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Coached Athlete: Paul Nash


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.

In 2018, I have just celebrated my 60th Birthday by completing the Ironman 70.3 Marbella event, which was both brutal and rewarding. And in the last 10 years I have completed 2 Full Ironman races (Mallorca & Louisville) and 15 Ironman 70.3 events.

I have been working with Dave and Do3 for 5 years, and he has moved me up from a basic swimmer to someone who enjoys the Open water swimming, and regularly takes part in long swim events. An average cyclists, to a competitor who regularly comes in the top 5% of my age category, but I am still a plodder on the run, so Dave has a challenge in 2018 of making me a runner.

So I am aiming to get to a podium place during 2018, with a hope to reach the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2019. So Dave has loads to do on me, especially the run aspect.

One of the enjoyable things within the Do3 Squad is the comradery and support for all the members regardless of age, level or ability. Everyone is genuinely supportive, and rejoices in completing races, and completing demanding training sessions alike. As one of the elder members of the squad, I am often ask about the course layout and logistics, as have races numerous Sprints/Olympics and Ironman races in UK, Europe and USA. 

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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