As summer has slipped away before our very eyes, it doesn’t mean we have to play by the rules when it comes to the cooler seasons. The great outdoors can still provide a generous backdrop for getting the blood pumping.
If you’re a fan of ‘sweat, smile and repeat’ then we’ve got a special list of outside the square urban sports that’ll keep you in tip top shape while offering some comic relief.
Played primarily in Provence, this sophisticated sport is a sibling to boules and is a great backyard sport but is also transportable so can go with you on a picnic or to the park. Burn off that blue cheese and crackers with this game of strategy.
If you’ve ever fancied yourself a Tiger Woods or Lydia Ko, then street golf is a stroke of genius. Off the traditional green and onto the gravel, the special golf ball that comes with this new territory means you can play on the street without the fear of a rogue swing landing you in trouble with a window.
The equivalent to cross-country skiing but minus the white stuff, roller skiing is a sport designed to build stamina. Whether you want to cruise through a park or disappear out to the country and find an empty road, this Scandinavian skill is very adaptable. The two techniques include skating and classic which emulates traditional cross-country skiing (legs forward and back).
As the automotive writer for Metropol, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Autosure Golf Tournament at the wonderful Harewood Golf Course. Joined by car people from across the industry, we started the event with a slap-up BBQ which gave us time to meet and network.
I was assigned to the team from Car Clearance Centre, Craig Erickson and Hilton Arlidge, with Heather McFarlane from Autosure to keep us in check. I could tell from the start it would be a challenging 18 holes of golf, not for the game but the laughs and comedic routine of the group I was with. I wasn’t disappointed.
What was great about the event was it brought together all those people from the automotive industry to network and have an enjoyable day in the sun. After such a fantastic event at a superb golf course I’m looking forward to the next Autosure event.
James Searle says, “It was a great opportunity to take time out from day to day work with our dealers and partners to enjoy each other’s company and to chat about the industry in this fantastic weather”.
Autosure was established in 1986 and provides car insurance, mechanical insurance, lifestyle protection insurance. Mechanical breakdown and payment protection plans are, after all, an essential purchase these days and with such pleasant, professional people to deal with, you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Although our score on the course wasn’t brilliant, the fun on the day got a 10/10.