Your Mountain Training Stories

MT 200 Mountain Training celebrated its Fiftieth Anniversary in 2014 and since then we've been celebrating your experiences!

Over 143,000 people have registered for an award since 1964. Find out what some of them think of their journey in their own words.

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My Mountain Training Story :

Craig Rumley

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by and taking time to look at my profile. I have been working in the fitness industry for over 15 years and started training people from all walks of life as a gym/class instructor. I got into training people after working in all the mundane jobs you can could think of, from logistics to shop work and was craving to find a job I would enjoy and receive job satisfaction. After talking to other fitness professionals about the industry, I decided to take the plunge and sign up to completing a Personal Training diploma and since then I haven't looked back! I have gone on to specialise in mobility efficiency which has helped many people regain healthier joints, move better in their daily lives/ sporting/gym activities and have enjoyed sharing my clients success. I have also added manual therapy to my repertoire of skills which helps people prehab & rehab from injuries. If you would like to know more about my Personal Training skills or if you have any questions about training feel free to email me - craigrumley@yahoo.co.uk Train smart and enjoy your training journey! Craig R

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Martin Wardley

School years: • age 7, moved close to fields & hills. Spent as much time as possible outside - where it all began • first week camping, age 13. Harsh lessons in kit, navigation & fending for oneself. Continued throughout my school years • at 14 walked Pennine Way with full pack & still a scrawny boy. An arduous rite of passage my 20’s: • trips to Snowdonia, Cumbria and Scotland • part of the South West Coast walk and Coast to Coast • started to complete the more technical Munro’s • winter Mountaineering course with West Coast guides • started to climb: Inverness sea stacks with John Lyall • small number of the longer “scrambling” routes in both summer and winter my 30’s/40’s: • 10 months around SE Asia included a Chinese pilgrimage peak, Annapurna base-camp trek & a failed attempt at a peak close to Dharamshala • winter trip to the La Grave valley. Started ice climbing. Continued over several winters • more Munroe’s • Alps (2008) with Terry Ralphs (ISM). Climbed Monch & Finsteraarhorn • expedition to Kyrgyzstan (2015) with the ISM climbing several “virgin” peaks & rock routes • more climbing at indoor walls, Derbyshire, Snowdonia & Cumbria inc. several climb/walk trips with my wife, Rachel • started mountain running in Brecon Beacons. Completed Race to the Stones my 50s (now in Kendal): • more ultra-running: several “legs” of the Bob Graham round & other long-distance routes of note • winter walks including a low visibility “march” from Langdale to Scafell Pike & back, an aborted attempt on Sharp edge for similar reasons and a successful winter traverse of Striding edge • climbing/training under the tutelage of Adrian Nelhams (ISM). Climbed a few VS routes and an E1 route - previously well beyond me • started ML training/assessment The future: more of the same and to fully utilise & enjoy our wonderful base in Kendal

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Simon Mobberley

I was lucky enough to do my summer mountain leader training course through the royal marines reserve adventure training programme in 2000. Although I still managed to get out and about in the hills I did not do my assessment as life got in the way. One of the most significant events during this time was being diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis which eventually resulted in having to have open heart surgery and a mechanical valve fitted , this was in September 0f 2013. the previous two years running up to this saw me unable to do any of the activities I had been used to which was a massive blow. However, I had the operation in the September and was back out in the hills in the Lake district in the November (under the supervision of my rescue team - at the insistence of my wife). I was given a second chance with the excellent medical team at the Freeman road hospital in Newcastle and I feel strongly that I should do every thing I can to live life to the full. Since then I have been able to continue my passion for the out doors with the now added benefit of my young son who has developed an active interest in climbing and hillwalking. recently I set my goal to pass my summer ML assessment and finish what I started all those years ago.

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Ingrid Lohr

German walk enthusiast. Grew up/lived in Germany until 2020. Travelled/walked all areas of Britain (Cornwall – Shetland) for 30 years. Career history: Bachelor in Trade & Commerce/ commercial managing director (responsibility for 120 employees / 9000m2 of retail space, but no time to travel and being utterly unhappy). 2013: quit my job in retail, took a course to be a tour guide, set up as a sole trader and started guiding/leading walking holidays for small groups of German tourists on behalf of German tour operators in Britain, Ireland, New Zealand & Iceland. That means: I run the holiday for a group of walkers (12-15 pax on average, 18 max.), being both walking & tour guide for the duration of the holiday (1-2 weeks in general). I am with the group from the moment they arrive in Britain to their departure from the airport, spending all time with them (staying at hotel, having meals, being available 24/7) and leading all walks (generally lowland, up to 12 miles, 400m, some hill & mooreland) I spent 3 winters running camping/walking- tours as a driver-guide in New Zealand, and 5 years running camping-walking-tours as a driver-guide in Iceland. Since 2018 I have dropped both NZ & Iceland (hated the driving), now Britain (80%) & Ireland (20%) in the summers and remote office work in the winters. During the summers usually tours back-to-back April - October, either running tours or filling tour gaps by developing/creating new tours on behalf of my Britain tour operator (Boundless Reisen, Berlin). Pre-covid I was running tours in Cornwall, Devon, Isle of Wight, Pembrokeshire, Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia/North Wales, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Channel Islands. Tours never run “blind”, always after thorough recce and test run. Brexit made me move to Lampeter, West Wales in autumn 2020. Now I am trying to gain the qualifications to match what I have been doing in order to be able to cater for British tour operators as well as German ones.

