MEET THE TEAM

The Sunnywood Project: It takes a whole team to deliver our enjoyable, high quality, challenging and educational outdoor adventures.  

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Marc Young
Director

Marc has always been passionate about the benefits of the great outdoors. He began his running journey in 2010 and enjoys running ultras. Having been a Subject Leader for Drama for over 13 years and a Head of Year for four years, Marc is passionate about providing young people with opportunities to benefit their mental, physical and social wellbeing.   

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Sammy Deas
Director

Sammy is an award winning artist and is passionate about getting the community to explore the outdoors in new and innovative ways. There is nothing better than being outdoors surrounded by nature. 

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Steven Ticehurst
Activity Leader

In continuous pursuit of adventure, Ste’s hikes have taken him from the costal redwoods of California to the summit of Snowden. He firmly believes in combining the mental and physical benefits of outdoor exploration with responsible stewardship and youth education. Off the trails, Ste has years of experience in youth service with Hertfordshire County Youth Services delivering the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and the National Citizen Service; in addition to his work as a secondary school Pastoral Manager. He is a member of the British Mountaineering Council and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and is currently a Trainee Counsellor.

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Madeleine Solazzo
Activity Leader

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Mike Cooke 
Activity Leader

Mike is a keen runner and loves trail and fell running in particular. He has been a member of a running club since 2012 and has an Assistant Athletics Coaching qualification. He currently coaches the juniors at Radcliffe Athletics Club.

Mike has taken part in many running events ranging from 5k runs to trail running Ultra races and uses his experience to encourage new runners on their journey to enjoy running in the outdoors. He can usually be found around Kirklees and the surrounding countryside with his dog Doris as they train to take part in Cani-Cross Events.

In 2016 Mike set up Totty Lines Runners and during the COVID Pandemic he organised a 24 hour endurance running event in Tottington that raised enough money to purchase 2 defibrillators for the local community.

Mike retired from GMP after 25 years where he worked as a Detective Constable in Child Protection. He has extensive knowledge of Safeguarding but is now more than happy to commit his time and efforts to TSP. 

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Lou
Burrs Community Run Coordinator

Iv'e been volunteering down at The Burrs for over five years and managed to keep the run going virtually during lockdown which is when I discovered The Sunnywood Project. As a teacher, I love what they stand for and look forward to volunteering with them when I can. I feel privileged to be part of such an amazing group whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery on our doorstep. 

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Dean Corrie
Activity Leader

Explore, escape, enjoy. The outdoors is an amazing place for discovery. Of nature, yourself and great when shared with others.

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John Southworth
Volunteer Run Leader

The outdoors is your great escape, whether you are walking or running there’s always an adventure to be had. As the old saying goes, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”. So, if you’re going out into the great outdoors what could be better than doing it with a like-minded group of people. Socialise, exercise, and explore.

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Sue Tickle
Volunteer Hike Leader

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Donna Sherman
Volunteer Hike Leader

I signed up for my first Sunnywood hike just under a year ago and haven’t looked back since. The last 12 months have been filled with exciting challenges, stunning views, entertaining memories and lasting friendships.  I feel proud to be part of the Sunnywood team and look forward to meeting you on some new adventures in the great outdoors! 

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Helen
Volunteer Hike Leader

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George
Volunteer Hike Leader

Now we are steadily climbing uphill. We've had a brilliant day finding the best route, going down country lanes, climbing stiles, looking for footpaths across fields, walking through woods and being out in the fresh air. The mist has come down so now we are using the map and compass and working together to find the best way down. It's been a brilliant day.

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Sacha R
Volunteer Run Leader

Why would you want to be inside when we have the woods, trails and moors on our doorstep?
The scenery is ever changing and no 2 runs or walks are ever the same . There’s no better way to start or end the day exploring and enjoying the scenery and wildlife.

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Grant Adams
Volunteer Hike Leader

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Angela Ball
Volunteer Run Leader

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Lisa Riley
Volunteer Run Leader

In October 2020 I decided to try something different and try running with the Sunnywood Project even though I am not a runner. Running with this group has given me the confidence to run routes and distances I never thought I would ever achieve. I now love running outdoors in the amazing countryside right on our doorstep. 

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Paul Stevens
Volunteer Run Leader

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Morag Finch
Volunteer Run Leader

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Susan Sawbridge
Volunteer Run Leader

 I love being outdoors as it keeps me both physically and mentally balanced and I get to enjoy the stunning countryside on our doorstep.  Added bonus is that it gets me out of housework! Being part of a group allows me to be more adventurous than I would otherwise be.

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Volunteer Run Leader

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