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Iron Man abroad!

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Meet Alister from Go Ape Buxton, here, he tells his tale on Ironman Mallorca

The whole thing started roughly a year ago when a friend and I were on a cycling trip in Mallorca. Upon arrival there we noticed that there was the iron man Mallorca 70.3 taking part while we were there, and after watching it during our trip there I knew that I had to take part in it the next year.

Fast-forward roughly half a year and I had my ticket for the 2016 event.

Coming from a relatively sporty background I had a fair amount of stamina in the tank but nothing compared to what was needed, so I set myself to training for it. I set myself a plan that I was to travel a certain amount of distance each week for all disciplines, making sure not to take it all to seriously as I knew it was a long road ahead and in the idea of keeping it exciting was paramount in the plan.

Living in the middle of the peak district gave me a perfect area to train in all disciplines for hills and the flats and also living across the road from a swimming pool made swimming training all that much easier. To add to training I entered myself in a to a couple of triathlons in the run up to the event to allow for race specific tactics and experience to add to the locker.

A week before the iron man, my family and I flew out to Mallorca so that we could get familiar with the area and so I could get one week of training before the triathlon in the sun and the mountains.

On the day of the event the weather was not as expected…… torrential rain!

I would go as far as to say some of the worst weather that I have ever cycled in. All the athletes were to meet down at the beach in the bay and to enter the water in waves. In roughly 1 hour around 4000 individuals had entered the water and were beginning the 1.2 mile swim. Because of the bad weather, jellyfish had surfaced so we all had to swim with the added danger of getting stung while we did so. I felt reasonably good though and managed to complete the swim in 35 minutes.

Coming out of the water it was noticeable that it was warmer in the water than it was out but non the less all of us ran up to transition 1 where we all mounted the bikes and began the 56 mile bike section.

The bike section went up in to the mountains and then descended down through small villages and back to Alcudia. Coming from a hilly part of England and coming out of winter where riding in the rain was a normal occurrence the rainy conditions didn’t effect me as much as I was thinking they would. It kept me cool through the ride so was reasonably pleased with my 2 hour 54 minute bike section.

The last stage of the triathlon was probably my worst discipline, running. Coming out of transition 2 on to the run I was hoping that the crowd alone would be able to carry me threw, and it did for around two thirds of it. The only problem that I encountered though was the settling effect of all the energy supplements that I had taken on board through the bike and run. My stomach was doing summersaults and I had to resort to slowing down my run to cater for this. That being said I managed to complete the run a time of 1 hour and 50 minutes even throwing in a cheeky sprint finish when another runner tried to pip me to the line. My final position in the entire iron man was 771 out of roughly 4000.

I certainly have the bug for it now!

THEY DID IT!

Go Ape Three Peaks

It’s official, our Go Ape team has conquered the Three Peaks Yacht Race!

After setting sail last Saturday (11th June) the team has been battling their way against their fellow competitors, the elements and shall we say, a few technical troubles…all to cross the finish line at 6:30am this morning.

The monumental journey encompassed 389 miles of sailing, 72 miles of running and 18 miles of cycling and took our tremendous tribe approx. four days and 16 hours to complete.

We’re amazingly proud of Jerome Mayhew, Paul Love-Williams and Tris Mayhew for successfully sailing 62 sea miles from Barmouth to Caernarfon, 100 sea miles from Caernarfon to Whitehaven and a further staggering 227 sea miles from Whitehaven to Fort William – as well a few stops in between.

Not stopping at a broken impeller drive the crew also had to get creative once again after the yacht exhaust melted before coming into Whitehaven.

The kindness of strangers at the port meant the crew could continue after ‘borrowing’ some flexible piping. By cutting off the melted in/out section of piping and ingeniously gaffer-taping new sections together, coupled with a bit of lubrication from some washing up liquid the team was ready to set of again in search of adventure (and the next team to beat).

Coming out of Whitehaven the team made great progress hurling along against the current for four hours straight. On four occasions the rudder lost its grip keeping the crew on their toes. Yet, against the unseasonably brisk June winds, the yacht averaged around 14 knots, a solid speed for a 30ft boat!

Let’s not forget the other heroes from one of the UK’s toughest endurance races, the devoted runners, Ed Smith and Mick Rimmer.

We have been in awe of their perseverance as they’ve charged up the three highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland. The stalwart runners not only had to experience hours upon hours of rumbling around in the cabin whilst at sea (an encounter I’m told that is much like spinning around in a washing machine!), they also had to adapt to ever-changing timescales, which meant running through the night…

Arriving at the final peak, Ben Nevis, at around midnight Ed and Mick ran through the early hours to cross the finish line at 6:30am, much to the joy of the team and everyone at Go Ape. Combining the distance of Mt. Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis their running efforts equated to running three marathons in as many days across some of the trickiest terrain the UK has to offer.

