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Ultra Tour Of The Peaks

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This week we have a guest post from one of our instructors at Buxton – Rob. 
He recently completed the Ultra Tour Of The Peaks and here is his account:

“In April 2016, I completed my first road marathon in Manchester, which you may have read about in an earlier blog post. Therefore, in 2017 I needed a new challenge; something bigger and better. I found a few races organised by Dig Deep Events that caught my eye and decided to undertake the 60-mile Ultra Tour of the Peak District. It would have been more sensible to start with the 30-mile race, however I wanted the challenge of 60 miles and a 3000m ascent. With just a few months to train, I ordered a map of the route and began work. The race was booked for Saturday 19th August.

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The months flew by but I had managed to run most the race route. I’d experienced how demanding the hills would be and figured out what foods would get me up them. It turns out, ham and tomato thins are incredible!

It was the day before the race and I didn’t know how I felt about it, nervous, excited or just plain terrified. I spent the day registering for the race, packing all the food that I needed and making sure I knew the route and where all my checkpoints were.

It was here. It was race day; my alarm went off at 4:15am and I was up and on my way. The start and finish was at Whirlow Farm just outside of Hathersage. I arrived and got myself ready and dropped off bags that I wanted shipping to different aid stations and got ready for the race briefing which started at 5:45. A few quick safety notices and we were on our way!

At the start the miles seemed to fly by, we climbed onto Burbage Edge and I reached the first checkpoint at 6 miles. The route then climbed up on to the top of Stanage Edge which is when the weather took a turn for the worst. The rain started and the fog started to drop and for the rest of the race this barely changed. Throughout the day we witnessed every type of weather you can imagine: sleet, hail and high winds. This made for a tough race.

The half way point, 30 miles, was located at Yorkshire Bridge near Ladybower reservoir. I made it here without much issue and I was feeling good. The next fifteen miles however would soon change that feeling. After several more gruelling hills and found myself at Hathersage feeling absolutely broken. I can’t put this feeling onto paper. We’ve all heard the phrase hitting the wall in running, however this was more continuously running into the wall and running away from it and then back into it.

I battled against my mind on whether to drop out and call it a day. I carried on and left the checkpoint very shortly after knowing the sooner I got going again the sooner I would be finished. The section from Hathersage to the finish line, stupidly, was the only section I hadn’t already ran. It wasn’t long into this section that I got lost for the first time. I had gone off route by about a mile or two. The light had dropped so I had my head torch on and by this point I just wanted to be finished. I re-gained my bearings and finally made it to checkpoint 20 which was the penultimate checkpoint. From here all I had to do was follow a straightforward route back to Whirlow Farm. This straightforward route however just seemed to keep on going.

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I could hear noise and finally caught a glimpse of the finish line. I had one final corner and about 50metres left. It took everything I had to get across that line. I was greeted by a marshall who gave me my official finishers medal and a few friends and family helping me stagger to a chair. That was it, I was officially an Ultra marathon runner.

The results came out a few days after the event and I got my official time of 16 hours and 8 minutes. I was over the moon. Out of 65 people that started I came in 30th Position. For my first ever Ultra Marathon, I was thrilled. Now that a bit of time has passed and my legs have started working again, I’ve decided that it certainly will NOT be my last ultra-marathon and I’m already on the lookout for my next challenge.”

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Well done Rob an amazing feat, we salute you!

Are you taking part in the Great North Run?

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On your marks. Get set. Go!

 

On Sunday, 10th September, tens of thousands of tight-shorts-wearing folk will descend the streets of Newcastle upon Tyne ready to participate in the largest half marathon event in the entire world: the Simplyhealth Great North Run!

Held once a year, the mighty 13.1 mile route takes runners through the city centre towards the River Tyne, across the iconic Tyne Bridge and through Gateshead. They’ll travel onto South Shields; where, at the top of Prince Edward Road, they’ll get to soak up stunning sea views (no stopping, though!). Then, it’s just one mile ‘til they reach the finish line!

The atmosphere at the Great North Run is always electric, thanks to the thousand of enthusiastic supporters cheering from the sidelines of the entire route!

So, in ode to this amazing event, which has raised millions of pounds for charities over the years, here are some fun facts you may not know about the Great North Run:

 

  • The very first Great North Run was held on 38th June 1981, with 12,000 runners taking part.
  • The run was created by former Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist and BBC Sport commentator, Brendan Foster. Foster was inspired to create the event after participating in the Round the Bays Race in New Zealand in 1979.
  • Bupa was the title partner from the early ‘90s to up until 2014, making it one of Britain’s longest sports sponsorship agreements.
  • The total amount of metal used in the medals given to the finishers weighs a jaw-dropping 49 tonnes!
  • Martin Mathathi holds the current course record, crossing the finish line at 58:56 minutes in 2011. Mary Jepkosgei Keitany holds the women’s course record of 65:39 minutes, which was set in 2014.
  • In 2014, Mo Farah completed the race in exactly 1 hour and in 2016, became the first person to win the race three times consecutively.
  • In 2014, the 34th Great North Run welcomed 57,000 participants and was the first race in a whopping 29 years to have a British man win.
  • Many bands set up camp along the sidelines, the longest-serving being the Dinosaurs from Hell.
  • Race starters include the likes of Sting, Tony Blair, Sir Bobby Charlton, Jackie Charlton and Ant & Dec.
  • It takes 38 double-decker buses to drive all of the baggage to the finish line.
  • In the 2014 race, the 1 millionth runner crossed the finish line. Tracey Cramond, who was raising money for Butterwick Hospice, said she was “gobsmacked” and hailed the event her “moment of fame.”
  • It would take around 92,447 footballs lined up to complete the length of the course.

