• 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
  • Tony Dixon - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Triathlon Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, I played basketball in college and always took an interest in American sports, basketball and American football. From there I progressed towards the gym and then into very casual mountain biking before falling in love with road cycling in 2020

    How did you first get into cycling?

    I rode a mountain bike on and off for years and bought a turbo trainer just before lockdown started. A good friend of mine races part time and convinced me to look at road bikes. I ordered my first road bike and immediately fell in love with the sport, the freedom of being on the bike on the open road and being in that riding position was something I wasn't getting from the mountain bike. I got addicted to that feeling and the buzz I felt when returning home from a ride. I still get that feeling today.

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

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

    It's easy to get caught up on metrics and what everyone else is doing and achieving. Just go out there and ride your bike and enjoy it, progress will follow. 

    What are your goals?

    • Complete my first Century ride 
    • Climb the North East climbs featured in the top 100 climbs
    • Complete a few sportives

    Who inspires you?

    The Yates twins are inspirational for their hill climbing ability. Chris Froome for his consistency and leadership in a team. A true people's champ. 

    Why work with Sundried?

    The products produced for the price range are an excellent quality, these have been tested over time, multiple washes and I have even come off the bike at a reasonable speed and didn't suffer any tears in the clothing. Generally all around good quality and comfortable. 

    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 Osborne - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Active Life Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    From a young age I was always into Mountain biking, I then decided to have a go at the racing side of things. I soon realised you had to be pretty fit for XC racing but at that age I didn't really want to train! Ha! I then moved over to Downhill Mountain Bike Racing which I did for a few years based in the south west. Managed to take part in a couple National Series events too which was a great experience. Downhill racing suited me far better, it was quite close to my roots of Motocross to which I have followed since I was a kid. 

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

    How did you first get into Motocross?

    My Dad and Uncle raced when I was young, I loved going and watching but never seemed interested to race myself hence why I went down the Mountain Bike Racing route. I bought a Motocross Bike to help with my training but after a while I enjoyed it so much, I moved from Mountain biking to Motocross. Have met some great friends in this sport, not such a fan of the cleaning after a day's racing though!

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    I think it had to be at a Motocross track in Plymouth in 2014, it was the first day I managed to get into the top 5 overall on the day and got my first trophy, was only a small one but gave me such motivation to push forward and train more.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    In 2014 I took part in my first proper season, I managed to pick up some sponsorship from a local car dealership and entered the whole series. I really enjoyed that year, everything clicked, and I went onto finish 3rd overall in the Junior Championship which was my best result in racing.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    In 2018 I had a poor start to the season but managed to start getting some points back towards the end. I went into the penultimate round looking to break the top 10 overall but crashed hard in the first race. I thought I just had a dead leg as couldn't walk very well, did the last two races but something wasn't right. I went to the doctors two days later only to find I had broken my Fibula in my leg!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I think previously I would always take setbacks quite badly, I would always then put a lot of pressure on myself which would generally then make things worse. I've learnt now to take a step back, review the situation and look at the bigger picture.

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

    Always look at the bigger picture! Make sure you have fun and don't take anything too seriously.

    What are your goals?

    As long as I come away from an event knowing I have tried my best then I would take that as a goal achieved.

    Who inspires you?

    Motocross is a dangerous sport, I admire any rider who has come back from a serious injury to continue in the sport and achieve their goals and ambitions. 

    Why work with Sundried?

    Reading the story of Sundried really impressed me, a company that is passionate and want to give something back, a family business that takes pride in its members.

    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
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