Introducing our Richard Allen

Posted: February 18, 2011 in KestrelBlog

Richard is one of my athletes that came to me with a story; and a heartfelt one at that and as most of you know, I may come off gruff, I’m really a softie at heart. When it comes to kids and animals, I’m really a wuss and Richard seems to follow in the same thought process. It is rare that I hear of a pro athlete who donates all his money and sponsor dollars to a cause. It simply doesn’t happen but Richard is the one guy who is a true inspiration.

Here’s a bit on Richard Allen.

Before retiring he was one of the most successful World class British triathletes of his era. Rich is the only British triathlete to have won 9 National Pro Championships covering every triathlon distance from sprint to long and duathlon. In addition he was a member of the British Sydney Olympic Games squad and the Scottish Manchester Commonwealth Games squad. In the UK he has won all the major British triathlon classics such as London, Ironman UK 70.3 and Windsor and in the US he has finished top 4 in Chicago, St Anthony’s and St Croix.
His best ITU Triathlon World Ranking is 9th.

Rich completed his first triathlon aged 17 having watched his Dad race in a local event. He was a serious rugby player up until this age and had only done a little biking and running to keep in shape. Needless to say it took a lot of hard work to become competitive, particularly in the swim! Things progressed very quickly and he started his professional triathlon career aged just 19.

Following 13 years as a Pro Rich retired from the sport at the end of
2006 enjoying some time out doing other activities such as skiing and rugby. He was burnt out and need to recover mentally and physically from a tough sporting career. Rich turned his focus to triathlon coaching and launched the RichardAllenFitness.com Ltd company.
Alongside coaching and managing his company Rich started mentoring, writing for Triathlon Plus magazine, event speaking and being brand ambassador and consultant for major companies such as Gatorade. He was able to pass on his vast experience to others and give something back to the sport that gave him so much.

However 2006 was not the end of Rich Allen the Pro Triathlete! At the start of 2009 everything changed for Rich and having had 2 years complete break from training he decided to make a professional comeback following the sad death of a young girl called Ellis Harriet Clark. Cancer took this amazing young girl’s life and Rich was inspired to train and race again at the highest level with the single motivating factor of donating all his prize money profits and raising awareness for her charity foundation and other children’s/ teenager cancer charities around the World. Thanks to Ellis Rich is racing again with a new sense of passion! It’s a tough comeback as he now has to combine training, racing, coaching and running his company. Follow his comback live on twitter @RichAllenPro.

2011 RACE SCHEDULE-

Ironman Texas, US. 21st May.
Ironman 70.3 UK. 19th June.
Ironman 70.3 Muncie, US. 9th July.
Ironman Lake Placid, US. 24th July.
Ironman 70.3 Timberman, US. 21st August.
Challenge Henley, UK. 11th Sept.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS-

9 x British Pro Triathlon/Duathlon Champion.
British Olympic Games Squad.
Scottish Commonwealth Games Squad.
9th ITU Triathlon World Ranking Best.
Winner London Triathlon.
Winner UK Ironman 70.3.
Silver Medalist World Junior Elite Triathlon Championships, NZ.
Silver Medalist World Junior Elite Duathlon Championships, Australia.

INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS-

4th Chicago Triathlon, USA.
4th ITU World Cup Triathlon Derry, N. Ireland.
4th & 5th St Anthony’s Triathlon, USA.
4th, 5th & 6th St Croix Triathlon, US Virgin Islands.
8th & 9th European Pro Triathlon Championships, Holland & Czech Republic.
9th ITU World Cup Triathlon Cornerbrook, Canada.
9th ITU World Cup Triathlon Auckland, New Zealand.
European Junior Elite Duathlon Champion, Germany.
2nd ETU European Cup Triathlon Milan, Italy.
2nd ETU European Cup Triathlon Holten, Holland.
2nd ETU European Cup Triathlon Loch Neagh, N. Ireland.
3rd ETU European Cup Triathlon Zundert, Holland.
3rd Powerman Hawaii Duathlon, USA.
3rd Powerman N. Carolina Duathlon, USA.
Silver Medalist European Junior Elite Duathlon Championships, Finland.

UK ACHIEVEMENTS-

3 x Silver Medallist British Pro Triathlon Championships.
2 x Silver Medallist British Pro Duathlon Championships.
3 x Bronze Medallist British Pro Triathlon Championships.
Winner Windsor Triathlon.
2nd Powerman UK Duathlon.
3 x 2nd London Triathlon.
3 x 2nd & 3 x 3rd Windsor Triathlon.
2 x 2nd & 1 x 3rd UK Ironman 70.3.
4th Bath Triathlon.

Website- http://www.richardallenfitness.com

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