Haglöfs Open5 Series 2013/14
2013/14 is the eighth series of Open5 Adventure Races. Mountain Biking, Running, Navigation and ADVENTURE!
Ilkley :: October 6th 2013
The 2013/14 Open 5 series kicks off in the picturesque Victorian spa town of Ilkley in West Yorkshire.
This is the first time Open Adventure has visited this corner of the Yorkshire Dales and veteran Open5 competitor Sue Booth is hoping to show you the delights that Ilkely and the surrounding hills have to offer.
Lying on the River Wharfe in Wharfedale, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Ilkley is the official starting point of the Dales Way. Famous for Betty's Tea Rooms, the Cow and Calf rocks and the beautiful Ilkley Moor - the subject of the notorious Yorkshire anthem "On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at".
Innerleithen :: 3rd November 2013
Crossing into the Scottish Borders for this event. Innerleithen is a small village close to Peebles. This area is the home of the 7stanes - Glentress world class mountain biking trails.
Joe Faulkner, seasoned adventure racer and organiser of many ultra runs in the Lake District, is keen to show you this area and all it has to offer for adventure racers.
Forest of Dean :: 1st December 2013
Forest of Dean just across the water from Bristol - this spectacular area will provide a great setting for the 3rd event in the Open5 Series.
Local Event planners Gary Davies and Matt Unsworth are cooking up the plans for the day - Gary is a serial Adventure Racer taking in the sights across the world - don't worry no epic 100 mile stage here just 5 hours of great mountain biking and running.
Hamsterley Forest, County Durham :: 5th January 2014
Before we all evolved as the modern form of the Adventure Racer - Open Adventure had one of its first events in Hamsterley Forest, a great setting in the North Pennines and a little secret in this part of the world.
The planner for this outing is Dave Spence, one of Open Adventure's regulars at both the Haglofs Open5 series but also on the longer events we have run. Usually comes with a big grin and wielding the map ready to take on what we have to offer.
North Downs, Surrey :: 2nd February 2014
North Downs is the setting for our second foray down south for this series. The hills and views in this area are a refreshing antidote to the city - amazing mountain biking and enough trails to keep the runner happy.
Planners are Ed Clifford and Sophie Moore from Team Tri-Adventure - the local knowledge they bring to the party will provide just what any racer will appreciate, top running and mountain biking.
Cannock Chase, Staffordshire :: 2nd March 2014
Cannock Chase - right pop in the middle of the country, well almost. This location doesn't get much easier to get to - just off the M6 north of Brum. In the past (and still does) figure in many other event organisers calendars as a place to go play on a bike and on foot. We hope to show you what a Haglofs Open5 event can look like with Jim at the Helm.
Yep Jim Rounsley is back with us for the 3rd time, there is a cheeky grin behind that beard as he sets about showing the corners of this great bit of woodland.
Coniston, Cumbria :: 6th April 2014
Coniston is the setting of the final event of the series - arguably one of the best locations to run an event from. In the shadow of Coniston Old Man and alongside Coniston Water this makes this venue an amazing setting. The trails in this part of the world are second to none - bring your biggest grin as you will need it.
Ant Cooper is the man behind this little event, he knows how to put choose the right locations to provide a challenge to the best yet bring out the smiles for the newbies. You will find him at the racers usually drinking tea and eating cake.
Check out the results from previous Open5 series events here. Information about past Open5 events can be viewed here: