• Phil Lucker - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, football (soccer), rugby, hockey, athletics, cycling, canoeing all as a junior. As a senior football, running and cycling.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I am a runner so not into triathlon but adore both running and cycling and I have competed in a number of duathlons road and off-road.

    If you are interested in getting into running, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    The Sodbury Slog - a 9 mile off-road running race. I am a road runner normally but entered this for something different, I ended up coming home in 3rd place.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    As an athlete: Getting a Silver medal in the British Masters Athletic Federation Road Mile in 2012.

    As a coach: An athlete that I coached achieving silver medal in her age group in the England Athletics Cross Country Championships. She was later ranked 4th in Britain in her age group over Cross Country by Athletics Weekly.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I was racing in a 10 mile off-road race, sitting in 3rd place. 2 miles to go I took a wrong turn ran a extra 3/4 mile and came home in 7th.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    It depends on the set back! Mainly stay relaxed and look forward.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    To take up running earlier than I did.

    What are your goals?

    To continue my development as a coach and try to find time for my own training.

    Who inspires you?

    All athletes, it is too easy to stay rooted to your seat.

    Why work with Sundried?

    There are so many companies offering clothing (away from the big brands) most of which are mass produced and provide no consideration for the planet as it is now or in the future. Sundried are providing a great product!

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Chris Pownell - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been very active, and have always loved the outdoors. Since I was really young I was always running around outside, playing football, or generally just using up energy in any way possible. Through university I stayed active by playing 5-a-side football, and entered several running races, although training was very much an afterthought. After leaving university I started to take my running much more seriously, and after progressing through solo training, decided to join Knowsley Harriers A.C, where I was able to get advice from much more experienced runners, and started to see my racing times tumble.

    How did you first get into duathlon?

    Having previously used cycling as a way to commute or stay fit through injury, I started taking the sport much more seriously through the 2020 COVID lockdown. Along with running this lead to me deciding that duathlons would be the way forward, and I look forward to competing in the sport once restrictions allow. Through lockdown I completed the Leeds Duathlon virtual event, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    If you are interested in getting into running, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    My favourite race so far has to be the 2019 Yorkshire Marathon. After being disappointed with my London marathon time, I entered the event with the hope of breaking 2:30. The event went perfectly, and I finished in under 2 hours 29 minutes. I really enjoyed every second of the run, and found myself physically laughing with excitement for the final half mile.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Winning my second Tour of Merseyside event. The Tour was the first event where I felt a part of the running community, and over several years my final position got better and better. In 2017, I was lucky enough to win the week-long event, however it felt more of a gift as the previous winner ran as a guide for a blind runner. In 2018, I won every stage of the event, and finished in a course record time. Standing on the stage at the awards, knowing that I had done all of the hard work this year, was a fantastic feeling!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Snowdonia Marathon. I entered the race very early in the year, and with university studies and social events taking priority, I had done very little training. I started the race with a sore knee, and through half-way it was all going fine. From about 15 miles, my pace dropped, and the route went uphill. Several hours later, I knew it had all gone wrong when I was offered a cup of tea at a water station! Many hours after my expected finish time, I eventually staggered over the finishing line, with the photographer taking a picture which is now used by the family as blackmail material.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I always try to look at the bigger picture and make a plan to put things right. If a race goes wrong, I will look at my training plan, and see when another race would fit. For marathons this would be a few months down the line, for shorter distances it would be much sooner. When overcoming injuries, I always try to keep involved with the sport through my passion for photography, volunteering at races, or cycling with my friends on their runs. I will then ease back into training, and some up with a long term target to aim for.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    Listen to your body. In the past I have trained through niggles to make sure that I do not lose fitness, only to end up injured a few weeks down the line. After gaining some experience, I have started to take more time off as soon as niggles arise and allow my body to recover before pushing it any further.

    What are your goals?

    I want to earn an England or GB vest. As a marathon runner, representing the country in an international marathon would be an amazing experience. As I get older this target would change to an age group vest in the masters events. I would also love to earn a GB vest in the sport of duathlon, and represent my age group at the European championships.

    Who inspires you?

    My main inspiration has been Charlie Spedding. Having read his 'From Last to First' book numerous times, I am constantly inspired by his commitment to the sport, and the hard work and dedication needed to get to the very top of the sport... with a bit of luck along the way!

    Why work with Sundried?

    The range of products from Sundried is amazing. I am really impressed by quality, attention to detail, and the sheer quantity of products on offer. The brand look to ensure that the planet is well looked after, which is a great message to send when supplying such high-quality gear. Being dedicated to sport requires reliable and durable equipment, and Sundried offers this. I am greatly looking forward to becoming part of the team and helping grow the brand to be the best that it can be!

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Tasha Thompson - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been into sports. I ran 800m and 1500m at school and loved playing squash.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I am not a strong swimmer so you may not ever see me doing the swim section of a triathlon, would love to be part of a team and do the run or bike bit and have entered the London Duathlon twice now but am yet to do it, had to pull out in 2007 because I was pregnant and last years one was postponed because of the pandemic. Hopefully the 2021 event will go ahead.

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    My very first marathon, The Flora London Marathon in 2001, because I didn't think I would ever get to the finish line and it is the only race my dad has been at the end waiting for me.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My proudest achievement has been creating the running community Black Girls Do Run UK.

    If you are interested in getting into running, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Many training run disasters, worst being falling down whilst running and somehow skidding on gravel and looking like I had been in a boxing ring and cutting my knee really badly just before The 2004 Paris Marathon. Thankfully no racing disasters.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I tell myself if at first you don't succeed try and try again.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    Don't skimp on stretching.

