Driving rain, hill fog and strong winds were just some of the added challenges that participants in the 2010 War of The Roses had to face in the now legendary winch-fest and fiendishly clever portfolio of tasks that takes place above Cartmel in Cumbria each July, amongst the foothills of the glorious English Lake District.
Hosted by Red Rose Land Rover Club and sponsored by Lakeland Land Rover (based at Torver, near Coniston), seven invited teams compete for the winners’ shield and the even more coveted prize for ‘Team Spirit ‘; the latter being awarded by a team of independent marshals and adjudicators for the team members who work together most effectively and with respect for each other; in other words with the minimum of fuss and definitely no swearing! Also newsworthy is that women have made a welcome return to the team profiles, North Wales having one woman team member and Jason Hadwin’s Lakeland Land Rover team having no less than four, one of which was his young daughter, already an off-road driver worth looking out for.
Red Rose LRC were clear winners, with a miniscule penalty score of 1110, 725 points clear of Cumbria ROC in second place with 1835 points and Midland ROC, winners in 2008, coming a close third with 1980 points. However, there were surprised and elated faces all around the Lancastrian camp when they were also handed the ‘Team Spirit’ shield.
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