Eight Point Two

New date for Woodchester Mansion Race
January 31, 2012, 10:15 am
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A little bit of news for all you West Country racers! Cotswold Care have asked us to put on a Whole Hog race in order to raise money for their hospice. The event is going to take place at Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire on the 11th March 2012 and will be our usual fun and mayhem around the beautiful site. If you’d like a go, go to our online booking page here: http://www.eightpointtwo.co.uk/event_details.asp?ID=125

Suffolk Whole Hog 2012
January 30, 2012, 2:14 pm
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Online booking is now open for this years Suffolk Whole Hog and if you book now you can make use of our early bird discount!

Early bird booking rates are as follows:

£30 per person (£90 per team) until 31st August 2012

£35 per person (£105 per team) 1st September until 3oth September 2012

£40 per person (£120 per team) 1st October until race day

Once again we will be having our individuals race on the 3rd November and the team event on the 4th November.

If you are wondering…
January 23, 2012, 3:06 pm
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what we get up to at this time of year…

To be honest it does go very quiet here in the office over Winter so keeping motivated to prepare for those busy weekends in Spring is all important.

Last week we did recce’s for two of Marie Curie’s adventure races (Whole Hog’s) ie Brecon Beacons and Cornbury park. Both of these venues look like being excelent race venues with a great find at the Brecon race of a 200 metre long tunnel!! Lets just say we are quite excited about that (we dont get out much). Cornbury is also an excelent venue with plenty of good challenges to look forward to! see their website for more details: http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/en-gb/events/adrenaline-experiences/

We also managed a recce of the RNLI’s South Wales cycle ride which involved Stuart cycling 50 miles in the pouring rain and strong winds!! Luckily his camera stayed dry so it was all worthwhile. For more details: http://www.rnli.org.uk/rnli_near_you/west/events

I was in Consiton (Lake District) preparing for two multi event challenges which will involve walking up the Old Man of Coniston,  canoeing a few miles around lake Coniston and finally an exciting cycle around Grizedale! What a playground the Lake District is!!   

Finally, I had some time planning the new 55 mile Ultra race we are putting on in Sheffield during the Summer. This week I get to run it (though not all in one go) so that we can get a GPS plot of the route! Hopefully well have the permission for what looks like being a great race soon!

So, if you were wondering – now you know!

Sheffield 55 mile Ultra Run and new race in Alton!
January 19, 2012, 11:05 am
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Just a quick blog to let you know about a couple of exciting new events that we are soon going to confirm on the website!

Firstly, as part of a Festival of Running taking place at Whirlow Hall Farm, Sheffield on the 25th and 26th August 2012. Eight Point Two are putting on (in conjunction  with Accelerate) a 12 mile and 55 mile trail race. The course is currently being approved and when we have the green light we will let you know.

The 55 mile Ultra which we are going to call (something like) the Ultra Tour de la Peak District will have both individuals and relay options on the 55 mile course! Watch this space for details.

Secondly, as well as the 5 races we are putting on for Marie Curie in May we have just had the go ahead for a new race on behalf of the Ronald Mc Donald Housing Charity to put on a new race on the 20th May 2012. The race will be held in and around the grounds of Alton Towers. For those of you who remember we put on a race here about 4 years ago and its a tough course being suprisingly hilly. Again, watch this space for details!

Happy New Year!
January 6, 2012, 11:44 am
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Just a quick blog to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

January is always a quite time in the adventure events market so we tend to take a well earned break over Christmas and the New Year holidays. 2011 was a busy time for us and we were lucky enough to run some of our best events ever!

2012 is already shaping up to be a very busy year with May and June all getting close to being full already. Races and cycle rides seem to be the growth areas with Marie Curie expanding their exclusive Whole Hog race programme from 1 event in 2011 to 5 races (all in May) in 2012. Take a look at their web site for more details but the 5 races are well spread out around the country so there is something for everyone. The usual mix of mayhem, mud and hills will be at every venue!

The RNLI have also expanded their cycling programme with us too. We now have 3 new exclusive events (5 in total)with them linking RNLI lifeboat stations around the UK. Whitby, South Wales and a 3 day Coast to Coast are all new events as well as an exclusive abseil off the Humber Bridge. Again, check out their website for more details.

We also have a number of events with other charities and businesses: Heres a short list of events coming up in the next few months- if you want more details take a look at the website of the company/charity involved:

Key 103 –  Trafford Centre abseil

Walsall Stop Smoking Society – Walsall abseil

Red Cross – Leasowe Lighthouse abseil

Hewlett Packard – National 3 Peaks

MAG – Lake District tri Challenge

Young Achievers – Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Yorkshire Cancer Centre – Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Marie Curie 5 Peaks Challenge – Lake District

Marie Curie – Yorkshire 3 Peaks

We also have our own open events which you may also be interested in. Take a look at our open events calendar on the website www.eightpointtwo.co.uk for details of cycle rides, walks, races and abseils.

Fianlly, once again we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!