You take two breaths and summer has gone, its that time of year
when your not sure if you should be wearing a down jacket or a pair
of shorts that being the fickle weather we all enjoy. At Open
Adventure it was definitely shorts as the sun blazed up the Open5 at
Grassington. We have news on that event, the Open5 series, as well
as plans for 2008. We also see our role in public service
announcements with telling you where else you can get that outdoor
fix. Read on
Hardwear Open5 Series
Grassington proved a real treat, the sky was blue and to be
honest we were a little overdue one of those on an Open5 events - I
think most competitors were shocked just how hot it was after such a
chilly fresh morning.
The local area did it's utmost to show off the great MTBing and
the views that peppered the trials of navigation. As ever results
were up on the internet that evening and they can be inspected here. Judith Hughes still recovering from injury
put pen to paper and told the story of the day which can be found on
Sleepmonsters here. And James Kirby also nursing a knee injury
was hopping around taking photos also now on sale on Sleepmonsters
here. All of which should keep the armchair racer
in you amused for a while.
The event has left pretty much all of the categories with all to
play for in the Mountain Hardwear Open5 series with a few dark
horses lurking down the table ready to have a snap at the title (the
score is made up from the best 3 events of the year). Its worth a
look, with Tim Higginbottom, Nick Gracie and Andy Simpson all
looking up at Dave Spence lead in the series with wry grins. Its a
similar story in male and female pairs categories - it really is
down to the last event as to who will win and as all of them know
its far from given.
Coniston promises to be pretty special. For those not in the know
- the area sits in the awe of one of the lakes greatest mountains -
the Old Man and on the shores of a magnificent lake, and in the back
garden of some of the best MTBing in the country. It would be wrong
not to let you at least get a glimpse of what this part of the world
has to offer, so don't expect to be stuck in the trees for five
hours looking for black boxes but do expect to be tormented by the
2008 / 2009!!
yep 09 we are changing the way the Open5 series works next year
so here's a heads up. I guess we have just followed other providers
of events in the UK by putting an annual calendar together, however
the Open5 series has always had to stop start for the
summer. Then when it finishes in December, it starts
again in January - bonkers really so we took a step back and have
moved the series so it will run from November to May. Events
will run EVERY month bar January so that's 6 events and they will be
on the first Sunday of the month. Mountain Hardwear have already
signed up so as ever expect some great prizes.
That does leave a little gap - what about next spring. Well we
don't intend to run a series, just plug the gap with three events,
one in January March and May. The May event will be the first event
of the 2008 endurance series. We have some guest planners on board
helping us out with these events so expect some surprises in store.
The exact locations of the events will be confirmed in the next
January 27th - York Moors
March 9th - Yorkshire
May 18th - Lake District.
For those of you who have checked out the website, we realise
that we have posted the dates for next years Open12 and Open24, with
the Open5 date above - the endurance series is almost complete. We
are looking at venues with a few competitors who are keen to
exercise some vengeance, don't worry I am tempering expectations.
Suffice to say we are heading south...
Open5 May 18th
Open12 June 28/29th
That's the Long Distance Walkers Association - these guys put on
a huge number of walks each year, some of which are open to runners.
The guys at Open Adventure had a crack at the 50 mile Long Mynd Hike
in Shropshire for the princely sum of £17.50 each which included
breakfast and serviced checkpoints. It was great crack and amazingly
well organised - the field was made up of the red sock brigade to
the thong and a bum bag club.
I think we were somewhere in the middle - they had some quirky
rules which come from its heritage in the scouts - but whose to
complain at this price. You don't have to set off on a 50 miler,
plenty of other shorter events. It's worth checking out the
runfurther website here - whilst this series has finished this year
it does give you an idea of the events that will engage with those
that are keen to get around as quickly as possible.
Lastly SCK Web Works. Who?? Well this is a company set up by James
Kirby and a few friends, arguably James has been our biggest sponsor
over the past 3 years in helping with photography and the website as
well much of the design that has gone in to the banners, maps,
leaflets and adverts. So when he set up a company designing websites
we were more than happy to put his logo alongside the best. The
website speaks loud enough - suffice to say if you need help James
is a great guy to speak to I can't recommend him highly
Map BoardsWe put these together last month and they
have been selling like err hot cakes??? well kind of - we only had a
100 made and we are about to go and get a whole stack more made up.
If you need a simple map board for that trailquest, adventure race
or even just to have on your bike for that cycle tour - you can find
ours here. They are for sale at £9 online or £8 at an event.
that's enough from us today, best get that entry in to the Coniston
event and pencil those dates in the diary for 2008.. 09.