The Team

Established in 2016 Element Active has expanded its team to include several qualified and experienced guides with a vast spectrum of knowledge and expertise.

Ruth Pickvance

Founder and Director of Element

Ruth’s been an international mountain runner, former British Fell Champion with GB and England representation and has run a few fast marathons.

Now retired from racing and based in the Black Mountains on the Welsh Borders, there’s nothing she likes more than being outside, exploring landscapes, re-naturing her ten-acres of land and enthusing others to appreciate the natural world.
Formerly a head of faculty at UWC Atlantic College and a literature specialist, she’s also a Race Director and works part time with Harthill Consulting on Leadership Development.

Bethan Logan

Bethan Logan

Walking, Fell Running, Outdoor Instructor

Bethan works as a Development Officer for Wales’ Outdoor Education Partnership. She’s been a highly qualified Outdoor Education instructor for many years. She’s a keen walker, good fell runner and a real outdoor enthusiast – always choosing to champion women in her work. Alongside all of this she’s learning Welsh, has two dogs and is always promising herself that she’s going to get her van cleaned out.

Faye Johnson

Faye Johnson

Fell Running

Faye runs at County level across both Trail and Fell running and ran for Wales in 2017 at the European Trail Championships. Running shorter distances and up to Ultra distances of up to 50 miles on the trails and mountains, she is well-versed in all aspects of fitness and training.

Clair Muir

Clair Muir

Mountain Biking

Clare’s been a Mountain Bike Coach for 10 years and is also a Mountain Bike Leader. She’s a great teacher having come via youth work. We  love her infectious, enthusiastic warmth and the way she inspires a passion for mountain biking.

Claire Prosser

Claire Prosser

Fell Running & Outdoor Instructor

There aren’t many Outdoor qualifications that Claire hasn’t got! She’s worked in schools and with adults. An impressive lady: an International Mountain Leader, a runner, mum to two young children and keen environmentalist. Claire believes firmly in the power of the outdoors on many levels and we’re lucky to have her working with us.

Kirk Painting

Kirk Painting

Outdoor Instructor

Kirk is a well qualified, knowledgeable outdoor instructor who is currently working towards his International Mountain Leader qualification. He is a popular super-knowledgeable member of our team who occasionally works with small bespoke groups particularly on map reading.

Eleanor Lewis

Eleanor Lewis

Yoga Teacher

Eleanor is a yoga teacher based in the Black Mountains. She aims to bring ease and mobility, strength and flexibility to the body. She works a lot with Yin yoga to find the place of stillness and grounding. Yoga, she says, is for everybody and every body.

 

Brett Mahoney

Brett Mahoney

Mountain/fell runner, rock climber and development officer for The Outdoor Partnership

Brett holds his Summer Mountain Leader (SML), Leader in Running Fitness and Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI). Brett is also a member of the Longtown Mountain Rescue Team while being dad to two young children and a spaniel!
He’s achieved a top 20 finish in the XTERRA Snowdon Trail Marathon in 2022 and a top 10 finish in the Rab Helvellyn Sky Ultra in 2023.
Brett specialises in self-navigation mountain rounds.

 

Feedback from our attendees

“I can’t tell you how wonderful this weekend was. It has stirred my sense of adventure and it has awoken my self-belief. What magic you have mustered”

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for a truly amazing day. It was so inspiring and thought provoking and has got my mind buzzing. I have been thinking non-stop about my internal narrative, and how this has affected my running. I will be recommending your course to anyone who stands still long enough to hear me wax lyrical!”

“I was full of trepidation about coming on this day – didn’t think I was good enough. You had exactly the right balance between nurturing us and encouraging us to be better and creating self-belief. I am absolutely buzzing!”