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Coached Athlete: Anita Howe

I have always been interested in sport from an early age which has continued on throughout my life. In 2013 I decided to have a go at Triathlons whilst I was still fit enough after playing hockey for many years, and I have never looked back.

Tri a Tri in Cheltenham was my first event. The swim was in a pool but the bike and run were on grass so at the time I used my Mountain Bike. I continued to get well and truly hooked into the world of triathlon and managed my own training with the help from a work colleague who set me some swimming training.

Since then I competed in some sprints but mainly Olympic / Standard and one 70.3 Ironman and Duathlons in the winter months. I was surprised to come the first female at 70.3 in 2014 at the Ultimate Half. I have had podium finishes in my age group at different distances and duathlons. It was suggested to me why don’t I have a go at some of the qualification races to try and qualify to compete for GB aged group I was surprised when I did.

I have competed for my age group in Chicago and Holland for the World Championships and this year I am competing in Estonia at the Europeans and Australia for the Worlds.

Since I’ve been a part of DO3 I haven’t looked back and wish I’d made the move sooner. Everyone makes you feel so welcome and are friendly and are very supportive no matter your ability the encouragement is great and it pushes you - if you’re prepared to but the work in you will get the results.

With Dave as a Coach athlete the training is different to how I have previously been coach and I can feel the difference already stronger and fitter. The training is to your individual needs and key areas are highlighted early on where there is improvements to be made and from the off it’s a long term plan that won’t happen overnight so patient is the key and work.  I work shifts so getting my training set out for me in advance is great as I can then look ahead to see if I need to change a few sessions around I can.

I look forward to the future with DO3 and what it has in store for me and maybe look at moving up in distance. 

Do3 Athlete Profiles

We have a wide range of abilities within Do3 Squad, ranging from Pro's to newbies. Our athletes have a wide range of reasons for taking part in the sports we love and being involved in the squad. Some want to be super-competitive and win races and some simply want to stay fit and train alongside their squad-mates. If you are still unsure about whether you will fit in, take a look at some of our athlete profiles below. They are in no particular order, some are individually coached athletes and some are members of the wider squad. 

Squad Athlete: Neil Wicks: view details

My first ever real endurance event was the Stratford marathon in 2003. I was going to do the half-marathon but realised for an extra £2 I got double the distance. Bargain. However, finishing in a time of 4:00:50 annoyed me so I had to do more. This is how my triathlon journey started.

Coached Athlete: Anita Howe: view details

I have always been interested in sport from an early age which has continued on throughout my life. In 2013 I decided to have a go at Triathlons whilst I was still fit enough after playing hockey for many years, and I have never looked back.

Squad Athlete: John Wrottesley: view details

I was a club swimmer as a teenager, but stopped at about 16, and then rode horses competitively (Eventing) as my only sporting activity. 

15 years later I wanted to start swimming again to keep fit and lose a little extra weight that was creeping on year by year (I didn’t want to get too heavy for my horse) and by coincidence discovered Do3 Swim Squads were about to start locally so decided to give it a go.

Coached Athlete: Corinne Moss: view details

Completing a triathlon was one of the challenges I was set by my husband for the year I turned 40.  I’d always enjoyed the individual disciplines, but never had the confidence to put them all together.  My first event was the Avenger Middle Distance at Ragley Hall. I’d never run a half marathon before, let alone combined it with the 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike, so my goal was just to finish.  I ran the last mile with the biggest smile on my face, knowing I was going to make it, and that was it, I was hooked!  I finished 2nd in my category and 6th woman overall and was high as a kite for days! 

Squad Athlete: Lisa Parry: view details

I was a competitive swimmer as a teenager, but had rarely swum as an adult and had taken up running (slowly!) in my mid-20s. I always ran alone and entered my first sprint triathlon in 2014 for fun and without knowing any of the other competitors. In early 2016 I heard about a swim squad starting in Stratford and was pushed into joining to accompany a friend – I initially didn’t want to join as I thought it might be full of intimidating, experienced triathletes, who would look down their noses at me! How wrong I was.

Squad Athlete: Mel Knight: view details

I started running in 2010 when my employer sponsored a half and full marathon race and looked for volunteer runners…..

Squad Athlete: James Hartwright: view details

I’ve been doing triathlons for ages - ever since winning a saddle for coming 5th in an Ironkids event in 1988!  I’ve grown up with triathlon from the early days of garish swimming trunks and baggy vests through to super-aero sleeved trisuits and various fashion crimes in between!

Squad athletes: Sally Abell and Katriona Collins: view details

As two of the older women in the squad - they are 57 and 58 - Sally and Katriona have always been active, cycling regularly, running occasionally, walking miles and playing other sports (golf and tennis). When a friend challenged Sally to do a triathlon two years ago, it was the swimming that put her off. So she signed up with Do3’s swim squad and has improved from a spluttering half length of front crawl to being able to swim 50+ lengths in the hour-long sessions.

Coached Athlete: Paul Nash: view details

At the age of 50, I wanted to do an event to raise money for Cancer Charity, so I entered a “Super Sprint Triathlon” on the South Coast. It was a Sea swim, and too be honest I stood on the beach start line, 17st and nervous, wondering what I had entered. Well I struggled to swim 200m in the sea,  pedalled like mad on a “Mountain Bike” and got nowhere fast, and jogged and hobbled on a 2.5km run. It was not the fastest time, but I sat on the beach afterwards feeling totally elated and completely hooked, on the sport of Triathlon.

Coached Athlete: Andrew White: view details

My relationship with sport had always been a tick box mentality until I joined Do3. This way of thinking had led to me to doing many bucket list sporting challenges; swimming Alcatraz, swimming from Asia to Europe and Europe to Asia, running the full moon marathon in Norway under the northern lights and most recently completing Marathon Des Sables. 

Coached Athlete: Mike Willers: view details

I stopped playing rugby in 2012 when I hit 40 and things started hurting too much! I was a bit lost without any sport in my life until my brother raced a 70.3 event at Port Macquarie in Australia in 2015

Squad Athlete: Paul Squire: view details

Unlike the more serious athletes in the squad, I don’t have huge aspirations in the sport, but enjoy training with a great bunch of enthusiastic people. I’m keen to improve my fitness and hopefully keep chipping away my swimming CSS pace. 

Squad Athlete: Mike Davis: view details

I am somewhat of a novice in the world of Triathlon, less than 12 months ago I decided to do an Ironman after watching one on holiday in Lanzarote in May 2017. I was almost 15 stone and unfit and decided on a challenge to do the same race in 2018.

Squad Athlete: Guy Bicknell: view details

I’ve been training and competing in Triathlon since 2010 when I took up a new challenge with the Rugby Sprint Tri after feeling I’d achieved all I could in running and losing motivation.