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James White

Hi, I am an Instructor with the Air Cadets 868 (Mirfield) Squadron, i use my qualifications to plan and deliver National Navigation courses, run guided walking sessions and assisting with our busy DofE schedule at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. I also run our squadron archery range. Other Qualifications and Courses, WGL/HML Walking Group Leader/Hill and Moorland Leader Award BELA (Basic Expedition Leader Award), NNAS Tutor/ Gold Conversion Course DofE - Expedition Assessors Accreditation Scheme (Bronze.Silver,Gold) DofE - Expedition Supervisors Training Course GNAS Archery GB Instructor Award

My Mountain Training Story :

Ashley Holland

I started coaching fitness way back when I was in college getting the lads in shape for basketball season. Fitness as always been part of my life and when I started coaching knew this is what I wanted to do in the long run. After stepping away from software engineering in 2018 my goal was to start helping people to get fit and healthy. Over the past few years, I have been teaching classes and training clients. This was a great experience coming across people with all different injuries and conditions, and I have loved learning on the way. Most of all it is the change it has to people mentally and physically. Start of lockdown I was devastated as was many others, I had to do my last class and lock the gym up for a unknow to when it would open again. Online classes have not been the same and the message from clients have been amazing as well as heart breaking. Therefore, when I was offered a chance to come to FIT Bodies, I knew it was my time to make my passion a fulltime choice. I am super excited to see what the future brings. Last updated 22/3/2021

My Mountain Training Story :

Katherine Bailey

I grew up with my non-active family, thinking a camping holiday was in a static caravan. I have since met my life and business partner Harry Pymont, who told me everything he knew about the outdoors. I now LOVE camping, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and SUP! I have dabbled in other paddlesports but these are my main hobbies. We moved to the Lake Distict and trained to become Mountain Leaders. After successfully achieving that award, I am now in pursuit for the RCI award. I am currently focusing on my climbing ability and aim to be qualified at the end of 2021. April 2021, we decided to start our freelancing business part time, providing guided climbing and hiking days out as well as navigation courses.

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Kurt Alexander

I was first inspired to start training after my father bought a set of cast iron weights; obviously as a thirteen year old, I had no idea what I was doing. I started to train seriously at sixteen when I had applied to become a British soldier in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. After having successfully joined the military, I spent three and a half years with the Royal Artillery, where physical fitness was an absolute must and far from ever being a walk in the park, so to speak. It was this experience that inspired me to continue improving my knowledge of training, as I intended to advance myself both intellectually and physically. After my Service, I took on Amateur Boxing and learned a great deal more about myself in the process. The sport still plays a central role in my own personal fitness regime. After going from job to job, I finally became a qualified fitness instructor in 2019. Now, along with still practicing my jab, I have begun to involve myself in the worlds of Historical European Martial Arts and Steel Fighting. Two endeavors in which I desire to leave a mark.

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Robert Smith

Many years of walking, climbing, skiing, orienteering, trailquests, MTB, etc. and a bit of fell running and ski touring thrown in. I've ben active mostly in the UK but also completed mixed alpine climbs, plus greater ranges peaks Chulu West in Nepal and Aconcagua in Argentina. Other notables include the complete Cuillin ridge (twice), Island Peaks Race (3 days sailing and mountain running) way back in 1989, and 270+ Munros. I've walked and climbed extensively in the British mountains in all seasons and weathers and enjoyed the mountains for myself and through taking charge of club outings. I've also planned, organised and riden a series of multi-day MTB trips through Scotland with work colleagues. I also planned and cycled Lands End to John o'Groats with that team. I'm a member of the Solihull Mountaineering Club where I was for some years the Chairman, and I am now the Hon. President, being wheeled out for special occasions. Although I no longer live near Solihull I take an active interest in club affairs and attend the odd weekend trip. Now retired from full-time working as a Chartered Engineer and moved back to Cumbria, I can get out more on foot, by MTB and orienteering in the woods and on the fells. Orienteering provides a severe test for navigational skills under pressure, and helps to maintain speed and stamina. I'm a member of Lakeland Orienteering Club and I've been the course planner for a number of orienteering events including one international fixture. I was active with Explorer Scouts when I lived in Derbyshire. I've also supported DofE expeditions as Supervisor (for school and Scout groups) and Assessor for a Bronze scout group, though I am qualified to assess up to Gold level. Scouts and DofE provide chances to share the joys and experiences of being out on the hill, and pass on skills to yougsters.

