One of the UK’s biggest Adventure Racing series is returning for 2013-14 and its 8th year of racing. Once again the Open 5 series is also being sponsored by Swedish brand Haglöfs and aims to take competitors out into some of the best locations in the UK.
What’s it all about?
The aim of these five hour event is to visit as many points as you can in the five hours, some controls can only be collected by mountain bike and others by foot. With the controls having differing values the key to the Haglöfs Open5 series lies in having a combination of both fitness and navigation skills.
The Haglöfs Open5 Adventure Race series is open to solos and pairs over the age of 18 wanting to take part from first timers to elite athletes. It’s an ideal event for those looking to take on their first adventure race with the option newbies partnering up with more experienced racers.
James Thurlow from Open Adventure says –
The Haglöfs Open5 series takes in amazing landscapes and with the series running through the winter – you can be assured of eventful days out with all sorts of weather – days you won’t forget.
Peter Rostron from Haglöfs says –
Haglöfs are proud to work with Open Adventure, the Haglöfs Open 5 are events where every detail has to be thought of, often in challenging terrain and conditions. There is a great affinity to the Haglöfs product range, it is a great testing ground for versatility as it involves both running and biking. It is a true grass route event that is suitable for novice to elite competitors played out in some of the best areas of the UK for outdoor activities, it isn’t your normal A to B event.
2013-2014 Race Dates and Locations
- Ilkley: 6th October 2013
- Innerleithen: 3rd November 2013
- Forest of Dean: 1st December 2013
- Hamsterley Forest: 5th January 2014
- North Downs: 2nd February 2014
- Cannock Chase: 2nd March 2014
- Coniston: 6th April
- www.openadventure.com/open5: For more information and entry details, head here.
- Your first adventure race: Our guide to entering the Haglöfs Open 5 series should give you an idea of what to expect.