A bit about me
When I moved to Chamonix in 2013, I was trail running to improve my fitness for climbing. Pretty soon, it grew into an obsession all of its own. I was hooked on the feeling of moving fast through the mountains without a heavy pack. Trail running is now a full time addiction; I race as much as possible and use my running to explore new places. Highlights include a one-day ascent of Mont Blanc and exploring new trails in Peru and Bolivia. I also like to squeeze in a couple of fell races each year on my trips back to the UK. The mud and the rain makes me really appreciate the sunshine when I get back to Chamonix!
My other life
I studied for a Master’s degree in sustainable development. I tried “real life” for a short time, and discovered that it wasn’t really for me. Since then, my partner, our cat and I have been living in the Chamonix valley – and enjoying playing in the mountains as much as possible!
In my free time
In my free time, I’m out in the mountains, running and mountaineering in the summer, and ski mountaineering in the winter. When I’m inside, I love to spend my time cooking, baking sourdough bread and drinking vast amounts of coffee.
I took a ski holiday to Bolivia. During that trip, we skied the highest peak, Nevado Sajama (6542m). It’s a massive volcano right in the middle of the desert. It’s beautiful, but I don’t think I’ll ever get all the sand out of my ski boots! We also skied Huayna Potosi (6080m), where you could ski with views over the Amazon basin!
Favorite Alp trail run
The Aiguillette des Posettes, which is right behind my house. I’ve been up there dozens of times, but it never gets boring. I like to run the trail from the Le Tour ski area parking lot. The trail winds up through a beautiful forest. When you get above treeline, you’re in a great spot to graze on a few wild berries and spot some marmots. Once at the summit, you can really see everything in the Chamonix Valley: Mont Blanc, the Aiguille Verte, and right into the Argentière basin. Behind you is Mont Buet, and also some great views into Switzerland. The run down is equally spectacular, following an amazing ridge down to the pretty hamlet of Tré-le-Champ.