26 October 2017 0 Comments

Brits at Kona

Tri 247 has produced an interesting list of elite British results at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. What’s interesting about this list is the comparative success of the Brit women compared to the men. David McNamee’s 3rd place finish this year was the first time ever a British male has finished on the podium […]

17 July 2017 2 Comments

Worse than I hoped, better than I feared

The alarm beeped intrusively at 3:28 in our hotel room at the Premier Inn at Malthouse Farm. Billy Winn and I had shared accommodation for Ironman UK last year, and it seemed to work OK – no disturbance for family and dogs who could slumber on ready for their exertions on the side of the […]

10 July 2017 2 Comments

Home Stretch

The training is done, there is nothing more to be do other than have as restful and healthy a week as possible. So having a day trip down to London today, a course in Newcastle tomorrow and a day in reading on Wednesday is just ideal! Hopefully I’ll have time for a little run tomorrow, […]

1 July 2017 0 Comments

Hopes and Dreams

It has just gone 9 in the evening and I’m looking out of my conservatory window across a windy, misty and rainswept Lune Valley. At this time of the evening in two weeks I’ll be in bed contemplating starting my 6th Ironman and 4th Ironman UK. That’s 6 more than most people will ever do […]

3 August 2016 0 Comments

Ironman 5: The Recovery

It is now 2

26 July 2016 0 Comments

Ironman UK – How did the race plan work out?

It’s just over a week since I crossed the finish line in Bolton and stopped the clock in 13 hours, 54 minutes and 48 seconds. It was my fifth Ironman and my first Ironman UK since 2010. In terms of time, it was my second fastest Ironman (my pb remains Regensburg in 2011 at 13:36:28), […]

18 July 2016 0 Comments

Ironman UK – the big report

After 4 successful Ironman races I was beginning to feel reasonably relaxed about the build up to Ironman UK, 2016. Registration was no hassle and apart from a bit of traffic around T1 for bike racking I got back to race briefing at Bolton Wanderers’ stadium in a pretty calm state. This would be my […]

4 July 2016 0 Comments

Home Straight

  Clicking “submit” on your entry into an Ironman always has a slight air of unreality about it, not least because for most races you have to enter so early to secure your slot that there

2 December 2015 0 Comments

2015 – The Toughest Year Yet

2015 for me was all about returning to Ironman racing. After 3 seasons of half ironman and Olympic distance racing I felt I had recovered sufficiently properly from my Achilles problem to up the ante once more and compete in an Ironman. Ironman UK had already sold out by the time I decided to enter […]

2 December 2015 1 Comment

My Favourite Triathlons

Updated November 2015 and first published in 2010 These are my favourite triathlons. Most of them I’ve done more than once, and you’ll notice that they are all lake or reservoir swims (except Windsor, which is a river swim, and Wales which is a sea swim). They also all have countryside based bike legs. Not […]

2 December 2015 0 Comments

Hard, Harder, Hardest… Part 2

A continuation of my Ironman Wales race report part 1. Rather than have a cavalry charge of 2000 lemmings into the sea, the organisers at Tenby sensibly opted for a rolling start. So, after the hooter sounded my pen of similarly useless swimmers had a good 10 minutes of shuffling before we entered the sea. […]

2 November 2015 0 Comments

Hard, Harder, Hardest…

The guy leading race briefing at Ironman Wales on the Saturday night revelled in his one liner: “There’s hard, harder, hardest (pause for effect),

22 September 2015 0 Comments

Don’t let its reputation put you off

Over 2,000 athletes entered Ironman Wales last week. Clearly they weren’t put off by the tough reputation of the course; and they were right not to be. We were treated to a fantastic race day experience. Here are 5 reasons why Ironman Wales should be right at the top of your list of “must do” […]

20 September 2015 0 Comments

Ironman Wales: How Did My Race Plan Work Out?

So, I crossed the line successfully in Tenby last weekend to finish my first Ironman for 4 years and my 4th overall, but how did the race performance measure up against my expectations, and how did my race plan work out? In all 3 of my previous Ironman races I have gone progressively quicker on […]

12 September 2015 1 Comment

The wait is almost over

I’m lying on my bed in my hotel room. My bike has been racked, transition bags hung up and nothing else left to do except race briefing, supper and an early bed. Tenby is buzzing expectantly, caf