Many people enjoy a challenge, and pushing themselves to their limits all in aid of a good cause can make for a great day out. Sponsoring people to take part in charity events, especially those that require dedication and training can be a fantastic way of raising money towards a worthy cause. However, some events may require a little more focus. Tough Mudder is an outdoor event with a twist, it’s extremely difficult and very muddy. This challenge will push even the toughest of athletes to their physical and mental limits, but all in aid of some fantastic charities.
Although there are many outdoor events such as marathons, bike rides and hikes, none are quite as extreme as Tough Mudder. Outdoor specialists FieldandTrek.com have everything participants need to prepare for this event, if they dare to take part. From training physically and mentally to finding the most appropriate kit to wear, there is certainly a lot to plan for. At FieldandTrek.com there is an extensive range of walking and hiking boots along with outdoor clothing such as base layers and waterproofs that will come in very handy during this challenge.
For those wondering what to expect, there will be water, mud, sweat and tears. The arena course will see participants battle their way through gushing water and mud baths, trying their best to stay upright. The backwoods course exposes them to the elements along with obstacles and different terrains taking nature running to the extreme. The open range course goes through country fields, deserts and off the radar trails whilst partakers lumber heavy tree trunks up and over hills. Off road is an adrenaline filled route and will take players through a variety of extreme terrains including ice and of course, mud. For those who have made it this far, the mountain course as the name may suggest involves climbing over obstacles and helping team mates up steep inclines. The muscle course puts participants on the home run and those with enough strength and power to tackle the muddy roads, hair pin turns and never ending tracks will eventually meet the finish line.
This event clearly requires immense training and only the fittest will survive. It is recommended that those interested in applying seek medical and fitness advise prior to the event to ensure they are physically able to complete this incredible challenge. The last Tough Mudder event took place last weekend, however there is another one planned early August on the 2nd and 3rd in Yorkshire for those brave enough to tackle the mud. To help prepare for this event head over to fieldandtrek.com and take a look at the fantastic range of outdoor clothing and footwear to aid performance during events such as Tough Mudder.
This July from the 4th-6th, the first of 3 climbing festivals takes place in Cornwall. The BMC (British Mountaineering Council) are holding three festivals dedicated to climbing at various UK locations, for all those with an interest in the sport, whether they’re beginners or experts. The short camping weekend is an opportunity for climbers to meet fellow enthusiasts and share stories, tips, advice and climb together.
The first festival is located in St.Ives in Cornwall and those attending will need to meet around 6pm on Friday evening for drinks at one of the local pubs. The weekend kicks off with some relaxation and mingling with fellow climbers. The following morning campers will wake up to a complimentary breakfast by the on site caterers to set them up for a great day of climbing. On the evening, South West rock climbing pioneer Frank Cannings will be giving a guest speech followed by a charity raffle in aid of Climbers Against Cancer. On the final day, breakfast is again on offer in preparation for a final day of climbing.
For those who can’t make the festival or want to go again, there are two more festivals held throughout the year. The next is later this month on the 26th July and this will be held in Bristol. The final festival is later in the year on the 12th September and this will be located in Gower.
For novice climbers who want to get into the sport and find out more about these exciting events, take a look at the BMC website for more details on how to get involved.
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In just under a months time the Commonwealth Games takes place in Glasgow. The multisport event happens every four years and involves athletes from each of the Commonwealth Nations. During the games, sports played predominantly in Commonwealth countries such as lawn bowls and netball are also played along with many Olympic sports.
Out of all the countries involved in the Commonwealth games, only 6 teams have attended every single event, including Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales and New Zealand. There’s a total of 21 sports allowed in the Commonwealth along with 7 para sports. These are categorised into 3 sections including core sports, which must be included, optional sports which may be chosen by the host nation, in this case Scotland and finally, recognised sports which may only be played if the CGF’s requirements are met.
This year is the 20th Commonwealth games and will last for 11 days. On Wednesday 23rd July, the opening ceremony will commence at Celtic Park, a formal procession by 4500 athletes and coaches. On Thursday 24th July the events start taking place from 9o’clock in the morning until 10.30pm at night. Events on the first day include aquatics, badminton, cycling, gymnastics and a whole host more.
The Commonwealth games will be televised and can also be heard on the radio as well as catch up TV and sports apps to ensure you keep up to date with all of the action.
