Lindley Chambers the owner and director of Challenge Running Ltd is a qualified Mountain Leader and has extensive experience working with groups and individuals both as a Mountain Leader and in various previous roles.
He is passionate about the outdoors and helping more people enjoy the stunning country we live in and experience it first hand in the hills and mountains.
I spent most of my childhood growing up in east London and although originaly from N. Ireland my secondary education was all in London where I studied the following subjects at GCSE Level.
After School finished I went back to N. Ireland where I joined the Army soon after, I spent almost 8 years in the Army serving in my home country of Northern Ireland.
I was a Junior Non Commisioned Officer on leaving with an Exemplary service record.
During my time in the Army I gained really interesting experiences and many transferable skills.
After Leaving the Army I worked in London for a couple of years doing various driving jobs including bus and coach work in the UK and Western Europe whilst I decided on my next career choice. During this period I aquired additional driving licences and skills which are transferable to outdoors work.
I then decided my next career would be in the Fire and Rescue Service in Essex.
I was successfully recruited at the first attempt in 2002 and joined Essex County Fire and Rescue Services as a Firefighter at the busiest station in the UK (Basildon). I then moved around stations as I was promoted and finally moved to Headquarters as a Sub Officer working in the Community Safety department as a Lead Youth Instructor. I worked on the award winning Firebreak intervention schemes working with young people from various backgrounds and with various abilities. I helped set up the folowing programs and initiatives. (links to the various still running schemes - click on description)
This was an extremely rewarding role and to be a part of such an award winning team and being part of the design and execution and in some cases the creating the first of its kind training in the UK was fantastic.
in 2014 I recieved a Inspirational Leadership award from Essex Country Fire and Rescue Service. My young daughter and partner were there to see me recieve this award.
During my time at ECFRS I picked up many useful and transferable skills.
Whilst working at ECFRS I was also a Level 2 hockey Umpire and Umpire Coach in the Eastern England Region and a keen runner. I ran 6 london Marathons in this time as well as various other events.
In 2013 I set up Challenge Running Ltd (see this website) and began organising Trail Running Events and as that grew I then made a plan for leaving the Fire Service and working for myself.
I qualified as a running coach and gained experience coaching friends and people at my runing club.
In 2015 I decided to leave ECFRS and Challenge Running was successful enough to pay me a wage, I had decided I wanted to be my own boss and do more work in the outdoors.
Over the last 3 years I have added to my skills and experience outdoors and the list of services Challenge Running offers.
If you require any more information about my qualifications and experience please don't hesitate to get in touch.