We support a diverse group of athletes, self sufficient, driven and always pushing ahead.
Have a read about some of them here, but also follow and talk to them on their own blogs and social media.
Sophie Bubb - Iron Mum
Six months after giving birth to her second son, Sophie discovered she had a gift for ultra-endurance sport when she finished 9th overall and 1st amateur at Challenge Weymouth 2015 (the European Long Triathlon Championships). In doing so, she qualified for the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Oklahoma in late September and separately has also qualified for the Middle Distance Europeans in Austria in early September. A very busy summer will also see Sophie compete at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, after securing her spot by finishing 1st amateur, 5th overall and winning her age category at Ironman UK in Bolton.
That's Jayson in the picture, having a bimble somewhere in the Alps.
Jayson has always enjoyed spending time outdoors. From the age of 14 this was spent mountain biking above anything else. He joined the British Army at 17, which, through extensive military training (running in boots whilst carrying equipment) and serving with a professional, dedicated unit, exposed him further to the outdoors. In 1999 he achieved one of his life’s ambitions - passing the ‘All Arms Commando Course’, earning the coveted Green Beret in the process.
After eight years of service he left to pursue other life ambitions, progressing to downhill mountain bike racing. Travelling around the UK, he won several national races in his age category. In 2011 he joined his local running club (Pickering RC). Initially this was to help with his biking fitness although he soon discovered a natural aptitude and passion for the discipline. A turning point for Jayson came in July 2012 when he spent 36 hours on a running adventure with friends. As well as the social aspect of running, he relished the feeling of achievement: “The feeling of happiness and freedom I felt from spending so much time running over that period felt quite magical at the time”. Since then, running has been his sole focus and he hasn’t looked back.
Jayson took the plunge and to moved into training and coaching full time earlier this year and has not looked back since! “I love being able to spending my time helping other people get more out of themselves, it gives me so much motivation in my own training and is so exciting when people achieve things they wanted to do but were not quite sure how they would do it”
“Since reading Born to run and hearing all about the amazing benefits of Chia seeds, me and my wife have used them regularly in our diet, having a ready made flapjack with these in is an absolute bonus!”
You can get a bit more about Jayson and the services he offers on his website here
Donna and Nigel have been winning stuff up and down the country this year in 12 and 24 hour MTB races, from Strathpuffer, Pivot, Torq and anyway you get the idea. These guys are always going to a race and sometimnes 2 in the same weekend.
Long time Chia Charge customer (2012 vintage ) and now 2 x Everest Summiteer, Mick attempted to summit Everest for the 2nd time this year, normally running 50 and 100 mile Ultras for fun, you can read a bit about his adventure and libnk up to is charity work on our blog here .
Student and Climber, Jen can be found solving problems on the indoor walls at Sheffield and Manchester climbing walls.