Pancakes Announcement – 19 Feb – NOTE NEW DATE

Its not the winning that counts, its the taking (a)part

OK what you need:

Empty stomach
Exotic toppings

Hope to see you all there – Ade

carmen miranda, with an exotic topping

P.S. I know it’s not actually Shrove Tuesday, but as of last
year the pope gave us special dispensation to move it – and look on the
bright side – it makes lent shorter!!



ye, 19th is better for me anyway

Just had word from Vatican city:

Pancake party has had to be postponed to Tue Feb 19th – all other details

Am assured appropriate Hail Mary’s are being said…




Noone knows why




Pics: Aussiedave

BUSA slalom 2008

Liverpool 8th overall, good effort! Super results.

Photos: AndyL, Finn, Mary, More from Mary and others.

Results: on BUSA canoe page

Report: on soon.

More BUSA reports from: Manchester, Manchester, Bangor, Aberystwyth

ToughGuy pics

Dave’s report and Arlett’s pics. Love it!

Happy trio

Arlett - we got your number...




ToughGuy 2008

Sunday was Tough Guy again….

I am still tough, Ade is still tough and Arlette is a new tough girl. It was a slightly different course to last year, and far more knackering.

Last year it was a longish flatish run to the Slalom (which was fairly tame).

This year was a short run to the Slalom (which was not tame), so they made up for it by forcing you up and down this hill about 10 times (I am not exaggerating). And that hill is steeper than it looks, proper use your hands type thing on the way up. And the flat bits of the run had hay bales to jump over and nets to crawl under, and it wouldn’t be tough guy without mud. Meaning that you never really got to just run (which was 90% of my training.) And I don’t remember so many muddy trenches, prior to the obstacle course… still it was definitely shorter.

All this before you get to the obstacles. Which were much the same as usual, some faves are the fiery holes

Which Ade probably reached while they were still burning, by the time I got there, they were the smouldering holes. The Tiger… with its electric ribbons that would temp Jamie to get out his arse (can’t find any pics). They definitely sting a little… and a (now) familiar blend of mud, ropes, mud, water, mud, mind numbing cold and mud

As I was closer to the front I had less recovery time between the obstacles, making that a bit harder, but my time a lot better. (1hr 36min (ish) vs 2hr30ish). Ade was ahead of me somewhere being quick off the mark and already tough, Arlette being one of the wet necks, had a lot of ground to catch up and finished somewhere behind.

I started the race, saying this will be my last Tough Guy, finished saying I have to come back, drag my brother and beat him. Currently undecided, loved the event would like to be able to walk down stairs today. (f&8k it, I’ll be there next year… who’s up for it)

Also browsing for pics I found this site, with a video for last year. Might be a familiar face about 2seconds in.

Generally great article, with some class piccies

Tough Guy Porn

Some great quotes

We’re cold, and we’re miserable. I pass dozens of toned, fit, attractive women who are wearing wet, clinging T-shirts and coated with a layer of mud that accentuates their every curve and muscle.

And some explanations for doing it…


“It seemed like a good idea when I was drunk.”


“There’s not enough challenges in life anymore, are there?” Skone says. “And it reassures your faith in humanity. You see it on the course. You’ll see strangers helping each other.

And Finally my reason

I think there is another, simpler reason people run the Tough Guy: It’s fun.

Talk report – Dave Manby

Big thanks to Dave Manby for a super talk.

dave manby

Best quote:

“Nothing has evolved from Camels.”

Enil. CC2.0

Best images of Iran:

Iranian nomads moving their goods, tents, children, donkeys and chickens across the Bakhtiari River in Iran, on rafts floated by inflated pigskins. Amazing pictures, making you realise there’s probably no such thing as a “first descent” round those parts. After they’ve got everyone (literally hundreds of people and thousands of animals) across the river, next they forge a path through the snow – with bare feet, obviously.

must contain more than 80N fixed bouyancySnow journey - 1925Iran canyon

Was amazing to see this footage of historical journeys, as well as the modern videos of the usual gnarly rapids and multicoloured plastic.

“It was really good. Lots of different and strange images and film. Some of them even had people kayaking in. The International cardboard kayaking championships looked an absolute hoot. ”

Some folk bought his new DVD, which includes the Dudh Khosi footage, the origami race down serpents tail, and some eclectic random bonus footage – so if you fancy watching it, ask around, we’ll have a viewing one eve, and if you would like a copy of the DVD for yourself, visit Dave Manby’s Homepage.

The uni Gilmore bar seems to be rather closed at the moment, so we went to the Union bar in the guild before, and adjourned to the AJ afterwards.

There were folk there from all the different local kayak clubs and climbing groups etc – thanks for coming!

Check the talks website for the next upcoming talks, including:

Monday 10th March – Lowri Davies – “Canoeing with Cossacks”– Freestyle champion Lowri will be telling us about her adventures the 2007 British Universities “Four Borders” expedition, to the very corners of Russia and Mongolia.

We love Warwick paddlers!

Thread from UKRGB

Spot the kayak

Big thanks to Chris Eastabrook and his friends who have managed to budge this boat from the Eden.