• Lucy Etherton - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, ever since I was young I loved sport: running, messing about on my bike or in a dinghy boat, and all the school team sports. At University, I focused on rowing and lacrosse, but when I moved to London for work, I realised that I needed to fit exercise around my long working hours so I started to swim, and run or bike to work. Weekends were spent hiking and climbing in North Wales, or running and biking with friends.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    My Weekend Warrior friends had signed themselves up for the Windsor Triathlon. I didn't even know what a triathlon entailed but rapidly signed myself up too, not wanting to miss out! I came 7th, comfortably beat my friends and I was hooked!

    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?

    Doing the Cape Epic 8 day mountain bike race in 2018 and 2019, partnered with my husband, when we lived in South Africa. 6 gruelling months of training and an 8 day hot, dry, technical off road race where so many things could go wrong. Completing it twice without any major issues gives such a feeling of achievement and so many happy memories doing the race together.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Winning my age group at the Cross Triathlon World Championships in Spain this year. The race had been cancelled twice due to Covid, so just getting to the race felt like an achievement but then winning made all that hard work so rewarding.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Not really major ones fortunately. Funny ones in retrospect but stressful at the time, usually involving bike mechanicals.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Reflect, reset and try to manage expectations. These past two years have all been about overcoming things being out of one's control. This past year, whilst my main focus was getting to the World Champs, I entered lots of UK races so I would never feel that all my training had been for nothing, in case the World Champs did not happen.

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

    After 10 years of illness and no exercise, we moved to South Africa for work and I started trying to get fit again. Once I was fully fit and starting to race again, I wish I had listened to advice to get a coach to ensure my training was always structured to ensure I achieved the results I wanted to achieve. As soon as I got a coach, the results came!

    What are your goals?

    I would love to qualify for Kona Ironman World Championships one day. I've completed an Ironman but only on 6 weeks training which was not ideal!

    Who inspires you?

    My children who have high goals in downhill mountain biking, triathlon and pentathlon, and a lot of energy!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I noticed and liked Sundried kit at various races this year, so I wanted to find out more about it. I am attracted to Sundried as being an affordable but attractive kit option for both cycling and triathlon. But in particular its ethical stance is of particular appeal (not only because I drink large amounts of coffee!), having lived in/travelled to countries less able to afford or less willing to be ethically responsible, but also the importance of educating my children's generation (as well as us) about looking after the planet now. Not assuming somebody else will, in another country or in the future. My three children have been inspired by their school's COP26 focus and are already making small changes at home - I would like to lead by example as well as be inspired by their motivation.

    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
  • Will Darcy - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I've done sport for as long as I can remember although I only found out I could run in year 4 I'd played rugby, football, and cricket a lot by then. Now I do sport every day without fail.

    How did you first get into biathlon?

    I got into Biathlon quite recently after noticing British Biathlon were looking for endurance athletes to join the talent programme and as I run already I thought it'd be a great opportunity and since have done many camps and a couple of races.

    If you're interested in starting your own fitness journey, Sundried's Activewear is suitable for people of all abilities. 

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    My favourite race to date was the British Cross Challenge in Cardiff in 2021, I had no idea where I would come and so when I finished third I was over the moon, I raced it well and was very surprised. In Biathlon my favourite race was the mass start at the last few camps, racing teammates is always great fun so I really enjoy those.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Being selected for the Biathlon talent programme and finishing 12th at the cross country British champs are my highlights so far.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    In my first skiing race, I was going down the first hill on the first lap and had a painful fall, I got back up again but wasn't happy with myself as it was my first race ever.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I use setbacks like bad races or a bad training session or injury to think about what I'm doing wrong and also to use it as motivation to improve and work harder in training so it won't happen again.

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

    I wish I'd been told that there's more to sport than winning races as I used to be extremely upset if a tiny thing went wrong.

    What are your goals?

    I hope to join the British biathlon development squad at the start of 2022 and also to qualify for the England cross country team for the European Championships in either 2022 or 2023.

    Who inspires you?

