Stephan and Heather are (very) amateur fell runners, climbers and mountaineers. Together we’ve done lots long-distance challenges like the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, Oggie 8 and the (circular) Welsh 3000’s. We do lots of mountain marathons and train in the hills around Guildford. Our ultimate ambition is to do something like the Paddy Buckley Round or Dragons Back Race.
I grew up in Devon, spending much of my childhood scrambling around Dartmoor with my family. When I was 20, I took up rock climbing and ever since then have been hooked on the British countryside. But the problem with rock climbing is it’s dangerous when wet! So I started walking on the rainy days, before realising I could see much more if I moved quicker… I’ve been fell and trail running ever since, no matter what the weather.
Apart from running, I’m a geography lecturer by day and am also President of the University of London Graduate Mountaineering Club (ULGMC). So outdoor adventures are squeezed in between lots of work and club admin!
I was born in one of the flattest areas of Germany. I gained my first proper outdoor experiences while hiking the Kungsleden in Sweden with my parents. There are still a few bits I need to walk!
I came to the UK over ten years ago and quickly fell in love with its hills and mountains. First via rock climbing. This enjoyment had often be swapped for walks due to bad weather. Short walks became longer and eventually a friend convinced me to sign up for my first Mountain Marathon, which I mainly walked.
I am slowly graduating from walking to running, which is helped by living in the Surrey Hills. I spend a lot of my weekends in the Peak District, the Lakes or Snowdonia. I have completed a few Mountain Marathons (Rab and OMM) and often have days out in the mountains of 20 or more kilometres while I am trying to recce rounds like the Welsh 3000s and now the Paddy Buckley round, or complete classics like the Edale Skyline or the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.
When I am not walking or running, I am probably doing a little bit of alpine mountaineering or winter climbing. Of course all of this needs to be squeezed among my day job. I work in Public Affairs for London-based company. I am also the treasurer and membership secretary of the University of London Graduate Mountaineering Club (ULGMC).