What is your greatest sporting success?
2x X-Lakes Champion, 2021 X-Scotia win, 3x CSC League Titles
When and why did you start paragliding?
2003 Chamonix, once I’d seen a paraglider fly through the air I knew I had to experience it for myself.
What is your mountaineering experience?
Multi-day hiking and camping through my home county of Cumbria and Scotland’s Highlands. In all weathers and all seasons!
What does your typical training week consist of?
At the weekend during winter, I make the most off the weekend light. Some days it can be 7/8 hours hikes around the Lake District mountain. If possible I try and climb 3 peaks and fly down. Midweek can be a mix of training in the gym 2/3 times and/or H&F of an evening.
These past 2 years I’ve started running a lot more for the H&F comps; anything around 15 to 20 miles.
What are your best and worst sporting memories?
I’ve played cricket in my youth with my father and together we balled a side out for next to no runs. Snowboarding in some amazing places around the world are some of the best and worst moments because if you get it wrong it hurts! Paragliding around Britain, the Alps, Colombia and the Atlas Mountains has been amazing these past 10 years or so. These memories are going to stay with me my whole life.
Why did you choose X-Pyr?
To experience the challenge of a huge event of this kind and crossing the Pyrenees mountains with the best in the business.
Have you participated on X-Pyr before?, How was it?
No, I’ve looked on with amazement at how the athletes can keep going across the wild terrain.
Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?, what do you think about them?
No. But by the time of the race I hope to have crossed the mountains many times in my preparation for the race.
What will your strategy be during the race?
Pace myself for the day and days to come, fly high and far!
What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The mountains, the sun, the heat and the big blue skies.
What scares you the most about the event?
The heat ha,ha. Tight or no places to land. I’ve been told of tree lined mountains that stretch for miles!
Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Darren is always ahead of the game, thinking where I’m going and where I might be with equipment ready and supplies at hand. A friend that is reliable is a key piece of any team.
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