It was this time last year that Open Adventure changed from an idea in to a reality, we never imagined the success that the events have had with over 500 competitors having competed in the first three five hour events and the inaugural Open24. We also never expected to have five sponsors on board for 2006 and immense support from regular competitors.

5hrs in the Lakes

So before you go in to hibernation for the winter months how about experiencing a top day of MTBing and running in our backyard of the Central Lakes.  We have some little surprises in store for those who can muster enough momentum to roll out of bed on the 4th December.  As with all of the Open5 events we endeavour to challenge the top racers as well as providing a great day out for those that want an easy ride and a short walk.  You can find more details on this event here.

Mountain Hardwear have also pulled out the stops to come up with some prizes for the Open5 series winners.  The positions are not settled yet with competition still to be had in all classes pending performances on the day. Click here to see current series placing's.

Events in 2006

Leaflets are currently being printed for the 2006 series, if you happen to be a member of a gym, running, orienteering or MTB club or have a notice board at work and you fancy telling everybody about Adventure Racing give us a shout and we can pop some leaflets and posters in the post to or you can pick some up at the next Open5 event.

With a new website, online entries for the Open5 series and the Open24 for 2006 will be available from the 5th December, with discounts for early and series entries. 

January 22nd South Pennines - Hebden Bridge - Old Town Community Hall
March 12th North Pennines - Hamsterley Forest - Visitors Centre
May 14th South Lakes - Broughton in Furness - Primary School
October 1st Southern Yorkshire Dales - Malham - Kirkby Malham Primary School
November 26th Northern Yorkshire Dales - Fremington - TBC

July 29th / 30th Yorkshire Dales - exact location details will not be revealed until 2 weeks prior to the event.

And finally

Congratulations to Phil Humphries of ACE races, Gary Tompsett and Jim Mee of Detail Events - these are the guys behind the Wilderness ARC a five day Adventure Race in Scotland .  The event is going to be the host for Adventure Race World Championships in 2007 - Great news for Scotland , Adventure Racing and for these three happy guys.

Hope you have a good day.

No worries
James Thurlow