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On Saturday 21st June to Sunday the 22nd, the British Heart Foundation’s annual London to Brighton trek takes place. The event is a testing 64 mile trek across various terrain from London’s Sandown Park Racecourse, to Brighton Racecourse. Over the course of 30 hours, participants will walk through the day and night to complete the challenge. The event takes place in order to raise money for those suffering heart problems. Each year, the money raised goes towards such causes and over the past few decades survival rates have increased dramatically with the introduction of new technologies thanks to the funding the BHF receives. In 1961, children born with a heart defect had only a 20% chance of surviving their first birthday, today it’s 80%.
The trek is approximately 64 miles or 105km, with 1026m of climbing. The route is challenging and pushes participants to new levels when night falls as they have to continue to navigate the route with limited lighting and cooler temperatures. The first 20 miles of the route is relatively flat with some steady inclines between 20 and 30 miles into the route. Between the 30 and 45 mile mark, there is a steady decline and onto flat ground to take walkers to the 50 mile point. At 50 miles participants will experience the largest incline at approximately 150m in 1 mile. This is followed by a 5 mile coastal walk to view the scenery and promenade at Hove and Brighton and to complete the trek there’s another large incline to the finish line.
The BHF have supplied a detailed training plan for those taking part which sets out training routines for each week in the build up to the event. There is lots of advice regarding equipment and food/water supplies that walkers should have during the event. Participants are advised to have support drivers who can pick them up if they drop out or meet them at checkpoints for extra supplies. Each checkpoint will have water supplies and some have snacks or shops to stock up on food. At the halfway point hikers will be given a hot meal and along the way there will be various places to use the toilets. In the route maps supplied by the BHF walkers are advised what time they need to leave each checkpoint by in order to complete the walk in the recommended time. Walkers should finish the event by 2pm on the Sunday.
Although walking is an every day activity for many people, intense walks or hikes require a good amount of training and use of correct equipment. Finding the right pair of walking boots is key to success and other equipment such as waterproofs, layers and rucksacks should be used to enhance performance and ensure comfort during such hikes. More information can be found on the BHF website and although entries for this years trek have now closed, next years event should open shortly for people to sign up.
FieldandTrek.com have a vast selection of walking clothing and accessories, these can be found online at http://www.fieldandtrek.com/walking.
As Summer finally arrives, festival season is just days away, kicking off next week with two of the biggest festivals, Isle of Wight and Download. Every year hundreds of thousands of music fans turn up to festivals up and down the country for a weekend full of music, comedy, camping and great fun. This year will be no different, with many festivals selling out in short spaces of time, there is a lot of excitement for the big, and small festivals to kick off. Across the board there are some huge headline acts amongst well established artists and up and coming newbies hoping to win over potential fans during this years array of festivals.
Next Thursday on the 12th June, Isle of Wight festival begins. The festival has been running annually since 1968 and has grew from 15,000 people to 65,000 people attending. In 2007 the Isle of Wight festival was awarded ‘Best Major Festival’. This year headlining the rock and alternative festival will be Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Kings of Leon.
Shortly after Isle of Wight festival commences, Download festival will begin on the 13th June, held at Donington Park in Leicestershire. The heavy metal and rock festival has only been running since 2003 but is one of the most popular festivals around. This year headliners include, Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park and Aerosmith.
Later this month on the 25th June, Glastonbury festival will take place. This is a hugely popular festival and attracts a wide range of music lovers including rock, pop, electronic, folk and reggae music fans. The festival has ran on and off since 1970 with tickets to the first festival costing only £1. In recent years ticket prices have gradually increased to a jaw dropping £205. Headlining acts this year include Arcade Fire, Kasabian and Metallica.
Many people choose to camp at festivals in order to get the most for their money and enjoy every minute of the festival atmosphere. Camping can be great fun but at festivals there is limited spaces and safety issues to bare in mind. Turning up early is an ideal way of securing a good camping spot and being mindful with your belongings is crucial to ensure you keep any valuables safe, or don’t take valuables in the first place. Tents, sleeping bags and other essential camping equipment are all available from fieldandtrek.com to help prepare festival goers for their next event.
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This summer across the Peak District, many events are being held as part of the Summer of Cycling 2014. Following the success of last years event, since April various cycling days have been put on across the Peak District and will continue until October. The event is designed for people of all ages and abilities, including families getting involved together. The cycles offer a fantastic opportunity for everyone to explore the Peak District, get some exercise and have lots of fun.
A few highlights from across the summer include the Peak Epic Sportive held at Lady Manner School, Bakewell. This cycling route has 14 categorised climbs with the long ascends of 4000m in just 165km. The route primarily sticks to quiet country lanes away from traffic and major roads. There are 3 routes to choose form in this event including a medium and short route compared to the 165km mentioned above.