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Katie Harris

I've been active in the outdoors for as long as I can remember. My parents took me walking and canoeing from a young age. I’ve worked in Outdoor Education from 2002. I’ve a degree in Geography and achieved a Geography (Secondary) PGCE in 2009. I was lucky to do some of my training for PGCE in the Isle of Man which embraced Outdoor Learning. I also spent much time exploring the coast by sea kayak and surf kayaking as the winter storms closed the mountain roads and prevented access to the fells. I left Teaching in 2013 and moved back into Outdoor Education, working with schools to facilitate outdoor learning as well as teaching a range out outdoor Education and adventurous activities. I joined my local Mountain Rescue Team in 2013 which I was training manager for for several years. Deliver NNAS training and assessment at Bronze and Silver level and am involved in DofE. I have spent a lot of time in the mountains. Cumulatively I've spent about 18 months in a tent. I've done most of my climbing and scrambing in the Lake District and Snowdonia. I've done Via Ferratta in Italy, France and Slovakia. I've been on expeditions in the UK, canoe camped in Scotland and on expeditions to more remote places in Arctic Norway and Baffin Island. In 2014 I did the Conville Course in the Alps which opened the door to more adventures. I love the mountains whether it is a sunny day in the Lake District and having the satisfaction of planning a route on a Bank Holiday which means you meet no people, or a wild winter day on a Scottish Mountain, starting in the dark, finishing in the dark, navigating in a white out and being fully immersed in the beauty and challenge of the mountains in winter. I left working in Outdoor Education full time to join the Ambulance service in 2016. I qualified as a Paramedic in 2019. I continue to be active in the outdoors in my own time and am available for freelance work.

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Camille King

I am a personal trainer, as well as a triathlete, a runner and a rock climber. Sport is not only a passion for me, it’s a way of life. I see each day as an opportunity to help others achieve their fitness dreams, assist them in their sporting journey, help them explore their limitations and grow as athletes. I’m very fortunate to be part of Team GB age group in triathlon and compete internationally. I also have a background competing in running events and rock-climbing. I am driven by an uncontrollable urge to test my physical limits. I want to keep pushing myself and reach a new level in all the sports I practice. I strive to reach the absolute height of my potential in sport. This is my dream. I pour similar levels of energy and enthusiasm in inspiring my personal training clients and motivating them to reach their own potential. I am constantly striving to support my clients, helping them commit and reaching their fitness aspirations, from weight loss, body toning, general fitness to sports specific fitness. My mission is to deliver bespoke personal training sessions and fitness programmes to get the best out of every client and support them in obtaining real tangible results.

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Nigel Muir

Paddleboarding since 2012. Paddle coach and co-founder of Active360 Richmond, the paddleboarding school on the Thames at Richmond.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mark Reid

I first fell in love with the Yorkshire Dales landscapes when I was 16. This inspired me to go to Lancaster University where I got a 2:1 in Geography. I then worked for various breweries from 1990 till 1997 as an area manager, then gave up my job to write walking books about the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Peak District, Northumberland and North York Moors. I've written 17 walking guidebooks. In 2007 I decided to diversify and undertook my Walking Group Leader award, followed by my Mountain Leader (summer) in 2011. Since 2007 I have taken over 12,000 people out walking in the North of England, from map reading courses and NNAS navigation skills courses to walking weekends, wild camping, Yorkshire Three Peaks and corporate team events. I love to share my passion, experience and knowledge with people. Since 1997 I have also walked over 23,000 miles of paths, and counting...

My Mountain Training Story :

Mark Reid

I first fell in love with the Yorkshire Dales landscapes when I was 16. This inspired me to go to Lancaster University where I got a 2:1 in Geography. I then worked for various breweries from 1990 until 1997 as an area manager, then gave up my job to write walking books about the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Peak District, Northumberland and North York Moors. I've written 17 walking guidebooks, and am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). In 2007 I decided to diversify and undertook my Walking Group Leader award, followed by my Mountain Leader (summer) in 2011. Since 2007 I have taken over 12,000 people out walking in the North of England, from map reading courses to wild camping, Yorkshire Three Peaks and corporate team events. I love to share my passion, experience and knowledge with people. Since 1997 I have also walked over 23,000 miles of paths, and counting...

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Eleni Cawthra-Hewitt-Wallace

Who is the face behind Ellicize? My name is Eleni. I started teaching Zumba and my love of fitness grew from there. I've been teaching since 2015 and discovered that I can do this. I can push myself in front of a group of people, stand up and say that I'm having an off day and actually be human. I'm not a size 6, I'm not the fittest person in the world and I'm certainly not the healthiest eater. However, I find this makes me more relatable to the people who walk into my classes. I have walked into so many fitness classes and felt out of place, even at my fitness training's I didn't feel as if I belonged and it's awful. Just because I have curves due to having 2 amazing children and enjoying food slightly too much. I wanted Ellicize to be somewhere that everyone would feel welcome, feel as comfortable as possible and enjoy themselves while exercising. I don't care what you look like, if your wearing the most up to date fitness gear or not, If your at the beginning of your fitness journey or if you've been exercising for years. What I care about is you and the fact you have taken that step to join me at class. When your ready, I will push you out of your comfort zone, I'll support you and I'll understand when your having an off day because like me your human. I want you to be able to say that your struggling with a certain without feeling like the only unfit person in the room, that you cant do a move due to an injury or even the fact you dislike me for making you do this. I'm here to kick your butt in to gear, push you, encourage you, make you smile, make you laugh but most of all i'm here to make you feel welcome at any of my classes. Plus i'm likely to suggest eating cake after a bad day ??????

