Danny has represented England at fell and mountain races over ten times, including the World Mountain Running Trophy in New Zealand in 2005, has placed in the top three at the Ben Nevis Hill Race three times and top six at the Snowdon International Mountain Race (representing England) on three occasions. He has also competed in a number of mountain races in the Alps.
Danny has won numerous fell races across the north of England and has had countless number of top ten English and British championship race finishes, placing 3rd in the season long British Fell Running Championships in 2009 and 4th in the English Fell Running Championships in 2010. He has also been part of the Greater Manchester county team which has won the Inter-Counties Championships on a number of occasions.
Finlay is a relative newcomer to high level fell racing having spent his teens and earlier twenties mountaineering in summer and winter throughout Scotland and abroad. His local mountain Ben Nevis provided an obvious running challenge and after initial strong placings he went on to win the Ben Nevis Race three years in succession. These races were accompanied by wins around Scotland including a superb year in 2012 setting new course records on Glamaig, Glen Rosa Horseshoe and Slioch. He also won the Scottish Long Classics series.
In 2013 he won the Carnethy 5 Race, was a close second in the Northern Ireland counter in the British Championships series (Silent Valley), and won Goatfell Race in the fastest time since the record. Finlay excels at covering rough ground at speed, and in June 2013 was able to combine this with his previous climbing experience to set a new record for the prestigious Cuillin Ridge Traverse on Skye.
He has also been selected to run in the Tre Rifugi relay race in the Dolomites having been part of the winning British team in 2012.
John has been running competitively for the past ten years, taking up the sport seriously whilst at University. Initially competing over cross country and on the roads John started racing regularly on the fells in 2004.
Enjoying success in both cross country and fell running. His accolades include individual Yorkshire county titles, the team and individual inter-counties fell running championship and a number of wins in championship races.
John has also been part of the highly successful Pudsey and Bramley team for the past 9 years. In this time he has been part of numerous championship and title winning teams, alongside fellow Walsh athletes Danny Hope and Darren Kay. John has also represented Ireland in International Mountain Running events on a number of occasions.
Chris only started running in may after playing football since he was eight and all through his teens and early twentys. As a child he was always winning cross country and 1500m races at school but took never interest in running until a later age.
Chris ran the pike race this year and finished 17th without any real training (and enjoyed it). Chris's first race for horwich was belmont winter hill where he finished second and has had 8 victories since. he is confident he can push on next year with a full winter training programme behind him and cause some major shocks.
Hector is a 24 year old athlete competing internationally in the sports of Orienteering and Mountain Running.
Last year he became both British Orienteering Champion, and British Universities Orienteering Champion, and also the current Scottish Hill Running Champion, after winning the Stuc’ a Chroin Race. He also won the Bens of Jura race, and came 36th in the World Orienteering Championships.
These achievements consequently gained him the title of ‘Best Male Sportsman’ within Edinburgh University. However, his main goal is in 2015, when the World Orienteering Championships will come to Scotland. Here he plans on winning a medal on home terrain!
In addition to his pursuit of elite performance within running and orienteering, Hector also coaches aspiring juniors both nationally and within the local community.
Dave Schorah 25, Elite Orienteer based in Sheffield currently lives and trains in Derby enjoying the Derbyshire dales for long runs. Studying full time for a PhD in Sports Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University Dave train twices a day around his studies. Dave is also a member of the British Orienteering Elite Development Squad and competed at his first senior level championship in 2012.
His best results in the British Championships are 5th, 4th, 6th and 1st in the Sprint, Middle, Long and Relay disciplines respectively. Internationally his best results are 37th in the European Championships sprint in 2012 and 18th in the World University Championships Long, also in 2012. For 2014 Dave aims to excel at the European Championships in Portugal and the World Championships in Italy, and then develop again for the World Championships in 2015, which are being held in Scotland.
Heidi Davies is a 16 year old athlete based in Mid Wales. Heidi competes for Brecon AC on track, road and cross country but in 2014 she completed her first season of mountain running.
Heidi was selected to represent Wales at the Mountain Running World Youth Cup in Italy where she finished 8th and was the first GB athlete home.
In September Heidi earned her first Great Britain Vest being selected for the junior women's team at the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy where she placed 14th. Heidi finished off her first season with success at the British and Irish Mountain Running Championships taking the U17 title.
Jamie Bunchuck, Betpak Dala
This september Jamie Bunchuck set out to run across the uninhabited area of south Kzakhstan, the Betpak-Dala, running a total of over 7 back-to-back marathons in just 9 days, the first ever crossing!
Tested by the challenging hot weather conditions and brutal desert like terrain, Jamie ran the entire route in none other than Walsh PB Ultras.