Vienna City Guide

As the second-largest German speaking city and former centre of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Vienna’s urban landscape is iconic. Freud, Beethoven and Mozart called the city home, streets composed of Baroque … Read more

Ace Hotel, Pittsburgh

, July 9, 2018

Venturing inland from coastal Philadelphia to Pittsburgh is its kind of Pennsylvanian pilgrimage, a routing through which the passages of the industrialisation of the United States became fully realised. At … Read more

Houston City Guide

Located 50 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States, a sprawling metropolitan area with a friendly, but hard working atmosphere. … Read more

Serpentine Lido, London

, June 2, 2015

On the south side of London’s Serpentine is its cosy lido, a 100m by 30m stretch of water reserved for swimmers. Considering its location and access, the lido is remarkable … Read more

Great Scottish Swim

, October 3, 2011

The final Great Swim Series event of the year took place on a beautifully sunny September day in Strathclyde National Park. Scotland’s usual cold weather kindly abated for the weekend, making for a spectacular swim and an enjoyable day for the nearly 2,000 participants and their supporters.

MacKeene Gentlemen’s Beachwear

, September 23, 2011

When you are ready to graduate from your boardshorts, make the right choice and buy a pair of MacKeene beach shorts. Test them in your local store and reap the benefits for evermore.

Introducing Movescount: Training Software from Suunto

, August 26, 2011

As technology takes a greater hold on the way we run our lives, it’s no surprise that adventure brands are jumping on the digital band wagon to enhance user experience. To bring their adventure software in line with established platforms from other watch manufacturers, Suunto released Movescount, their version of performance tracking. As well as updating training data features, Suunto introduced a neat social networking element to enhance the Movescount product. Here I’ll outline some of the key features, and guide you through the process of setting up an account.

Suunto T6d GPS Watch

, August 20, 2011

The Suunto T6d is described by the manufacturer as a ‘sports laboratory on your wrist’ and it’s an apt description for a watch that is compatible with a variety of … Read more

Arran, Scotland in Miniature

, July 19, 2011

The Isle of Arran lies in the Firth of Clyde, nestled on the west coast of the Scotland. Often described as a “Scotland in Miniature”, Arran’s geography mirrors the Scottish … Read more

Blueseventy Helix Wetsuit

, July 9, 2011

The Helix is one of a range of suits from Blueseventy, designed for swimmers with “natural buoyancy”. It is a highly flexible suit, giving a more natural feel to swimming than the other stiffer suits.

Great East Swim, Suffolk, England

, June 22, 2011

After Charlie Morris’ participation in the Great Swim at Salford, I headed to Ipswich in Suffolk to check out the next event in the Great Swim series, the Great East Swim. Keep an eye out for this event next year and in the mean time get some practice in the remaining events of the Great Swim series – London and Strathclyde.

Aqua Sphere Vista Goggle Review

, June 20, 2011

Promoted by the growth of triathlon and participation by high profile adventurers, open water swimming’s reputation is rapidly being revitalised. Endowed with fresh water lakes, rivers and temperate coastal waters, the UK is perhaps the best starting point for the sports rebirth. Romantic and natural, open water swimming benefits from the lack of gear and an unrivalled connection with a novel environment. Goggles are however a must-have item, and require a certain degree of specicifity in the open water. Aqua Sphere specific focus on swimming gear and are particuarly relevant for open water swimmers with their collection of wide-angle swim goggles. I’ve been testing the Vista in the Great Swim Series – here’s what I thought.

Great Swim Salford, Manchester, England

, May 25, 2011

The Great Swim Series has only been running since 2008, and is billed as “the UK’s biggest mass participation open water swimming series”. While the original event was held in Lake Windermere, in 2011 there are five events taking place in Salford, Suffolk, Windermere, London and Strathclyde.