My Mountain Training Story :

Aaron Mapplebeck

L3 Qualified PT & L2 Qualified Fitness Instructor offering a Professional, Mobile, Online & Gym based PT, S&C & Boxing Coaching service in Scarborough, UK Also Working Towards a Bsc (Hons) Sports Fitness and Coaching degree with the Open University from Sept 2020 - 2026.

My Mountain Training Story :

Steven Bees

I jacked in work for a while in 2005 and walked from Land's End to John O'Groats. I then thought about doing the summer mountain leader course. I trained in the Lake District (relatively unfamiliar territory) and after logging days in South Wales, Snowdonia and Scotland I passed the assessment with in the Lake District (again) in a snowy week in December 2008. What I got out of the course was an increased knowledge of the wildlife in the hills, together with the use of the rope in emergencies. Mostly I've used the ML(S) award to lead local clubs on a voluntary basis. Although I've continued to have a "normal" job, I eventually decided to have a go at the International Mountain Leader award - which is much more committing in terms of time (60 post-ML "quality" international mountain days) and money (2 training courses, 2 assessments cover the summer & winter elements of the course). I passed the summer element of the course in August 2013 (based in Villars in Switzerland) and the winter element of the course in February 2014 (near Mont-Louis, French Pyrenees). What I got most from the course was, again, having to learn more about the environment (flowers in particular) and the introduction to snowshoeing and the alpine environment in winter. I have spent most time leading in a paid capacity in South Wales but am happy to travel further abroad. NB. at the present time (taking into account Covid and Brexit) leading abroad is a bit "on hold" at the moment. I have spent time leading people from their late teens to (I think - trying to be diplomatic) early 60s. I don't expect any commitment on an enquiry - if interested or only wondering about something, please drop me an e-mail on stevebees13@yahoo.co.uk

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Tony Broughton

I am a Personal Trainer who is able to assist people to become healthier and fulfill their personal goals and objectives. I support people through the physical and mental barriers so they can strive forwards in achieving success. Pre-Covid I was supporting three groups of individuals with fall’s preventative exercise for the over 60's. I have been involved in health, social care and fitness all my working life and get great fulfillment in these partnerships. I am qualified to work with people of 16 years and upwards. I am an approachable and supportive trainer with a vast array of skills, knowledge and competence, my goal is to help you achieve yours.

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Alice Linn

A bit about my journey so far…. So I have been coaching children since I was 17 within schools, camps and clubs. This role has taken me around the world to some of the best times of my life, from USA to AUS I have had the privilege of travelling and experiencing the world and all its glory. It has given me life lessons that are unique to me and for that I will always be grateful. As for education I studied sports and fitness in my early 20’s and have been gaining experience in roles such as rehab, therapy, coaching and physiotherapy ever since. More recently I worked within a NHS spinal injuries unit to which I can say was amazing! My most recent work has been playing football in AUS in the Women’s Premier League, to get paid to play football was always a dream of mine so to tick that off my list was a great accomplishment! My path now leads onto using all the knowledge bombs I have developed over the years and putting my blood, sweat and tears into my Fitness Coaching (Personal Training to some), I pride myself in being adaptable, fun, resilient, empathetic, relatable and an all round good person! My journey continues so I hope you join me for a few stops along the way! Who do I work with? You could call me the Fitness chameleon I guess as I work with all humans of all ages (aka kids, adults and older adults). I adapt to all and make it my life’s worth to create fun, engaging and educational programmes, activities and sessions to all. My Why for being in this Job? To make every person walk away feeling confident , empowered, happy and healthy. My ethos is that if I can make just one person a day feel better within themselves then it’s all been worth it!

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FIT4TAP Sue Allen Hudson

Founder and Creative Director Sue Allen Hudson has over 30 years professional dance and fitness work experience in both performance and teaching. Inspired by the Dance Fitness movement, Sue saw an opportunity and with a vision to fuse Tap Dance and Fitness together founded and created ‘Fit4Tap’ in January 2015. Instructing her very first Fit4Tap class later that year to her already established dance fitness clientele. The Fit4Tap program took off immediately and was a huge success! Sue presents the Fit4Tap program at Fitness Events around the UK and holds regular Online Instructor training days. The Fit4Tap training program is Endorsed by EMD UK. Enquire today about classes or becoming a Fit4Tap Instructor in your area. www.fit4tap.com

