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Contributed by - Mark Thomas
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No Limits

March 11th, 2015

No limits!! That’s what triathlon has done for me, it’s made me the person I am today. When I was in school I hated sport, I smoked, took drugs, I really did not care about my health. When I reached 30 I wanted to make a change in my life. I was going through some tough times in my life that I won’t bore you with now. I had never run any distance before, so I signed up for the London marathon 2005. I completed it in a time of 5hours 30min. Not a record breaker, but at this time in my life it was more about finishing than how fast I could do it in. That was it, I was hooked. I started training & really getting into running. I did more & more races, as I trained I would watch ironman triathlon races, I would watch Craig Alexander race and think, that’s who I could inspire to be! trouble was my swimming was about as good as a fish out of water. So I got myself some swim coaching. In 2014 I did my first sprint triathlon & ultra marathon the Coast to Coast challenge 44 miles of coast path. This year I will be doing my first half ironman distance triathlon & next year I will be doing a half ironman and a full ironman in the same year. I have gone from having a very serious lower back injury and having an operation to competing in triathlons and running competitions. So never ever give up, listen to your body, if you need rest, your body will tell you, if you can run a marathon, your body will run it. Thankyou Craig Alexander for being such a wonderful inspiration within our sport & all the best for the future and I do hope to meet one day.

Myself & my boy William, future Ironman champion

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