The L’Eroica vintage bicycle event is a key highlight throughout the summer of cycling and is a 3 day event combining fun, sport and a touch of vintage. The event is inspired by the Italian version held in Tuscany and participants dress in vintage cycling wear to celebrate the theme. The event takes place from the 20th to the 22nd June.
On the 6th July the Tour de France comes to England, starting in Yorkshire the cycle route slowly makes its way down the country through Harrogate and round to Huddersfield, through the Peak District and down to Sheffield. This famous event is definitely worth getting involved in.
Moving into August on the 1st and 2nd there will be a 70 mile cycle around Staffordshire and Shugborough Hall. There are two routes during this event to accommodate for both experienced and relatively new cyclists. Although this route is not strictly in the Peak District, the trail goes through Cannock Chase forest where there will be an array of scenic views, not to mention Shugborough itself.
Another event to take of note of is the Cycle Derby Sportive at the new Velodrome arena. There are three distances to choose form in this event, 50km, 80km or 160km and there is also a family bike ride around Alvaston Park, so there really is something for everyone in this particular event.
Among these fantastic events there are many others taking place throughout the summer, so take a look at the summer of cycling website to find out where and when other events will beheld. Many of the events are free of charge, however some do require a participation fee, all the relevant information regarding this can also be found online. For those already taking part or anyone thinking of getting involved, be sure to get your bike fully checked out prior to any event to ensure it is road worthy. Invest in some appropriate cycle clothing including hi visibility accessories for added safety.
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As people age they will lose muscle and bone mass and are at risk of developing problems such as back pain, osteoarthritis or osteoporosis. The rate of muscle loss can be slowed down by regular exercise, something many older people stop doing as they age. Regular exercise can also increase balance and mobility thus reducing the risk of accidents related to balance within older people. Various research shows that gentle exercise can improve health, contrary to older beliefs that only vigorous exercise could improve a persons health and fitness levels. As people age, they naturally become less able and athletic, but by no means should this stop people from continuing with regular exercise. Here FieldandTrek.com takes a look at how to stay fit as an older person and the health benefits of doing so.
The longer a person stays inactive for, the more problems they are at risk of developing. Joints may seize up and muscle will slowly deteriorate, making a person more unable and less mobile as time goes on. Being active as an older person doesn’t necessarily mean joining a gym or taking up a sport, it can be as simple as everyday tasks such as pottering in the garden, gentle bending to deweed or a walk around the garden watering plants offers a short burst of activity that will benefit an older person. Washing the car or taking a short walk around nearby lanes is an easy way to get the heart pumping a little faster and to use muscles that don’t get used as often as they used to.
For those with conditions such as high blood pressure, exercises such as swimming can be a gentle way of lowering blood pressure and improving overall stress levels and mood. There are four main things in which exercise can benefit for an older person, these include stamina, being able to walk longer distance or exercise for longer. Strength, carrying shopping, walking up and down stairs, opening things such as stiff jars. Flexibility to help bend when getting dressed or picking up things and balance to help walking and climbing stairs or avoiding falls. These vital abilities are easy to maintain if a person is fit enough. As mentioned previously as you age gentle exercise will help with every day tasks and there is no need to take up vigorous exercise as this will more than likely cause more damage than good.
Staying fit and healthy is important at any age, and especially as a person starts to become less able at everyday tasks. It is advised to seek medical attention prior to taking up a new form of exercise to ensure there are no precautions that need to be taken. There is a great range of exercise equipment and accessories available to use around the house on a daily basis in order to maintain a regular exercise regime, such as small stress balls ideal for arthritis sufferers.
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Gone are the days of children playing out in the street, making friends and getting plenty of exercise and fresh air. Today’s youngsters are more than likely cooped up in their bedrooms, eyes fixated on the television and games controller in hand. Should parents be concerned about the lack of outdoor play their children are getting? And are parents becoming too lazy to find children things to play and do, other than sticking them in front of a TV screen? FieldandTrek.com take a look into why children spend less time outdoors, and what parents can do to change the fast becoming stereotype of today’s younger generation.
A survey conducted on behalf of wood preservation company, Ronseal revealed that children spend up to 10 times as long playing video games and watching TV as they do playing outdoors. This equates to one whole day out of each week spent indoors on electrical devices and only 2 and a half hours each week playing outdoors. Despite these shocking statistics only 4 in 10 of the 2000 people surveyed admitted their children don’t spend enough time outdoors.
There was a time when children could play freely in the streets and neighbourhoods with other children, causing little worry to parents of there whereabouts. Unfortunately, we now live in a time where letting children go off and play outside can pose many threats and dangers, including strangers and busy road traffic. This is an obvious reason why many parents would much rather children stay inside, where they are safe and can be kept an eye on.
