“Attempting a World record to be the oldest ever to complete a solo crossing of The English Channel was never going to be easy. I needed a team of supporters. Hour upon hour in the freezing cold sea, training for months and years, day after day.
By comparison the sessions in the gym under the expert personal instruction of Ashley were relatively joyous occasions. Paying particular attention to safety and injury prevention Ash guided me to the event, keeping me motivated and interested, making me do all sorts of things that I would not have done left to my own devices. Preparing me for the unexpected.
Now that it is all over I am back with Ashley because you never know when the next challenge will present itself and it is better to be prepared!”
– Roger Allsopp
“As a family we have enjoyed our membership at the La Grande Mare a great deal over the past few years. We make regular use of the swimming pool which has enabled our daughter Carrie to become water confident at a very young age and has encouraged her to continue making excellent progress with her swimming.
The well equipped gym has also been a focus for both myself and my husband Stuart in our efforts to retain and increase our fitness levels. For Stuart the true key to success has been intense personal training with Ashley along with regular boot camp attendance. Stuart has already achieved a significant weight loss of 4 stone since the beginning of 2012 and as a direct result has experienced immediate health benefits.
In addition to our use of the gym and spa area, we often enjoy time in the bar area, here the staff are always very friendly and welcoming, providing a relaxed atmosphere to compliment the superb La Coupaie coffee.”
– Stuart and Fiona Dowding