The Bob Graham Round

Claire Maxted is an all-round outdoor lover, runner, cyclist, occasional climber and kayaker who has adventured all over the world but still insists the UK in good weather conditions is the best playground on the planet. She is editor of Trail Running magazine.  This is a feature article from Totally Active Magazine originally posted on 30th September…

The Kit List: February

February is the time to lock into your new winter training plans and build on all the great work you’ve achieved in January. Whether it’s building the miles, making fresh tracks in the mountains, or getting the work done in the gym, here is our monthly dose of news, inspiration, and gear. Always Aim High…

Telemarking

Never one to shy away from a new challenge, cyclist and freelance journalist Juliet Elliott loves travelling the globe in pursuit of adventure and belly laughs. An ex-professional snowboarder who hung up her boots to go on tour with a metal band, these days you’re more likely to find her cycling than sliding sideways down…

Dirty Duathlons

Nik Cook gives you the low down on off-road duathlons and why they should be part of your autumn and winter racing schedule.  This article was first published on 28th September 2016 and is a feature piece from Totally Active. Who are they for? Anyone from experienced triathletes looking for a competitive outlet through the winter…

Afan Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash-Up

A freelance journalist and sponsored rider, polymath cyclist Juliet Elliott loves exploring every corner of the cycling world. Throwing herself into every challenge she finds upon her journey, Juliet’s never happier than when on two wheels. In this feature from Totally Active, Juliet Elliott experiences the thrills and spills of Enduro mountain bike racing. This…

Interview with Tamara Lunger, Alpine Climber

Tamara Lunger is one of the stars of the European Outdoor Film Tour 2016. The two hour special edit of the year’s best outdoor and adventure films includes the 28 year old Italian’s ascent without supplemental oxygen of K2.  The rising star of the alpine climbing world also held the World Champion long distance ski-mountaineering…

Meet the Professionals Behind the Goggles

Many of us have dreamed of giving up our day jobs and moving to the mountains in pursuit of a life of skiing. For professional ski patrollers, they’ve taken that dream a step further by helping the rest of us enjoy the mountains in safety. Who are these professionals behind the goggles?   Ski patrollers…

Interview with Diana Nyad, Open Water Swimmer

In 2013, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage, swimming 103 miles in fifty-three hours from Havana to Key West. The film, The Other Shore – The Diana Nyad Story, part of this year’s International Ocean Film Tour,…

Run7 Global – 7 Wonders, 7 Marathons, 7 Charities

Run7 is a newly founded charitable initiative that exists to raise funds and awareness of the best global sustainable business practices. Driving education and dialogue to combat climate change apathy via a ‘world-first’ series of marathons and ultra-marathon events staged at 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Run7 was founded by and is delivered by…

The Brilliant Moment

“All your preparations, all the early mornings and later nights will lead you to a place you’d only imagined. Be bold. Reach for new experiences. Find The Brilliant Moment.”

Top 5 motivational blog posts of 2014

Source: Paxson Woelber (Flickr Creative Commons) 2014 has been a great year for the SportPursuit blog and we’re ever so glad that you’ve been a part of it.  As the years transition, maybe you’re looking  for some motivation to do something different in 2015 or crave a little inspiration for choosing your next adventure?  If…

Thrive from your Fears – 7 Practical Tips

Source: Jrm Llvr (Flickr Creative Commons) It wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I discovered how much fun it could be to be a risk taker. As soon as I learnt how to get my two wheels off the ground I became addicted to the feeling of jumping, speeding and improving. However,…

Biking and climbing – 8 countries, 7 summits, 32 days

“I took on this challenge not to prove who I was or who I am, but who I can become” -Sophie Radcliffe On the 31st August 2014, SportPursuit ambassador Sophie completed her most recent challenge – the Alpine Coast to Coast. Sophie has become the first and only person in history to cycle the 8…

Incredible: the first ever quadriplegic to complete an Ironman

“There’s no line defining before and after my accident.  In my mind, it’s just one continuous path.  I was running before my accident and I’m still running, maybe just in a slightly different way” “Still Running” puts the spotlight on the incredible story of Pieter du Preez who after a tragic cycling accident that left…

Strangest athlete superstitions and rituals in sports

  Friday the 13th is possibly the most superstitious day/date combo known to man.  Whether your rituals for this day involve fearlessly embracing ‘just another day’ in the Gregorian calendar, something quirky with horse shoes or locking yourself in your bedroom and nervously browsing the Internet, this list of the strangest athlete superstitions and rituals…

SportPursuit & Cyclebeat: The Blogger Spin-Off

Earlier this week, certain members of SportPursuit HQ decided it was high time the office got out together for some group exercise; and ever ones to share our love of sport, we decided to invite some of our favourite bloggers and writers along to local spinning club – Cyclebeat – for our inaugural SportPursuit Spin-Off!…

How to become a morning person in 8 steps

Source – Riley Kaminer (Flickr Creative Commons) Becoming a morning person is pretty difficult if it doesn’t come naturally. At SportPursuit, we try and get up nice and early, but it’s easier said than done as the difference between being a morning person and a night owl can often come down to genetics. It’s all…

10 Inspirational Places To Run In Britain

1. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Image credit: Lawrence Murray A mountain amid a city, a volcanic plug, a tourist honeypot. Run over grassy ramparts, slip beneath the towering Salisbury Crags, try not to stop running on a steep, winding, unending staircase, scramble the final steps to the rocky, breezy summit of Arthur’s Seat. While you are unlikely…

In A Different Light: Notorious Drug Cheats – The Before & After

After the revelation this week that both Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell – once both strong proponents of ‘clean’ competition – had been caught out in drugs testing earlier this year, we’ve pulled together quotes from some of the world’s most famous athletes, both before and after they were caught doping. Ironic and humourous, it’s…

The UK’s Best Mountain Bike Trails (As Chosen By You)

image credit: Natash Ramasay Like all cycling, mountain biking is on the up in the UK; a recent estimate put the worth of the UK bike industry at over £900m. Whether you’re a hardened downhiller replete with full-face helmet and neck-brace, or a lycra-clad cross-country climber, as a pastime riding off-road is hugely varied; and…

The Best Ways To See The Tennis At Wimbledon (Tickets Or Otherwise!)

We can hardly believe it, but it’s that time of year again; when strawberries, cream and camping on the streets of one of London’s leafy western suburbs temporarily usurp football and the queen as Britains most quintessential symbols. That’s right, the dull thud of lime-green felt-lined balls means Wimbledon is back!   The Championships are…