The NHS recommends that children aged 5-18 years old should be getting at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. This may be hard to fit in if children are spending 3-4 hours in front of the TV, so it’s time for parents to make some big changes. It is very important for children to grow up with a good level of health and fitness, playing outdoors for an hour or so after school is a fantastic way for kids to keep fit, without even realising.
There are many games that can be played outdoors in the garden, no matter how big or small that garden may be. Ball games, hide and seek and other classic games can be lots of fun or simply going on a walk perhaps with the family pet can be a fun activity for everyone to get involved with. For those with a lack of garden space or living in busy, dangerous areas, taking some time out to join a club or do a weekly activity with younger children such as rock climbing, ice skating or swimming is an easy way to keep them active as well as having fun.
There are many ways for parents to incorporate outdoor play into their childrens lives and there are endless activities for kids to learn and enjoy. Weaning children away from TV’s and games consoles and encouraging them to play outdoors will not only save on the electric bill but it will do wonders for their health and fitness as well.
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Today is the halfway mark of the Womens Tour of Britain cycling event, held across various locations within the UK this week. The annual event began last Wednesday, 7th May from Oundle to Northampton. The event is aimed at professional cyclists and there are 16 world top teams competing this year each with six riders per race.
The first stage of the race took part in Northamptonshire, starting in Oundle and ending in Northampton. This route was approximately 93.8km and took on average 2 and a half hours to complete. The winner of the first stage was Emma Johansson with a time of 2 hours 28 minutes and 29 seconds.
On Thursday, the second race took place in Hinckley, to Bedford, a 118.5km race taking over 3 hours to complete. Rossella Ratto won this race in a time of 3 hours, 2 minutes and 2 seconds. Today the third leg of the race takes place in Essex, starting at Felixstowe and ending in Clacton. The 90.5km route is the shortest of the 5 days. Over the weekend, the final 2 stages will take place from Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City, a 97.8km route and Harwich to Bury st Edmunds, a 108.3km ride.
Cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy and can become a very competitive sport at a high level. Many of the athletes participating got into cycling at a young age as many people do. When competing in cycling events it is important to have to correct clothing a footwear to ensure a comfortable ride. Base layers and cycle shorts are perfect along with well fitting trainers, preferably specially design cycling shoes.
To keep up to date with each event you can do so through social media and the Womens Tour website, for daily updates and news on the winners of each race.
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Walking is an everyday activity for most people and requires little thought or effort, unlike other forms of exercise. According to Britain’s most comprehensive survey of sport, 22% of the population walk recreationally for at least 30 minutes every month. Walking is a fantastic way for people of all ages to keep fit and healthy and get outdoors.
The 26th April marks the start of the Bristol Walking Festival, held for one month until 26th May. The festival is an opportunity for walkers to explore the city and get fit outdoors. There will be over 150 different walks to choose from across the 30 day event thanks to over 70 organisations and individuals involved in making the event possible.
Some of the routes throughout the walking festival are themed and will be educational to those taking part. Each route is a chance to explore different parts of the city, showcasing some interesting and educational landmarks throughout. A few walks available are Medieval Bristol, Avon Gorge Birding Walk, Foraging Edible Foods, Butterfly Spotting on the Downs, Night Walk, Bristol Onions and Gorgeous Goats and Bristol in Books, to name just a few.
Not only does the festival give walkers from the local area and across the country the chance to explore the hidden corners of Bristol and learn about the history and heritage of the city, it is a fantastic excuse to get some fresh air and exercise. With many of the walks averaging between 1-5 miles, although there are much longer walks, each route is graded 1-4 depending on its intensity, so walkers can choose which route they feel they are capable of completing. Walking is a great way to lose weight and stay fit, it helps keep bones and joints flexible and boosts the immune system which in turn helps reduce the risk of serious illness. The event is a great way of meeting new people and each walk will have its own walking leader to guide the group around the city.
As there are many walks to take part in, with a variety of intensity and challenges walkers should prepare for the event by walking short distances and building up to the number of miles they plan to accomplish in the event, to ensure they are fit enough on the day. For the longer and more challenging walks especially, it is advised that walkers wear appropriate footwear and clothing. This can be weather dependant so layers and waterproofs are a good idea. Trail shoes or walking boots are ideal footwear as they are designed for different types of terrain and offer the correct support to the walker.
To take part in any of the events you can find out more information on each route and the starting places and times through Bristol City Council. The festival is a free event, however some walks require a participation fee as they involve a guided tour or activity.
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