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P5100113 13th Jun 2018 No Regrets

Last Saturday I'd hatched a plan to head out and camp somewhere with Dylan.  His brother was on a sleepover and my wife had a friend visiting. The forecast was good. As often happens, the day...

Isatis Sustainability 15th May 2018 Who Gives A Crap?

My boys have now travelled to Europe enough times to know not to venture into caves or under boulders without checking first for toilet paper. They are 9 and 11 and are completely grossed out...

Running Club 1 16th Apr 2018 Running A Running Club

A few years back I used to take my oldest (then 8) and a couple of his friends to a local running club. The Hope Valley Hurricanes meet on a Thursday night in Hope throughout the year and in all...

hvaff logo 10th Apr 2018 Hope Valley Adventure Film Festival.

HVAFF was established back in 2010 and it is easy to see how it has become a favourite fixture in the calendars of many families and outdoor enthusiasts.  In the words of the founders HVAFF set...

Cliffhanger big marquee 2011 16th Jan 2018 A Sad Goodbye

Here's an email I just sent to all my Cliffhanger contacts. Thought I would share on here for those who are interested. It is with regret that I am emailing you to inform you that Heason Events...

Snip20170920 4 20th Sep 2017 Glencoe Skyline

For those who don't want to read the whole thing: man does very long race. He completes race and is happy, but makes lots of mistakes along the way and is kicking himself a little. But...

Inspiration 3rd Aug 2017 Too Inspiring?

Every so often I watch a film which is so amazing, so 'out there', that it almost has the opposite effect to the majority that I watch. I'm talking adventure films, and I'm referring to the...

P9260813 27th Jul 2017 Hvar, Hvar Away - Croatia

Hvar, Hvar Away   If you've been climbing for more than ten years you'll probably remember the audacious trip reported in our media, led by the charismatic Mike Weeks, as he piloted...

IMG 3758 27th Jun 2017 A Dog's Life

Well it's an unashamedly cliché'd title, but it pretty much sums up the reason for this post. I grew up with dogs in the house. For many years we had two whoppers - a Newfoundland and a Briard...

P5310354 22nd Jun 2017 Type-2 Holidaying - Loch Hourn Sea Kayaking

I'm sitting here at my desk whilst rain literally lashes the window. It's Tuesday evening, nearly 72 hours since we arrived home from out half term holiday. I'm tired, my hands are sore with...

Snip20170615 4 15th Jun 2017 Mallorca 312

Here's my article on the Mallorca 312 Sportive which featured in Totally Active Magazine.

P5300223 15th Jun 2017 Life Of A Tent Update

I updated our Life Of A Tent Blog recently after a sea kayaking trip to Loch Hourn. 

P5060017-001 8th May 2017 Magic Roundabout

(see below for photos) I don't usually write up runs , but this one deserves a few words. Not sure whether it's the route that deserves the words, or me and Neil for having done it? Probably...

IMG 3469 27th Apr 2017 Witch's Cauldron - A Photo Essay

They say a picture tells a thousand words. It was just such a picture in a guidebook that led us to this place, a dramatic inland lagoon on the coast of mid Wales accessible only for those...

ArticleImageHandler.ashx 5th Apr 2017 Blog - I'll Be Renewing My Membership

Some time in May I'll be renewing my membership to the BMC. And here's why.   The BMC are having a rocky time of it. BMC, if you aren't aware, is not just a cycling team in the Tour De...

P8290502 1st Jan 2017 Does A Bear *** In The Woods

Summer in the high Sierras in recent years has delivered virtually no rain, and the usual snowy winters have been less severe than usual resulting in less meltwater*. That's well and good for...

twu2016 web yellow 1180x160 9th Dec 2016 This Way Up - Heading In The Right Direction

I was lucky enough last week to attend a two day conference in Glasgow for the independent film industry. This Way Up is an annual event that tours from one city to another in the north of the...

ArticleImageHandler.ashx 27th Jul 2016 What's In A Name?

A an awful lot it would seem. I've been climbing for many years. I'm a member of, and have worked alongside, and even with for a short time, the British Mountaineering Council. The BMC.   ...

IMG 2550 25th Jul 2016 Sky's The Limit

The Tour De France finished yesterday. I watched it avidly for the whole three weeks, either via the hour-long summary programme each evening, or on a few days, watching things unfold live....

P1010168 24th Jul 2016 Wild Swimming Scaremongering

Last week I was saddened to read of an 11 year old boy who had died in Rotherham , tombstoning.   Tombstoning is a terrible name for what he was doing, invented by the media to discourage...

