Chris Standidge, head coach

– Ironman 70.3 AG world Champion 2018 35-39
– AG 35-39 winner Challenge the championship 2018
– Ironman PB time of 08:58 in 2017
– 2017 IM Florida 4th Overall, 2nd in AG
– 2017 Challenge Lisbon Overall Age Group Champion 2017 IM Florida 4th Overall, 2nd in Age Group
– 2017 IM Edinburgh 70.3 35-39 Age Group Champion
– 2015 European Olympic Distance Champion AG 35-39
– 2016 IM Bahrain 70.3 Overall Age Group Champion
– 2015 IM Staffs & Dublin 70.3 Overall Age Group Champion

Chris first started triathlon over 20 years ago racing for the GB Junior Team between 1995 and 1998. The sport has evolved significantly since those early years, and Chris has enjoyed developing himself alongside the fast pace of development. He has been coached himself by some of the top coaches in the sport,  developing his knowledge and experience over a long history of training and racing that has taken him all over the world.

Chris’ racing has all been done whilst working full time so understands the challenges of fitting in training around work, family and other commitments so he builds a plan around your current lifestyle.  Chris has immensely enjoyed taking athletes to the next level, whatever the starting point, and is now proud to be coaching 5 Kona Qualifiers and multiple GB Age Group Team Members and IM Age Group Podium Winners.

Career highlights include IM Bahrain 70.3 Overall Age Group Champion and 11th overall including the pros posting a 3:57 for the distance, and other overall Age Group wins at IM Staffs 70.3, Dublin 70.3, and Challenge Lisbon, plus European Olympic Distance Champ in the 35-39 age group in 2015.

Meet Chris….

I am 38 and live just outside of Chester with my wife Heather and Jess the dog. Living on the edge of Delamere Forest gives us great access to trails for running and country lanes for biking with minimal traffic. My ‘day job’ is working for Burton’s Biscuit company selling the likes of Jammie Dodgers, Wagon Wheels and Maryland Cookies to the Discounters. It’s an early rising household as training generally starts at 6am most mornings for me, and Heather drives into Manchester going to the gym before work. I generally then hit a 2nd training session at lunch time or early evening straight after work so that I can be done by 7pm as Heather comes home from work. That gives us a couple of hours for dinner and the latest episode of a Netflix series before its early to bed!

Despite not really having a sporty family as a youngster, I grew up from the age of 6 in my local swimming club, before moving to running through High School and then finding triathlon in my later teens. It means sport has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember.

Whilst triathlon takes up a large part of my time, we like to relax by taking Jess out for walks, eating out and our biggest passion which is travelling. Most holidays are taken up with races and training camps these days, but we try every year to visit a new place and enjoy a week or so away from the routine of training.