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 :

Andrew Finney

Through my passion for climbing I chaned as a person. "My ideal day out is one in which I take home a new experience" Alpine experience was a life changing outlook on mountains and my place in the world. I once soloed dream of white horses, what a way to wake up the sences that was. Call it reckless, I say it was the most connected to mind body and the environment I ever felt. Thats real. Mountain Training gives me the chance to gain awards becoming recognised for skills. I feel I have much to pass on to people that could hopefully impact them in some way, hopefully inspire them to. My goal from gaining awards and skills is to better myself in leading the activities I have experienced, to become part of the outdoor community in teaching good practice and giving back to what gave me so much.

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Sheryl Confue

I've been active in the outdoors industry for 25 years now, gaining my first qualification in kayaking at 16 years old. I love everything about being outside, and struggle to choose between different activities. I'm very much a 'jack of all trades' with regard to personal performance, and seem to have an activity to suit every type of weather at any time in the year. I've made working in the outdoors my career, and am as passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience now as I was as the beginning. It's true to say that I no longer climb at the grade I used to.. nor do i paddle at the grade I used to.. but my appreciation for the activity and the enjoyment i get from it remains as high as it ever was. I'm still learning, still progressing, and hopefully getting to the stage where I can start passing the baton on to the next generation!

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Polly Simpson

I’m personal and group fitness trainer based in Manchester. If you are in your 40s, 50s, or 60s, I can help you get fitter, stronger and healthier.

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Katie Comer

My love of the mountains drew me away from a life chained to a desk, and into the great outdoors, although initially not in a style as orthodox as mountain leading. Having completed my training, I stumbled across Dragoman Overland. This lead to eight years of literally driving across the world, from West to East, leading groups though the majestic Andes, the wild and desolate deserts of Central Asia, the wilds of Africa, the formerly war torn countries of South East Asia, the crazy vibrant colourful madness of India, and beautiful Nepal. With an abundance of experience in leading groups across the world, dealing with issues involving visas, permit problems, medical situations, political unrest, and still mange to ensure that everyone on the trip has a great time - I'm basically a great person to have around when things aren't going to plan! I'm looking forward to taking my current skills forward into the mountain leading environment, and combining it with my personal experiences in the Andes, Alps, Himalayas, Africa and New Zealand Alps. Between my overland contracts I do freelance mountain leading work in the UK. Corona virus has put a firm stop to all of my plans at present, as it has for everyone involved in the industry, so I am working towards my climbing qualifications whilst doing freelance ML work and my Due of Edinburgh assessor qualifications.

My Mountain Training Story :

Christophe Laseur

Hi! I'm Christophe from the Netherlands (38). Age 19 I fell in love with the mountains in Scotland and the Pyrenees. I quickly found out though that being there alone did not give me true satisfaction, like the ‘Into the Wild’ quote: 'Happiness is only real when shared'. After several adventures, courses and working in an outdoor store, I seized an opportunity to voluntarily guide mountain treks for the Dutch Friends of Nature (www.springreizen.nl). Every new tour with another group of young people was unforgettable and gave me more experience in planning, navigation and group work. I saw how it changed people, made them stronger, and opened their eyes to nature and others around them. I never stopped. Later I also became instructor. At 32 I gained a qualification for Summer ML equivalent at the Dutch Alpine Federation (www.nkbv.nl). We don't have mountains in our backyard, which is why most of our ML's and alpine instructors have gained broad international experience. I embraced the fact that I love to be in wild high places, taking people there, showing them what they need to know to be self-reliant and to experience the beauty and power of the mountains. My experience is made up of long distance treks in European mountain regions as a leader, but also alpine skiing and some climbing and mountaineering. I want to work parttime as a freelance IML and maybe some day run a business in the Italian Alps. BAIML is for me the best way to achieve that. As the oldest IML body it has valuable expertise from which I can benefit. Training in English also gives me an advantage in working with International clients. See you up there!

