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.
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 18-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 has previously worked as an assessor and tutor 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!! She also now specialises in Pilates for Sports professionals and is building a portfolio of clients. Claire is also available for private bespoke weight loss programmes that involves 3 weeks commitment in a secret retreat location. This maybe undertaken in small groups, with no more than 3 people.
Jo Bridge (Group Exercise Instructor)
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.
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.
I am passionate about my own fitness so I thought I would like to inspire and encourage others to increase their fitness levels, achieve their goals and feel confident so I decided to train as a personal trainer.I still work part-time as a radiographer at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Working in the hospital I have seen how bad posture affects us and how important it is to maintain muscle mass and bone density especially as we age.
I have competed in sprint triathlons, half marathons, hell runners north, middle & south, fell hell and various obstacle 10K races.
I enjoy running in Delamere Forest with my Springer Spaniel and outdoor fitness classes.