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Tri247's Athlete of the Month supported by Gatorade

Welcome to our monthly feature on Tri247, supported by Gatorade (www.gatorade.co.uk). We know (because we have the statistics…), that races and race results are one of the most popular and well used resources on the site, which thousands of you rely upon. In association with Gatorade, we’ll be profiling our Athlete of the Month from that information.

Our choice may be based on one, or perhaps a combination of factors including:

  • Outstanding performance at one race,
  • Consistent performances over a number of events,
  • Recognition of an athletes efforts over many months, years…or even decades in some cases!
  • Overcoming setbacks, challenges or obstacles.

Or indeed, any other reason we can think of. We will also be asking you for your nominations.

As well as the recognition, each monthly winner will receive:

  • Six month's supply of Gatorade
  • A limited edition Gatorade bike top
  • Six Gatorade bike bottles
  • Two Gatorade gym bottles
  • A Gatorade towel
  • A personalised engraved plaque

At the end of the year, one athlete out of the twelve will be selected as the overall Athlete of the Year.


June 2008: Craig Twigg

Craig Twigg in actionPerhaps not surprisingly, with June being one of the peak racing months of the season, picking a winner this month was even more difficult than usual - and it's never easy to begin with! Many thanks to everyone who emailed in suggestions and nominations. There really are some great stories and fantastic performances happening within the age-group ranks at all levels. However, there can unfortunately only be one winner, and we have chosen Craig Twigg from Leicester Tri club as the fourth winner of our Athlete of the Month award. During June Craig did his first triathlon for seven years...and won the very competitive Weymouth Middle Distance event.. He then went on to win the Shoreline triathlon in Cornwall at the end of the month, for a very successful return to the sport.


We caught up with Craig to find out a little more about him, and why he had returned to the sport after so long.


"I started racing in the mid-90's, raced a few elite races and did the age-group World's in 1997 and 1998. My best performance was probably around 1999, I think (!) when I finished 3rd behind Tim Don and Stuart Hayes in the National Sprint Distance champs. In 2001 I cut my foot quite badly, lost motivation and sort of fell out of the the sport really."

Craig's day job is as a personal trainer and swim coach. He's been swim coaching with Leicester Tri for a couple of years, and this was one of the primary reasons he got racing again. "There have been lots of new people joining the the club, all very positive and looking forward to events, and it's really them who motivated me and re-kindled my enthusiasm again, so I started training around Christmas time".

Craig Twigg on the bikeHis favourite discipline is cycling, and after finishing with triathlon in 2001, he focused on cycling, with some success too, recording 50:36 for '25' and 19:30 for '10'. Still, did he expect to win his first triathlon race back after so long out? "Absolutely not! I really had no idea, I just wanted to enjoy it, I'd not even done that distance before".

For the rest of the year, Craig will be racing the Little Woody and Vitruvian, focusing on the middle/longer distances before doing Ironman Austria in 2009. He'll also be at the National Relay Champs. So, having spent so long out of triathlon, does he intend to stick around for a while now? "Yes, I just want to enjoy it and am planning to keep going!".


Honourable mentions this month go to:

  • Louise Collins (TFN Tri Club). During June Louise won the Bala Middle Distance by over ten minutes, and then went on to win the Dambuster by even more. Not content with that, July started fantastically too with an overall win at the National Age-Group Champs in Wakefield. We'll be interviewing Louise very soon.
  • Kit Stokes. This year Kit has won the Taunton and Burnham Sprint triathlons in course record times. Despite sleeping in his van the night before the race, he finished ninth overall (first age-grouper) at Ironman UK 70.3, plus raced and won or placed highly in several local duathlons and running events.
  • Natalie Creswick (Ful-On Tri). In her first full year on competition, Natalie finished sixth overall and first age-grouper at Ironman UK 70.3, courtesy of a bike split not far off of Dibens and Comerford. She also puts a lot back into the sport through the Ful-On club committee, and was nominated as "the most gracious and modest athlete you could meet". High praise indeed.
  • Rhys Jones (Rhondda Tri Club). Not content with winning one national title, Rhys added the Welsh triathlon title (Parc Bryn Bach) in June, to the Duathlon title he won in April.

Do you know anyone who deserves this award? If so, tell us! Get in touch with us on aotm@tri247.com and tell us who you would like us to recognise and why.

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