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Coached Athlete: Mike Willers


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

 I hadn’t considered triathlon and knew very little about it at that stage. My brother challenged me to do a sprint tri (Stratford) in 2016 and came over to the UK to race it with me. I was out of shape so started some gentle training. At that stage I couldn’t swim 400m front crawl. Once I started to feel fitter I thought I would enter an early sprint tri (Southam) to see what it was all about. I was very slow but I loved it and was bitten by the triathlon bug. In that first season I raced four sprint triathlons, finishing with racing Stratford with my brother at the end of the season.

In 2017 I decided to push myself a little more and up the distance to 70.3. With a busy job, which includes shift work, I needed to train efficiently and I came across Do3 and Dave Knight. I went along for a taster swim session and was immediately welcomed. The combination of top level coaching and a fantastic group of people is addictive! In 2017 I raced Ironman 70.3 Staffs, Wimbleball and Weymouth. 

Continuing the journey, 2018 is the year I will become an ‘Ironman’ with Ironman UK in July. Yes triathlon training is hard work but training properly, being supervised by a coach, and training with like minded people makes it thoroughly enjoyable.

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: 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!

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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