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Harriet Stuttard Parker

My real joy for the mountains was born in Scotland when myself and 4 friends navigated the spine and shores of the Isle of Arran for 4 days on our DofE Gold award. I made lifelong friends and my passion for mountaineering began. I joined the mountaineering club at university and also started to learn to climb. I loved venturing off in a big group at the weekends at university, to explore the Lakes, Snowdonia, Scotland amongst others. This passion grew and motivated me to take several years to explore and enjoy walking many national trails, climbing many peaks and Munros and Wainwrights in all seasons in the UK, plus GR trails in Europe, Via Ferreta in the dolomites, as well as hut to hut hikes in the Alps. I have been lucky enough to have had a vast range of experiences hiking and mountaineering all across the world. A 200km trek across the Western Ghats of southern India; completely self supported with a group of volunteers for Raleigh international- which was absolutely one of the most memorable and transformative hikes of my life, only seconded by hiking in the Himalayas of Nepal with my husband. Hiking has not always been just about the mountains for me either, I love exploring all the different terrains of the natural world on foot, I very rarely use a company or guide for my trails, I prefer to plan and organise all aspects of the hiking myself. My favourite thing is self supported multi day hikes with camping en route and preferably including some scrambling or tricky terrain. I have wanted to get qualified with my ML ever since I couldn't afford to complete it when offered to do so at university as part of the Mountaineering club. The main reason is that I really want to inspire other young people, as I was inspired as a teenager, by offering my skills to the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. I also enjoy the learning from the process and want to expand my skills and my understanding of the mountains further.

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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! The opportunity to work with older adults also was a great learning experience and something I have developed a keen interest in pursuing further into my career. 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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Stuart Gammon

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

My Mountain Training Story :

Philip Banfield

I have been involved in the outdoors most of my life, from Cubs and Scouts to a degree in Geology where I spent time in Africa, since then I have been involved in outdoor sports such as Adventure Racing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking and Skiing. I am now looking to set up an outdoor photography company, where I take people on an adventure photography workshops in the UK and Internationally.

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Colin Alexander

I qualified Bronze Medallion in 1983. I have been called upon to use my life saving skills three times to save drowning persons, one from a sinking boat in a river, one from a fast flowing river and one in difficulty in rough seas with a strong under current. On each occasion I entered the water, swam to the drowning person and using my learned skills manoeuvred the person back to the bank/shore.

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Robert Mcgrady

Well I've always loved being in the outdoors! As a child I was always off exploring with my bike or going fishing. I guess it never left me. 10 years ago I gave up the 9-5 job as I couldn't stand being behind a screen for 9 hours a day anymore. I needed to do something that actually mattered. Not just to me, but to others. At the time, a close friend had just got me into climbing indoors and we were going weekly. At about the same time he got accepted into an instructor role, at Kingswood, and convinced me to also apply. I got the job!! I had one of the best years of my life, teaching students how to; climb, abseil, go caving, ride quad bikes the lot! It was this experience that cemented my love for the outdoors and made me realise my calling. I then spend a fantastic 3 years with one of the best outdoor companies I've ever had the pleasure of coming across; The Bushcraft company. During which time, my skills and knowledge progressed as well as my climbing. As soon as I passed my CWA, I started getting as many instructional and route setting hours as possible, working at Rockstar, Swindon. I then decided to get some life experience by doing a solo tour of Europe and seeing how the climbing walls on the continent operate. After that I was ready to get to instructing! I got a position at Redpoint, Bristol as an instructor and route setter. Once I attained my CWDI and RCI, I started freelancing and running my own courses and have done so now since Sept 2018. Continued development is something I still prioritise to this day, gaining experience for my next qualifications; Be it instructing, coaching or route setting. But most importantly enjoy every moment of it and inspire others to explore the outdoors and the associated recreational sports.

