National Rank: 400 Regional Rank: 14 Regional Points: 47
Thank you for clicking on this website. My name is Lou Harris and I’m an amateur triathlete. In this website, I hope to explain a little about my passion for triathlon, and the journey it’s taken me on. And also my commitment to helping people get and stay active for all the wonderful benefits it brings to individuals and communities, and how it’s never too late to follow your dreams…
You can follow my progress online - I’m very active on social media and love spreading the benefits of sport to all
Qualified for GB age group, 2012 World Aquathlon champs 1st- Bristol Olympic Distance Triathlon, 2014 and 2015 1st- Minehead sprint tri - 2015 1st – Bideford sprint tri -2015 2nd in Age group- Outlaw half ironman - 2015 2nd in age group, 5th female overall, (10:49) Outlaw Full ironman distance- 2015 Dublin marathon- 3hours 19mins Silver- European Duathlon Champs, Copenhagen, 2016 Bideford Half Marathon, 1:29, qualified for Championship slot for London Marathon. 2nd in Age Group- Staffs 70.3 Ironman, 2016 3rd in Age Group, 10th female overall (10:15) Copenhagen Ironman- 2016 World Ironman Championships, Kona Hawaii, 63rd in Age group, 2016 London Marathon 2017 - 3:05 Outlaw Half 2017 - 3rd in age group, 10th overall female in 5:03 Ironman 70.3 Wimbleball Exmoor - Achieved 3rd in age group in 5:36 Outlaw Full Ironman - 3rd overall, 1st in age group in 10:04
Since I was a child I have always been a jack of all trades when it comes to sport but never really excelled in one sport in particular. Life took me travelling, to university, and to many parts of the UK working in Sport Development, but it was only when I settled in North Devon 10 years ago, at the age of 27 that I started running. A friend asked me to try a 10k, and from then on I was hooked.  The idea of setting a goal, no matter how small or large, then working hard towards it and ultimately achieving it, was fabulous. Away from work, and all the other pressure of life, it was just me in my trainers and the open road, and I simply loved it. I soon became interested in how far I could go, and signed up for a half marathon. In the meantime I lost my Dad to cancer, and I found running helped with the grief, it kept something consistent in my life and therefore a little easier to deal with. I soon found another challenge; to run the Venice marathon for Marie Curie, on what was to be my 30th birthday. I was now hooked at longer distance, longer the better. The training and racing for half and full marathons were so hard, yet so rewarding. And I knew I could get faster. But I still knew I also desperately wanted to do a sport I could excel in, and maybe one day even wear a GB vest.  Someone told me about Triathlon, it allowed you to do 3 sports in one (Swim, Bike, Run), so there was an opportunity for me to learn 2 more sports! It certainly appealed, so I set my goals high; representing my age group for Great Britain. And so the hard work began, around working full time. It was going to be my biggest challenge yet and at this point I hadn’t ridden a bike for several decades… ! I achieved my goal by representing GB at the World Aquathlon champs (Swim/run) in 2012, a wonderful experience on the same course the Brownlee Brothers competed in the Elite final. But I quickly set another goal. It was time to go back to longer distance, and step up to half Ironman.  In 2014, after 11 months of back to back training sessions, 6 days a week and often twice a day around work commitments, I attempted my first ironman (3.8k swim. 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) And although a bike mechanical had me sat on the side of the road for 45 minutes, I still managed to come in just under 12 hours. One year later, in 2015 I really started to find my feet with the longer distances. Consistent training, dedication, an overhaul of my diet, and I had a breakthrough achieving 2nd in age group, and 5th overall woman at Outlaw Ironman distance triathlon. It was time to chase my next big goal, the biggest yet; Ironman World Champs in Kona, Hawaii, within the next 5 years 2016 was my most successful year so far. In Spring I raced my way to Silver in the European Duathlon Championships in Copenhagen, then shortly after achieving  2nd in my age group at Ironman 70.3 Staffs. It was time to go back to Copenhagen for my first of 5 attempts to qualify at Ironman. The most nervous I have ever been before a race as you wait for that gun to go off, to mark one very long day of racing! To my utter surprise and delight, I ran a 3:35 marathon to come home in 3rd place, in a total tome of 10 hours 15. And to find out that I had achieved a qualifying slot at Ironman World Champs, Hawaii, 4 years sooner than I had planned!! The Worlds was the most incredible experience. To race with my heroes and heroines of the sport, in a tropical paradise, and finish on the red carpet that has had me in tears so many times whilst watching it on YouTube on my turbo trainer, still feel surreal even now! My ambitions haven’t wavered or slowed down. The race was hard to describe, so unique and so fabulous to be a part of. But also brutal too. 40 mph headwinds across mile upon mile of black lava fields, in 40 degree heat, and competing against the top ironman triathletes in the world. As blessed as I was to compete in and finish that race, I would desperately love to go back for a second chance.  It would be my ultimate goal to
