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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?


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.

Breakfast…the Go Ape way!


If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, does that make National Breakfast Week the most important week of the year?

Victoria Bowden - Go Ape Thetford ForestOk, so we’re getting a little too philosophical for a Monday morning, but we can all agree breakfast is a pretty major part of the day. So we asked the team at Go Ape Thetford how they power up for a full-on day in the forest. Here’s what Deputy Manager, Vic, had to say:

“We’ve all heard it before (dons whiney voice..)

 “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”

But you know what, I think they might be on to something.

Breakfast is so incredibly versatile. Hot, cold. Sweet, savoury. At the table, on the go. Eat in, Takeaway. 

That’s why I would hands down class it as my favourite meal of the lot. As a self-labelled “foodie” I get excited to go to bed, knowing what delights might await me in the kitchen in the morning! 

As Deputy Manager at Go Ape Thetford (the original forest adventure, there’s now 29 across the UK!) I am always on the go, as are all of the instructors whose job it is to make our customers experiences the best while adventuring in the forest.

l have witnessed first-hand the difference that a good breakfast can make. Last year, I introduced the ‘Banana Breakfast Club‘ to encourage others to get as enthused about their most important meal as I am. To no surprise, the results spoke for themselves. It was a great way to socialise before knuckling down to a long day in the forest. The team had chance to properly wake up, chat and nourish both mind and body to fuel them for their busy day ahead. Productivity increased, people had more energy and were in a better frame of mind to deliver the top notch customer service that Go Ape prides itself on. A win win!

Naturally, working for a company called ‘Go Ape’ where at every site there is a resident ‘Gorilla’, and head office is called ‘Banana HQ’, bananas become a staple part of the diet. It’s practically a given, And why not?! They are a great food, the unsung hero of a breakfast plate I think. You can slice ’em, dice ’em, smash ’em, fry ’em, put them in a smoothie, or just peel ’em for the easiest of on the move eats. The list of health benefits of bananas is a long one, but for us at Go Ape, their high energy and ability to stabilise blood sugar during exercise is great for keeping us going whilst swinging through the trees.

Here’s a few snaps of my breakfasts that have helped me get to where I am today. 

(Please excuse me for being one of ‘those’ people who takes photos of their food – I just love it!)

Oat and Chia Porridge

Oat and Chia Porridge, Cinnamon toasted Cashews, Caramelised Bananas and a dusting of raw Cacao

Banana and Date Breakfast Bars

Banana and Date breakfast bars made without fat or sugar

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Gluten free banana pancakes with Nutella Yoghurt

Feeling inspired? Got a favourite breakfast of your own? Share it with the Go Ape Tribe!

Feel-good drinks to try this winter

Feel-good Drinks - Top Tips from Go Ape

Has this weather left you feeling, erm, a little under the weather?

If so, then it could mean you’re suffering from SAD – that’s short for seasonal affective disorder if you didn’t know and yes, it’s a real thing.

Not only are many of us trying to battle wintertime blues, but this chilly weather’s got our immune systems working overtime as they try to fend off nasty colds and flus. Not so easy when Jack Frost comes nipping at our fingers and toes every time we head outdoors.

But, fear not. We’ve got a solution – well, a number of solutions in fact, in the form of healthy, natural winter remedies that will cheer you up and give your immune system a boost, too. So, rather than indulging in a hot chocolate the next time you feel blue, treat yourself to one of these healthier feel-good drinks instead – your body will thank you for it:

Lemony goodness

Did you know, one of the best ways to start the day is to drink a cup of warm water with lemon? That little yellow fruit is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants that boost your immune system, flush out bad toxins and energise your body and mind. The recipe’s simple: squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a cup of water (warm is better than boiling) and add honey to taste.

Minty fresh

It’s a great breath freshener, and it’s also been proven to aid digestion and alleviate aches and pains (making it a perfect post-winter’s-walk brew). Grab yourself a handful of mint leaves, roughly chop them and diffuse in a cup of boiling water. Sweeten with a squeeze of lemon or dollop of honey.

Ginger tea

Ginger: you either love it or hate it. If you’re a fan of the spicy root, enjoying it in a cup of hot water has many benefits: it helps settle stomachs, it cleanses our bodies, and it also has antitussive properties, meaning it can soothe a tickly throat. You need just 1 teaspoon of grated ginger root per cup and if you want, you could add ½ a squeezed lemon, some honey, or a cinnamon stick to enhance the flavour.

Spicy coconut tea

If you’ve a penchant for spicy things, try this immune-boosting recipe: in a saucepan, mix together ½ cup of coconut milk with ½ cup water and a teabag, along with a generous pinch of turmeric, ground clove, grated ginger and vanilla (and cayenne pepper, if you really like it hot). Allow the ingredients to simmer for five minutes before serving.

Super smoothie

Feel-good wintertime drinks needn’t always be warm! If you’re suffering from a cold or flu, treat yourself to this super smoothie and you’ll feel better in no time: in a blender, blitz together two seedless oranges, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of grated ginger, 2 teaspoons of honey and 4 ice cubes. For that additional kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Do you have any wintertime drink recipes of your own? If so, we’d love to hear them! Now, let’s go and put that kettle on…

Tech is changing the face of adventure


Adventure is all about pushing limits

Adventure technology gives us all the ability to go higher, further and deeper as we explore the deepest depths of the World. It’s a growing area that’s helping us all be better explorers. Our hairy friends at Suunto know a thing about adventure technology.

Suunto was born in 1936 and has been at the forefront of design and innovation for sports watches, dive computers and sports instruments ever since. From mountain to ocean, Suunto gives adventurers the ability to conquer new territory.

The tech that’s now available will open people up to new adventures. And that’s what challenges should be all about…

Here’s some products from Suunto that impress:


It’s all about the journey to your summit and that’s where the Suunto Ambit3 Peak comes in. It’s the ultimate GPS watch for adventure. It guides you every step of the way, providing all you need to get on and stay safe on your exploration. Tracking your heart rate, giving you up to date weather information and allowing you to navigate using track back, there really is no better companion out there.


A new era in Suunto dive computers has evolved after 75 years of insight. There’s some seriously advanced technology that display exactly what you need. You can trace your real time gas consumption and monitor tank pressure allowing maximum dive time. Suunto EON Steel will dive with you for years to come!


Designed to enrich and share those epic moments – this App will ensure they stay with you for longer as you save and share the experience. The App allows you to track every bit of activity you do – tracking your calories, speed, distance and route as you go! Don’t forget to relive and share your adventures on Facebook – just sometimes you need to brag!

Technology means you can conquer new territory


Need inspiration for your next adventure?

Take a look at our adventure generator. It’s design to get you inspired, a foundation for you to create, a hub for you to WIN good things and a base for you to share your adventures!

Intrigued? Go on, click INSPIRE ME and #ShareAdventure.

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