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Emma Newnham

I am currently a Natural Sciences student working for the FSC as a Higher Education Placement. I love the outdoors and want to develop my skills for working with groups in the mountains as a future career.

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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 :

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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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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Tim Jones

I've been walking in the mountains of Wales and further affield for about 40 years, leading groups regularly fom the mid 80s until mid 1990s as a National Park Warden, ecologist and land manager. I then spent 20 years managing teams working in mountains and moorland until I took early retirement in 2019. I am now working as a freelance ecological consultant and non-executive director including Snowdonia National Park Authority. I am now starting to do some work as a tour guide and want to become qualified so that I can improve my capability in this field, leading groups in the uplands of Wales. I started on a Mountain Leadership Cert in the mid 1990s but never completed it.

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Tim Teasdale

• I am a qualified Gym instructor, Personal trainer and have a Diploma in Exercise Referral. I have a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Risk Management, a Diploma in Health Care and a Certificate in Education. I have several specialist qualifications relating to clients experiencing serious or complex medical needs these include, cardiac illness, diabetes and obesity, stroke, lung problems and lower back pain. In these cases I am qualified to take referrals directly from your Doctor in accordance with the Department of Health, 'Exercise Referral Systems : Quality Assurance Framework'. * • Different organisations have different names for my role. I am sometimes known as a Senior Activity and Health Practitioner, an Exercise Referral Instructor (ERI), an Exercise instructor or a Physiotherapy/Technical instructor. Whatever you call me I specialise in working with people who are experiencing illness and help them to move more and feel better. * • I am a full member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. I appear on the National Register for Personal Trainers, I am a member of the British Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation and I am an associate member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. * • I have been DBS checked and Govt. vetted and can work within service settings, hospitals, clinics, detention facilities, forensic MH units and for LISTX companies without issue. * • I continue to work as an Exercise Instructor for the NHS between my private practice, recently in stroke then respiratory rehab and now cardiac rehab, this is to ensure my skills are subject to continued professional development. * Expect a collaborative person centered approach, not the loud sergeant major! My service is not boot camp. Contact me and let’s move towards 'undefeatable'.

My Mountain Training Story :

Michael Smith

My Dad first took me walking when I was 5 years old, way back in the 1970's. I was hooked and have been walking ever since. My passion for the mountains has since taken me to many parts of the world, including Peru, Bolivia, Nepal, New Zealand and Mongolia, but I always love coming back to the British mountains and I regularly walk with friends and family in Wales and Scotland. In 2017 I moved to the Lake District, and now live near the Wasdale Valley. In 2019 I joined the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, becoming a full member in April 2021. Outside of UK voluntary work I am Trustee of a charity that operates in both Peru and Nepal, delivering solar powered lights, medical and educational supplies to remote mountain villages.

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Jeremy Ballard

My love of walking began on Dartmoor as a teenager. Since then, I have been fortunate to discover the fantastic landscapes of many other parts of the UK and on into Iceland the Alps. Part of that passion has been to share that experience and I have spent over 25 years work passing on the knowledge and skills to others. Working with young people on The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme has been a dominant feature of that time and I am an Accredited Expedition Assessor at Bronze Silver and Gold levels. Along the way, I have also worked on developing myself through Mountain Training schemes to become a qualified Mountain and also Hill and Moorland Leader. This does not end there and through my professional body; the Mountain Training Association (MTA), I continue to broaden my understanding and skill set. I am currently working towards completing my RCI, and beginning my IML journey. I have also begun a part time Masters Degree in Outdoor Education to try and better understand what I do and do it better!

