Henry Irvine

  • Ironman Pro Athlete
  • 2017 IM 70.3 Edinburgh AG Champion
  • 2017 IM 70.3 Vichy AG Champion
  • 2017 ITU World Age Group Championships (Olympic) 4th
  • 2017 London Triathlon Men’s Elite

Based in South Devon, Henry has recently become an Ironman Pro Athlete after a string of top-level results over a range of distances. Coming to triathlon from a strong background in all three sports as a junior athlete, he combines discipline specific knowledge with multisport insight.

With five years experience in coaching he is passionate about helping others to improve and maximise their potential. Henry has already worked with two European AG Triathlon Champions and multiple surf life saving national champions, as well as nurturing complete beginners. As an RNLI Senior Lifeguard working on beaches around the UK and overseas, Henry is a well respected advocate of water safety within the open water swimming community.

Meet Henry…

I’m 25 years old, recently graduated with a First Class science degree and now lucky enough to call triathlon my job. Some of my earliest memories growing up on the coast of Devon are of adventures exploring my surroundings in the sea, on my bike and on foot; little did I know that eventually I would be able to put them together. 

Swimming competitively from a young age for Dawlish Swimming Club, a club I now once more represent after a 10 year break, I regularly swam in national swimming league events. While I stepped back from swimming during my teens I developed a passion for road cycling, racing around the UK on the MDCC Junior Team renown for producing many top names in cycling. Upon leaving the junior ranks I continued to race for a time, before switching to distance running and achieving success in races from 5km to 44miles in length.

Now with my sights firmly set on triathlon I have loved bringing my passions together, already racing some of the best in the world with selection to events such as the London Triathlon Men’s Elite race. My focus moving forward is on middle and full distance races as I have found I most suit these formats due to my strong bike-run combination. My favourite race so far would have to be the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh, with a seriously tough course and conditions in spectacular surroundings. My ambition in the sport is to race at Kona in the next three years as a Pro, with the 2018 season centred around firmly establishing myself in the professional ranks. 

As a coach for five years I’ve already been lucky enough to work with a full range of athletes, from world class level down to complete beginners. My coaching interests extend beyond triathlon in to other multi-sports such as surf life saving, which I believe provides additional perspective to help athletes achieve their full potential through varied and interesting tailored training. I would say that my ethos as a coach revolves around developing athletes with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to gain a lifetime of enjoyment from the sport.

Certificates Henry holds:

  • British Triathlon Level 2 Coach
  • British Triathlon Coaches Strength & Conditioning CPD
  • Amateur Swimming Association Level 1 Coach
  • Amateur Swimming Association Level 1 Teacher

Contact Henry directly: hgirvine@hotmail.com

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