“I enjoy both, I really enjoy being in the outdoors by myself, more so in the summer than in the winter obviously. I love to just come home and go for a run up the forest. I have an amazing venue here; I can just literally go across the road and then I’m up on the mountain, where I can go and escape from everything.
“I have quite a stressful family life, so that is my escape: just running through the forest, hearing the birds, seeing the squirrels. The dog is a massive part of my life too, just running with him and seeing him enjoying running around as well, in the leaves, chasing the squirrels and chasing everyone else.
“That is my escape but on the other side of that, I love taking people out in the outdoors. My best friend likes the outdoors as well. We do trips up in North Wales quite a bit and I took her up Tryfan where she had a complete meltdown because she thought I was taking her up this horrid mountain. But I told her that she couldn’t go down so there was only one way: up! She had a right old paddy with me saying I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but for me, it was really nice to get her up there and challenge her.
“I often go mountain biking with my friends just across the road too, and that’s great because they also have a stressful family life and they like to go and have a blowout. Last night we went mountain biking in the night. We got to the top of the mountain, switched all the lamps off and just looked at the stars. It’s amazing to share that with your friends.
“But equally, I like to do that by myself. Just wandering the hills by myself is absolutely lovely, it’s a really special place to be and I can just think. Especially mountain biking, going down the hills, you can’t think of anything else. You have to think what’s coming up, am I going to fall off, what’s my next line? Your mind is just focused on that one thing and you haven’t got to worry about anything else. I love it.”