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Firstly, I cannot express the massive admiration I feel for adventure racers although I have always respected what they achieve, after experiencing what it actually feels like to keep going throughout the night with no sleep and to keep going when you can hardly keep your eyes open, huge respect. Let us hope I do not get too gushy when I see my heroes on the start line at the adventure racing world championship in October! Right, what did we learn this time around; you will be glad to know lots. Moreover, it is not all bad as we definitely learnt from our past mistakes and put them to practice this time. To start with I did not wear neoprene socks and chose to take Mr Adam Rose advice and my own experience whilst playing squash and wear two thin pairs of socks to avoid friction thus, blisters. More importantly Anton

We were featured in the news: "Couple take on world’s toughest cycling race to support Gloucester’s Chamwell Centre" It is a cycling event few finish, but a couple from Gloucestershire will take on the Silk Road Mountain Race to raise vital funds for county charity The Chamwell Centre. https://www.soglos.com/business/49727/couple-take-on-worlds-toughest-cycling-race-to-support-gloucesters-chamwell-cen

I have always been an outdoorsy person and growing up I was mistaken for a boy on many occasions; perhaps it was because I ways always halfway up a tree or tearing around the village on my bike. Perhaps another reason why I am an outdoorsy person is because my dad was always late, so it was easier to cycle or walk to the hockey match or my friends house to ensure I was there on time! We also lived on a hill so cycling up a hill was the norm and still is. I am a country girl at heart and still live in the beautiful Cotswolds and get great pleasure out of walking our four dogs each morning in the woods and roaming hills.  As I have mentioned cycling up hill is a way of life so when I started mountain biking, I was not phased by the hills

The first thing that I noticed about the Fjern Aktiv hoodless down jacket was the weight. It seemed ridiculous that a down jacket could weigh so little (295g for a size small). The next was the amazing colour, although I am biased as I love the colour blue. Nonetheless I was not prepared for just how bright and alive the jacket looked it screamed adventure and fun. Moreover, my husband Anton looked pretty handsome in his raspberry and red Aktiv jacket. I had originally got the jacket to wear hiking the Cotswold Way, but I could not wait to wear it, so I wore it outside the very first opportunity I got which was walking the dogs first thing in the morning. The morning was frosty which was a perfect opportunity to test the warmth of the jacket, as a good looking jacket is one thing, but no one looks good