Monthly Archives: April 2016

Win a £500 voucher for Forest Holidays

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One lucky member of our tribe will win a £500 voucher for Forest Holidays. Stay in a luxury cabin with a hot tub at one of 9 stunning UK locations. Explore the forest by green logoday and chill out in your hot tub by night.  The perfect break for couples, families and groups of friends.  Enter now and make this your summer holiday this year.

Or why not save 10% this summer with Forest Holidays?

Enter code GAMAY16 at www.forestholidays.co.uk to save 10% off the price of your cabin.  Offer expires 31 May 2016.  Holidays must be taken by 31 August 2016.

Sorry this competition is now over.

Terms and conditions: 

Competition:  the winner will be awarded a £500 voucher for Forest Holidays. The voucher must be redeemed by 30 September 2016 and the holiday taken by 28 February 2017.  The prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for money.  The winner may purchase a cabin break for £500 and may choose to add to the prize fund if they wish.  No change will be given if the full £500 is not spent on a break.

Offer:  The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.  It expires on 31 May 2016 and the holiday must be taken by 31 August 2016.  The offer is off the price of the cabin only.  Forest Holidays reserves the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time.

1. The promoter is: Adventure Forest Limited Trading as Go Ape Ltd whose registered office is at Unit 1, Fornham Business Court, The Drift, Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1SL.

2. To enter the competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.

3. Employees of Go Ape or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are shown above.

6. The competition period runs until 31 May Midnight 2016.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not fully received for whatever reason.

8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in any event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be chosen: at random by software provided by random.org from all entries received and verified by the Promoter.

12. The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

14. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].

15. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation.

 

Insane races you need to know about

Insane Adventure Races

The Go Ape folk love a good ol’ challenge. Just ask one of the five members of our tribe currently preparing for the Three Peaks Yacht Race, aka one of the toughest and longest endurance races in the world.

Our job is to encourage others to challenge themselves in order to discover their potential. Our Tree Top Adventures aren’t easy – they’re challenging, especially for people who don’t like heights. But, by rising up to challenges we allow ourselves to live our lives more adventurously and we grow and develop as people. As the saying goes: “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes them meaningful.”

Adventure races

Growing tired of 5km park runs? Nailed numerous Tough Mudders and looking for something more, well, tough? We scoured the web and found some seriously insane adventure races guaranteed to push you to your very limits. The question is: Are you brave enough?

SDW100

Find marathons a doddle? How about running four of them back to back? The South Downs Way 100 is exactly that – a 100 mile race along the bridleways of the stunning South Downs. Competitors start just outside of Winchester and finish in Eastbourne, and have 30 hours to reach the finish line. A new course record was set in 2014 by Mark Perkins, who finished in an extremely impressive 14 hours, 3 minutes and 54 seconds.

Ring O’Fire

Picking up the pace some more, Ring O’Fire covers 135 miles of coastline around the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. With the sea always in sight and the epic Snowdonia Mountain Range as a backdrop, runners cross everything from sandy beaches and tidal estuaries to dunes and farmers’ fields. The race is set over three consecutive days – but before you wipe that bead of sweat from your brow, that’s still a whopping 45 miles of ground to cover each day!

Bob Graham Round

Whilst notably shorter than other ultra-marathon events, the Bob Graham Round challenge is one of the highest of its kind. Set in the wondrous Lake District, the challenge comprises a 66 mile, 27,000 feet circuit of 42 of the highest peaks in the area, with runners having just 24 hours to complete it. It’s so tough, only one in three runners make it back…in time!

The Spine Race

Dubbed Britain’s most brutal race, the Spine Race is a 268 mile, non-stop winter challenge which sees competitors crossing the entire Pennine Way in just 7 days. The route encompasses the Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park, finishing on the Scottish Borders.

Competitors can expect to battle all weather conditions, from deep snow and ice to strong winds and torrential downpours. As the days pass, they’ll also find themselves dealing with extreme tiredness, fatigue and sleep deprivation. You’ll ache in areas you didn’t know you could ache – this one’s not for the faint-hearted.

Have you competed in any extreme adventure races? If so, share them with us – you never know, you might convince one of us to sign-up!

For more on the teams training efforts in the build up to the Three Peaks Yacht Race click here.

Hitting the wall in Manchester

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Here at Go Ape we like to support our tribe into all things adventurous. We have an Adventure Fund set up for all staff to help them on their way.

Rob from Go Ape Buxton tells us about his first Marathon, fully supported by the Adventure Fund:

It was 12th March, 4 weeks before the Asics Manchester Marathon and after several conversations with different people I decided it would be good to challenge myself and sign up. Leaving myself short on time to train I got my trainers on and got straight to it.