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Iain Marshall-Clarke

Always fit and active, I was diagnosed with a complex, rare and life threatening medical condition in my early thirties which had significant impact on my life. I amde a pact with myself and told my Specialist that I would NOT end up like the other people on the ward! I've always been the kind of person that if they are told they 'can't' they find a way that they 'can'! Determined to keep active, as healthy as possible to help my body remain as strong as possible, protect my bone density from deterioration, keep focused, mentally strong and keep my ‘trade mark’ positive attitude, I turned fully to my love of fitness. I made it my business not just my passion. Having completed my Yoga teacher training (I had practised Yoga since childhood) , I went on to gain my Personal Trainer Diploma and my Diploma in Pilates with Distinction. My passion has been to build the business helping anyone get fit and finding a way that ignites that passion. So I carried on training in other areas like Dance Fitness, qualifying with FitSteps (to Gold Standard) and SOSA Dance Fitness (Highly Commended). In 2019 I won a National Award for FitSteps - Best UK Instructor. Over the years I have also qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist and completed my Diploma in Clinical Fitness Training, to help others find fitness, keep fit and keep active. In addition to Personal Training and Sports Massage, I also run a wide selection of classes and a weekly subscription fitness group. I love my job, supporting people, motivating them and helping them see and feel the benefits of exercise. There is nothing better then seeing that epiphany moment when a client realises what fitness can do for them. My Specialist used to write to my GP and say ... 'When will Iain realise his condition is NOT a question of mind over matter'. Now he says if he wasn't my Specialist he would be my client!

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Lee Jolly

I have always had a keen interest in sport and fitness from a young age. I decided after I left college studying for a BTEC in Information Technology that I didn't want to be sat behind a desk for my entire career. So in 2017 I launched myself into a completely new and exciting career learning how to become a fully qualified Personal Trainer & Exercise Referral Instructor. I enrolled with Lifetime back in 2017 and I've never looked back. To date I have completed a vast range of CPD certified and CIMPSA courses to upgrade my knowledge and further my understanding of the fitness industry. I am to this date extremely motivated in helping others achieve their goals and ambitions to lead a healthy and exercise-based life. I hold valid IAO Exercise Referral Diplomas, & IAO Level 3 Personal Training & Instruction Diplomas with recent health & safety in first aid. My CPDs to date include, Group Training, Group Studio Cycle Training, Business Planning, Functional Resistance Training, Advanced Fitness Testing, Anatomy & Physiology Level 3 & Finally TRX Training.

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Stuart Gammon

I'm passionate about the ocean and SUP I also love alpine skiing and hiking.

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Frances Bennett

Hi there! I'm Frances. I'm a 43 year old mum of two small children. Before starting a family I worked as a nutritional therapist helping all sorts of people but with a focus on weight loss, gut health and energy. Alongside this I was a Zumba instructor (including kids and Zumba Gold) for about 6 years. My interest in fitness and health stems from maybe a slightly different route in that I wasn't interested in it at all when I was younger and went to art college, partied a lot and didn't look after myself very well! Until of course my body started to feel the strain. I discovered healthy eating and yoga to ease me out of it and as my energy came back I got back into salsa dancing and trained in nutrition so I could help others experience the turn around that I had. I then discovered Zumba and just found it ticked all the boxes and it felt very natural to start teaching it. Since having my children I have taken further training and completed Exercise To Music during 2020. I am hoping in due course to expand my classes to include children's classes and pilates or yoga (I'm still an avid student of both). I am looking forward to carrying on my journey as a student as I teach. I have always been passionate about helping others with their health. These days I particularly have an interest in helping mums get back to feeling good after having kids. I have a new found respect for mums everywhere and my eyes are fully open to the 'woman's load' and the expectation to be all things in all directions and how utterly exhausting it can be. My classes are partly designed for physical results, partly to just lift the mood. People say they come away from my classes feeling uplifted, relaxed, happy, energized and of course sweaty. We have a laugh and dance about like weirdos but we also work hard, at your level.

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Robin Kilvington

Got hooked on hill walking during my time at university studying geology. This was rekindled when an old uni friend started Tread Gower, I did the NNAS bronze award & was hooked. I've now done my NNAS silver & MT lowland leader & am looking forward to doing my MT HML soon. I have recently started High Weald Hiking with the view to getting more people out walking & enjoying the countryside of the High Weald area.

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Goran Nikoloski

• Electrical Engineer, Electronics and Telecommunications, EMBA Finance. • Working in Makedonski Telekom AD Skopje. • Editor in Chief of e-magazine for outdoor activities SHUM www.shum.mk . • President of Mountain Guides Commission, Mountaineering Federation of North Macedonia, since 2014. • Mountain Guide Category A1 (summer) and Category B1 (winter) – FPSM, Mountaineering Federation of North Macedonia • Mountain Guide Category A, B, D – Alpine Association of Slovenia. Climbs • Mont Blanc - 4.808 m., Alps, (2008, 2012) • Elbrus - 5.642 ?., Caucasus (2009) • Vincent Piramide - 4.215 m., Balmenhorn - 4.167 m., Zumsteinspitze - 4.563 ?., Signalkuppe - 4.554 ?., Monte Rosa ( 2011) • Lenin Peak – 7.134 m., Pamir (2014) • Abra Salkantay - 4.630 m., Andes (2016) • Gokyo Ri - 5.357 m., Lobuche East - 6.119 m., Kalapatthar - 5.644 m., Himalayas (2017) • Mera Peak (6.470 m.), Himalayas (2019)

