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Alun Hanford Athlete Ambassador

by Alexandra Parren

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Alun got into the sport of triathlon after being encouraged by a work colleague and hasn't looked back since. He's now got his sights set on the 70.3 World Championships. 

Have you always been into sport?

I played football up the age of about 15 and then didn't pick up sporting activities again until I was about 22. From 22 I started lifting weights at a local gym around 4 to 5 times per week and also dabbled in Muay Thai (Thai Boxing). I didn’t do my first triathlon until September 2013, at the age of 26. 

What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

A work colleague mentioned that they were entering a local Olympic distance triathlon and suggested I join them. I fancied trying something new so decided to give it a go. I completed the sprint distance and was instantly hooked.

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

Ironman 70.3 Mallorca without a doubt; I have raced there twice now and loved it both times. The event itself is very well organised, the weather is generally great and the course is amazing, especially the bike.

And your proudest achievement?

Representing Great Britain at age group level for the 2017 European Championships in Herning, Denmark was pretty special.

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

At the European Championships in Herning, Denmark my wetsuit zipper broke as I entered the water prior to the swim start. It meant swimming the 1.9km course with the back of my wetsuit completely open!

How do you overcome setbacks?

Firstly I try to remember that, at times, life will get in the way of your best laid plans. I try not to dwell on things that are outside of my control. If, for instance I have a setback due to injury or illness, then I will look back at my training diary and see if there are lessons to be learned, perhaps over-training or poor sleep quality etc.

What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?

Don’t focus too much on what other people are doing. Learn what works best for you and above all things, remember to enjoy the sport.

What are your goals for 2018?

Running goals

  • 10 mile: Sub 1 hour
  • Half Marathon: Sub 1:20
  • Marathon: Sub 3 hours (Complete at Southampton Marathon in 2:59:51)

Triathlon goals

  • Qualify for the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championships

Who do you take your inspiration from?

I would have to say all of the top level age group triathletes who are juggling work/life with their hobby.

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

I really like what the brand stands for in terms of its ethics.

My favourite bit of kit would have to be the Sundried Grande Casse Men's Hoody. It looks great and is lightweight which makes it perfect for training in.

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