Haglöfs Open5 Series 2015/16
2015/16 is the tenth series of Open5 Adventure Races. Mountain Biking, Running, Navigation and ADVENTURE!
Yorkshire Dales • 8th Nov 2015
The Open5’s are returning to this popular location as it has so much to offer the adventure racer. Large expanses of moorland, forest & dale and some great mountain bike trails.
Bill Owen and Colin Dale are both seasoned Open 5 veterans, not only in the number of events they have attended but also in their actual age. But don’t let that fool you – this pair are hot on the heels of the younger crowd. With a wealth of racing experience and a great knowledge of the local area, there are sure to be some treats in store and some cunning control locations.
North Wales • 13th Dec 2015
The Clwydian Range is the scenic gateway of North Wales. It is one of only 8 Protected Landscapes in Wales and contains a 35km chain of heather clad hills and limestone cliffs with a multitude of paths and tracks to explore.
Event Planner Simon Enderby transitioned into adventure racing over a decade ago, having spent most of his life climbing, biking and running for fun. Having competed in over 30 Open5 events he has the experience and understanding of what makes a good course and race.
Forest of Bowland • 10th Jan 2016
Starting from the village of Slaidburn, racers are in for a real treat with something for everyone including open moorland, forest and low lying valley bottoms. Navigation will be key especially if the weather is not favourable, with lots of footpaths, bridleways and forest tracks to chose from the planners will have a lot of cards in there hands to deliver a superb event.
After planning the very snowy Yorkshire Dales Open5 last season, Chris Maudsley returns accompanied by fellow local racer Alex Pilkington, to plan an outing to the Forest of Bowland on the Yorkshire/Lancashire borders. Chris has done a wide range of races over the years and is a regular on the Open5 scene. Alex is also well known in the Adventure Race community and has been racing at all levels, locally, nationally and internationally.
North Pennines :: 14th Feb 2016
The event base in Blanchland is located in a stunning area of the North Pennines AONB. It is a beautiful village on the Co. Durham and Northumberland border. The area promises some fantastic biking and running routes and depending on the weather – stunning views, or tricky navigation!
Event Planner Jill Kisler has become an Open5 regular participant after starting the events in 2011 with an aim to learn to mountain bike and enter the Swift and Sting in 2012. Although much more comfortable running than anything else, she is now hooked on adventure racing and has completed the expedition races in 2012 & 2014 and the C2C in 2013, as well as quite a few ultras, mountain marathons and triathlons. More built for endurance than speed, she has been described as a navigating tortoise and is usually found at the back of the field – but is always smiling!
Lake District :: 13th Mar 2016
Located in the north east corner of the Lake District, and easily accessible from the M6, Lowther is the gateway to some of the more remote areas of the National Park. There is sure to be some challenging terrain and stunning views over Ullswater and beyond.
The Event Planners for this event are Lisa Whetter and Sue Woods, who are both seasoned Open5 veterans, having started adventure racing in the 2008 series, with both having now exceeded 10,000 points. They enjoy competing and hope this event will have something for both newcomers and experienced racers in a beautiful area of the North Lakes.
South Pennines :: 10th Apr 2016
Branded as “Pretty Gritty” the upper Calder Valley combines the beauty of the Southern Pennines with its industrial past. Taking a look at a local map you will see why Calderdale has one of the highest densities of footpaths and bridle ways in the country – over 3000 miles to choose from. The event starts in Todmorden which used to be the border town between Yorkshire and Lancashire – and even used to have two police forces!
Local Adventure Racer – Alistair Morris is going to be planning this event. He was recently described as a “renowned map guru” in the prestigious Hebden Bridge Times! He has had many podium places on Open5 events. He is team navigator and will combine this skill with local knowledge to plan a route to some special places in the upper Calder Valley.