Our Operations Director Dave Haygarth is well used to delivering large complex projects for clients. This weekend he delivered a very personal project with all the usual kind of logistics to think about, plus a colossal physical effort on top — the Bob Graham Round in the English Lake District.The Bob Graham is a 24 hour running challenge basically covering ALL of the significant fell summits in the Lakes. There's 42 of them! Plus the small matter of 65 miles distance and 26,000 foot of climbing — not far short of the height of Everest. Dave started his day at his desk, drove up to the Lakes and began running at 7pm on the dot from Keswick's Moot Hall, right in the town centre.A steady start up England's 4th highest mountain Skiddaw. That's the warm up and has to be done in an hour for a realistic chance of success. The route then continues over Blencathra and the entire Helvellyn range, by this time in the dark. Then it's a change of helpers and across Langdale and then onto the real big hills of the Lakes - Bow Fell, Great End, Scafell Pike, Scafell, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, etc. A weary run in back over the gentle North Western Fells back into Keswick 22 hours later, completes the loop.You can read the full grisly account here — it's a great read if you have 10 minutes spare.
A few of the team attended the Tour de France time trials in Hyde Park, London last weekend. It was hot for once and some of us got a bit sunburnt, as we went out expecting another miserable UK summer's day. There was also that rarest of things - "free beer" - available, in exchange for an email address for their marketing. Luckily I have a lot of email addresses. Thank you Adnams!I don't know much about cycling or the Tour de France, but it was a great day out. I especially liked it when a lady asked why we were all cheering cars going past with bikes on their roofs (this is the entourage that follows the cyclists) as this was all that could be seen above the heads of the crowd!Our new Dave (Dave H) is cycling mad. And a damn good cyclist he is too. Last week he stood on a podium wasting champagne in Rochdale -- well done Dave! More details over here on Dave's personal blog: http://www.minnellium.com/colne-grand-prix-2007
One of our latest clients has one of those sites you just don't want to leave. Ultquiz.co.uk is the official UK Chart quiz website in association with the official UK charts. On the site, you can test your chart knowledge against your friends. Who knows - you could even knock Suffolk's Stewart Lennox off the top spot in the hall of fame. Stewart's knowledge on his chosen years of 2003-2006 gained him a massive 38,160 points.
Pop goes our Friday afternoon....