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It’s difficult to escape the popularity of the Six Nations rugby tournament at this time of year, but while the teams duke it out on the field, we asked GO Outdoors blog readers to vote for which of the Six Nation countries was the best for the outdoors person. In third place we have England.
Ignore the weather, there’s plenty to see!
Six Nations of the Outdoors: 3rd Place England.
At GO Outdoors we’re all about making the outdoors more accessible to everyone. Whether you’re a total novice or an seasoned explorer, we love to hear your stories of triumph and adventure. 2013 finished with a fantastic story of the Meek family and their quest to complete 100s of outdoor tasks (all here in the UK) to help their daughters stay clear of too much TV. If they can do it – what new challenge will you do in 2014?
We’ve listed 15 challenges below to get you started:
Try as we may, we can’t all be great at knowing what to buy somebody for Christmas. You usually get some help with that ‘main’ present, but when it comes to some small optional extras for the stocking, or even for that colleague in the work ‘Secret Santa’, you can be left scratching your head. In this article we’ll take a look at some of our low cost favourites.
On October 18th 2013, many women will be taking to Roundhay Park in Leeds to join in the Twilight Race for Life. Race for Life is the popular all women event which helps raise money for Cancer Research UK, only this time – they’re doing it in the dark!
One of the best things about Britain is the beauty of our countryside spaces. The end of July and beginning of August is set aside to celebrate our National Parks, get people into the outdoors and enjoying the natural beauty of Britain. National Parks Week offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, over all of the 15 locations.
GO Outdoors store managers hit the mountains, marathon style.
Two store managers recently competed in the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, Simon (Manchester) and John (Wigan) took part in the event which requires you to navigate over a course in the Lake District for a weekend. They finished 60th out of 110 in their class and have reviewed some of the kit that they used:
June 5th marked National Running Day in the U.S which left us feeling a little down, as there isn’t a UK alternative to encourage the nation into their running shoes. Out on the roads and trails, you’ve probably noticed that the Olympics had a pretty big impact on how many people run in this country, but what is the best way to get started?
In the next instalment of our ‘favourite 5’ series, we take a look into the world of running. Whether you run for fun, for fitness, or for sport, running is one of the best exercises you can do, and one especially close to my heart.
Top 5 Running – Brandon, Social Media
Two men with healthy egos… two watches with a point to prove… and a race across the hills to the finish.
It was time to test the latest technology in electronic navigation and see which device could help Mike or Ollie become king of the navigators.
Who will prevail?
Imagine having the ability to never slip over on an icy surface, to be able to walk with ease in all conditions with 100% confidence. Is this possible?
Well this week on the GO Outdoors Show, Mike and Ollie decided to test this theory.
It was time to have a race…
When it comes to being organised at Christmas and getting everything you need way in advance, for some reason it never seems to happen. You just can’t think what to get!
Kielder Water & Forest Park
Escape it all and discover the overwhelming wilderness that is Kielder. Glassy waters and a never ending forest, if you’re looking for a new adventure, this place has no limits.
If you’re a dedicated trail runner, fell or road runner- or just up for a challenge- you need to know about the extreme obstacle courses of the Spartan Races. Developed by Selica Sevigny and Richard Lee, if the warning ‘You May Die’ for the events doesn’t put you off, you might want to take part!
The gym isn’t for everyone, and you don’t necessarily need it if you have weight loss or staying healthy on your mind. The outdoors offers up some fantastic opportunities for staying fit at your own pace and living a healthier lifestyle, no matter what age you are.
You can’t turn a channel these days without hearing somebody on some programme tell you how unfit we British have become, exercise seems like a chore and the gym can be a daunting place for newcomers or those uncomfortable with how they look. Luckily the outdoors offers up some great alternative exercises, but above all, you can work at your own pace and see some fantastic sights along the way. In this blog we’ll give you 5 ways to keep fit without the costly gym membership. Read more
A healthy dose of Sunshine could benefit you more than you think.
A new article has come out from the NHS advising the different levels of activity that adults need to undertake to stay fit and healthy. Many people have presumed that simple, daily activities like housework or non strenuous activity will suffice, when in fact; new guidelines tell us this is not the case. A minimum of 150 minutes a week of intense exercise that leaves you sweating with an increased heart rate is key. In England just 40% of men and 28% of women are meeting the new guidelines.
According to the NHS, the new advice for adults is that “adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate intensity aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week.” Read more
‘Ronning’ of course refers to a man who still wows us here at GO Outdoors, running every single day- well into his 70’s. It is, of course, Ron Hill MBE.
Ronhill was started by Ron, as was Hilly. Ron was born in 1938 and has a variety of achievements, many of which are listed on his website.
Here are a few.