Hola! Before I get too swept up in Colombia life (more on that in a couple of weeks), the fruits of my week long trip to the Dolomites are ready. My memories have been converted into tangible, viewable, readable matter: Fun little video of the sights I saw doing the things I do Travel review with the finer details for Evening Standard Online Photo updates on social media Click on the pictures to see the memories with your own eyes. Watch the video Read the article Last but not least,…read more
Challenge: 75km cycle, 2 mountains, 2.1km ascent Logistics: Long weekend in Port de Soller, Mallorca. Rented a nice road bike (for €35 per day) from Tramontana Tours and powered up a mountain, and down to the sea at Sa Calobra, before scaling the beautiful shoestring road back up again. Afterthoughts: As it is mid-June temperature gets pretty hot so left Soller at 7am, and was back having had a few photo pauses and snack breaks by 11.45am. Favourite morning in a long time.
Challenge: Copenhagen Half Marathon Details: 21.1km run around the streets of Copenhagen. Why? A mini break to an awesome city, tied in with a bit of alternative exploring. How? Book your place on the cphhalf.dk/en – cost £51. Where? Copenhagen, Denmark in September. Transport? Flights (flew for £58 return), then metro into city centre, then walked or cycled around for the rest of the weekend. Time? The trip could easily be completed in a normal weekend, but I would recommend a long weekend so you have two full days…read more
Challenge: Run 52km over 4 days Details: Taking trainers on holiday is a cheap and fun way to explore the area and get to places, either by walking or running that cars and bikes can’t get to. Coastal paths are a safe bet for amazing scenery and varied terrain, with a bit of added adventure. Where? The Sentier Littoral is the coastal path in the snazzy St Tropez area in the south of France. Coastal paths are everywhere, where there is a coast – the South West Coastal Path in…read more
Challenge: Alpe d’Huez triathlon. Swim: 1.2km, Cycle: 30km; Run 7km (the short option). The long option is: Details: Stunning scenery with a 14km mountain climb from 770m up to 1850m Alpe D’Huez summit with 21 hair pin bends. Several choices on distances, and a duathlon (just cycle and run) option. Race website. Read here for a blog giving the full low down on the long distance race. Where? Alpe d’Huez, France When? July/ August – Race website Transport? : We travelled with our bikes on the Eurostar from St Pancras to…read more
Challenge: Outdoor bouldering Go eXerK yourself: Head to Fontainebleau, 90km south of Paris (or 45 minute drive from Orly airport). More info on the area can be found on UK Climbing and Climb Europe. The activity: If you’re new to Bouldering, check in at one of London’s climbing centres for an induction. You’ll be amazed at the new muscles you find hurting two days later (in a good way) so worth getting some practice in ahead of what is set to be a great weekend. For more, check out the Basics of Bouldering. Why not peruse…read more
Challenge: 1,000 stairs in a day Event info: An adhoc adventure with one of my best buddies. We got to Lisbon, hit a bar, and landed upon the brilliant idea of making the most of all our city exploration and adding in some extra stairs Logistics: 2h30 flight from London Team Exerk: Annie Lottie Walter
Challenge: 10km cross country trail Details: Red 10k trail – Starting point: 1700m Le Blanchot restaurant. 230m climb. “Technical route with a beautiful view of the valley” Bus line D up to Restaurant Le Blanchot start point:
Challenge: Mogul until I can mogul no more Details: In Meribel skiing so will find either the biggest mogul field in the area and will not give up until I get down it without stopping.
Challenge: 21.1km run Event info: Running alongside 40,000 competitors through the east of Paris and into the Centre. Nice one to kick the end of winter out. Logistics: still waiting on place, hoping to do the 24 hour London to Paris a couple of days before. Eurostar back. I’m running for Children with Cancer so if you would like to donate towards a great cause, here is the Just giving page. Book your official entry (Sold out but charity places available so check around) Team Exerk: Annie Emma Fergusson
Challenge: 15km trail coastal trail hike Details: I walked a section of the Talaia Bidea trail from San Sebastian to Pasajes in North Spain. The details below are for this hike, but bear in mind you can do this on any coast with a trail (e.g. the South West Coastal Path). Where? San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain. How? The 7km out and back trail starts from the historical part of the San Sebastian. Set out along the Zurriola bay. Before the end of the beach, turn right towards the…read more