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Mountain Hardwear Open5 Series

2010/11 is the seventh series of Open5 Adventure Races. Mountain Biking, Running, Navigation and ADVENTURE!


Slaidburn, Forest of Bowland :: 7th November

The first of the 2010-2011 Mountain Hardwear winter series kicks off with an area new to Open Adventure: The Forest of Bowland.

Back for the second year, guest planner Emma Van der Gucht has been working away on this event to bring you the highlights of this rugged area. Expect a blast!


Sutton Bank, North York Moors :: 9th January 2011

Rescheduled from 5th December due to a couple of feet of snow.

Open Adventure returns to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park for the second round of the Open5 series with guest planner Andy Conn.

The venue is the visitors centre at the top of Sutton Bank (aka Jack-Knife Bank). The tremendous views from the top of Sutton Bank must rank as some of the finest in Britain; the top is actually one of those plateaux, around 300m elevation.

Hmmmm? Whether you will have time to enjoy the view, is your choice. Andy will be finding lots of interesting areas in the area, both by bike and on foot. But severe drops to the south and west to the Vale of York and steep glacial valleys to the east will make this a good area to challenge your lungs, legs and brains. In summary Andy is promising an interesting event!


Kirkby Stephen, Northern Dales :: 6th February

The third event of the series is based at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School with a short ride out to the start. The area is quietly tucked away between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District and may be familiar to anyone who has done the Coast to Coast.

David Hetherington is using his local knowledge to plan this one. Expect varied rolling terrain with a mix of rocky and grassy riding and some interesting run navigation to grapple with.


Bakewell, Peak District :: 6th March

The 4th Open 5 of this season takes place from the historic market town of Bakewell in the Peak District. The planner for this event is Open Adventure regular Ian Hughes, who has planned the previous two Open 5's in the Peak District.

About BAKEWELL - 'ancient capital of the Peak...' Famous for its Puddings, Annual events and for receiving royal charter as a market town in 1330, markets are still held every Monday in the town centre and there is a thriving livestock market.

The town has a long and fascinating history; mentioned in the Dooms Day Book of 1085, 'Badequella’ meaning Bath-well. The town was built on the West bank of the Wye at a spot where it was fordable.


Grizedale, Lake District :: 3rd April

The village of Grizedale can be found nestling in the Grizedale forest on the road between Hawkshead and Satterthwaite and sandwiched between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere in the Lake District National Park.

This area has featured in many an adventure race due to it's stunning location and anyone who was at the Hawkshead Open5 last year will recall some excellent mountain biking in the northern part of the forest.

Anthony Cooper returns for his second Open5 as planner for this event. Anthony has been at pretty much every Open Adventure race since the start, so he knows a thing or two about what is required to put on an excellent Open5.


Open5+ :: North Wales :: Saturday 21st May 2011

Well for those that made last years event will know this is a pretty special 5 hours. For this year we are travelling to a beautiful location the Island of Anglesey

The event as ever will include the usual fare of running and cycling but don't expect it to stop there as we throw in surprises that will make your ears curl.


Previous Events

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