• Alli Coleman - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, from an early age I have enjoyed success in range of sports including athletics, cross country running and football. I’ve always been willing to give any sport a try. 

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    Roughly two years ago I was looking for a new challenge and something that I could really push myself in….that something was triathlon! 

    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 first triathlon was a super sprint distance in the Lake district. I came out of the water second and jumped on my bike determined to chase down first place however, I managed to get lost on the bike route and do an extra ten miles before finding my way back to transition! Most of the race had already finished however I still completed the run route and by this point I already knew I loved this sport and couldn’t wait to sign up to my next race. 

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Finding out I had been selected for the GB Age Group Team for the European Championships 2021.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Many! Mainly involving bike routes! One race I ended up carrying my bike over a style in a field.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Take the learning from them. Injury is perhaps the hardest and most frustrating but you can use this time to develop in other areas like mental strength or maybe even just seeing friends and family more.

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

    Learn the importance of rest! I find it very difficult to have rest days and not train hard in every session but your body needs these down periods so you can perform at your best, get the most out of your intense sessions and avoid injuries.

    What are your goals?

    After competing in my first European Championships this September I hope to qualify for the following year and look to compete at the World Championships the year after.

    Who inspires you?

    My brother Gerard. We are very close in age and both into our sports. We are both extremely competitive and often go out running and cycling together. I have to continuously work hard and train to make sure I can keep up with him especially as he is 6ft 3 and has the stride length of a cheetah! 

    Why work with Sundried?

    Many people think that one person cannot make a difference, but imagine if we all chose to buy clothes from an ethical company like Sundried that does not exploit its workforce, produce harmful products or cause damage to the environment.

    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
  • Megan Clements - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been involved in sport and being active from a young age. Growing up I tried lots of different sports, such as Athletics, Swimming, Gymnastics and Dance. I then focused on Dance from about the age of 12 and went on to complete a degree in contemporary dance.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I started running to keep me fit for dance and grew to love it. I started to pick up a few injuries, so saw this as a good chance to mix up my training and entered a local triathlon. I loved the buzz of race day and found myself signing up to more and more events.

    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?

    Swansea Sprint Triathlon - I've done this event twice as it's in my home town. The atmosphere and support is always amazing and you see so many different levels of competitors, which makes it really special. This is also the first triathlon that myself and my Dad both competed in.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Qualifying for the GB age group team.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I was once chatting away at the start of a race not fully paying attention to the briefing. I ended up swimming towards the wrong buoy and then running into the middle distance transition area when I was doing the sprint distance. Moral of the story - even if you know the event and you bump into a friend you haven't seen for a while, listen to the briefing!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I think the main thing I try to do is take a step back, look at the bigger picture and remember none of the hard work you have put in is ever wasted.

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

    Enjoy it! Ask questions and test all your kit/nutrition before race day! Also, if you can afford a coach then this is a game changer.

    What are your goals?

    I would love to podium at some age group events one day, but my main goal is to continue to enjoy training/racing and remain healthy and injury free.

    Who inspires you?

    My Dad, who picked up triathlon in his 60s and is still competing at 70.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the quality, performance and look of the kit. I also love the ethos Sundried have with their focus on being environmentally friendly.

    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
  • Adam Madge - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I started in sport at a very young age as a track runner. Moving up the the distances from 800m to marathon running then in 2015 I decided to give triathlon a go and I’ve never looked back.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I have always been a fan of triathlon but was never the best swimmer so didn’t really have the guts to give it a go. A friend talked me into go along to my local tri club swim session and with their support and coaching I have developed my swimming and confidence in the water.

    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?

    I have been lucky enough to race some amazing races but my favourite is probably 70.3 Dubai. I have raced it twice now and would love to go back a third time.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    I am very proud of all my achievements but probably the one I’m most proud of is qualifying and competing in my first age group world Duathlon championships just 1 year after starting out in the sport.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    As an athlete you have many ups and downs and I think the best way to cope with the downs is take a step back and remember why we do sport because we love it.

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

    One thing I wish I'd been told when starting out is to be patient, Rome wasn't built in a day.

    What are your goals?

    My goals going forward are to get back to a good level of fitness this winter and hopefully get back on the podium again in a few races next year.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Sundried is a stylish and affordable brand that offers comfortable and breathable 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
  • Hollie Morgan - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I trained as a dancer professionally, after starting from a young age. I dabbled with running occasionally and then found triathlon in my early 30’s. I’ve always been into exercise, fitness and nutrition of various kinds.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    A family member and a few glasses of wine! It sounded like fun and so we booked a sprint triathlon.

    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 Ironman in Finland 2021 - I trained hard for 30 weeks not even knowing if we would be able to travel to the country. To my amazement, all the pieces fell into place at the last minute. The race was everything I wanted and more.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Completing my Ironman and wanting more!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Oh yes, one half distance triathlon had a hilly, gravelly, gruelling bike ride in the rain. I lost my big gear halfway through and had to make it back on just the small ring. Luckily I made it!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Sheer stubbornness and determination. I’m very logical so following a plan step by step works for me. If you miss a day, you have to let it go. You can’t catch up, and you can’t let it upset the rest of your programme - that takes a lot more mental strength than you think.

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

    Go slow to race fast. I thought being fast meant going fast when I first started and it quickly ended in injury. I found heart rate zone training and it changed my approach to training instantly.Then, stick to it. When you see others around you running faster, you must stick to your HR zone and if you trust it, you can reap major rewards.

    What are your goals?

    I want to keep going - more Ironman, more endurance challenges. Next I’m considering Lands End to John O Groats.

    Who inspires you?

    Lucy Charles-Barclay - I’m in awe of her and her achievements. Laura Kenny too - what a phenomenal athlete. Both incredible role models; strong, determined women.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I trained in Sundried this past year and love the quality and price point.

    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
  • Sarah Lakey - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes for as young as I could remember I have been doing sport. My parents were heavily involved in Cubs and Scouts so by the age of 6 I was a confident climber and started sailing, from there on I was always up to something!!

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I started as a cyclist doing just sportives and endurance events, and then I tried my first TT and soon become hooked. After 3 years I started getting itchy feet and my coach at the time suggested Triathlon. In my first year I went from Go Tri to 70.3 Weymouth, that was quite a journey!!

    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?

    The Vatterundan by far, a 300km ride around a giant lake in Sweden, it was bonkers. Such a well organised event, an amazing challenge and one if did for a charity called Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC).

    What is your proudest achievement?

    That's easy, completing the swim in Ironman Weymouth 70.3. I struggled with lots of sea swimming fears and anxieties so I always said to finish the swim would be my 'win'.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I did La Marmotte a few years ago in the blazing heat. I didn't fuel properly and was really dehydrated. At one point it was so hot the road was melting and I have black tarmac splatters on my legs!! I learnt a hard lesson that day, Hydration is King!!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I allow myself time to process, review and plan then I move forward.What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?When i first started in Triathlon I guess it would have been really good to understand that the majority or triathletes have one of the disciplines they dont like and thats ok!!

    What are your goals?

    I would love to represent GB as part of the Age Group team at sprint distance.

    Who inspires you?

    Heather Jackson - Firstly she has a Grogoo teddy, Star Wars is very cool but mostly because she is comfortable to be her own person with her own style surrounded by other female athletes who have the appearance of being a 'typical' looking athlete.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I have kept my eye on Sundried products over the years and I like the way the clothing has evolved. Plus there are many features within the kit that only a sportsperson would know to add for practical reasons, like the pockets on the tri rucksack waist band, genius!

    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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