Co-founder of My Sporting Times and always up for a challenge! Having spent 17 years in the IT Industry I finally made the jump to live out a lifelong promise and do a job that I truly loved.
I am passionate about Open Water Swimming and Triathlon, and have completed Ironman UK, Ironman Lanzarote and Norseman. My specific areas of expertise are Transition, having never managed a sub 6 minute Transition, and after race celebrations....I fell asleep in my beer after Norseman!!
My ambition is to make My Sporting Times as good as it possibly can be, so please feel free to give me any feedback you may have.
Have fun, do what you love and love what you do.
Co-founder of My Sporting Times and the resident ‘old boy'; Kev is nearly 100 years old now and has done everything from Squash Professional to trolley maid with a well known British airline.
Having spent nearly 15 years as a professional athlete, he is now starting to fall apart so NEVER ask him how he is feeling unless you are prepared for a long, medically indexed list of ailments! Despite his age and general condition he has successfully completed Ironman UK, Ironman Lanzarote and a host of other Triathlon races and remains fanatical about Triathlon and Sport in general.
He can normally be found somewhere warm, with a cup of Hot Chocolate in hand and always welcomes a chat.
"If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down, because that means I didn't run hard enough”....whilst this quote is often attributed to Steve Jones, we think he nicked it from Andy!!
Some say that Andy was raised in a remote village on the African plains, but we're not sure? What we do know is that this boy can run, with a Marathon PB of 2:35 we certainly won't be going for a run with him....fortunately he can also drink so Kev and I do get to spend some time with him!!
Here are a few words from Andersmac himself:
"I've run 25 marathons and 8 ultra marathons over the past 10 years and have slowly lowered my marathon PB down to 2:35. My real love is for hilly off-road running with a bit of navigation thrown in, although my running pals over the years have had occasional cause to question my sense of direction! I've dabbled with Duathlons and Triathlon in the past couple of years and love the challenges that come with learning a new skill, but I don't think I'll ever be a natural in the water....in fact it has been noted that my swim technique resembles a drowning man! Having cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End and completed the Round the Rock Ultra in Jersey last year, I'm now looking for my 2012 challenge!"
Andy was a Personal Trainer for 5 years and also did a stretch in the world of running retail so feel free to grab some time with him in the shop or try and catch him on a run....if you think you're fast enough!
Jezzer is our resident massage man and he is VERY good, he is also the only man we know that can inflict intense pain with his little finger!! In his own words....
"Having used a regular massage session as part of my training for the UK Ironman, I decided to change career and train as a Sports Massage Therapist practicing around Berkshire. I have subsequently completed Ironman UK, the Marathon des Sables and the 85 mile Ridgeway Challenge run and specialise in working with endurance athletes from all sports including triathlon.”
Jezzer will be available at the lake offering massage sessions in blocks of 15 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the season. In addition he is also available for longer 40 minute sessions on Sunday mornings by prior arrangement, please see www.sports-solutions.net for further information or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Russ is a full time Ironman athlete who we have adopted to make ourselves look really fit....although he does make us feel very lazy when he talks about his weekly training schedule. This is what Russ says about himself....
“After nine years working as a web developer I quit my job and adopted the life of a full time endurance athlete. My objective is to find out how good I can be when I can commit all my time and energy to developing my abilities as an athlete. I've spent the last year of my life totally focussed on my endurance and fitness goals; I spent six months living on the Gold Coast in Australia, a month in Lanzarote, the odd week in the Pyrenees and time in Hawaii.” Read more about Russ at www.trainstravels.co.uk
Russ can usually be found watching over our swimmers from the jetty at the swim centre. He has a wealth of knowledge, gained through research and 1st hand experience, on all aspects of endurance sport, from training to nutrition, so feel free to pick his brains....and prepare yourself for a comprehensive answer!
Clive gave up his day job, running an engineering company 2 years ago to become a full time triathlon coach (Level 3 BTA). Joining Kev in the "old boys club", he will still give most youngsters a run for their money.
Competing as a GB Age Group athlete around the world, he has gained a wealth of knowledge, which he is more than welcome to share with the athletes he coaches. He has coached swimming for over 15 years, developing a step by step approach to improving their stroke. To quote him "I think it helps to have learnt to swim again later in life as you can relate to the experiences your athletes are going through as they improve"
Having had a successful season in 2009 winning his age group in London Tri and placing 12th (Best Brit) at World Championships in Australia's Gold Coast, he is moving up to 70.3 distance for 2010 hoping to qualify for Florida in November.
Clive will be available at the Lake most days for advice as well as group and 1:2:1 sessions throughout the summer, so don't be shy to ask any question you have about triathlon.
Jennie is a girl...amongst men! She is also a full time Sports Therapist & Fitness Instructor, and a Beauty Therapist who specialises in waxing male triathlete's legs if they're brave [read stupid] enough. We don't want any hair removal going on at the lake so please speak to Jennie directly if you are interested in any of the above. This is what Jennie says about herself:
"I haven't done anything amazing like the Marathon De Sable or an Ironman (yet) like the others but I have been doing Triathlon for 4 years now and couldn't even swim when I first decided to take up the challenge; I have now completed numerous Sprint & Olympic distance races & the New Forest Half. In 2010 I am doing the UK 70.3, the Vitruvian & some 100 mile Sportives in preparation for Ironman Austria next year; I am totally hooked on Triathlon and it has changed my life for the better. After spending 20 years doing weight training and gym work there's nothing like getting out in the great outdoors and swimming in open water, cycling in the countryside & running through the woods."
Jennie will be working with us at the Lake on Saturdays so please head over and have a chat; however when she says "I am totally hooked on Triathlon" that really is an understatement so don't expect to have a quick chat as she loves to talk about our sport!
Running and triathlon enthusiast Dom is the latest addition to the My Sporting Times team. After qualifying as a Solicitor and practising for two years, Dom has left 'the dark side' to join My Sporting Times to focus on our fantastic range of event mementos and Race Director packages.
He has been competing in triathlons for five years now, from London to Lanzarote, stepping up to Ironman distance for the first time at Ironman UK in 2009. Dom loves to compete under the moniker of "the Dominator" and would claim to be somewhat of a power-house, though we know that he is prone to regular power-cuts when the going gets tough! Here are few words from Dom:
"I am probably one of the strongest athletes that I know."
Aside from his lack of self-confidence, Dom is an ultra-enthusiastic and friendly member of the team who is always happy to give out training tips and advice, whether he has been asked for them or not! He has a plethora of motivational quotes but his current favourite was from Brit Ironman star Phil Graves "for me, the best race pace is suicide pace.... and today is good day to die!"