How to raise money for soldiers with extreme sports

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010No Comments

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Paratrooper Ben Parkinson is the most seriously injured British soldier to survive his wounds in Afghanistan. Yet on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks the lance bombardier, who lost both legs and suffered brain injures during active service, jumped 15,000ft in a charity parachute jump.

Inspired by the paratrooper’s bravery, in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday on November 14, Activity People will be making a £1 donation to Help For Heroes for every group booking activity.

Rebecca Rudkin, business development manager at Activity People, said: ‘The real-life heroism of our troops in Afghanistan is inspiring to many of us. Parachute jumps, bungee jumps and the other extreme activities we offer are nothing compared to the day-to-day heroism of our troops on the frontline.

‘We hope to do our bit by raising some money for our brave troops,’ added Rebecca. ‘We will make a donation of £1 on every group booking an activity before Remembrance Sunday; they don’t necessarily have to do the activity before that date, just book it before then.

‘We are also hoping that many of the groups will take the opportunity to raise money for Help For Heroes by getting their activity sponsored  activity or collecting money on the day. We have every possible activity for them to choose from, and each member of the group can book onto the charity event as individuals making organisation less of a headache. So, how about a parachute jump, paintballing, karting, rally or off-road driving, quad biking, dirt buggy racing –  you name it we have the activity,’ said Rebecca.

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Stag capital Brighton.

Sunday, April 25th, 2010No Comments
©Britainonview / Chris Dawes

©Britainonview / Chris Dawes

Research by the UK’s top stag event organisers Stagzilla reveals that Brighton is the top destination for stag parties. The Sussex seaside city – often referred to as London-by-the-sea – beat two northern funpots, Newcastle and Manchester, for the title of Britain’s number one stag venue.

Brighton – the home to attractions such as Europe’s biggest extreme sports festival White Air, the UK’s most famous old pier and the country’s first nudist beach – wins day and night with pre-nuptial males.

Visit Britain confirms that for short breaks, cities are more popular with the stag brigade, whereas seaside towns are preferred for longer breaks. Maybe the success of many of the cities on the stag destination list is down to offering both – Manchester is the only city in the list that isn’t located on the coast. Meanwhile, in the summer, Cornish surfing haven Newquay rides up the stag-do destination league as the fair weather surfers head into the water.

Stagzilla’s marketing manager, Chris Walters, said: ‘Most stags parties that choose Newquay will book surfing so they are looking for specific activities. Others will just choose a major city so they have lots to do in the day and evening.’

UK’s Top Stag Destinations:

1. Brighton

2. Newcastle

3. Manchester

4. Cardiff

5. Bournemouth

6. Newquay (summer months)

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Win FREE vouchers.

Sunday, April 25th, 2010No Comments

Adrenamaghas got activity vouchers worth thousands of pounds to be won. All you have to do is answer this simple question: Which former karting star won the Melbourne Grand Prix for the second consecutive year in 2010? A) Lewis Hamilton B) Jenson Button C) Mark Webber.

Send your correct answer – either A, B or C to: Closing date for entries is April 30, 2010, midnight GMT.

Racing Star Alice.

Friday, April 23rd, 2010No Comments

alicepowell_jalden017Like most 17-year-olds, Alice Powell holds a provisional driving licence and is looking forward to taking her driving test. But when she’s behind the wheel of a racing car, there’s not an ‘L’ plate in sight.

Last year sponsors invested 250K into her Formula Renault racing team because they, like many others, believe Alice could be the first British woman to make the grade as an FI driver.  These are exciting times for Alice and, as the new season revs up, Adrenamag grabbed her for a question time pit stop.

How did you get into motor racing? As a family we used to watch the motorsport. My granddad Jim Fraser, who’s in his 60s now, was very keen and he’s always really encouraged me. I started racing karts at eight-and-half at a track outside Oxford, from there I moved to Ginettas, and then to junior saloon cars.

When did you decide you wanted to be a racing driver? I really enjoyed karting and just wanted to progress. I went from indoor to outdoor karting. First it was a hobby and it gradually moved into a career.

What are you most proud of? It was winning the ‘Chase the Champ’ charity karting event in 2005. I was only 13 and beat a number of adult professional drivers including former Formula Renault UK front-runner, McLaren Autosport BRDC award winner Jamie Green

What are your experiences being a women in a largely male sport? When I was younger I was more aware of being the ‘only girl’, but now I just get on with it. When I am at the track I am there to race.

Who are your role models? I am a big fan of Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. But there’s no female role model in racing. I would like to be like Ellen MacArthur who has been a role model for women in her sport.

