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A Tour de France-like event, held throughout the mad month of March, with contestants racing to be the first to complete a course that runs from Liverpool to Dover (a sort of anti Tees-Exe line*), with a small cash prize for the winner possibly donated by an appropriate newspaper, The Sunday Sport
or The News of the World or somesuch. Not much originality here, though is there? Therefore this would just be the prelude to the final leg of the event, held on the 1st of April, a race across the Channel from Dover to France with the first person to complete the crossing gaining a somewhat larger cash prize. Great eh? Whats that you say? Still not original enough? Did I forget to mention that this is all to be done on Space Hoppers?
*The Tees-Exe line is a geographical dividing line running from the River Tees in the north-east to the River Exe in the south west. It marks the southern limit of the ice sheet advance during the ice-ages.
The Space Hopper
A design classic. [DrBob, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
Cannonball Run 2001
[phoenix, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
Gills Away Day Cannonball Run
"Driving to Grimbsy or Crewe can be a rather teedious affair, so some Gills fans got together to form the Gills Away Day Cannonball Run - starting from Medway Valley Park (the Amadeus car-park in Strood) and finishing at the turnstiles of the named ground, it is a straight forward race." [phoenix, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
||Crossing the English Channel on space hoppers requires teamwork. With one hopper you'd be under it, rather than on it. However, with three or more, you could have a raft-like arrangement. Each member of a team grips a horn of their hopper with one hand and the ankle of a colleague with the other, so that they form a rigid triangle supported at the vertices by the buoyancy of their hoppers. A fourth member provides motive power, in some way.