Welcome to the Adventure Network blog. This site is intended so that people can share their adventures, big or small, with other like-minded people.

It is my intention to post topics on this site in order to provide people with ideas and inspiration to plan and undertake their own adventures.

I'm rather new at this so please bear with me. I hope you enjoy the site.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Tick Info

Anyone who regularly ventures into the British hills will proberbly have taken home a Tick or two at some time? As a result of milder winters and changing farming techniques Tick populations are rising.

The following site gives info and advice about Ticks and the recommended treatment should one of these little bliters attach itself to you.


They've done it

British adventure racers Anthony Emmet and Bruce Duncan have completed their Epic non-stop Triathalon, which saw them running the Bob Graham 24hr Round, Cycling from John-O-Groats to Lands End, on a tandem, and then competing in the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Well done lads!!

Run a marathon without training ...

Last Sunday (17th April) I ran the London Matrathon, as part of the Adventure Fundraising Team, in memory of my friend Ray Glazer, to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support and Alzheimer's Society. Whilst I didn't finish in the time I wanted to do I none the less enjoyed the event fully and I'm sure I'll run it again in the near future to raise more funds for charity.

Whilst running with over 35,000 other runners, it occured to me that the London Marathon was proberbly quite an adventure for many of the runners involved. The majority of entrants were proberbly not dedicated runners but had in fact entered to raise money for charities and good causes and to gain some sort of personal acheivement. I got to wondering how these individuals, who were not normally runners, had found their training over the previous 16 or 18 weeks and how many of them would continue running afterwards or even enter another marathon. Either way it didn't matter. The fact was that everybody who crossed the start line had initialy had a dream to run the biggest marathon event in the world, whether it had been to raise money for charity, to acheive a personal best time, or just to be able to complete 26.2 miles. From the first day that they had begun their training, through all the cold and wet training sessions and through the highs and lows of the marathon itself, everyone of them had had an adventure along the way. After crossing the finish line and receiving their medals there would be many memories recolected and stories to be told for years to come.

What also struck me was that all of these people, runners and spectators alike, of all colours, creeds, and religeons, were enjoying the carnival atmosphere and sharing in the joy of this fantastic event and cheering and encouraging each other on. For the whole of the 26.2 mile course I saw nothing but joy, happiness and laughter on the the faces of thousands and it was fantastic to be a part of it.

Over a week has passed now and I find myself searching the internet reading about other peoples stories, not only of the London Marathon but of other marathons around the world. As I was reading I came across this short story (see below) about two friends who ran the San Fransico marathon without doing any training at all. Whilst I certainly don't advocate running a marathon without doing the right amount of training I found the story to be an interesting example of what people can acheive if they put their minds to it and they have the desire to succeed.

          Running a Marathon without training:  by Andrew Gertrig
A few years ago I ran the San Francisco marathon without training and finished it in 4 hours and 28 minutes. Most people don’t believe me when I tell them I did this, then when they do they then start thinking I’m an idiot. I did do it, and maybe. The part of the story that I don’t normally share is that my friend Tyson also ran the marathon that day and finished in around 5 and 1/2 hours. To me his run, though an hour longer, is probably more impressive of a feat.

Everything started on a Tuesday evening in Livermore, CA where Tyson and I were both working as interns at LLNL. We were shooting pool with 2 other interns and one of them mentioned that he was going to run the San Francisco marathon that coming Sunday. I am not sure if there is a possible logical chain of events between his comment and the point that Tyson and I were registering for the marathon and buying running shoes at the Expo the day before it, but it happened. What was logical was that Tyson (now a nuclear physicist) and I decided that we needed a plan for how to finish the marathon. This is where Tyson’s story gets more impressive. As we started hashing things out we started by discussing our current levels of physical fitness and how far we had ever run before. Tyson had always been more into playing music than sports, so when he told me that he didn’t think that he had ever run for more than a mile before it gave me only a moments pause. This is when I actually started to feel confident because I played intramural soccer in college and had once gone for a three mile run. After all we were two smart young guys, so who needs to have run longer than a mile before when you are about to run 26.2 miles. Not us.

So we talked with our marathoning buddy who had tricked us into this somehow and we came up with a plan. How to hack a marathon:

  1. Don’t plan on running the whole thing
  2. Take 4 Advil an hour before the race
  3. Take a walking break at every mile marker
  4. Eat half a banana whenever you see one
  5. Take two waters at ever water station
  6. Eat no more than 3 Gu energy packs because our stomachs didn’t like them
  7. Take bathroom breaks
  8. Walk every hill
  9. Meet interesting people and use conversation to kill the pain
  10. Put bandaids on your nipples to prevent bleeding

Because I felt as though I was in relatively good shape I decided that I would run the first 4 miles at a little slower than a 10 minute pace and then start my plan of walking for 2 mins or less at every mile marker. I mostly stuck to the plan and finished with a pace of 10:14/mile. Tyson also stuck to his regimen and we both got our medals.

