Seb Parrish Athlete Ambassador
Seb was inspired to become a triathlete after being inspired by his triathlete dad. He talks to Sundried about wins, crashes, and all things triathlon.
Have you always been into sport?
I have been into sport since I was 11 years old, playing basketball for most of my childhood.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
I got into the world of triathlon through my dad, having witnessed him compete for the army in triathlon and coming 7th overall at Windsor triathlon many years ago. I decided to give up basketball after 11 years in 2012 and make the switch to triathlon, 6 years down the line I am still addicted!
What’s been your favourite race to date and why my favourite race?
It has to be the London triathlon. I've done it 7 years in a row; it’s an iconic event and cycling up through the city is incredible and the crowds really get you through the last few kilometres!
And your proudest achievement?
Winning my age group at the Brett Ashford triathlon and completing my first ever marathon in Brighton in 2017.
Have you ever had any racing disasters / your toughest race yet?
My toughest race was crashing out and having a DNF at the World and European qualifiers at Eton Dorney in 2015.
How do you overcome setbacks?
By looking at the positives and going again!
What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Believe in yourself and be your best because that’s all you can do
What are your goals for 2018?
My goals for 2018 are to run the Brighton and London marathons in sub 5 hours, they're only one week apart so it will be tough! I also want to get under 1 hour 20 minutes for sprint distance triathlon and get a new personal best for the Olympic distance – under 2 hours 43 minutes.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
My dad is my biggest inspiration, we train and race together and he pushes me during the training and races.