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Best womens trainers for 2014

Best womens trainers for 2014

IN less than a month’s time we’ll be scrabbling to dig our our running trainers. So here’s a look at the best women’s trainers going on sale now. Oh and they’re in price order, so the cheapest are first. These aren’t trail running shoes but they’re ideal for running around a local park or wood….

Mountain Hardwear’s Absolute Zero Suit

Mountain Hardwear’s Absolute Zero Suit

DOWN suits are essential when you’re tackling high mountains. But for all the comfort and warmth they give, they’re also a complete pain to take on and off or to attend to calls of nature while wearing them. There’s much discussion on mountaineering forums about downsuits and which one is best – and there hasn’t…

Rambling Romance, And The Art Of Falling In Love

Rambling Romance, And The Art Of Falling In Love

“FOR many of our members, walking has not only meant getting outdoors, getting healthy and keeping active – relationships and friendships have blossomed and communities of shared interest and companionship have been formed,” says Simon Barnett, the Head of Walking Programmes and Promotions at the Ramblers. A romantic walk is one of the best ways…

Join Mencap on a desert ultra marathon in 2012

Join Mencap on a desert ultra marathon in 2012

MENCAP has some guaranteed places for those who want to take on some of the greatest desert races in the world. Spaces are up for grabs to enter the Atacama Crossing in Chile, RacingThePlanet in Jordan and the Gobi March in China next year. The races are self-sufficient and participants are expected to carry all food,…

Lucky The Penguin Gets A Teva Shoe

Lucky The Penguin Gets A Teva Shoe

ADVENTURE-footwear company Teva has helped out a baby penguin with an impaired foot at the Santa Barbara Zoo. The penguin, named Lucky, is now able to walk, hop and swim like any other penguin thanks to a custom made trainer. At birth the penguin appeared normal and healthy but as he grew and began to…

In Her Shoes

In Her Shoes

GRACE, a 19-year-old woman from southern Malawi’s Mwanza District in Africa has had three miscarriages. When she becomes pregnant for the fourth time, just seven months later, she goes into premature labour. But there is no ambulance to take her to the hopital and instead Grace walks two-hours to reach her nearest health centre. Once…

The First Climb Of The Year

The First Climb Of The Year

THE rock is drying out and many of us, like the University of Herts Climbing Club, are venturing back out for the first climb of the year. Climbing needn’t be demanding and if you’re not hugely confident then joining a club is a great way to get better and have friends around to show you…

Reading Climbing Centre’s Thursday Night Party

Reading Climbing Centre’s Thursday Night Party

“READING is one of the few major towns in the UK without a big climbing wall,” says John Dunne, a lifelong climbing who will be throwing a huge party to celebrate the opening of the brand new Reading Climbing Centre this coming Thursday night. It’s FREE entry and everyone is welcome at Unit 33 on the…

Toughbooks Meet Toughbiology

Toughbooks Meet Toughbiology

IF you think it’s annoying when your laptop crashes while checking email then imagine the frustration of it happening in a damp jungle just as you’re about to download a GPS track which may lead you to discovering an entirely new species… Watching and downloading the results from video trap cameras have helped scientists discover…

Raise A Glass To Shackleton

Raise A Glass To Shackleton

Sir Ernest Shackleton was born this day, 15 February, 137 years ago and Google paid homage to him today with this neat homepage graphic. It’s a nice gesture but surely there should be some other way of celebrating his achievements? Thankfully, mountaineer Stephen Venables is currently touring 17 venues throughout the UK with his retelling…

61-year-old Brit will climb Everest this April

61-year-old Brit will climb Everest this April

61-year-old Simon Knighton from Marlborough, Wiltshire, will climb Mount Everest in April 2011 with the aim of raising £100,000 for the charity Age UK and local good causes. Age UK is the new force combining Age Concern and Help the Aged, dedicated to improving later life. Simon, who has held roles at a senior level for…

Help Sherpa Laura Reach Everest Base Camp

Help Sherpa Laura Reach Everest Base Camp

TOMORROW on a busy Saturday in the Newlands shopping centre in Kettering, 34-year-old Laura Crick will ride a static bike for as long as it takes her to cycle 180 kilometres. The ride is in preparation for an Everest Trek for Help for Heroes and she’s hoping the six hours spent on a bike will help…

“Put On The Meat Ponchos”

“Put On The Meat Ponchos”

ALTHOUGH this is an advert for deodorant, the ‘Meat Poncho’ may be the next big product in running fitness. Look out for one at your nearest butchers…and remember Sweat is like tasty gravy for a wolf

Week 3 Now Online

Week 3 Now Online

SIGN in with your username and password then click on the ‘READ A52‘ tab to see this week’s issue. Inside this week we have: details on how to enter the Rab Mountain Marathon Yamaha’s concept adventure bike – the Worldcrosser Contour’s video camera that records our geographical position with a small GPS receiver a first…

“By eck lad, it were a wee bit parky up there”

“By eck lad, it were a wee bit parky up there”

ALTHOUGH the snow fell the night before, the first Rab Mini Mountain Marathon of the year took place on Sunday 9th January. It’s called a ‘mini’ version as the run lasts three hours over one day instead of the biggie which takes place for 11 hours over two days. In all there were 23 checkpoints to…

14-year-old Jordan Romero has sights on Mount Vinson

14-year-old Jordan Romero has sights on Mount Vinson

At just 13 years old, Jordan Romero climbed Mount Everest. Now, 14, he plans to become the youngest person to climb the seven summits and the final mountain on his list is Mount Vinson, the highest in Antarctica. He’s heading out there as we speak. Here’s what he’s achieved so far: 10 years old –…

“Opps”

“Opps”

THERE’S a key moment in the film 127 Hours where Aron Ralston, played by James Franco, let’s out an “Opps” and stares down at his arm. You’ll see that scene here in the trailer for ‘127 Hours’, the new film about Aron who in 2003, spent five days trapped with his arm crushed by a…

Take part in Mudrunner Icebreaker

Take part in Mudrunner Icebreaker

DEPENDING on how cold it is on Sunday 6th February, we may well be breaking the thin layers of ice covering the tops of huge pits of thick gooey mud in what the organisers call “a severe winter duathlon”. Taking place at Eastnor Castle (postcode HR8 1EP) near Worcester, Mudrunner:Icebreaker is a fun, challenging duathlon with…

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