Monthly Archives: September 2007

London Rat Race 2007

After having so much fun at the Rat Race in Edinburgh, and despite going over on my ankle within 10 minutes of the event starting, I’ve decided to give the London Rat Race a shot.  For the first time in my adventure racing entries, I’ll know the people I’m racing with: Al and Neil, friends from university.

The race village is in Potters Fields, just over Tower Bridge, so come down and see what’s going on.  We should be there at about 6pm on Sunday, looking tired.

Map Reading

It’s been a long, long time since I did any map reading, and I’ve managed to totally forget how to do it. Given my enjoyment of adventure racing and the key need for good navigation, it seemed like a good time for a refresher. Ordnance Survey have two useful downloads: basic map reading (PDF) and advanced map reading (PDF). Check them out if you need a refresher too.

Wan Dae Racing in the Pentlands




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Originally uploaded by martinlittle

Last weekend was the third and final in the 2007 series of the Wan Dae adventure races, which took place in the Pentland Hills just outside Edinburgh.

My plans for a partner didn’t quite come to fruition, so I had to sign up as a one-man team for the shorter 5 hour race, but managed to find some others to cover most of the course with.

The weather was fantastic, and the course took us around parts of the Pentlands I’ve never been to, but will definitely be going back to.

Great fun, and next year I’ll be doing the whole series.

City Cycling

In an effort to increase my overall fitness and get some fresh air before sitting down for the day at work, I’ve been cycling in for the last few weeks. It’s a great feeling to jump on my bike and know that in 10 minutes I’ll be at work and five minutes later, after changing, I’ll be at my desk. My journey is only 2 miles each way, but it soon adds up and I’m definitely feeling the benefit, including with my running. There are some compelling reasons to give it a go.

Next week is European Mobility Week encompassing Critical Commute which aims to encourage more people to cycle to work, increasing the visibility of cyclists. Any plan to increase awareness of cyclists to both motorists and pedestrians gets my vote, based on my experiences so far. I’ve lost count of the number of times pedestrians have stepped out in front of me, or cars and vans have suddenly taken a hard left directly in my path, and this is normally in daylight and not at the peak of rush hour (well, as rush hour as Edinburgh ever gets 😉 ).

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks




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Originally uploaded by martinlittle

The Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert was excellent, as always. Edinburgh is simply a great location for colourful explosions in the sky, and it was good of the weather to co-operate this year, with clear skies and fairly light wind.