Now we patiently wait for the Three Peaks Yacht Race to officially announce the positions for the finalists. A superb achievement by a team that truly eats, sleeps and breathes the Go Ape way of life.

Go Ape Cross the Finish Line

After speaking with a, quite rightfully, elated Jerome Mayhew, here’s a few words from the Skipper himself:

It was an intense, amazing experience – we just had to keep going! Our competitors were world-class and whilst we’re a fairly novice team in comparison we couldn’t be more delighted with the result. Some moments were incredibly challenging but when things go wrong you just have to turn I can’t into I can, and that’s what we did.

On asking whether Jerome would do it all again:

Without a shadow of a doubt.

Of course the team were racing for more than just the challenge, they were racing to help raise money for the Outward Bound Trust.

Your support will help change the life of a young person from a disadvantaged background. For every £200 raised, another young person is able to experience the challenge of an Outward Bound course. To find out more about the trust, visit https://www.outwardbound.org.uk/.

Please donate to support the tribe as they embark on one of toughest adventure races, just head to our Virgin Money Giving page.

We’ll be keeping the blog updated with first-hand tales from the race, including how they coped with 37.9 knot gales! Perhaps we’ll give them the weekend to recover first…

Against the odds…reaching the TOP TEN!

Go Ape Crew View

The finish line is well and truly nigh for our Three Peaks Yacht Race team, who have successfully sailed, cycled and run their way into the top ten in the final leg of the race!

It’s been a challenging week for the Go Ape team who have embodied the very essence of living life adventurously as they’ve made their way north from Barmouth. Demanding weather coupled with engine trouble delayed their journey and led to some very lateral thinking from the team.

Do you know what a broken impeller drive is? No, neither did we, that was until we saw the damage one can cause to an engine! Check out the photo below:

Go Ape Broken Engine Three Peaks Yacht Race

In our leafy world lashings of rope and wire is usually the answer, but the crew had to get a little more ‘technical’…

Fear not, since fixing the engine the team has made a triumphant leap from 12th place to battling it out with some of the UK’s finest endurance race teams within the top ten. With the highest peaks of Wales and England conquered, their journey up the West Coast continues towards Corpach, where the mighty summit of Ben Nevis awaits them.

Go Ape Position in Three Peaks Yacht Race

We’ll be bringing you live updates via Twitter and Facebook – keep following @GoApeTribe for the latest news. Or you can keep an eye on the teams progress via the Three Peaks Yacht Race website here.

The Three Peaks Yacht Race isn’t just for endurance race kudos, the Go Ape team are racing to raise money for a great cause – the Outward Bound Trust.

For every £200 raised, another young person from a disadvantaged background is able to experience the challenge of an Outward Bound course with potentially life changing results. To find out more about the trust, visit https://www.outwardbound.org.uk/.

Please donate to support the tribe as they embark on one of toughest adventure races, just head to our Virgin Money Giving page.

Packing for the Three Peaks Yacht Race

Go Ape Three Peaks Yacht Race

Jerome Mayhew Packing for 3 Peaks Yacht RaceI went to the Three Peaks Yacht Race and in my suitcase I packed…

It’s finally here! There’s officially 24 hours to go until the Three Peaks Yacht Race begins. Our brave Go Ape team of sailors, runners, cyclists and adventurers are all packed and ready to embark on the race of a lifetime.

We’ll be posting photos and videos from the main event to keep you updated with the latest trials, tribulations and victories as the team make their way from Barmouth to Fort William. Including a sneak peak at what Chief Sailor/Skipper, Jerome Mayhew, has packed for the grand voyage:

Of course there’s more than just the departure from Barmouth to deal with, first of all the team had to make their way to the start line. Here’s a first-hand summary from Jerome:

Well, we have passed the first hurdle of the race, which was to get to Barmouth and the start.

He continues,

“The delivery trip has taken Go Ape, Live Life Adventurously from Levington in Suffolk all the way down the South coast of England to Lands End, around and across the Bristol Channel up to Milford Haven and then to the north of Cardigan Bay and Barmouth. Fog enveloped the yacht for the last ten hours of the sail, making landfall at Barmouth a heart in mouth experience. Visibility was less than 100m!

Fog Three Peaks Yacht Race

The final touches are now being put to the boat: runner Ed Smith was sent up the mast this morning, using his Wire Rope Inspection qualification to check the rigging. All superfluous weight has now been removed from the boat and we are getting close to final race configuration. However, most of the time now is being spent in sailing awe of the other competitors. There is an incredibly high standard of racing talent in the fleet, with many professional sailors and specialist boats. It is exciting to be in such company but we have no illusions as to our chances! Pre-match nerves…”

We’re happy to report the fog lifted, treating the team to a spectacular view from the yacht. Here’s hoping conditions remain fair.

Sunny views from Three Peaks Yacht Race

We’ll be posting more updates on the blog across the next week, keep coming back to see what the team has been up to.

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