 

Now you feel a little more in-the-know about the wonderful Great North Run, do you feel inspired to take part? Unfortunately, this year’s race is closed, but places will soon be available for next year’s event, leaving you with plenty of time to get race-ready and raise some money for your charity of choice. Mo Farah, watch out…!

Go Ape’€™s top tricks for beating the heat this summer!

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Oh, summer. We spend all of autumn, winter and spring dreaming of your sun-filled days, and when you eventually arrive, we complain about the heat! Many of us spend our Saturdays and Sundays seeking out the shadiest spots, as we incessantly fan our faces with any object that’€™s up to the job. Pass us that magazine!

To all you heat-haters, fear not; the Go Ape tribe are here to help! We’€™re lucky that our courses are kept nice and cool by the canopy of the trees; but if you’€™re out and about in the sunshine and want to beat the heat, here are 20 ingenious tips for doing just that:

1. When wanting to wear socks, submerge them in a bowl of ice-cold water before putting them on.
2. Thread a shoestring through three ice cubes and hang around the neck.
3. Make friends with a hummingbird in the hope that it will become your loyal face-fanner.
4. Wet and freeze a bunch of flannels to plonk on your face at any given opportunity.
5. Stick your bananas in the freezer and enjoy super-chilled (it tastes like ice-cream).
6. Alternatively, just buy ice-cream.
7. Take your lunch into work in a cool bag, rather than a lunch box.
8. Let the sprinkler water you at the same time as your garden by lying underneath it.
9. Fill up a bundle of water balloons and ask someone to throw them at you whenever you feel hot.
10. Be the epitome of fashion by donning an umbrella hat whilst out and about.
11. Ditch hot coffees for the iced alternative.
12. Hose yourself down when returning home from a day spent in the sunshine.
13. Develop a device to fix a portable fan onto your computer screen and be the envy of your office.
14. Eat cucumber in the hope that it will keep you cool as a cucumber.
15. Sub soup for gazpacho.
16. Fill up a paddling pool using only cold water and use as a plunge pool.
17. Shut your eyes and think of snow, studies have shown that the body reacts to this and lowers your temp (we’re not joking).
18. Harness any opportunity you can to chill in the treetops at Go Ape. Whizzing through the air will keep you ultra-cool.
19. Freeze your pillowcase and sheets remove just before sleeping.
20. Heat rises€“ so instead of walking, commando crawl whenever possible.

If you have any hot tips for keeping super cool this summer, don’€™t forget to share them with us!

How does it feel to Segway through the forest?

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Have you swung through the trees with Go Ape before? Have you felt the high ropes in your hands, the wood beneath your feet and the wind in your face as you soared through the air via zip wire? Great,€“ now, onto your next, forest-themed adventure!

This week under the spotlight: our self-balancing, all-terrain Segways, which transport tribespeople into the heart of the forest to enjoy an hour’€™s worth of exploration. As soon as you’€™ve had a quick training session from one of the Go Ape tribe at Segway base (where you’€™ll master controlling the machines), you’€™ll be free to roam!

Maybe you’€™ve been on a Segway before. They’€™re becoming more and more popular in big cities with tour groups. A designated guide takes the helm and you all roll around soaking up the sights, while learning more about the area.

City Segway tours are good fun,€“ but believe us when we say, they are nothing compared to Segway-ing in the forest! You have absolute freedom. Forget congestion, pavements and pre-defined routes. You pick the path, you pick the pace, you sculpt your own adventure!

Expect simple paths and trickier trails, too. Expect to weave in and out of the tree trunks. Expect bumps, lumps and dips. Expect to see wildlife. Expect to breathe in fresh, crisp scents of the forest. Expect to laugh. Expect to make memories that’€™ll last forever!

We could go on (and on, and on) about how awesome our Forest Segway Experience is. But we realise that we’€™re obviously going to be a little biased and you may not end up trusting us fully. So, that’€™s why we’€™ve rounded up some fellow tribespeople to share their Segway experiences with us and you. We want you to hear about this unique adventure straight from the horse’€™s,€“ no wait, monkey’€™s mouth!

Every other week throughout the summer, we’€™ll be uploading a new video where we quiz a tribe on their Go Ape adventure. The Adventure Tales will chronicle the emotions, thoughts and experiences of a tribe when they #SeizeAdventure with Go Ape. They’€™ll tell us truly how they felt whilst embarking on a Go Ape adventure and will hopefully inspire you to book a visit to the trees!

So, without further ado, let’€™s hear what three, lovely chaps had to say about their recent Forest Segway Experience …

 

View the other tales here!
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