About the Team

Francine Davis

Francine Davis (mostly shortened to Fran for reasons of laziness) has always been passionate about sport and the outdoors and can bore people for hours about the intricate details of lacrosse, a sport she played for many years before swopping this for kick boxing when her knees started to protest too much. After a number of broken ribs she decided maybe she ought to try something a bit more sedate and joined Sussex Search and Rescue in 2009. An operational member of the unit and the committee, Fran was trying to persuade some members to undertake a bike ride between London and Geneva when Col mentioned the Arctic Challenge. Fran detests the cold and takes layering to the extreme impersonating the honey monster during winter (and some summer!) call outs – however the combination of trekking across the Arctic and raising much needed funds for the Search and Rescue unit  was too appealing to resist.

Living in North Sussex and married with two teenage children, Fran is also a keen snowboarder and works in private equity investment. 

Colin Watson

Col has always enjoyed the outdoors, camping and hiking. Then, in 2009, he went on an adventure. He then spent a year boring his friends and family with tales from his trip before realizing he needed something new to go on and on and on about so, in 2010, he joined Sussex Search and Rescue and has since become a dedicated member of both the operational team and the committee, taking on both training and PR roles, he hopes that this expedition will not only raise vital cash for the team but also public awareness of SusSAR and the excellent work they do.

Col also thinks he can write (his wife isn’t sure). He lives with his extremely supportive wife and two kids on the Surrey/Sussex border, is 36 and originally from the North East. He works for the government, but in his head he’s a successful adventurer and writer, maybe one day he will be.

Most of the time Col can be found talking arrant nonsense on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ColWatson where he probably uses the word “awesome” far too much, or venting his spleen about anything that takes his fancy at www.notevenbleeding.blogspot.co.uk 

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