“If we dare to win, we should also dare to lose”

Dato Lee Chong Wei, an Olympic medal winner for 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and Malaysia’s National Hero

ROBERT BLAKE

Robert’s career was in British Airborne Forces. The one thing that Paras learn is that ‘nothing is impossible’. ‘Train Hard, Fight Easy’ is their motto, and many local trail runners know that Robert always applies this dictum to his own training.

Robert was a British Olympic Squad fencer in his younger days, and later played polo for Hong Kong. As a Jungle Warfare Instructor and Jungle Survival Instructor he has operated in most jungles, from South America, to Africa, to Asia. He is Winter Warfare Survival trained in the Arctic as well, just for the contrast. He commanded the Joint Services Parachute Centre, and was both a Free-Fall Parachute Instructor and a Relative Work Coach for more than 20 years. Robert was a dinghy instructor on Lasers, and also ran British Divisional and Army Ski Championships for several years. Robert is an FITM Certified Fitness Instructor.

He has been a life-long scuba diver, diving most of the best dives sites worldwide (well, the warm water ones, anyway!) – and now specialises in macro underwater photography. He is an enthusiastic Ultra Trail runner, and regularly competes in all the iconic Sabah races – TMBT, Climbathon, Borneo International Marathon, Ranauthlon etc., not to mention famous UK ones as well. Well known to most Sabah runners, he focuses on encouraging new runners, and proving to them that they can run the distance.

Together with his partner Ian, Robert runs Warrior Fitness KK, and is passionate about introducing new people to fitness training and outdoor activities. He brings his military experience in organising and running assault courses to his experience in race directing in Sabah.

IAN EDWARDS

Ian is a former soldier now residing in Kota Kinabalu. Ian served with the British Army on numerous deployments around the world. Coming from an Army family he is well travelled, never staying anywhere longer than two years until he came to Sabah.

Ian has been a full time diving coach for over twenty years and has been diving for 25 years. He has helped thousands of new divers master the basic and the advanced sides of diving, and has a passion for helping people achieve their goals. Ian is a Master Instructor and has helped many people get in to professional careers in the diving world, especially local Sabahans.

Ian is a familiar face on the Ultra trail races around Sabah, and has never failed to finish any race that he has started. He has 3 TMBTs (2x 50km 2x 100km), 1 Sabah Adventure Challenge, and 2x Beaufort 60km races under his belt, together of course with Ranauthlon, Mesilauthon and BIM.

Ian retired from managing a busy dive centre at the end of 2014, so that he could concentrate full-time on Warrior Bootcamp KK.

Ian says that he has a ‘will not quit attitude towards his running, and towards life in general.’

Ian is also a EFR Instructor (Emergency First Response) and a Oxygen Provider Instructor. He has taught many people the skills of First aid. He is also aiming to become an EFR Instructor Trainer by the end of 2015.

Ian’s Personal aims for the near future are to extend the distance and quantity of his Ultra Trail runs, with an end goal of being faster around trails. But his main focus for the future is to make Warrior KK a success. He has now qualified as a FITM Certified Fitness Instructor.

Like Robert, Ian brings extensive military experience in organising assault courses and obstacle races.

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