The Hyundai Kona 10 Challenge – a trek round the UK’s Volcanic landscapes – has been completed in under 72 hours by adventurer Sophie Radcliffe.
Earlier this month we revealed that Hyundai were putting adventurer Sophie Radcliffe in the new Kona SUV and challenging her to complete a route round the UK’s volcanic landscapes in under 72 hours. And she did it.
The Kona 10 Challenge may have been just a bit of a PR stunt for Hyundai, but it does serve to illustrate the fascinating landscapes around the UK in an interesting way, and proves the mettle of Hyundai’s new little SUV in the process.
November isn’t the easiest time to battle the elements on remote peaks and volcanic landscapes, and Sophie faced snow, 50mph winds and elevations of up to 12,000 ft in the process, but both she and the Kona made it to the end in under the 72 hours target, covering more than 1,000 miles in the process.
From a stunning sunset on Snowdon after the Kona scrambled up the miner’s track, to a trek up North Berwick Law in pouring rain in the dark, to the summit of Ben Nevis (Sophie, not the Kona), and abseiling down Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye, it was quite the outing.
I’m exhausted but so thrilled that we’ve been able to complete the KONA 10. I knew we were well prepared, but you never know what the weather conditions will throw your way. We were lucky in some locations and not so lucky in others.
I had a brilliant team behind me, from expert guides to support vehicles to help ensure this was a success. I can’t quite believe just 72 hours ago we were in Snowdon at the start of this epic challenge.
Apart from giving Sophie something to do, and promoting the Kona, the aim was to raise money for Stand up to Cancer.
But from what we can see, Sophie’s adventure has only raised money from Hyundai staff (well done them), so if you can spare a few bob then head over to the Hyundai Kona 10 Challenge Stand up to Cancer page and donate what you can.
The girl deserves it.
Hyundai Kona Photos
Hyundai Kona 10 Challenge Video