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
4th in Age Group Ironman Copenhagen 2017, qualified for World Long Distance Champs 2018
Silver All World Athlete Status (Ironman) 2018
Lakesman Middle Distance Tri, 1st in Age group, 3rd Overall female
World Long Distance Championships, Denmark, 6th in Age Group, 10th overall female
Ironman Vichy - 1st in Age Group- Qualified for Ironman World champs in Kona 2019
Ironman 70.3 Dubai – 1st feb 2019 – Overall Time: 4:46:44
Outlaw Half – 19th May 2019- Overall Time: 4:50:13 (2nd in Age Group and 6th overall Female
ITU World Long Distance Championships – BRONZE in age group
Ironman Austria – DNF!
Cotswold 113 Middle Distance – 4:40:10 – 4th Overall female
Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Nice France – 5:27:33 – 24th in Age Group
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, and 30 when I decided to try a
After my first 10k in Bideford I was hooked. Setting a goal
and working hard towards it was such a great feeling. I
became fascinated with how far I could go, and signed up for
a half marathon.
In the meantime I lost my Dad to cancer, and found running
helped with grief, it kept something consistent in my life and
therefore a little easier to deal with. The next challenge; to
run my first marathon in Venice for Marie Curie on what was
to be my 30th birthday. Raising nearly £1000 and now
hooked at longer distance, I was fuelled to find my next
challenge. Would I one day be able to achieve my ultimate
goal of wearing a GB vest in an endurance sport?
Someone told me about this sport of Triathlon, it allowed you
to do 3 sports in one (Swim, Bike, Run), so there was an
opportunity firstly for me to learn 2 more sports! I set my
goals high; representing my age group for Great Britain. And
so inbetween working full time the really hard work began….
I had never ridden a road bike, or a bike at all since I was 6!
And my swimming was more lead weight than fish like..! But in
2012 I achieved my goal by representing GB at the World
Aquathlon champs (Swim/run) competing on the same course
the Brownlee Brothers. A wonderful experience but what was
In 2011, after a sprint and Olympic distance triathlon I went
long, and completed Wimbleball 70.3 half ironman. The best
feeling in the world, and the hardest training yet. I managed 3
more halves before 2014, and 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
(Outlaw; 3.8k swim. 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) coming in
just under 12 hours. That night at 3am I sat up in bed and
grabbed and pen and paper. I knew I could go faster, but how?
One year later, after consistent year round training,
dedication, an overhaul of my diet, I had a breakthrough.
Finishing in 2nd in my age group, and 5th overall woman at
Outlaw Ironman distance triathlon, now was the time to
chase my next big goal; to get to the Ironman World Champs
in Kona, Hawaii within the next 5 years
Another focussed winters training, in Spring 2016 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. In August I went back to
Copenhagen for my first of 5 attempts in Ironman to qualify
for Hawaii. I waited for the gun to go off, to mark one very
long day of racing. And to my utter surprise and delight, I
came home in 10 hours 15, achieved a qualifying slot at
Ironman World Champs, Hawaii, 4 years sooner than I had
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 the turbo trainer, still
feels surreal even now! 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. I was so blessed to compete in and
finish that race, and I would desperately love to go back for a
second chance. In 2019 I aim to return, 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 had highs and lows. A broken wrist, brutal training for
London Marathon but a 3hours 5 mins finish time was
something I am very proud of, and scared from!!! More races
followed, getting stronger as the season went on.
The last ever ironman 70.3 at Wimbleball, Exmoor. My home
for 20 years and a very special place, this is where I completed
my first 70.3 2011. I knocked off 1 hour 23 minutes and ran
myself into 3rd in my age group. But my proudest moment in
2017 was Outlaw full ironman in July. I raced in the company
of some exceptional female athletes and achieved a pb of
10:04, 3rd overall female and a classic beer shower podium!
2018 was a busy year. First and foremost because I got to
marry my wonderful (& patient) fiancé in April, a day to
remember with an Ironman carpet to walk down the aisle!
