The Adventure Running Company is the creation of running buddies Sam Brooks & Nikki Barnard. Together, they’ve spent many years organising trail running holidays for themselves and their friends, and have tackled some major challenges, including the Everest Marathon, Nepal, the Transrockies Run, USA, and several races from the famous Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc series. Their experience and expertise is matched only by their enthusiasm and love for the sport. The girls’ passion for the outdoors brought them to Chamonix, in the French Alps, one of the most diverse and natural playgrounds the world has to offer and the place that they now call home.
The Adventure Running Company is a professional, passionate and knowledgeable team, bringing experience from far and wide. Get to know who we are and what keeps us running.
Nik Barnard: Born a Yorkshire lass but raised in the West Country, UK, Nik moved to Chamonix, France to snowboard, serve beer to the locals of Chamonix and dance on bar tops, way back in the Winter of 2004. The Winter brought her to Chamonix, but the Summer certainly kept her here. In 2009 Nik started running to train for a local Triathlon that was suggested to her by a friend. The obsession with running and how she could push her limits quickly began. Since then, Nik has worked hard to train and run long distances and is fortunate enough to have a place in the 2017 edition of the Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc. Nik still remembers the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment after finishing a 5km training run without stopping once, and continues to embrace everything about personal achievement, no matter how big or small. Her background in the guided travel industry for 6 years has given her an abundance of experience with the organisation and operation of guided trips. Nik is currently working towards becoming an International Mountain Leader and completing her LiRF Run Leadership, CiRF certification as a Fell Running coach and VTCT level 3 Sports Therapist later this year.
Sam Brooks: Introduced to running by her pub landlord dad when he ditched the dartboard for a local marathon entry, Sam spent her childhood running wild around the Isle of Wight and her university years orienteering in the Highlands of Scotland. She rediscovered her love for running when she moved to the Alps in 2004 and needed something to do when she wasn't skiing. Running is a big part of Sam's life, keeping her fit, giving her the excuse to eat constantly and taking her to the start line of some of the toughest races in the world. It has also enabled her to forge some amazing friendships, connections you can only make when you are 3000m above sea level in freezing conditions, navigating your way off of a technical peak. Whatever the challenge, Sam is always 100% in. Based in Chamonix, Sam is a certified LiRF Run Leader and is now progressing towards her CiRF Fell Running coach certification and International Mountain Leader award. An accountant by trade, she has worked in paint factories and the travel industry for almost 20 years, is very definitely half Scottish, and an obsessive dog lover.
Jon Gupta: Another adventurer originally from the West Country in the UK, Jon turned his hand to all things mountain back in 2005 after spending two months in the remote jungles of Belize. This gave Jon the opportunity to push himself harder than ever before and he learned what expedition life was all about. Since this initial expedition, Jon has gone out and Made. It. Happen. Leading over 50 expeditions worldwide that include, running and setting a speed record on Kilimanjaro in Africa, climbing the highest of them all, Everest in Nepal and, most recently, Jon was a part of the first ever team to complete the 430mile Yukon Arctic Ultra, renowned for being the hardest, coldest, foot race on the planet. Jon is a member of the Alpine Club, an ambassador for the Youth Adventure Trust and a member of the Mountain Training Association. He holds both Summer and Winter Mountain Leader qualifications, and the Wilderness Medical Training 4-day Advance Medicine certificate. The great outdoors is an incredible place & Jon has the skills required to coordinate and lead many of our international trips.
Suze Walker: A self-declared mountain addict. Mountaineering, trail running, and road cycling is to name a few of the sports Suze enjoys while living in Chamonix. During her years in France, Suze has adventured, explored and learned a huge amount about the mountains surrounding Chamonix. After organizing a ski mountaineering expedition to Tajikistan, she decided to work to become a Mountain leader. Suze is now a qualified International Mountain Leader and enjoys leading both walking and trail running groups all over the world. An avid bird watcher and all round nature enthusiast, Suze is just as happy wandering through a magical forest as she is ski-touring and climbing in the steep, majestic peaks of the Alps.
Alistair Crompton: Having used yoga as part of his training plan for the Sydney marathon in 2014, Alistair saw how complimentary yoga could be in maintaining strength and flexibility and in pursuing his passion for winter sports, trail running and ultra distance events. He qualified as a yoga teacher in 2015 (200 hour RYT) and has been teaching ever since, focussing on helping mountains sports and running enthusiasts in the Chamonix valley. Al has spent some serious time in the hills over the years. His love of adventure has taken him all over, from Australia to Austria, exploring all that our wonderful world has to offer.