Andy Hamilton

Coaching Qualifications:

  • British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Coach since 2013
  • IRONMAN® University Certified Coach
  • Training Peaks Certified Coach


  • Coached both male and female athletes to GB Age Group qualification at both World & European championships.
  • Coached complete non-swimmers to complete Ironman distance races with a 0% DNF rate.
  • Coached 12 athletes to complete their first Ironman distance races all in under 14hrs
  • Coaching a previous 8-time Ironman finisher to a new 2hr PB of under 12hrs within 18months.
  • Coached athletes to run London Marathon and also qualify for “Good for Age” slots at Marathon distance
  • Coached athletes in all multi discipline events such as SwimRun, multi-day Adventure Racing, MTB Marathons & LeJOG

Andy has been racing triathlon since 2006 and coaching since 2012 after deciding he wanted to use his own experience of going from a non-endurance background to competing at all levels in the sport, to helping others achieve their goals.

In that time, Andy has become a well-known face and voice in triathlon within the North West.  He is currently the lead coach at Chester Triathlon Club helping the 400-strong club go from strength to strength across all disciplines but also uses his experience & dulcet tones to commentate at both triathlon and running races across the UK including Manchester full & half marathons, Deva, Llandudno & Leeds triathlons.

Andy has strong swim coaching background and works with other specialist organisations on helping athletes develop their swim stroke and technique to improve confidence, efficiency and speed in the water. This has lead to Andy being an ideal choice for those who may not be natural swimmers taking up triathlon.

Fundamentally, Andy believes that triathlon should be open to everyone, of all abilities, and no matter how much time you have to dedicate to it believes improvements can be made.  By building structure around your life, and providing constant support throughout, Andy has already seen all of his athletes, across all distances, go from strength to strength and see vast improvements across all the disciplines.

Whilst Andy predominately coaches athletes competing at middle or full (70.3 or IRONMAN®) distances racing he still relishes coaching athletes racing all distances (big or small).

Meet Andy…

I’m currently clinging onto my late 30’s, and now live in Chester (originally from Leicester) and despite efforts to generate income from swimming, biking or running, I still have to work as a Programme Manager in banking during the day.  I like to think that I am a good example of someone who came into triathlon quite late in life, and despite already having a long background in sport, wasn’t a natural swim/bike/runner.  So I have had to work hard to improve in all areas.

I played rugby union from the age of 6, and got to play at the top amateur level, until a significant injury forced my retirement at the age of 25.  After several years out in the wilderness of exercise, a colleague, whom had recently completed his first Ironman, encouraged me to have a go at triathlon. So in 2006 after I completed my first sprint distance race in a rather steady 1hr 43mins, I was hooked.  I have now competed at every distance from Sprint to Ironman (PB 10:19), raced around the world and in some spectacular locations. 

My underlying passion for coaching comes from my own personal drive over the last 10+ years to see improvements in each area of the sport.  I believe it is fundamental and vitally important as a coach to do all I can to help someone achieve their goals, no matter how big or small.  I am also a firm believer that surrounding yourself with the right people, with the right mind set, can also be a massive enabler to help you succeed.


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