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Written by Neil McRobert

Neil used to be a bookworm, an "indoor" type if ever there was one. After finishing a PhD he writes short stories about spooky places and odd people. Living in Switzerland, the Canadian Rockies and the north east region of the USA convinced him that there was something to be said for this whole outdoor thing. Now he runs everywhere he can, competing in races most weekends and endlessly planning the next great adventure to some far flung part of the world. Recent trips include Costa Rica, where he tried and failed to surf; Vietnam, where he almost got stuck in an underground tunnel; and back to Canada, where he came face-to-face with a bear. Watch this space for further updates on Neil's global bumblings and the occasional athletic success.

  • The Spookiest Places to Visit This Halloween

    The Spookiest Places to Visit This Halloween

    Britain is a spooky place. The hills that are steeped in the creepiest of histories; the forests and trails are famous for the glimpsed shadow at the corner of your eye? What better way to celebrate this All Hallows Eve than with a visit to one of Britain’s scariest places? Read more
  • Review: Garmin Instinct GPS Watch

    Review: Garmin Instinct GPS Watch

    Garmin's brand-new GPS smartwatch, the Instinct, promises sophisticated analytics in a lightweight design. What better way to test the watch’s running credentials than in Sunday’s Manchester Half Marathon? Read more
  • Make a Change: Battling Ocean Plastic with Sian Sykes

    Make a Change: Battling Ocean Plastic with Sian Sykes

    The outdoor industry is waking up to the need for a change, to their part in helping protect the environment that we all love. Major brands like Jack Wolfskin, adidas and The North Face have made sustainability and recycling a central focus of their new season collections. Read more
  • adidas Infinite Trails 2018 - Bad Hofgastein, Austria

    adidas Infinite Trails 2018 - Bad Hofgastein, Austria

    This summer Team Blacks travelled to the foothills of the Austrian Alps to take part in the first year of the adidas Infinite Trails mountain race. Captained by Blacks Ambassador Ellie Lacey, the team-of-three would each compete in an individual stage, climbing from the valley floor to the... Read more
  • Bucket-List Kit: The Best Gear For Better Adventures

    Bucket-List Kit: The Best Gear For Better Adventures

    It’s a huge world out there. Here at Blacks we want to celebrate and support adventurers with big dreams and wide horizons. From the icy pinnacles of the Himalayas to the South American wilds, we have the gear to help fill your travel bucket-list till it’s overflowing with experiences. Below... Read more
  • Top Alternative Festivals For Summer 2018

    Top Alternative Festivals For Summer 2018

    These days the UK is overflowing with boutique and niche festivals that cater to the widest range of tastes. To help you navigate the endless possibilities we have chosen our pick of the alternative festivals you can enjoy this summer. Read more
  • Ellie VS The Mountain: adidas Infinite Trails

    Ellie VS The Mountain: adidas Infinite Trails

    Ellie Lacey is a runner. If asked it’s how she defines herself: “I’m a runner. I run.” But for Ellie running is a gift, an opportunity to be cherished every time she laces up and hits the trails. Because Ellie isn’t just a runner; she is also a transplant survivor. Read more
  • Exclusive Interview with | Simon Hunter

    Exclusive Interview with | Simon Hunter

    Simon Hunter is a filmmaker whose work behind the camera seems inextricably linked to his love of the outdoors. He has filmed in some of the world’s most awe-inspiring and challenging environments, from the rivers of Central Africa to the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula. His latest film,... Read more
  • Running with Montane’s VIA Trail Series®

    Running with Montane’s VIA Trail Series®

    The 2018 Via Trail Series® promises a comprehensive kitting-out for all kinds of off-road running, with a focus on lightweight, flexible and immensely breathable gear. I enjoy escaping the pavement whenever possible. So, with both a marathon and trail ultra to train for, I thought I’d... Read more
  • adidas Terrex: Trials and Trails

    adidas Terrex: Trials and Trails

    Tryfan was the ideal playground to test how the shoes coped with different terrain. The gently sloping foothills were perfect for some moderate, introductory running, before the massive rock scramble put their mountain credentials to the test. Read more
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