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Danielle Ball

I started out doing yoga as a young person with learning needs and social anxiety and depression, I noticed the changes in myself and watched my confidence and mindset change over the years and grew very passionate about yoga. It really started to change my life. I started to look into self development and realised being in the present moment is the key to developing a positive mindset. I became friends with my yoga instructor and he saw the potential and development of myself and invited me to undertake the teacher training course. I was nervous thought i wouldn't be confident enough or have the memory to achieve. But he encouraged me. I went for it and to my surprise i had subconsciously taken everything in through the years of practice. I came to put my mat down for the assessment and it was like magic i was a natural and had found my passion and skill. I don't spend hours planning as my mind doesn't work like that my yoga comes from the heart and the energy of the people around me. I put the mat down and people are in for a treat. I never teach the same class twice as i don't remember what i did. I am a in the now free style Hatha Yogi who is able to adapt a class on the spot. I teach NLP relaxation, meditation, pranayama breathing and of course Asanas which are the exercises. But i also teach mindfulness throughout as my philosophy is a about being the Now, the present moment and helping others to relax and focus to reduce mental health and support people to becoming more positive. To enjoy my classes you need to be open minded, and be prepared to relax and even have giggle at times.

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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. I instruct three classes in health centres 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 your goals and ambitions.

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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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Sarah Jane Chapman

My name is Mrs Sarah Jane Chapman, now married with two beautiful children. I have been working within Outdoor Education for over 20 years. I have a hug amount of experience from working in outdoor centres, schools, colleges, universities and also a large length of time working in Switzerland for Aiglon International school. I have being able to lead many overseas expeditions all over the world with great enjoyment and reward. I am a reliable, enthusiastic, loyal and well respected women within the outdoor world. I not only have plenty of experience working with young people and adults but also from my own personal skills i have continue to travel and gain a huge amount of knowledge and experience through mountaineering, alpine, climbing and surfing etc.. I have a great deal to offer and feel i am very approachable, patient, kind and some you want to be with when things go wrong, making good logical decisions and always motivating others.

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Richard Tarran

I have trekked in the Mountains since the 1970s, starting in Scouting with numerous Lyke Wake Walks and Challenge Hikes in parkas and jeans over heavy wet bog laden moorland in the N. York Moors, Peak District and Lake District. I trekked the full length of the Outer Hebrides with a school mate aged 16. Went to Ridgeway's Ardmore in 1973 aged 14. In 2000 I took the role of Deputy Expedition Leader for Prince William's Raleigh International Expedition in Chilean Patagonia. I was inspired by the Mountain Leaders (including Al Halewood) to qualify as an ML which I did in 2002. I have led numerous World Challenge personal development treks around the world, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Peru, Iceland, Indian Himalayas and Morocco. South America is probably my area of greatest knowledge having spent over 18 months there in one go and driven both way along the Andes from Ecuador to the southern tip, allowing exploration of plenty of remote areas along the way. In 1994 I spent a month in the western Nepalese Himalayas surveying and designing gravity feed fresh water systems for 3 villages with no fresh water. This involved trekking large distances between villages along remote tracks. Since becoming an MLS I have delivered dozens of NNAS navigation (Bronze, Silver and Gold) training weekends largely in my native Swaledale (Yorkshires Dales), as well as Walking weekends. I am a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Assessor and an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL) and MTA Mentor. I set up an adult trekking company Morocco Guides and have taken over 80 people to the Toubkal area. I also lead to the Pyrenees, Alps and Slovenia. I am also an Executive Coach and Master NLP Practitioner. The combined skills of MLS and Coach are used taking senior executives from SME's and Blue Chip companies into the outdoors as a personal and team development experience. Recent corporate clients have been taken out in the North of England National Parks and The Pyrenees.

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Adam Savage

My Story Fitness has been a big part of my life and I am passionate about it. I was ran over when I was 11 years old and my parents where told I was going to die when I was in my comma?on a ventilator?for 6 weeks. I had to learn to walk, talk etc all over again and fitness played a big part of getting to me where I am now. I have been left with a head injury and a few problems in life but I be where I am now if it wasn't for?fitness and exercise. I got on the Great Britain Canoe Sprint squad when I was 16 and competed in the European Championships in Milan and won Gold and Silver for the country. I then went back to Milan the following year and competed in the World Cup and won Gold and Bronze for the country. I retired after achieving that goal in my life and only canoe for fitness now. I am a regular Rock Climber to and enjoy pushing my body to achieve goals. I want my experiences in my life to inspire people to achieve their goals. So I decided to train as a fitness instructor while I work in my current security job.

