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Chris Panther Athlete Ambassador

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Chris started swimming at a young age which set him up well for life as a triathlete. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.

Have you always been into sport?

Yes, since I was 6. My parents wanted me to swim with the local swimming club from that age. I think I have played most sports at some point.

What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

I was swimming a lot when working as a beach lifeguard and a colleague got me into cycling. There was a local triathlon so I just entered. I have been hooked ever since.

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

It would have to be Swanage Sprint Triathlon in 2016, it was my breakthrough race and I will always remember all of it.

And your proudest achievement?

My proudest achievement I think is persevering with my training and now being at the competitive end of races. This has taken a lot of hard work. After all, swimmers are not known for their running.

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

Yes, at Ironman Maastricht 2016 I was just over 10k from the finish line and I thought I don't need any more gels not long to go now. A couple of miles later with my eyes rolling and my legs barely keeping me standing I realised what a disaster that decision was. I was on for 10 hours but finished in 11 hours 7 minutes.

How do you overcome setbacks?

Learn from them and keep a positive attitude.

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

Don't neglect any discipline. Work hard at them all and you will achieve what you set out to do.

What are your goals for 2019?

I am hoping to finish Ironman UK Bolton in around 10 hours. The bike course is not released yet so I may have to reassess if overly hilly. That and turning my 2nd place at Weymouth sprint in 2018 into a victory.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

Not from any one person. I admire lots of different athletes. If I had to pick one person it would be Tim Don, who broke his neck after a nasty bike crash but still managed to race at Kona. 

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

A number of reasons, they make attractive sustainable clothing with minimal carbon footprint and also support charities which are close to my heart such as Surfers Against Sewage. My favourite is definitely the men's padded jacket. It is just awesome.

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