Meet Joe Duckworth
Joe competes at a high level as an age group long course triathlete but since gaining his Level 2 British Triathlon Coaching Qualification has had a great deal of pleasure coaching friends and youngsters. Coaching is something he wants to continue to pursue long after his competitive days are over. This year he will be taking the British Triathlon Level 2 Diploma to enhance his capabilities as a coach.
Joe has a wealth of practical experience having competed at a high level in 17 Ironman events and countless 70.3’s, including the Ironman World Championships and the 70.3 World Championships. This type of experience cannot be bought but Joe is happy to share his knowledge with his athletes.
Where it all started
An international middle distance runner as a youngster, Joe grew up as a coached athlete but only began his triathlon journey in 2009 and it would be fair to say he got to grips with the sport somewhat, as his list of achievements will testify. Joe is just as passionate today as when he started with his only regret being not finding triathlon as a youngster!
Joe still competes and continues to learn and develop as a coach and is always open to new ideas and training techniques. He has a great circle of friends many of whom are respected triathletes and coaches.
With a full time job as an airport firefighter, his wife Johanna and two daughters Anna and Lucy, Joe is in a great position to understand the pressures of being a time pressed triathlete. Base training is very important but we miss the foundations on which this is built, a solid family and friends structure.
Joe understands how important it is to find a training plan that fits around your lifestyle ensuring that you make every second count, we don’t do junk miles its all about quality over quantity. Don’t mistake this for easy though; you will be working hard to achieve your goals.
Joes Ironman PB is 9:15 again set at the age of 47. His running prowess transfers to the Ironman circuit and he has an Ironman marathon PB of 3:02:40 set at Challenge Almere 2017.
Below are a few of Joes best achievements:
- 4 x Kona qualifier
- 1 x 70.3 Ironman World Championship Qualifier
- 2015 Ultimate Half 70.3 Winner
- 2015 ETU European Long Course Champion 45/49 category
- 2016 British Middle Distance Championships Silver Medalist 45/49 category
- 2017 Lakesman Long Course Triathlon Winner
- 2017 ETU European Long Course Silver Medalist 45/49 category