Ten Tips for Tricky Target Sports

December 18th, 2014

Here’s 10 handy tips that will help you destroy those clays, take out the gold and nail the target in four of the trickiest target sports around.

ARCHERY

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A good stance is key to success in archery. Your stance should be relaxed with your feet parallel to the target and slightly apart.

Draw the bow back in a smooth motion, keeping your bow arm level with the target and you other elbow up, then draw the bow string back to the side of your face and take aim.

It’s easy to focus all your attention on where your aiming and forget everything else you’ve learnt in archery. Begin the aiming process by looking down the shaft of the arrow, placing the point of the arrow on your desired target, then pause, re-focus and fire!


AXE THROWING

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Axe throwing is not just a test of strength, hitting the target comes down to two things; timing and accuracy, which are skills anybody can master.

Don’t grip the axe too tightly, if your grip is too firm you’ll find it harder to release the axe which has a knock on effect on both timing and accuracy.

CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING

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One way to stay ahead of the next clay is memorise the pattern they were launched in, this way you’ll know exactly where the next clay is coming from, and all you have to focus on blowing it to pieces!

Don’t hesitate, the majority of missed clays are caused by hesitation. Trust your instinct and when you have the clay in your sights pull the trigger.

The best way to improve your clay pigeon shooting skills is by practicing as much as possible. Even practicing with an unloaded gun will improve your technique as it helps to build muscle memory.

AIR RIFLE RANGES

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Gun fit is crucial for accuracy. To test, place the butt into the crook of your elbow. If it is a good fit, your trigger finger should fall perfectly on the blade.

Note where your first shot hits the target, then adjust your aim accordingly. If you note where each shot lands your accuracy will improve as the session progresses.

10 suprising facts about Zorbing

December 17th, 2014

1. Zorbing first entered the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in 2001. It was defined as: “a sport in which a participant is secured inside an inner capsule, in a large transparent ball which is then rolled along the ground or down hills.

2. Former England cricketer Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff holds the record for the fastest 100m in a Zorb ball. He set a time of 26.59 seconds as part of his attempt to break as many world records as possible in 24 hours for Sport Relief.
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3. In Hydro Zorbing participants are joined in the Zorb ball by around 20 litres of water. Once the ball starts rolling they’re in for a wet and wild descent which is similar to being put through the washing machine!

4. The first times something similar to Zorbing appeared on British television was in the popular 90′s TV show Gladiators, in an event called Atlaspheres. Unlike modern Zorb balls the spheres were made out of steel.
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5. The greatest distance traveled by a Zorb ball in a single roll is 570m, just over 1,870 ft. The record was set on November 7th 2006 in New Zealand by Steve camp as part of Guinness World Records Day.

6. The record for the fastest Zorb ride was set on the same day by fellow New Zealander Keith Kolver. He managed to hit a top speed of 32 miles per hour.

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7. Zorb balls can handle almost any surface no matter how bumpy or slippery they might be. Rides can take place on snow, ice and even water.

8. A smaller wearable version of the Zorb has been created which enables participants to take part in a range of different games such as Zorb football, Zorb tag and even Zorb sumo wrestling.

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9. The Zorb ball was first conceived in 1994 by Dwane van der sluis and Andrew Akers, it first gained popularity as an extreme sport in New Zealand before quickly taking off around the globe. Zorbing has now been in the UK for over 10 years.

10. Zorbing was originally known as orbing or spheering .The word Zorb was was first popularised in the early 90′s.

What’s the difference between a skydive and a parachute jump?

November 26th, 2014

Throwing yourself out of a plane might not be everybody’s idea of fun but for real adrenalin junkies nothing comes close to the rush of taking to the skies and making a daring descent back to the safety of solid ground. If you are brave enough to head for the heavens you have a tricky decision to make between a skydive or a parachute jump, so to help make the decision a little easier here’s a quick look at some of the main differences between the two.