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Mario Boser

Thank you for visiting my CIMSPA profile. My name is Mario, and I have been practising martial arts since 1989. My goal is to inspire and motivate the youth and adults to become more active, make healthier choices, and share the experience of shaping oneself into a better person each and every day. Physical activity is essential and has physiological benefits, but it also contributes to social and psychological well-being. It reduces the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. For this reason, I opened a school to help my students to achieve their health and fitness goals with martial arts and maintaining the Five Tenets of Taekwondo. Taekwondo is an excellent form of exercise and fantastic martial art to practise, which brings health improvements such as balance, flexibility, stamina, strength and posture. In addition to the physical health improvements, Taekwondo is also known to benefit mental health through increased confidence, improved self-esteem, focus, concentration levels and self-discipline. My wife and I are very passionate about fitness, nutrition and a healthy, active lifestyle. Continued education and further training are crucial for us to stay up-to-date with our knowledge and skillset Become fitter, healthier and happier. Start your fitness journey now, and learn Taekwondo! The number of places is limited! Book your place now to avoid disappointment! You can find my form "FREE TASTER SESSION BOOKING FORM" at: https://form.jotform.com/210723004193039 Taekwondo4Fitness - Keep it going, work harder and never give up! Please don't forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest and Twitter! https://www.facebook.com/taekwondo4fitness https://www.instagram.com/taekwondo4fitness https://www.pinterest.co.uk/taekwondo4fitness/

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Patrick Norris

We established our own guided walks business in Northumberland in 2011. We are Footsteps in Northumberland and it is fair to say that the Hill and Moorland Leader (HML) Award underpins our day to day activities as we lead guided walks here in Northumberland and in other parts of the UK too. The Award has given confidence to people who employ me and the freelance work I do on a business to business basis, has certainly increased since we began in 2011. In addition, I deliver the Mountain Training Hill Skills courses, again without the HML Award, it would have been a business opportunity closed to us. So my recommendation is, get a Mountain Training Award, it is a passport to new places and business.

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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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David Zaple

DZ first stepped on a SUP in 2012 in preparation to take part in Dave Cornthwaite's Swim 1000 expedition as a team medic/photographer. Since spending 5 weeks on the Missouri River the SUP bug was definitely here to stay. DZ has completed 2 marathon distance paddles on the Thames and the Kennett and Avon Canal. DZ has recently completed the WSA Foundation instructor course.

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Brendan Whelan

Bren Whelan has spent nearly thirty years rock climbing, hill walking, mountaineering and skiing throughout the World. He has climbed and worked in many countries including the four corners of Ireland, Russia, China, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, South America, Canada, Fiji, Bali, Borneo and Europe, including Austria, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Spain, Corsica and Switzerland. Bren is a full Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC) completed in 2003, Mountain Instructor Award (MIA) completed in 1997 and International Mountain Leader Award holder (IML) completed in 2002. Bren is the former Director of Mountaineering at Tiglin, Ireland’s National Mountain Centre and is an associate instructor at both Glenmore Lodge and Tollymore Mountain Centre (Scotland and Northern Ireland’s National Mountain Centres). He is also a former mountaineering editor of Outsider, Ireland’s Outdoor Magazine. Bren has also written for the Irish Mountain Log, Trail Magazine UK and the AMI Instructors magazine. His mountaineering and landscape photography has been published on the front and inside pages of the Irish Times, Derry Journal, Irish News, Belfast & North West Telegraphs. Bren is a fully insured and approved provider of BOS (The Irish Mountain Training Board & Mountaineering Ireland) training and assessment courses, plus a provider of a full hill walking, rock climbing and mountain guiding service in Ireland & Scotland. Bren’s CV: PhD Researcher at Ulster University. Area 'Risk in adventure activity tourism' Level 9 MSc International Business Level 8 Degree BSc Hons - Adventure Education & Facilitation

