Andy’s love of the outdoors started at a young age, many family holidays were spent camping in Northumberland, the Lakes or Scotland and walking together as a family always played a big part.
Another passion of Andy’s is cycling, he remembers as a youngster often putting his Mum through so much worry by setting off on a cycle ride early on a Saturday morning and getting so carried away he would cycle further than planned and not get home until dark, before the days of mobile phones.
Also known as a gadget man amongst his friends Andy is in his element working for GPS Training with so many ‘toys’ to play with.
So who is Andy, what makes him tick?
- Which is your favourite walk? It is hard to choose, I love the area and have enjoyed so many different walks, but on my doorstep is Simonside which has great views and is steeped in so much history. I love to walk to the decorated tree on Simonside in the run up to Christmas. Recently our 31month old daughter Rosie told me that she wanted to climb a high mountain I took her up Simonside for the 1st time which she really enjoyed and in her eyes was a “Really Really High Mountain”
- What is your current GPS unit? An Oregon 650t
- What inspires you to get up in the morning? My wife Julie and daughter Rosie.
- Where would be your special place to eat your packed lunch on a walk? High up with great views, I especially enjoy being able to see the Northumberland coastline however far away it may be.
- What makes you smile? Our 31month old daughter Rosie, I find myself giggling aloud sometimes when I think of some of the funny things that she says to us.
- Where is your favourite GPS Training location and why? I would have to say Rothbury, Northumberland as I think it has everything anbody could ask for.
- What’s your greatest achievement? Beeing fit and well and having the opportuity to work and live in such a great place.
- What can’t you do without when out walking? A bar of chocolate & a flask of coffee.
- Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party? Both sets of my Grandparents (as a youngster you never really get to know them), David Bellamy who I think would be so much fun, Bobby Robson (a true gentlemen of football), Michael Palin (Funny and would have some great travel stories).
- If you could walk any walk/ climb in the world what would it be? I am still discovering so many new places in Northumberland and with my dislike of flying, I will continue to enjoy the beautiful area that I am so lucky to live and work in.
- Which of your achievements makes you most proud? The birth of our gorgeous daughter Rosie.
- A trip to my home county wouldn’t be complete without a visit to .....? A walk along the Northumberland coast, with some spectacular scenery, beaches and Castles. I especially love Bamburgh.
- What would you wish your epitaph to be? Life’s too short and you never know what tomorrow will be so enjoy each day with the people you love and with a smile.