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2009 Preparations are under way! 

TeamLancomms welcomes you to this year's 2009 4x4 challenge!


www.teamlancomms.com


 


So preparations are well underway for this year's challenge, again being held on the first weekend of October.


This year we have entered two teams, with my navigator driving his own vehicle (a very tidy Defender 90) with his son navigating. This year I am joined by my old friend (and indeed friend of Lan Comms) Paul Dunlevy as my navvie.


If you came across this webpage having read the article in the Argus (Dundalk's weekly newspaper) then I also welcome you. If you are interested in donating you can use the paypal link on the left hand side of the page, and remember, that while the 4x4 Challenge is a lot of fun, the end charity is the Temple Street Children's hospital.


We were lucky enough to be invited to a presentation and tour of the facilities in Temple Street following last year's challenge and we were very humbled by the work they undertake to make children's lives better, and the dedication the staff there have, especially working in non-ideal conditions but they really make a difference.


We are very aware that money is simply not as easy to come by this year, as it has been in the past, but while this has affected us all, it has also affected the funding that goes to Temple Street, and without that vital funding it's unfortunate but the fact is that children will suffer but with the support of the generous people of Ireland this does not need to happen.


 


Thanks,


 


Liam and Declan.


Liams Series 3 3.5 V8 Hybrid Land RoverDeclan's Defender 90 Lighting the way!


Team LAN Comms


 




by liamo, Sunday, 13 September 2009 23:19, Comments(0), read all
4x4 Challenge is Over for 2008

Hi All,


Well myself and Declan made it through the weekend with only one major mishap (details below) and in one piece!


 


We started off in Oranmore, Co. Galway, and over day one traversed Galway and Mayo across local tracks and lanes, only crossing major roads once in a while. We saw some beautiful scenery, dampened only by the constant rain, and it amazed us every time we came across a house on these roads, that someone still actually lives in these remote areas.


I already mentioned the driving rain, and that played a part in our mishap, there were four river crossings which started life as 12” deep puddles, ending up at 4” raging torrents by the latter part of the day. On the final river crossing we unfortunately broke our rear differential and ended up stranded in the middle of the river, which rose by almost 6” by the time we got out!


So stranded at the side of the road with one set of marshals, we set about trying to get ourselves back on the road for the rest of the event, it was a close call as to whether we’d get the AA to recover my Land Rover, and head for the backup vehicle (Declan’s) which was placed at a strategic location somewhere around Athlone.



We were able to remove all drive to the rear axle by removing both Half-Shafts and the prop-shaft which meant that we were able to continue along our journey. Fortunately we were able to cover all but the most challenging of tracks, only missing out on one of them.




Hi!Help!Wet, Down and Out!


 


Nice DayEars Wide Open!





by liamo, Monday, 13 October 2008 22:16, Comments(0), read all
4x4 Challenge Completed! New Site Launched!

I have launched a super duper new website for Team LAN Comms. We completed the 4x4 challenge last weekend, and I will have a full report here for all to view along with some lovely pictures.


Check back soon for more details!


Liam




by liamo, Monday, 13 October 2008 15:28, Comments(0), read all


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