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Andrew Thompson

Silver NNAS Award - 02/09/2012 Sports Leaders UK Level 3 Basic Expedition Leaders Award CMI Level 5 and Level 6 Certificate in Leadership

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Mark Laws

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Oriana Falcone`

My fitness journey began at the age of 13. I found exercise helped me to focus better in every area of my life along with helping to ease daily physical as well as mental stress. After so may years of being an enthusiast and training my own body I decided it was time to gain professional knowledge so I could help others. Today I have been working in the fitness industry for 20 years and still get a thrill out of helping people to reach their physical goals, and I never get bored of it! To get the best out of yourself must feel you can trust your trainer to not only understand your needs but also hold the knowledge in how they're going to take you there, and in a way that works harmoniously for, you the clients, personality as well as your physical aspirations whether that be for aesthetics, athletics, strength, mental and or physical health, fun or post rehabilitation. It makes me proud to have many loyal customers that have been with Falconè Pilates for nearly 10 years now who followed us online and have remained through the pandemic. I have exhausted everything I have learned in gaining my industry awards. Still enthusiastic in extending my fitness knowledge, I continually keep upto date through new learning to be the best I can be in my services and for my current and new personal training client's and group class members. Experience that comes from working with so many people motivated me to give a wider range of services beyond online personal training and classes through making available courses on our website at falconepilates.com. My awards reflect my versatility in coaching everything from Combat style classes to Pilates with more in between. I relish working with people and helping them either rediscover, or discover for them first time their true capabilities, which for all of us is endless; all we sometimes need is a just little push from a pro!

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Dr. Robert Colin Pugh

I have over 30 years of experience of the hills in both the UK and Europe. I undertook my ML(S) training in 1996 in the Lake District and then lived in Europe for over a decade. Returned to the UK in 2015 and passed my ML(S) assessment in October 2019 with Graham Uney. Living on the edge of the Peak District I have also rekindled my love of rock climbing (nothing too serious!). I am also a chartered geologist (CGeol) so I usually know what rock I'm climbing or walking on on and how it got there! I also a full team member of my local Mountain Rescue Team and have participated in numerous rescues and exercises. Also through the team I am qualified Casualty Career, Fall Protection Equipment Inspector, Swift water and flood Rescue Technician (SRT) and am DBS Enhanced certified.

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Simon Parker

Long time hiker but only recently decided to go for mountain leader award. Most of my experience comes from multi day hiking or "thru hikes" the biggest being the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. I'm all about the journey and the people you meet along the way, previously worked for the wildlife trusts so I'm keen to always learn more about wildlife and nature alongside my walks.

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Peter McNamee

Based in the Conwy valley, as a Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor I mostly work with and lead people in and around Snowdonia. I'm a super keen climber and love everything to do with the mountains. From big alpine routes to micro nav across the Moelwyns. I've got an ever increasing interest in the local environment with the geology, history and wildlife side of being a leader becoming more and more important to me.

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Matthew Smith

Qualifications and Personal Achievements Bronze NNAS Silver NNAS Gold NNAS Lowland Leader Hill and Moorland Leader ITC Lvl 3. Outdoor first aid Summits - Aconcagua 6962m - Kilimanjaro 5895m - Elbrus 5642m - Kinabalu 4095 Mararthons (p.b 3:56:21) London x2 PADI - AOW

