10 things you need to see on the Kent section of the England Coast Path

If our previous blog, Footpaths, Beaches, White cliffs and Viking Ships – a day on the Kent coastline exploring the England Coast Path has inspired you to walk this section of the England Coast Path (and why wouldn’t it!), here are 10 of our favourite things you need to see along the way: Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map: Dungeness Old Lighthouse …

Walk 1000 Miles in 2017 challenge

Here at A-Z we love a challenge… especially a walking challenge! As many of you already know, in 2016, four of our intrepid team members bravely took on the Bournemouth Marathon, and completed it (some more successfully than others!). But now the New Year is here and we need a new challenge. Ideally, we were looking for a challenge that …

National Map Reading Week – Frank’s South Downs Way Adventure…

It’s National Map Reading Week! Ordnance Survey have been publishing some amazing, informative guides to help refresh the populations map reading skills this week. My previous blog explained about my non-existent experiences with paper maps and development of my own map reading skills. So, I now had to demonstrate my new found map reading skills and prove that I could now navigate …

National Map Reading Week (17th October – 23rd October)

So, you must of heard about #NationalMapReadingWeek that has been launched by Ordnance Survey! To celebrate #NationalMapReadingWeek next week, I’ve been working on a series of blog posts about my own personal experiences with reading and using paper maps (or not as the case maybe…) As the youngest and newest member of staff at A-Z, I realised I didn’t know as much as I thought …

Bournemouth Marathon Race Report

We are delighted to report that the four members of the A-Z team for the Bournemouth Marathon successfully completed the race on Sunday. All have now returned to work and are bravely coping with their aching limbs and battle scars ( some more quietly than others ). The A-Z team would like to thank all involved with the Bournemouth Marathon, …

A-Z team training on Bournemouth Marathon Course

The Plan As part of their preparation for the Bournemouth Marathon, the A-Z team planned a training trip to the south coast. One of the team, who shall remain nameless, had decided that visualisation was an important part of preparation for such a challenge. Consequently, the A-Z team have now visited the Bournemouth Marathon course and seen for themselves that …

Yorkshire 3 Peaks walk training – Bournemouth Marathon

As the Bournemouth Marathon became more of a reality for our team, Caroline became concerned that the ‘running a marathon is more of a mental challenge’ mantra was being taken a little too literally by some, in that they were not doing much physical preparation! The scheduled Yorkshire 3 Peaks walk work social weekend provided the perfect opportunity to address this …

The Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100

Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 – Event day

On the 31st of July – Tim from our drawing office took part in the Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100. The Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 celebrates the legacy for cycling created during the London 2012 Olympics. After months of training, preparation and over 380 miles cycled (in July), Tim was ready to partake and raise money for London’s Air Ambulance.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge 2016

So what do you do if you’re looking for a 1 day challenge that involves some steep climbs, away from it all countryside and good old fashioned English grub to finish? Having already done the National 3 Peaks a couple of times, The Lakes 3,000 footers and deciding that the Welsh 3,000s sounded too much like hard work, the next …