Neil, who set up Running The Highlands in 2005, is passionate about the Scottish Highlands and the fabulous opportunities they offer to runners of all abilities. A race organiser and qualified British Athletics coach, he loves to share his enjoyment of running and the inspirational scenery with people from all parts of the UK (and the rest of the world!)
Ruth is a guide and sports massage therapist. Before she started running regularly several years ago, she walked and climbed extensively in the Scottish hills as well as in the mountains of Switzerland and Austria, and still goes to the hills when she can. Although she has run in many road and off-road races from 5km to marathon, including the Lairig Ghru Hill Race, winning a few prizes along the way, she prefers to run off-road on trails and hill tracks. Ruth is also a keen linguist and loves to speak German, Dutch, French and Russian when she gets the chance.
We are delighted that Ben, one of Scotland's top veteran endurance runners for the past 20 years started guiding for us during 2010 - a 2 times Lairig Ghru winner and 2:33 marathoner. Incredibly knowledgeable (about just about everything!), reassuring and a great person to run with, Ben has been a major addition to our team. He has guided many of our tailored holiday guests and he has also done about 14 of our Runs Across Scotland as well as the Run Up The Highlands twice!
Clare hails from Yorkshire but is now firmly rooted in Aberdeenshire and loves spending time in the hills of Scotland. Running regularly since her teens, she has completed four marathons, several mountain marathons and last year an Italian Skyrace. She loves trail running and off road races but has been unable to win any medals for speed on the roads! An orienteering coach, she was selected for England as a Junior and Scotland as a Veteran!
Sam started running in the hills with Deeside Runners, the local club in 2008. At that time, he was predominately a competitive swimmer. However, he changed his focus to athletics around the start of 2011 when he joined Aberdeen Athletics club. By the summer of 2013 he achieved 1:59.11 for 800m and 33:19 for 10,000m. He is also the current Scottish 5,000m u20 champion, a title which he won back in 2011 strangely in almost exactly the same time (within a second). He has received training from Ken and Joyce Hogg at Aberdeen AAC and help throughout his athletics career from the Hydrasun Athletics Academy. Sam is also a current sports bursar for the University of Aberdeen.
UK Athletics registered coach, Alan has been a competitive hill runner for many years and has had personal experience of some of the injuries which can afflict runners!
Claire's first contact with RTH was as a guest when she was training for a marathon. She was so taken with the trails on which we run that she asked us if she could do some guiding and we were delighted to oblige as Claire has all the attributes we look for in our guides - friendly, sociable, knowledgeable about running and self reliant (as well as being a good runner!). She has developed into a highly competitive runner; having taken almost an hour off her marathon PB in a year. She guides for us on our training weekends and Running Tours. Claire is also our eyes and ears for Facebook - make sure you have a look at our Running The Highlands page.
Jon is a great runner, orienteer and coach – can there be a better combination for a guide? A member of the GB orienteering squad from 1981 to 2001, he was British orienteering champion in 1981, 1995, 2004 and 2006. He won Gold at the World Masters in 1997 and Silver at the World Championships Relay in 1993. He has been coach to the GB orienteering squad since 1998. Twice winner of the Highland Cross (1988 & 1989), former winner of the Braemar Hill Race and record holder of the Great Wilderness Challenge, Jon loves Deeside and running in general!
Ruth, a fitness instructor, is a well known local running personality with an outstanding record of achievement in both hill and road races. An inspiring, enthusiatic guide, Ruth has her own definition of 'just a bit further' and she brings out the best in your running! Some of her running highlights was winning her age category for the Ben Nevis Hill Race 2010 in a personal best time for the event .. and coming 7th overall but there are many more....she gets better and better!
Fraser describes himself as an old runner! He competed for Great Britain and Scotland several times in the 1980's and has a best marathon time of 2 hrs 11 mins and 50 secs. He has run internationally on the track (3K, 5K, 10K), road (100K, marathon, half marathon, 20K, 10K), cross country and hills. He competed extensively in the USA, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Now a freelance writer specialising in athletics and football, Fraser provides advice and motivation to runners of all levels of experience.
Emma is a Pilates Instructor (member of the Pilates Institute) and former Royal Academy of Dance scholar and Ballet teacher. She likes to combine the elements of ballet fitness and core stability with her love of running. With an infectious personality and broad smile - Emma's strongest talent is her ability to get the best out of people - in a pleasant way! She enjoys running as a positive way to keep fit (and enjoy the company of other runners!)