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New 8.2 Website
December 17, 2009, 9:08 am
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Well at last! After months and months of hard work from us and the guys at The Engine Room www.engineroomdesign.com and not a little assistance from the Designing Demand Team we have finally completed our re brand. Out goes the old Adventure Challenge Events and in comes our new identity – Eight Point Two! By the way, if you were wondering, Eight Point Two relates to a metric (or modern) conversion of the The Whole Nine Yards – because thats what we do for all our customers.  The team is now stronger than ever and we are still one of the most experienced and professional companies operating in this market! Take a look and let us know your thoughts.

Welcome to the new Eight Point Two website!

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New event dates added for 2010…
December 16, 2009, 3:40 pm
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Our new list of 2010 events has now been added and you can book these at our new website www.eightpointtwo.co.uk



Sheffield Whole Hog 2008
December 16, 2009, 3:33 pm
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The forecast for the 23rd November (race day) was pretty ominous in the week leading up to the event. The word blizzard was mentioned more than once so we soon decided to adopt a slightly shorter course. It’s never an easy decision to make but what we lost in distance we decided to make up for in effort required. Consequently, the course ended up as being a very wet, boggy and hilly 9km.

The 230 competitors started the race with a steady 1k climb through Hesley woods and down to the beginning of a series of water troughs and streams. The initial stretch thinned out the competitors and the water and mud soon created some gaps! A series of two rope climbs led the competitors back over the Hesley pit plateau and down through the Hog Swamp – (which was as it sounds). Another straight forward 1km led back to the start area and the beginning of the, 2nd, longer lap.

A 30m 3d spider’s web was overcome followed by a stretch of small hills and craters which led to the mini assault course – a series of small climbs, crawls and scrambles. Straight out from this led down to a repeat of the 1st lap water troughs and river crossings followed by a, by now very squelchy, stretch around to the King of the Hill climb which had the racers gasping for breath even by the half way point. A rope was in place but it still required a great amount of effort!

The route now dropped back down through a long picturesque section which led gradually back up to the plateau. This ‘gentle’ section was soon interrupted with another mud slide down, then back up, towards the last of the ‘muddy’ challenges – the hog Pit. This years pit was fashioned from a 50m long trench that had been excavated prior to the event. Waist deep mud and water was waded through quickly followed by an uphill stretch to another mini obstacle course. One short loop was followed by the final obstacle of the day – the ski run – a 30 m long tarpaulin liberally sprinkled with washing up liquid which the competitors had to slide upwards on!

Another 200m and it was Hog Roasts and hot soup at the finishing line!

This year’s event was a truly gruelling affair for the competitors (and the event organisers) but the true Hog spirit shone through.

Thanks to all the competitors and all of the 22 volunteer marshals from 7th Dronfield Explorer group.



Wantisden Valley 2008 Whole Hog
December 16, 2009, 3:33 pm
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I’m pleased to report that this year’s event certainly had a few surprises for the 240 competitors who took part in the race.

The three course planners, myself (Ian Loombe), Ian Bliss and Stuart Anderson decided that we wanted to have a theme for this years event – this soon became obvious as Ian Bliss and I drew upon our old experiences in the Royal Marines. During training in the Marines you have to run a water based obstacle course called the Endurance Course. 2 miles of water filled tunnels followed by a 4 mile run back to camp – the ‘highlight’ of this being a duck under a water filled pipe. With all of this in mind we went about recreating the horror of the endurance course for the 2008 Hog Run. Hopefully the competitors weren’t disappointed with our creation!

Almost 12km was covered over track field and bog. The start was the normal thinning out exercise which we have to do to avoid large bottlenecks. Consequently competitors started with a quick gallop through the sandy hummocks and then bashed there way through the undergrowth to emerge with a 1km run to the first real obstacle. The ”tunnel of love’, as we nicknamed it, was an 8m long tunnel filled with mud (and whoever knows what). The tunnel was darkened by placing sheets over each end just to add to the experience.

One of the highlights of the day, for me, was in approaching the tunnel and listening to the howls of disgust from the competitors as they waded through.

Out of this tunnel led to another km of field running which then led to another quick crawl and, shortly after, the torpedo tube climb.

Another 1 ½ km of running through beautiful woodland led to one of the main event areas – a quick crawl under a JCB followed by a rope climb out of the bomb hole soon led to another 20m crawl shortly followed by one of the highlights of the day (for the spectators). The torpedo tubes were needed to cross a small stretch of lake but this was just a ploy because soon the runners were in the water up to their necks! The piglet option was a wade across the lake followed by an up and over on the pontoons – the full hog experience was to take a deep breath and duck under the pontoons which was certainly good for clearing your head!

Out of the lake and a short jog led to another deceptive stream crossing – earlier in the week Ian Bliss and I had ran the course to test it out (and yes – we do test everything to make sure its not too hideous) and had been surprised by this crossing. I had guessed it to be about knee deep – but soon found out that was just where the mud started and below it was another 3 feet of bog. I nearly lost one of my trainers but managed to squeeze it out before it was sucked off!

