running marathon athlete

Dan has always been into sport and has realised his dream of achieving World Championship level. He talks to Sundried about life in multi-sport.

Have you always been into sport?

I have always been into sport and competing from a very young age. It is a major part of my life. 

What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

I have always enjoyed running and cycling and felt I was reasonably strong in both disciplines, swimming on the other hand was something I really needed to work on. I thought it would be a good idea to put all these together and give it a go. Needless to say I am sticking to duathlon.

What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

The first time the World Triathlon series came to Leeds was pretty special. This is where I grew up, so for me to race around the centre of Leeds on closed roads was a great feeling in front of a fantastic crowd.

And your proudest achievement?

This has to be racing at the European Championships in Ibiza last October wearing the Team GB trisuit. I was competing in the Sprint Duathlon. This was a very proud moment with my family watching on. I finished  8th in the race.

Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

Fortunately, I have not had any racing disasters in duathlon/triathlon to date. However, my toughest cycle event was the Tour de Yorkshire in 2015. I suffered serious cramping, extreme cold/wet and needed a tyre change. I never thought I would see the finish line, but I eventually made it.

How do you overcome setbacks?

I have had setbacks with various injuries. I make sure I get the correct treatment/physio and make sure I rest properly and don’t rush back. I always try to stay positive in this situation to get through it.

What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

For me, it is the amount of hours you need to be prepared to train and the cost of taking part in races across the country.

What are your goals for 2019?

My goal for the last couple of years was to be competing at the World Championships. This year I will be at the World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain representing Team GB and hoping for a strong finish.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

Over the years I have watched so much sport including the Olympics and seen what the Brownlee brothers have achieved. This is inspiring to anyone interested in sport.

What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

Sundried is an ethical company that does not produce harmful products. It also has a pledge to charity ‘Water For Kids’. As a parent, this is something I am keen to support.

My favourite bit of kit is the Sundried Roteck 2.0 mens leggings, they are comfortable and great for running in.