An Evening Of Ironman

Wigan, Lancashire
Thursday, 15 March 2018

Marc Laithwaite

Marc has been racing triathlon in the North West region for 29 years. He originally worked as a lecturer in sports science and spent time working with British Triathlon and British Cycling. He left his role as a lecturer to start coaching and founded The Endurance Coach, a sports science and coaching business.

He later went on to found The Endurance Store and Epic Events who organise events throughout the North West, including Lakeland 100. He also founded EpicKidz, a charity which is funded by Epic Events and donates to various community causes throughout the North West.

He has been involved in coaching for 25 years, working with both adults and children, including the NW regional academy role.

He still competes and in 2017 finished 1st in category at Ironman UK, winning the V45 title in a time of 9:53.

Simon Ward

Simon Ward is the founder and co-owner of He was one of the UK’s first L3 triathlon coaches and since that time he has gone on to become the leading tutor for British Triathlon. He was also one of the key founders of the Yorkshire Regional Triathlon Academy, which produced amongst others, the Brownlee Brothers.

Simon has advised and coached over 500 triathletes to the finish line of an Ironman event. He is constantly seeking to improve his understanding not just of triathlon but exceptional athletic performance. “Most triathletes are good at training but sometimes this happens at the expense of a balanced lifestyle. My passion is helping age groupers to overcome the challenges of fitting their training (and recovery) into a busy life and yet still achieve their goals”

His coaching successes have lead to him being one of the best known triathlon coaches in the UK and he was awarded the annual 220 magazine UK coach of the year on 5 separate occasions.

In 2017 he achieved his lifelong goal of racing at the Hawaii Ironman in Kailua Kona . His current Iron distance total stands at 18 and includes iconic races such as The Norseman, Inferno and Lanzarote. He’s also a 2 time finisher of the “Toughest Footrace on Earth” - The Marathon des Sables.


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