Triathlete (long distance)
25 June 1987
At school Nikki’s particular focus was athletics, gaining county and national representation. In 2005, at university, she got into rowing. Within a year she had represented Great Britain at the European University Championships. In 2008, Nikki went to the Girls 4 Gold testing, where she achieved one of the highest ranked testing results in the country for her category in rowing and was fast tracked onto the World Class Start GB rowing system. She then switched sports to become a long distance triathlete and was selected as an Alumni Sports Scholar at the University of Birmingham. Like many, Nikki ‘accidently’ fell into triathlon, and after the first two races, caught ‘the tri bug’. She completed a half IRONMAN and full IRONMAN whilst still training as a rower on the World Class Start system in 2011. A reoccurring stress fracture whilst rowing, led Nikki to transferring sports at the beginning of 2012. She’s never looked back, loves the sport and meeting so many lovely people.
IRONMAN UK 70.3 2014, coming 2nd Female overall after battling through a mechanical issue in the bike section. Which, if you’re a triathlete you will know of the hilly terrain in Exmoor National Park, having limited gears due to a mechanical meant a very tough bike section to get through in order to make up my time to get to 2nd female.
- Alloa Half marathon – 14th March (training race)
- Scottish Duathlon Champs – 29th March (training race)
- Elche half IRONMAN (my first official race as a Pro athlete!) 18th April
- Scottish Olympic distance champs (training race) – Mid May time
- IRONMAN Staffordshire 70.3 – 14th June (My first ‘A’ race)
- Alpe d’Huez triathlon – 31st July
Nikki’s top three achievements for 2014 were:
2nd Female overall at IRONMAN UK 70.3, Wimbleball in June 2014
1st Female overall at the British and Scottish Middle Distance Championships in August 2014
1st Female Age Grouper overall, and 1st Age Grouper in my age group (25-29) at the European Championships at Challenge Paguera-Mallorca, October 2014.