Before triathlon I had cycled a bit when I was young, I completed the maracycle a couple of times when I was 15 and 16 but as soon as I learned to drive the bike got hung up. I still have the Raleigh strada my dad bought me back then hanging in my garage, 25 years later. I wish I had stuck at it.
A few years later I took up running and done a few marathons including Paris, New York, Prague, London and Barcelona.
When and why did you start triathlon?
“My first experience” of triathlon was the Crooked Lake sprint distance, my brother Gerard had done it a few times and said I should give it a go.I ended up narrowly beating him on the day, although he did puncture. I don’t think he ever got over it. That was me hooked. I loved the competitiveness of it.
Not long after I was booked into Ironman Austria. What a road trip that was. 17 club members taking part that year, most of us packed into a van with bikes and luggage leading on an adventure. NTC ON TOUR!
I’ve since competed in Ironman Austria, Zurich, Nice, Mallorca and Barcelona.
What's your favourite event to date?
“Favourite event” having taken part in the now famous “blue envelope challenge” my wife Jennifer nominated me to enter the lottery for a slot in the infamous Norseman Extreme Triathlon in Norway. This was the Holy grail for anyone interested in long distance triathlon, and when I received a email several weeks later confirming my entry I thought it was a wind up.
“There’s nothing like fear to make you train harder”Supported by Jennifer and my training buddy Spacer, the Norseman was truly an amazing experience.
Goals for 2016?
This year’s goals where, gauntlet half ironman (May),Four peaks Mountain bike challenge Austria (June) Lost Sheep half ironman (sept)
I was mostly looking forward to supporting my training buddy Neil Mc Donald in his quest to complete the celtman extreme triathlon in Scotland in June.
What's your favourite distance?
Favourite distance: Ironman
What's your favourite discipline?
Favourite discipline: cycling I really enjoy taking part in our local sportives and racing the club leagues.
What does NTC mean to you?
To me NTC is an outlet where like minded people can train together with the common goal of becoming fitter, faster and healthier but ultimately having fun along the way. The club is a fantastic place for people to gain invaluable training and experience from club coaches and other members in the disciplines of swim, bike and run.
Having been nominated as club chairperson for the past two years it is a privilege to be involved in the day to day running of the club alongside our fantastic committee members who work tirelessly to provide a variety of structured training and racing for all ages and abilities throughout the year.
It would be great to see more junior members in the club, as I think triathlon is a fantastic sport to be involved in at a young age.