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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

by Matt McDonald   ‘How can it be’, I hear you yelling angrily.  The air is getting colder, the days shorter and the feeling of rain turning to sleet throughout our cities is not welcome. It’s tempting to hide indoors and pack away the walking boots, vowing to bring them back out at the first hint of spring sunshine. But […]

Offsetting the Office with Mountain Views

At the Stortoppen summit (2,268m) of Snøhetta in Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park, Norway.

At MAD Challenges we love to walk, climb and explore. Being based in Scotland with so many incredible trails and mountains on our doorstep means an adventure is never far away! We also love to hear tales from other inspiring places around the world. Today, we share a guest blog from our friend and fellow adventurer Clare Mackie. Norwegian mountains […]

Inspiration Awards 2017

All of this year’s inspirational winners

In case you missed it, two weeks ago we were absolutely thrilled to win the Community Volunteering Award at this year’s Standard Life Aberdeen’s Inspiration Awards! This event recognises people’s commitment and passion for making a difference. The Community Volunteering Award is given to either a person or team who has been inspirational by volunteering with either charities or community […]

MAD Seat – One Month On

Since our record breaking, leg burning, pledge raising Arthur’s Seat event last month, we’ve been reflecting on the amazing achievements of our participants. Between them, they amassed 487 ascents and descents of the Seat, collecting sponsorship through 555 behaviour changes. We’ve shown you the numbers and named our official winners, but 1 month on we thought it was time to […]

Award Alert!

MAD Challenges Co-Founder Meredith accepting the award from Sir Gerry Grimstone

We have some exciting news! Our very own co-founder, Meredith Adams, is a finalist in the Standard Life Inspiration Awards for her work on MAD Challenges. The Inspiration Awards recognise teams and individuals for their contribution to local communities and workplaces across the globe. Nominees are put forward by their colleagues who they have inspired through their actions, and a […]

What Have Bogs Ever Done for Us?

As MAD Challenges gears up for a new partnership with Flows to the Future, we share what we leant at their fantastic new touring exhibition. Besides preserving human bodies for thousands of years and puzzling scientists with ancient murder mysteries involving gruesome and ritualistic deaths, what have peat bogs ever done for us? Turns out, quite a lot! Which is […]

MAD Seat 2017

We’re thrilled to share that signups for MAD Seat 2017 are live! Now in its 2nd year, this time the event is bigger and bolder. Dare to join us?   The concept behind MAD Seat is simple… It’s a straightforward question that requires physical endurance, mental stamina and a whole lot of ups and downs to answer. Starting 8pm on […]

MAD Seat – Coming Soon!

This Friday, June 9th, we’ll be launching signups for our next challenge, MAD Seat – a gruelling 24 hours of hiking up and down Arthur’s Seat! As far as we can tell, no one has created an event like this before, so we’re rather excited! Most people who’ve visited Edinburgh have either climbed the Seat or put it somewhere on […]

Shall We Print Out a Map?

One month on, we asked our brilliant MAD Clyde challengers Imogen Beck and Grant Laird to reflect on their experiences of the event. This is what they had to say… ‘Shall we print out a map?’ ‘Nah, it’ll be fine.’ Sitting in our local coffee shop, pastry in hand and making use of the complimentary Wi-Fi, we were happily oblivious […]