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I didn't expect many people to respond when I posted the call to arms for Strathpuffer last night, but I came in to an inbox full of messages from people wanting to join the team.
I'm amazed by the number of people who are crazy enough to put their name down for this. Thanks to you all!
We'll be tackling the task of picking someone from the list tonight. It's going to be hard work, as everyone seems great.
We'll be in touch soon - and don't worry, if you don't get to come along this time we will be planning more rides/events later in the year. (If this one goes well!)
P.S. Ade already got in with a blog about the coastal run we did yesterday, but here's my video of it.
We're looking for someone who can pedal (lots).
We're looking for someone who can stay up all night.
We're looking for someone with a positive attitude.
We're looking for someone who likes a (big) challenge.
We're looking for the 4th member of our Strathpuffer 2011 team.
Strathpuffer is often billed as the UK's toughest 24 hour MTB race. Way up in the North of Scotland, the race takes place in the middle of January and features 18 hours of darkness and plenty of potential for snowdrifts, freezing winds, icy trails and all the fun that goes with getting up at 3am with cold toes and getting to ride your bike for hours.
You'll be riding with me and Hicksy from howies (this will be our 3rd 24 hour race) and Alastair Humphreys, adventurer, motivational speaker and occasional blogger for howies.
We'll pay your entry and your travel (as long as you're coming from inside the UK), but you'll have to be able to cover all other costs yourself. We're planning to arrange to hire/borrow a camper or something similar to provide shelter, some semblance of warmth and a place to charge lights etc. You'll also get a baselayer from howies and a customised event t-shirt with your name on it.
It should be great. If you're interested, drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get the ball rolling. (We don't have an entry yet, so be quick or we might miss out.)
It's that time of year again, when the more organised of us are preparing for Christmas.
If you are one of those people, we're happy to say that we can help.
This year's delivery of Christmas cards from Surfers Against Sewage has arrived and they are available online now.
The SAS Christmas card is an important fundraiser and is a great way to convey the campaign message to friends and family. On the back of each card there's a little information about marine pollution and how to support SAS by becoming a member
Big thanks to Kate Sutton for her designs www.katesutton.co.uk
The cards come in a pack of 8, featuring 4 beautiful designs and they are printed on 100% recycled card.
To avoid any last minute trips down to Clinton's, get your order in before they're all gone - we don't have many.
Quite a long while back now, we printed this rather nice design by Matt 'blackbelt' Jones as one
of our T-Shirts of the Week.
It was rather popular at the time, and we've had more than a couple of people asking us
to reprint it since.
Even if you didn't see the original when we first put it up online, you may have seen a certain BBC
presenter wearing one of them recently on his new show, Man Lab.
After work tonight, I went to run the long way home with Scott who manages our Cardigan shop.
As the clocks have gone back and we were setting off in the dark, I asked him if he had a light. "We don't need light" he assured me, and so we set off to run it blind. (Although I had a torch at the ready just in case).
A quick dash through town to warm up before turning onto the towpath and plunging into the darkness of the wildlife park. Then we ran 5km out along the old railway track into Cilgerran, where I left Scott before taking the off-road route the final 6km home.
The darkness gave the run a new dimension for me - once my eyes had adjusted and I'd found a speed I was comfortable with, I quickly I zoned out and entered my own little world. With no visual reference points, and the wind blocking all the sounds but my footfalls, it was like running in a sensory deprivation chamber. One of the most interesting runs of the year for me.
If you have a trail you know well enough to try this, give it a go.
I have to admit that I don't follow US political issues very closely, but it's hard not to know they
have a big election coming up and there are some pretty crazy things going on in the run up.
Watching footage of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Co. on tonight's BBC documentary about
the Tea Party of America was a bit disturbing.
Actually, my main window into US news is Jon Stewart's Daily Show,
but that suits me fine when he does sensible things like staging a Rally to Restore Sanity in an
effort to give a voice to the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible
for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who
believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that
person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles..
A rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families
and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority.
Here are some of my favourite banners from the rally, which was held over the weekend...
Aberteifi and Fish
This month's T-shirt of the Month is 'Aberteifi and Fish', by Steven Bonner.
This one is a tribute to a very special place (and absolutely nothing
to do with a certain preppy American clothing brand)...
Aberteifi is the Welsh name for howies' hometown of Cardigan.
Coming from the words 'Aber', meaning mouth of the river
and 'Teifi', the name of the river running through Cardigan.
A river famous for its otters, not to mention its abundance of fish.
If you've been here you'll know why it deserves a t-shirt.
If not, when are you coming to visit?