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Saturday 20th July 2013 - Trail running on Tresco

We had a fabulous run around the north end of Tresco today. If you are even a little bit interested in running, I would encourage you to pack your trainers for your trip to Scilly - there are so many paths and trails to choose from, many of them with spectacular views like these. Pick your route and distance to suit your ability and your mood. This run can't have been much more than a couple of miles (but quite rough and stony underfoot in places: runners please beware), which was plenty in the heat of the sun. I cooled down with a lovely, refreshing swim in New Grimsby harbour...followed by an ice-cream from the New Inn.

Of course, if running is not your thing, this route (past Cromwell's castle and Piper's Hole cave) also makes a lovely stroll - why don't you take a picnic and make a day of it?


Weds 13th June 2012- watch a ladies' gig race
OK, this is a shameless piece of self-promotion, but for a bit of evening fun on your holiday, why don't you hop on a boat and go out to watch a gig race? The men race on Friday nights, and the women on a Wednesday, and boats depart from St Mary's quay around 7.45pm, depending on what race is taking place (check the boards for details; most off-island boat companies also offer gig-racing trips).

You can see the finish of many races from the quay, but it's much more fun to be on board a tripper boat and to cheer for your favourite crew as they battle it out down the mile or so of the race. As you might expect, it gets pretty competitive out on the water, and every rower will be giving their all - not just those who come across the line in first place.

The ladies' competition is looking interesting in 2012, with the Golden Eagle and Nornour crews battling it out for first place most weeks. I row in the Slippen, which is one of the slower gigs, by virtue of its dimensions (it's shorter and wider than the modern gigs)...and also perhaps due to the relative inexperience of our crew! But as I say, we will be rowing hard and enjoying every minute of it, so if you do come and watch, please give us a cheer.

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