Profile: Mary

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Name: Mary Wray

Qualifications: Snowsport England qualified ski and rollerski instructor. INWA nordic walking instructor.

Experience: Mary has competed in 10 different 'World Loppet' ski marathons across the world, which makes her a World Loppet Master. She’s been skiing for about 15 years and has competed in numerous rollerski races in London. She is also London Region Nordic Ski Club's lead instructor.

Other interests: discovering the hidden corners of southern Greece particularly the Mani area, learning Greek, nordic walking, swimming in the Mediterranean, running, photography, wine and food.

Ambitions: to encourage more people to take up Nordic sports (rollerskiing, cross-country skiing and nordic walking), and to try 'Loppets' (see

Favourite race: the German Konig Ludwig Lauf - it's easy to get to & a great Bavarian atmosphere, and the Canadian Keskinada race with its woodland trails and sweeping 'highways' just across from Ottawa.

Favourite ski area: Lots! The Engadine & the Dolomites for great track skiing, and Kvitavatn in Norway for a magic combination of track and off-track trails.

Favourite rollerski area: Richmond Park - wonderful after the gates close to cars when you share the Park with cyclists, runners, deer, foxes and owls.

What does she do: Participate in our London rollerski instruction programme and in 2008 co-lead cross country ski holidays in Seefeld for us and in Kvitavatn for Exodus.

Mary is also a qualified Nordic Walking Instructor - contact her directly to arrange a nordic walking lesson.

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