No risk, no life. Know risk, know life.

By Ian Lewis, Campaign Coordinator
Life is best lived from a place of exploration, new experience and adventure. 
This week, 16th – 23rd May, 2009, is Outdoor Adventure Week.  This week all schools, clubs, families, individuals and communities are invited to join the nation in an experience in the open air. Brathay Marathon 10 marathons in 10 days accomplished – OAW09
Over 5000 events are happening already and you are invited to join with these.  You may join a group already doing something or start an outing yourself. You may already have planned to do something.  It could be as exciting as a walk, taking some pictures or a picnic, or as exciting as a canoe journey, mountain ramble or trying an orienteering event.  The outdoors is always exciting!
MPs climb an ice wall in London in support OAW09. Ranulph Fiennes summits Everest for Marie Curie Cancer Care in OAW09 Outdoor Adventure Week 09

“We are in great company and well supported. Julian Brazier [Cons], Lembit Opik: [Lib Dems], Lord Alan Haworth [Labour] The three Co-Chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Adventure and Recreation launching OAW09 at the Covent Garden Wall, courtesy of Ellis Brigham Sports. The document they are eager to promote is the Better Regulation Commission Report ‘Risk, Responsibility Regulation – Who’s Risk is it anyway?’. 


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Some events are huge some are national and some more local. Brahay Hall Trust, the national youth charity, is running an amazing 10 in 10 marathons – yes, that is ten marathons in 10 days, but only for the really adventurous few, the  many – well over 1000 runners – will do ‘the beautiful marathon’ as named by Runners Magazine, only the once. They will run the whole distance around Lake Windermere, Englands largest natural lake in the heart of the Lake District National Park.  GoApe will be very busy, with 21 high-ropes sites around the UK, which are open to adventurers – they are special supporters of OAW09 and of Campaign for Adventure.

Clubs for Young People will be holding their 100 Mile Canoe Test.over the spring bank holiday (23-26 May), on the River Wye.  During the event we will have approximately 140 young people, from across the country paddling 100 miles in canoes and kayaks, between Glasbury and Monmouth.  The event lasts four days, with the groups using a site in Fownehope, as a base camp.  The finish is one big group paddling down to Monmouth Rowing Club on the Tuesday afternoon.  The event is not a race, but is a challenge designed to promote the wellbeing of young people.

On the very individual level, the Mackie family from Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex will travel as a family along the course of the Arun River to arrive at Houghton, one of the most beautiful parts of the  South Downs Way, and part of the new South Downs National Park.

Supported by Ray Mears and Dame Ellen Macarthur in the name of adventure in the UK. 

Enjoy the week, it is here for you.