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Meet the Alphas

The Pack Team

OUTSIDE SCRIBES
The Pack's global editorial team is dedicated to bringing you the news, inspiration and advice from the outside world.

Jake Thompsett

ENDURANCE ADVENTURER
Jake is an expert in ice and rock climbing, kayaking, surfing and of course, fell running - the outdoors is in his blood.

Doctor Andrew Murray

ULTRA MARATHON RUNNER
Andrew Murray is a Sports Medicine doctor, ultra marathon runner and Merrell pack leader.

Kate Percy

NUTRITIONIST
Athlete and cook, Kate Percy is passionate about the link between good eating and better athletic performance.

Sean McFarlane

ENDURANCE ATHLETE
Sean McFarlane is an endurance athlete who specialises in triathlon and ultra marathons.

Damian Hall

JOURNALIST
Damian Hall is an outdoor journalist who’s trekked many of the world’s famous and not-to-famous long-distance trails.

Emily Bell

ADVENTURE WRITER
Emily Bell is an adventurer and magazine editor who has kayaked the length of Britain and stand-up paddle boarded the Lower Missouri.

Dustin Hinton

IRONMAN TRIATHLETE
New Orleans-based Dustin is our poster boy for the transformational power of the trail – he went from couch potato to Ironman triathlete in a year.

Katie Roby

ULTRA MARATHON RUNNER
Katie Roby is a recently converted ultra-marathon runner, fell runner and mountain obsessive.

Faith Shorney

OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST
Self-confessed nomad, outdoor enthusiast and relative newcomer to the adventure community, Faith is on a mission to change the world through adventure

Lowri Morgan

ADVENTURER
Lowri Morgan is an adventurer and ultra-endurance marathon runner, having competed in some of the most extreme races in the world.

Michael Chambers

MOUNTAINEER
Michael Chambers is a high-altitude mountaineer, ultrarunner, and vivacious raconteur with a penchant for charity and Mexican food.

Monty Halls

EXPLORER
Monty Halls embodies the Merrell mission to increase participation in the outdoors, with his passion for getting outside, discovering more about the natural world and enthusing others to join him.

Laraine Wyn Jones

ADVENTURER
Laraine Wyn Jones is a part time adventurer, who loves the outdoors and likes to fit in as much action as possible around a full time job.

Tim Meek

FAMILY ADVENTURER
Tim Meek is an adventurer raising his kids to love the outdoors.

Alan Martin

AMATEUR RUNNER
Alan is a running novice trying to learn the ropes and sharing his insights as he goes.

Tobias Mews

EDITOR
Tobias Mews is one of the UK’s leading extreme ultra endurance athletes and is an accomplished journalist.

Annie Bertucio

STRENGTH TRAINER
When not running fitness boot camps, personal trainer Annie is an avid endurance athlete, yogi, and all-around adventurer.

Rin Cobb

DIETICIAN
Rin is a clinical & sports performance dietitian specialising in endurance sports & expedition nutrition, whilst taking on her own ultrarunning challenges

Andrew Westbrook

TRAVEL JOURNALIST
Andrew Westbrook is a travel journalist with a passion for escaping the crowds on remote, long-distance trails.

Max Willcocks

ENDURANCE ATHLETE
Max Willcocks is an endurance athlete, fitness model and personal trainer.

Piers Stockwell

ULTRA-ENDURANCE ATHLETE
Piers Stockwell is a natural running expert who shares the Merrell Barefoot ethos, educating people to run the way your body was designed to.

Anna McNuff

ADVENTURE WRITER
Anna McNuff is an adventurer and writer who has cycled through all 50 states of the USA.

Zayne Crow

ULTRA ATHLETE
Zayne is a South African endurance athlete who has completed over 40 marathons and triathlons.

Eric Larsen

POLAR ADVENTURER
Eric Larsen has spent the past 15 years of his life traveling in some of the most remote and wild places left on earth.

Sean Conway

ENDURANCE SWIMMER
Sean Conway is an author, swimmer and adventure seeker, and is the first person ever to swim from Land's End to John O' Groats.

Sophie Radcliffe

IRONMAN ADVENTURER
Sophie Radcliffe is a mountaineer, cyclist, adventurer, Ironman and writer. She's on a mission to encourage everyone to get outside, challenge themselves have fun.

Bryon Powell

TRAIL RUNNER
Bryon Powell is the Runner-in-Chief at iRunFar.com. He has been trail running for more than half his life and now focuses on ultra-distance trail running.

James Ketchell

ADVENTURER
James Ketchell is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador.

Cyril Morrin

ULTRA ATHLETE
Cyril Morrin is a long distance triathlete and ultra marathon runner who likes to try out different challenges and sports purely for the fun of it.

Nathan Sanel

ULTRA ATHLETE
Nathan Sanel is a Vegan Ultra runner who's passion is exploring what is physically and mentally possible.