I had a fairly decent fitness level to work with having completed several half marathons during 2015 so I had a rough idea of my pace and what I had to do to train.

1804RobThe four weeks in between flew by and I managed to squeeze in 12 training runs before the big day. My training plan consisted of three runs a week; a short run, a long run and a quick run. I increased my distance each week and my long run from the previous week became my short run and so on and so forth. Having reached 16 miles as a long run and a week left I decided to have last week to taper down and completed three short runs just to avoid any chance of picking up any last minute injuries.

All of a sudden Sunday 10th April arrived and it was race day! I made my way to Old Trafford where the start line was and jumped in with all the other runners. Nerves kicked in but before I could panic too much Dr Ron Hill and sounded the horn and the race was underway. I crossed the start line and set my watch going to track my race. The mile markers seemed to be coming quickly to start with and I realized this was because I’d started off far too fast! During this time I felt good, I felt fast at one point I’m pretty sure I believed I could win it! Running at around 8:30min per mile for the first 15 miles soon took its toll and I gradually slowed my pace down to around 9minutes per mile which felt much more comfortable. I kept picking out different runners to either pace myself against or challenge myself to overtake as when you see a Gorilla running ahead you know you’re not running fast enough!

It was around mile 16 that I hit the well known wall and I was convinced my legs were going to give way.

This feeling lasted longer than I care to admit. I fought through this mental battle with the help of a few jelly babies and an energy gel and finally made it to mile 21 where I got my head back in the zone.  The last 5 miles were very well supported by the public, which made everything easier as you can’t stop when people are watching you!

I reached the top of a hill half way through mile 25 and I could see the finish line in my sight! I couldn’t quite believe it, it was nearly over.

I decided it was now or never, I picked up my pace for the last section and embarked upon what I thought was a sprint finish however looking back I think it was nothing of the sort!

I heard a cheer from the side, which was my family standing waiting for me to finish. I crossed the finish line and it took a good few minutes for it to sink in that I had completed my first marathon! I made my way through the masses of people to receive my medal and race bag which included my finishers t-shirt. Next stop was the bar for what I believed to be my well-earned pint and to find out my official time. I checked my watch and couldn’t believe I had completed it in 4 hours and 3 minutes! I was over the moon.

Now a few days have passed since completing the race and I still believe it was one of the most difficult things I have ever completed however I am already on the look out for the next one!

Thanks for sharing with us Rob!

Segway polo: the next big thing?

UK Segway Polo

Go Ape Segway ExperienceFirst and foremost, Go Ape is a specialist in sky-high adventures. But, we also offer forest adventures with a down-to-earth twist, courtesy of our all-terrain, self-balancing Segways.

After soaking-up the sights of the forest from way up high, what better way to continue your Go Ape adventure than by swapping two legs for two wheels to cruise the forest floor? A Go Ape Forest Segway Experience lasts around an hour and includes a safety demo, practice session, and a totally unforgettable forest trail experience.

Segways are a great way to explore the forest and offer a fun alternative to cycling or walking! Plus, rolling around can be a real relaxing experience, so long as you’re able to navigate your way through the trees whilst staying upright. But, aside from being your forest tour guides, do Segways have another purpose?

Enter Segway Polo. Tipped (by us) to be the next big thing in the sporting world, Segway Polo is exactly what it says on the tin: polo, played on Segways instead of horseback (or on bicycles, which is another popular variation of the sport).

They might not say ‘neigh’ and they don’t come with reins, but Segways most certainly do have horsepower! Similar to riding a horse, the rider must be able to tame the beast – a tricky task when they’re simultaneously trying to thwack a ball into a goal with a mallet!

How did it all come about?

We have our friends across the pond to thank for Segway Polo. It all started not so long ago in 2003, when a version of the sport was played in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome at a Minnesota Vikings halftime show.

It was only really a year later when Segway Polo started to become popular, after members of the Bay Area Segway Enthusiasts Group (SEG) tried out the sport, fell in love with it, and developed it further.

Fast forward to today and there are European and international Polo Segway Championships and teams in countries across the globe, from Germany to Barbados; and from Sweden to New Zealand. The UK joined in 2014 with its own team and hosted its first-ever international tournament in April last year, with Germany’s Balver Mammuts taking the trophy.

Now a well-recognised sport, the International Segway Polo Association (ISPA) has been established as the official governing body.

Fun for everyone

As the UK Segway Polo website explains, Segway Polo is a ‘sport of equals’ – it doesn’t matter how fit you are, how old you are (within reason), or how much experience you have in playing Polo or other sports. All you need to know is the rules of the game, and all you need to do is master the arts of balance and control! (You could always get some practise in at Go Ape first!).

Now we know all about Segway Polo, we’re itching to give it a shot. We’re just wondering whether the forest floor would make a suitable pitch…

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