As a result of a career in HM forces and the police service, I was a late starter in the sport of triathlon.
I was 40 years of age and fairly out of condition when I decided to do something about it. I stopped smoking and decided to spend the money that I was saving on joining a gym. It was then that I discovered the sport of triathlon, starting with the ‘Telford Tinman’ as so many people did in Shropshire. Before that I was barely able to swim two lengths of the pool.
I loved the event to such an extent that I became a qualified fitness professional to find out how to train and why, instead of relying on generic programmes from the internet. I also began helping others to discover the benefits of regular exercise and strength conditioning, the last 11 years of which have been at Castle Country Club, Rowton, near Shrewsbury.
Since then, I have competed in 5 IRONMAN Triathlons & over 20 Half IRONMAN events, and have had the amazing experience of representing Great Britain in my age group at both the World and European Triathlon Championships.
I am a great believer in taking control of our lives and planning what we do, ‘Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail’