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Ultimate Fitness Challenge

Red7 Ultimate Fitness Challenge

Red7 , February 8, 2017

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Be honest – how long did that New Year’s Resolution actually last?

January is not only the longest month to a) starve yourself b) go teetotal (who ever came up with Dry Jan in the first place!?) or c) drag yourself through the wind and rain and cold to the gym for a gruelling four-hour session of Combat Ninja, but it’s also dark. New Year’s Resolutions are like wrapping up all the season’s worst qualities together along with your strictest diet regime and present them in a tidy little box of torture.

Even if you’ve fallen off the resolution band wagon, there’s still time to jump back on and tackle that fitness goal this year. Just change it up a bit with something a little left field and don’t go it alone. We trekked to Mendip Outdoor Pursuits near Bristol with a gang of health and fitness junkies to test out our Ultimate Fitness Challenge. Nestled into Sandford Quarry in Somerset, Mendip has the most beautiful natural fitness facilities imaginable. Even in the bleak mid-winter.

Snowboarding on a dry slope

The Challenge:

Rather than hitting the gym, we decided a much better (and ‘funner’) option was to challenge a group of health and fitness junkies to some alternative, adrenaline pumping activities. First up: snowboarding. Not exactly the first sport you think of when faced with the challenge of getting fitter in the New Year, but as soon we were suited and booted with the most – ahem – fashionable safety gear on the slopes, we realised just how much effort this was going to take.

Dry slopes at Mendip

For those of us who had never boarded before, we all took great pride in looking super cool on the bristly white dry slope. Matt, our instructor for the morning, got us strapped onto snowboards and testing out our best balancing skills. Who knew snowboarding required so much concentration and balance!

On the slopes at Mendip

Before we knew it we were scooting around on the surface with our arms flailing, then struggling uphill, each attached to a great big awkward snowboard. There were a few face-plants, a couple of sweet jumps and a precarious wiggle down the hill before an epic belly flop, but we managed to capture a few great shots of the gang looking pretty suave on the slopes.

Snowboard jump

Following a super healthy lunch in the Alpine Lodge (roaring fire and candles included), Mendip Outdoor Pursuits drove us over to Sandford Quarry to give rock climbing and abseiling a go. Now, I did the odd bit of rock climbing at school, the type where you follow the blue stones for the ‘easy’ run or test out your upper body strength with the ‘red’ run of rock climbing stones. This wasn’t like that. Think 90 degree flat limestone wall that you’ve got to climb with your bare hands in the cold and damp. Sounds pretty challenging, right? Right. Not only was it cold, but there were no nice large man-made colourful rocks to grab a hold of. This was just us and nature working together. With some of the team belaying, we each tackled the wall before reaching the top and heading over to the 40 metre abseil. Exhilarating doesn’t even come close to describing the experience.

The view from up there was amazing. Despite the blustery winter day, we could see for miles over the beautiful Somerset countryside.

View from the top

Roped on, I stepped out over the edge of the incredible quarry. I peeked down towards the ground realising just how high up I was, a feeling that made me take a sharp inhale. This sport is about the power of the mind as much as it is about the strength of your body and each step felt like an awesome achievement.

‘Give us a wave!’ I heard from the bottom of the quarry. I turned around to look below and waved to the group 30 metres beneath me. The extreme ‘high’ you get when pausing a quarter of the way down that rock face and look out into the vast countryside is unparalleled.


‘You’re about to approach the Peregrine’s resting place, step to your right!’ Luke, our instructor, shouted from the top. And there it was, a ledge in the rock filled with twigs and loose feathers fluttering in the breeze. Having reached a feeling of confidence as I dangled in the air, I decided to try to bounce down the quarry just slightly and let more of the rope slide through my fingers as I kicked off the rock face. My heart in my throat, I couldn’t bring myself to jump again and more cautiously walked the remaining ten metres down the side of the quarry.

We all completed the abseil, feeling completely empowered and compelled to do it again. The strength, energy, adrenaline and determination needed to complete the experience makes this the ultimate fitness challenge and a brilliant way to test the fitness and confidence of your friends.

At the quarry

Driving back at the end of the day, we shared pictures of the challenges we had faced and the brilliant moments we had experienced together, each of us buzzing from the incredible adrenaline the activities of the day had left us with.

Now that February is here, pick your resolutions back up and ditch the gym for an incredible experience in the great outdoors. This alternative method of spending time with friends is a great way to get yourself into a motivative mindset for a fit and healthy year ahead. Race you to the top!

Our itinerary on the day:

11am – Snowboarding at Mendip Outdoor Pursuits:  1.5 hours on the slopes.

What’s included?

  • Skiing OR snowboarding session
  • Safety briefing & instruction
  • Helmets
  • All safety equipment
  • Transfer from Yatton train station
  • Buffet lunch

1.30pm – Rockclimbing and Abseiling at Sandford Quarry:  3 hours on the ropes.

What’s included?

  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Safety briefing & instruction
  • Helmets
  • All safety equipment
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Transfer from Yatton train station

Whether you’re planning a hen party, stag do or just fancy an amazing day out with your best mates, book this ultimate fitness challenge with Red7 – contact us now!

Enter our prize draw for a chance to win! Competition now closed. Thanks to all who entered! 

Fancy a go on the ropes at Mendip Outdoor Pursuits?! Your group of up to 8 mates could WIN a 2.5 hour rock climbing and abseiling experience! Like and Tag your sporty mates in our Facebook post for a chance to win.

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What you will win

A 2.5 hour rock climbing and abseiling experience at Mendip Outdoor Pursuits for a group of 8 friends.

What you need to do

  • Like and Tag your sporty mates in our Facebook post for a chance to win. This will automatically enter you in the prize draw. You will be contacted via Facebook should you win the prize draw.
  • Make sure you Like and Tag your friends in the post by 28 February 2016. The winner will be announced on Facebook on the 3rd March.

Prize Information

  1. Entrants must be 18 years old or over and be a resident of the UK to enter this competition.
  2. The competition is not open to employees and their immediate families of Red7, their agencies or anyone else professionally connected with this competition.
  3. Entrants must also hold a valid UK passport.
  4. The competition begins on the 9th February 2016 and closes on the 28th February 2016.
  5. The prize winner will be announced on 3rd March 2016.
  6. There is one prize to be won: a rock climbing and abseiling experience for a group of 8 friends at Mendip Outdoor Pursuits. The group will be accompanied by one instructor on the day.
  7. The prize winner must book the experience by 1st December 2017.
  8. The experience must be booked through Red7 and the group must consist of a maximum of 8 group members.
  9. The prize is non-transferable and must be claimed and taken by the prize winner only.
  10. If any places are not used, the remaining value will be forfeited.
  11. The prize winner will be selected at random and notified by email within 10 days of the draw, using the email address from which the entry was made.
  12. If Red7 is unable to contact the prize winner within 30 days, the prize will be forfeited. A new prize winner will then be selected at random from remaining entries.
  13. Losing entries will not receive any notification.
  14. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, Red7 reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.
  15. Red7 reserves the right to amend or withdraw this promotion at any time without notice.
  16. In all cases, Red7’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No cash alternative will be offered in whole or in part.
  17. The prize winner may be required to take part in related publicity or other marketing activity, and such participation is a condition of accepting a prize.
  18. By entering this competition all participants accept they may be contacted in the future by Red7 via email with offers and other promotions.
  19. Red7 accepts no liability or responsibility for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.
  20. By entering this promotion all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by these terms and conditions.
  21. All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions.

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