What advantages or disadvantages are there to being a woman? In publicity terms it is definitely an advantage as a woman – as it is a point of difference. I have been on the BBC’s Inside Out programme, Radio 1, BBC news and Channel 5 and I am not sure I would have got that kind of publicity as a man.

What type of driver are you? Like most drivers, I like the speed and working with the team. I enjoy really pushing the cars. Sometimes I can focus too much on all the information you get as a driver.

Have you found it difficult for men to take you seriously? No, not really.

What are you ambitions for the next few years? It is to get into Formula 1, and at the same time, be the first successful female driver.

alicepowell_jalden019What tips would you give young girls who want to be a racing driver? You need to really focus on your goal and not be distracted. Don’t get frustrated about the lack of girls in the sport. Be determined and confident.

How does karting prepare you for motor racing? Karting prepares you really well for racing driving. It gives you close racing experience, know-how of over-taking, under steer and over steer – all the basics of racing.

How do you fit your schoolwork in with being a racing driver? I am currently studying for three AS levels – psychology, business studies and applied sciences. The racing season is between April and October, so the school summer holidays are in the middle of the season. But my school -The Cotswold School – is very supportive.

What’s a typical race like? We travel all over the UK. We will set off on Thursday night, test on a Friday; qualifying is on a Saturday, and like F1 the actual racing is on the Sunday.

What do your school friends say? They don’t understand racing, but they are really supportive.

What’s the toughest thing about the sport? There’s a high level of competition, and it takes a lot of money. Some racers are funded by their parents’ business, but I need sponsors. This racing year will cost about 160k.

Have you ever had an accident? I rolled a car once in Ginetta. My mum gets cold feet when I am racing. She just hopes I come through okay.

If you want to follow Alice’s progress, check out her web site.

And, if you’re inspired by Alice’s exploits and want to get out on the karting track, click here

Young enough to know better?

Thursday, April 22nd, 20102 Comments

How old is old enough for extreme sports? A spin around a number of sports activities revealed there’s no magic age. In most cases, it’s a judgment call that a person can look after themselves safely and competently.

Karting is a sport notorious for breeding their racers young. But how young? Chris Pullman, senior operations consultant at the track in Kent where both Lewis Hamilton and current F1 champ Jenson Button honed their skills, is keen to get kids involved from a young age.

‘Racers as young as four are welcome,’ he says. ‘Obviously, we don’t stick them on the petrol karts but they can ride on our electric karts around our Kids Mini GP Circuit and they love it.

‘Then from six onwards, youngsters can get involved in the Bambino School. This prepares them for the faster karts by teaching them important skills such as pedal control, steering, control of the kart and safety awareness.

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Two Young Karters Ready to Race

‘Traditionally, the earliest children could start racing was at eight. But, as they mature quicker these days, we feel there is a great opportunity for them to learn the basics of driving to prepare them for full racing at eight years of age.’

To race competitively in the UK, eight is the age to be but with the continued success of British drivers in the F1 championship, it’s understandable why kids from as young as four are keen to get behind the wheel.

Sports like skydiving and clay pigeon shooting do come with certain restrictions. To sky dive you need to be at least 16-years-old but parental consent is essential. Once you reach 18, however, you’re free to jump out of as many airplanes as you deem fit and mummy and daddy can’t do a thing about it.

In order to shoot at clay pigeons, while nothing is set in stone, Mike Williams from the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association feels that height is actually more important than age.

Callum McMillan(13yrs) – Started clay pigeon shooting at 7yrs and is one of the most promising shooters in the country.

‘Generally speaking, we don’t allow anyone under the age of eight to shoot,’ he says, ‘as they need to be able to support the gun safely. We have a Colts section and that is for children under the age of 16. The next step up from that is the juniors, and that is for competitors between the age of 16 and 21.’

Zorbing is an extreme sport that is increasing in popularity.  Seven is the magic age for this one but even then, youngsters are often restricted to hydro-zorbing – this only receives a three-star rating and is apparently a far cry from harness zorbing, which has been given a five-star extreme rating.  You need to reach the grand old age of 11 before you can take part in that.

In terms of paintball, Steve Bull, chairman of the UK Paintball Sites Federation, says: ‘Most sites insure young people from age 12 upwards or require you to be in year seven in school, although a small percentage of sites will require you to be 14 or even 16.’  But eager young guns can get a taste of the action with laser quest. As this uses light rather than paintballs, the starting age drops to six – and even younger on some sites.

While there isn’t a strict age to let kids loose on most of these sports, parental consent is always required.

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