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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!

Competitive experience

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!

Coaching experience

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.

Coaching qualifications
  • 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
  • In October 2018 I graduated from British Triathlon’s Level 3  High Performance Coach Programme