I have been involved in triathlon since the days when race day nutrition involved shoving flapjack down your speedos and using aid stations was for wimps!
Since those early years I have seen triathlon evolve from a minority sport for the unhinged to a mainstream sport for the even more unhinged! I completed my first triathlon in 1990, finishing the National Championships in Wakefield in a time of 2 hours 55 minutes which placed me just about last. Some way ahead of me, a very young Spencer Smith was battling it out with Simon Lessing for the National title. Bitten by the triathlon bug I entered every event in the region, at that time a sum total of three! Including the infamous Yorkshire Dales Triathlon~ possible the toughest race I’ve ever done.
Over the next few years the sport grew beyond recognition and I grew to love the sport. To try and improve my times I read all the training articles, books, magazines, experimented with different diets and followed every conceivable training plan. Through this process I managed to reduce my Olympic distance time to 1 hour 57 minutes using many of the same training sessions, techniques and philosophy that I now use with people I coach.
Since that first nervous outing at Wakefield in 1990 I have:
- completed over 250 triathlons, duathlons, and aquathlons
- completed 7 Iron distance races
- completes 10 half Iron distance races
- been North West Champion at duathlon, sprint and Olympic distant on several occasions
- represented England at the one and only Home Nation Iron distance Championships in 2001
- represented Great Britain age group at both Duathlon and Triathlon World Championships in Madeira, Lausanne and Guernica.
- qualified for both Hawaii Ironman and 70.3 world championships on two occasions
- within the last three years I have won age group at 70.3 races in Australia, Mexico and Las Vegas, recording a PB of 4 hours 20 minutes
After a fifteen year absence from Ironman I made a return in 2015 competing in Ironman UK. Despite a disappointing race including a flat tyre and several unplanned visits to the Portaloos I managed to finish 7th in my age group, finishing the race with a 3.30 marathon time. To redeem this performance I finished the season with an age group win at Sundowner Half Ironman distance race.
Despite all my achievements over the past 25 years I still consider winning the Haslingden High School Parent and Pupil Fun Run as my greatest honour!
I have been coaching triathletes for the past 15 years. Initially as the Head Coach with Rossendale Triathlon Club. In 2010 I moved away from club coaching to focus on coaching individual athletes as this is where my passion lies. For the past 6 years I have been working with individual clients. I have coached a wide variety of athletes who come to me with differing levels of experience and ability. From absolute beginners right through to experienced age group athletes. In 2015 I supported over sixteen athletes across the finish line at various Ironman events including 9 Newbies at Ironman UK. In 2016 I have coached 15 athletes to fulfil their Ironman dreams. In 2017 I supported 12 athletes onto the the mystical red carpet. Along side those athletes training for Ironman I currently also coach several athletes looking to qualify to represent GB at age group level in 2017.
- In 1994 I completed a 1 year Sports Coaching Diploma at St Martins College, Lancaster
- In 2006 I completed Certificate in Exercise Studies at City College Manchester
- In 2014 I was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to sport in Lancashire
- In 2015 I completed Triathlon England Level 2 coaching qualification with the highest grades possible
- In November 2015 I completed the Intense 3 day Swim Smooth Coaching Course
- I am currently a Triathlon England Level 3 High Performance Trainee