From this area another few km’s of running led to a short wall climb followed by another 3 river crossings – again much neck deep wallowing was required to escape from this area. A swift trot through the maize fields led to the final obstacle – a complex 3D rope maze. From here it was just a short jaunt over the finishing line for Hog roasts and beer.

It was a great day and a big thank you to all of the competitors and also to the many marshals’ who helped out. Thanks to you all – I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. The date for 2009 has already been confirmed for the 1st November and we are aiming to incorporate Bentwaters Park for that event so watch this space!



Alton Boss Hog 2008
December 16, 2009, 3:32 pm
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A brief dash around the meadow led down on to the overflow car park which was now overflowing with foot high grass! A 1 1/5 km circuit was punctuated by the first serious obstacle of the day which was a  crawl under a 30 metre net which was then followed by a low tree climb and then a scramble through a ‘grab’ ropes course. More grass galloping was needed to get out of the meadow.

The course now winded down hill to ‘the tunnel’. 20 metres long and, (just) big enough when you are on all fours! Not great for claustrophobic’s but there were only a few refusals who took the piglet option of a 2 minute time penalty! Off your knees then down to the boggy trench – no refusals but there were a few lost shoes in the sucking mud.

The course now winded down through meadows and finally up to Alton castle. A short rope climb led in to the castle’s crypt. Pitch black and 50 metres long the passage winds through the basement of the building before emerging out back in to daylight again. A low ropes course led back under the castle and up again on a steep rope climb!More beautiful wooded tracks led on to the next series of obstacles: a collection of ‘up and over’ beams and climbs.

It was down hill now for a 1 ½ km fast stretch to the next activity area. The rivers were the main attraction here and the competitors were in and out of the river battling the current and tired legs.

Another 1 km stretch of flat track led up hill then very steeply up hill on fixed ropes to emerge at the last challenge which was another low ropes course. A gentle up hill section of 500 m followed to the finish line where weary legs were allowed to rest at last!

All in, the entire course was just over 7 miles long and had a great diversity of hills, bog and river!

With just under a 100 competitors it was an excellent day for all – even those who lost their shoes in the mud. Many thanks to all of the competitors and to Alton Towers and Alton Castle for the kind use of their facilities.

Dates are already set for 2009 so see you there next year for a bigger and better course!



Sheffield Hog Dash, Hesley Woods, Chapeltown (24/11/07)
December 16, 2009, 3:29 pm
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The day dawned with very autumnal weather. There was a thin veneer of ice on the lake which was followed by a howling wind and a steady downpour of rain!! Lovely.

We opted for two laps of a 3 ½ mile course which took us through the Hesley Woods and Hesley Pit sites (thanks to Yorkshire Forward for allowing us to use it!).

From the start the competitors were taken on a 400m hilly loop which then headed straight in to the woods. A short and twisting track through the trees soon led to the first of the obstacles – a 200m maze of trip wires, cargo nets, crawls and short climbs. This soon thinned the competitors out and it was then another short run until the first proper hill scramble. Ropes were in place up and down the steep (and muddy) slope but the incline was steep enough to raise the heart beat!

More beautiful wooded tracks led on to the next series of obstacles: a collection of ‘up and over’ beams and climbs. From the edge of the woods the competitors dropped down to the balance beam across the stream and then through a boggy area to the second ‘roped’ hill climb in Hesley Pit. This steep climb led up to the plateau where competitors quickly descended back down a very muddy track then up on another rope to the plateau.

It was head to wind right across the top of the plateau for ¾ km where the route then dropped down in to another bowl only to climb back up to the plateau. Tired legs then headed over to the ‘stepping stones’ which had been laid across the top of an extremely wet and boggy section. From here the competitors dropped back in to Hesley Woods to find themselves on the wrong side of a lake. Luckily boats were on hand to get people across and the competitors heaved themselves over to the opposite bank.

Once over it was a steady climb back to the quad bike course where the competitors manoeuvred tires around the track and picked up their orienteering punch sheets. A quick dash was all that was needed to get back to the start, ready for the second lap!

Of course the ‘Whole Hog’ wouldn’t be that unless there was an ultimate challenge, and this was provided on the second lap back at the lakes. Instead of crossing the lakes we had managed to find what was to become known as the ‘Hog Pit’. Competitors will know exactly what I mean but to the uninitiated it could be described as a mud bath with obstacles!! It started with a short cargo net scramble, then a barrel climb (through a river). Some people managed to stay relatively clean up until the next obstacle: a ramp that competitors were forced to climb up then jump back down in to the bog. After wallowing out of the bog, the competitors made their way over to a 30m long tunnel (half full of water!)

It was good to see that the majority of the competitors went the Whole Hog and completed all of the obstacles and challenges. Shame on you for those who didn’t!!

The Race

We had 147 competitors ready to go the Whole Hog! It was an excellent mix of very able athletes and those out to challenge themselves! We were delighted to have around 90 charity competitors, so some great causes will benefit from the efforts of the racers.

The team race was keenly contested and, in the end, it was an outstanding performance from the Imperial College team who were raising money for Save the Children and took a combined time of 1 hour 1 minute and 32 seconds.

