Ceri Rees is the founder of Wild Running Ltd, as well as the event director for the Something Wild Trail Running Festival and the Wild Dart Swim and co organiser of the Wild Night Run Series and director of Something Wild Events.
An experienced Upland and Mountain Marathon runner/Trail Runner, with an in-depth knowledge of Dartmoor National Park and most of South Devon trails. He has been known to tour the country’s National Parks, in search of the perfect coffee. He also writes for several outdoor magazines.
– Qualified Mountain Leader (Summer)
– Experienced teacher, navigation instructor and running guide.
– Outdoor First Aid Qualified
– Former member of UK Endurance Squad and ex-International athlete
Competition: Four times winner of The Grizzly, three national junior cross country titles. Winner of several regional and national events including multiple fell races across the south of England, three times winner of the Salomon Kielder off road marathon (2012/21013/2014). Winner of Drogo Castle 10 mile fell race (Devon race of the year) 2012/2012 and 2015. Stage winner in the Transalpine Run.
He once worked in Kenya for Olympic legend Kip Keino, before graduating with a BSc in PE Sports Science and Recreation Management from Loughborough University, where he was captain of the top British students cross country team. He became a journalist, working in Scotland, Paris, Newcastle upon Tyne, Basingstoke and Bournemouth where he also edited the outdoors section of the Daily Echo newspaper. During this time, he played semi-professional first team rugby for Northern RFC, Basingstoke RFC, Complutense University in Madrid and Vincennes FCR in Paris, as well as for Northumberland County, as a winger and full back. He also raced dinghies in Poole harbour and completed several triathlons.
After sustaining a rugby neck injury, he returned to his first love-running and has since renewed and developed his love for wild running (running in upland, moorland, downs, forests, coast and farm trails). After walking across Spain in 2008, he had a reawakening of sorts, quitting his job as a journalist to explore the Andes, before returning to Devon where he set up Wild Running as a social enterprise.