My fascination with mountains and running began at an early age. My parents took me along to orienteering and cross country competitions before I could walk – and from there my passion flourished for maps, navigation and speed as I found my way into the realms of running, athletics and racing.
From there the progression was steady – after spending years training and racing in technical areas of the Lake District, Scotland and in Scandinavia I made the British Start Squad for orienteering, which culminated as a junior into representation in the British Team at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in 2005 in Tichino, Switzerland.
From there, the running continued and I diverged into different types of races, including large orienteering relays in Scandinavia, fell races in the UK and Mountain Marathons across the rugged parts of the country.
After years in the UK, I made the switch to New Zealand, where the mountains rise from the land of the long white cloud in their hundreds – awe inspiring peaks with snowy tops. My decision to start this challenge was to add some flair to an already incredible location to run and race – discovering new areas, hidden gems and pushing my body to see what is possible through 52 weeks of dedication.
52 Peaks is a personal challenge, but one that I’m now focussed to complete – so watch some videos, join in and follow me along a journey of 12 months of adventure in Aotearoa’s magnificent landscape.