12 must-do sporting breaks for 2012

Thursday, April 21st, 2011No Comments

How to make the most of weekends in 2011? What are this year’s hot weekend activities? Where to go for short break thrills? Here’s a list of 12 great weekend ideas for extreme fun to ensure every month is bursting with sporting adventure in the New Year.

1. Monster Truck Driving, Sussex.Tired of the traffic and ready to put your foot down in a big way? Monster trucks are a ‘bad ass’ weekend driving experience. From £226 for a two-and-half hour session, it isn’t cheap, but the memory is as big and bold as the US ‘Grizzly’ truck you could be steering. And it’s just about the only time you will be able to bully your way over two police saloon cars without an expensive trip to Her Majesty’s courts.

2. Water Spills, Scotland. No year is complete without an excursion into the wilds of Scotland. Spring snow melts make for a rush of water and adrenalin in rivers across the central belt and the Highlands, which make it great for white water rafting. Prices start from around the £50 mark. And, while you’re up there, adding some canyoning and bungee jumping can make for an exhilarating weekend. The only difficulty is making sure it’s thawing and not still snowing.

3. Walking on water. Yes, really. You too can achieve the miracle of walking on water, courtesy of a plastic zorb. From about £20, the experience is a great buy and as the flotilla of You Tube videos testify, it’s the highlight of many a weekend.

4. Canyoning, Lleyn Peninsula, Wales. Canyoning or coasteering as some people call it, is a cross between mountain climbing, walking, pot-holing and swimming. Half-a-day’s canyoning is around £32.00. For that you get to make your way down a gorge in a wet suit, tackling obstacles as you go. But be warned, depending on the level of water, it can be a challenging activity requiring a high level of fitness. Maybe one to leave until later in the year, when you’re a bit fitter.

5. Riding, Oxfordshire. For those lucky enough to be born in the country, horses are akin to bicycles – transport that keeps you fit – but for the majority of UK urbanites, they are just creatures we lose money on at the bookies. A weekend visit to a riding school such as the one near Banbury can change all that. For around £30, you get a chance to ride indoor or outdoor, with qualified instructors at a centre approved by the Association of British Riding Schools.

6. Quad biking, Yorkshire. This Doncaster site is one of the UK’s most prestigious quad centres. Visitors get the chance bump and slide on Apache RLX 150cc, RLX 100cc and 50cc quad bikes over a disused quarry site. Prices start at around £25.

7. High Ropes, Devon. Close to Dartmoor National Park, the Tavistock high ropes course is another excuse to head to the west country for a weekend. The canopy-based activities offer challenges for different ages and levels of fitness, and start at £26.

8. Scuba-diving, Buckinghamshire. Scuba diving is a sport that is becoming more accessible and popular, particularly with the over 40s. And dipping a toe into the sport isn’t expensive. Less than £30 will be needed for an introductory session.

9. Ballooning, Lake District. William Wordsworth – one of the Lake District’s most famous sons – could have said: ‘I wandered lonely as a balloon.’ Surely, there can’t be a better way to view some of the UK’s finest scenery than perched in a balloon a few thousand feet in the air. Just imagine the poetry he may have come up with as he floated on high o’er vales and hills. Prices are around the £200 mark.

10. Off-road karting, Surrey. Just a short drive from the M25 is an off-road karting circuit without any traffic cones in sight. For between £80 and £90, you can rip up the mud and blow away all the memories of weekdays stuck on the M25. Proper driving that you can only dream about in the south east of England.

Extreme sports vouchers to be won

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011No Comments

Adrenamag has more extreme sports vouchers to be won, which will help you kick off your spring sporting season. Just answer this simple question.

England cricketer Andrew Flintoff recently combined two extreme sports into one, in his new television series. Which two sports was it? Was it : A) Zorbing and parachuting B) Quad biking and airsoft C) Paragliding and paintball. Send your correct answer – either A, B or C to: info@adrenamag.com Closing date for entries is March 31st, 2011, midnight GMT.

Extreme sport trendwatch 2012

Sunday, February 13th, 20111 Comment

Expect mountain biking to get ever more extreme and adventurous in the year ahead. Bikers are continually on the look out for new and more extreme challenges: both natural and urban. The above video shows the 35K mountain bike race down the volcano on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Described as a Mega-Avalanche event, the competitors flow down the volcano like lava. Although it started over 15 years ago, the event has blasted off recently as top competitors and amateurs from around the world head for the French-speaking island.

In South America, the locals have developed their own extreme mountain biking events. The bikers descend through the narrow alleys of the Brazilian favelas, which are the shanty towns around Rio Janeiro. Its a breathtaking ride, with the screaming atmosphere adding to the theatre. The Mount 7 Psychosis down hill race in British Columbia is another major mountain bike challenge.

Closer to home, the Cwmcarn downhill course in South Wales is becoming increasingly popular as it offers the rocks and root obstacles enthusiasts demand. For mountain biking, click here.

Paintball on cloud nine

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011No Comments

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TV viewers who watched former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff’s ITV4 show Freddie Flintoff Versus the World saw the birth of a new extreme sport – paintball and paragliding. Two extreme sports c

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The former England all-rounder battled it out in the airspace in South America with ex-England cricketing colleague Darren Gough, although Freddie came off second best as he damaged his paintball gun when taking off in the paraglider. Which just goes to show there’ll be a raft of new techniques to master if it takes off over here.

Click here for paintball or here for paragliding. As yet there’s no plans to combine the sports in the UK – if that changes, we’ll let you know as soon as we do! If you can come up with a name for the new sport Adrenamag will send you some extreme sports vouchers.

Ideas for EastEnders stag night bender

Sunday, February 6th, 20112 Comments

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It’s the wedding of the year. Yes, soap opera royalty – EastEnders’ Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) is reportedly marrying Queen Vic barmaid Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) on the same day as that other famous couple Prince William and Kate Middleton walk down the aisle – April 29. What a big day.

So what will the famous or infamous EastEnders’ hardman be doing for his stag weekend? Here’s a few stag party ideas for BBC scriptwriters to ponder over:

1. Clay Pigeon shooting. Phil is no stranger to firearms. ‘Who shot Phil’ was one of the show’s biggest storylines. Phil may need reminding, of course, that he is firing the gun, not being the target.

2. Rally Driving. Phil, who was involved in a high-speed car chase with his on-screen brother Grant (Ross Kemp) that was watched by over 19 million viewers, may like to remember his brother with a rally driving experience. This time without a splash in the Thames.

3. Zorbing. With armed robbery, a cocaine habit, adultery and attempted murder, to name but a few plot lines, Phil’s life is a proverbial roller coaster, so bouncing around in a zorb would be a sea of tranquillity for Phil and his friends. Or should we say friend?

4. Tank Driving. Phil’s screen brother Grant, actor Ross Kemp, left EastEnders to make real-life award-winning documentaries in Afghanistan, so Phil could display his military credentials by driving tanks – just in case he comes to a sticky end on the show and needs a second career.

5. Airsoft. Phil’s brother Grant is reportedly in Brazil. He is sure to return one day and no doubt he will be gunning for Phil, so a little training in tactics and team work on an airsoft course may come in handy. Just be sure not to invite Grant.

6. Ballooning. It is possible to see London’s skyline in a balloon. The ideal opportunity for Phil to reveal to his friends where he’s buried all the bodies of those friends who would have otherwise been at his stag party.