Adventurer steps nearer to 10m metres A
dventurer Alex Flynn will step nearer his target of covering 10 million metres by 2014 when he embarks on a 30-day, 1,800 mile run from London to Rome on June 10.
Flynn is aiming to cover the 10 million metre distance in aid of The Cure Parkinson's Trust. Flynn himself was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2008.
Already he has covered more than one million metres, over 11 per cent of the total distance, while become the first Parkinson’s sufferer to complete the Marathon des Sables. More races and challenges are forthcoming, including the Challenge Henley Ironman distance triathlon, the South African Otter Trail and the Trans USA ultramarathon.
He has collected nearly £40,000 so far for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust on his mission to raise £1 million, a feat which he admits is ‘no drop in the ocean’.
“I have three goals: to raise £1 million, which is no drop in the ocean; to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease; and to inspire people to take on challenges in their everyday lives, be it an illness or something else.”
Flynn added that he is always on the look out for corporate sponsors to allow him to undertake challenges. Financial services group deVere has recently signed up as a sponsor, alongside recognised industry names such as Orca, Zoggs, Ardblair Sports Importers, Buff, PureTri and others.
He has been financing challenges and competitions himself since he started, and said the support of brands and suppliers will give a big boost to his efforts to reach his 10m metre, £1 million target.Fo
r more, see www.alexflynn.co.uk
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DMP ponders entering outdoor market D
MP, the exclusive UK distributor of Tune Belt products, is considering entering the outdoor market with the range of neoprene carriers for portable electronic devices.
Tune Belt accessories are suitable for a range of equipment, notably smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone and HTC’s line of Android operating system powered handsets. There is also one for the latest generation of iPod Nano MP3 players which can be paired with a Nike+ receiver.
They are currently being targeted at the sports trade, but DMP’s Alice Molloy said there is scope for growing the market potential of the products into the outdoor trade.
“I use one when I go walking so there is the potential for it to work in the outdoor market,” she said. “Some other people have suggested the potential to me as well.”
Terra Nova offers ‘lightest tent’ T
erra Nova has broken the Guinness World Record for the lightest tent commercially
The company has received confirmation that the Laser Ultra 1, which weighs just under 600g, is now the record holder. It takes the title from the Terra Nova Laser Photon, trimming over 200g, or 26 per cent, off the record in the process.
Terra Nova was awarded the Guinness World Record for the Lightest Tent Commercially available for the first time in 2004. The Terra
utdoor clothing brand Result has presented the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation with a cheque for £6,500 to support their fundraising effort to help save endangered mammals in the wild.
The money was raised through a percentage donation from the sale of Result’s Air Down range, will go towards the foundation’s on-going work to save critically endangered mammals in their habitat and benefit the people who share their environment.
The cheque was presented by Result managing director David Sanders-Smith to wildlife ambassador David Shepherd.
Aquapac launches ‘submersible’ camera cases
Nova Laserlite was a one-person tent weighing just over 1kg, the same weight as a bag of sugar. Seven years and four Guinness World Records later, the Lightest Tent Commercially Available weighs nearly half of that at 581g. Andy Utting, Terra Nova managing director, said: “It is great to see our investment in new technologies paying off. When we launched the Laserlite, people were sceptical of the robustness of such lightweight tents; seven years later, a single person tent has to be less than 1kg to be considered light.”
aterproof case specialist Aquapac has unveiled five submersible camera cases that allow photos to be taken at depths up to five metres.
The cases, available in mini camera, small camera, mini camera with hard lens, large camera and SLR, have been tested by Imperial College, London to IPX8, meaning they will continue to work at a five-metre depth for one hour. The cases use Aquapac’s unique Aquaclip fastening mechanism, which secures the cameras against water damager.
Cameras can be fully operated through the case, with access to all buttons and switches, plus an acrylic lens material on the mini camera with hard lens and SLR cases. Each case is supplied with a lanyard, or for the SLR case an adjustable shoulder strap and handy desiccant sachets are supplied to absorb any condensation in humid climates.
Wildlife foundation gets Result
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