WHAT A SEASON IT HAS BEEN!

November 2, 2021 7:59 pm Published by

I wanted to thank every single one of you for joining us on our adventures this summer and to give a warm welcome to all our new members who joined us for the first time this year (I know I didn’t get to meet all of you!)

I do hope that everyone had full adventures in 2021 and I can’t wait to see you all back next season!

As ever, everyone was amazing and it has been inspiring to see so many people trying things for the first time and enjoying new experiences. It’s not always an easy thing to do -I know! – but a little adventure truly is good for the soul 😊

Our trips wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the GoTread team and I would like to take a moment to acknowledge all our expedition leaders, minibus drivers and trainees this year – Alli, Andy, Dennis, Katie, Kevin, Norah, Steve, Stu, Sue, Teresa, Will, Siontai, Stacey, Tino – thank-you all!

BUSY BUSY!

At the moment, we are super busy imagining and planning all the new adventures for summer 2022, and you’ll see them going up by the end of December, along with some new changes to our website (exciting!!)

But we do have a way to go until then – it’s a mammoth to-do list getting everything organised – so bear with us!

We are going to be on-the-go over the next few months with the newest members of the GoTread expedition leader team supporting them on our #DiversityinAdventure programme as they train for their Lowland leader qualifications.

For me, this really is a game-changer as it creates new pathways into the adventure industry, diversifying expedition leadership. And you will get to see all their tours next year too!

I do have some big news also – GoTread is taking a turn into science! I am delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded a grant from the NCCPE (National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement).

We’ll be working alongside Southampton University for the next few months, developing a programme for young people from marginalised ethnic groups to access and engage with the outdoors to study the benefit on their health and mental well-being to see how it can change their life.

Sadly, for young people in the UK, mental health problems, especially anxiety and mood disorders, are the main cause of death and ill health and they have the highest prevalence of self-harm and suicidal thoughts of any UK population group.

I am exceptionally proud that we’re going to be involved in this valuable work and I can’t wait to see how we can benefit mental health issues in a creative, nature-inspired and adventure-filled way!

I’M IN “TRAINING”

I very much enjoyed the Hyde Park Serpentine 2-mile swim last month, despite getting lost en-route and over-swimming by the equivalent of 10 lengths (in my defence it’s pretty dark under the water, you know…)

And as you know I’m a devotee of trying new adventures, so next on the agenda is the 100mile RideLondon – so expect the Instagram to be flooded with pictures of me falling off the bike while training over the next few months!

I’d love some company on the rides, so if you fancy doing a bit of cycling do drop me a line😉

Don’t be a stranger over the winter –  keep in touch on the DISCORD chat! Plus have a go at the monthly competition and pick up a few freebies too!

I’ll also be posting details of the maps for all the walks we did in 2021. I know some of you are keen to return to the areas we visited, and I do like the idea that you’ll get to show your friends and families some of your favourite places!

So, keep an eye out for those on Facebook.

And now for something really special…

This year Sue introduced us to loose expressive sketching in the outdoors, and over the winter she is running FREE group sessions online for all the GoTread members!

With helpful instruction, Sue will help you to loosen up and guide you through a series of sketchings and quick studies, building your understanding of dynamic marking methods, and exploring different techniques in expressiveness from the comfort of your own couch!

Whether you’re looking to develop new drawing techniques or brush up on existing skills, this is a chance to have fun with your drawing, build your confidence and unlock your inner creativity. Drop in for the first session on Thursday 11th Nov 1930-2030 using the Zoom link.

I look forward to seeing you there!

So there you have it, a quick up-date from Mel and now I’m off to the kitchen to make a particularly potent batch of pear and cider crumble – seriously if you haven’t tried James Martin’s recipe give it a go and DOUBLE the cider 😉 See you next time! Melsx

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