    What are your goals?

    I am a goal digger! My 2021 goals include to run, walk and cycle 2021 miles for 2021, Do a 21 miles bike ride and run in every park in my borough.

    Who inspires you?

    Normal, everyday runners inspire me. The ones who despite the odds and all the balls they juggle in their lives, make time to be active.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love Sundried's ethos; Especially that they make apparel that is built to last as well as look good and being functional which is so important during a time where unwanted clothing is one of the biggest contributors to landfill.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Lilli Peters Athlete Ambassador

    Sundried trisuit women's duathlon running cycling

    Lilli dipped her toe in the world of duathlon but really got the bug after watching her husband compete at a high level. She talks to Sundried about her passion for multi sport.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Not always, but being active has been a big part of my life for the past 6 or 7 years. I started off with boot camp fitness sessions and slowly moved more towards running. Then more recently, I’ve been focusing on the world of multi sport.

    What made you decide to enter the world of duathlon?

    A few years ago, I did my first duathlon on my husband’s old mountain bike, which we added handle bar streamers to! It was my first taste of multi sport and I loved it. But there was a bit of a gap between that event and now. My husband started taking part in more duathlons in the last 3 years and qualified for the World Championships for the first time back in 2017, which was held in Penticton, Canada. We made the trip across the pond and had such an amazing time. He really caught the bug and we then went to Denmark the following year for the Worlds again.

    While we were in Denmark, I decided I would have a go at attempting to qualify, leaving myself only a couple of months to get some bike training in before the last qualifiers of the year ahead of 2019’s events. I managed to qualify and haven’t looked back since! I represented GB as an Age Group competitor in the Sprint Duathlon in April (at the Worlds) and in June (at the Europeans)

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

    I think it has to be the ITU World Championships in Pontevedra (Spain) in April this year. I’m not sure I’ve felt nerves like it before, and I knew it was going to be tough as the bike route had a nasty hill in it! But once the race started, all of my nerves turned into adrenaline and pushed me on. I ran a PB in the first 5km run, hit a maximum speed of 64.4 kph on the bike (on a downhill) and loved every bit of the encouragement we received from the crowd on the final run. It really was an experience to remember! 

    And your proudest achievement?

    I think it was a 10km road race from earlier this year in Welwyn Garden City: I wanted to get a PB, and I was determined to do so. A PB would have been anything under 47m 12s…so when I saw my official time of 45m 50s I was absolutely over the moon! I don’t think I’ve ever been so determined to achieve something - I was even dreaming of the km split times I needed to achieve the goal!

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

    My toughest race was probably the Ashridge Duathlon in January this year. It was freezing; I think the wind chill took the temperatures slightly below freezing in fact! Lining up on the start line, I wondered why I was there (I’m sure I wasn’t the only one!)…but then when we started running, my feet got wet and once I was on the bike, my feet got so cold they hurt. I couldn’t wait to finish the run and get back into the car to thaw out!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I think it’s always important to try to keep the big picture in mind, but not beat yourself up if something goes wrong. Getting injured is an unfortunate part of pushing yourself to bigger things. If I have to take time off training to recover, I tend to avoid some social media platforms, e.g. Strava, because it is hard to see other people doing what I so desperately want to do! I also keep busy with other things if I can’t train, e.g making some “me time”, or getting stuck into a craft project (like making clothes!) 

    Another thing that has happened to me is losing my “mojo”! Sometimes you just have to take it back to basics and go out for a run/ride with no targets/pace/numbers in mind, maybe even leave the GPS watch at home! It’s so important to love what you’re doing, and when you get stuck in a rut, taking a step back can help you fall in love with it all over again and makes pushing yourself in training a tiny bit easier. 

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

    To always check what gear your bike is in before you get into transition…the number of times I forget to do this is silly! 

    What are your goals for 2019 and 2020?

    My big goals for this year were the World and European champs which have been and gone now. I will spend the summer building towards a qualifying event in September which will then decide what's next for me in 2020! I’ve also entered a 10km race in December - I’d like to finish the year with another 10km PB! 

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    My husband. He is so dedicated and motivated to achieve his best in his training and racing. I love to watch him race and always hope that some of the grit rubs off on me! I’ve made so many friends through running and more recently on the duathlon circuit. Each and every one of them is an inspiration and I feel very lucky to have connected with them through something as simple as running! 

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

    I love Sundried’s values and commitment to making a difference, whether that is through charitable giving or through recycling materials. My mind is boggled that coffee grounds can be used to make sports kit! I can’t wait to try the Eco Charge and Eco Core range! At the moment, I love my Sundried Trisuit - it is so comfortable, I could easily forget I am wearing it!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Stirling Sprint Duathlon 2019

    After having not raced since European Championships last August and having just returned from 3 weeks intensive training in Spain, I really wasn’t expecting much from Sunday’s race. I had entered the Stirling Sprint Duathlon on a bit of a whim as I was really missing the buzz of racing and these guys always put on a good race. I was still pretty fatigued from a big block of training but was happy just to get out there, enjoy taking part and be happy with just being involved with the race atmosphere again. 

    Turns out we were blessed with the most beautiful day, a really scenic run course and perfect race conditions - what’s not to love? 

    Once I got going I realised I was in far better shape than I had expected and was delighted to place 2nd overall on the day, narrowly beaten to 1st by 7 seconds! 

    Stirling Duathlon finishers

    Most importantly, I just loved racing again and can’t wait for the next one, whenever that may be (I’m not that organised this year!)

    About the author: Donna McHugh is a Team GB Age Group triathlete and Sundried ambassador. 

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