b u i l t wall and canoe along a canal before r e t u r n i n g t o c e n t r a l L o n d o n t o abseil from the roof of the Honourable Artillery Company building. It was as memorable as the next task -- pulling a Land Rover across the parade ground. Theendisinsight WE ARRIVED back at the event village at 6pm to find one final obstacle course -- involving jugs of water and bouncy castles -- waiting for us before we crossed the finish line. Although we came close to last, I felt enormous satisfaction. Id ridden and jogged until Id run out of sweat, tried dozens of new activities, seen parts of London I never knew existed and familiar ones in a new light. I was exhausted but happy. Now I just had to bike the whole damn way home to west London. The Rat Race weekender is 99 per person, ratraceadventure.com Astrongishstart AT THE starters gun everyone ran off in different directions. At our first check- point, Sumo, the challenge was to climb into an inflatable Sumo suit and roll down a hill. Brilliant. We crossed the river for the Dominos Challenge, a manly chilli pizza-eating competition. But thoughts of being a real man were dampened by jump- ing like a three-year-old into a pit of inflatable balls in Paternoster Square. To reclaim my adulthood, I tried the Good In The Sack? challenge in Shoe Lane. It was actually a sack race. At 6.30pm, we arrived sweaty and breathless at the next checkpoint, wh ich wa s S e c re t s i n E a s t S m i t h f i e l d , a strip club where we tried pole dancing. A deeply embar- rassing end to the first day. Finally we arrived back at Tower Bridge. London Lite Tuesday, 6 October 2009 13 NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE ON THIS WILD WEEKENDER Six of the best CONVERSE ALL STAR OX-LO LONG gone are the days when trainers were just for sport. Nowadays trainer collecting is big business and it has never been easier to find a more unique style or colour of your choice. Many sites such as Nike ID even offer personalised trainers. Here are some of our favourites. RICHARD EVANS 29, standout.net PROBABLY the best-selling trainers of all time, these will look cool with anything. Worn by everyone from David Beckham to Johnny Knoxville, every man should own a pair. 58, schuh.co.uk DESIGNED to protect your feet in extreme sports, so if youre a skater or rider these are spot on. But with so many cool bands wearing this kind of sneaker, theyre fine for the pub, too. 49, schuh.co.uk PERFECT for all you indie kids, this classic tennis shoe looks great with a pair of skinny jeans and a beer in hand. And you cant get cooler than the Fred Perry crest. 44, lacoste.com THE old-school skate style is massive this year and this designer version adds a little 2009 touch and looks super cool, especially worn with shorts. 53, office.co.uk NOT only are these perfectly built for legging it in comfort, they also look amazing. So you can now go from the marathon to the pub without changing your footwear. 69.99, office.co.uk SUPER trendy hi-tops are becoming more popular, and if you want the latest colours you can always trust Nike. Perfect for break dancers, or just cool cats who want to get noticed. ETNIES ANGLE II FRED PERRY LACE T LACOSTE IBIZA BLOCK ONITSUKA TIGER SAIKO NIKE DUNK HIGH trainers On the pull: the Land Rover challenge Finishing touch: an exhausted but happy Ewan crosses the line I was exhausted, but having at least got back before the deadline, I was confident that we must have chalked up a score that would put us at least in the middle of the field. Norestforthewicked SUNDAY was about cycling. We set off to complete a 40km circuit along the Limehouse Cut canal. It was going well until one of us hit a bump on the towpath and plunged into the water. Then a spot of mountain biking in Epping Forest ended when my gear lever broke o f f a nd o u r a t t e m p t a t woodland ori- enteering left us blindly cycling on the North Circular. We finally got to Mile E n d t o c l i m b a purpose- index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html