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Whoever said good things don’t last got it wrong… as I am super excited (and a big bit proud) to be staying on as an Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion for a second term. Last year the scheme brought some amazing opportunities for me, both to help me get outside a little bit more than usual, but also to help me encourage you to get outside more too. I mean, I even made an appearance on the lineup at a festival! Ha! 

Splodz Blogz | GetOutside Champion 2018

Proof I got a second term… my cheesy official photo!

A GetOutside Champion, as you may be wondering, is someone tasked by Ordnance Survey, the very British mapping company, with encouraging others to get outside. The group, a team of outdoors enthusiasts who love to share their adventures online and in person, aren’t employed by OS, but rather work with the organisation to spread the word about how awesome spending time on little (and big) adventures in the British countryside is.

Once again I’m joined by some truly amazing outdoorsy people from all over the UK. This year there are 60 of us… and we’re all wandering around the UK in our blue and green Craghoppers jackets. Just look at us all…

Splodz Blogz | GetOutside Champion 2018

The 2018 GetOutside Champions at the launch event in the New Forest.

It is a real honour to have been chosen. This is an acknowledgement of my aim to encourage you (yes, you) to get outside whenever you get an hour (you are taking part in One Hour Outside aren’t you?!), and for demonstrating that the outdoors is for everyone. When I consider my place in the group of Champions I wonder what OS were thinking by picking me, again, a full-time office-worker who has to fit in tiny adventures in-between everything else life throws at her. But the fact that they have makes me think that, maybe, this whole life is all about the journey thing, and my desire to make the most of my days on this planet, is worth something.

Splodz Blogz | GetOutside Champion 2018

Hiking in the New Forest at the launch event.

I absolutely want to encourage you to GetOutside more. That is the only point to me being involved in this, and the reason I have been chosen. I will be using my blog and social media channels to hopefully present the benefits (and the views), and hope that this helps inspire you in the same way that I have been inspired.

Let’s begin with a simple question.

What’s your favourite way to GetOutside?

Comment below and let me know.

Oh, and in case you wanted to know what a group of GetOutside Champions do when they get together in the New Forest… watch my little video:

I hope to make more little videos like this if you like watching them… let me know by subscribing on YouTube.

Find out more about the scheme and my fellow Champions over at

And if you like photos of nice views and outdoorsy things, make sure you’re following me on instagram.

And want to treat yourself to some GetOutside inspiration? You know… maps?! You can get them all on the Ordnance Survey website.

5 Responses

  1. Sarah | The Urban Wanderer

    Yay! I am so pleased that you got a second term, you’re great at being an advocate for getting outside. I love the teal coat too, very nice, as is your official picture. I don’t think it is cheesy at all. I love getting outside doing my “reverse commute” and morning and evening miles. I take different routes along the two canals on either side of my home and also explore all of the streets that get me there too. You learn something new every time, even after living in this part of the city for 11 years!

    I’m looking forward to your Get outside adventures this year! 🙂

    • Splodz

      Thanks Sarah 🙂 🙂 I still think OS missed a trick not picking you this year – you do a grand job encouraging others to get outside in an urban environment, especially me. Your reverse commute is hugely inspiring, and even meant I was motivated to start commuting on foot myself now I’ve moved.

  2. Sarah

    Congrats on the second term. I aspire to be a Get Outside Champion. I applied for this year but was not successful, but it hasn’t put me off, just made me more enthused for next year. I look forward to following all your adventures.

    WildDunk Camping

    • Splodz

      Thank you 🙂 Sorry you didn’t get picked – certainly doesn’t stop you inspiring others, and there will be another chance x

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