• Some training sessions are stars and some are stones, but they are all rocks and we build our walls with them!
  • The only race pace is suicide pace and today seems like a good day to die!
  • The only one who can tell you 'you can't' is you. And you don't have to listen!
  • If you cant win make the guy in front of you break the record!
  • You can keep going and your legs might hurt for a week or you can quit and your mind will hurt for a lifetime!
  • I don’t stop when I’m tired I stop when I’m done!
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About Me

Name: Joe Duckworth

Age: 47

Profession: Airport Firefighter

I am a 47 year old airport firefighter. I am married to Johanna and I have two daughters Anna & Lucy (my main support network). I come from a running background and represented Lancashire and Great Britain as a schoolboy. I lost my way a little, late in my school years due to losing my father in a works accident, he was my biggest supporter and without him the whole thing seemed pointless. This is probably my biggest mistake but I’m not one to wonder what if!! I am pretty new to the sport of Triathlon as I begin my fifth year in the sport. Unwittingly I have been training for the bike for 12 years by biking the 40 mile round trip to work and back. I got into the sport after a chance meeting with my old running buddy/partner in crime Lee Kieran, when, over a meal he told me all about this mad event called the Ironman. I went to watch Lee race in 2009 in Bolton. I have never had a sporting event hit me so hard.

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Please believe me when I say I am nothing special. All that I have achieved in this short time has come from advice from experienced athletes, friends, family and having a good work ethic. The beauty of this sport is that it really does reward hard work. The people that you meet are truly some of the nicest and greatest athletes you could hope to meet!! I am starting the website/blog with a hope of inspiring other everyday age group athletes who work hard all week, look after their families and still manage to train and race to a high standard. We are the lifeblood of the sport and should be proud of what we achieve. The timing also fits in nicely with my trip to Kialua Kona in Hawaii for the 2014 Ironman World Championships.

Recent Sporting achievements

  • 1st V 40 Buttermere Triathlon 2012
  • 2nd Capesthorne Triathlon 2012
  • Qualified for the Ironman 70.3 world championships 2012 at Ironman 70.3 UK 2012
  • 1st Morecambe Half Marathon 2013
  • National fire service long distance triathlon champion 2013
  • 6th World firefighter Ironman Championships 2013 Roth Germany
  • Qualified for the Ironman World Championship 2014 at Ironman Wales 2013
  • National fire Service 2 up duathlon champion 2014
  • 2nd Gin Pit Double Marathon 2014