Ian’s Sporting Achievements
My role within Barnes Fitness is to head up the Sports Events in terms of route planning, course suitability and safety.
I’ve always loved being outdoors and on the move, and I spent many an hour as a boy on my mountain bike, either whizzing around Swinley Forest, near Bracknell, or on my paper round.
Riding — and sometimes falling off! — in the forest taught me how to handle my bike, while school day mornings helped build my speed as I rushed around delivering papers before a quick breakfast and speedy cycle to school. By the time I was a teenager, I could cover significant distances — I completed a 50-mile cycle ride at just 13 in under 3 hours (for the mathematicians that’s an average of 16.6mph)!!
I also enjoyed football, but that went on the back burner when I discovered running and I completed my first half-marathon in 1hr27mins in 2004. I’m now officially a sub-3hr marathoner and also a GB age group duathlete.
My coaching qualifications include UK Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness, and am working towards British Triathlon Local Technical Officer award.
Before joining Barnes Fitness, I was working in the construction industry as a financial analyst.
I am always seeking different Sporting Events to take part in and my challenge for 2014 is the Haute Route Alps – a 7-day amateur road cycling, covering over 750km, 20 legendary mountain cols, 20,000m+ vertical ascent (the equivalent of cycling more than twice from sea level to the summit of Everest) from Geneva to Nice.
"Ellie and Ian run a very impressive, professional business. They're both outstanding coaches — without Ellie I doubt I'd have ticked a half-Ironman off my list! — and they're also accomplished event organisers. I've both competed and marshalled at Barnes Fitness events, and their attention to detail — always the key to a well-run race — really is second to none. Above all, they love what they do and their enthusiasm is completely irresistible!"
Eugenie Verney, Half Ironman, Ascot