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Project Kairos


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Project Kairos


Adventures

I’ve come to realise that adventure and sport are hugely powerful tools for developing our mindset. Through my adventures, I’m on a mission to help others unlock their own potential and I hope to encourage everyone to think a little bigger. Like any good mission, this endeavour has a code name: Project Kairos

Kairos: The right or opportune moment (the supreme moment); a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens.

The perfect, delicate, crucial moment; the fleeting rightness of time and place that creates the opportune atmosphere for action, words, or movement; also, weather.

Project Kairos was born when I realised the right time to follow that dream is right now – you just need to seize it. I rather love this word and it just seems to fit perfectly for all things adventurous and challenging. Pursue your passion with relentless enthusiasm and you won’t go far wrong.

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FuerteventuRun


FuerteventuRun


#FuerteventuRun

23rd-30th May 2017

 

I think I was  about 15 when I first heard Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.  A song I loved so much that I listened to it on repeat as I dreamt of all the travel to come and to this day, my Skype handle is “lauraborntorun”.

Ironically, I actually hated running. In fact, it was the only sport I actively detested.  It would be over a decade later when I would be introduced to the book Born to Run written by Christopher McDougall and it would take me even longer to “get” running. 

But in 2016, with the help of the Running School in London, I finally cracked it. I persevered through all the niggles and frustrations… and just kept running. By tweaking my form and improving my technique, I was able to run further and accompanying this new found running ability, naturally, is the curiosity and desire to combine running with exploring. I love endurance sports for exactly this reason – the mixture of physical effort and travel to new places.

I wanted a challenge I could squeeze in to a week and, as you might be aware, I’m rather fond of islands. Amidst research, to my absolute delight, I discovered that Fuerteventura translates (according to Wikipedia...) to “great adventure”.  PERFECT!

Following long distance walking trail the GR131, we ran the length of Fuerteventura - 100 miles - in 4 consecutive days!

 

I was joined by my good friend Tessa on this one! Check out social media updates on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter by searching #FuerteventuRun, read the blog here and check out a short video edit of the trip below:

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Trip Partners:

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London to Paris


London to Paris


Pedalling for Patisserie

12th-13th May 2017

A fun mini adventure to cycle 281km from London to Paris in (almost) 24 hours with some friends! Check out the quick edit of a brilliant weekend below.

I tracked our route with my Suunto watch so if you'd like to recreate this fun adventure then check it out on Strava!

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Channel Islands Triathlon


Channel Islands Triathlon


 

The #ChannelIslandsTriathlon – 11-13th June 2016

3 different Islands, 3 different disciplines

I have always loved the water and in the interest of finding new ways of testing my limits, I thought it could be fun to take on a swimming challenge. With this in mind, I found myself looking at stretches of open water in the UK that I might be able to involve somehow and I was simultaneously looking at Islands I could possibly circumnavigate in my kayak. Whilst researching both of these options, I couldn’t help but notice how close together 3 of the Channel Islands are… I mean, why circumnavigate 1 island when you can circumnavigate 3, right? The Channel Islands Triathlon was born. I should also mention this was my first ever triathlon!.

 
 

June 11th

Swim around Sark

 

June 12th - Kayak and accidental half marathon around Guernsey

I set off to kayak around Guernsey until weather conditions became too severe and I finished the loop on foot, walking just over a half marathon around the island.

 

JUNE 13TH - RIDE AROUND jERSEY

 

The Channel Islands are home to one of the biggest tidal ranges in the world and I’m grateful to the strong support I recieved from the experienced local open water swimming community in helping me plan my endeavours carefully. Special thanks to Visit Guernsey, Visit Jersey, Adventure Sark, Outdoor Guernsey and the Guernsey Sailing Trust.

Grab a cup of tea and check out the mini film below!

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Wild Atlantic Ride


Wild Atlantic Ride


The #WildAtlantic Ride

August 2015 - 2600 km through Ireland by bike

The Wild Atlantic Way in Irelandhad been on my radar for a few months and had been lurking as an ever present temptation in the background.  As luck would have it, I recieved an invitation to a family wedding in Ireland– it was all the excuse I needed!

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The Wild Atlantic Way is 2600km long and is the world’s longest uninterrupted coastal route.   I got the overnight ferry to Belfast, arriving 6:30am on August 19th, and rode the 70 miles to Derry, where the route officially begins. From here, I tracked along the dramatic and beautiful coastline until I finally reached Cork on September 16th; just in time to scrub up for my uncle’s wedding on September 18th!

My trusty companion for this trip was Dory, my much loved road bike. I therefore had to pack really light as she’s not especially designed for touring.

You can view the route in greater detail via out this map and check out the updates from the road by searching #WildAtlanticRide on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Paddling Home


Paddling Home


#PaddlingHome for Christmas

December 2015

The Thames is the second longest river we have in the UK and a real hub of bustling cultural activity in London.  It’s a river I’m extremely fond of – I often walk and cycle alongside it as I travel around London.

In the spirit of exploring my own backyard a little more, I decided that it would be really fun to end 2015 with a local adventure

In the run up to Christmas, a friend and I kayaked 236 miles of the Thames.  I unpacked Ariel in Lechlade, near the source of the river, and finished paddling 8 days later back in London, near the iconic Tower Bridge.

Check out the video below! You can also check out the updates from the road by searching for #PaddlingHome on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Caspian Challenge


Caspian Challenge


The #CaspianChallenge - May 2015

To kayak the entire length of the Volga River in Russia, from source to sea.

 

The Volga River is Europe’s longest river. At just over double the length of Britain, it was a very apt setting for a kayak challenge! The Caspian Challenge was to paddle all 2,300 miles of this magnificent river – solo and self-sufficient. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen safety issues, the trip had to be abandoned after 6 weeks.

 

Although the #CaspianChallenge was a solo challenge, I was by no means alone in my efforts! This trip was made possible because of the generous support from my brand partners and also the following sponsors:

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Sailing Home From Sweden


Sailing Home From Sweden


Sailing Home From Sweden

August 29th - September 8th 2014

I spent 10 days crewing on board Pangaea Exploration’s 72ft yacht ‘Sea Dragon’ from Sweden back to the UK. From Stockholm, the route took us along the Baltic and across the English Channel, stopping in Germany’s main naval base in Kiel along the way. From Kiel, we then went across the Jutland Peninsula and through the Kiel Canal, before crossing the North Sea and heading back to the UK through the English Channel. It was great to spend time at sea with an organisation that does such amazing research into ocean plastic pollution . This is such an important environmental issue and its one I really care a lot about.

Read my blog from this trip here