The Open Adventure Team
The man behind, at the front, and pretty much everywhere in Open Adventure, James' defining phrase is "no worries" - and he lives what he says. With (almost!) endless enthusiasm and patience, he can turn his hand to most things, making use of his experience working in disaster relief. James' passion is to make adventure sport accessible - challenging to the elite racers but available to weekend warriors as well - and he loves getting people exploring surprising areas.
Part of Open Adventure since before it was born (so to speak), Lisa can pretty much turn her hand to anything & is usually found doing at least two things at once anyway, and much of it behind the scenes - as well as keeping James, Thomas & Amy in one piece, and making sure the marshal team is fed and watered!
We suspect he's a bit less wild when at work, as an instructor at Coniston Outdoor Centre, but Open Adventure knows Andy S the man who'll try anything. He never tires of the outdoors, and is deputy leader of the local mountain rescue team... We're pretty confident then as he advises us on all things rope & mountain related!
Came to see how it worked - & despite a few little attempts at racing, got side-tracked into marshalling & hasn't looked back! A GP by trade, her medical role extends to agreeing with Steve "yes, they need to go to hospital", and she's more likely to be composing tweets and facebook posts than applying bandages.
A relative newcomer to the team, Nicki is our administrator, although we suspect there's a bit more to it than that. Previous life included working as Lake Ranger and in the police.. lover of dogs and when not working on events with Open Adventure she is out swimming in her local pool - Lake Windermere - want to join her.. check out her website www.sleekerswim.co.uk
We seem to have a few teachers who escape to help us - maybe it's the freedom! Ian is another of James' right hand men, and has been around since the birth of Open Adventure. He's a whizz with the spanner, hammer, ropes, and anything practical. Sometimes accompanied by trainee marshal Holly, he's unfairly fit, and usually out in the dark finishing off getting those controls back in long after you were finished & drinking that mug of hot tea.
The man behind the camera, and the web site, graphics and mapping. James has been photographing Open Adventure events from the beginning. He can usually be found in almost any location you can imagine, in any weather on the events to get great photographs. He is also known for being a nutter on his mountain bike - if James can't ride it - don't try it!
Other half of Ian, you won't often see Kara, but she's a major part of keeping the show on the road - whether looking after the kids so Ian can be out on an event, or sorting out prizes, or drinking tea with Lisa, you'd certainly miss her if she wasn't there.
One of James' right hand men, Rob is responsible for timing, tracking, some website stuff, and keeping the team on registration under control - watch for the dry sense of humour too... Rob is an orienteer, fell walker, and more recently a trail runner & mountain bike orienteer too.
Turning up from the depths of Shropshire, the Rounsleys infiltrate into most parts of our events - Megan and Sian can be found registering racers and getting you dibber-ed up, Jim is the voice you will definitely hear at transition (but don't worry, his bark is worse than his bite); keep the coffee coming & he's ok. Hilary is the control collection queen, and the whole family enjoy getting out there on bikes & in kayaks (& on their feet) when they can escape from the classroom.
Odd job man, bike fettler, mountain rescue, teacher, actor - there's not much Sim hasn't turned his hand to... And that's pretty much what he does on events. You'll find him in the van with the pink & purple flowers (he claims that's his missus' work).
He turned up "to see what it was like" - and has rarely missed an event since. Steve's a emergency care practitioner, and there to patch you up when necessary. He's trained some of us in first aid too, although we're happy to stand by and watch the master at work. Steve also trains Mountain Rescue teams in Casualty Care, so you're safe in his hands. He's often found dispensing bandages to racers & mugs of tea to marshals from his beloved van.
Marshals in training, they timed their arrival between Open 5 races and were less than a month old at their first race. They've just got their first bikes, so expect them to follow in Mum & Dad's pedals...