Monthly Archives: July 2012

Searching for the Pot of Gold!

Double Rainbow over Arisaig, viewed from Aird of Sleat

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Friday the Thirteenth Unlucky for Some?

I am not a superstitious person, so the luck / bad luck about travelling on Friday the thirteenth has never bothered me.  As I have written about in an earlier blog, last weekend I completed the RNRU 3 Peaks Challenge, organised by Doc Cox and Ed Moss-Ward to raise money for BLESMA, the RNRMC and Rugby for Heroes.  The event started on Saturday 14 July and for the rest of the team that meant a 12/13 hour journey, by mini bus, from the South Coast.  I was the fortunate one.  A lie in, the mid day ferry and a short drive through some of Scotland’s most wonderful scenery to Ballachulish.  Though I nearly missed the ferry as I was again distracted by a pod of 30+ common dolphins in the Sound of Sleat just North of the Isle of Eigg.  Wonderful creatures, that are mesmerising to watch as they play and feed together.

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Joy and Sadness in the Rugby Family

First the joy with the news that the newly formed Afghanistan Rugby Federation celebrated its first XV-a-side competition game.  Then the sadness as in the same week I received the news that navy rugby stalwart and life member, Terry Le Manquais had sadly passed away.  Finally some more joy when today came the official confirmation of Gaz Evans’ move to London Welsh.  Another Navy Rugby member with a Premiership opportunity.

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One Long Day…………………

One long day

Three high peaks

Three great causes

One man as inspiration

Aaron Moon – centre – Navy Rugby U23s and Royal Marine

The Royal Navy Rugby Union 24 Hour Three Peaks Challenge

A Doc Cox and Ed Moss-Ward Production

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RNRU 3 Peaks Challenge

A picture paint a thousands words.


Top left – start, top right – Ben Nevis, Bottom left – Scafell Pike, Bottom right – Snowdon. Centre – Aaron Moon


Will write the full account soon but in short challenge successful.  Have you given yet?  Click here.



Best Foot Forward – The 3 Peaks Challenge

Ben Nevis in the background as viewed from the Commando Memorial Spean Bridge

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Last Hurrah for Sharks at Henley

Navy Sharks and British Army Celebrate Armed Forces Day – Soldiers, Sailors and Marines First, Sportsman Second

After their continued improvement at the Newquay Surf Sevens, the Navy Sharks complete their 2012 sevens campaign at the revived Henley Sevens.

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On the Slopes of Blaven

Anyone who has visited the Isle of Skye or indeed viewed the island from the West Coast of Scotland will not have missed the serrated skyline of the Cuillin mountains, the most southerly of which is Blaven.  For anyone who wishes to read about this wonderful mountain in more depth then the best site I know can be found here.

Blaven as viewed in Spring Sunshine

The image above and another can be viewed in higher definition here.

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A Photographers Reflection on Celtman 2012 – Part 3

Part three of three reflections on the recent Celtman Extreme Scottish Marathon

Part two can be viewed more easily by clicking here.

Part one can be viewed more easily by clicking here.


I spent my time, with my camera, in Coire Mhic Fhearchair on the western flank of Beinn EIghe.  It was the part of the triathlon that I could most relate to.  My swimming is poor and though in cycle competitions I have experienced extreme tiredness by far the most pain and mental distress I have endured is running in mountains.  As the competitors found out Beinn Eighe is a big mountain and it is not all about getting up! Continue reading »

A Photographers Reflection on Celtman 2012 – Part 2

Part two of three reflections on the recent Celtman Extreme Scottish Marathon

Part one can be viewed more easily by clicking here.


What a difference a cuppa makes. The first image is of Milos Kostic trying to get some warmth into his body after the swim. However a quick brew and the smile returns as he sets out on the 200km cycle.

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