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Baby it´s cold outside

This is a very important story, because it explains how a sporting adventure, satisfies curiosity and prompts a person to their next one. The hunger to do something worthwhile every day of my life leads me early December to Lake Windermere as a participant of the Big Chill Swim. An open water swimming race where no wetsuits are allowed; curious to discover what swimming in the heart of winter with only a cossie feels like. Some of us have a feeling for play that they’ve never lost, it’s fair to say this is my case and this is my winter swim game! Before anything preparation is key to success, so I pack all the essentials: Sun cream factor: 50+, my snuggly bunny slippers and a must-have: the

Pirates of the Canal Adventure

Thanks to Sean Conway and winning his 2016 Adventure Scholarship, on the 8th of August my daughter Athina and I set out on an amazing adventure to canoe almost 130 miles across the Leeds Liverpool canal. The plan was to complete the journey in BoatyMcBoatface; our inflatable kayak, in 6 days. We would carry our own gear and camp along the way rediscovering the historic journeys made by canal-boat people 200 years ago. Not only was this fantastic adventure designed to encourage others to live more adventurously and try out canoeing but also to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Dr Peter Maw, from the School of History at the University of Leeds, has written extensively on canal histor

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