On 13th July 2014 I ran in the Surrey Badger Half Marathon. This was my first ever race over this distance and set off from the Denbies Wine Estate just north of Dorking. The organisation at the start was very good; parking was easy, as was race pack collection. There was even a group warm-up set to music. This wasn’t for me on this occasion as I just wanted a bit of space to stretch my legs and go through my own routine, but in future I think things like this would do me good. It takes you mind of the race and the inevitable nerves, which can really affect me. That said, at the start I was feeling very calm and ready to go. I had eaten well and was prepared. I was happy that I could cover the distance, though this brings some alternative pressure as you set a target time. My one concern was that my knee may not hold up. In long training runs, when confronted with significant hills, I had occasionally suffered from tendonitis in my injured knee and this course was described as undulating on the organiser’s website. I had been training hard however, and working in the gym on stability, so felt I could make it through unscathed. Read More

I was lucky enough to be the Berghaus Everyday Adventurer for July!

Check out my latest piece covering two races and some major preparations for Australia.

Top Five Long Distance Races

This is my first ever Top Five.. my Top Five Long Distance Races! These are the races around the world that over the next few years I most want to take part in. They are a variety of disciplines but are all seriously tough, endurance events. More than anything though, they inspire me, fire my imagination and desperately make me want to see if I have what it takes! They are in no particular order and I’m sure many people will have come across them before, but that doesn’t detract from how awesome they look.

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Check out the latest part of my Berghaus Everyday Adventurer blog!!

It’s been a crazy start to July with two races and an awful lot of training and planning!

On 6th June I took part in the Thorpe Park Triathlon. This was my second attempt at a sprint distance triathlon but the first time I would actually get in the water! There was no late night email to say the lake was unsafe and I was up at quarter to 5 and on my way to Thorpe, accompanied by Adam, one of my good mates. There had been a lot of banter between us about who would win and chatting about our expected times the night before, we realised it was going to be close. He had only started swimming seriously for this event, but had made serious progress. I had started running regularly in January following injury so he had the edge in this discipline. With very similar predicted times on the bike so we anticipated a great race! Read More

I’ve been selected as the Berghaus Everyday Adventurer for July!!

Each month the British outdoor brand Berghaus, famous for their high quality clothing and equipment, choose a new adventurer looking to make their way in the industry. I’m delighted to have been selected by them for July. Over the course of the month I will be writing for the Berghaus website and sharing reports of what I’ve been up to and how the preparations for my upcoming trip are going!

Please check at the following link – http://www.berghaus.com/community/?cat=336- throughout the month for new posts and please get in touch with me. It would be great to hear from you!!

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Next Saturday, 5th July 2014, the Grand Depart of the Tour de France arrives in the UK and the first stage travels 191km through North Yorkshire. The peloton will start in Leeds before heading up into the Yorkshire Dales and then turning south to an exciting sprint finish in Harrogate.

On 3rd May, I took on the challenge to complete the first stage. Previously, my longest continuous ride had been the 85 km from London to Brighton with about 800m of climbing. With nearly 3000m of ascent this was likely to be a seriously tough day in the saddle – and so it proved! My route would be slightly different to the official stage as I was staying with a friend in Bishop Monkton, north of Leeds. I decided to skip the train journey and avoid the traffic of Leeds city centre by starting in Bishop Monkton, then head east to join the TdF route at Skipton. From there I would follow the stage all the way through the Dales before finishing back in Bishop Monkton. In total, my route would be 199km so I didn’t feel too bad about not doing the exact stage, and it would still include the three major climbs!

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Global Grapevine Column Two

Check out my latest column for Global Grapevine as I discuss how I planned my bike trip!

Last weekend I took part in the Brownlee South Triathlon at Petworth House in West Sussex so I thought I would write a race report with the hope of plenty more to follow!

This was meant to be my first triathlon and was sprint distance, but the event started disappointingly as an email arrived late Saturday night with the news that water tests had revealed the lake wasn’t safe to swim in. The swim was the discipline that held by the far the most fear for me; I’m fairly confident in the water and happy with the distance but have never been involved in a mass start so the pre-race nerves were almost entirely built on this. That said, the safety of the competitors has to come first so if there was a risk then they made the right decision and the format was changed to a duathlon with a 2km run, 30 km bike and another 5km run. Read More

Welcome

Welcome to Luke Yates Adventure!

At the end of the summer I will be leaving London and heading off on my first major adventure. On 16th September I am flying to Perth, Western Australia and over the following year will be cycling across Australia, around New Zealand, up the West Coast of the USA and across Canada, finally dropping back down in to the USA and New York City! Read More