Category Archives: Interviews

Interview: Lucy Charles set to turn pro and her 2016 schedule

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Lucy Charles turning pro is one of the most eagerly anticipated age-group to pro moments in recent times (well as recent as Catherine Faux!) and today is the day we find out she is making the leap.

Charles had conquered it all in 2o15 – not only is an age group Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Champion, but she also showed that she can be a well known name in the sport on her swim alone – having come out of the water at Kona almost 4 minutes quicker than Jodie Swallow, who led the pro women out!

We caught up with Lucy to find out a bit more.

Interview: Lesley Paterson ahead of the XTERRA Maui World Championships

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XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson dealt with injury and Lyme Disease in 2014 but has battled back to win this year’s XTERRA Costa Rica Championship, XTERRA West & Southeast Championships on the XTERRA America Tour and the 2015 XTERRA European Championship in England.

Here she talks to us about her race expectations and her journey back Maui.

Interview: Lucy Charles on winning Ironman & Ironman 70.3 World Titles

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CURRANZ triathlon ambassadors proved themselves among the best in the world at the weekend, with Lucy Charles and Reece Barclay delivering power-packed performances at the iconic World IronMan Championships at Kona, Hawaii.

Here’s an interview with the pair.

Stephen Bayliss interview: Gunning for Kona and Maui via XTERRA England

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We recently featured the news that Stephen Bayliss will be turning out at XTERRA England ( on the 30th August in Cranleigh, Surrey ahead of a double bid to Kona and Maui qualify.

We couldn’t resist the opportunity to catch up with the 4x iron-distance champion to find out a bit more about why he wants to get dirty.

Interview: Natalie Lawrence on racing and training triathlons when pregnant

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Natalie Lawrence (formerly Barnard) is a racer we have featured on the site before. For several years she made her name racing pro on the Ironman 70.3 circuit, with some very decent results and was talent scouted into the sport following her world class standing in Biathlon.

In recent years, Lawrence has been focusing on building her business ( and having a family, having recently had her first son and got married. We’re delighted to share that she is expecting her second. We loved hearing that Natalie had raced Ironman 70.3 Staffs this weekend whilst 22 weeks pregnant so thought other readers who might want to know more, or were worried about training and racing whilst pregnant would like  to hear from someone who is very active and still enjoying excersize whilst pregnant.

Interview: Liam Heavin, RD of Challenge Galway

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With this weeks announcement of the new Challenge Galway race ( we thought it important we catch up with the Race Director and CEO of Challenge Galway to find out more about this new race.

Check out the interview here.

Interview: Phil Graves “If a pilot role comes up for Rio 2016, of course I would do it”

Phil Graves is synonymous with British long distance racing and is known for his fast, aggressive, boom or bust cycling and racing – but has been somewhat absent from long course racing this year and has even been popping up at ITU cup races. What’s going on?

Training with the Brownlees, looking for points, it all points to a bid to be considered for a role in Rio. We caught up with Phil to see if the rumours were true, his view on being a domestique (or pilot) and how he feels that affects talent development and his own career.

Interview: James Cunnama on Macca, Kona and the future of the sport

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James Cunnama has been training in Phuket, Thailand in preparation for this weekend’s Ironman Cairns under the guidance of his coach, Chris McCormack. McCormack is also the director of the Bahrain Endurance 13.

Check out this interview with one of the most talented long course athletes in the world and a genuine Kona contender.