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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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Sunday Mail: Outdoors in the cities

You don’t need to leave the cities of Scotland to discover a wealth of outdoors things to do. Read the pdfs left and right  

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Kit review: Triathlon Box

Too many times I have found myself struggling towards the transition area of a triathlon event, ladened with an unwieldy box, various plastic bags and trying to wheel and balance my bike at the same time. In many cases I’ve required the assistance of a “helper”.   In the transition area you will usually find me, […]

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Running part of the GB Relay

Have you heard about the GB Relay? It is an attempt to break the world record for the longest distance ever run in a relay around Britain. The aim is more than 7,000km between June 1 and July 2, 2014. Many thousands of runners are taking part in it. Yesterday the GB Relay passed the […]

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Sunday Mail: The Microadventure

An adventure is an adventure, even if it’s a mini adventure. Alastair Humphreys is hugely enthusiastic about the concept of adventure and believes that everyone can enjoy one even in their back garden.  His new book Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes reveals many adventures, from an outdoors dinner with friends to walking coast to coast […]

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But we only walked six Munros

Six Munros (Scottish mountains with a summit of at least 3,000ft) would normally be more than enough for one day’s walking. In fact, most people would tackle only one, or perhaps two or three, of the Munros in the Ben Lawers area in the southern Highlands. But on Saturday, our intention was to walk seven […]

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Sunday Mail: Guide to the UCI Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup

This weekend 20,000 spectators are expected to arrive at the UCI Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup to see hundreds of top riders competing in a range of MTB sports. This is a prestigious event and one that Scotland is rightly proud of hosting each year. In my Sunday Mail column I wrote a guide to the UCI Fort […]

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New Foxlake Triathlon

This Saturday sees the launch of a new “shorter” style of triathlon at Foxlake in East Lothian. Organised by Durty Events, a series of triathlons on one day offer the chance to try a short but fast course and in a range of formats. The course will be very short indeed. It will take only […]

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Swimming is boring – but not so boring if…

I am not a big fan of swim training. I like the kind of swimming that features warm, clear seas and a hot sun, when all you need to do is a few strokes here and there but mostly enjoy the cool water lapping around you. Swimming lengths in a luke warm, chlorinated pool is […]

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