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The Journey: Statistics

295 miles

Miles travelled on bike, foot and kayak

56 Miles


36.6 Miles

Paddled on a Kayak

31,000 ft

Height gained during the race


Hours sleep snatched


Control points punched


Miles at the RUN

201.7 Miles

Cycling on an MTB



4 d 23:30

Elapsed time

The Journey Starts Here

Get out of my head

In an effort to sort out that which sleep was unavailable to do, the memories and experiences of the recent ITERA Expedition Race Wales, I’ve begun to write them down here. Enjoy them if you will or not, it’s a long read and rather like the race you may lose some sleep if you stick it to the end. The first few pages are available and I’ll finish the others over the next week or so.

Feel free to comment and poke fun, make it constructive. I may have got times and events completely wrong, sleepmonsters do that to your head.

Thanks to James and the team for putting on such a well organised event, and for Tom for the Journey of a lifetime (so far). For all the marshalls for the encouragement and good humor and of course for my teammates, we did it together and finished together despite the difficulties.

Read from here

ITERA14 Prologue Cardiff Bay

First cut video compilation of the Prologue from the recent ITERA Expedition Race Wales 2014. The Prologue was a early pre-race special stage comprising of a 5k run around the Cardiff Bay Trail to the National White Water Centre, a descent of the rapids, then a 5k run back to the start. The times of each team were used to seed a penalty-stop on the 1st day of the actual race, at the ZipWorld special stage.


Stage9 CP62 Behind The Waterfalls

A short video from the Waterfall Checkpoint CP62 on Stage 9 of the ITERA Expedition Race in Wales.

Après Le Deluge

Well it’s over and the team have dispersed to homes and holidays, one to a new job, another to the same old but happy with that. All of us with some fantastic memories of what was an epic experience, the week long ITERA Wales Expedition Race was indeed the journey we were promised.

The full story will emerge gradually as each of us come to terms with what we’ve done; as the last week begins to sink in and the brain digests the events and emotions we all experienced, the intensity of which beggar description.

For now I’ll leave you with a couple of photos and to say a huge thanks to all my teammates Jill, Heather and Steve, love to you all.


The Prologue

The Prologue

The Prologue

The Prologue

The prologue is an exciting showcase event to be held on the Saturday evening prior to the main event. It consist of a 5k run along the Cardiff Bay Trail, a kayak down the artificial white -water course at Cardiff’s National White-Water Centre, followed by a further 5k run back to the finish.

The results of the Prologue will be used to seed a penalty stop time for the competitors which will be executed sometime during the first day’s racing proper.

It’s main purpose is to break the teams up so that there’s effectively a staggered start without missing all the fun and excitement of the mass start for the cameras.

Paddling Windermere

Paddling Around

Windermere Steamer

Windermere Steamer

More paddling practice is required, so a day on Windermere was organised. I’d intended to combine the need to spend time in the boat with some photography and an extended day out on the water. Indeed I’d planned to camp out overnight and get some quality time to myself, perhaps to catch the last and first light on the water. But that was my plan at the beginning of the week. Come Friday and the weather forecast turned, well frankly awful, so plans were revised and as it turned out that was indeed the right thing to do.

Saturday morning after a hasty packing session, trying to prepare for every eventuality and change of plan as well as not to disturb already packed stuff for the ITERA, a drive over the ever so familiar A69 to the M6 and down to Windermere. Paul at Windermere Canoe Kayak was very helpful and chatty. Advice, especially from someone so experienced in both paddling and AR circles was very welcome. Disappointingly Paul had intended to take part in the ITERA but a recent MTB accident put paid to that plan. [Get well soon Paul]


Dispatched with sit-on-top kayak, and requisite paddles and PFD, spare clothes and money in a dry bag, recommendations for coffee at Fell Foot cafe and camera in hand I set off down the mere. [It’s not a lake, there’s only one lake in the Lake District and that’s ????].

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The weather was very grey and dull, doesn’t make good for photography but the odd sailing boat and tourist barge or steamer provided sufficient distraction. The trip down to Fell Foot was pretty uneventful and I was surprised at the speed of the kayak despite my lack of technique. It was a single seat model and quite long and narrow giving it a reasonable froude number but very stable all the same. Coffee and a bacon & sausage bun was good refueling at the National Trust Cafe before the return leg back towards Windermere.

It was then clear my lack of technique was a real problem. The idea is that a substantial proportion of the power in the paddle stroke should come from a rotation of the body, your core muscles need to do a lot of the work. My BAD technique was pretty much all arms, leading to extreme fatigue, so much so that getting back in reasonable time was a real effort.

It had been showery all day but as I pulled back in behind the car ferry as it slid towards Hawkshead the sun came out for a brief attempt to scorch those who’d dared to brave the earlier damp.





If there’s one thing that Adventure Racers, or indeed any endurance runners, talk about more than anything it’s food and drink, or “hydration” as the marketeers would like you to call it. There’s more bollocks* talked about these two subjects than any other, indeed everything else put together.

Whether its running the Bob Graham Round, cycling the C2C In A Day, the UTLD 100 mile ultra or a multi day expedition race like the ITERA, it’s all about calories. How much, how many and how to eat and drink them without going into deficit or throwing them back up onto the floor, or your sleeping bag.

The award winning outdoor retailer Above & Beyond, based in Morpeth not far from TeamFans, is providing some of the food we’re carrying on the ITERA. The freeze dried rations from Extreme Food should provide tasty, easy to prepare calories when on the move.

Above & Beyond

Above & Beyond

Extreme Food Logo

Extreme Food

* apologies for the language but we did warn you.


Lighting II

Petzl - High res



PETZL came up with the goods today and box of Tikka arrived at the office. The RXP and R+ will be programmed for maximum battery life should last 20 hrs or so. With the spare batteries that should be enough for the whole race. The other Tikka are “aaa” powered but amazingly powerful and will be standbys.