My name is Alison Lamputt, I have been competing in triathlons since I was 50.
I used to swim in an adult lengths session at Bridgnorth Leisure Centre and run a little bit on my own. I then bought a mountain bike to ride just for fun. I always thought triathlons were long distance and for really fit athletes, I had no idea about sprint events.
Someone at swimming told me his daughter was competing in Wombourne Triathlon and how far it was. I thought ‘I can do that’ so I entered Oswestry Sprint Triathlon on a mountain bike wearing a swimming costume and cycling shorts. I won the 50+ age group and from then on had the bug!
Now 8 years later I am still entering sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. My aim is now to keep competing to the best of my ability and keep injury free; I average about 2 triathlons a month through the summer months.
I train every day (work permitting) which loosely consists of 2 swims (plus an open water session in the summer), 3 bikes (including 2 spin sessions) and 2 runs plus a pilates session for core stability.
I love triathlons, everyone can be successful at their own level and everyone is so friendly whether they are the best in the field or a total newbie. I can thoroughly recommend it to everyone – triathlons aren’t just for those super fit Mr Universe types, they are for you and me.
I have always enjoyed all types of sports and I am always up for a challenge.
As a youngster I trained and raced with Wenlock Olympians, then as I got older turned my attention to Martial Arts and competed with my club at National and International championships.
In 2010 I started to take part in off road obstacle racing participating in the Tough Guy, Nettle Warrior, Major Series, Spartan Race and Tough Mudder which are all great fun for all abilities. I then got asked if I would consider attempting a Triathlon. I had always thought that these were over long distances and would be very costly with all the equipment needed. How wrong could I be. All you need is a swim kit, bike and trainers and you're off. My main problem was that I could not swim but with the help of Northgate Masters swimming coaches and a lot of encouragement from fellow runners and cyclists I managed to complete my first Sprint Triathlon in a reasonable time. This gave me such a buzz, I got hooked and have now even taken part in open water swim events.
I am looking forward to the 2015 season.
I became an accidental tri-athlete 2 years ago when some well meaning friends from the Severn Centre began to push me into trying the 1st Highley Triathlon that was taking place in May 2013. At first I resisted, thinking it was something only for elite athletes with all the latest high-tech equipment, but once I'd tried the routes, had advice and offers of help from friends and family, and realised I would actually make it round without risking a coronary, I decided to enter.
After taking that first plunge with swimsuit and T-shirt, gym shoes and borrowed bike, I had such a great time and became hooked. I was amazed at how enthusiastic and supportive all the other triathletes were, whatever their age or ability! I soon discovered a small group of keen individuals who were trying to set up a new triathlon club and with their guidance and support I had a successful and enjoyable first 2 seasons. Also over that time our club has evolved and is now ready to begin the 2015 season.
We all continue to go from strength to strength and I find I am confident now to tackle new challenges in greater distances and open water swims.
I started running in 2002 and have completed a few marathons and half marathons over this time. I also like to participate in the local fell races and sometimes The Lakeland Trail Races.
I enjoy cycling but have not done any competitions having joined BASCTRI through cycling socially with some of the other members prior to the club’s formation. Only cycling done of note is in 2011 Cherbourg to Perpignan via Millau and Carcassonne.
I have not been swimming for a while but intend to.
I also do some walking and have completed 5 LDWA Hundreds, the last being Camel Teign Ivor’s Dream 100 in 2013 , Wadebridge to Teignmouth in a time of 32 hours 44 minutes. I have also completed (2007) all the Lakeland Wainwrights.
I started running in 2008 after not running since being in school. I entered the London Marathon and had to start training, but loved it. After a couple of London Marathons, lots of Half Marathons and lots of training, my knee started to complain. So I thought a multi sport race would be less impact on the old joints.
I am a Triathlon newbie. I entered my first Sprint distance Triathlon in 2014. My swimming abillity was poor, but I finished the race and loved it! After meeting some of the BASCTri members after the race, they advised me on some good local Triathlons, to which I entered instantly.
Having joined Northgate Swimming Club, I have improved by 5 minutes on races. And I am improving every week.
In 2015, my aim is to beat my times from last year. I am keeping with the Sprint distance, but aim to move up to the Olympic distance next year.