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Squad Athlete: Guy Bicknell


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.

I progressed through the distances, moving up a level most years which culminated in doing my first Ironman in 2015. I’ve always tried to do races I’m motivated by which has included amazing experiences like swimming over reefs in Mexico and “escaping” from Alcatraz in San Francisco. As for running, I’ve subsequently smashed all my PB’s and having recently turned 40 seem to be going faster than ever in all three disciplines, long may that continue!!! As for aspirations, I’d like to earn a GB kit with my name on it, go under an hour for a sprint, under 2:10 for an Olympic and under 10 hours for an Ironman…… you need to aim high after all! 

  • Sprint: 1:02 Southam Sprint Tri 2018
  • Olympic: 2:17 Allerthorpe Olympic Tri 2015
  • Half Iron Distance: 4:46 Cotswold Classic 2016
  • Ironman: 10:37 Challenge Roth Iron Distance 2016

I’ve been part of Coventry Triathletes since 2011 which is a great local club who offer group rides, training by volunteers etc. However, in 2017 I linked up with Do3 which seems to have taken my involvement in the sport to another level. This year I’ve joined the commit programme which offers good tailored training after years of planning it myself from reading books etc. I am very self motivated so previously didn’t think I needed help with planning training as I always got out there and did loads of training. However, training smart and quality over quantity have really helped my performances with constant tweaking from the excellent qualified coaches. On top of all that the group has a number of very active members of al abilities, all of which are encouraging each other on the same journey. 

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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