Just back from a hectic stint of filming for the BBC. When I am not gallavanting round the Alps I also Produce "The Adventure Show" for the BBC. This weekend we were filming the British Off Road Triathlon Championships which were held at St Mary's Loch in the Scottish Borders. It really was a great location for the event offering excellent swim, mountain bike, and fell running routes. It was fantastic to be in amongst so many fit, motivated people who just really enjoy being in the great outdoors. As always I had a great team of Presenters (Dougie Vipond and Desiree Wilson) and Camera guys, Paul Diffley, Adam Campbell, Joe French, Chris McHendry, Dominic Scott and Krishan Hukam...thought I had better do the roll call so they all get a mention!!
Julia and I are hoping to run more fitness and health orientated trips next year and attending the Championships certainly inspired me! The Adventure Show will be screened on BBC 2 Scotland in late September.
Oh, the winners this year were - Senior Male - Ian Leitch, and Senior Female - Nicola Duggan who beat her previous winning time by over 20 minutes. Ian was competiting for the first time so an excellent result for him!
What a brilliant few weeks of filming for the BBC. I've been busy working as Producer/Director on The Adventure Show which has been a roller coaster of adventure sports events. First, we were off to film the Islands Peaks Race which involves competitors sailing/running from Oban, to Mull, Jura, Arran then back to Troon for the finish. The weather was foul and I was amazed by the guts and determination of the sailors and runners. They had no respite from the weather and sailed/ran through the night taking in the three highest peaks on the three islands - totally amazing. I think it should make great TV - once we've wiped all the sea spray from the film!
Next it was off to the Mountain Bike World Cup event at Fort William which was held last weekend. 300 competitors from 30 different counties comping in the Downhill and 4x events. It was my first time at the event and the atmosphere was electric, a real buzz going down. I cant recommend it enough, even if you are not that into mountain biking, because of the incredible skill and guts of the riders - it's well worth seeing.
In between times I have been Directing the man often referred to as Britians best known hill-walker, Cameron McNeish. There are times when I am struggling up a mountain laden down by the camera tripod with my knees buckling that I wish I was somewhere else, but it doesnt last long. These 'shoots' are a joy to work on - how can I possibly complain about a day on the mountain, fresh air, views to die for and good company. Cameron is no stranger to controversy in the outdoor community and is a man who is quite happy to speak his mind. For me that makes his company all the more enjoyable - there's plenty of 'crack' and good conversation. When not filming we have time to compare notes on our various mountain experiences and adventures, and plan the next ones!
Anyway, just back last night from filming with Cameron and camera man Paul Diffley from Hot Aches Productions on Ben Lawers. A stunning day, but absolutely 'baltic' on the summit - isn't this supposed to be June?
Join us for this latest Wild Walk on The Adventure Show on BBC2 Scotland or Sky Channel 990 towards the end of June. I will try and let you know the exact date once we know for sure.