Monthly Archives: September 2014

Retto 2014 Challenge – Of Weather Warnings and Trail Warriors

Retto Challenge

The Challenge Edition of the annual Otter African Trail Run – following on two days after the Race event – Seemed set to throw a curve ball at organisers Magnetic South this year. It bucketed with rain for most of the night, with heavy showers predicted during the day as well. Despite a rather wet [...]

Retto 2014 – The Ultimate Trail Test

Retto race

In the absence of trail running World Champion Ricky Lightfoot (UK) and Salomon SA wunderkind Kane Reilly, some observers may have thought that this year’s OTTER African Trail Run – presented by Salomon and GU Energy – may have lost a little bit of its cachet. Well, the nay-sayers could not have been further off [...]

Raid International Gaspesie – Day 2

Raid 3

Today probably rates as one of the most beautiful days of adventure racing I have shot in years. Cascading waterfalls, fairy-tale forests, blue skies, see-through rivers and a bunch of Gaspesian Quebecois who truly live for adventure. The characters of the various teams have also started to emerge, making for a fantastic day out on [...]

Raid International Gaspesie – Day 1

Raid 2

#RAIDig2014 kicked off in full force on the Grand Cascapedia River, arguably one of the most celebrated salmon fishing and canoeing rivers in the world. Thrity teams from around the globe lined up at the start to careen at full speed into the forest in search of the first 3x check points, then returned to [...]

Raid International Gaspesie – Day 0

Raid 1

Prologue Day at RAIDig2014 dawned grey and rainy, with Team Green Things joining 90-odd other athletes at the start arch on a spit of sand in the Carleton-sur-Mer bay. Ahead of them waited a technical 20km-plus route winding first along the coastline, and then into the densely wooded mountains overlooking the Baie de Chaleurs region [...]