Generally a mix of trail running and mountain biking, often with other disciplines and challenges thrown in for good measure, adventure racing provides a different kind of thrill.

Team MBR have just come back from competing in a round of the Helly Hansen Adventure Challenge series, one of the country’s premier adventure race series and we had a fine old time. Raced as a team of three the Helly Hansen events incorporate up to 10km of trail running, 25km of mtbing and about 1km of kayaking, with some team-oriented challenges such as the three-man skis, the cargo net and the dreaded slippery wall to negotiate along the way. The event we did was based around one of the famous Gorrick XC courses in Surrey so quality singletrack was a feature and running along singletrack is way more fun than pounding pavements any day. It’s also a fun event to do with similarly fit friends.

The final round of the 2008/9 Helly Hansen Adventure Challenge series takes place at Windemere in the Lakes on 29th March, check out for details of this and many other similar events.

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