Marcus Gaskell

My journey competing in triathlons began relatively recently in 2014 having said that my background in sport started at the age of 10, swimming twice a day with the local swim club.  Swimming set me up for running and competing for my county, Cumbria, at cross country and in the English Schools cross country championships as a teenager. Like most kids, I used to love the freedom of riding my bike after getting my first Raleigh road bike one Christmas and trying to emulate my father who was a keen amateur Club cyclist.  Fast forward to 2014, I entered Banbury’s local Sprint Triathlon with zero training to see if I’d like it and enjoyed it so much, I booked further Sprints at Blenheim and Eton Dorney to get more experience and better my times.  Since then I’ve followed a much more structured training plan as I quickly decided I wanted to move up the distances to Olympic, Half Ironman and ultimately at some point ‘box tick’ a full distance Ironman one day!

I found out about Do3 through local friends and I’ve found the Swim Squad (including the 121 Swim Smooth session) and Run Squad sessions hugely beneficial from not only from a speed, power and technique perspective but also the added advantage of training with like-minded fellow triathletes and the banter over coffee afterwards!  In the last 5 years I’ve competed in multiple Half Ironman events such as Weymouth 70.3, Staffs 70.3, Cotswold Classic, Outlaw Half Holkham and Outlaw Half Nottingham. In 2019 I finished 9th in my Age Group at Outlaw Half Notts and moved up to full distance completing the Challenge Almere-Amsterdam European Championships in 10hrs 30 mins and 16th in my Age Group.  In 2020 I’m racing Ironman Italy and hoping to compete in the ETU Middle Distance in Austria.