Garry Weaver

Tell us little about yourself?

I work Jaguar Landrover as an Electronics Engineer.

Living in Wilnecote is ideal for getting to Tamworth  and other areas around the west midlands.

My wife is called Vanessa and we have been married 5 years. We have 5 adult children between us Sean who has learning disability and Autistic, Rhianne, Elouise, Daniel and  Alannah. We also have  6 grandchildren Hudson, Sophie, Lilly, Madison, Daniel and Jacob.

1 pet fish.

How did you get into Triathlon?

It was approximately 5 years on honeymoon. I had heard a lot of people I know talk about it and watched it. I already liked cycling and running, I just needed to learn to swim properly. I started to look for Adult swim lessons, and eventually found some local. Vanessa and did this together and we learnt to swim. I entered my first  Go Tri in Cannock in April, which was a super sprint.

This went ok so I decided to enter a sprint triathlon in May 2015 Highly in Shropshire. I managed to complete the swim, just about, it was in a cold out door pool. I really enjoyed the bike ride and run which was by the river, but I wasn’t sure if I would do another one due to the swim. Vanessa persuaded me to enter into another one in July at Droitwich. I did a lot of swim practice in the pool at Droitwich and on the day really enjoyed the whole event and that was that, I entered Lichfield Sprint in 2016 and started to swim outdoor in 2016. I entered my first open water sprint at Cliff Lakes 2016 and really enjoyed this. I haven’t gone beyond the open water sprint yet, but would like to do a standard distance this year.  

What is it you love about Triathlon?

Triathlon is a multi-faceted sport, I really enjoy each element of the sport and although I have just ran, I do prefer to run, swim and cycle bringing all these elements.

Is there a race you would recommend?

My experience is limited but I do enjoy the Sprints at Lichfield and Cliff lakes and also the one I just completed at Wombourne, They are well organised and supportive, especially for Novices people like me.

Have you suffered a mishap or funny situation leading up to or during a race? ·

Not in a race, but I thought I would try out the route on the triathlon I had just booked and during the bike ride, one of the screws from my cleats popped out, I managed to find it and then when I checked the rest were also loose. During the ride my new tri bars also moved when I went over bump. When I got home I found the seat post was also loose. Needless to say all were then corrected ready for the Race the following Sunday.

Do you have a favorite piece of race kit?

Haven`t really got a favorite piece of race kit but I do like my new bike with the tri bars and I do like my Garmin watch to help monitor how I am doing.

What is your personal sporting highlight or achievement?

My first half marathon I did in 2010, I was pleased with my time and enjoyed the atmosphere


Do you have a dream or bucket list event? 

Completing a Standard Distance triathlon

How many finishers medals have you got?

Eight

When not training or competing what other hobbies / interests do you have?

I enjoy gardening, I love seeing things develop and grow. I also enjoy fundraising with my Dad for the Special Olympics City of Birmingham, and helping at training and events, where my Son is a member. I enjoy spending time with my family also.

Which sportsperson do you admire and why?

Bradley Wiggins, the first UK person to win the Tour de France. I think its an incredible achievement when the race is over 3 weeks to keep consistent over that period is incredible.