• Emma Town - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Triathlon Collection

    Have you always been into sport? 

    Yes absolutely, despite being diagnosed with a heart murmur when I was 5 and being told I would need to be careful with doing too much sport, I have always loved being active. I was in the netball team at primary school and just about every sports team at secondary school. Throughout Uni and my 20's I played hockey as many days a week as I could, including playing National League when I lived in Spain and England Mixed here in the UK. I only stopped when I broke my jaw and opted for a slightly less dangerous activity! That’s when I started to get a bit more into running and the gym, and also cross county skiing – I’ve completed the Engadin Ski Marathon 6 times now – I’m aiming for 10! Then I got into Barry’s Bootcamp / HIIT and met the trainer who got me into triathlon...

    How did you first get into triathlon? 

    At the time I was doing 4 bootcamp classes a week – I loved them due to the focus on mental strength and putting yourself outside of your comfort zone. One of my favourite trainers was organising a group to do a triathlon and she persuaded me to give it a go. That was no mean feat because I really disliked swimming and was not very good at it at all, and hadn’t been on a bike since university (at least 15 years earlier!).

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, 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? 

    Probably my first ever multisport race, Eton Sprints in 2018. I was so terrified and so clueless in equal measure but I loved every second (even the swim) and have been totally hooked ever since!

    What is your proudest achievement? 

    The European Duathlon Championships in Punta Umbria, 2020 – it just couldn’t have been more perfect a day. Having surprised myself in qualifying, I then worked really hard over the winter to get ready for the race in March, and it just all came together perfectly on the day. I came 10th in my Age Group but really, I was super proud of myself for a PB on every leg. I feel all the more grateful for this experience when literally the following weekend Spain went into lockdown.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters? 

    My biggest racing disaster was actually the one that led me to qualify for the GB age group team! I crashed hard on the bike leg of the London Duathlon in Richmond Park, having made the rookie mistake of clipping my pedal on a roundabout. I landed on my head and shoulder and spent 8 minutes stationary being checked over by medics etc. I completed the race but obviously didn’t get a time worthy of all the training I had done, which is why I entered the Bedford Duathlon shortly after, to try to make use of the training – and that’s when I qualified for the Euros, so a disaster with a happy ending!

    How do you overcome setbacks? 

    I’d love to say I’m brilliant at this but that would not be true! I had a hockey coach in Spain who used to shout ‘leave nothing on the pitch’ when we ran out to play and I think that just about sums up my attitude these days – do all you can, with what you have available, in your own circumstances, and then you can go to bed happy. You may not win but if you gave it your all then you can’t ask any more of yourself. With setbacks I see them as a chance in the circumstances, or the things I have available to me, and I have to work with it. I can’t do anything more!

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

    To take a moment to actually celebrate your achievements, to look back at your journey and now and again think, wow, well done me. In my youth I never did this, as soon as I achieved my goal I’d raised the bar and was pushing to the next bar. Reflecting on successes is so important to give you energy to keep pushing on!

    What are your goals? 

    I’ve qualified for the sprint duathlon Euros and Worlds this year, so I’d like to put in a good performance at those and improve my bike leg, which is definitely my weaker area. I’d also like to qualify for the GB age group team for next season as well.

    Who inspires you? 

    When I was younger this used to be about sporting superstars, more recently it’s been about my fellow amateur athletes, the age groupers who fit in all their training around work and daily life and still manage to excel.

    Why work with Sundried? 

    I’ve been blown away by the Sundried kit – it looks fab and is very reasonably priced compared to so much fitness wear. I also love that it’s focused on sustainability and taking care of the planet which is increasingly something we all need to think about in all aspects of our lives. Mostly it’s just brilliant kit!

    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
  • Jamie Davies - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Run Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    I’ve always done some form of sport, I’ve played rugby since the age of 8-9 then joined a local cricket team at the age of 12-13 and played both rugby and cricket until around the age of 22. 

