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 mind and body fit, giving her the excuse to eat constantly and taking her to the start line of some amazing races around the world. It has also enabled her to forge many fabulous friendships, connections you can only make when you are at an altitude of 3000m, navigating your way through freezing fog, hail and snow and hoping the refuge is still serving dinner when you arrive. Whatever the challenge, Sam is always 100% in. Based in Chamonix, Sam is a certified LiRF Run Leader, qualified CiRF Trail/Fell Running coach, UK Mountain Leader and has a level 3 certificate in sports nutrition. Having been dissuaded by her school careers service not to become a forest ranger, Sam’s an accountant by trade and has worked in the travel industry for almost 20 years. She is very definitely half Scottish, can play the tuba and is an obsessive dog lover. Sam is currently working towards her International Mountain Leader qualification.