Meet the Committee
I’m fairly new to the world of Triathlon, having mainly been a runner in the past. It was only after getting into road cycling in 2016 to cope with running injuries that I realised I was only a wetsuit away from becoming a triathlete!
I threw myself into the sport, quickly building up from Sprint to Olympic and then to Half Iron distances in my first year. Around the same time I realised that I desperately needed some coaching with my swimming and so joined Swindon Triathlon Club. The Club has been welcoming and I’ve made plenty of new friends all with the shared interest of swimming biking and running! The support from the coaches within the club is great and all abilities are welcomed and catered for at each of the training sessions.
Since joining the club I’ve made the most of the coached swim and run training, enjoying the variety of the sessions and slowly improving my times and overall fitness. Totally hooked by the world of Tri I now spend much of my spare time in various dodgy Lycra outfits training with the club for my next event.
I have always been reasonably fit but at the grand age of 39 was asked to compete in a sprint triathlon.
At first, I was not interested because I had not been running for approximately 20 years and could only swim breaststroke. But nevertheless, I took up the challenge.
I started running 3K twice a week and at first went to the local pool to improve my swimming. I then decided to join the Swindon triathlon club.
The swimming coaching is outstanding, and I enjoy the Thursday night swims even though I am still one of the slowest swimmers.
The coaches have improved my stroke and fitness over the years and members have encouraged me to push myself each year.
In 2019 I completed my first Ironman in Wales in a very respectable 12hour 14mins.
I’ve always been into sports & got invited to participate in a team relay triathlon at Dorney Lake, Windsor in 2009.
I ended up exceeding my personal expectations and went on from there. I typically only do 3 or 4 triathlons a year, but am working up the distance as well as the variability of the events from local sprint events such as Highworth, to lake events in the Cotswold Water Park and in 2013 an Olympic distance sea event in the Gower.
The training is addictive, gives you a natural high and my times keep getting better thanks to our professional coaches and the relatively light hearted competitiveness of the club members.
I had always written off endurance sports as not for me. I’d previously been into figure skating and climbing but in 2017 I had too much time on my hands and bought a bike and enjoyed cycling. I tried my local parkrun and got hooked on running not long after, then I thought why not add a third sport to the mix and take the plunge into triathlon.
Having not swum front crawl since I was a kid I felt a bit intimidated but thanks to the encouraging club swim sessions I was confident swimming around the lake in no time. The supportive and competitive atmosphere of the club has helped motivate and structure my training and I am loving the variety of the sport, never a dull day!
This year I completed my first half distance race, I thoroughly enjoyed it surprising myself with my time.
After being a keen runner and gym goer for many years, I wanted to try cycling and triathlon after watching the London 2012 Olympics. I finally took the plunge in 2014 when my friend suggested that I sign up for Challenge Weymouth (half iron distance). I didn’t need much encouragement.
One bike later and several hundred pounds spent, I had myself a bike, some strange skin tight lycra mankini and lots of swimming toys. I learnt how to use cleats and cycle, had swimming lessons and found myself completing my first half iron distance event within a year.
I realised I was a sucker for punishment and was hooked.
This year you will find me training for my first iron distance race in Copenhagen, the half outlaw event and the white horse challenge to name a few. But it is my love for training and helping others that got me into get involved with the Swindon Tri club 2 years ago. I love training, meeting new people and encouraging others to take the plunge. If I can do it, anyone can.
I have been a triathlete for nearly half of my life and can truly say that it has shaped me in many more ways than just swimming, cycling and running. Triathlon requires focus, patience, skill and a willingness to learn – all traits that are good for any walk of life. It is really simple although many of us try to make it complicated – myself included! There is a freedom and huge sense of personal achievement to be gained from each and every session. During my time in the sport I have made some great friends and met amazing people and continue to be humbled by the exploits of those around me.
My own story is that as a child I was a national level swimmer. I fell into triathlon in the mid 90’s when I took part in a triathlon relay – obviously doing the swim leg! The following year I borrowed a road bike and took part in my first triathlon. It was the hardest event I had ever done (it was an odd distance between sprint and Olympic distance) but I was hooked. Since those early days I progressed through the distances up to my first Ironman in 2007. I won my age at Ireland 70.3 in 2012 and went to Las Vegas for the Half Ironman world championships in 2013. I also represented GB in France at the age group long distance world championships that year. In 2014 at the Outlaw I finished 10th individual in 9:45. Since then my own triathlon racing has taken a back seat although I have competed in various time trials on the bike and completed three marathons. I do, however, still harbour a desire to race in Kona so never say never.
I started coaching in 2013 after 17 years in the sport, when I decided that at that stage I might just know enough to help others!
I swam competitively at County, National and District level in a variety of distances and strokes. I also ran for the County in both track and cross country events.
My involvement with triathlon began when I was asked to be the swimmer in various triathlon relay events. After getting the bug for the sport I competed in a few triathlons but, due to a distinct lack of bike skills, has hung up my cycling shorts and focused on swimming and running instead.
An active member of Swindon Tri Club since 2006, I am a qualified swim teacher and coach the Saturday sessions where I enjoy focusing on improvement and technique.