    Runners such as Mo Farah, Eliud Kipchoge have had a huge impact on the way I train and work, however, university runners like Cooper Teare and Charlie Hicks help me have something to aim for which is a little closer than the other two. In Biathlon my coaches inspire me and Mike Dixon, Britain's best ever biathlete has an impact.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Me and my family have been wearing Sundried kit for a very long time now, we love it. From the responsibly sourced material to the recyclable packing, it's a great brand to work with and I'm really happy to be doing so.

    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
  • Fiona Finchett - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes. I have always enjoyed being active. I have an energetic personality and I'm not one for sitting around. I started swimming as soon as I could, competing from age 9 till 16. Once I left training, I started teaching and coaching for the next 6 years. I am now heavily invested in cycling, riding 200-300km per week. I have participated in a few cycling events and in-fact won my last mixed team race. Excited to enter some cycling audaxes or time trials in 2022. Perhaps there is potential to start training for an aquathlon or triathlon next summer.

    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?

    Rapha Prestige. 164km through the Yorkshire Dales in a team of four. 2700m elevation. Climbs included: Kidstones, Grinton Moor, Oxnop Scar and Fleet Moss. With little previous experience climbing, the day was a challenge - but I surprised myself. I now have a change in mindset and thoroughly enjoy a gradual climb. The Prestige's location changes every year; I'm looking forward to seeing what 2022 holds.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Riding from Bristol to Manchester (220 miles) in 14 hours over two days, having only been riding a year.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    During a swimming race I did a backstroke to breaststroke turn on an IM and clobbered my feet on the starting block - ouch!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Put them into context. Don't let setbacks alter my perceptions of my achievements.

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

    Just keep going. Just because you aren't winning medals doesn't mean you can't simply enjoy it. But if you aren't enjoying it, don't bother.

    What are your goals?

    Keep improving and getting stronger. I'm not in it to win and conquer. I want to feel confident in my body.

    Who inspires you?

    People who push themselves out of their comfort zone and always challenge themselves to be better. Building from nothing into something pretty great.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I am intrigued by their goals regarding sustainability. Additionally, I feel everyone should be able to afford breathable clothing for sport, even if it's just commuting by bicycle to work.

    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
  • Katie Margarson - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I have ridden horses from such a young age I don't really remember not being able to ride. Running became part of my life at about 23 when I needed to get fitter for race riding as an amateur jockey. I decided that I actually really liked running, not only for the physical fitness but also for the sense of freedom it gave me. What a luxury it is to be able to just go off & run for hours. Triathlon is new to me as of last year so I would say I have always been sporty but not necessarily always into sport exactly.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    As a runner I did the standard, distances right up to the marathon, I would be what you would call a solid runner but nothing exceptional. So a lot of people around me said I should have a go at triathlon, as my solid running efforts would stand me in good stead. This was about 5 years ago that a few people planted the seed of triathlon, finally after I realised all these people couldn't be wrong this year I decided it would be the year to give it a go. I had got brave & got back into cycling over lockdown when the roads where quiet. I learnt to swim at the end of 2019 luckily, I took myself to my local leisure centre & had about 2 months of lessons. I've still got an awful lot to improve on but I'm proud of myself for ticking my first ever triathlon, which was a standard distance, off along with a 70.3, being only my second ever 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?

    I would say I have two that I can't choose between, my first marathon (Brighton Marathon) & my first 70.3 (Outlaw Holkham). Both are special because they are firsts & there is something simply magical about the feeling you get when you complete something you really weren't sure you could actually do. Before Holkham I remember saying to my partner "I'm not even sure if I can finish this, there is so much that can go wrong". Not only did I finish but I outdid my time by 30mins and enjoyed every minute of it and yes I did cry when I finished both events, very happy tears.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Learning to swim as an adult. I had managed to just learn not to drown at school when we did swimming lessons & then never swam again since then. Deciding at 31 to book myself in for lessons & push myself out of my comfort zone is one of the best things I ever did and I'm very proud of myself.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Oh yes, my second every marathon I was on for a very impressive PB when my race nutrition decided it wasn't going to agree with me. I proceeded to vomit my way round the last 10k and have since worked very very hard on building a race nutrition plan my body came cope with. I don't ever wish to relive that again.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I broke my ankle race riding back in August 2015 this was by far my biggest ever set back, I found that dealing with this taught me how to approach any future set backs. Acceptance is the first stage, the faster you do this the quicker you will be back. You can't begin moving forward until you really accept where you are to then know where you need to get to. Once you accept you can then make a plan, to get you back to where you want to be. I found documenting this helped me stay accountable to a plan, then remember to not forget how hard it was when you couldn't do what you love and don't take it for granted.

