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Webber completes epic charity challenge 17 Nov 2003

Mark Webber (AUS) Jaguar Cosworth R4 
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka , Japan, 9 October 2003

Jaguar driver Mark Webber was among the finishers of the first Cadbury Schweppes Mark Webber Challenge on Sunday, after a gruelling 10 days of trekking, kayaking and cycling across the wilds of Tasmania to raise money for Australian children's charities.

Just two of the four teams that started the challenge made it to the end, jubilantly crossing the finish line on the beach at Coles Bay in Freycinet National Park. "This has been a brilliant event," Webber told his official web site. "It has been run in great spirit through some absolutely stunning locations and for a great cause."

There was no let-up final day of the challenge, which proved to be just as testing as the previous nine. It started with a 90-minute paddle in sea kayaks across Coles Bay, with Webber the first to reach the shore. This was followed by a 450-metre climb to the peak of nearby Mount Amos, before a rapid descent to the beach, shortened for some team members by two abseil sections, and the long-awaited finish.

"The Challenge put us through days where we could cover only one or two kilometres in an hour because the terrain was so difficult," explained Webber. "Those were the moments where we really started to find out what we were made of. It has been an incredible experience."

Webber will return to a challenge of a more familiar kind next week when he resumes on-track development work with Jaguar as the post-season testing ban comes to an end.

See also: Jaguar to test Klien and Bell in November