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Well if emails are getting you down and you want some reminding about the outside world with a bit of chuckle, then read on. We have news on next years Open5's, the endurance series as well as discounts and offers from some of our sponsors with a bit of a twist. Hopefully it will keep you reading till the end. We kick off with a reminder that the next event is the Open5 at Coniston in the Lakes.

Mountain Hardwear Open5 Coniston

Well the final event of the Mountain Hardwear Open5 series is nearly here, and its pretty tight at the top of the series table. The event promises to be the biggest yet, with the Coniston fells pulling a few old hand racers out of the closet. Its on our home turf and the location is something to be proud of, as ever expect the unexpected. Put the entry in, make a weekend of it and head to the Lakes for November 25th.

Another milestone in Open Adventure history is Wilfs cafe will be in attendance at the Coniston event, best bring those thermal mugs and a few pennies for the delicious grub they serve up at events.

Two Thousand and Eight 
Mountain Hardwear Open5 events 

As mentioned on the previous newsletter, we are having a bit of mini break till we start the new Mountain Hardwear Open5 series in November 2008. This new series will run every month bar January till May 09. Roll back to present day and we have 3 events to plug the gap with a few Open5 regulars out to put their experience on the maps.

January 27th - North York Moors, Dalby Forest
March 9th - Yorkshire Dales, Pateley Bridge
May 18th - Lake District, Broughton in Furness

Details of these events will go up on the website on the 26th November, entries will open on 3rd December.

Endurance Series

The endurance series is back again, it provided some tight competition in 2007 so it would be wrong not to put the series back on the agenda for 2008. We are still finalising details of locations, but as yet we have not found any show stoppers. Lisa is keen to get a tan so we are heading south to the Peaks for the Open12 and crossing the border to Wales for the Open24 - we have some guest racers with their heads in the maps helping us out.

Open5 - Lake District 18th May
Open12 - Peak District 28/29th June
Open24 - Wales 26/27th July

Basic details will be on the website on the 26th November, and entries will be available from the 3rd December.

SCK WebworksOnline Entry

Times move on and over the past couple of years our online entry system for the Open5 events has served us well. However the wishlist has slowly got bigger so we took a step back and asked James and Gavin of SCK Web Works to help us out. So if you have competed with us over the last 3 years you should recieve an email with a username and password in the next 2 weeks. You will have your own little profile page, which you can keep up to date with your own details rather than typing them in every time you enter an event.

We are also moving away from Paypal, we had too many people have trouble with this payment system and as such we are moving to a more integrated payment provider where you can use your credit / debit cards for payment (OK so the commission is also alot cheaper) for all of our events.

We hope that in the future to integrate results with your profile so you can track improvement as well as have a personal record of your results at our events. But first we will get the online entry section working.

Open Adventure - Putting the Adventure into Racing? 

Somewhere over the past 3 years we ended up putting "Putting the Adventure into Racing" on our header. To this day we are not sure where it came from, anyway the thing is we are heading a bit further south (Open24 in Wales) and certainly not averse to taking some of our events north across the border. Mountain Hardwear Duffle

The thing is we really need another strapline that sums us up. So have you got a few words that come to mind, We will supply a pretty cool bomb proof Mountain Hardwear duffle bag to the person that can come up with a few golden words. Time is short as we are revamping the website for 2008 - any ideas wing them on an email to us by Wednesday next week (21st November).

Windermere Canoe and KayakWindermere Canoe and Kayak

The Coniston event is proving very popular with a good number of people making the pilgrimage to the lakes for the weekend, many will be looking to satisfy that retail therapy not feeling entirely whole unless they leave with a new peice of clothing or a pocket swiss army knife. Well if you pass Amblecity and head for Windermere Canoe and Kayak by Ferry Nab, for Saturday 24th only they are offering 15% discount on everything to readers of the Open Adventure newsletter.

Chatting this over with Joe, we tried to come up with a code for you to quote - he decided to leave it to me. So if you want 15% off you just have to ask any of the staff in the shop "Are you wearing a bra?" don't worry I'll let him know the question before the day.

Anquet MapsAnquet Tokens

Anyone who has known us for the last couple of years, will know that we are big fans of Anquet mapping.  Not only is it key to making the events happen but makes a whole lot of difference to way we spend our time in the outdoors. Be it planning a run over the weekend, printing out a map for friends or just checking exactly where did we go that night?

Endurance series competitors would have discovered the delights of Anquets download service, where you can pull off Ordnance Survey maps from the internet for the exact location you want - which works out at surprisingly good value.

Well they have just added another little feature, they now sell pre-paid tokens for use on the MapServer in denominations of 20, 30, 50, 100 & 160. You can get these direct from the Anquet webshop.  It's worth a look - if you still doubt me, download the demo software which will give you something to try out.  Once you get the hang of it - download an area near you and see how much you can get for 10.

River AccessPublic service announcement

As you know we like to do our bit for shouting about access in the UK. Its perplexing that in our history we have managed to get some of the best access rights in the world for paths, mountains and woodlands, but getting your feet wet will invariably leave you in a bit of bother. 

England and Wales (Scotland has moved on a bit here!), have some very restrictive laws for access to rivers to paddle on in fact 98% have no access rights at all. Anyway enough of the preaching - check out these guys website

Well thats enough from us for another month, we hope to see you on Sunday 25th at Coniston if not we hope you find the chance to grab some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors.

No worries
James Thurlow

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