Penny Harris


As a child I was always out on my bike. Our holidays were always full of playing in the sea, running up hills, walking up mountains. At 16 one of my sisters took me on a cycle touring trip to Holland, carrying all our camping kit between us. Being out and active was always part of my life.

After years of climbing, scrambling and mountaineering I found my way back to more structured sport. 5k, 10k, half marathon, then a marathon. And I found the training tedious, so once it was over, I looked for a challenge that was more varied. And there was triathlon, waiting for me.

After working my way through all the distances from sprint to long distance, I backed off racing for a couple of years and obtained my coaching qualifications. I love being able to support people on their journey in an amazing sport that is so inclusive, and anyone can do it! I understand the butterflies and nerves as a race approaches and what techniques can be used to help athletes to use those feelings in a positive way.

I am a firm believer that with the right support anyone can tri. Having helped people from the ages of 8 to 80 plus I have seen that in action. As a coach my role is to support life and training working together so you don’t lose sight of the fact that this is something you do for fun. Even when a session is pushing you far outside of your comfort zone.