The individual races were also well competed. Ben Waller won the male category whilst Anita Blow won the female race. Well done everyone!

Thank You

Big thanks to Hesley Woods and Yorkshire Forward for allowing us to use their land. Huge thanks to all the charities that got involved – especially Neurocare who managed to have nearly 50 competitors running for them!



2007 Hog’s On the Run Wantisden Hall, Suffolk Race Report
December 16, 2009, 3:28 pm
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Two laps of a beautiful and varied 8km circuit made up the 16km of off road adventure which was the 2007 course. The route was largely cross country (literally) with everything from bog to field (and lakes) to run across. Each circuit crossed a diverse range of landscapes and made use of the undulating terrain wherever we could.

Competitors started at Hog Alley which was a 750m stretch of narrow conifers – the initial sprint start soon led to various hurdles, scrambles and crawls. The route then followed a field boundary down to the bottom lakes where, after a short hill climb through the trees, the competitors turned back towards Wantisden and headed in to Cargo Alley. Cargo Alley was a 100 metre stretch of more complex obstacles made up of scramble nets and balance bars, ropes and tyres.

From Cargo Alley the route followed another tree line back up to the road, turned left, then eventually cut across a newly ploughed field for 300 metres (nice for the legs). Another ½ kilometre later and the course led in to Staveton woods where there was the Hog Piste. Hog Piste was a 15metre drop on a wet and slippery tarpaulin into a hole in the ground! What goes down must come up on Hog races so the competitors then climbed up the other side of Hog Piste on more slippery tarpaulin.

Staveton Woods led quickly to Bomb Alley – a series of old aircraft fuel cylinders strapped together to create ‘pyramids’ to climb over. Competitors hurdled and climbed these then dropped down to the lakes complex. First obstacle was a balance beam across a stinking bog (no one fell in!) then a test of competitor’s analytical skills as they navigated themselves around the islands. “One way on and one way off” were the rules – most made it, but not all!

A short boggy section led around to the Human 4 by 4 site where the competitors had to memorise a map of an orienteering course then go and locate 4 of the points. No problem!

Another ¾ km led back to the start but first was ‘The Bunkers’ – a line of sandy dunes and hills which competitors climbed in to and out of! 100m later and it was over the start line for the beginning of the 2nd lap.

The 2nd lap was a repeat of the first lap along with a few additional challenges. Competitors would need to get wet if they didn’t want to accrue any penalties so the pressure was on to go the ‘Whole Hog’. The three main differences were the ‘Postman’s Walk’ across the bottom lakes which gave the competitors the option of battling the parallel ropes or jumping in and pulling themselves across on the lower rope. The lower rope was quicker but the water was nearly 5 foot deep so required a bit of a swim!

The obstacles were far more demanding on the 2nd lap as tired legs had to operate over tricky balance bars and obstacles. The final ‘Bunkers challenge’ was great to watch as competitors, who were only a 100m from the finish line, had to complete a circuit of gruelling sand scrambles and climbs.

The Race

Everyone got off to a quick start after ‘the rocket’ got things going! The first few obstacles hardly slowed the main pack but as they came on to Cargo Alley the race was beginning to thin out. Steven Robinson (Team; RAF PTI’s), was starting to take an early lead closely followed by Alex fortune (Team; Brown Wings) and Thomas Jarrett (individual racer). These three battled the whole race out with the eventual fastest time of (1.34.36) being run by Steve Robinson.

Kayleigh Stevenson (2.03.25) (Team; RAF PTI’s) ran the fastest female time and put in an excellent performance overall.

The team race was where it was at and the top places were fought out with some vengeance. Most of the action was between RAF PTI’s, Brown Wings, Border Jumpers and Plebs. It was a close run race but Brown Wings nipped it with the fastest time but then owned up to accidentally missing a short section of the course. They were consequently penalised and the team competition was won by The Plebs! Well Done! The 2nd prize was then given to the Brown wings.

3rd Prize was awarded to the Border Jumpers – but after re checking the maths it was realised that the RAF PTI’s should have got 3rd. Apologies to the teams involved!

Thank You

I would just like to say a big thank you to all of the competitors for the 2007 event. Everyone went the ‘Whole Hog’ and there were very few refusals on any of the challenges.

It was our first event of this nature so we have learnt loads. We are genuinely grateful for all of the feedback and it seems that most of you enjoyed the race and the obstacles (some of you wanted more!).

I would particularly like to thank Alex Fortune at RAF Wattisham for his support and encouragement. Ipswich tri – club for their involvement and feedback and lastly St Elizabeth’s Hospice who had fundraisers completing the event from both Attwells Solicitors and PKF Accountants.

2008

The 2008 event is already booked for the 2nd November. We have some grand plans for the 2008 route which will be different from this year. We will start in Wantisden but we will go in to Bentwaters where we have some great challenges planned. We aim to make use of the old aircraft hangers and a few tunnels which we have found!! Watch this space! You all seemed to love the water challenges so you should expect to see more of those!