SKYDIVING

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  • Skydives usually take place from around 14,000 feet.
  • Most skydives are done with an instructor and are known as tandem skydives.
  • Skydivers experience an exhilarating 65 second free-fall.
  • The parachute is deployed by the instructor.
  • It’s the instructors job to control the descent and landing.
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    PARACHUTE JUMPING

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  • Parachute jumps usually take place from around 3,000 feet.
  • All parachute jumps are done without an instructor.
  • If you choose a parachute jump you won’t experience any free-fall.
  • The parachute deploys automatically as soon as you leave the plane.
  • It’s the jumpers job to control their descent and land safely.
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    Whichever airborne activity you opt for you’re in for the experience of a life time and if you’re still not sure which of the two you should pick why not find out how brave you really are by starting out with a slightly less daunting parachute jump. Once you’ve experienced the intense excitement of a parachute jump you’ll be ready to take things up a notch and head for the heavens to take on an exhilarating skydive.

    Driving experiences: 10 seriously fast supercars you could be driving

    November 11th, 2014

    Winning the lottery isn’t the only way to get your hands on the wheel of a ludicrously fast luxury car. Our range of heart racing driving experiences give you the chance to channel your inner James Bond and put the car of your dreams through its paces. The only hard part is choosing from the huge range of high-spec supercars on offer. So here’s a look at ten of the most fast and furious supercars available at our sites across the country.

    Lamborghini Gallardo

    Estimated top speed: 202 mph
    0-60: 3.4 seconds
    Price: £125,000

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    There’s nothing subtle about a Lamborghini, these beasts are loud and proud. If the roar of the engine doesn’t turn heads, their distinctive paintwork will. The Gallardo is even used by the Italian police force to keep criminals off the streets of Rome.

    Porsche 911 GT3

    Estimated top speed: 196 mph
    0-60: 3.5 seconds
    Price: £100,540.00

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    Porsche is the largest race car manufacturer in the world, and all the speed and style of their thorough bred racers can be found in the 911 GT3.

    Ferrari F430

    Estimated top speed: 202 mph
    0-60: 3.6 seconds
    Fact: £119,500

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    An icon of the motoring world, Ferraris are fast, furious and full of flair. It’s impossible not to love blasting round the track in this Italian, motoring masterpiece.

    Aston Martin DB9

    Estimated top speed: 183 mph
    0-60: 4.6 seconds
    Price: £135,527

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    Like Bond, the Aston Martin oozes class, and it’s easy to see why the world’s most famous spy has a soft spot for Astons. The DB9 has featured in two of the last three 007 movies and is the ultimate combination of speed and style.

    Subaru WRX STI

    Estimated top speed: 155 mph
    0-60: 4.5 seconds
    Price: £28,995

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    Subaru is rich in rallying history and the WRX STI is just as fast on the track as it is off it. This is definitely one for the boy racers out there, no matter how old they are!


    Audi R8

    Estimated top speed: 185 mph
    0-60: 4.8 seconds
    Price: £93,735

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    Adding brains and brawn to the supercar scene the R8 smashes the German stereotype in style, the V8 engine is guaranteed to have petrol heads purring.

    Formula Ford 2000

    Estimated top speed: 130 mph
    0-60: 4.8 seconds

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    Single seater Formula Ford racing cars are as close as you can get to getting behind the wheel of an F1 car. So if you fancy yourself as the next Lewis Hamilton why not find out how good you really are!

    Nissan GTR

    Estimated top Speed: 195 mph
    0-60: 2.9 seconds
    Price: £76,610

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    You might recognise the GTR from the Fast and Furious films but there are no Hollywood effects behind these seriously souped up street racers.

    Lotus Elise

    Estimated top speed: 150 mph
    0-60: 4.3 seconds
    Price: £35,000

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    What the Elsie lacks in size it more than makes up for in speed. The small but mighty roadsters can compete with the best in terms of acceleration and when it comes to fun, nothing comes close!

    Jaguar E-Type

    Estimated top speed: 153 mph
    0-60: 6.7 seconds
    Price: £120,000

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    You don’t have to be a classic car enthusiast to appreciate the E-Type, it was was recently voted the most beautiful sports car ever! and it’s no slouch either, which isn’t something you could say about most 53-year-olds.

