Knight Riders Raise £54,228 for Barnardo’s!

This evening this year’s ralliers presented Barnardo’s with a huge cheque for £54,228 to support their work with vulnerable children and teenagers. Fundraising will continue until the end of December and then we prepare for our next adventure. Thank you to everyone that participated in and donated to this year’s rally, and to our generous corporate sponsors.

Special thanks this evening were given to Harry Bains who has been the public face of the Rally for the last three years. He has worked tirelessly to recruit sponsors and teams, and has directly led several very successful CSR campaigns securing significant funds for Barnardo’s. A true gent.

We know Harry will continue to promote the rally and participate in it, so we can’t really say we will miss him, but we do offer him a massive thank you for the huge contribution he has made and the time he has selflessly given. Together we have transformed the lives of so many young people.

Join us next year for our 10th anniversary rally to the north of England. It is truly going to be an adventure to remember. Our corporate sponsorship packages are now available, and we are already signing teams. The formal launch of our next event will take place early in the new year, where John Godwin will share details of the fun to be had and our sponsors for 2018.

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Our extreme challenge event is over for another year and our survivors are now recovering at their desks and highly deserving of your continued support and donations for Barnardo’s. With many first timers joining the event I don’t think they anticipated the physical and mental exhaustion they would endure, but all survived to tell the tale and had a huge amount of fun along the way!

At the close of the event on Sunday afternoon, after all scores and votes were in, photos checked and final judges points awarded the following awards were presented by, or on behalf of, our sponsors to the winning teams and individuals who gave it 110% throughout!  Very well done to you all!!

Winners: Knight Riders of the Round Table

This year the Winners’ slot was highly contested with very few points separating the four runners up, requiring multiple recounts and careful verification of the photos taken en-route. Congratulations go to our winners – Knight Riders of the Round Table (Digital Shadows) – who demonstrated excellent attention to detail, and literally went the extra mile for some impressive photos and videos!

S5 – Knight Riders of the Round
Presented by Hedgehog
Runners Up
S4 – The kNight Owls
Presented by Titania
Third Place
12 – The Knights of Seculock Presented by Progress
Most Money Raised
S6 – The Jedi Knights!
Presented by 4Secure
Best Dressed Car
8 – Trojan Rabbit
Best Dressed Team
5 – 84 Knights and a Damsel
Best Rally Performance
12 – The Knights of Seculock
Greatest Rally Endurance
2 – Knights of the Sky
Wooden Spoon Blunder
6 – Knights in White Hat in
Most Flamboyant Exhibitionist!
Matthew Quinn
Presented by Digital Shadows
Best Newcomers
14 – Orangeade

The highest team fundraising total on the day was from Progress Distribution, achieving almost £3,000 – over double their target! A number of other teams are fast approaching twice their target and a mention also to team 6 who passed their target in record time this year. Keep up the good work and we could top £50,000 again this year which would be amazing!!

We must also give a special mention to the guys from Euroclear (teams 1 and 10) who have this week successfully secured over £16,000 from their employer, a huge CSR contribution to our event in support of Barnardo’s!  Our thanks to them and Euroclear for getting us closer to our £50k target.

Leading the pack of decorated vehicles, Trojan Rabbit took the title for best dressed car, although this might better be named “constructors championship” given the scale and special FX! Well done to those teams that expended a great amount of effort to dress your vehicles, we look forward to seeing what you come up with next year.

Similarly, hats off to Piers (6) for staying in heavy chain all weekend and for even finding an opportunity to blend in with his surroundings!  I’m sure the metal poisoning will wear off soon!

We should also mention team 6 for their very detailed photo blog of the entire event challenges, and for the entertainment provided during the Trebuchet competition – not one egg fired, but all three team mates had eggs firmly cracked on their heads! Eggcellent  comedy moment!

Once again additional points were accrued by our Knights gallantly assisting a bride at her wedding, featuring prominently in a number of photographs, and Matt Quinn took a late plunge into the sea on the last morning despite the strong wind and waves.

While we all suffered from sleep deprivation, mental fatigue and physical exhaustion, we should mention team 12 who once again endured a 23 hour journey to reach the start having travelled all the way from Krakow, Poland! Keep an eye out for their video of their knights running the length of London Drove also on the first morning of the rally to avoid the car bottoming out!

