14 things I’m loving about Glasgow 2014

I had been looking forward to the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow for a long time – but I had no idea just how fantastic it would be. Here are a few of the things that I am most enjoying about living in the host city during Glasgow 2014. Families enjoying quality time together. It is […]

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Single socks and random gels

Like single socks and pound coins, I find random sachets of energy gels all over the place. I have discovered gels inside my running trainers, in the back pocket of a washed cycling jersey, in rucksack pockets, under the car seat, in the hood of a hoodie (who knows how?!) and inside the washing machine […]

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Kit review: Mammut Rainspeed Jacket

A running jacket that fits nicely, feels super light and keeps the wind and rain out. I’ve tested the Mammut 201 Rainspeed Jacket. Scotland has enjoyed a few great summers but there is always the chance of rain. If I’m honest, there is a chance of rain on pretty much every day of a Scottish […]

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We did it! We finished the Kindrochit Quadrathlon

The G-Force and I teamed up for the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon 2014. It was a very challenging event that saw us completing an open water swim across Loch Tay (1350m), seven Munros, a seven-mile loch kayak and 35 miles around Loch Tay on our road bikes. We have so far raised £1050 for the two […]

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Sunday Mail: Join the SMR Munro Challenge

Scottish Mountain Rescue provide an invaluable service to all outdoors fans.  The teams, spread across Scotland, are all manned by volunteers and require a lot of expensive equipment and training. They are funded mostly by donations and fund-raising. This September, an Isle of Skye Whisky Munro Challenge, supported by Tiso outdoors retailer, is calling on […]

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30 minutes is better than none but…

… But many more days of training in a double kayak would have been even better! In just five days, the G-Force and I will be taking on the challenging Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon. This includes an open water swim of almost a mile across Loch Tay, a walk/run over seven Munros, a seven-mile kayak […]

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Sunday Mail: Thrills & spills of adventure

Scotland is a fantastic place to try a wealth of exciting adventure activities, especially if you are looking for a more adrenaline-charged outing. I asked two families to try a range of pursuits. Here is my article in the Sunday Mail of July 6. Read the full pdfs left page and right page.  

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Kit review: New Vango Helix 200 tent

Photographer Mike Bolam spends many nights in the great outdoors during his various quests to take beautiful pictures of wildlife, landscapes, sun rises and sunsets. He needs a tent that is lightweight, easily portable, simple to put up in tricky places and waterproof. I gave him the new Vango Helix 200 to test. This is […]

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Sunday Mail: Running the GB Relay

One Nation, One Baton, One Dream is the headline that nicely sums up the GB Relay attempt that is taking place in the UK right now. I ran two sections of this ambitious record-breaking relay attempt. Many thanks to Mike Bolam, again, for his fantastic photos. See full pdfs, left and right  

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MTBing in North York Moors National Park

I have visited Scarborough dozens of times to catch up with my dear friend Em and her family but for some reason I’ve rarely explored further than the town. This time, the G-Force and I took Fern the Campervan, a pair of Paul Weller tickets and our On-One 29er mountain bikes for a weekend trip to […]

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