Weather presenters do it in the mud for charity
They came, they saw, they went off-road – the Goodyear all-weather charity challenge saw the nation's favourite TV Weather Presenters unleash a storm of extreme driving in the quest for a £5,000 charity prize. Who better to test Goodyear's innovative Weather Reactive Technology than a team of weather presenters? The inaugural Goodyear All Weather Charity Challenge raised over £8,000 for charity - with the NSPCC donation being matched by Sky Television's own contribution to the event. Goodyear's James Bailey presents Sarah Moore with the winning cheque.
Weather Presenters including Peter Cockcroft from the BBC, Francis Wilson from Sky and local BBC Weather Presenter Sara Blizzard, battled it out against fearsome gradients, mud and water splashes and other car-busting obstacles, including a hill known only as ‘engine-wrecker', in a selection of 4x4 vehicles. The Weather Presenter's professional knowledge was also put to the test with points awarded for correctly predicting the weather on the day of the event. The event saw the debut of the Goodyear Wrangler HP, a new tyre that features Weather Reactive Technology. The tyre's unique compound, construction and tread pattern enables it to adapt to the worst extremes of the Great British weather from snow and ice to wind, rain and sunshine. After a fiercely contested event that saw only a touch of ‘inter-channel rivalry', Sarah Moore from Sky put an end to the jokes about women drivers by scooping the first prize of £3,000. Both Sarah and second placed Jon Mitchell from ITV who collectd £1500, will be donating their winnings to the NSPCC. David Braine from the BBC took third place and will see £500 go to his nominated charity, Project Hope UK. James Bailey, Goodyear UK's Corporate Communications Manager, said: "The TV Weather Presenters were the ideal choice to put our new weather reactive tyres to the test. Both the tyres and the overall event were a resounding success and we are delighted to be able to support the winning charities." Commenting on her win, Sarah Moore said: "It was a fantastic day that all the Weather Presenters thoroughly enjoyed. I can't believe I came first and I'm delighted to have won £3,000 for the NSPCC."