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Shannon baggott

I’ve always been passionate about fitness and exercise since a young age. A dancer from the age of 2 years old to 20, train 6 days a week in Olympic weightlifting, keeping fit and healthy is something I’ve always loved to do. Yoga has the element of dance and fitness to it which is what first intrigued me; the aesthetics, flexibility and the way yoga looked all the physical benefits. As well as the physically benefits there are so many mental benefits, the way you can control and calm your body down through practice with mediation, flowing with moving mediation energising and challenging yourself in the stronger parts of the practice. Yoga is the perfect way to give something back to yourself and feel restored and uplifted. Instantly I was hooked and knew this is something I wanted to share with everyone. I took the step to do my RYS200 hour Teacher training with Hotpod Yoga. (Certified with Yoga Alliance) Teaching classes which are accessible to anyone and are dynamic, energetic and uplifting is my favourite thing to do. During the easing of the pandemic I was teaching in yoga studios, gyms, as well as my own private class, when the pandemic hit I moved everything to online to continue to teach.

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Louise Padelopoulos

Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Assessor and Supervisor for the Air Training Corps, British Nordic Walking Instructor and Lowland Leader Award holder.

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vaughn davies

I am at a stage in my life, where I can devote time to following my passions of walking and ornithology. I have completed the LLA to enable me to share my interests and help people experience the rewards of walking outdoors, bird-watching, nature and the surrounding environment we live in.

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Oliver Old

I'm a surgeon with a specialist interest in surgery for weight loss, and to improve weight-related health conditions. As part of my practice I think it is vital to have an informed discussion about diet and exercise with my patients. For those requiring surgery to lose weight, diet and exercise continue to play a key role in weight loss, weight maintenance after losing weight, improving associated health conditions, and for general health and well-being. Consequently I have qualified as a Personal Trainer (NCFE Level 3) and continue to keep up to date in this field.

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Kevin Davidson

Started Climbing in the early 90's after a trip up to Yorkshire to a venue I didn't even know the name of. A climbing Wall opened in Redhill in 1994 and I found out about it in 1996 and became totally hooked. Terrified of heights when I first started. Battled through it and eventually become a climbing instructor for high sports in 2004, haven't look back since. An amazing game that gets you away from an XBOX and the telly Got my SPA now called an RCI certificate in the early 2000's and used it for lots of out door instruction for a company called Hatt Adventures and very occasionally for high sports. I also featured on channel 5's Superstar show as the rock climbing instructor for the series shot at the K2 climbing wall in Crawley in 2008. So I was the belay guy for Jim Rosenthal Sharron Davies Phil Liggett Graham Poll Alain Baxter Roger Black Chris Boardman Rachel Brown Mike Catt Jane Couch Roberto di Matteo Mark Foster Jason Gardener Kelly Holmes Martin Offiah Karen Pickering Steve Redgrave Shelley Rudman Lee Sharpe Iwan Thomas Graham Thorpe

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Jamie Barnes

Ever since joining the scouts and the army cadets at a young age, i’ve always been driven by my love for the outdoors. With a keen interest in natural environments, the wildlife and resources found within them, I’m usually found hiking, canoeing, and camping, in pursuit of getting closer to nature. In recent years, I’ve conducted various expeditions to broaden my wealth of outdoor knowledge, which I’ve enjoyed documenting through writing, photography, and video; in the hope of inspiring more people to get outdoors and reconnect with the natural world.

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Elizabeth Atkin

I love being in the mountains; the amazing beauty of the landscape, the exposure to the elements; the peace from day to day life and the well earned rest and maybe a drink afterwards. I've enjoyed mountain days with family and friends for many years and would like the opportunity to provide enjoyment to others with less of these experiences through Scouting and other opportunities. I am looking forward to obtaining the award.

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claire maley

Hi I am Claire, I have been dabbling in mountain walking, running, cycling , climbing and bouldering for the last 4 years. I will pretty much try and sport there is that gets me out on an adventure, after so much of my life spent doing the exact opposite I want to go out and adventure as much as I can and help other women to realise they are capable of doing it too.

