A Bit About Me

Let me introduce myself to you. I am the ChimpTamer (which has nothing to do with taming chimpanzees although our two young boys could pass for monkeys).

My role is to be a guide. I am here to offer support and point you in the right direction to fulfil your health, fitness and sporting goals.

In order to be the best guide I can be for you I have spent considerable time developing skills and knowledge to help you on your journey.

I have spent much of the past 3 decades learning and working with a range of different health, fitness and personal development skills which have resulted in a uniquely blended background setting me out from the crowd.

My learning includes some of the more mainstream courses as well as some less travelled paths. I'm: a Nutrition Coach with Precision Nutrition; a Personal Trainer with Lifetime; Online Trainer Certified (OTC) with the Online Trainer Academy; a Triathlon Coach with British Triathlon; a Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Award holder with Mountain Leader Training (UK); a Canoeing & Kayaking Coach (L3) with the British Canoe Union; a sports and health psychology mentor and a personal development coach with nearly two decades of professional experience.

I have taken part in (and continue to take part in) endurance sports with a focus on events that allow me to push myself to find the limits of my ability. I run any distance from the occasional junior parkrun with my two boys to trail ultras including the Hardmoors 55 (see my race report here - also featured in a special edition of Ultrarunning World Magazine).

I've completed triathlons from sprints (such as the Hathersage Hilly and Scissett Triathlon) to long course (often referred to as Ironman or iron distance or in my case two completions of the Outlaw) and various distances in between (Slateman Savage, A Day In The Lakes, Helvellyn Triathlon, Half Brutal).

My preference is mostly for the mountainous or off road routes and for the longer events and I have my sights set on completing a Double in the near future and possibly look to longer things after that.

I use the skills and knowledge I've gathered to guide my clients towards achieving their own dreams whatever they may be.

For more of the things I do for fun read further...

I've trekked mountain ranges across much of the globe. A golden eagle swooped past me out of the Torridon mists - my only companion for the week. A mule wanted to share my lunch in the Pyrenees. A lammergeier smashed bones on rocks in the Himalaya of Nepal where you can get lost in the sheer scale of the scenery. I drank mint tea with the Berber people in the deserts of the Anti Atlas mountains and nearly sold my wife for 3000 camels in the back of a rickety Merc on the way up to Toubkal (I was severely tempted when he offered to include a jewelled dagger in the deal).

I've approached summits in winds so strong the only way to move is on your belly and had the visibility drop so low you can't see your own hand in front of your face for the spindrift and other people become ghosts in the greyness of the mountain fog only to be stunned in the stillness of the light of dawn peeking over the distant ridges knowing that the view is only for me and those with me.

I've paddled rivers in many diverse places and in a variety of craft. I've used open canoes to cross from Morar on the west coast of Scotland via Loch Nevis where sea otters played nearby and the Great Glen to Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness. I've rafted the Trishuli River in Nepal and the American River.

I've surf, river and sea kayaked most spots around the British Isles from Lizard Point in Cornwall to Thurso and most of the rivers in between. I've also kayaked many of the hidden gems of rivers in the jungles of Mexico including shooting an underground waterfall.

Rock climbing has taken me to popular crags and remote and rarely (if ever) climbed places. Sea cliffs at Latheronwheel being bombed by gulls; the slabs of the Cornish and Welsh coasts with seals watching from the water (in case I fell off and provided some entertainment); the ever popular gritstone of the Peak District and the wilder crags of The English Lakes; sport climbs across much of Europe and longer mountain routes in Spain and Italy; via ferrata (preset cables and ladders) around the Dolomites and airily stepping across clefts in the jagged Scottish rocks of the Aonach Eagach Ridge with hundreds of metres of nothing beneath my feet.

Ever since I was a (not so) tiny nipper I've had bikes. Since the days before mountain bikes, before BMX (I was 7 when they came along) and before I can really remember, I rode bikes. I had a Grifter. I had a Tomahawk (baby brother of the Chopper) and I rode it until I'd long outgrown it - I had to sit on the top of the seat back to get more life out of it.

I always loved hills and set myself to power up anything I could find. I rode my first century when I was 12 (with my Grandma who also loved riding - even while recovering from a double hip operation she was asking my advice as to what bike to get next thinking that her men's racer wasn't really suitable any more). It was riding that brought me to all my other sports (it took me to a mountaineering club when I was searching for a mountain bike group after a house move, it took me to triathlon when I thought it would be interesting to do events).

I have been to many parts of the world and been fortunate to enjoy my sports in some simply stunning places where few if any other people venture. But there are still plenty of adventures left. Many of those adventures will now include my two boys who are just about ready to join my wife Rachel and I on our adventures.