I have been lucky enough to have grown up in the beautiful surroundings of Longleat in Wiltshire. My childhood mainly consisted of playing for every school team I could, and then found a particular love for cross-country running. This love continued for many years and I ended up competing for my county at numerous National Schools Cross-Country Championships. The other major part of my life growing up were my horses, from the age of about two years old I was on a pony, all of my siblings rode, and this was pretty much my life until I left for University. This also saw many successes over the years but most importantly developed a love and passion for sport.
I went on to university to study Sports Coaching and Development, and then studyied for my teaching degree to become a PE Teacher (my childhood ambition).
My MTB journey all began in January 2015, when my Dad the night before a Gorrick event, asked if I fancied racing (bearing in mind I had ridden a MTB a handful of times). I loved it, and went on to race at Open, Sport and Expert level all in one year! Eager for a challenge I asked Dad if I could enter a regional race, something he was quite apprehensive about especially when I said I wanted to enter Sport after just two Open races - this ended up being a win in my first Sport race.
I definitely now had the bug! In 2015 I went on to have numerous wins at Southern Regional MTB XC, including Southern Champion and winning the overall series. I then raced in three rounds of the National MTB XC Series and came 5th overall, this included racing the Sport category in the Elite senior race at the National MTB XC Championships at the Olympic course at Hadleigh Farm.
I was then super excited for my second year of racing MTB XC and moving up to Expert Cat (2016). In the Southern XC regional series I took numerous wins including the Southern Champion. With a full season of National MTB XC Series I started with a win at the first round in Pembrey and then went to win at the final round which gave me the overall win in the series.
Some people probably thought I was a little crazy but this summer I challenged myself to race as an Expert rider in the Elite Hadleigh International race against some of the world’s best riders - I was extremely pleased with how I performed, finishing 17th.
This has been one very special season of racing; my most memorable moment has to be winning the first round of the National MTB XC series race in Expert. I remember coming up to the finish line and hearing my dad shout “put your hands up” - the feeling of crossing that line was incredible and having both my Mum and Dad there made it even more special – that first National Win is unforgettable!
With a move up to Elite my aim for 2017 is to strive for some top 10 National finishes and get as many podiums at regional level as I can!