Please remember to upload your photos and videos, details of our shared Google album are in the rally information pack. We’ve put a few up here to give a flavour, but the rest will follow in the official album. There are also many on the WordPress blog if you haven’t been watching.

We are very much looking forward to all the photos and videos from the extreme obstacle course, Marc (5) certainly made a splash, as did his costume on Friday.  Sophie (5) and Lisa (S5)  also gave John a run for his money on the water slide deploying a pre-slide brush-down technique, and full marks to Mrs B (10) for social engineering skills that left a dashing, but disappointed, staff member in his boxers on the water slide! … “Vegas” rule applied 😉

Finally a special mention to two first time crews, 2 (MG Midget) and 14 (Land Rover), who got to grips with the cryptic route clues and put in a strong performance on the challenges too. Have you tried folding an OS map in a Midget while the top is up and it’s raining?!  Top effort guys!!

Thanks to everyone that took part, our sponsors and those that have already donated – we are fast approaching £40,000 raised, and with your help we could surpass the £50k marker!!

Keep up the good work and let’s make this a year to remember.

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Silver Sponsor 2017: Progress Distribution

Shelley Hirst
shelley at
07701 024 066

Progress incubates and distributes exciting new security and storage technologies into the UK and Nordics markets. We offer full end user business development services whilst recruiting, managing and driving that business through a well established security VAR network. Clients include many of the hottest techs in the market from the US and Israeli community and we are quickly changing the face of real VAD services.

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Silver Sponsor 2017: Digital Shadows

Chris Brown
info at
0203 393 7001
Digital Shadows provides cyber situational awareness that helps organisations protect against cyber attacks, loss of intellectual property, and loss of brand and reputational integrity.

Its flagship solution, Digital Shadows SearchLight™, is a scalable and easy-to-use data analysis platform that provides a complete view of an organisation’s digital footprint and the profile of its attackers. It is complemented with security analyst expertise to ensure extensive coverage, tailored intelligence and frictionless deployment. It continually monitors more than 100 million data sources in 27 languages across the visible, deep and dark web and other online sources to create an up-to-the minute view of an organisation and the risks requiring mitigation. The company is jointly headquartered in London and San Francisco.

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Silver Sponsor 2017: 4Secure

Charlotte Davis
charlotte.davis at
0771 425 1407
For more than a decade 4Secure have provided specialist IA and Cyber capabilities across the public and private sector, delivering professional and tailored services to meet the evolving needs of our customers.

4Secure prides itself on its agile and responsive operating model, delivering consistent, timely and high quality specialist services in the following areas:

  • Strategic Information Assurance 
  • Risk Management & Accreditation 
  • Technical Security 
  • Information Assurance Compliance and Assessment 
  • Cyber Security Training 
  • Digital Forensics

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Platinum Sponsor: Hedgehog Security

Sophie Fulton
sophie.fulton at
0161 850 0454
Hedgehog Security was founded in 2009 with the goal of securing the British business community one business at a time.

Hedgehog Security is a CREST registered, Manchester based Penetration Testing and Security Consulting firm. Our goal is to help identify and prevent “cyber” and information security risks and threats, so you can relax and get on with your job. Operating from Spinningfields, in the heart of the commercial district of Manchester, we are able to access the world quickly and efficiently.

Through active penetration testing or through our Continual Cyber Assurance program, we will always strive to bring safety and security to your business. Helping the business owners concentrate on what is important to their core business and taking the worry and concern of Cyber Security away.

One of the core offerings and unique selling points of Hedgehog Security was the original Virtual Chief Information Security Officer service, or vCISO as it came to be known. Peter was the first to bring this service to market and many subsequently followed. Now the vCISO service has itself evolved. Now called CCA or Continual Cyber Assurance, it is a full tailorable solution designed to bring you peace of mind around risk and “cyber” security. Bringing together everything that worked from the vCISO service and combining it with leading penetration testing and security health checks, CCA is the next generation of service to help you stay one step closure to the attackers.

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Bronze Sponsors 2017: Titania

Sian Conway
sian.conway at
01905 888 785
Titania supplies network security audit and compliance software to auditors, enterprises and governments in over 80 countries worldwide. Our multi award winning software helps automate network security and compliance audit reporting, offering users substantial savings in time and money by producing detailed reports in seconds.

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