James Carnegie

PHOTOGRAPHER
James is an adventure sports photographer, ultrarunner and blogger, regularly shooting with sporting brands, magazines and athletes around the globe.

Ben Gibson

KAYAKER
Ben is a competitive slalom kayaker, trail runner and mountain bike rider, who was part of Merrell's GODZone race team in April 2014.

Simon Freeman

MARATHON RUNNER
Simon Freeman has been obsessed with marathons since he started running at age 30. He is now trying his hand at ultras and loves spending time in the mountains, whether summer or winter.

Jack Cartwright

TRIATHLETE
Jack is a long distance triathlete and mountain biker. During his nearly 20 year racing career, he's won over 50 races and competed in many national and world championship events.

Kieran Alger

ULTRA MARATHON RUNNER
Kieran combines a passion for wearable tech with an addiction to running

Cat Simpson

ULTRA MARATHON RUNNER
Cat Simpson has run over 20 marathons and ultras, and has completed races all around the world.

Jonathan Orr

ADVENTURER
A high tech educator that likes to explore the outdoors with his family.

Nick Bramer

CLIMBER
Nick has made it his mission in life to climb, hike or mountaineer his way round some of the worlds most beautiful mountain ranges.

Mark Bayliss

TRIATHLETE & ULTRA RUNNER
Mark is an ultra distance endurance athlete and the current world record holder for the Enduroman Arch to Arc.

Hannah Richards

NUTRITIONIST
Hannah Richards is a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and believes in healing the body through food and lifestyle changes.

Warren Pole

ADVENTURE JOURNALIST
A globe-roaming journalist with an ultramarathon addiction, Warren also runs the world’s first all-natural sports nutrition company for endurance athletes.

Dave Cornthwaite

ADVENTURER
Dave Cornthwaite is an adventurer, author and motivational speaker.

Emily Snayd

MARATHON RUNNER
Emily has a passion for getting lost on the trails. She considers peanut M&M’s the fuel of champions and deems sweat “liquid awesome.” One ultra marathon down, she is looking for her next adventure.

Mark Kleanthous

TRIATHLETE
Mark Kleanthous is a performance coach and has crossed the finish line in more than 460 triathlons including 36 ironman and is a 2 x World Ironman Triathlon Finisher in Hawaii.

Jamie Bowlby-Whiting

ADVENTURER
Jamie Bowlby-Whiting is a writer and blogger, hungry to push his personal boundaries with little more than a desire for adventure

Bryony McCormick

TRAIL RUNNER
Bryony McCormick is the Feature’s Editor of Runner’s World South Africa and loves nothing more than being out in the elements and pushing her limits on an adventure.

Sarah Outen

ADVENTURER
Sarah Outen MBE is a British adventurer, ocean rower, author and motivational speaker.

Ness Knight

ADVENTURER
Ness Knight is an adventurer, endurance athlete, speaker and digital consultant.

Benno Rawlinson

ULTRA ATHLETE
Benno Rawlinson is an ocean rower, ultra runner and spends his spare time climbing, cycling and SUPing.

Sam Guinness

TRAIL RUNNER
Sam Guinness is an avid trail runner who loves nothing more than exploring his home city of Hong Kong by foot.

Simon James

TRAIL RUNNER
Simon James is a mountaineer, marathon and ultrarunner based in London, UK.

Rian Cope

ADVENTURER
Rian Cope is a filmmaker, blogger and adventurer and loves nothing more than riding bikes.

Jennifer MacKenzie

FOOD WRITER
Jennifer MacKenzie is a professional home economist, food writer, recipe developer, editor, and culinary consultant.

Jessica Scott

NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST
Jessica Scott is a chef, qualified nutritional therapist and founder of The Nutrition Kitchen in the UK.

Ben Rolfe

ULTRA RUNNER
Monaco based Ben Rolfe is gradually ticking off the seven continents by running an ultramarathon on every one.

Jonathan Manning

MAGAZINE EDITOR
Jonathan Manning is editor of Outdoor Fitness Magazine and surprisingly enough obsessed with all things outdoors.

Macca Sherifi

TRAVEL BLOGGER
Macca Sherifi is an author, blogger and photographer who has worked in the travel industry for the past four years.

Ed Hewitt

ENTREPRENEUR & ADVENTURER
Ed is an entrepreneur & adventurer who is seeking to travel the world. Without leaving London

Joe Humphrey

PRO KAYAKER
Following a sniper bullet to the leg in Afghanistan, Joe is training towards competing as a sprint kayaker in Rio 2016 with GB Paracanoe.

Frances Lynn

PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Frances is a chartered sports physical therapist specialising in sports injuries and endurance sports.

Will Copestake

ADVENTURER
Will Copestake is a freelance guide and photographer

Tracy McCartney

ENDURANCE ATHLETE
Endurance runner, mother of two and Personal Trainer, Tracy loves nothing more than escaping to the coastal trails for a run.