- BUCS Duathlon – 5th
- British Elite Duathlon Championships – 20th
- BUCS Sprint Triathlon – 19th
- BUCS Olympic Distance Triathlon – 8th
- Cardiff Olympic Distance Triathlon – 2nd
- Blenheim Sprint Distance Triathlon (Elite) – 20th
- London Olympic Distance Triathlon (Elite) – 13th
- Castle Howard Olympic Distance Triathlon – 3rd
- Swiss Pro League – Lausanne – 5th
- Chateau de Chantilly Olympic Distance Triathlon – 4th
- The Gauntlet at Hever Castle – 8th
2016 was a very exciting year, lots of racing, new experiences and some very pleasing results. Making the step up to elite level racing I knew my swim had to improve and this was my main focus in pre-season training, bashing out length upon length in the pool.
My main highlights were finishing 12th in the Elite race at London, where my swim was a massive 2 minutes faster than last year, 3rd at Castle Howard, finally cracking the top 10 at BUCS Olympic, having the fastest swim split of the day at Chateau de Chantilly, (just about) finishing my first half iron distance race on a brutal hilly course at Hever Castle and racing against Alistair Brownlee at Blenheim!
However, there were also some lows along the way, including battling recurrent early season running niggles, having an absolute shocker in transition at Chateau De Chantilly and having to recover after taking a wrong turn on the bike at Hever Castle adding in a monster hill (Official 100 climbs no.19 ‘The Wall’) and 12 minutes to my bike split.
Moving up to elite level racing also proved to be a steep learning curve, where the swim and transitions take on a whole new level of importance. After taking a few batterings in the swim early season, I quickly became accustomed to taking right hooks and kicks to the face and learnt the art of just sticking with it in the first few hundred meters before the pace settled down.
I have been lucky enough to have had some great support throughout the season and would like to thank Pedalcover, 32Gi, Blueseventy, The University of Birmingham Triathlon Team and friends and family for their ongoing support.
Next year I’m planning on moving to longer distance racing (mainly half ironman distance) as I feel I’m more suited to the longer stuff (we’ll see!). Either way I’m looking forward to a new challenge and a different kind of racing!