    Book your driving experience with Red Rush Vouchers today!

    Taking Your First Bungee Jump

    October 31st, 2014

    Plummeting towards the earth after leaping from a crane or bridge may not be everybody’s idea of fun but for the adrenaline seekers out there, there is no greater thrill than bungee jumping.

    Bungee jumping dates back to the time of the Aztec people who would jump from tall wooden structures with vines tied to their legs, as a test of their manhood.

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    Thankfully bungee jumps have become much safer, rigorous health and safety checks are common place and each participant is weighed and fitted for a safety harness before they take the plunge.

    The first recognised bungee jump was in Britain, in 1979 when members of Oxford Universities dangerous sports club jumped from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. There are now sites across Britain that offer standard bungee jumps as well as catapult bungee jumps.

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    Most jumps in the UK are from a crane which means the height can be made higher or lower depending on how brave you’re feeling. The majority of locations will offer two different heights, a standard jump at around 160ft and a more challenging jump from a staggering 300ft in the air. Crane jumps are by far the most popular type of jump in the UK and whatever height you choose to step off the platform from, your heart is sure to be racing.

    A new variation on the traditional bungee jump is the catapult bungee jump or reverse bungee jump as they are also known. This type of bungee involves participants being flung into the air rather than jumping from a raised platform towards the ground. Launched in 2011 by David Hasselhoff on ITV game show ‘Red or Black’, catapult bungee jumps are great for people attempting their first jump or for more experienced jumpers who are looking for a new thrill.

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    Rather than making your way to the top of a crane, you remain slightly closer to the ground. Once your are safely in your harness, the bungee cord is attached to a crane which takes up the slack and suspends you in mid-air. Then on the count of 3, 2, 1, Bungee! The instructor will release the rip cord sending you soaring through the air.

    While its probably not the best idea to wear a skirt or high heels you can pretty much bungee wearing whatever you’re comfortable in. T-shirts, shorts and track suits are all fine, choosing the right footwear is much more important. Make sure to wear enclosed or well fitted shoes to avoid losing them mid-jump, alternatively you can make the leap bare foot.

    Most locations will also offer the opportunity to do a tandem bungee jump which gives you the chance to jump with one of the experienced members of staff, or a bewildered friend or colleague. The rush of a bungee jump is addictive and once you’ve made your first jump you’ll already be planning your next. So why not throw yourself head first into one of Britain’s most loved adrenaline activities?

    Book your jump with Red Rush Vouchers today!

    Christmas eVouchers – Instant Gifts!

    October 7th, 2011

    12 gift e-voucher ideas to get your family’s heart beating faster this Christmas. And, the only smelly stuff is mud, sweat and burning rubber. Of course, if your other half really wants a pair of socks and a jumper with a reindeer on, they can always buy it in the sales – it’ll be cheaper and they can’t blame you!

    1. Tank you, darling. Forget the tank tops your granny used to buy you, how about getting on top of a tank and driving it? It’s the ideal gift for the true love who doesn’t like things getting in his or her way. And they’ll love it so much they may just turn their fire on you. Click here.

    2. Drive them love wild. If your partner has shown an unhealthy interest in the BBC’s Top Gear this year, treat them to a spin in one of these fabulously priced cars. An Aston Martin DB9 or a Ferrari Spider with a new V8-engine may not normally be on your partner’s Christmas list. But a day’s spin at a racing circuit could set them all a-flutter. Click Here

    3. An ab-zorbing idea. Recreate that ‘head over heels in love’ feeling. Book a day’s zorbing for two. You get to roll around together in a large plastic bubble. For even more laughs try wet zorbing. You won’t be able to keep your hands off each other as you tumble across the water. But do make it clear this gift is for your partner – not you. Click Here.

    4. Big-shot clays. Clay pigeon shooting is a winter-warming pursuit – and an activity that is increasingly enjoyed by couples. So there’s another excuse to buy yourself a present. Click here.

