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Inspiration: Friend of FINDRA, Neil Manson

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Our customers are our very own motivation, so the Friends of FINDRA are the best advocates of inspiration and adventure! We’d love to introduce you to Neil Manson – wild swimmer, runner and cycling fundraiser!

Introducing Neil Manson

“Since I was a young boy, when family holidays consisted of camping or caravan holidays throughout Scotland, and the occasional overnighter in my Dad’s estate car (my Mum even had curtains!). I was also a committed Scout through all the age groups and enjoyed many camping expeditions home and abroad.”

Team FINDRA met Neil Manson at the Gleneagles Adventure Race back in May which saw pairs of participants traverse the gorgeous Perthshire landscape by canoe, on foot and by bike. If you missed it, you can read Team FINDRA’s race report here.

Neil told us about his forthcoming adventure to Vietnam and Cambodia where he would be cycling to raise money for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. This picture is of Neil having the time of his life riding through the stunning countryside of rural south-east Asia. adventure ready in his FINDRA socks and shorts. Head over to Neil’s blog to read more about the man himself!


Exploring with Hill Running

Neil tells us “Originally [my favourite way to get outside] was road running, as I travel a lot with work and it was the easiest way to exercise on the move. However, I’ve switched to trail/hill running which has helped me fall back in love with the Scottish countryside”

The joy of trail running stems from the unique way of seeing where we are in the world. Each time our feet hit the ground, we’re reminded of the beautiful and rugged nature of the countryside. Dodging each tussock, jumping over boggy ground and skipping around tree roots will never get boring. Nature is a part of us, so why not make it part of your running?

In Scotland we’re lucky to never be far away from the wild. You’re probably always within a few miles of a trail to run or a canal path to stroll down so if you find road running boring, swap the tarmac for a trail and start exploring your local area from a new perspective.


Quote of the Week


Music of the Week

We’re building a FINDRA Community Playlist over on Spotify, bringing you music of a rather eclectic variety! From classic dance tunes to lesser-known indie songs, we hope there’s something new in there for you. If you’ve got a favourite you’d like to hear in the playlist, drop us a tweet!

Neil tells us this is one of the best songs on his playlist – an old soul classic!

Whatever you’re up to this week, friends, remember to find your everyday adventure.

Love, Team FINDRA x