Introduce yourself, tell us more about you?
Hi! My name is Stephen, and I own and run a Abacus marketing agency in West London. I live in Henley on Thames and love spending time with my family and friends as well as doing sporty stuff too. I work hard but enjoy what I do so it’s not so bad, I like good food and I love my sleep! I see myself as being a very normal person. And I am proud to say so, even if that sounds a bit boring… ????
What made you do your 1st triathlon?
My first triathlon was at London Excel – I was offered a free place by a person I was working with, and I thought I would give it a go. I enjoyed running, swimming and cycling, so it seemed a fairly natural progression. I am so glad I gave it a go, and I have never looked back. I always thought triathlons were for hard-core athletes, but the fact is that they cater to all levels.
Where is your favourite venue that you have competed?
I have two favourite venues – Blenheim Palace, because it is such a wonderful location, and the Wargrave triathlon, a small local event which is user-friendly, fun and well-organised.
What is your best performance to date?
Unlike many other of my fellow ambassadors at Meglio, I am much more of an intermediate performer. I always try to finish in the top 25%, but I am never going to win anything! I embody the Meglio strapline, “For a better you” and I absolutely believe that the secret to a successful life is not to make it competitive against anyone else, but simply to do the best you can. That being said, I did come second in my age category at a huge Olympic-distance triathlon event, and this has led to me to believe that it is possible for me to qualify for GB representation at the European or World Championships in the next few years. So watch this space…!
What are your goals for the next 12 months?
I am running the Abingdon Marathon in a couple of months, and I hope to use this as a springboard to compete in a half ironman distance triathlon somewhere iconic next summer. I shall also do the Thames Marathon swim again next year too. The number one ambition for me is to always avoid serious injury. That’s why I spend a great deal of my time on the mat with a roller, stretching and flexing my body.
Which athlete do you most admire?
I value integrity and humility in people far more than anything else, so to admire someone, they can’t just be good at what they do, they must also be a role model too. I bumped into Alistair Brownlee once at a triathlon event (we were racked up close to one another). He is the most down-to-earth, genuine, kind and lovely man you could ever hope to meet. I would also like to give a special mention to Steve Redgrave, Alistair Cook and Johnny Wilkinson.
If you had to compete in another sport, which sport would it be and why?
I love skiing, golf, rowing and sailing, but the only sport I can see myself competing in is various triathlon events, or single-sport events to do with running, cycling or swimming – simply because these are the easiest to fit into my training routine.