A 62-year old, ultra-distance runner, Keith Robins from Staffordshire recently took to the roads with a Travelworld’s Carado T447 to tackle the challenge of the formidable, 95-mile West Highland Way Race.
After reaching 20 miles Keith unfortunately fell and hurt his leg and despite continuing was unable to complete the race, eventually withdrawing at 71 miles. Keith still managed to raise over £1,000 for Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood Bikes and has not ruled out taking part in the race again next year.
The race, which starts at Milngavie, near Glasgow and through six checkpoints up to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, has been conquered by Keith twice before and he was also a Finisher in the 250km Marathon des Sables (a seven-day race across the Moroccan Sahara) where he raised £19,500 for charity.
“Not finishing this time does not diminish my overall enjoyment and love of the event and I think you need to experience both finishing and not finishing to fully appreciate the spirit of the WHW Race.
“Having the motorhome on the trip was a big advantage, entirely suited to the wide-open spaces of the Scottish Highlands which the Race route passes through. The finishes in the Carado were first class and the garage storage at the rear, we found a particularly positive feature. We stowed a bike (the Carado comes with a 2-bike rack) but there were masses of room for the kit bags and boxes too and inside the Carado is like a tardis for storage with plenty under the fixed beds and in the various wall cupboards.
“The fridge was plenty big enough for our weekend supplies. Very simple to use – once you remember what you were told at handover, i.e. 240v only works on hook-up! We were all very impressed with the pull-down bed which drops down with the click of a button but wasn’t needed on this trip.”
Ross Edwards, managing director at Travelworld said: “It was a pleasure to help Keith and his crew, and we’re glad the Carado did such a sterling job in helping him raise money for Blood Bikes.”