Name and Nickname?
Steve, Clarky, Shev
How long have you been involved with the sport?
I remember watching the 2000 Sydney Olympics with Simon Lessing and Tim Don racing. They finished 9th and 10th and that’s when I started getting into triathlon.
How long have you been on the Britcon race team?
Since it started originally it started out as the Off That Couch Fitness race team in 2012 and then in 2016 Britcon came on board as the main sponsor and have supported us ever since.
What’s your favourite discipline and why?
The run. I’m lucky enough that on most occasions when it matters I'm able to find the run I need. Ironman Wales 2012 always comes to mind as my best run after being down in 12th position after the swim and bike I managed to run a 2 hour 58 minute Marathon off the bike on a tough Wales run course to take me into the top 5 and qualify for Kona. This was also the performance that got me my GB Ironman Professional Licence so allowed me to race on the pro circuit for a season.
Who are your inspirations?
As I mentioned above Tim Don I remember watching the 2000 Sydney Olympics and I've followed Tim ever since and the fact he is still racing strong today shows his class. Last few years I've followed Lionel Sanders and Cam Wurf I like the way they attack races and of course the Brownlee brothers.
Top tips for a newbie?
Race a different race/event each year to keep it fresh. Something I was once told and I've followed that advice and I'm still in love with the sport. Learn and improve whether that be via a coach, the internet or a book do what's right for you.
Favourite training session?
The classic 20 x 400's down the track with team mates pushing each other all the way.
What’s your next challenge/goal in the sport?
It was Mallorca 70.3, Brigg Bomber and Staffordshire 70.3 but they have all been cancelled due to the current situation. So I'm probably looking at a marathon back end of the year to see if I can improve on my 2 hour 42 minutes. Also The Celtman is on my list to do at some point in the future.
Racing for Great Britain, racing at the World Champs in Kona, Gold medal at the Age Group 70.3 European Championships, being crowned British/European Quadrathlon champion, Overall winner at Triathlon X all paint a colourful CV
What would you say is your proudest Sporting achievement?
Tough one, probably going under 9 hours for the Ironman something myself and Emily chased for a while with times going from 10:20, 10:14, 9:41, 9:39, 9,33, 9:23, 9:14, 9:07 and then boom 8:57!
How do you find running a fitness/coaching business helps with your own personal goals.
It certainly helps now as Off That Couch Fitness has grown over the last 10 years. I’m now lucky enough to be able to have my own studio for my clients with Watt bike, Treadmill, Concept 2 and an endless pool so if I’m short of time myself I can do triathlon on my doorstep. I remember travelling all the way to Birmingham to use a Hydro-therapy Aquatic Treadmill pre Kona when I had a fracture to my leg. So to be able to provide this service and things like endless pool swim analysis to the local area is something I’m proud of.
How rewarding is it when your clients achieve their goals and how disappointing if they don’t quite get what they/you expect?
It’s a great feeling and most do but if they don’t it’s a case of sitting down and finding the reason why. It can be as easy as changing the training plan but sometimes the individuals focus and mindset needs looking at its not always the training.
Butler at the Playboy mansion.
That’s easy Pizza followed by Tiramisu.
Shawshank Redemption, Basketball Diaries, The Dark knight, National lampoons Christmas vacation.
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5 best most proud of achievements bullet point list
• 70.3/middle distance triathlon AG European Champion 2015
• Winning Triathlon x (voted worlds toughest 1 day race by Triathlon 220 Magazine)
• Kona Racer and Norseman Racer
• Been an Overall winner at all 5 triathlon distances (Pool sprint, Open water Sprints, Standard, Middle and Full distance)
• Multiple time winner of all 3 Lincquads events 4 Brigg Sprints, 4 Brigg Bombers, 3 North Lincs Adventure challenge’s