Neil Thomas

Level 2 Triathlon Coach
Neil is Captain of Chester Triathlon Club and is also a coach experienced in swim technique development.
I completed my first olympic/standard distance triathlon in 2007 at the Deva Triathlon. Since then I have enjoyed learning about and participating in the sport from sprint distance to Ironman and full distance races. I’ve completed the London, Berlin and New York marathons and managed to squeeze in a Breca swim run. I am now a qualified BTF Level 2 coach and have been involved with the Chester Triathlon club where I am currently Captain.

 

I’m 48 years of age and live in Chester where I work in Learning and Development on a self employed basis. I started triathlon when I realised I was twice as old as everybody else in the football team I played for. Throughout my life my competitive nature has led me to get involved in a variety of sports. I’ve always tried to be as good as I can be without taking myself too seriously. I live and train in Chester which provides me with a brilliant base to be involved with the sport. A large triathlon community, a very active club scene (this meant something different 20 years ago) and some great locations and facilities for training.

 

I’ve loved the opportunity that triathlon has given to move from completer to competer, the friends I’ve made along the way and the experiences I’ve had. It’s remarkable that we manage to have fond memories of situations as diverse as hypothermia in a lake in North Wales, a land slide in the Alps, the immortal words from a triage nurse ‘if you’re going to be dumb you’ve got to be tough’; through to the genuine highs of participating in my first world championship race. The sense of satisfaction and achievement I feel when athletes I coach better their expectations of themselves is massively rewarding (surprisingly more so than personal results).

Coaching qualifications

BTF Level 2 Coach

Finest sporting moments

World Championship 70.3 Age Group Qualifier

Ironman UK 10h01m

Ironman France 9h38m

Alpe D’Huez Triathlon Relay Winner