P8281141 20th Jul 2016 Some Maritime Marmots

The Maritime Alps are a fairly quiet corner of France nestled between their bigger siblings to the north, and the Mediterranean cost  to the south. Less known usually equates to less visited...

P8200368 13th Jul 2016 Swimming With Snakes

I've been meaning to write up some of our summer adventures  from 2016 for some time. Decide to do it as a series of separate pieces. Here's the first. Swimming with snakes.   I've still...

P5290140 11th Jul 2016 Scottish Sea Kayaking Trip Report

It’s often said that the west coast of Scotland, without midges, and in good weather, is as good as it gets. May half term does its best each year to prove this point. 2012 Arisaig - sunny and...

P5290140 29th Jun 2016 Life Of A Tent Blog - Update

I just updated my life Of A Tent Blog which charts the life of a pretty exceptional tent from Decathlon. Interestingly nobody else seems to be making a tent comparable to this one. You'll see from...

Arthur James Heason 11th May 2016 Two youths on a Cycling Tour in the Peak of Derbyshire

Two youths on a Cycling Tour in the Peak of Derbyshire May 1915 On a tolerably fine Saturday morning in May 1915 my friend Cyril Cope and I commenced a tour “on the wheel” of the...

Mallorca 312 5th May 2016 (Un)luckiest Day...

Last Saturday I had the privilege to ride my bike with some of my best mates in an amazing place. It didn't all go smoothly however. The place was Mallorca, the route was the 312 Sportive. 312km...

The Outdoor City 3rd Nov 2015 Sheffield - The Outdoor City - A Plan Of Action

For what feels like about 18 months now Sheffield City Council have been working towards re-branding Sheffield as The Outdoor City. It's been a really exciting time, and I've been very pleased to...

P9190010 22nd Sep 2015 A Very Sheffield #Microadventure

Alastair Humphreys coined the term Microadventures and has written a great book about them. Essentially a microadventure is something that you can do in a short amount of time, close to where you...

P8020016 6th Aug 2015 Amazing Kids?

I've just completed one of the best journeys of my life to date. 4 days of incredibly varied biking from Wales to the Peak District. The weather was kind, the scenery stunning, the roads and...

Camaro Uto Pulsor 7th Jul 2015 Camaro Uto Pulsor Swim Run Wetsuit

It's an interesting moment when a development of equipment opens up an entire new sport. Of course there's nothing new about combining running and swimming - in fact on a trip to Denmark last...

P6260082 6th Jul 2015 Life Of A Tent Night #22

Spent our 22nd night in our tent wild camping last weekend. Check out the Blog

Alpkit Torch 1 20th Apr 2015 Alpkit Factory Visit & Head Torch Product Testing

A month or so back I popped into the Alpkit offices and warehouse which is based just outside of Nottingham. Despite having a good working relationship with the guys who run Alpkit - they started...

Lif Of A Tent 15th Apr 2015 Life Of A Tent

Not exactly a Blog post in its own right, but a pointer to an entirely new Blog called Life Of A Tent that I created yesterday to follow the life of one of our tents, reviewed here last year.

shaff votio 19th Mar 2015 New Vot.io App Launch

This year at ShAFF we’ve teamed up with Sheffield based, new business start-up, Beautiful Everything. Beautiful Everything are a digital innovation company. They’ve been looking at the...

Best Of ShAFF 240 23rd Jan 2015 ShAFF Quality Control

This is ShAFF's 10th year. Every year we publically announce that this year's line up is bigger and better than ever before. It's one of those statements that I feel a little uncomfortable stating...

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 08.47.16 15th Jan 2015 Please Stop Sneering - A Plea From An Accidental Adventure Sports PR

They are incredulous because it is incredible.  They are staggered because it is a staggering achievement. I’ve just woken up to an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about the...

PJ Interview 4th Dec 2014 A Warm Welcome On A Cold Night

I was driving home after a meeting yesterday. It was getting dark and I spotted a guy up ahead with a large rucksack on heading into a particularly dangerous section of woods (dangerous as in...

P4240377 7th Nov 2014 Should We Put Strava Signs In The Peak District?

It occurred to me the other day that we have a national park full of amazing natural resources - crags and cliffs, woods and trails - but that we don't do a very good job of signposting them. I've...

Denmark 7 4th Nov 2014 Family Cycle Touring In Denmark

It started out as a basic concept. To go away as a family with our bikes. Simple.  Actually not so simple. There were some sub-clauses you see. The boys are only 5 and 8 so no big hills; it was...

Swimming Sign 11th Aug 2014 Are We Becoming Too Cautious?

A number of separate things happened this weekend which made me think that we are becoming over-cautious here in the UK. First of all I read a press release issued by the Snowdonia Mountain...

