An athlete since an early age, Will became world and European U23 champion in 2006, and British champion in 2008 and 2009. He has been an Olympian and winner on various Ironman 70.3 podiums around the world. Coached by legendary trainer Luc Van Lierde, Will again heads to Kona in 2018.
How did you start running? When I was 11 years old, soon after starting secondary school I began with athletics encouraged by my parents. I was already a swimmer. I started out with high jump and sprinting and general playing about but soon realised I was a man for longer distances. I progressed quite quickly because of my endurance background from swimming and loved racing cross country and road.
Why do you run now? I run now for two reasons! It’s my passion: I want to see if I can be the best Ironman in the world. It’s also my job (and how I feed my family)!
What has been the most important race you’ve run to date? I’ve raced the two biggest races triathlon has to offer. The Olympic Games I have to say was pretty darn special and, of course, Ironman Hawaii.
What is your pre-race ritual? It’s important to me to get in the zone and get into the racing state. That generally means I go pretty quiet before a race and try to keep focused. I lay out all my equipment and also make sure I have 15mins where I sit down and go through the intricacies of the race in my head.
What is your go to training meal? Whatever I fancy but it has to be heathy, with quality ingredients! Racing is different, I’ll eat a very simple pasta dish.
What song is your go to for the run? None in particular but always EDM music and house Music. I challenge you to not pick up the pace when Erick Morillo of Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are in your ears!
What is your passion next to endurance sports? Family and friend’s time! I haven’t got time for anything else! When I have time and energy I love to catch a drink with my friends, and travelling is a passion of mine but that’s kind of my job.
Who would you be if you weren’t a professional athlete? If I wasn’t a professional athlete I’d have studied harder at Uni and I’d probably be working a usual job following on from that. However, triathlon changed my life and will do so afterwards I hope as well.
What does no one tell you about being a professional athlete? I don’t think people will tell you how relentlessly tough it is! Non-stop improvement required at all times to move forward but also the amount of sacrifices you’ll have to make. That’s especially true now I’m married and have a young boy.
What was the best piece of running advice you ever received? Run in the hills as much as possible!
What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Be prepared to train harder and smarter then anyone else, listen to very knowledgeable people around you and never give up!
Why On? They are a very comfortable shoe for Ironman, they look great and they give you some extra springback with every stride!