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Results Commentary : Microsoft UK Challenge 2008
Stage 1 - Gettin' Jiggy With It
by Dan Geneen
Beneath the monument to one of the most famous Scottish revolutionaries, William Wallace, the teams for the 2008 Microsoft UK Challenge slowly filtered in to the austere grounds of Stirling University – their home for the next se ....more

Stage 2 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
by Dan Geneen
As the golden fingers of sunshine crept over the mountains early in the morning, the teams awoke to behold a clear blue sky awaiting them ahead of the next stage. 
 
With several hours well earned sleep behind them the teams takin ....more

Stage 3 - Chariots of Fire
by Paul Stringer
Stage three, a surprise night stage, of the Microsoft UK Challenge saw the teams take on their raciest task yet. The challenge seemed simple enough – to build a chariot capable of carrying a team member around a race track. To add a bit of extr ....more

Stage 4 - Ard To Spot
by Dan Geneen
Friday morning saw the teams awake to a sunny, bright new dawn. Having had a mere few hours to recoup from the exertions of the previous evening, the Microsoft UK Challenge team members set about preparing themselves mentally for the back to back sta ....more

Stage 5 - Feet In The Clouds
by Dan Geneen
At the same time as the teams on Loch Ard were trying their ‘Ardest, the other set of Microsoft UK Challenge contenders were busying themselves higher up the mountainside with the fifth stage at Loch Achray on the stage aptly named – Feet ....more

Stage 6 - Road to Beijing
by Paul Stringer
For stage number six the teams were encouraged to get into the Olympic spirit with a task titled ‘The Road to Beijing.’ Spurred on by the stage motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius ….  sed tantum unus vesper,’ roughly tr ....more

Stage 7 - Going For Gold
by Dan Geneen
Following on from the night stage before, the teams started the final day of the 2008 Microsoft UK Challenge hoping to cash in on their qualifying efforts during the Road to Beijing Challenge. All had the same task in mind, that they were – Goi ....more

Stage 8 - IS Grand Prix
by Paul Stringer
So this was it – what the teams had been working so hard towards for the past four days. They’ve solved puzzles, cycled in the dark, canoed around a Scottish Loch and even found time to build a chariot. The winner of this event would sure ....more

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