Steepdge 8th Aug 2014 Bringing Adventure Film Festivals To Your Lounge

So a couple of months ago the guys from Steepedge approached us at ShAFF to ask whether we might work together, helping to source films for the platform, and then to promote them, as there's a lot...

Northofthesunmasterposter copy1 5th Aug 2014 A Film Every Teenager Should Watch

A couple of years ago I was sat in my lounge on yet another night of watching films pre-ShAFF. 10 minutes in and I called upstairs to my wife to come and watch. She got half way down the stairs...

DSC 8931a 1st Aug 2014 Is There Such A Thing As An Urban Fell Race?

It's a tricky distinction deciding what constitutes a fell run and when a fell run becomes a trail run. I grew up in Snowdonia where fell runs (and races) were literally up and down a mountain. I...

The Shining 31st Jul 2014 An Alaskan Madman

Yesterday I asked for people to send in their best hith hiking stories. My Dad sent this one through... This isn’t baloney;  it’s true in every last detail. October, 1991. Haines Junction,...

MED 0031 30th Jul 2014 Couch Surfing, Hitch Hiking & Ironman Karma

When I was a kid I remember it was a common sight to see people by the road side with a big rucksack and piece of cardboard, thumb out, and looking friendly if not desperate. Hitching was also...

Welsh 3000ers 1 17th Jul 2014 Welsh 3,000ers Run

Not many summers go by without an attempt at some challenge or other. Previously they've always been climbing related ones - starred HVSs at Stanage or Millstone for example - but this year it was...

VOD 11th Jul 2014 A Shift In Attitudes - Adventure Film Rental Comes Of Age?

First there were video tapes, then came DVDs which lasted a while and still exist in small numbers today. Blurays took over from DVDs at about the same time as digital files became available...

Open 7th Jul 2014 Don't KNow What You've Got 'Till It's Gone

I remember listening to a song by that title as a teenager and applying it to all manner of things and thinking how true it was then. I'd re-write the phrase now as 'You don't know what you've...

LessRageMoreMutualRespectJune2014BuxtonAdvertiser 20th Jun 2014 Cycling - less rage, more mutual respect

I've been cycling for 30 years and driving for more than 20 and even passed my advanced driving test 10 years ago.  You'd think I'd drive in a considerate manner to cyclists... Read full...

shaff black white Best Of 18th Mar 2014 ShAFF 2014 Top 5

Blog over on the ShAFF website.

Chasing Ice 672 7th Mar 2014 Film Can Change The World

Last night I organised a film screening of Chasing Ice. It's a feature length documentary about a renowned photographer by the name of James Balog, who has dedicated much of his life to...

Nettles 188 18th Dec 2013 Hope Valley Rail Plans - An Emergency Latte Please!

A friend who shall remain nameless once came to visit. She arrived into Manchester, rushed onto the slow train to Grindleford, sat down with a big sigh, and politely asked the conductor for an...

17th Dec 2013 Speaking Your Mind

A sentence at the end of this article by BBC cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew struck a chord with me. If you don't follow cricket then you may not know that England are currently Down Under...

Programming A Film Festival 188 12th Dec 2013 Programming A Film Festival

A few days ago was Dec 1st, the deadline for submissions for the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. When ShAFF started out nearly 9 years ago we simply rented films from other more established...

20130504 160100 1st Nov 2013 Inspirational Youngsters

Now I've blogged about taking risks with kids before, and I've also blogged about getting kids into the outdoors. It's with great pleasure that tonight I am going to meet a whole host of young...

Cracking The Spine 18th Oct 2013 Cracking The Spine

Despite the dubious title that has shades of traumatic injury in it I thought this project deserved a wider audience so have decided to write a short Blog piece on it. Andy Mouncey approached me...

16th Oct 2013 The Cost Of Film Festival Submissions

I was lucky enough to have a budding filmmaker stay with me for a night recently by the name of Tom Allen. He'd completed an amazing bike journey to quite a few corners of the globe and fallen in...

BAF Banner 188 8th Oct 2013 Sponsors & Advertising

I read the other day that we are typically subjected to 50,000 marketing messages each day. It could have been 5,000 or 500,000, I can't quite remember. The figure is pretty meaningless, but the...

Style 188 25th Sep 2013 More Haste Less Speed

I learned a useful lesson last night. The problem is it's one I have learned a thousand times before. I got a road bike back in November and rode it quite a bit over the winter and spring. For...

Risky Business 188 12th Sep 2013 Risky Business

I was lucky enough to watch a film last night called Project Wild Thing. It's not been released yet, but it soon will be. I'd picked up a flier at the last Cycle To The Cinema as the National...

