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.


Various locations depending on the training but mostly around Warwickshire and West Midlands UK


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