Photos by members of CamRacers, James
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Sabrina, Jason and Jeff travelled to Portugal for the World Series,
100 hour non-stop event.
| For Jason this was to
be his first expedition race. Indeed, it was only a few months earlier
in the year he was completing his first 5 hour adventure race! They
used inline skates, MTB, hiking, trikkes, kayaking and swimming to
work their way around the course. They gathered a suitable number
of bruises, aches and pains but stuck with it as a team to make it
to the finish. They were unfortunate to be stopped from a night kayak
stage but bounced back into 18th place overall out of 31 teams from
around the world. Without this stoppage they would have ranked significantly
higher as they had a good start. The real achievement though was overcoming
their individual problems and working together as a team to get through
the course. Reports.
A total of 9 of us travelled down to Epping with help from Jean
for a warm November night, solving cryptic clues and hunting for
checkpoints. We had three teams and all of them completed the
full long course within the 8 hour limit. Paul, Jason, Sabrina
and Jeff formed one team ready for their trip to Portugal as a
team. They were the fastest mixed team (although there are no
prizes for this category!) and were second overall.
Nicole and Pat teamed up again which left Russ, Ben and David
as the third grouping. When the aggregated team times were computed,
we were unfortunately 3 minutes behind the fastest group, so left
empty handed - but we'll be back next year to try again! The event
formed a part of a longer team training session including overnight
mountain biking, kayaking and inline skating. Event
CamRacers have been confirmed as taking third place for the Rat
Race Adventure Series 2008. Aberdeen Asset Management took 1st place
ahead of Sleepmonsters/inov-8.
|We achieved good placings
in all the events we competed at in Bristol, Brighton, Edinburgh and
London. Congratulations to Russ, Paul, Sabrina, Jeff and Rob that
made up the squad. Sabrina also won a prize for the most number of
completed events. The Edinburgh event is being screened
on Channel 4 Saturday 8th Nov 7am and the London one on Sunday
23nd Nov 8:20am.
Jean marshalled at OMM, which was abandoned during day 1, due to
high winds, rain and floods, for the first time in its 41 year history.
The story made press reports around the world by mistakenly reporting
that most of the competitors were 'missing'. Julia and Pat were
In the final Rat Race of this year's series, we were up against
some very competitive teams. Sabrina, Paul and Russ were also racing
against CamRacers teammates Jeff, Ben, Maria and Tarquin racing
as part of other teams!
|We had a very good start
absolutely blasting around the streets on the saturday prologue making
full use of our experience of rat races and racing together. We finishing
the evening in 3rd place. We kept up the pressure on the Sunday over
a long course dropping back to 5th mixed team overall. A great end
to the series. Results.
The World Rogaine Championships were held in Estonia this year.
The event takes the form of a 24 hour score orienteering event from
a central camp which provides camping and food during the event
if you wish to return there. There is also a 2 hour planning period
before the start when teams are issued with the overprinted maps.
Russ and Jeff chose to be self-sufficient for the event and not
return to pick up food or sleep.
|Seven water stations as
the only source of drinking water were provided around the varied
terrain with a lot of water underfoot. Despite some poor route choices
and navigational errors through the night, Russ and Jeff had some
energy left in the morning and were 26th in the mens open and 37th
overall out of over 330 teams. Results.
final event of the SKINS 6 hour series was based at New Mills near
Kinder Reservoir. It was a big turnout for CamRacers on a day that
can only best be described as a bit wet, although the sun came out
at times and there were some good views to be had.
|Julia was placed 2nd in class of the
shorter event and Pat succesfully partnered Nicole around her first
event. Richard also joined us in the vet males in which Russ took
2nd place. Ben & Sabs did their first race together in the mixed
class and Jeff & Jason also partnered for the first time in the
male pairs having a very strong day to take 2nd place in that class
as well. Results.
Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc is perhaps the hardest ultramarathon in
Europe. At 166km and 9400m of ascent, it was a key aim for Andy
this year and he completed it in style, finishing in an amazing
=16th position as the first British male runner home. An outstanding
|Meanwhile Wendy was enduring her own,
only slightly less tough route, covering 98km and 5600m ascent of
the Courmayeur-Chamonix course. She gradually worked her way through
the field to complete in 22 hours, placed 24th in her class. Both
remarked that it was a fantastic atmosphere for the races. Andy's
are many things that have to go right for a successful race: transport,
equipment, navigation etc. Fitness and health are often taken for
granted or something that can be overcome.
| For the 2008 Czech Adventure race,
3 of the 4 of us became sick during the race and it proved too much
to overcome. Having said that, all of us managed to recover to some
extent and go back out on to the course to complete later stages -
such is the determination and spirit in adventure races. All of us
completed the early 35km long skate and Jeff and Sabs also finished
the longer 40km skate before they slept - a significant achievement
for us. We were made really welcome and there was good translation
for English speaking teams. The rope stages were especially interesting
compared to what is offered in UK races these days.
all the preparation and anticipation of this event, it was with
some disappointment that Sabrina and James lined up on foot at the
start line alongside all the other teams on their bikes.
| However they still completed the first
bike stage and the flying fox but were then forced to miss stages
due to their bikes still being in Paris somewhere. They were made
really welcome and had a great holiday/race joining in to do their
share of getting lost on the mountain treks together with most of
the other teams. Report.
