Hussar’s Appeal, the two investment managers created the Mad Hat (Hare and Tortoise) Challenge in order to capture the imaginations of people and raise money for three deserving causes.
Beginning at Kirkbright in the South of Scotland and heading north to the Strathy Point on the coast, the Hare and the Tortoise covered 1,250 miles ofScotlandbetween them as they raced to beat each other to the finish line.
Cycling around the west coast and climbing the steep glen of Allt A’Chumhaing, which took him from sea level to 2100 feet in five miles, John also hopped from the coast to various islands includingArranand Skye, cycling almost 800 miles.
Running along the line of four degrees west of longitude, Chris climbed every mountain and hill that arose in front of him and crossed any water he encountered. A pure cross country run, he covered approximately 350 miles over 9 days. Chris was only allowed to deviate by 500metres on this longitude line during his efforts to reach the finishing point.
Carrying GPS equipment linked to their website, supporters were able to monitor the progress of the duo’s unique challenge.
You can find John Gunn and Christopher Godfrey-Faussett’s fundraising page at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/MadHatChallenge