Hello, I’m Ian and I started Pennine Endurance Coaching in 2020. I was originally a small animal veterinary surgeon and started two small animal practices along with my wife, Gillian. I cycled and swam a lot growing up and worked as a lifeguard during my student days, usually cycling to work. I began triathlon in 2012, about 6 months before the London Olympics and the Brownlee brothers put triathlon on the front pages.
I’m a Level 2 British Triathlon coach, have completed the Ironman University, a Training Peaks Level 2 coach, Senior Coach at Rochdale Triathlon Club and on the Triathlon England North West committee (organising the Senior Race Series). I also have a Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults qualification, full DBS check and first aid qualifications.
I have raced every distance upto and including Ironman although I think middle distance / 70.3 is my best distance and the focus for the next few years. I have also competed in single sport events including the beautiful Paris Marathon, swum the length of Coniston twice, and cycled around the island of Majorca on the 312 Sportive. I enjoy watching triathlon and cycling on telly and I’ve been lucky enough to see the Brits dominate ITU Leeds (my home city) and the Tour de France live on a number of occasions.
I love the mountains and despite not being built for climbing on the bike (I’m 6’4″ and would tower over almost every professional cyclist), I’m working my way through the biggest climbs in Le Tour and Europe generally. There is great joy at being on top of a mountain through your own sweat and tears.
My First Race
My first race was in April 2012, the Pendle Triathlon in Barnoldswick, Lancashire. It was 3oC, blowing a gale and pouring with rain. I had a great swim, first out of my lane and going well into T1. I didn’t have a trisuit then so I was trying to pull a cycle jersey over my head but because of the rain it became rolled up on my back and I was stuck! Fortunately a marshall came to help me and I got out on the bike. Despite the extreme conditions I was hooked and the rest is history.
My Favourite Race
My biggest race so far has to be my first time at Bolton for Ironman UK. It is so close to my home and I live near the bike course that I can count this as my local race. I had over 30 friends racing and many more watching, my whole family was on the course and the whole town of Bolton gives amazing support to every athlete. I was out of the water in a great time and on the bike course early so the roads were quiet. It was when I reached the start of Hunters Hill for the first time that I first found the crowds and I literally got goosebumps. The entire hill was full of people, narrowing the road to Tour de France levels. Music was blaring, a BBQ was smoking and a complete stranger in a long velvet coat was cheering me on like an absolute maniac! I loved it and that was just the start. The whole day was so incredible, there are far too many stories and moments to list.
My Biggest Experience
50,000 people enter the Paris Marathon each year and many more times that line the streets of the French capital. I took part in 2018 on a red hot April day for 26.2 miles of sightseeing. You start on the Champs Elysee and end within sight of the Arc de Triomphe via every other central Paris landmark you can think of. It is a simply stunning course, full of history. Going past the Bastille twice, you hit a literal wall of noise, the entire square willing you on to greater things.