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Project Brabham: Crowdfunded Motorsport

You won’t be surprised to learn that I love a bit of motorsport. There is something fabulous about the speed, noise and battle that takes place on a racetrack – whether tarmac or dirt or both, that gets the heart pumping. But I never thought I would have the opportunity to be a member of

A Spires and Steeples Re-Match

On Sunday I asked a lot of my body. And it delivered. I started and finished the Spires and Steeples Challenge, walking the 26(.75 ish) miles from Lincoln to Sleaford. Finishing wasn’t a given. I abandoned the hike at the half way point last year, defeated by the terrible weather and difficult conditions. This year

Learning to Snowboard with Snozone

Learning to snowboard has been on my list for quite a few years now. Earlier in the year I put it on my list of Goals and Challenges for 2014 to try and make certain that I got around to it after a failed attempt when on my last ski holiday (the “learn to snowboard”

Lifedge. Go do.

It was at about mile eight or nine of the Spires and Steeples Challenge yesterday that I thought to myself: “If only I had a Lifedge phone case this time last year, I’d have lots more proof of the terrible conditions that lead me to abandon my hike half way through.” At that moment I realised that thanks

Review: Osprey Tempest 20 Pack

I’ve been looking for a new pack for a while. My list of requirements has not been small – I want something that is more technical than fashion (I’ve been using an old fashion back pack for a long time now that’s done its job incredibly but has not had the technical spec to satisfy

Fly Boarding at Tattershall Lakes

I have often commented how I would have loved to be a Blue Peter presenter. Too old for that now, I reckon Channel 5’s The Gadget Show would be equally as good – with opportunities to try out the latest tech in all its guises. It was on The Gadget Show that I first saw

On the Footplate of a Steam Train

A few of the things on my bucket list are childhood dreams, and probably quite common ones at that. One of those is to drive a steam train – and I came remarkably close the other weekend when I spent some time riding on the footplate of the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway. Shortly after Christmas I

Movie Set Scenery – Wild West Part Four

One of the reasons I like to travel is to see things in real life that otherwise I could only see in pictures. Our Wild West motorcycle tour confirmed this for me: there is nothing better than seeing something that someone else once showed you in a photograph with your very own eyes. To stand

“In Beauty May I Walk” Sculpture at Doddington Hall

If you’re local to Lincoln (or even if you’re not) then the sculpture exhibition at Doddington Hall and Gardens is well worth a visit. Called “In Beauty May I Walk”, it’s open until 7th September and there’s a fabulous cafe to get a slice of cake afterwards. (And if someone wants to buy me either the

Giveaway: Walking Goodies from #MySwissKit

Knowing that I enjoy a good walk, Inntravel sent me a little Switzerland-themed present this week. Inntravel specialise in slow holidays, that is to say, holidays which reveal the lesser-taken path and which offer a truly individual holiday experience. I love the idea of a walking holiday. A couple of years ago I stayed in a

Review: The North Face Women’s GTD Jacket

Designed with long distance trail runners in mind, the new GTD Jacket from The North Face is ultra-lightweight, breathable and water repellent, and comes in a few happy bright colours. I might not be a distance runner, but as with so many things like this, they are not confined to one sport or one use.

The Hottest Place on Earth – Wild West Part Three

In the same way that nothing can really prepare you for skiing in -29 degrees Celsius (which we did in Ruka, Finland), nothing can prepare you for riding a motorbike in +48 degrees Celsius. It is not simply a case of being a bit hotter than a normal summer in the UK. Think double the

Mountain Biking at Sherwood Pines

Having promised myself I would take my mountain bike on some proper trails rather than just using it to get to and from work when I bought it a few years ago, and feeling empowered to just get on and do things rather than putting them off forever following my hike up Kinder Scout, I

LEJOG in my Spare Room – Finally Finished

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I simply cannot choose. Every challenge, every hobby, every activity seems like a good idea to me. I end up setting myself challenges and targets upon challenges and targets and I simply cannot do everything. The inability to decide one thing over another is tiring!  Earlier in the year, inspired

Review: Grill Chef by Landmann Gas Barbecue from Asda

My new barbecue arrived last week. The website did say that assembly would be required, but when I opened the box containing our new gas barbecue the other day I was not quite prepared for what I saw. Lots (and lots) of little bits – gas burners, hoses, igniters, grill trays, legs, wheels, uprights, a regulator,