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Ian Payne

Ian Payne

Ian likes nothing better than to escape to the South Downs from his work in busy South East London.


He has been helping us run our courses in the South for the last few years.


Over the last few years he has included in his holidays some of the National Long Distance Trails. He has recently completed one of the newer trails, St Oswald’s Way.


So who is Ian and what makes him tick?


- Which is your favourite walk? Across Matterdale Common in the North Lakes


- What is your current GPS unit? Garmin 62s. By ‘default’ I seem to have become the ‘Buttons Man’ on the GPS courses


- What inspires you to get up in the morning? A day nearer to retiring


- Where would be your special place to eat your packed lunch on a walk?  Anywhere on the South Downs. The views are great and it’s so surreal that you can be by yourself, watching the busy South of England going about its daily business


- What makes you smile? Waking up on a sunny day


- What is your favourite GPS Training location and why? Martyr Worthy in Hampshire. It is near to where I grew up and have very happy memories of the area


- What can’t you do without when out walking? My glasses. Gone are the days of reading a map or GPS screen without them.


- Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party? Both my Grandfathers and Grandcousin. With the assistance of my GPS, I have been able to retrace their steps on the Western Front  during the First World War. Regimental Records and their own letters have been brought back to life. 


 - If you could walk any walk/ climb in the world what would it be? The Camino Frances, which is one of the pilgrim routes in Northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. I did the last 100km a few years ago to qualify for the ‘Compostela’. I am now waiting to retire to do the full walk, all 780km of it


- Which of your achievements makes you most proud? I’m still working on that question………………


- A trip to my home county wouldn’t be complete without a visit to .....? The Clayton Windmills on the South Downs. The views are spectacular.


- What would you wish your epitaph to be? He never did have any patience