Putfoot Challenge

6 countries, 6 checkpoints, 6 parties, 9000km 19 days that was the task before Sam and Rob in the Summer.

Our TOTOally bonkers duo took part in the Putfoot Challenge which saw 168 crews take part driving a wide variety of whacky vehicles through 6 incredible countries - South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

They set out in early June and returned at the beginning of July having completed the exhausting, gruelling but exhilarating challenge.

Here's what they had to say about it all

"We've been home for just over a week, and the most frequently asked question seems to be 'what was your favourite bit?' Firstly, the shoe drops were an amazing experience for us all. It was lovely to be with the children and young people, and give them something that was so necessary. We had one boy called William - Sam was fitting and Rob was 'running' (fetching). William had little English, but knew that his feet were ticklish and that he wasn't going to be easy to fit. However, we giggled our way through the whole experience and enjoyed every moment. He held up our queue for ages, and continued to do so as we carefully took the shoes and socks off again, as William wanted to take them home to show off before he wore them! Time didn't matter, but his big beaming smile did.

The next best thing were the animals. We saw amazing native wildlife, living and thriving in their natural habitat. Fancy turning a corner and seeing a giraffe! We couldn't even count the zebra, and the elephants were a sight to behold. Surely a baby rhino isn't your everyday view either! We saw incredible animals which was a delight and a privilege, in ever changing, beautiful landscapes. Going up a mountain was worth every painful journey, as the vistas that then appeared continually took our breath away.

And the people - travelling is pointless if you don't meet the people, and we were rewarded with meeting some of the most interesting, interested, committed, knowledgeable, fun, positive and brilliant people ever. Some will clearly be friends for life. 

How lucky are we?

Thank you to all who supported us with encouragement and sponsorship - all was, and is much appreciated. All monies will go to the Putfoot Foundation www.putfootfoundation.org and The Mason Trust and will be put to excellent use. Your support means a lot to us, and it was great to know we were being watched over."

If anyone is interested in learning more about both the Putfoot Foundation visit their website listed above. If anyone is daring enough to want to undertake the Putfoot Challenge in 2019 visit their website where you can register to take part.