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Tue 7th Dec 2021

Tri247's Athlete of the Month supported by ERDINGER Alkoholfrei

In January we announced a new feature for 2015 on Tri247 - Athlete of the Month supported by ERDINGER Alkoholfrei (

We also asked for your input... and I'm pleased to say we received LOTS of emails, nominations, recommendations and suggestions for our first award of 2015. A big thank you for that - and please do continue to keep them coming through the year.

Ok, let's get to it - our first winner of 2015 is...


Our winner for January was nominated by his wife, Wendy, who takes up the background as to why we have chosen to recognise Darren...

"I would like to nominate my husband Darren Chaplin for your Athlete of the Month Award... although his achievement is over the last last few years.

"Having an office job, he began to put weight on after we got married and on weighing nearly 19 stone, he decided to do something about it and entered a charity 5k run. The picture below shows how big he was then.

Darren Chaplin

"Over the last couple of years he has managed to break his ankle then come back and lose weight, tone up and ran a whole 18 months of PB's in every race at 5k, 10k, half marathons and a Marathon PB of 3:32 in Dublin.

"Since joining East Essex Tri Club he has got down to 14st 11lb, changed his diet, training and no longer drinks (although he does have a tasting for ERDINGER as it’s alcohol free!). He competed in his first ETU Euro AG 40-44 Sprint Duathlon Qulifier last year at Oulton Park , just a few months after his knee surgery.

Darren Chaplin

"He has already committed to the European and World qualifiers in March and April and I am so proud of what he has done and this is starting to rub off on our children and I who are also beginning to get the swim-bike-run bug.

"It would be a great reward for all his hard work and a big boost going into the season were he to be recognised."

Great effort Darren, keep up the good work in 2015 - and many thanks to Wendy for contacting us.

As well as being our first Athlete of the Month for 2015, Darren Chaplin wll also receive these great prizes courtesy of ERDINGER Alkoholfrei

  • A months supply of ERDINGER Alkoholfrei
  • 1 x Biathlon Hat (bobble hat)
  • 1 x Shift Shirt (Training shirt)
  • 1 x Sunvisor
  • 2 x Water Bottles

Tri247's Athlete of the Month supported by ERDINGER Alkoholfrei

Help us find the Athlete of the Month for February! - #AOTM

We want YOU to help us identify an Athlete of the Month candidate each month through 2015!

Perhaps you have got a friend, rival or club-mate who you feels deserves recognition for their efforts - as well as some tasty bottles of ERDINGER Alkoholfrei plus some great prizes? The criteria is up to you - they may be the fastest, have recovered from injury, have sacrificed their own performances from others, shown consistency... anything you think is worthy of recognition!

How can I nominate someone?

Simple - two really easy options:

  • Simply email [email protected] with who you would like to see recognised and a brief note on why, or,
  • If you are on Twitter, use the hastag #AOTM and tweet us @tri247 and let us know when you have seen a noteworthy performance, or have someone you would like us to recognise!

Tri247's Athlete of the Month supported by ERDINGER Alkoholfrei