By all accounts this year’s TGO Challenge was one of the best ever, no doubt due to the fantastic weather. I managed to get out and about a bit more this year, under the pretence of shooting video for our podcasts and the up and coming BBC television programme, and it was great to spend time with some old friends and meet so many new friends in Mallaig, Inverie, Melgarve, Glen Feshie, Braemar, Glen Callater and Tarfside.
I’ve managed to put together a couple of podcasts of video snippets, to try and give viewers a little taste of the atmosphere of the event and what it means to those who take part. I think what comes across most strongly is that the ingredients for the success of the event boil down to two main constituents - the magnificent Scottish landscapes and the Challengers themselves.
I would also add that another important factor is the organisation of the event and for that we have to thank our co-ordinator Roger Smith. While most of the Challengers will be taking a break and might begin to think about next year’s event in a few month’s time Roger has started work on the 2009 event, the 30th TGO Challenge, already. The entry form will be in the October issue of TGO Magazine and I have a sneaky feeling that the 30th event could be heavily oversubscribed.
I’ll let you know what date the BBC show goes out - probably sometime in early July.