    I started doing some running around 19-20 starting with a 10K and slowly progressing to a half marathon, marathon, ultra marathon and then Ironman in 2018.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    My father has always competed in endurance events, marathons, triathlons etc and I’ve always watched him. I began to lose weight when I was about 18-19 for a job that I had applied for to pass the fitness test, in all to date I have lost about 6-7 stone of weight. So me and a friend decided to sign up for a 10K run, and it went from there. I then did a half marathon and wanted something longer so completed Snowdon Marathon and again I wanted something longer. After watching my father do Ironman Wales 5 times I thought why not that and signed up for my first Ironman Wales in October of 2017 and then did 1 sprint and a couple of Olympic Triathlons in 2018 before completing Ironman Wales in the September of 2018.

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, 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?

    For the fans and overall atmosphere it has to be Ironman Wales. It’s a long day but all day the support is unbelievable. There is just one constant party throughout the course all day, the support is really special.

    In terms of views and the race course, Ironman Alcudia. The sun shinning all day, smooth roads, big mountains and a clear sea top race.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    To date it would be finishing Ironman Wales. I’ve finished it twice and was meant to go back for my third in 2020 but Covid put a stop to that. It’s a long day with a really challenging course.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I haven’t had any real racing disasters as such, I’ve set out races and got my nutrition or pacing wrong on the day and that makes for a long day.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I recently had Covid-19, luckily mildly but it did stop my training for 14 days. I find it best to accept that you can’t train, speak to more experienced athletes, take advice, forget about the sessions you’ve missed and move on. Don’t go chasing the missed sessions.

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

    Consistency is key and trust the process. Training plans are in place to get you into the best shape in time for you race don’t panic.

    What are your goals?

    Short term goals would be hopefully to race this year and manage to get PB’s over a number of distances, Olympic 70.3 and the Ironman distance.

    Long term find my limit there’s always races that go further.

    Who inspires you?

    Anyone who is willing to put their self in a uncomfortable position and train to reach a goal that they have set and see it through.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Sundried are built on the same ethics that I hold, being environmentally conscious whilst producing a high standard of training clothing for an affordable price.

    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
  • Jake Dean - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Cycling Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been into sport ever since high school. I was never one for ‘skilled team sports’ such as football/cricket etc, I was more into things such as Athletics and Cross Country growing up. 

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I have never done a triathlon so I won’t lie there. My first ever triathlon is going to be Ironman Bolton 2021. However I have done a few Duathlons and I really enjoyed the fact it was multi discipline. My first ever race was the London Duathlon in 2019. 

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, 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 to date would have to be a Spartan race which is part of the obstacle course racing sport. I enjoyed it because it hit every aspect of fitness - strength, speed, power, agility, flexibility and lots of running through bogs/hills etc. The next day I really felt it as it had worked my whole body. 

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My proudest achievement to date would have to be either 1) becoming a father or 2) running the London marathon carrying 50 lbs and wearing boots and combat trousers for charity and completing it in 5:56:31. 

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    No racing disasters to date. 

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    No major set backs to date, but I’ve had a few injuries during training which caused me to take a good few rest weeks where I turned my attention to flexibility/range of motion training and lots of rest to get better to start training again. 

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

    Don’t worry about what anybody thinks of you, be an open book and be willing to try new sports and events. Once you find something you enjoy stick with it. Don’t bow down to peer pressure just because all your mates play football but you are an epic cyclist. It doesn’t mean you have to play football, get out on your bike and spend your limited free time enjoying a sport rather than clock watching playing something you don’t enjoy. 

    What are your goals?

    To get a sub 12 hour first ever triathlon which is an Ironman. To represent the British Army in a sporting context. To always be hunting the next biggest challenge that will test me physically and mentally. 

    Who inspires you?

    I am inspired by all professional athletes in their respective sporting fields. But if I had to choose one specific athlete I would say the Brownlee brothers and that moment where one of them put his brother before his race time and went back for him and helped carry him to the finish line. 

