Our Weekend at the Cateran Yomp

Our Weekend at the Cateran Yomp

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So what is the Cateran Yomp?

Well, when I was asked to get involved in helping at the water-station of an endurance event I thought it would be a marathon or something of similar scale, a friends company were sponsoring the event by providing vehicles for support and I have to admit that I had never heard of the Cateran Yomp before so had no idea just how massive it is!

For anyone else who hasn’t heard of it, its a 54 mile trek over the Cairngorms. The terrain is rough, the distance is grueling and the weather completely unpredictable!

All in aid of raising funds for ABF The Soldiers Charity that support soldiers and veterans and their families when they are in need.

While we were applying sun-cream there were rolls of thunder and at one point the event had to be halted for safety reasons due to the freak lightening storm that seemed to appear from nowhere.

Many of the participants were in great spirits, despite being drenched and sunburned with achy feet as they met with our team at the 24 mile marker point. Even although they were fully aware that the next section from us included the infamous “Bog” and that with 30 miles yet to go, they would be trekking through the night with imminent rain and cold descending!

Well done to all of those who completed either the Bronze (22miles), Silver (36 miles) or Gold (54miles) and for anyone who even attempted it!  Our hats are well and truly dothed to you!

And a massive Thank you to Martin Cavanagh from Thrifty for inviting us along 🙂

The Thrifty Team with staff from Dundee, Edinburgh & Inverness branches helping out – Water-station 3 at mile 24!

June 11, 2018 |

A truthful and REAL running blog (contains swears)

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We all have those moment when we are starting something new when we can feel that its just us that are struggling. Even though we know in the back of our mind that it’s not the case!

So thats why its so regreshing to read a blog that is a proper Warts and All account of the highs and the struggles of activity!

May we present to you… Miss Running Bean

One of the best  running blogs that you’ll read **Warning: Contains Sweary Words**

 

 

 

 

 

June 3, 2018 |

The Hell Yeah Podcast

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The Hell Yeah Roller Derby Podcast

We love hearing about first hand experiences at SeriousExtreme and what better way to keep up to date than podcasts that you can listen to when you’re out and about, driving or sitting at the computer deciding on whats going to be your next big adventure.

We have stumbles across Hell Yeah Roller Derby who have just launched a new podcast in addition to all of the amazing content and blogs on their site, check them out and don’t forget to subscribe so you get all the new podcasts as they become available!

Hell Yeah Roller Derby Podcast

That’s Robyn and me (left) goofing around painting plates like the cool kids we are.

Our second episode is out now! You can find it on iTunes, Soundcloud or your podcast app of choice.

In this episode we’re talking recruitment for roller derby with not one but two (!!) interviews with some seriously interesting women from Bristol Roller Derby and South West Angels of Terror (S.W.A.T), two leagues that have found innovative ways to improve their recruitment of rookie skaters. (Sidebar: We didn’t talk much about recruiting Officials this time around, but we think it’s a really interesting topic so expect a future episode on recruiting refs and NSOs!)

Our first episode generated some interesting discussion about cherry popper games on our own Facebook threads, and made us realise that we hadn’t created a space for people to put in their two cents about the issue covered in an episode. So now we have a Facebook page! Go there are tell and us what recruitment techniques worked for your league, people you’d like us to talk to in future episodes, or just how daft you find my faux American accent.

Listen on itunes or Soundcloud.

March 18, 2018 |

Be Listed on SeriousExtreme.com

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Listing your company on seriousextreme.com couldn’t be easier.

From the home page click on the create listing tab

From there you will come to the sign in page, if you are all ready registered fill in your log in details and continue creating your listing.

If you aren’t already registered, tap the register link and enter your email address, you then set a password to make sure you aren’t a robot and then you can log in and continue adding your listing

 

After that you will see the pages below where you can add as much or as little information about you as you’d like. We recommend always putting a description and adding as much detail as possible, and don’t forget to tell future customers how to get in touch, if they should book ahead opening hours and add some pictures to show off what you do! 

Click the next tab and that’s you done!

You’ll then be able to set up your payment plan via paypal (you’ll be redirected to their site)

Then drop us an email at liveit@seriousextreme.com to introduce yourself, send us video links that we can share to promote you and let us know your story!

March 8, 2017 |

A day out with David Sleigh Racing

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The weekend before last I was lucky enough to meet with Stuart Gray from Knockhill Racing Circuit.

I haven’t been up there in years since my days of promotions where we would be solely there to promote one brand, so going up to learn all about the racing was another kettle of fish entirely.

The snow was heavy that day so there would be no racing although I was one of the lucky ones who was taken around the track in one of Knockhill’s vehicles while Stuart checked the conditions and decided whether it was safe to let people test that day. Unfortunately, it was not.

So the following weekend, I went back to hang out with one of the test teams, David Sleigh Racing.

What I found throughout the team was that everyone was so welcoming, on site there was a huge mix of people, abilities, skills and interests. Some were more interested in the cars, some the racing and some were there for the feeling of comradery.

Neal Robertson

Chris Milford

Oly Mortimer

Jonny Dreelan

On the day, they had four drivers out, Neal Robertson, Chris Milford, Jonny Dreelan & Oly Mortimer and we’ll be finding out more about them shortly!

The team were on the track 5 times during the day and then back to the hub to check the cars, make tweaks where necessary and make sure they are in tip top condition for the next round.

