Take one dodgy banger, three lawyers dressed as Thunderbirds, eight highly competitive teams, six hundred miles, a brilliant cause and what do you get? Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s inaugural #BangertoBangor challenge in which Sherrards were proud to take part in over the weekend of 16/17 September.
The weekend didn’t start off as planned. Our banger, a Ford Focus purchased for less than £500 (as the rules stipulated), wouldn’t start on Saturday morning. An SOS to Martin Robson (a fellow Banger to Bangor entrant) of Brian Robson Coachworks later and we were towed to their garage and fitted with a new alternator, fan belt and battery – all in super quick time. After that, Shelia (as she was affectionately called) was a dream.
The unplanned delay meant we arrived at St Michael’s Manor at 9.30am, slightly later than the 8.00am start. Thankfully all the other teams were good sports and waited for us (thanks must go to Amthal security, St Albans City FC, Rayner Essex, Car Works, Bespoke Flooring, Rose & Crown, M. K. Ginder & Sons and Brian Robson Coachworks). However that was the end of the sporting conduct. We were handed our challenge list and road map and the competition began!
Over the following thirty-six hours, we completed a wide range of tasks including pub leg cricket, taking photos of castles, planking in tourist locations, carpool karaoke (we did the Thunderbirds theme tune and Blue (Da Ba Dee) naturally) and err, the most inventive use of a mankini (the results of which are most certainly not for publication!).
Highlights of the trip to Bangor (and back) have to include the beautiful views of the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, taking our banger to the fabulously named Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (whose sign brilliantly referred to itself as ‘the village with the long name’), visiting the stunning towns and castles of Caernarfon and Conwy, driving in convoy down the M1 and through to St Albans and of course, spreading the word of the incredible work done by Rennie Grove Hospice Care whilst dressed as Thunderbirds.
The challenges did not stop there. Upon returning to St Michael’s Manor in St Albans, the final challenge was to drive the banger; blindfolded around an obstacle course. We were shown how to do it by no other than Paralympian David Clarke. Kiall took the honours for Team Sherrards, but it was tough. He lost all sense of direction, even with Leigh and Andrew shouting instructions but we finally managed to reverse park and complete the challenge.
It was a fantastic event for a great charity and we are very excited for 2018 challenge!
Rennie Grove Hospice Care provides care and support for adults and children diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness and their families. Every year through their 24/7 hospice at home service, Rennie Grove provides essential support and care for thousands of patients.
To donate, please visit http://www.renniegrove.org/donate