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I was lucky enough to grow up on the edge of Grizedale Forest in the Lake District. Being surrounded by nature with the mountains on my doorstep most likely sparked my love for the outdoors. From the age of 7 I was competing in swimming galas and from 10 years old taking part in fell races across Cumbria and Yorkshire.

Since then, I have competed at an international level for both mountain running and triathlons. You can find some of my race results highlights here.

The outdoors has always been an important part of my life. More recently I have realised how integral being in nature is for my mental health. This is partly why I became so motivated to set up my coaching business.

I have carried this passion for the outdoors into my working career and feel really grateful that I love what I do. Being able to encourage others into the outdoors as part of my work, whether it's through open water swim coaching or delivering running sessions, is a fantastic feeling.

My style of coaching combines my running and open water swimming coaching qualifications, my expertise through my degree in Psychology, my 15 plus years of racing experience and my own experiences of mental health.

I am really passionate about wanting individuals to reach their goals in a long-term, sustainable, healthy way. This is at the heart of my coaching style. 

As well as trying to help break the stigma around mental health struggles, I am really passionate about talking about the environment. I am a Director for Future Fixers; a CIC that run Business Start Up Programmes, Networking Walks and Coaching Circles with a planet and people focus at the heart of it. I work part time for Morecambe Bay Partnership where my role is to encourage outdoor event companies to become more plastic free. Also, I'm an ambassador for Trash Free Trails. Improving accessibility of the outdoors and sports for anyone is really important to me, which is why I took on a committee role for North West Region of Triathlon England to help improve this.

You can find my blog here for some of my more in-depth writing. Also head to my linktree account to see what else I have been up to recently!

Lauren x

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