15 January 1982
Rob was overweight and unhappy, so started running. He got interested in triathlons through social media. It seemed a perfect way to keep fit but was a challenge he thought he’d never be capable of. How wrong he was! His aim was merely to complete a sprint tri in his first year, but he actually enjoyed it so much he also did some Olympic distances, two 70.3’s and a full Ironman within a mere 12 months. From couch potato to 24-carat athlete in no time at all, that’s our Rob!
In 2014 Rob completed the Outlaw full ironman distance triathlon. It’s something he never though he would be able complete, but with sheer determination and support he conquered his biggest challenge. He also takes great pride in having inspired his nephews to compete in their first triathlon and now they have completed numerous junior triathlons.
After recovering from knee surgery this year Rob will be attempting to complete Ironman Wales, three half ironman events, 2 Olympic triathlons, 3 half marathons, the Snowdonia Marathon and running as far as he can at the 9x9bar Ultra event in October.
Rob has three top achievements from his 2014 season.
In June he completed the Outlaw Half Triathlon, 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13 mile run. In June, Rob also came 24th out of 120 entrants at the Gauntlet triathlon, a half iron man distance triathlon. In July he completed the gruelling full Outlaw triathlon, a 2.4 Mile swim, 112 mile bike ride followed by a marathon distance run. It makes us tired just reading about all of Rob’s successes!
What does it mean to you to be a part of Team 9bar
“The team is like a wonderful family of supportive athletes from a variety of disciplines keen to help and encourage in any way they can at a moment’s notice. For me it’s like a virtual band of like-minded people who want to get the best out of themselves regardless of ability.”