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April 22, 2014

Please could you introduce yourself? 

My name is Leah Peploe. I am a 17 years old and currently studying at Runshaw College. I am from Bolton, and have been competing in triathlons for around 2 and a 1/2 years. I have been racing in elite junior races since last year and I am now in my 2nd of 3 years in the Junior Triathlon age group which is sprint distance (800m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) I am also a member on the Triathlon England Talent Squad.

How did you get into triathlons? Swimming, riding, running.. which is your favourite?

I started out as a swimmer from a very, very young age! When I was around 2 years old I would watch my brother learning how to swim and just wanted to get in there myself! So I then progressed to learning how to actually swim. At the age of 6 I started out at Bolton swimming club and then at 7 into Bolton Metro Swimming squad who I still swim for today. When I was 10 going on 11 I had a swim session removed from the weekly programme so I decided to take up running as it would be something good to do with my spare time. I loved the thought of cross countries and entered all the races like nationals, qualified for inter counties and later on the english schools XC and track races etc.

When I was 13 going on 14 I was scouted by the Northwest triathlon coach who saw potential from my swim and run times. I trialled that year and secured a place on the academy and then all I needed to do was learn how to ride a bike! I never really knew how to ride a bike so this was all really interesting. Out of the three I think the running is my favourite, although it isn't my strongest, I enjoy this discipline so much and how much freedom comes with it. No matter where you are you can just pop your running shoes on and head out!

What do you see as your biggest achievement to date as an athlete? Do you have any personal goals you are working towards?

I've made Nationals in swimming in both 800m and open water which were pretty big achievements for me. Also I made it to the English Schools Track and Field Championships one year which was pretty special!

I've medalled 3 times in the British Super series, a bronze in the British Aquathlon championships in 2012, 2nd in The British Duathlon Championships 2013 and 3rd in the British Duathlon Championships 2014.

International achievements I have finished 5th in the European Junior Duathlon championships 2013 bottom age, 4th in the European Youth Relay Championships 2013 and 12th at Tiszaujvaros Junior European Cup.I have recently been selected to compete at the World Junior Duathlon Chamionships, however due to having different aims this season, I had to turn this opportunity down.

I have secured a place on the England Youth and Junior Triathlon Talent Squad 2013/14. This season I am hoping to qualify for the European and World Junior Triathlon Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria and Edmonton, Canada.


What is a training session like for you? Where do you train?

I train pretty much every day. I swim 5 times a week which consists of 4 mornings and one evening swim. I run 4 times a week and bike around 3/4. I also do 2 strength and conditioning sessions. I train pretty much everywhere! I swim at 3 different swimming pools, I run two of my sessions in Manchester the other two are long runs where I live. My bikes are either a group turbo at leigh, a crit race in Preston, a chain gang in Appley Bridge or long rides which either start out at where I live or around Orrell to Southport and back.

Whats the hardest thing you face in training for triathlons? What keeps you going?

I think what I find hard is the mental side of it. Knowing after a long day at college to come home to then set off to a gruelling session can sometimes be really hard. To keep me motivated is that I remind myself why I take part, because I love it and I can't honestly see myself doing anything else! I love the atmosphere around sport - it's so friendly and everyone is so supportive which I thrive off.

Can you tell us about your favourite Chia Charge products and how you will use them in your training and events?

Definitely the Banana Flapjack! I love the taste of it and once I take a bite I have to go in for another! I use these for long training rides - so half way through a ride I will take a little munch of it and this keeps me energised going into the second half of the session! I also use these before a race so I will take a little bite so I am quite energised. I also love the drinks powder. I love the kind of blackcurrant tasting drinks so these are perfect! I use these whilst training and definitely put half of a bottle on my bike during a race.

Go bananas for our banana flapjacks!