Beth Hughes

Bethan Hughes

(COACH)

2nd AG – Ironman 70.3 Stafford 2015
2nd AG – British Olympic Distance Championships 2014
2nd AG Iromman 70.3 Miami 2014 (qualified for world championships)

Beth is a BTF level 2 qualified coach and holds a Sports Science degree.  A keen sportswoman her whole life she discovered triathlon 7 years ago and has been bitten by the bug ever since.

She has seen a rapid improvement which culminated in GB Age Group qualification in 2013 and 2014 at both Sprint and Olympic distance. Late 2014 she secured her spot for the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Zell am See. Starting as a complete novice to all 3 disciplines Beth understands exactly what it’s like to start in the sport and the demands it can place on an individual as well as trying to balance managing a busy full time job and family commitments. Beth is a very enthusiastic and approachable coach keen to help support her athletes to achieve their individual goals.

Meet Beth…

“I’m 36 and live in Chester. I am a brand manager for a pharmaceutical company.  Outside of triathlon I enjoy playing golf, love to ski and enjoy watching pretty much any sport. Out of race season I enjoy cooking (and eating!).

My favourite place to go on holiday is to the snowy Alps of Val D’Isère and although I love triathlon I would have to pick snow over sun in a holiday choice. Before I discovered triathlon I used to play football and golf, I still like to play golf when I get the chance but I hung my football boots up a while ago now.

Since taking up triathlon 6 years ago I have developed considerably as an athlete in all 3 disciplines. I would have to say that cycling is my strongest but I enjoy them all. I am however a roady and have not yet taken to the trails on a mountain bike, maybe one day soon when I get some time!  My favourite distance to race is middle distance (70.3) as it’s a great challenge as well as a hard and fast race. My first ever triathlon was Dorney Lake sprint in 2009 and my favourite race to date was the IM 70.3 Pays d’Aix. It was such a fair course, a beautiful lake swim, a hilly bike leg and a warm run around the town. I was injured and couldn’t run at the time so perhaps that was why I enjoyed it so much!!! Plus it was the first race my parents ever watched, which I am sure was the lure of the location!

My sporting preferences: open water swimming over pool swimming (providing the water is over 17 degrees!) and off road running over road running…it’s just more fun! I’d have to say that on a rainy day you will find me on my turbo rather than battling the elements however if it’s a run set I’ve got then I’d rather get out there in the rain in the hills any day!”

Contact Beth direct: bethanehughes@googlemail.com