I am a 22 year old IT Analyst, part-time triathlete and Warwick University graduate. In the July of 2015, I received my First Class degree in Discrete Mathematics. Having never done Computer Science before and being introduced to a new and more demanding type of Maths, the demands of studying Discrete Mathematics meant that although I was very keen on going to university and doing tonnes of training, I found myself struggling to fit any of it in, especially the scheduled session as it all seemed to clash with my studying and lectures.
In my first year, I manage to squeeze in a bit of running here and there, sometimes even going out after a days work on a Friday at midnight. However, swimming was a no go and I was only cycling 100km once a week, if I could sacrifice a Saturday morning that was. I found it harder and harder to go to the Wednesday spin and core sessions, which were absolutely amazing.
On the 19th October 2013, at the beginning my second year at Warwick, I competed in the Althorp duathlon, my first proper race. I ended up finishing 1st in my Age Group and in the Top 10 overall and as it was a qualifier for the 2013 Ottawa ITU Duathlon World Championships, I apparently did enough to qualify to race for team GB. This encouraged me to do more and therefore, I decided to reorganise and plan my timetable to compete and train more seriously. After that, I decided to commit and increased my training to 15-20 hours a week. It was absolutely amazing and the races were really addictive. It turned out to be the mark of many more races to come, the start of an amazing sporting year and life as I now know it.
Along the way, I’ve met new friends, qualified as a spin instructor and caught the addictive bug of training, racing and pushing myself to achieve more, represent GBR at both the ETU European Championships in duathlon and triathlon and the ITU World Championships in duathlon, in countries all around the world including; Spain, Switzerland, Germany and as far as Australia, competing at the highest level and doing the sport I love. You can read about my journey to get to where I am now and the races I’ve done in the blogs I’ve written, which you can find on the home page.
Although Althorp was my first proper race in the UK, I’ve always been sporty and have always gone to Club La Santa every year. A few years ago, at 17, I decided to do an ‘unofficial’ Ironman over a 24hr period for a charity called ‘Alive and Well’, which drills water wells in Sierre Leone, as I was too young to take part in the real Ironman, and since then have also competed in the 2014 Wales Ironman but unfortunately had massive knee injuries and therefore will be looking to do another one in the future, especially as my main aim is to go to Kona for the Ironman World Championships, but for now I’ve decided to keep it to Standard Distance duathlon’s and Olympic and Middle distance triathlon’s.