The April Navigator, a monthly Newsletter from Tri-Adventure.
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Hi everyone,
Welcome to all of you to our April Navigator, and especially to those who signed up to the newsletter at the National Triathlon Show earlier this month.  A lot has happened since the March edition, so here goes ...
Coming Up …
Mickleham Adventure Race
The last of our Spring Series takes place at Mickleham on Saturday 21 May.  Entries are now open for the Experience, Sprint and Trail events, so make sure you take advantage of the Early Bird offer, which ends on 8 May.    
Please note that this Event is taking place on a Saturday.  It is part of our review of Saturdays as an alternative/addition to Sundays.
Enter Mickleham Adventure Race
Information Mickleham Adventure Race
Looking Back …

Monthly Round Up …
We were back to our Sunday format on 17 April with an Event in Effingham, the scene of our very first Tri-Adventure event under my ownership (31 May 2015). And what a fantastic day it proved to be!  

We were privileged to witness a most beautiful dawn as we drove to Effingham along quiet country roads at 6am.  The sun shone brightly all day and Leszek on transition even managed to get sunburnt on his head!
Turnout for the event was pretty good this time, with over 60 Adventurers making it to the start line.  Each of the categories was fiercely contested, and Rob Hardwick managed to collect 28 of the 30 Check Points available in the Experience category. Nice one Rob!  Race Report, Full Results and Photos are all available on the Results Page. There is also a V-Log from one of our competitors who took part in the Trail Event.

We had quite a mix of nationalities at this event, and one group warrants a particular mention: 3 guys from Singapore found us on Google, and used the Trail event as part of their build up for a race they are taking part in later this month in the Sahara Desert!  They certainly got the sun and the terrain, even if the heat wasn't quite of the same intensity!
Effingham Results:

4h Experience Male: Rob Hardwick
4h Experience Female: Laura Ashfield

4h Experience Pairs: Jared Coil/Richard Gentry
2h Sprint Male: James Brown
2h Sprint Female: Naomi Brewer
2h Sprint Pairs: Andy Jones/Karen Jones

2h Trail Male: Sam Reed
2h Trail Female: Ashley Mayr
A V-log filmed by @RunningCoachG from the Trail Class
at the Effingham Adventure Race Apr 2016.
Tri-Adventure at the National Triathlon Show!

We were at the National Triathlon Show at the Lea Valley Velodrome (the one used in the London Olympics) during 8-10 April.  An iconic venue for sure, and an interesting location for a Show.  We ended up with two stands, and really enjoyed introducing Adventure Racing to a lot of enthusiastic people.  Over 100 people signed up to our Newsletter database, and some put their money where their mouths are, and came along to Effingham! 
Adam Completes 125M Devizes to Westminster

Over the Easter break was the 68th Devizes to Westminster Kayak Race.  134 Teams set off in quite wet and windy conditions to complete the 125 mile kayak negotiating 77 portages along the way in pairs. I stepped in to join Boris 36 hours before the start due to a sick team mate.  You can read my blog from our epic paddle over the 23h00m01s, positioning us 31st overall.  A superb yet very challenging event.
Adam's Blog from the Devizes to Westminster
Interested, but no MTB?

No problem!  We’ve teamed up with B1KE, who will deliver good quality Mountain Bikes to the venue for £30.  So, no excuses …  If you need a bike for one of our events, just let me know.  CONTACT US.
Bike Hire Information
Fancy pushing your limits?

Then why not enter our Night & Day event on 16/17 July?  Event and entry details.  ENTER NOW
It’s 12 hours of tough endurance racing on foot and MTB, all around the Surrey Hills.  You’ll cover about 140k, and will be more than ready for the Breakfast BBQ which we’ll have ready at 10am.

Based on feedback, we’ve decided to open the Event up to SOLO entries, as well as PAIRS.  On line Entry is already open.
Enter 12h Night & Day
Night & Day Information
Whiteley Village and The Hurtleberry – Charities
We all enjoy many happy hours in the Surrey Hills, so it’s good to be able to team up with a couple of Charities, to help them raise money for very worthwhile causes.  It’s a real pleasure for Tri-Adventure to be asked back to run these events again this year.
Whiteley Village Races raises money for people of very limited means who live in sheltered accommodation in the Village.  We are organising a 5k and 10k run, 5k walk, and obstacle events on Sunday 5 June, and on line entry is already open.  There’ll be signed routes, and lots of fun can be guaranteed for everyone, so bring your family and friends along.
Enter Whiteley Village Races
Information about Whiteley Village Races
Similarly with the Hurtleberry, which raises money to provide for the upkeep of the stunning Hurtwood Estate.  Taking place on Sunday 4 September, there are off-road Sprint and Full Duathlons, a 10k Trail Run, and a CaniX option as well.  Unlike our usual Tri-Adventure events (which require navigation skills), these events are fully signed and marshalled, so there’s no chance of anyone getting lost!
Enter Hurtleberry
Information about Hurtleberry
Navigation Skills Training
Improve your Navigation skills and start collecting even more Check Points by attending one of my one day Navigation Courses.  I usually run them the day before a Tri-Adventure event, and I ran two of these this month.  I am happy to run these for groups of 1-8, on a day to suit you, so just email me if you are interested.  CONTACT US.
Navigation Courses Information
Bring Tri-Adventure into your Company
  • Staff feeling jaded and working too hard? 
  • Fancy a Social Event?
  • Want to reward people and have some fun?
  • Need to strengthen your Teams?
  • As featured in BBC’s Countryfile in late 2015
Let Tri-Adventure bring the challenge, exhilaration, goodness and fun of Adventure Racing right into your workplace. After all, an adventurous body is an adventurous mind!
Catering for 10 to 2000 participants; from mini sprint events to weekend adventures; from small budgets to the grand - our friendly and experienced team will deliver an event you'll remember long after you're back in the office.
Are you starting to feel the adrenaline rush yet? Just get in touch and let the exhilarating Adventure Event for your organisation begin.  CONTACT US.
Group and Corporate Days
Why not make an Adventure Race part of your Stag or Hen do?

Are you, or any of your friends, planning a Stag or a Hen do?  Why not build a day in the Surrey Hills/London/South East into your programme of activities, whilst still leaving plenty of time for evening celebrations?  I can tailor a day to suit all tastes, whether it's off road running, MTB, navigation, abseiling, kayaking, obstacles, and so on.  The list is endless...    Just get in touch.  CONTACT US
Calling all Teachers!
The principles of Tri-Adventure are closely aligned with Education and the School Curriculum – map reading and navigation (Geography); trail running (PE and Outdoor Pursuits); MTB maintenance (Engineering). 
We’d love to partner with Schools to bring the thrills and pleasures of Adventure Racing in the outdoors to our youngsters (and next generation of Adventure Racers), so let’s hear from you!  CONTACT US.
Shop 'til you drop!

We've got some great items in our Shop. So, why not treat yourself to a high quality cycling top and running vest, priced at £40 and £25 respectively?

Or what about a water bottle, neck warmer, or map board?  

Just drop me an email  CONTACT US.
Link to shop items
And finally ...

Everything outside is now bursting into life!  It was a real joy collecting the checkpoints after the event at Effingham - glorious sunshine, gardens full of early flowering plants, azaleas and rhododendrons starting to display their amazing colours, and carpets of bluebells in the woods.
So, let's see you burst into life as well by getting out into the open air in the beautiful Surrey Hills, and joining us at Mickleham on 21 May.  We look forward to seeing you there.
Well, that’s it for this month.
Yours in Adventuring
April 2016
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