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

    Enjoy the process as much as the outcome. I went through a phase of hating running because my outcomes weren't what I wanted. I'd forgotten that actually just getting out there & enjoying the freedom that training gives you is more than just focusing on results of races.

    What are your goals?

    My goal is to complete my first 140.6 long course triathlon in 2022 & to make sure I enjoy every step of the journey that has already started.

    Who inspires you?

    My inspiration is Gwen Jorgensen, I've always loved watching her perform she's an amazing athlete & comes across as such a kind person. Watching her win at Rio was a delight, being a hot favourite to win can be overwhelming & she handled it so well. I didn't think I could find her anymore inspiring until she went & changed her whole life to pursue running. That is incredibly brave, to step away from what everyone thinks you should do & go with what makes you happy.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Sundried products are practical, they do what they should do. They fit well they're comfortable, have pockets where you want them and they look pretty doing their job. The icing on the cake with Sundried is knowing that you're doing your bit for the planet because they are ethical and sustainable. It's everything in the world we live in today you want from your choice of sports 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
  • Kim Drain - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Really not. I could not have been less interested until 2017. I had a go at my first triathlon. My Crohn’s disease had dominated my adult life at that point. Anxiety about being away from a toilet honestly stopped me doing anything let alone sport.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    In 2017 it had always bothered me that I couldn't swim. I used the triathlon at my local leisure centre as an end goal for my swimming lessons. My time couldn't have been worse that day. I'd had increased Crohn's disease symptoms the couple weeks leading up to the sprint triathlon (pool swim). I DID IT!

    The first time I heard of triathlon and particularly Ironman triathlon was Chrissie Wellington being reported on in the local news. I was 11-12 years old at that time but never thought I'd consider doing an Ironman myself as I currently am.

    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?

    It's hard to single out one race. This year I did a sprint triathlon and smashed it! It was a real moment personally looking at how far I had come from 2017. I was chuffed with myself. This race was Culford sprint tri a popular local race in Suffolk.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Keeping it all up through the pandemic.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Totally agree with Ms Wellington the perfect race doesn’t exist. I'm yet to have any disasters. I think that's down in part to pre-race planning. I always feel I've put too much into training to allow a sloppy oversight on race day mess it up. Luck, you need an amount of luck to not get a mechanical, get injured etc. So far I've been lucky enough.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I don't worry about where I've been speed/distance wise but where I currently am. I'm forever in and out of hospital and my fitness varies wildly in correlation with that. I establish what my current base is and work out how I can improve that most effectively before my next race. I don't know another trans woman living with Crohn’s Disease to measure myself against. So I don't worry myself with what other people are doing too much.

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

    1. RUN YOUR RACE! ITS YOU V YOU.
    2. Elbows out ;)

    What are your goals?

    1. Holkham Half Ironman 2022
    2. London Marathon 2022 (deferred from 2021)
    3. Ironman 2023?

    Who inspires you?

    Chrissie Wellington, Charlie Martin, my sister Julie who is a very strong woman and my beautiful niece Georgia (swims like a fish age 5) and nephew Henry.

    Why work with Sundried?

    First and foremost the gear is fantastic. Personally I'm becoming a lot more conscious about living sustainably. I have an awful lot of sports kit but had never thought about its sustainability. I'd always work with an independent British brand by choice. The range offered is ever growing, the diversity of the company is fantastic. Sundried just feels like an exciting company.

    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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