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Radio Aire – Yorkshire 3 Peaks
April 12, 2010, 8:34 am
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For anyone lucky enough to be out and about this weekend Im sure you will be able to appreciate the fantastic weather that the Radio Aire challengers had for their Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge on Sunday. Cool weather and clear skies were almost perfect conditions for the 26 mile circuit of Pen Y Ghent, Whernside and Inglebrough! With 22 people taking part we were delighted that everyone made it around with our fastest walker doing it in just 8 1/2 hours! The tired walkers were off to celebrate in style at the Malmaison Hotel in Leeds when we left them! Well done to everyone who took part. Radio Aire walkers were raising money for Cash For Kids!!


Whole Hog Posters
March 29, 2010, 10:01 am
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 HI All!

There is a poster available in both A4 and A5 for the upcoming Whole Hog events. If you are interested in getting one ‘personalised’ then let Carrie know at carrie@eightpointtwo.co.uk.


Manchester United FC
March 29, 2010, 9:52 am
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This last weekend was the 1st of the years BIG events. Manchester United FC was kind enough to host an abseil on behalf of Francis House, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the New Childrens Hospital Appeal. We had 2 very busy days which went very smoothly. Thanks to all invovled, especially the Manchester United Foundation who facilitate these type of events on a regular basis.

Manchester Velodrome
March 10, 2010, 10:36 am
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We had our first open abseil at the weekend at the Manchester Velodrome. The site makes a great charity abseil venue, its warm, its high and its quite scarey! It was a great day and was well represented with brave soles abseiling on behalf of the Sea Shells Trust, CF Trust, Kids Can, Christies and MGA. Well done to all those that took part!

For more charity abseil open events take a look at www.eightpointtwo.co.uk and follow the links to our open events. Eight Point Two hold open abseils in venues around the UK.

By the way – pictures for the weekend are available at www.fotoevents.biz

February Abseils
March 1, 2010, 12:08 pm
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Having  just had the coldest Winter in 30 years (and its still cold) running charity abseil events has been a bit of an exercise in keeping warm! However, we have managed to keep warm and have run 3 succesful abseil events for the charities which we work with.

First up was the Government of London staff raising money for Haiti at River Walk House, London. Then, the following day we ran an abseil, again at RiverWalk House, for Clic Sargent . It was a cold day but, as always, Riverwalk House has some amazing views over London!

Finally, just this last weekend we ran an abseil for Christian Aid at the Mersey Vent. Again, another cold abseil but the day went smoothly and some valuable money was raised for the charities involved.

Hopefully things are going to start warming up soon and we can enjoy a great Spring and Summer??!

What is the Whole Hog?
February 26, 2010, 10:20 am
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We get a lot of enquiries in the office at this time of year regarding the Whole Hog’s. People asking how far they will have to run,whether they are fit enough, what sort of challenges will there be? So, to help, below is a list of our most commonly asked questions (along with the answers).

It seems that there are an increasing number of ‘off road’ challenge races and adventure races and it is difficult to set them apart. So, the following few paragraphs will, hopefully, help to explain what we do and why the runners who complete them think they are so brilliant.

How far will I have to run during the race?

The answer is somewhere between 10 and 14km. The actual distance is always listed on the course notes on our website at www.eightpointtwo.co.uk  as it varies from course to course. More important than the distance is the terrain you will cover – you should expect it to be undulating, uneven under foot and most probably wet and muddy. Dont expect to achieve your PB on one of our races. Our 10km races are normally won in around an hour and the final competitors normally stagger in at 3 hours!

Am I fit enough to complete a Whole Hog?

As always a bit of training will always help. People do walk our events and we dont expect everyone to be hairing round the course. We also have plenty of runners taking part from triathlon clubs, running clubs etc and they certainly provide the competitve edge.

What sort of challenges will I face on the Whole Hog?

You’ll be climbing, crawling, sliding & sometimes wading through mud and water. The challenges are tough but they are also great fun. Expect to have to go the ‘Whole Hog ‘during our events.

What if I can’t do or don’t want to do an individual challenge?

You can take the Piglet Option if you wish. There will be a time penalty incurred by your team for sitting out an obstacle.

I’ve never done an event like this, is it for me?

The Whole Hog can be whatever you want it to be; a full on race or a fun day out for you and some friends. Some training is advisable to make it less of an ordeal. Weve had 1000’s of people completing the races in Suffolk, Hambleden, Walesby and Alton and they keep coming back for more.

Do we have to raise money for charity when I do the Whole Hog races?

No. You can if you want to but it isnt manadtory.

 If I wanted to raise money for charity whilst doing the Whole Hog how would I go about it?

Contact your charity of choice and they will be able to help you. Or, google the relevant Whole Hog closest to you and see which charities are involved.

 How many people make up a team?

Three people per team. We have single sex teams, mixed teams and veteran teams.

What facilities will be available on the day of the race?

Car parking (please try to car share). Refreshments, snacks and a Hog Roast. Changing facilities: showers are not always available so please some prepared.

 Is there an age limit on the Whole Hogs?

Lower age of 16 years. There is no upper age limit but we suggest participants seek advice from their GP if they are not regular exercise takers.

Where can I take part in 2010?

8th May 2010 – Balfron, nr Glasgow (on behalf of Marie Curie)

13th June 2010 – Hambleden, near Henley on Thames

20th June 2010 – Alton Towers, Alton

7th November 2010 – Wantisden Hall, Suffolk

21st November 2010 – Walesby Forest, Nottinghamshire

What do people like about the Whole Hog’s?

We have always been very pleased by the feedback given but we pride ourselves on listening to our runners. we have entered plenty of races ourselves so we know what works and what doesnt: Heres what people say:

“It was fantastic, a great race and we especially liked the fact that there wasnt a ridiculous amount of queuing”.

“Very well organised – the best race I have ever entered”

“Brilliant obstacles and great fun”

If you want to find out more about the Whole Hog’s then please contact us at wholehogs@eightpointtwo.co.uk

Riverwalk House Abseil 13th February 2010
February 18, 2010, 9:23 am
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We had our first abseil this weekend of 2010! Ian and Stuart headed down to London to abseil Clic Sargent supporters at Riverwalk House.