Well I hope you are having a fine day where ever this newsletter
finds you, its absolutely chucking it down here in the
lakes. So to news from Open Adventure - we conclude
the 2007 Mountain Hardwear Open5 series and give you news on website
goings on, as well as spilling the beans on plans for 2008.
Read on and check out the website, we think its worth a look.
Hardwear Open5 Coniston
What an amazing location Coniston proved to be for the last Open5
of the year - one competitor commented after the race, this is why I
bought a mountain bike! As the clouds cleared competitors
could not be but impressed with the views down the lake or for that
matter the cheeky controls under bridges and in quarries. You
can check out Anna Gracies report on Sleepmonsters here. Andy
and Hazel Yuill were snapping away and you can find their photos on
The coniston event concluded the Open5 series,
with some frantic calculations going on in the background placings
in the top10 almost across the board were tight with less than 1pt
splitting many categories. We would like to convey our thanks
to the sponsors and in particular to the competitors who have
travelled the width and length of the country. Well done to
Well if you have not noticed, we have given the Open Adventure
website a coat of paint and moved much of the furniture
around. Knowing that we have some great pictures from our
events, we thought we needed to do a better job of showing
competitors - have a browse around, enjoy the volunteers gallery and
check out the event pages for 2008.
On that note I'd like to say a big
thankyou to James Kirby and Gavin Cummings of SCK Web Works who have
spent an inordinate amount of time working on this. If you
need a website, from design to pulling together a complicated
database driven solution, I can't recommend these guys highly
a leap year?
In more ways than one, with a new Open5 series starting in
November 2008, we needed to feed the thirst of Adventure Racers this
spring so we have 3 events running across the top of the country -
starting with Dalby Forest on the 27th
We have put together a special offer
with Mountain Hardwear offering their "Wicked Tee's" for £10 if you
enter all three of the Open5's this spring. With mens and
female versions on offer for this performance top, we think it will
be a welcome addition to any racers kit box.
Check out the
new event pages online with ideas on how to make a weekend of
it, either with your mates or with the family.
Details of the endurance series can also be found online, with
entries now being taken for the Open12 in the Peaks and the Open24
in Wales. The Open24 has a little twist in that for the first
time we are allowing competitors to use their own boats.
Its a little note, but just to say we are unfortunately having to
put our prices up - landowners are increasingly seeing us as a
revenue stream and although we have cunning negotiating skills the
prices are creeping up. Likewise the VAT man is about to bite
our ankles, hence we have put the prices up by 15% across all of the
events. We hope you still think that we offer value for
Hope you all have a great Christmas and we look forward to
seeing you at a race in the New Year.
PS congratulations to John
Allen who suggested "Putting the Adventure into Racing!" for our new
strap line. A new bombproof Mountain Hardwear duffle bag is on