About Us

 

 

 

Bruce Donald

Bruce has spent his life adventuring in the outdoors whether that be in his country of birth, South Africa or in the UK when he emigrated at the age of 18. Bruce has always pursued an active lifestyle and has taken this to the extreme in landscape, wilderness and sheer physical determination culminating in successfully completing the notorious ‘Toughest footrace on earth’, the Marathon Des Sables,in 2017.

Prior to this Bruce organized and lead a 5-man team cycling event from John O’Groats to Lands End; a self-supported cycle ride from the Midlands to Les Herroles in central France over 5 days; played 1st team rugby for Northampton Saints, captained the 2nd XV for a season, and also represented the Scottish Exiles, Penguins and England Colleges.

Aside from his rugby playing career, Bruce also stepped into management and leadership by accepting the position of Director of Rugby at Long Buckby RFC which he held for 4 years after which he was invited to Kettering RFC as the forwards and strength & conditioning coach.

Whilst managing Fitness First gym in Northampton, Bruce was involved in training a vastly diverse clientele from international rugby players to individuals who lacked confidence in attending a public gym.  One of his proudest achievements during this time was helping a man achieve a weight loss from 27 stone to 18.

The most recent success story came about when Bruce decided to lead a team in an attempt at the National Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hrs.  The 6 participants ranged from a teaching assistant, a jeweler, a nurse, an electrician and a physiotherapist.

The pre-event activity was vitally important with team building training walks, advice on fitness and preparation, planning of the routes and organizing accommodation, transport and menu.  A year’s planning and preparation paid off as all participants successfully achieved their goal, several of whom saying they could not have done it without Bruce’s support and encouragement.

Bruce’s determination in his own personal fitness goals has led to multiple successes – he is passionate about helping people to feel that same sense of achievement and intense satisfaction and intends WildDog Events to deliver this to all who participate.

Bruce lives his life by following these simple values: teamwork, respect, honesty, discipline and enjoyment!!!

 

 

 

Lisa Thipthorp

Lisa has a background in marketing and account management having worked for several years within a creative agency; she also brings an analytical approach to what makes people tick from her degree in Cognitive Science.  Lisa has worked in a relationship management role for the past few years which has included presenting and influencing at a senior level within the military.  Lisa has also managed and performed in a Soul band which she began 2 years ago and has developed strong sales and promotional skills.

Having faced her own demons with low self esteem following a challenging episode in her personal life, Lisa went about changing her relatively sedentary life for the better and now has a determination to grab every positive experience possible and ensure she works to live and doesn’t live to work.  Over the past 2 years Lisa has taken up cycling and running and kayaking and is a keen camper.  She isn’t the strongest at any of them but enjoys the health and wellbeing benefits they bring and loves to explore the great outdoors with like-minded people.  Over the past few years Lisa has organized a charity fundraising 12 hour music event, helped plan and support a successful 3 Peaks Challenge event for 8 people, completed several cycling sportives and then went on to help organize one which attracted over 100 participants. 

Lisa has a strong empathy with people and wants to help others feel that sense of achievement when they succeed at a challenge they never thought they could do. 

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