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Results Commentary : Microsoft UK Challenge 2006
Stage One - Water Wheel
by Jo Taylor
As the early June evening approached in picturesque Ayr, the gentle hum of anticipation revved to a roar as over 600 competitors stormed into this serene part of the world. The expectancy and combative verve inspired by this event is such that teams ....more

Stage Two - World Cup Fever - Part One
by Jo Taylor
After a well-deserved rest, the teams arrived refreshed on Thursday morning, eager to take on stage two of the Microsoft UK Challenge. The dramatic scenery of Loch Braden mirrored the tensions of the arriving competitors, and provided a stunning back ....more

Stage Two - World Cup Fever - Part Two
by Jo Taylor
Whilst half of the teams were zooming around the Scottish landscape, netting up the qualities of a winning team, the other half were concurrently heading into canoes and onto Loch Brachen. As the water bound team members strove to negotiate their cou ....more

Stage Two - World Cup Fever - Part Three
by Jo Taylor
Once all teams had completed parts one and two of stage two, grasping the maximum number of skills and goals attainable to them, the ?tournament proper? could begin. By this time it was mid afternoon and the sun had risen the temperature to a scorchi ....more

Stage Three - Visit Scotland
by Jo Taylor
Rise and shine! A 3am start was just what the doctor ordered for the stiff and aching teams. Delighted to greet the day at such a becoming hour, the competitors bounced out of bed with a spring in their step and, without a groan, were fed and on the ....more

Stage Four - Surprise Surprise
by Jo Taylor
After an exhausting day on the Isle of Arran, things were not about to get any easier, as the Microsoft UK Challenge participants faced the greatest test of intelligence so far. At Bonga Wonga the teams had an intense hour to complete a tripartite te ....more

Stage Five - The Colzean Experience
by Jo Taylor
The stages so far had been characterized by striking Scottish backdrops and Stage Five, against the breathtaking Culzean Castle, was certainly no exception.? On Saturday morning, as the sun shone down upon its majestic walls, and a ring of pipers gre ....more

Stage Six - Lowland Fling
by Jo Taylor
The final stage of Microsoft UK Challenge 2006 played itself out at Rozelle Park, a pretty and picturesque location with ponds and forest tracks conjuring up a refined and rural atmosphere, despite the distinct smell of hard work emanating from the c ....more

MICROSOFT UK CHALLENGE TEAMS BRAVE SOARING TEMPERATURES IN TOUGH SCOTTISH TERRAIN
by Jo Taylor
After months of training to take part in one of the world’s toughest team challenges in Ayrshire, Scotland, Swedish orienteering nationals from Team Scania triumphed over a field of 114 teams from 67 of the UK’s leading businesses to be c ....more

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