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Andrew Christopher

I graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 studying BSc (Hons) Sports Development & Coaching Sciences. Modules include: First Year Modules: - Research Skills - Functional Anatomy - Social Perspectives of Sport - Sport Management - Sport, Physical Activity and Health - Principles of Coaching Second Year Modules - Developing Coaching Principles - Event Management for Sport - Exercise Physiology - Managing Sport Development - Personal and Professional Development in Sport - Research Methods Placement Year - Wychavon District Council (Tourism and Regeneration Assistant) Fourth Year Modules - Critical Sports Development - Digital Marketing - Dissertation - Performance Analysis In Coaching - Small Business Management I have gained crucial experience as a sports practitioner and in sport management through my degree and volunteering as a Sports Development Officer for Regional Education Legacy for Arts & Youth Sport (RELAYS) where I planned events for primary and secondary schools. I also volunteered as the Bournemouth University Run England Coordinator where I partnered with Living Well Active to help recovered cancer patients to start or get back into running.

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Josh Connolly

I am a residential support worker in a children's home working with teenage boys age 11-17. Hill walking and general "outdoor pursuits" has been a huge part of my practice and I am looking to build on this further and continue to develop.

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Martin May

When I was at school I completed my Silver and Gold Duke Of Edinbugh Awards. This was my first introduction to walking/ expeditions. I completed the Silver in the Brecon Beacons and Gold on Dartmoor. I then attended Chester College of Higher Education studying a Degree in Physical Education,Psychology and Science. The Nelson Outdoor Centre was where we went to do our Outdoor Education Course. I attended a number of Summer and Winter Mountaineering Courses. In

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James Smith

I began travelling at the age of 18 in the Summer of 2015 by backpacking across five countries from Belgium to Sweden, hitchhiking a total of 1,200km throughout the trip (and catching the occasional bus/train to complete the journey.) From here on, between further study and part time jobs, I went on various trips around Europe. In early 2017, I travelled to Iceland and then in the Summer of that year I backpacked/camped across five countries from Germany to Switzerland, getting the first taste of international mountaineering along the way while climbing Slovenias highest mountain, Triglav. After this, I realised my interest for the outdoors and began exploring the UK. After returning to the UK at the end of the Summer in 2017, I hiked the 24-Mile Yorkshire three peaks. In 2018 I climbed Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon. Throughout 2019 I then travelled throughout Snowdonia, The Lake District and Scotland spending 25 days hiking in the mountains completing the prerequisites for my Mountain Leader training course. Beyond this, I've spent a lot of time both road and trail running: In 2018 I ran three half marathons throughout the UK and then a further two in 2019. In March 2019, I began working as a Duke of Edinburgh outdoor instructor for BXM Expeditions, Swindon. I have since completed (almost) two outdoor seasons for BXM (between completing a university degree and the events of 2020.) In Autumn 2019, I completed a Mountain Leader training course over 3 weekends in both the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, Wales with Pete Goldsmith Mountaineering. In the summer of 2020 I decided to temporarily leave the land behind and began surfing, travelling to South Wales, Devon and Cornwall regularly. In 2021, I continue to work as an outdoor instructor while hiking, running and surfing as often as I can. I'm currently also working towards completing my Mountain Leader qualification with an assessment in May/June 2021.

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James Gomez

The Mountain Training award schemes have helped me crystalise the knowledge that I picked up from friends when I started out rock climbing in 1997, and have made me a more confident climber as well as an instructor and coach. I have most recently used this experience to set up Boulder Brighton Climbing Centre on the south coast with my long-term climbing partner Tom, so now I get to use these skills on a daily basis and make a living within the fantastic UK climbing community.

My Mountain Training Story :

Katherine Gordon

I came to fitness later in life after health struggles after the birth of my second child leaving me pretty immobile and in constant pain for 3 years with Gastroparesis coupled with postnatal depression. I soon realised that I was not going to get better unless I took action myself and responsibility for my own health and mental wellness. In the process (with doctors approval) I managed to come off 9 medications and lose over 75lb of fat! At 40 now I am in the best shape of my life and on a mission to help others in their fitness journey. Fitness for Health is a huge passion and my qualifications mean I can help now people with various health conditions, children and young adults, pre and post natal clients and low back pain sufferers. I am also specialising in helping those living with and beyond a Cancer diagnosis. I have a private studio in Billericay perfect for those new to fitness or nervous about being in a busy gym environment but also work via zoom, mobile to people's houses in the local area and have use of a studio attached to a gym in Basildon.

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ian eggleton

I'm primarily a bushcrafter and have always enjoyed the outdoors, walking, camping and foraging. In my youth I was a scout, particularly the camps and hikes While studying in Aberdeen I joined the departmental hillwalking club, where I climbed a few munros As I got older I developed a passion for wild food foraging and this led me into the world of bushcraft A few years ago I wanted to experience some cold weather camping so did a couple of winter trips to remote areas of Scotland with my brother, who has significant alpine experience. In 2020 I joined the Army Cadet Force as an Adult Volunteer where I want to make myself as useful as possible. To this end I am becoming a DofE leader and expedition assessor possibly moving on to be an expedition leader.