return in 2020, stronger, faster, fitter and ready to race for the chance to be on the stage collecting a prize for being top 5 in my age group in the World.  2017 started with a bang, or should I say a break! Snowboarding in January saw me not so agile on the snow as I remember and a broken wrist prevented me from some valuable training. London Marathon was my first goal of the year, with endless miles of 'run till you're sick' efforts! This training was harder than I ever imagined. Race day was amazing, what a buzz with the crowds, but I have to say my hardest challenge yet. I did 3:05, totally stoked, totally shattered. And a long recovery awaited! My first half ironman didn't go to plan, not as much time on the bike as I had needed over the winter and not recovered from the marathon. Back to training hard after that and a very long and lonely 3 days on the tour of Wessex followed to kick start the bike training. 325 miles in 3 days and 5000 meters of climbing each day. Mentally and physically hard, but fascinating to see what multi day bike racing is all about. And what amazing training for the last ever ironman 70.3 at Wimbleball, home for 20 years and a very special place, it seemed rude not to take part in the last dance. From my very first 70.3 here on Exmoor in 2011,  to a slightly more measured and very much stringer performance in 2017, I managed to knock off 1 hour 23 minutes and ran myself into 3rd in my age group. Outlaw full ironman followed in July 2017 and to my surprise I was racing in the company of some exceptional female athletes. A pb in the swim and run and a total time of 10:04 saw me come in 3rd overall female, and the chance to celebrate with the classic beer shower podium! And now I wait, recovering and training and tapering all at once, for the final race of 2017; Ironman Copenhagen..... But by far the most important thing to me, and what keeps me going when I get tired with all the training I do every day, and when I’m racing hard to achieve my goals, is that I can hope to inspire other people. Regardless of age, where you live, your personal or professional situations, to take up sport and activity is such a wonderfully positive thing to do in your life. Sport is ageless and doesn’t discriminate. It has the power to make you feel great about yourself, to find a new community to spend time with. You may find a running buddy who the only thing you have in common is your pace, or love of certain running shorts! But it expands your horizons, helps you meet new people and keeps your body and mind healthy, I am lucky enough to see the power of sport transform the lives of people in my role as Regional Manager for Sported, the UK’s leading Sport for Social Change charity, working for disadvantaged young people across the UK. From many years of racing in local and international races, and working full time in Sport Development, I have seen first- hand the absolute impact volunteers have on community sport. It is vital. Without volunteers so much of the sport we see today from local clubs to the Olympics wouldn’t happen without volunteers. I have always been committed to giving something back for the huge amount volunteers have done to help me over the last 10 years. I have volunteered by helping to set up local parkruns, and also establish and coach informal running groups for beginners. I find its a great chance to speak to new people and get them excited about sport and what it can do for them, and of course seeing other people enjoy sport is amazing to see. I hope I can continue to help people to go from contemplating some activity to actually taking that initial step, and maintaining their goals, and even if you work full time, or don’t pick up a sport until you’re fully into adulthood, there is always opportunity for sport and activity, and it can change your life for the better if you just let it. It certainly has for me! ;-)
My  performance during the 2016 season positioned me in the top 1%  of my age group, earning  The IRONMAN Gold All World Athlete status.
GOLD All World Athlete
London Marathon  – Target 3:05…  Achieved 3:05 (championship slot awarded) Outlaw half - Top 3 in age group - Achieved 3rd in age group, 10th overall female in 5:03 Ironman 70.3 Wimbleball Exmoor - Target top 3 in age group - Achieved 3rd in age group in 5:36 Outlaw Full Ironman Goal top 3 overall female - Achieved 3rd overall, 1st in age group in 10:04 Ironman Copenhagen - Goal Sub 10 hours and top 3 in age group 20th August 2017  
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