Montaclm Profile 188 28th Aug 2013 Montcalm Marathon - Race Report

Who’s idea was this anyway? That was my thought for much of the descent. All the way up I’d been enjoying myself, drinking in the surroundings and literally re-energising myself with each new...

BAF poster675x300 adventure festival 2013image 23rd Aug 2013 Book review: 'Adventures in Mind' by Heather Dawe

One of the advantages of being married to an adventure sports writer is all the hand-me-down kit I get.  It means I look like a clown sometimes in an array of clashing colours - a purple...

22nd Jul 2013 Kids, Sport & TV

Something dawned on me the other night. I was sat down with my two boys. They are 4 and 7. We were watching the highlights programme on the Tour De France. I’d been watching it avidly each night...

Strava 18th Jul 2013 Strava

Strava is a a piece of software that’s quite literally revolutionised my running and biking. I’ve had a smartphone for a while and had experimented with various GPS tracking devices which tell...

Strava 28th Jun 2013 I Went Climbing

Wednesday turned out to be a pretty good day. Fairly last minute baby sitter (seems a little demeaning to still refer to looking after a 4 and a 7 year old as babysitting, but that’s the...

Cash Card 20th Jun 2013 Cash Cards For Kids

So my eldest turned 7 last week and we received a letter from our bank where he has an account to keep bits and bobs of money that he is given at birthdays. There was a nice pencil case for him as...

Pedalling For Pennies 188 13th Jun 2013 Pedalling For Pennies

Thought I would write a short piece about a couple of inspirational ladies who live in my village. They’re setting off later today to cycle from London to Brussels to raise money for the...

Striptease 188 16th May 2013 Pushy Parenting

I remember many years ago watching a young lad climbing at an indoor wall. His name was known to me as he was on the British youth team. He was being coached by his Dad who was being incredibly...

TT Closer To The Edge 16th Apr 2013 Obsession.

I’ve held the opinion for years that top athletes need to be driven to be where they are. I know, it’s not exactly news, but bear with me. I read an article a few years back on the 10,000...

9th Apr 2013 Doing Stuff For Charity

A friend emailed me recently to let me know about a relative of his who is just about to embark on a mammoth cycle journey from South Korea back to the UK, raising money for charity along the way....

LucyCreamer wwwtimglasbycom 5th Apr 2013 Lack of women in adventure sports films

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival PR, Lissa Cook, talks to Jen Randall (Light Shed Pictures) whose debut film ‘Push It’ focuses on the story of her and a friend climbing the 1000m El Capitan...

Snow Tyres 27th Mar 2013 Snow Tyres

Most winters the UK gets hit by some wintry weather and much of our infrastructure grinds to a halt. Comparisons are often drawn with European countries who experience the same and worse...

Cityscape 180 13th Mar 2013 ShAFF 2013 - The Best Ever

So it's over for another year. ShAFF that is. Life goes on and planning is well underway for Cliffhanger (Jul 5th and 6th) and the Buxton Adventure Festival (Nov 2nd and 3rd). Actually work is...

Parsley Fern Fall 13th Mar 2013 Two Amazing Videos

Thought I would share two pretty amazing videos that recently featured on UKClimbing. The first is a guy taking a rather long tumble down Parsley Fern Gulley on Snowdon. Very lucky man. It's had...

Chris Bonington 18th Feb 2013 A humbling week.

A week or so back I had a pretty humbling time and I thought I’d write a few words about it. First off Lissa and I met with David Rutley MP at his constituency in Macclesfield. It’s not every...

ShAFF Climbing expert Night 200 8th Feb 2013 ShAFF Climbing Expert Night Review - Women’s Climbing Symposium

A few months ago  watched this video by local filmmakers Outcrop Films. It piqued my interest. I’d heard of the Women’s Climbing Symposium before, and was aware that it had run for a second...

31st Jan 2013 The Advantages Of Being A Small Business

I set up Heason Events in 2003 off the back of a redundancy package from an IT firm that I hated working for. The early days were very exciting, if a little tentative. I kept my overheads low and...

Outdoor Cinema 10th Dec 2012 The Best Job In The World?

Last night I sat on the sofa in my lounge, Christmas tree up and decorated, fire glowing, tired but happy after a long weekend. There was half an hour to go before Homeland started, our one bit of...

KMF 13th Nov 2012 What Is It About Kendal?

What is it about the Kendal Mountain Festival that makes it so good? I’m off up there again this Saturday. Going with Lissa who’s working more and more with me on my events, so that she can...