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the look of the brand ever since seeing it advertised. I then noticed it more on fellow cyclists on the roads and I thought that’s really nice kit! I like the fact the main emphasis is providing a good quality kit for fellow athletes at a very decent price, because as athletes we all know how many outfits we can go through in a week, through training sessions as you don’t want to have to keep washing and washing when you could be training. So by keeping the clothing price down people can afford to buy more training kit meaning more training time. 

    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
  • Jamie Allen - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Swim Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    I've been into sport since day one! I started playing Rugby from a very young age and then I had a crack at things like Tennis, Football and Golf before playing Field Hockey for quite a few years. Nowadays I'm in to my multi-disciplined fitness, where I currently race in Triathlons and I think it's great!

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I actually got into Triathlons after my uncle recommended trying the local Triathlon that's just down the road from me and is on every year. After that I decided to build up the courage and give one a try, and I've never looked back!

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, 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 Shropshire Triathlon, because each time I've raced that Triathlon, I've really improved on my swimming. It's a great feeling knowing that the work you put in for your training really pays off. 

    What is your proudest achievement?

    I'm proud of just being where I am in life currently. I have great family and friends who are really supportive and that I can reach out to. I feel very proud to have a good life. 

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I fell off my racing bike pretty badly during the Ultimate 1/4 Triathlon in Whitchurch. I ended up cutting my arms, my legs and my ankles and I still had a 10k run to do at that point!

    How do you overcome setbacks? 

    I just dig deep, carry on and get things done. I try not to over think things too much. I concentrate on what I can control and I accept responsibility for what I do. I try to help others improve and also find people who can help me improve, because at the end of the day, we all want the best for ourselves!

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

    A quirky one, but I wish someone had told me about leaving coca cola to go flat and then using that as a drink during a Triathlon! It's a great source of sugar and it's easy to drink whilst you're racing!

    What are your goals?

    I want to race a full Ironman Triathlon eventually, as I currently plan on racing in a half Ironman Triathlon this year, which I've been training for.

    Who inspires you?

    I'm inspired by people who have the determination and desire to succeed. Anyone who is successful and has worked hard to get to where they are has my attention! I believe that if you put in the work, then you reap the rewards.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I've always been a big fan of Sundried, right from the start, back when I did my first Triathlon. I've used a lot of your activewear and equipment to help me during my training and my races, but the one thing that makes you guys stand out from the crowd is that some of your products are made from 100% recycled materials. Saving the environment is one thing we all need to concentrate on, now more than ever, and knowing that Sundried makes this a top priority is another reason why I respect your brand.

    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
  • Mark Alderson - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Running Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    I have been running for over 36 years, but during this time I have also been competitive in other sports including rowing, squash, and tennis.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    Not done a Triathlon (as yet) but maybe something on the bucket list for 2021?

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, 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?

    Comrades, without a doubt, no other race as the support that this race has, 89km of road with people all the way along on both sides of the road, many of them willing to give you more than they have.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Finishing Marathon des Sables having been in medical tent for a few hours on the 2nd day and told perhaps best to withdraw, I then went on to get sun stroke the following day - back in the tent, but defiant not to withdraw I carried on unable to stomach any food I managed to literally survive on 2 packets of Rego until the Saturday afternoon (4 days later) that was a tough battle to endure, 99% mental!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Hmm, above, almost!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I believe you must lose first before you can win, with a military mindset focusing on any weakness and having the belief that everything is possible if your head is willing to face the challenge. Mantra being it's 90% mental, the rest is in the head!

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

    You must learn to walk properly before you can run properly, and when you get an injury whatever you did to correct it keep doing that - do not wait until you get injured again.

    What are your goals?

    To return to Comrades (eventually, deferred since 2020 to 2021 and now to 2022!) to go sub 7:30 and take a silver medal.

    Who inspires you?

    Bongmusa Mthembua - South African Champion Runner.

    Why work with Sundried?

    The sustainability, sporty designs, and not overly expensive (paying for huge PR campaigns as many sport companies do!)

    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
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