Don't know what it's like where you are, but its a bit fresh in the south lakes!  So we thought it a good idea to hide behind a computer and contemplate 2006.  Brace yourself for new venues and excellent events for the coming year.

Central Lakes 2005

Nearly tripping over myself with enthusiasm for 2006 we had forgotten to congratulate all of the competitors that found their way to Rydal Hall on the 4th December.  It was a pretty tough race even without the relentless rain.  It also provided yet another record turnout with 135 competitors braving the wicked weather.  The race report tells the story and can be found here.  James Kirby was also found lurking with a camera, his excellent photo's from the day can be found on the Sleepmonsters website here.

2005 Series winners

It was an informal affair, with 2005 providing an opportunity for some tight competition in the Open5 series.  The final results can be found on our website with the top 3 placings listed below.  Mountain Hardwear pulled out the stops again with the highly rated "Ignition T" Mountain Performance top, being awarded to the winners.  Full series results can be found here

Male Solos
1st Eddie Winslow
2nd Joe Faulkner
3rd Andy Conn

Female Solos
1st Karen Blackburn
2nd Heather Dawe
3rd Janine Hensman

Mixed Pairs 
1st John Allen / Louise Wilkinson
2nd Chris Poole / Karen Heppenstall 
3rd Jonathan Emberton / Jo Smith

Male Pairs
1st Chris Barnard / Tom Garland
2nd Russ Ladkin / Jeff Powell Davis
3rd Matthew Smith / Nick Bamber

Female Pairs 
Nicola Parry / Louise Allen
2nd Carmel King / Sarah Delap
3rd Cressida Allwood / Renel Bartlet


4th December was not only the date of the last event of 2005 it was also the date that our new website was launched.  If you haven't found time to have a nosey then take five minutes to have a look along with the other 3000 visitors in December.  The new website has considerably more content with not only details on forth coming events but also archived newsletters and a section for those new to the Open5 events.  More importantly we have introduced an online entry system for the Open5 events, which will make life at Open Adventure  Towers a little easier. 

The first event of the series is at Hebden Bridge near Halifax on 22nd January, local and Open5 regular Mick Kenyon is the course planner.  The event has already attracted a higher than average number of entries, so if you fancy dusting off the MTB and putting those running shoes in to some use - get yourself online and put an entry in.  More details can be found here.

You can also bag a reasonable discount if you enter 3 or more events up front, remember half the battle is getting it in the diary (the other half is finding your way out of bed on a Sunday morning!)

January 22nd South Pennines - Hebden Bridge
March 12th North Pennines - Hamsterley Forest
May 14th South Lakes - Broughton in Furness
October 1st Southern Yorkshire Dales - Malham
November 26th Northern Yorkshire Dales - Fremington

The Open24 was undoubtedly a success in 2005, it wasn't long after the event that we started getting enquiries as to when entries would open for the 2006 event on 29/30 July.  Well the good news entries have now opened, the bad news is there is a limit on the number of entries available.  Entries are also at 2005 prices until March 31st. Find more details about the event here

The event itself is to be staged in the Yorkshire Dales and it promises to exceed the 2005 event.  We still are lacking a little financial support to get the event televised, so if you know of a business that would be keen to partner with Open Adventure on such a crusade then give us a bell - we are more than confident they will get their money's worth.

[Photos taken at the 2005 Open24]

Posters and Leaflets

We have put together another leaflet and poster with details of the 2006 series of events, if you have not received any in the post or think that your local running/MTB club or gym would benefit from knowing about Open Adventure wing us an email and we will pop some in the post.  You can also download a copy of the poster from the website.

And finally

We hope you have a happy New Year and one that involves catching fresh air.

No worries
James Thurlow