Odyssey Free 12th Nov 2012 Hotaches – A Step Into The Unknown

On Saturday night I was at The Climbing Works, (how lucky am I to live near the biggest and best bouldering wall on the planet!). However I wasn’t climbing. A few months ago Paul Diffley from...

Blog 1st Nov 2012 Itchy Feet and Early Memories

I was watching a film last night on some folk climbing Mount Kenya. Before embarking up the mountain they did a bit of a tour around the plains below to look at how important the water from the...

Ella Kirkpatrick 25th Oct 2012 More adventure with kids

You might have read recently of Andy Kirkpatrick’s recent exploits with his oldest kid Ella. For years Ella had been accompanying Andy on his public lectures, often curled up at his feet behind...

Red Bull Steeple Chase 8th Oct 2012 Red Bull Steeplechase

I went to bed feeling rough on Saturday and spent most of the night tossing, turning and sweating, convincing myself that it was a bad idea to get up the next morning and take part in the...

Lucy Spraggan 2nd Oct 2012 Picking Winners

Maybe it’s because I operate in a fairly small bubble of a world, but recently it seems like I’ve picked a couple of winners to be a part of my events. First off there was the track that we...

Sa Fosca 27th Sep 2012 Thinking The Think

For pretty much as long as I can remember I have defined myself as a climber. To be honest I don’t really climb that much these days. Not like I did 20 years ago anyway. However when I do climb...

Tissue In The Mountains 14th Sep 2012 Tissue In The Hills

I’ve spent a great deal of time on walking in the hills both in the UK and on the continent over the years and there’s one thing that never ceases to amaze me. Rarely do I see any discarded...

Olympics 14th Aug 2012 Some Olympic Thoughts

Bolt mobot Atmosphere Moment of the games Performance Pendleton Wiggins Volunteers Tom Daley Team GB Greatest Olympians Breadth of medals Super Saturday Andy Murray Downhill mountain...

Blog Gary Connery Facebook Screengrab 2nd Aug 2012 Queen Double

Pretty chuffed with my talent spotting. Gary Connery is our headline speaker for the Saturday night of the inaugural Buxton Adventure Festival in October. I noticed last week that he posted on...

Bike Repair 26th Jul 2012 This Made My Day (And Elliot's)

  Last Sunday was our local triathlon, the Hathersage Hilly. My wife was competing and the bike leg of the race scoots past our front door so I was out with the boys at 9am to cheer her on. We...

Bob Graham Mike Nolan 17th Jul 2012 Long Distance Running

Last Friday I went up to the Lakes with a friend from the village as part of a large support crew for another friend, also from the village, and both called Mike, who was attempting the Bob Graham...

rain1 10th Jul 2012 The Deluge

It’s a funny old world. 6 months (probably more really) of planning literally went down the drain last Friday as the painful decision was made to cancel Cliffhanger due to a month’s rain...

29th Jun 2012 The Olympics

I vividly remember Los Angeles ’84. I was 11 at the time and it meant a lot to me to be able to watch the Games. At Seoul ’88 I set an alarm to get up at 3am to watch Ben Johnson whip Carl...

Ignoring 20th Jun 2012 Is It OK To Ignore People?

Disclaimer: I work from home, and am pretty anal about keeping things in order so I appreciate that some of what I've written below may be on the harsh side. The majority of my time at work is...

Grindleford BBQ 19th Jun 2012 Community Spirit

Back in 1999 we bought our first house. It was I Woodseats in Sheffield. We lived there for 8 years and had some good times. We got on with our neighbours, but had little in common with them and...

IMAG0027 2 31st May 2012 Traversing Club - Climbing Games

My oldest lad goes to our local primary school. A couple of weeks ago local climbing wall builder Wallclimber installed a traversing wall in the playground and I offered to start running an...

Derwent Dambuster 24th Apr 2012 Derwent Dambuster

A few months back I was approached by the charity ‘Challenge Cancer Through Adventure’ to see whether I would be their patron. I was a little taken aback. Patron’s are normally public...

26th Jan 2012 A Proper Decathlon

 Sometime towards the end of 2011 I was sat in a pub with some friends and the subject of a decathlon came up. Not the sports store, though I was doing some work for them at the time so it may...

17th Jan 2012 A Word On Premieres

 As director of ShAFF one of the things I like to promote is the number of trailers that we screen in any given year. Obviously a true premiere is something that has never been screened in public...

13th Jan 2012 Have We Gone Viral?

Late on Tuesday evening we posted the 2012 ShAFF trailer to Youtube. It’s a cracking film, edited by award winning filmmaker Al Lee of Posing Productions. Al was juggling editing and packing for...

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