Reading, United Kingdom
Tessa has always been at home out in the wild. As an early rising toddler, she would sit on her father's shoulders as he ran through their local forest. She followed him into the sport of orienteering, enjoying the challenge of finding her own way over pathless moorlands. Tessa has loved and excelled at orienteering for much of her life, traveling the globe and winning multiple British championships. She thrives in unpredictable weather, finding as much motivation to run in a gale as on a bluebird sky day. Tessa’s deep appreciation for the simplicity of running is evident in her dedication: she always laces up her shoes and gets out no matter where she is, whether it be on flat land or nearly vertical. As a proper Brit, Tessa will never turn down a cup of tea (and always carries a few tea-bags with her, just in case). When she isn’t navigating her way out of a forest or surfing down scree, Tessa, who has a PhD in physical activity epidemiology, can be found crunching data and working as an academic at the University of Cambridge.
- Seven times British Orienteering Champion
- Fifth World Orienteering Championships sprint distance, 2013
- Third Vertical KM World Series, 2013
- First Snowdon International Race, 2012
Chasing the Rain
Words by: Tessa Strain Photos by: Jacob Slot I never realized how much I loved running in the rain until… Read more