That day I learned a valuable lesson, that just because something seems hard and you don’t feel prepared does not mean that you can’t do it.

Now go run a marathon.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Cycling Across America

It must be the season for charity adventure challenges.

On April 24th 2011 Bob Livesey, a former British soldier, will set off to cycle across the United States of America. His cycling adventure will see him covering around 3,457 miles and climbing over 18 miles, in ascent, in 33 days.

Bob is undertaking this challenge to raise funds for the Royal British Legion, an organisation which helps over 100,000 serving and ex British Armed Forces servicemen and women every year.

Donations can be made at Bob's fundraising site:


The Epic Tri

How about this for a little adventure ...

Anthony Emmet and Bruce Duncan, two of the UK's top adventure racers are currently under-taking an amazing endurance challenge to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Their challenge, 'The Epic Tri' is a massive none stop triathalon challenge consisting of running the Bob Graham 24hour fellrunning challenge, cycling on a tandem from John-O-Groats to Lands End and then completeing the gruelling Devizes to Westminster canoe race.

The pair have already completed the Bob Graham round consisting of 65 miles, 42 Lakeland Mountain Tops and 27,000ft of climbing in under 24 hours, which is considered to be the toughest fell running challenge in the UK.

Anthony and Bruce are now well into their cycle leg which will see them covering almost 900 miles from the most northerly to the most southerly points of  mainland Britain. They hope to complete the cycle leg in around 60 hours and hope to arrive at Lands End sometime on the evening of 22nd April.

The challenge will culminate in them competing in the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race, over the Easter Weekend. The DW is the largest and longest canoe/kayak race in the country and has to be completed within 24 hours. The record for which stands at a staggering 15.5 hours.

You can follow this truely epic charity challenge and  make a donation to Cancer Research UK by visiting http://www.theepictri.com/

Saturday, 9 April 2011

New adventure travel website launched

A new adventure travel website  Kumutu  has recently been launched which provides travellers with a fantastic resourse to checkout  hundreds of tour operators across the globe. The site provides a facility to allow people, looking for adventure holidays, to search for specific activities or destinations, read reviews and book their selected trips through the tour operators listed on the site.


Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Sophie Collett completes Atacama Desert Race

Sophie Collet completed the Atacama Desert Crossing in a total of 42:59:02.
The Desert race, which Sophie ran to raise money for Help for Heroes was held over six stages. Her individual stage times were: Stage 1: 04:56:40; Stage 2: 06:51:17; Stage 3: 07:19:24; Stage 4: 08:35:51; Stage 5: 14:00:00; Stage 6: 01:15:50.

Sophie has almost reached her fundraising target of £8,000. Anyone wishing to sponsor sophie and donate to H4H can do so at: www.justgiving.com/Sophie-Collett

Well done Sophie and for a great cause.

Sarah Outen reaches the French coast

Photo courtesy of Sarah Outen
After 65 hours and 110 nautical miles, paddling by sea kayak with adventure film maker Justine Curgenven, from Tower Bridge, London, Sarah Outen reached the Northern Coast off France after an 8.5hr crossing of the English Channel.

Leg 1 of Sarah's London 2 London, round the world adventure, is now complete and she will now set off on the next stage of her epic trip alone by bicycle.

You can follow Sarah's round the world journey at http://www.sarahouten.com/

Chris M

Saturday, 2 April 2011

National Geographic - A week of adventure & expedition films

From Sunday 3rd until Saturday 9th April Expedition Week will be returning to the National Geographic Channel . There will be a fantastic line-up of shows, with two new premiere's showing each night, throughout the week.

The weeks viewing will kick off with Eating with Cannibals . Some of the other shows that will be featured are Hunt for the Abominable Snowman , Egypt's Lost Rival and Lost Land of the Tiger .
A complete listing of the weeks programmes can be found on the  Expedition Week website.

And She's Off

At 13.00 hrs today, Friday 1st April, Sarah Outen began her, London 2 London, round the world adventure.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Outen
She set off from Tower Bridge, in her kayak, escorted by two Royal Navy Patrol Boats whilst a large crowd of well wishers lined the banks of the Thames to see her off.

Click on the following links to see media coverage and photographs of Sarah setting out on her journey:         a BBC News article and photographs and the Channel 4 piece.

Sarah's friend and fellow adventurer Dave Cornthwaite took some video footage of the start of what will be an amazing journey and adventure.