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Alice Jenkins

Triathlon

Full name: Alice Jenkins

How long have you been competing or partaking in your sport?
5 years

Where do you call home?
Edinburgh

Favourite event or place to practice your sport I've competed in? 
Several of the Castle series triathlon events, and they have all been super spectator friendly, in fantastic locations with adventurous courses.

What is your focus within your sport (what sub-discipline of your sport do you do most)?
I was a swimmer originally, but my favourite now is probably running.

Why do you like that aspect the most?  
I like the fact that you can put your running shoes on and just go, wherever it is in the world you happen to be staying (not that I'm a big jet setter but at least the option is there!)

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while doing your sport?
I can't really say it happened to me, but the first time I raced Tri Liverpool in 2014, I decided my wetsuit transition was so rubbish I was going in without a wetsuit, I think I was the only one stupid enough out of several hundred competitors, and just tried to concentrate on swimming rather than the huge number of little jellyfish dancing around underneath the surface! 

Do you have a local claim to fame (fittest, fastest, funniest, smelliest, etc.)? 
Sadly not a positive claim to fame but at home I am probably known as the worst timekeeper and the most disorganised!

Do you promote an annual event or are you involved in a charitable cause?
I am hoping to get involved with the Champions in Scotland programme in the near future - this involves sharing your story with young athletes to encourage involvement in sport. 

Anything else you would like to add about yourself or your sport?
I love dogs! And in my spare time I can be found working as a vet just outside of Edinburgh. 

Notable recent results:
I have focused on half ironman distance races this year, starting off with a win at the Slateman Savage race in Snowdonia, followed by age group wins at the European Championships in Denmark and Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh, then finished the season with an overall win at the British Championships and overall winner of the Castle triathlon series (middle distance).

Plans for 2018:
I'm on the way to getting a professional license but need a couple more results under my belt, so will be targeting some early season races - most likely Challenge Lisbon and Deva triathlon - with the aim of racing as a pro before the end of the 2018 season! 

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