Graham Hartley explains why he found Richard's summer smartphone series inspiring, even after a hot summer pounding the tarmac in a seemingly endless sequence of urban races throughout the South West...
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An amazing number of members took advantage of this quadrennial opportunity to orienteer in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK. Besides testing themselves on some of the most challenging - and wet - terrain! Who doesn't know how to navigate via marshes now?
Richard Sansbury has planned four weekly street events within Taunton. You can run the course any time you like during its allotted week. Download a copy of the map & the free app onto a smartphone, then read these notes - and you're ready to go.
Situated in the north west of the Lake District the course area was steep working forest with surrounding areas of open fell. Weather was significantly better than earlier days so much so that waterproof hooded jackets were not required!
in the South West
Time is running out if you want to enter the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon), being held in the Black Mountains, a short hop away over the Severn Bridge in late October. With no Long O this year, it's the longest adventure race available locally (19 Aug: event now sold out)
Angle Tarn Pikes
Day 2 was under threat - event organisers warned of a possible cancellation due to the unexpectedly heavy rainfall and potential for flooded fields for car parking. Fortunately, the event went ahead and competitors enjoyed much improved weather from Day 1.
After weeks of dry weather it was “waterproofs must be worn/carried by all runners” today. Despite the weather outlook QO entrants were keen to leave the flat fields of Grasmere to tackle the 2.3 km walk (400m of ascent) to the start.