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About Pete & Harry

April 01, 2009 - Pete and Harry

Pete Freedman

D.O.B: 12/07/1984
Club/County/Country: Driventotri.com (UK) and ESMGO (France). Race athletics for Tavistock AC.
Occupation: Triathlete/Triathlon Coach

Personal Profile:
Background: I grew up as a swimmer and competed at National level until I was 18. I went to Bath Uni which was a triathlon High Performance Centre at the time and pretty soon I got hooked. On finishing Uni I took the decision to spend two years focusing solely on triathlon with the aim of representing GBR at senior level. I race semi professionally in the French league and spend much of my time travelling to Obscure European countries

Ambitions/Future aspirations:
I would like to represent my country at senior level within the next couple of years with the ulitmate ambition of represnting GBR at a major games.

Best Race:
London Triathlon 2007: London is the biggest tri in the world and attracts a top quality field including Olympic Medallists and World Champions. Having a former French swim champion in the race meant the swim was on from the start and I just missed the front pack. However I ran really strongly and came home 12th (6th Brit) in a stacked field and was 2nd U23 athlete home.

Worst Race:
Virtuvian Half Ironman 2006: Led out of the swim, spent 90k riding on my own only to bonk at 16k on the run, fall into the arms of a marshal and spend 10 minutes on the floor being force fed Jaffa Cakes. I managed to walk/crawl the last 5k and finished in a very dazed and confused state. My saving grace was the 2 litre bottle of coke waiting at the finish.

Harry Wiltshire

D.O.B: 21/03/1983
Club: Driventotri.com (UK) ESMGO (France) and Tavistock AC.
Occupation: Athlete/Coach and talent Identification Officer

Background/Ambitions/Future aspirations:
I grew up in Dorset where I swam for my local club "Wareham Water Rats" my first multisport race was a beach Duathlon in Bournemouth when I was 14. I took up Triathlon when I went to the national high performance centre at Bath University where I studied for a degree in Business Administration. I graduated in 2006 after spending time training in Switzerland, Brazil and Thailand. I am now living and training in Tavistock Devon running my sports coaching company http://www.driventotri.com and getting in the run miles so I can shave some time off my 10k run over the winter. My aim is to make the Olympic Triathlon start line in london 2012.

Results 2007

  • 4th London Triathlon
  • 7th British National Championships
  • 4th Royal Windsor Triathlon
  • 1st Exeter Tri
  • 1st Perranporth Triathlon
  • 1st Normandy Championships
  • 1st Bala Triathlon

International Honors:

  • Junior World Championships Cancun Mexico 2002
  • European U23 Luxembourg 2003 (selected)
  • European U23 Hungry 2004
  • European Seniors Valencia Spain 2004
  • World Student Games Palma Majorca 2004
  • England Home Nations Scotland 2004
  • Salford World Cup England 2005
  • European U23 Championships Reijika Croatia 2006
  • World Student Games and World Aquathlon Championships Lausanne Switzerland 2006

Personal Best
They never measure the courses right, so I have completed an Olympic Distance Triathlon 1500m swim 40km bike 10km run in between 1hr 40 and 2 hrs 5 minutes.

Best Race:
World Student Games Lausanne Switzerland 2006. I know it is students, but I won a World Championships that day and i am really pround of that.

Worst Race:
European U23 Champs Tiszaujvaros, Hungary 2004. I had been doing too much traveling before the race, It took me a full day to get to the race from Switzerland Via London. It was baking hot and I was tired, I ended up having a nap under a tree half way around the run course, I made it to the finish line then went back to sleep under the drinks table. I had some pretty nasty tan lines after that race.

Funniest Moment:
I raced the French Iron tour last year five races in five days in different locations across France. I spoke no French. After the first race they wanted to take the fastest swimmer, biker and runner to do some publicity with Eurosport. I was the fastest swimmer, so was bundled into a car and driven off. No one spoke any English and I had no idea what was going on. We arrived at a building in the town where the camera crew started filming. We were handed a dressing gown and told to strip to our underwear. I was very afraid and had no clue what was happening! I was then pushed into a small room with a massage bench in the middle and a very butch lady in nurses uniform waiting with a large bucket of mud in her hand. She patted the bench and motioned for me to lye down. The camera crew got a great shot of the fear in my eyes and my frantic searching for an escape route before I realised we had been taken to a mud baths. When I finally got back to the race site my team had left without me and I had to ride 80km to meet up with them for the following days race.

Favorite quote
Fear not for fear itself is fed by fear,
And all fears pass. Did no one tell you so?
Come take my hand, my friend, and we will peer
Into this fears abyss. And Jump! And Know.

Personal Website www.triharry.co.uk