Eight Point Two

October 3, 2011, 2:20 pm
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What a fantastic weekend (South of the Border)!! It was great to see at least a little bit of good weather this Summer, unusually it came in October!

The last of our Summer events were held this weekend wth our open Ben Nevis walk and our open abseil at Walsall art gallery. We havent had the report back from Ben Nevis as yet but from what I could see on the weather forecast the weather looked pretty damp and un pleasant!

At the other end of the country our open abseil at walsall went very well with a number of local and national charities taking place.

Its just  4 weeeknds off before the November race season starts with the Suffolk Whole Hog so if you havent booked – you should! Its not long until we descend down to Suffolk to put together East Anglias Toughest race!!



300 abseilers!
September 26, 2011, 1:27 pm
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It was a busy weekend (again) for us this past weekend.

Firstly, we had an abseil at Baitings Dam for British Red Cross. We have ran this event for the past few years and its always a popular abseil – even though its over 150 feet high! Its an iconic abseil and the three ropes we supplied were kept busy!

Secondly, we ran another abseil, this time at Leasowe Lighthouse for Marie Curie. Lighthouses always make great abseils and its nice for us landlocked Sheffielders to get a chance to be near the sea.

Thirdly, we ran our own open abseil at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. The Bell Tower is another huge abseil (165+ feet)! We had participants from Anxiety UK, Willowbrook Hospice, Meningitis Trust, Chicks, St Anns Hospice, Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital, Seashell trust, CF Trust, MGA, B.I.R.D, Great Ormond Street, Victim Support, West lancs Womens refuge and Independent Options plus a few other individuals supporting their own charities. The weather wasnt great but it didnt stop the abseilers getting down!

Finally, we ran the CF Trusts Hadrians Wall challenge weekend. The 18 mile walk is a good challenge as the route covers some pretty hilly terrain – the participants certainly knew they had been part of a challenge! Well done to all the ladies involved!

CF Trust Ben Nevis Challenge
September 12, 2011, 8:44 am
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It was a difficult day on Saturday for the CF Trust Ben Nevis Challenge walk. With high winds and heavy rain forecasted we were always going to be getting our fair share of interesting weather!

It actually turned out better than forecasted and Im pleased to say that 31 fundraisers made it to the top! Well done to all those who took part! As you will see from the photograph the view from the top was spectacular…

Wet Weekend In Yorkshire
September 5, 2011, 8:34 am
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The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society were taking part in our open Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge this last weekend. To say that it was a wet and testing day was an understatement! From around 8am the rain set in, and apart from a few short intervals, it stayed with us all day. Even so, the walkers put in an impressive effort and all managed to get around in under the 12 hour target. Well done to you all – we hope you have dried out!

Marie Curie Yorkshire 3 Peaks.
July 6, 2011, 9:32 am
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Another big weekend in Horton with Marie Curie’s annual Yorkshire 3 Peaks. It was a beautiful sunny day and with just over 300 participants it was also a busy one!

Lots of people took the opportunity to enjoy the walk at a leisurely pace and take in the scenery – a rare pleasure over the past few weeks.

The event went really well and Marie Curie were very pleased with the high amount of pledges made!

Back In Horton
June 13, 2011, 9:14 am
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Eight Point Two had another weekend in Horton with our own Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk open event. We had teams from all over the country (as far away as Guildford) raising money for a number of different charities. It was an excellent day for the Three Peaks with plenty of sunshine, however it was still relatively cool. It was a great day and we had some impressive times logged – the fastest being 6 hours and 20 minutes. However, even more impressively – everyone who made it was back within 11 1/2 hours. Well done everyone! Here is a picture of Ribblehead Viaduct from the road junction after Pen Y Ghent.

New Year Blog!!
January 24, 2011, 1:31 pm
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Christmas is now over and it’s time to take on the New Year! This New Year brings new faces to the Eight Point Two team. Sinead and Elyse are both students at Sheffield Hallam University, working in the office and on the events.

As the New Year begins, resolutions have been made – now it’s time to follow them through! For many of us it’s time to get fit! We have a lot of events lined up throughout the year which can challenge people’s fitness; running, walking, and cycling. Fears shall also be challenged in 2011 with our new abseiling events! See if you can step up to the challenge and conquer your fears at the Manchester Velodrome abseil in March. If this 40m challenge isn’t high enough, we’ve even got a 50m high abseil at the Mersey Tunnel Ventilation Shaft for you to drop down! Check out our website for more abseils coming up in 2011.

We have our extremely popular Whole Hog events, and we have a feeling these are at the top of everyone’s ‘to-do’ list this year! We have two very successful Marie Curie Whole Hog’s, as well as the ‘Safe at Last’ Whole Hog; each charity raising money for their charity – a challenge for a good cause! As well as these we also have our open Whole Hog’s in Suffolk and Walesby in November, which both proved incredibly successful in 2010.

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks walks will be coming up in June and September. Both are excellent opportunities to take on a local walking challenge in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales with outstanding surroundings. This event can be taken on in a team of friends or work colleagues or you can take on the event individually – whichever you prefer!

We also have the exclusive London to Paris cycling event coming up at the beginning of May, with O2 and Ventura teaming up to raise money for the Mark Gorry Foundation.

Check out our website which is constantly updating with new events.

Whether it’s a personal or team challenge, push yourself to the limit and see what you can really do. You could even go that extra step and choose a charity to fundraise for!

We hope to see you soon in the up and coming events of 2011, and hope you had a great Christmas and New Year. Here’s to 2011!