The weather was grim and the temperatures freezing with Knockhill being at high altitude but the team were in high spirits throughout and results from the track time were positive.

I can’t wait to go back, come join me!

February 23, 2017 |

The Husky Trek of a Lifetime

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Imagine treking 250km across Northern Norway to Sweden  at -7°  with your huskies?

We were lucky enough to catch up with Ken Cramond who, back in 2007 did just that!

Since then he has had many more adventures and we’ll be bring them to your shortly so in the meantime check out his blog, Ken’s Lapland Husky Trek  and read all about his amazing adventure.

***Warning, this blog contains incredibly cheesy music***

February 10, 2017 |

women who changed snowboarding

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Its that time of year again where everyone is hitting the slopes (except me of course as I’m sitting here writing this and reading articles about people who are)

So I stumbled across this  cracking article on the matador network about the bad-ass women who are changing snowboarding for the better, worth a read for everyone out there being awesome!

 

7 badass women who changed snowboarding forever

January 7, 2017 |

Continuing your water sports throughout the winter? Get a Drysuit!

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Are watersports your bag? Winter in the UK can really mess with your schedule between the dark mornings, increasing winds and bitter freezing conditions but there is hope.

Good excuse to take a sunny holiday to somewhere warmer? YES! I hear you Cry! But a six month holiday to tropical destinations isn’t always convenient or possible for most of us so what can we do??

Over the past few years drysuits have become more and more popular as they have drastically improved in quality and design. (Our friend at Nicolicious Retreats is a keen kitesurfer and hasn’t stopped raving about her new drysuit since she got it)

So we had a look online to check out the reviews from other people in a variety of sports and found a great article from scubadivingblog.co.uk which covers the latest and greatest drysuits available on the market, have a read of the blog here.

Time to check out the January sales!!

 

 

 

 

January 3, 2017 |

Advice to roller derby newbies

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The Real Roller Derby Experience

As an extreme sport, Roller derby is really picking up the pace (pun intended) so how do you get involved?  We have links to local teams listed on Serious Extreme here that are regularly recruiting for their next intake of “Fresh Meat”  where you can train to a level that you can compete.

But don’t be fooled by memories of watching whip it on dvd or whizzing about on wheels as a kid, Roller Derby is an intense sport that requires dedication so we’ve kindly been allowed to re-blog ‘s blog to get an invaluable insight into the derby world…

Advice to Newbies

Since I’ve started posting a blog, I’ve gotten a lot of messages from newbies and fresh meat asking about derby, how to get better, how to feel confident, and how to cope with derby in general.  Because the beginning of the year brings a new crop of Freshies, I thought I’d hand off some unsolicited advice!

#1 Welcome to derby!  You made it!  Now the hard work really really starts.  It is imperative that you put in as much time as you can on skates, because even though the league gives you time to learn skills, you are ultimately held responsible for your progress.   If your plow stops are not what they should be, you need to hit every open skate possible and work work work on your skills!


#2  Derby isn’t how you get into shape; you have to get into shape FOR derby.  That means you have to do cross training.  I suggest you ride a bike, run, lift weights, walk, do yoga, dance naked in your living room, I don’t care, just get out there and do it! 


#3  Don’t get butthurt if the veterans don’t talk to you at first.  Derby is a sport where many people are really driven and self focused.  Also, derby is a sport where many people join originally with great enthusiasm, and then eventually fade away.  Sometimes it’s hard for veteran skaters to build relationships with newbies and have them walk away after a couple of weeks.  My newbie class had six members, and only two of us are still skating, so do the math.

Ballz and I were the last two standing….uh, skating.  This picture is before we had derby butts.

 

#4  Take advice and don’t be defensive.  Let’s face it, most of us are adults who have had success, control and are not used to the role of being a student.  Derby can be very “challenging” which really means it’s frustrating as CRAP!  You can be trying your best, sweating over doing a move, and a veteran skater gives you some negative feedback.  I know the first instinct we all have is to be annoyed and defend your performance, but don’t!  Don’t say “I can’t turn left!” or “I’ve done this a million times and you just gave me different advice than so and so did!”  People want to invest in your success; they want you to be a better skater, so don’t get defensive when it comes to their feedback!  Listen, thank them for the help, and then consider if it applies to you, and keep on trying!


#5  Watch footage with a veteran skater.  If you can bribe a veteran skater to watch footage with you and explain it, you will be on your way to being a better derby player.  As a word of advice, don’t watch a game in which she played; she’ll be too distracted critiquing her own performance to really enlighten you.  By the way, beer is a good bribe.


#6  Bond with your fellow newbies.  They’re the ones going through the same ordeals that you are; get together at open skates, plan footage viewing, check up on each other.  You are going to need support to get through this and so are they.  Don’t get jealous of one of your group learning something quicker than you.  Ballz had been skating and teaching skating for years before she joined derby, so she was head and shoulders ahead of me in the skills department.  It just made me try harder.This is just some basic advice I have for newbies; it’s a hard position to be in, but it can be made a lot easier by following my advice.  And by the way….CONGRATS FOR MAKING IT!

You can find Elekra Q-Tion’s blog posts at

You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Loose Wheel

where she covers more topics about Roller Derby! Go check her out!

November 29, 2016 |
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