    5. Bulls-eye with archery. If your partner is one of the 44,000 adults in the UK that would like to try their hand (or arm) at archery, you could just have fired Cupid’s arrow. Click here.

    6. Paint it red. Paintballing is an old favourite. And let’s be honest, probably more for the guys than the girls this Christmas. But if your partner is expecting the same old socks and roll-neck jumper, it might just fire them into action. Click here.

    7. Kart them off. Karting is a pulse-racing activity for couples, family and friends. So this could be your gift to the whole family. Click here.

    8. Rope me in. High ropes are an increasingly popular activity with professional people as they, nervously, try conquering their fear of heights in the tree canopy. Does that sound like your partner? Click here

    9. Monster present. Monster truck driving is one to talk about all year. And while you’re at it, you could get them a tattoo. Click here.

    10. On cloud nine. Drift through the clouds with a tandem skydiving experience. It’s one of those 50 things to do before you die. Of course, it does marginally increase your chances of not reaching the end of the list. But hey, you only live once. Click here and select Tandem Sky Diving

    11. Ride into the muddy sunset. Winter is a great time to start quad biking, so if your partner is new to it, this may be the time to dunk them in the mud. Click here.

    12. Up, up and away. If your partner is a poetic, reflective sort, they may prefer a good old-fashioned balloon flight and together you can gaze out on the world. Of course, you will have to wait for a fine day to do it but it’s rarely disappointing. Click here

    13. Let them choose. No, we are not cheating: there are only 12 activities on the list but there’s one more option. Let your partner pick the activity by getting them activity vouchers. It could be lucky 13. Click here.

    Staff Incentives

    October 26th, 2009

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    Looking to reward staff for exceeding sales targets or to give employees a well
    deserved day out? Well, you’re in luck because nobody has a better choice of
    adrenaline soaked activities and cracking team-building experiences than we here
    at Red Rush Vouchers! Whether it be a wheel spinning and high octane race out on
    the karting circuit that you’re after or a camaraderie building High Ropes
    Course Experience, you will find just the right event for your Corporate day out
    with Red Rush Vouchers! There are few better ways to integrate employees than
    with a shared exhilarating experience and we here at Red Rush Vouchers are
    delighted to offer the following activities plus many more at venues all over
    the UK:

    • Karting
    • Skydiving
    • Quad Biking
    • Rally Driving
    • Clay Pigeon Shooting
    • And Much, Much More!

    Anniversary Gift Ideas

    October 26th, 2009

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    Make sure you stay out of the doghouse this Anniversary by giving your loved one an unforgettable day with any one of our smashing Red Rush Vouchers Experiences! Whether it’s your Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald Anniversary, you will find the perfect adrenaline soaked and exhilarating pursuit which will that this year’s anniversary is one that is never forgotten! With so many out of this world experiences to pick from at strictly the very best venues in the country, you really will be spoilt for choice when picking the perfect gift for your loved one, so, if you think that an invigorating Skydive fits the bill or a smashing Formula 1 would make their day then look no further than Red Rush Vouchers

    Wedding Gift Ideas

    October 26th, 2009

    If you want your gift to be the one that stands out on your friends’ wedding day then look no further than Red Rush Vouchers as we offer a truly stunning range of adrenaline soaked activities that will have the Bride and Groom smiling from ear to ear! If you want to usher them into matrimony with an out of this world experience then it has to be a Tandem Skydiving Voucher or if you want to give them an adventure that will see their marriage start with a bang then give them an unforgettable day of Clay Pigeon Shooting! We are delighted to offer an unparalleled list of activities at the most impressive venues spanning the UK, so, the happy couple will be in for a top class start to married life!

    Valentines Gift Ideas

    October 26th, 2009

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    If finding that perfect Valentines gift is proving particularly troublesome this year then, fear not, because Red Rush Vouchers is here to help! Show that loved one just how thoughtful you are by inviting them to jump out of a plane or fly round a race track at some unbelievable speeds! We are delighted to offer an absolutely spectacular list of activities at the best venues in the nation, so, you’re sure to find the perfect gift that will make this Valentines Day one to remember!