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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Oceans Seven's record swim to Wales ended due to health concerns


The attempt by well known open water swimmer Steve Redmond to swim from Ireland to Wales ended in the early hours of Thursday morning (22 August 2013) on the advice of his support team, which included medical personnel, after he showed signs of hypothermia just hours into the swim. He had left Carne Pier in Wexford. Ireland earlier and was bound for St. Davids. Pembrokeshire in Wales.
 
Oceans Seven Swimmer Steve Redmond (47) will swim the Irish Sea non-stop starting August. Fnish at St Davids, Pembrokshire, Wales here he is perparing in Baltimore Harbour, Cork, Ireland with the Lifeboat (RNLI) (Michael MacSweeney-Provision)
Steve has already made history for being the first man ever to complete the gruelling Seven Oceans Swim and was looking to take on the challenge of being the first person to swim from Ireland to Wales. 

Speaking on the decision to end the swim John Kearney from Steve’s support team said, “While I know many people will be disappointed, not least Steve himself, we made the right decision to end the attempt.  Our main focus and concern was always Steve’s health and when he started displaying worrying signs of hypothermia we felt that with such a long swim ahead of him it was not worth the risk.  Steve has swam some of the most gruelling oceans and he knows that everything has to be right and you don’t take chances. 

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Dangers of Iraq no roadblock for 11,000 mile non-stop London to Cape Town record attempt

A UK team are aiming to beat the world record time for driving non-stop from London to Cape Town. The 11,000 mile / 18,000 km  (approx.) drive will involve traversing Iraq with all its security implications. As a test run for their 20 year old Land Rover they intend to complete a 6,000 mile / 9,600 km (approx.) round trip test drive to the Iraq border on August 12th 2013.

For the record attempt the team of three drivers will travel through 21 countries crossing Europe, the Middle East and Africa with their final destination being Cape Town, South Africa. Their route will include high-speed motorways, desert crossings, country tracks and pot-holed roads. Some of the route may be washed away by sudden rains or blocked by local conflicts.

The Drive4Change team (left-right) Ben Worth, Steve Hancock and Tony Cole in London before the start of their test drive to the Iraq border 

The biggest challenge of the venture will be security particularly while traversing Iraq. The team of three from Somerset, who style themselves as Drive4Change, have engaged a security company to advise and support them. The main dangers though the whole trip are impromptu road blocks where one of a number of situations could happen. However the worst case scenario is kidnap or theft of the Landrover. In Iraq one of the biggest dangers is improvised explosive devices (IEDs) one the main road from Iraq to Jordon which they must take to keep to their tight schedule.  The team will have a security person with them while travelling in the Middle East and Egypt.  In Iraq where additional security is needed they are likely to have a full armed escort.

The Drive4Change team will drive non-stop in shifts stopping only for the completion of paperwork, refuelling and toilet breaks.  They will sleep on seats, which have been modified and fitted in the back of the Land Rover.

For the test drive they will travel non-stop through 10 countries (UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria & Turkey). They are expected to take five days testing their driving skills and unusual sleeping accommodation and patterns.

Drive4Change rebuilt and customised their vehicle which has nearly 30 modifications for the trip and will also be tested to the limit on the way to Turkey.  The teams test drive to Silopi, Turkey near the Iraq border will depart from London 12th. of August at 3pm. 


They will depart in October for the record attempt and the venture is raising funds for and awareness of bibic. It supports children with conditions affecting their social, communication and learning abilities.

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Thursday, 1 August 2013

"Glass Bullet" eco car unveiled at the Science Museum, London


A "Glass Bullet" eco car was unveiled today (Wednesday July 31st 2013) at the Science Museum, London, England. It will be the British entry in the World Solar Challenge, a gruelling 3,000 km marathon across the heart of Australia from Darwin to Adelaide. Designed by a 60 strong team from Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER). Given the name Resolution, its game changing solar innovation will be on display at the Science Museum for three days from July 31st. 2013.
Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) eco vehicle 'Resolution' on the Mall, London, England (Andrew Zhao/CUER) 
Resolution weighs just 120kg and carries the world’s most efficient terrestrial solar array embedded within a unique aft-facing sun tracking plate that follows the trajectory of the sun. Use of this plate provides a 20 per cent gain in power. The cockpit is tiny and the four-person driving team must endure 4-hour stints in 40°c temperatures.

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