6 great trails to run this spring
Jen & Sim Benson are GetOutside Champions, endurance athletes and authors of adventure guidebooks. This Spring, they take us on six of their favourite wild running routes from across Britain.
Meet Aaron Rolph - Adventure photographer, cyclist, skier, mountaineer & accidental endurance athlete.
What drives you to spend time outside?
Feeling small amidst dramatic scenery combined with the love of an adventure into the unknown.
Where are your favourite places to go?
Having grown up in the Lake District, returning home to the Northern fells will always feel special for me. But I also love being anywhere with rugged coastline such as Dorset, Cornwall or Pembrokeshire and exploring the quietest corners of the Scottish Highlands.
What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?
Fell running, mountain biking, ski touring any day, but my perfect weekend would probably involve a bikepacking and bothies among Scotland's snow capped munros.
Who inspires you and how?
I thoroughly enjoy reading the incredible exploits of historic mountaineers such as Doug Scott, Chris Bonnginton, Walter Bonatti in what to me, feels like a golden era of bold mountaineering exploration. Their courage to battle the unknown and explore and climb routes no one had before with rudimental equipment was truly extraordinary. In a more modern world, I also love to see anyone promoting people to find their own adventures in the UK, however big or small - living for the "micro-adventure"!
What are your focuses this year to help people get outside more often?
With expected limited international travel moving forward in 2020, I intend to continue using my photography to hopefully show the wild and wonderful places the UK has to offer. Encouraging people to undertake their own adventure or challenge to #RoamHome through the British Adventure Collective.
What are your 3 biggest life achievements?
Breaking Guinness world record cycling through 15 countries in 7 days (1850km from Poland to Greece). Climbing the Matterhorn Traverse (Lion's & Hornli ridge) from Italy to Switzerland. Completing the Ironman Evergreen XXL Iron-distance triathlon in Chamonix as my first competitive triathlon.
3 words you live by…
Enthusiasm, open-mindedness & opportunity.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Gear obsessed! Camera kit, technical kit, bikes, skis - you name it!Click to see all 100 GetOutside Champions