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Maggie Day

Beginner walker and mushroom enthusiast

My Mountain Training Story :

Michael Dillon

I have been involved in health and fitness on and off for over 20 years and in that time have trained with international athletes and a MR universe winner, I have always remained active and remained enthusiastic over the years in learning about new ways of training to maximise results!

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Jordan Davies

A trip to Fall Bay on the Gower with my college course is where my foundations and my appreciation for climbing all started. From there I have climbed, trekked or skied throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. I couldn't say I favour a particular discipline as I get equally excited for any day out or adventure - that said there is nothing that compares to when it all comes together and you get that bluebird sky and great conditions. I have utilised my qualifications to work, which has seen me leading expeditions and trips for youths in the UK, India, China, Bhutan, Australia, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Looking to the future I hope to build on my Mountain Training qualifications that would allow me to utilise my experiences and develop my technical skills and understanding. I hold additional qualifications including British Canoeing level 3 kayak instructor, Rescue 3 Europe advanced instructor and various other outdoor qualifications.

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Matt Renshaw

Keen to help people get out and explore wild places, developing the experience and skills to do so safely. As Element8, I provide bespoke training, skills and leadership for small groups and clients. Also a teacher and school leader in East Lancashire.

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Scott Mackenzie

I am a passionate, energetic and educated fitness professional, with a wealth of fitness industry experience over a 16 year period. During this time, I have had the privilege of working in an array of operational, multi site, specialist fitness and customer experience roles. These include - General Manager, UK Fitness Product Manager, UK Group Exercise Manager, British Weight Lifting Certifed Coach Level 1, Personal Trainer, Freelance Instructor.

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Scott Kennedy

Hi, I’m Scott a qualified mountain leader with outdoor first aid based near the Brecon Beacons. I have been walking in the hills and mountains of the UK for most of my life. After years in the outdoors I am still enthusiastic and passionate about being able to deliver, enjoyable, exciting and stimulating adventures.

My Mountain Training Story :

Aileen Parsons

I have grouped my fitness qualifications with coaching and cognitive behavioural therapy qualifications to provide a full coaching service to people, especially special populations, to help them move closer to achieving their health goals.

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IOANNIS GALANIS

-20 years experience as a Physical Training Instructor - Personal trainer. - Worked in many gyms in Athens, Greece in group training. -For 5 years I ran and owned my own gym in Athens. -Based in London for 2 years. -Born in Greece -I graduated from the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. -Specialized in Tennis coaching, Functional training, TRX training, Spartan Race training, Dance aerobics, Nutrition advisor. -Two years experience as a Physical Training Instructor in the Greek army Special Forces.

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Alan Mackay

I am a Trustee and Scottish Hillwalking / Skills officer for Blackdog Outdoors. My 'day' job is Training officer for DofE Scotland. I freelance as well and especially enjoy introducing new walkers to Scotland's mountains. I am immensely privileged to earn a wage doing what I love. I am based in Central Scotland but am more than happy to travel across the country.

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Jeff Davila

Following his move to the UK in 1998, he opened his own dance company, Colsalsa specialising in Colombian and Latin dance styles. In the fitness arena he has continued to create innovative classes including Aerolatino® and AeroStep Latino (original idea) and his renowned advanced double step classes whilst working at a variety of health clubs including Virgin Active, David Lloyd and others Leisure Centres. Jeff has a Diploma in Salsa granted by International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA). Jeff’s passion lies within his simplistic choreography dancing styles, keeping the body fit, safe and entertained. This unique combination has brought about such success from his audience that inspired Aerolatino®. Aerolatino® is an exciting international dance fitness workout with Latin American rhythms and dance styles like the Salsa, Merengue, Bachatango, Cha-cha-cha, Samba, Reggaeton and more. It’s a low impact workout, easy to follow, energetic and enjoyable working your body and mind. Jeff’s career has seen him presenting, facilitating promotional fitness and dance classes at venues including shopping malls, outdoor venues, performing show dances at conventions and other dance social events. For the past two years, he has been developing dance programmes within schools like (Harris Academy and Nonsuch High School an all-girls’ grammar school) Gyms and Leisure Centres. Recently Jeff and his Aerolatino Team participated in the IFS (International Fitness Show) in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens with a class of 150 participants.

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Clara Blamberger

Hi there! My name is Clara and I'm a personal trainer based in London. I’ve always been obsessed with sports – I cycle, run, play table tennis and snowboard. My two biggest passions, however, have always been horse riding (I previously worked as a horse riding instructor) and, of course, fitness. After a few years in the communications sector, I realised that this was not the right career path for me. I needed a more active job, a job where I could directly engage with people on a daily basis and make a real difference to their lives. Becoming a personal trainer was therefore a natural step for me. I wanted to learn more about health and fitness, share my knowledge of fitness and help others on their fitness journey.

