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Putting the Adventure into Racing!

Are you an adventure racer?
Well if you are then don't miss out on the Open12 and Open24, find a past competitor who doesn't recommend these events will be as illusive as a nats fart. Read on to find out.

Open12 Adventure Race 28/29 June

Well the i's are being dotted and the t's crossed on this event, with permit's in the bag and special stages sorted. We have updated the kit list and put a few more details on the website. Entries close on 13th June. Call after to check availability.

The real shocker is the shortest distances you can do on the Open12 and still take in the special stages. Just 22km on the MTB and 11km on foot - yep 33km heck 80% of competitors in an Open5 cover that distance. Don't worry if you are a speed freak, there will be plenty to smile about, with over 100km of control bagging in some spectacular locations.

Open24 Adventure Race 26/27 July

Well its coming around quickly with just over 7 weeks to the next Open24 somewhere in Wales. We must have questions every week with regards to the location, to help it's not in the Brecons or Pembrokeshire. To set the race detectives on another trail, I'll let on here that the event will include a kayaking stage out at sea....

The price of the Open24 entry goes up on the 12th June, 45 days prior to the event.

Mountain Hardwear Open5 Series

It's all change - the Open5 at Broughton kicked off the endurance series with plenty of positive comments about the running and mountain biking. Read the race report from Paul Vousden of Cotswold Outdoor here. You can also check out his team blog here.

Cracking views

Keen to get the dates in your diary's we have recently announced the dates for the new Mountain Hardwear Open5 series, starting this November, with an event in each of the national parks and one in the North Pennines.

  • North Pennines - 2nd November 08
  • Lake District - 7th December 08
  • York Moors - 1st February 09
  • Yorkshire Dales - 1st March 09
  • Peak District - 5th April 09

Entries are now open online, prices have remained the same at £23 and bargains for those that enter more than 3.

Just a thought after seeing some people repeatedly hiring SI-cards for events. Have you thought of buying one?

It will save you money in the long run, and if you go for the SI-6's punching is marginally quicker and you can use them on the Open12 and Open24. Check out the Sportident website here.

Time to run
Have a great June and see you in the peaks?

No worries
James Thurlow

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