Alistair, Kurt & Ben – Space Makers since May 2014
Alistair, Kurt & Ben are three young athletes who have been using LOVESPACE to help live a bigger life. Team mates and training buddies at Sheffield Hallam University, they represent Team GB in the triathlon. All are busy with their studies and are training hard – so the LOVESPACE / Race Force partnership looks to make their lives that little bit easier, by providing an integrated collection, storage, and transport service for bikes across Europe – from only £115. Always looking for new events, the boys have four confirmed so far this summer: the Wales Triathlon, the British Championships, the Club Relays and the Big Cow European Qualifier. We recently had the chance to sit down and catch up with them…
Describe a typical week’s training?
Alistair: Early morning runs, dodging commuters in the park. Long hilly bike rides in the Peak District. Swimming down at Ponds Forge and lots and lots of coffee!
Kurt: Two sessions a day 6 days a week. These vary in volume and intensity depending on competitions. Friday will always be rest day!!
Ben: Gruelling early morning runs and bike intervals, beach training with the RNLI and late evening swim sets. The weekends mean long runs and long rides in Pembrokeshire’s coastal national park, followed by a relaxed coffee on one of the seafront cafes.
What’s been your greatest adventure?
Alistair: I went travelling between my undergraduate and postgraduate university studies visiting places like Hong Kong, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos – but that’s all rather cliché. So instead I’d have to say my greatest adventure has been trying to find the perfect café stop in the Peak District during training rides.
Kurt: I cycled from Leeds to Barcelona in 8 days during the summer of 2013. That was pretty brutal. Cycling 170 miles a day, plus a day in the Pyrenees Mountains, is something I won’t forget any time soon.
Ben: I have to say my greatest adventure is the one I’m on right now. Having started Triathlon back in 2012 I’ve gained so much from the sport. I’ve made some amazing friends and travelled to some incredible places. I can’t wait to see the future of the sport holds for me.
Who inspires you?
Alistair: My brother Martin sadly died in 2003. He had muscular dystrophy and was confined to a wheel chair form a young age, he was then diagnosed with cancer and lost his battle a year later. Not one complaint and always the first to suggest something outrageous to do when we were kids. No other inspiration needed. One word: HERO. There is a blog about his life at www.the-odd-socked-octopus.com check it out for a light hearted yet inspiring read!
Kurt: I’m inspired mostly by my mother who was a single parent with 2 young boys. I owe her a lot for where I am today.
Ben: There are many people that inspire me, but one that stands out is a local man named Gareth Scotcher. Gareth was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease nearly 10 years ago. Last year Gareth and my uncle Nicky Rees set themselves the challenge of completing Tenby’s Long Course Weekend together. The Long Course Weekend is Ironman Wales broken down over 3 days, 1 discipline each day. The determination they both showed to get through that weekend was incredible and truly inspirational. I recommended anyone lacking inspiration to watch the short film made over that weekend.
What would you like to be doing in 5 years’ time?
Alistair: I would like to be travelling the world as a sport scientist, combining work, travel and triathlon all in one fell swoop… oh and coffee. If anyone knows of any openings as a triathlon sport scientist/ travelling coffee shop critic then please let me know!
Kurt: Working as a performance nutritionist for elite athletes.
Ben: I’d love to be living somewhere exotic, working in an innovation team for a sports manufacturing company and racing in elite Triathlon races. Although I’d be just as happy living out of a box as long as I had a bike to ride.
What’s the most played song on your iPod?
Alistair: I’ve always got Taylor Swift close at hand.
Kurt: Artic Monkeys – ‘Do I wanna know?’
Ben: The song I’m addicted to at the moment is ‘Wasted’ by Tiesto. It’s such a summer song.
Sheffield Wednesday or Sheffield United?
Alistair: Easy one – Blades! I had a season ticket at Sheffield United all the way through my childhood. The less we talk about Wednesday the better!
Kurt: Has to be United otherwise Ali would kill me! But I’m a Manchester City boy at heart.
Ben: To be honest, I’m not a big football fan. Being Welsh I grew up on Rugby. I know Ali is a huge United fan, so it’s got to be Wednesday.
Tell us a joke…
Alistair: Where to start, I have quite a penchant for puns: I tried to catch some fog but I mist it. Jokes about German sausages being the wurst. Becoming a vegetarian is a huge missed steak.
Kurt: What do you call an alligator in a vest? – An Investigator!
Ben: What kind of bees make milk? – Boobees!