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Paul Cohen

Despite a successful commercial career building, developing and mentoring market leading teams, Paul decided he needed a change, so he did something about it. And if you have found yourself here, you too are probably looking for help to get motivated to change! Having always had a passion for health and fitness, he retrained as a Personal Trainer and Coach and never looked back! Paul found new reward in helping others achieve healthier and happier lifestyles. He has a number of specialisms including Strength Training, Program Design, Body Conditioning using body weight (great if you are concerned about using equipment through the corona virus pandemic), and is continually improving his knowledge with additional qualifications in Youth Fitness, TRX and Functional Movement. Paul is a husband and busy father of 3 as well as being the Chair of the PTA at his children’s school .... if he has time to look after himself then so do you! Paul has also completed multiple marathons and boxed for a number of years.? The secret of health for both body and mind is not to shed a tear for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment, be fit, healthy, happy and do it having fun! If you are looking to:- Lose Weight, Be Fitter, Build Lean Muscle Move Better Get Strong Look Great and Feel Great Then look no further! You will benefit from dedicated one-to-one sessions tailored for you specifically. Your personal training programme will be designed to start from where you are physically today and will be progressive, challenging and fun so you achieve your full health and fitness goals. So come and 'hustle your muscles' with me!

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Melanie Randhawa

About I am a Level 3 qualified Personal Trainer based in the amazing city of Bristol. I love fitness in all forms from cardio and strength training, to going for a long walk or a yoga session. I am committed to helping adults and teenagers get fit and stay fit. I specialise in developing tailor-made holistic fitness programmes, to promote positive physical and mental wellbeing. I am confident in training both women and men of all ages. I particular specialise in: - Exercise for women over 40s - exercise for menopausal symptoms and general wellbeing. - Lower back pain - easing symptoms and strengthening the back. - Exercise for teenagers - improving physical fitness and boosting self-esteem. - Functional fitness for over 60s - helping improve fitness for everyday tasks. - Nutrition and weight loss plans For me workouts should be fun, challenging and achievable. I have my own Fitness studio which is equipped with a wide range of equipment to help you achieve your fitness goals. I am REPS insured and currently studying for Level Exercise Referral and Level 4 Advanced Personal Trainer. I also offer discounted sessions for charities and companies, and am committed to equality and diversity and promoting access to exercise for all.

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Brian Hall

Hi, I've been Hill Walking, Mountaineering and Climbing throughout the UK for nearly 20 Years. Having become interested in the outdoors from a very early age, through family holidays and camping trips. I was keen to make the outdoors a prominent part of my life. When I was 12, I joined the Wiltshire Army Cadet Force, which gave me a chance to gain valuable training and experiences in First Aid, Team work, Leadership, Navigation, Expedition skills and Camp craft. I have spent the last 15 years working towards and becoming a qualified Summer Mountain Leader and a Single Pitch Climbing Instructor. In 2008, I set up as a freelance instructor operating under the trade name of Rockyventures. Through this, I provide the National Navigation Awards, plus a whole range of Climbing, Hill walking and Mountaineering Activities. In addition, I have also attended a number of work shops including the BMC Climbing Fundamentals, The Disability Awareness work shop and the Turbo SPA Course. In march of 2014, myself and Mike Aston decided to actively pursue a long standing idea we had of Building our own climbing centre. On the 9th of November 2015, The Rockstar Climbing Centre opened. My role within the centre is as the operations Manager. This means I'm responsible for the day to day running of the Centre. In addition to my employment with Rockstar Climbing Ltd, I have recently relaunched my own company Rockyventures but now as a Ltd company. Through Rockyventures, I will be able to get out more leading groups on mountaineering and climbing trips.

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Eugene Lum

My name is Eugene Lum. I provide online coaching as well as in face to face sessions in London. I have been practicing karate since the age of 16, and have had the opportunity to compete at an International level. Getting to be a part of such a great team, while experiencing wonderful cultures across the world was a true privilege. After I left competition I started running a few karate and kickboxing classes at various locations together with my full time occupation running a few restaurants. After I left the restaurant business I started working as a motorcycle instructor where I found my passion on teaching enjoy passing on knowledge and the joy of seeing other people accomplish what they set out to learn gives me the drive to continue my passion on physical activity. So here I am, a fully certified Personal Trainer / S&C coach supporting a number of clients with their fitness goals. My mission is to inspire and empower people to better themselves getting people to moving better is a key foundation. I want to provide people with the proper training, nutrition, and tools necessary to achieve real, sustainable results, without having to give up their lifestyle. And I want them to enjoy the process! In addition to personal training, I also started a journey of powerlifting - so rest assured that I practice what I preach. It’s a huge part of my life. Building muscle and getting stronger has always fascinated me, and I get to do it every day. Personal training, strength training and moving better are what I love to teach. I get so pumped working with people - Their challenges become my challenges, and we crush them together. If you would like to train with myself then please drop me a message.

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Wai Shin

Helping clients and the wider community to find solutions and positive interventions to a better, fitter and healthier lifestyle. My knowledge and experiences is my clients 1st steps towards their goals and dreams.

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Anthony Dunn

Having served 38 years in the Royal Air Force, I decided to follow my passion and qualified as L3 Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and look forward to helping people improve their physical fitness, achieve their performance goals and improve their physical & mental wellbeing.


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