Meet the Trainers

Our trainers are highly qualified people with years of experience behind them

Each trainers brings a different quality and talent to the table. Meaning we have a well-rounded team and something for everyone. Our trainers have helped people lose weight, improve their running time, increase confidence and overcome health issues. Each trainer specialises in something slightly different.

For more details on our trainers please visit each video clip and feel free to contact us for further information

Claire Darlington (Director)

Claire has an M.Sc in weight management and has an undergraduate degree in Sport & Exercise Science. Claire has been in the industry for 15-years and has raised her profile by becoming an international presenter, guest speaker and regularly contributes to fitness magazines. Amongst her many teaching fields Claire is a specialist Pilates trainer and the founder of the STRIDE project, a successful 12-week weight management programme aimed at de-motivated teenagers. Claire also specialises in, pre and post natal fitness and weight management style classes. Claire is an assessor and tutor for Drummond Education and a well-respected instructor within the industry. Claire’s approachable and enthusiastic manner with a thirst for knowledge makes her one of the most up and coming presenters in the UK. Having grown up in Delamere she knows the forest like the back of her hand and will ensure you get a fun, exciting and an experience to never forget when training with her!!

Jo Bridge (Group Exercise Instructor)

Jo Bridge

Hi I’m Jo. I became involved in the fitness industry in 2012 after signing up for my first half and full marathon. Prior to that I actually hated running! I obviously caught the fitness bug though because since then I have completed another full marathon and multiple half marathons as well as qualifying as a fitness instructor and personal trainer.

I love being involved in fitness, particularly in a setting as beautiful as Delamere. I get great satisfaction from helping clients to become stronger, fitter and ultimately more confident.

Running is my biggest passion so whether you are a beginner looking to run your first 5km or a more experienced runner looking to step up your distance or shave those vital few seconds off your PB then please get in touch. If I can make myself fall in love with running then I’m certain I could do the same for you.

Steve Gardener


As a Level 3 Personal Trainer & Exercise (GP) Referral Specialist, I’m here to assist you with all your Health and Fitness goals and needs, whether this is whilst working out here in our training hut or around the idyllic Delamere Forest.

Do you lack the motivation when working out and need some extra support? Do you have an ideal weight or target size you want to be and want an expert to support you to lose weight or tone up, to achieve this? Do you have a fitness goal; either for a team or individual sport and want to improve your competitive edge or individual fitness level? …if it’s a YES to any of the above, then drop me a request and we can discuss what I can do to help YOU and lets both make it happen.

About me…I am passionate about personal fitness and helping others achieve their goals. I currently also work as an on­call Fire­fighter. This has seen me representing the UK in the World Fire­fighter Games in the Toughest Fire­Fighter Challenge. I have taken part in various charity fun runs including: London, Liverpool & Chester Marathons and the Athens Classic Marathon, which takes then original Marathon route. I regularly organise and play Football and have competed at various levels. I enjoy exercising both in the Gym and Outdoors, which I hope to share some various benefits of both with you all.

I am fully qualified to Exercise (GP) referral specialist level, so regardless of your personal circumstances or conditions eg, Obesity, Diabetes, Parkinson’s & Asthma, I will make sure your safe, treated professionally and help you as best I can, to achieve your goals.


Chris Davies

I have been a personal trainer for 6 years. I have always been involved in fitness from a young age and have always wanted to work within the industry I’m so passionate about. I love setting challenges for myself and clients. I have completed the London Marathon, numerous half marathons 10ks along with a triathlon.I enjoy being outdoors, participating in and leading outdoor  based fitness so there isn’t a better place than Delamere Forest.

I have helped many clients achieve various goals and they have described me as a calm, positive, determined, professional and knowledgable trainer.With these benefits on my side I will always make sure you have a workout that pushes you out of your comfort zone to achieve your goals. If you want to hit your full potential I’m ready to be your trainer! My work has also seen me work in schools and large businesses delivering team building events.


Urska Medves

Hi, I’m Urska and I love everything about fitness, I’m especially passionate about Yoga and Pilates. I moved to England form Slovenia in 2003 and I have been working in fitness industry since 2010. Fitness has always been the way of life. When growing up I used to play competitive volleyball for a local team and I loved outdoor activities such as cycling, mountain climbing and walking. In 2009 I qualified as a gym instructor and I soon realised I wanted to expand my fitness knowledge. I am now a Personal Trainer and a group fitness instructor teaching a wide variety of fitness classes.

I am a fully qualified advanced Personal Trainer, GP and exercise referral, pre and post natal, ETM instructor. I also teach Spin, Pilates, Metafit, kettersice, Aqua and over 50s group fitness.


Chris Norris

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Chris has recently qualified as a personal trainer and specialises in HITT style classes, sports massage and personal training. He is a research driven practitioner with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. Since Graduating from Leeds Met University in the summer of 2015, he has pursued a career in the fitness industry.

His passion for fitness and health has developed from an early age while competing for Cheshire athletics and Cross Country at national level before going on to playing Semi-professional rugby at Chester RUFC first team at the age 19.