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Sean Magee

I started many years ago with the CWA and CWAb. I then started to run my own climbing classes for children and also introduction to climbing sessions for adults. I had climbed outdoors a few times and started to wonder if I would ever be good enough to do the SPA. Eventually went for it and loved the experience. I attended the assessment with just the right amount of climbs logged and ended up getting deferred on my gear placement. This was a big learning curve for me as it showed me that just enough wasn't enough. I remember someone asking me, after i got my SPA, would I be doing the summer ML next? Mountain Leader? Me? Haha, no chance. I dont know the first thing about it. Then I tried hill walking! Oh my gosh! There is a whole different world out there!. Skip forward a few years and I am now a qualified summer ML. I am now working towards building up my experience to be able to attend MCI training and hope to have gained the qualification in the next 5 years (by end of 2026) It's been a great journey so far but I still feel I have so much to learn and discover about myself and the world around me :-)

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Robert Pitt

I have a number of additional CPD points acquired from completing studies in the areas detailed below Golf Fitness Senior Fitness Youth Fitness Aqua Mobility Circuit Training Kettlebell Training Nutrition Coach

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Iain Bainbridge

My name is Iain Bainbridge, Founder and Senior Health, Nutritionist & Activity Practitioner at train4performance. My interest in sports and fitness started (like most people!) at a fairly young age – at school, I tried most intense sports, as an adult moving into ‘trying’ out even more intense and challenging sports such as full marathons and triathlons. However, from around the age of 12 years old, I discovered a love of Martial Arts and this has continued into adulthood, (including representing the UK in Olympic Taekwondo). I know what it is like working in a high-performing job role and I work with many high-performing, International CEO's helping them to achieve and maintain peak performance both on a physical and mental level. My desire to keep healthy, and my deep appreciation of how physical activity, healthy nutrition, and my understanding of how crucial it is for the body and brain to work in synergy, brought me into the international health & wellness industry over 21 years ago working at a senior level Director roles for premium brands such as David Lloyd Leisure, Esporta, and as President for Celebrity Fitness, Asia. People ask me why I'm in this industry - for me, It’s incredibly rewarding seeing my members, from amateur athletes, global CEO’s, professional athletes and the occasional ‘celebrity’, commit to, and achieve, a healthier ‘lifestyle’.

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Ryan Potter

Hi My name is Ryan and i have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the health and fitness industry which I have gained over the past 25 years ranging from Management, Rehabilitation, Strength and conditioning, Teaching, Training, Personal Training, Sales ,marketing, sports, Circuit Training, Bootcamps, Running, Boxing, Cycling and many more. I'm an Ex Army Physical Training Instructor. I'm an Ex Team GB Representative in Rugby and Squash. I'm an Ex National Indoor Cycling Presenter

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Marcos Pereira

Two and a half years ago I made a decision that had a strong impact on my professional career. At that moment, I started a new career in health and fitness. Since then, I started my learning in fitness and nutrition, from basic to advanced. Step by step I have been investing and developing knowledge with numerous qualifications, specializations, and CPD certificates taken. I am currently a Senior Activity and Health Practitioner and a Nutritional Adviser qualified to help healthy people or those with medical conditions who believe that regular exercise and healthy eating can help maintain, improve or increase their quality and life expectancy. I am very happy with this new choice and I hope to be able to help many people in the UK. . Other Qualifications: Level 4 Specialist Qualification in Pulmonary Rehabilitation (Wright Foundation CIC, 2020) Level 3 Award First Aid in Work (Oplex Careers, 2021) Level 2 Understanding Nutrition and Health (Gloucestershire College, 2021) . CPD (Continuous Professional Development) Certificates: Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity (Mind, 2020) COVID-19 Recovery and Rehabilitation Programme (NHS Education, 2021) The Science of Nutrition and Healthy Eating (Open University, 2021) And other 42 CPD Certificates in fitness, nutrition, and health areas.


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