Open 24 in Mid-Wales lived up to its reputation as the best UK Adventure
race. Paul and Jason had a great time on Jason's longest event to
| They were the first of the sit on
top kayaks to finish the short course and went on to clear the next
MTB stage before an evening on the hills, a reservoir kayak and downhill
MTB trail before finishing off with canyoning and more biking. They
were 18th in the male pairs which ranked them 11th in the series.
recent successes at Brighton and Bristol, we had obviously been
tipped as a team to watch in Edinburgh as Dreamteam
sought us out for a pre-race interview. We started with a
good saturday prologue.
|One mistake dropped us from 3rd place
to 5th but still left us only 10 minutes off 2nd place with 8 hours
of competition to come on the Sunday. We were holding our own until
about halfway around the course on the Sunday, having kayaking under
the Forth bridges and cycling back towards Edinburgh. Sabrina came
off her bike whilst on tow suffering bad cuts and grazes. This slowed
us somewhat for the remainder of the course, but we completed and
still managed 9th place overall earning more series points. At this
stage we are third in the series behind Aberdeen Asset Management
and Sleepmonsters/Inov-8. Report.
Images from Channel 4's Adrenaline Rush.
joined Martin Beale as the two runners aboard EADS Innovation Works,
skippered by Geoff West. In one of the quickest races due to favourable
winds and also one of the closest, Andy and Martin won trophies
for being the fastest team on each of the Snowdon, Scafell Pike
and Ben Nevis runs as well as King of the Hills for the fastest
|They were narrowly beaten into 2nd
place for the race overall by the Journeymaker 5 team in what should
make excellent viewing on the DreamTeam TV programme to be screened
later in the year. Web
& Sabrina persuaded Rob to try this as his first adventure race
at short notice with some hectic logistics to get to the start line,
but were rewarded with a fast race and some great weather.
|From early in the race, it was a 3
way battle between Aberdeen Asset Management, Sleepmonsters/Inov-8
and ourselves. Aberdeen were clearly the stronger, but at times we
were gaining on Sleepmosters/Inov-8 until the event closed down before
we had used all our alotted time. With a 4th place and now a 3rd in
the series, there will be everything to play for in Edinburgh. Race
Tarquin, Tim and Maria travelled to South West Ireland for this
week long expedition race. For everyone apart from Russ, this was
to be their first expedition race. It's a beautiful area and the
hills are very rough and pathless.
|We placed around 11th after the Monday
Prologue, but soon into the main race, the rough seas and our lack
of training were our undoing. Tim and Tarquin capsized close to the
final headland of the initial paddle and had to be rescued from the
cold waters. This help made us unranked in the competition but we
rejoined the main race and were soon moving back through the field.
On the long trek we thought we were going to make the cut off time,
but when we arrived we were told the time had been changed so we were
moved on to the shorter course with several other teams. This gave
us a 12 hour rest before the final 24 hours of cycle/canoe/trek over
the highest mountains in Ireland to complete the shortened course.
We worked well as a team and a lot was learnt as well as journeying
through fantastic scenery and making some friends along the way. Team
our first time at the Bristol Rat Race, Jeff, Paul and Sabrina made
a stunning start, visiting most of the checkpoints to lie 3rd overnight
from the saturday prologue.
|Sunday was much longer with a wide
variety of activities. Our friends from
team teacake.com unfortunately managed to overtake us (Colin sometimes
trains with us!) and push us into 4th overall. Still a fantastic result
and our best yet in a Rat Race. Web
on from an impressive 6th place in the Fellsman 60 mile run in May,
Andy won the Endurancelife 2 day Devon coast to coast race.
|On a bike he borrowed from Paul, he
first had to cycle a considerable distance to the race after the train
service was replaced by bus! He then went on to run, bike and paddle
the 130 mile course to win by a clear margin.
3 of the SKINS 6 hour events in the Peak District involved kayak,
run and MTB.
|After battling against the waves on
the reservoir, Wendy and Russ cleared the foot and orienteering course
which took them up to Harboro' Rocks and then leapt on the bikes for
a final 90 minutes to win the Mixed Veteran pairs by just 1 point
and also overtake the younger Mixed Pairs . Report.
|Congratulations to Paul in taking
the title in the M45 class of the Coastal Marathon Series. This consisted
of 5 coastal trail marathons in the scenic south west of England.
He was 1st M45 in 4 of the 5 races and often in the top 10 overall
so it came as no surprise to find he was the series class winner overall
after the final race on April 12th 2008.
||Russ, Paul, Hamish and
Jason formed a team for this event on April 5th 2008 at short notice
after a friend told us about it. It's a 40 mile event over the Peak
District from Holmbridge to Buxton organised by Derbyshire Scouts
which attracts fell runners as well as walkers. We battled through
snow, sleet, hail, and sunshine to finish in 9 hours 24 mins and won
Keeling Trophy for the fastest team with all members new to the
event. We were 9th fastest overall of 90 teams.
||Paul and Jeff headed out
to the Polish Mountains at the end of February for this testing 150
km / 40 hr race. The weather was very mild so they were only in the
snow for a short while. They were the only British Team in the speed
race and finished in just under 29 hours in 19th place from 60 starters.