Then it was time to take my bike to the Indian Ocean for a
honeymoon/training holiday!! My goal was to qualify for
Kona at Ironman Vichy, a new course to me and another goal
to reach. After competing in only one other 70.3 that year
(finishing 3rd overall female at Lakesman) I wasn't exactly
'race ready'. And I woke in the morning to find id got a fever
and a cold. Not ideal!
I decided to play the race by ear, dropping out if I felt too ill.
Staggeringly I came out the swim in 2nd place in my age
group. I decided to chase down 1st place while I felt ok, I knew
I needed to win my age group to qualify for Kona. Thankfully
my cold and body held out long enough to come in 1st place in
my age group, 40 mins ahead of the next lady, and securing my
slot at Kona in 2019, I couldn't have been happier. Mahalo.
2019 got off to a great start with a great pb in Dubai 70.3
qualifying for the Ironman 70.3 World Champs in Nice. Then
Outlaw half saw me split the pro field with a time of 4hours
50, and recognising that the standard of womens triathlon
had skyrocketed recently which is fantastic news. Exciting
On to the ITU World Champs in Pontevedra and although
suffering from an illness leading up to it, I managed Bronze,
sharing the podium celebrations with none other than Javier
Ironman Austria was beautiful, and a race I was very excited
about. However it was not to be and this turned out to be a
DNF in T2. We live and learn, and I wrote a blog on the Mojo
page about what I have learnt from the experience.
Cotswold Middle distance race was last minute, to dispel the
demons from Austria, and this turned out to be a fab race with
another 70.3 pb of 4hours 40. On to the Ironman 70.3
Worlds, a first for me, and what an event it was in stunning
Nice, France. Accompanied by my husband, best friend and
Mum I raced hard to make up for a disappointing swim,
making up 171 places to finish 24th in the World. One last
little A race of the year, and its all about Kona now…. Bring on
the Big Island….
But by far the most important thing to me, and what keeps me
going when I get tired, demotivated and when training and
racing hurts so much, is that I can hope to inspire other
people into Sport and activity. 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 has the ability to transform your life. It has the
power to make you feel great about yourself, to find a new
community to spend time with. It expands your horizons,
inspires your children and friends, and keeps your body and
I have always been excited about the prospect of more
women and girls taking part in sport too. Working in the Sport
for Social Change sector has helped me realise that its us who
puts the barriers up to participation. But whereas there is an
upward trend in participation, there is still so much to do.
75% of girls aged 13-18 have heard disparaging comments
about women in sport. Women’s sport counts for only 3% of
media coverage, and less than 1% of corporate investment
goes into Women’s sport. Only 8% of girls currently take part
in the recommended amounts of Physical Activity.
This makes me even more determined to spread the word of
how positive sport can be in people’s lives. I hope that through
my races, training, volunteering and short journey within the
triathlon world I can help in some small way to highlight that
EVERYONE has the right to take part in sport. I want to
support people to have a far elevated view of their
possibilities and set their goals high, because anything is
possible, even if you start later in life and don’t let these
barriers, or any barriers, stop you. No excuses folks!
12th October 2019
Ironman World Championships
Thank you for taking the time to read my Sport CV, if you
have any questions please do get in touch using the details
Tel. 07872 909 020
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I am lucky enough to have been sponsored by some
very special organisations. If you would like to
sponsor me I would be very happy to discuss how this
can be mutually beneficial.
In 2019, to continue my love of triathlon I have set up
my own project called Mojo.
Mojo is all about Unleashing Your Mojo through swim,
bike, run and triathlon fun. With an emphasis on FUN!
This can be done through our fantastic Tri holidays in
North Devon and Majorca in 2020, one to one
coaching, or fun group sessions, and a range of
quality vibrant triathlon kit.
Visit www.unleashyourmojo.co.uk for more info, or
contact me on email@example.com