Born on the 14th of May 1979 in Bridgend, South Wales. Angharad grew up in the village of Cefn Cribbwr and spent her youth enjoying various sporting activities in and after school. She enjoyed hockey, basketball and Karate, but excelled in Karate especially and reached her black belt status before leaving for University in 1998.
Whilst attending the University of Salford for 3 years, working towards her BSc hons in Physiotherapy, Angharad developed an interest in running. She had ran 9 marathons before taking up cycling in 2008, when it was suggested by a friend that she took part in a charity bike ride across Israel. Her talent was soon spotted, and to her surprise, she was invited to race with team G.B. She was then selected on good performance to represent Wales in the Women’s road race in 2010 alongside Nicola Cooke in the common wealth games in Delhi and Great Britain.
More recently, Angharad has competed in several triathlons whilst juggling work and training around her son Gruff. Winning her age group in the Brecon Titan half Ironman distance triathlon and placing second in Porthcawl standard triathlon.
Adam Bowden – Elite GB Triathlete
Adam was born on the 5th of August 1982 in Watford, Hertfordshire. As a child he relished in any kind of sport, especially football, before he fell in love with running at the age of 10. Originally starting out as a swimmer, he began swimming for Watford swimming club and reached national level in his teens. In 2001 Adam represented Great Britain in the world junior cross country, and he finished 6th in the European Junior cross country championships.
In 2006, Adam took part in the Commonwealth Games and finished 9th in the steeple chase final. In 2008, he won the U.K Olympic steeple chase trials.
Adam became a triathlete in 2008 and moved to Loughborough where he attended Loughborough High performance centre on the Tri Gold Scheme, a fast track programme to become an elite triathlete. His highest placing to date in the ITU World Championship series is 4th, which took place in Leeds in 2017. Adam was ranked 9th in the overall ITU World Triathlon series rankings in 2016.
His other achievements include British Duathlon Champion in 2017 & 2018. British Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Champion in 2016 & 2018. London Triathlon Champion in 2012 & 2018.
In 2018, Adam decided to turn his attention from Sprint and Olympic distance racing to the longer distances. His first year at the 70.3 distance racing has been very successful. He won in his first event at Challenge Roma, came 2nd in the Ironman 70.3 European Championships and qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in South Africa.
Adam now lives in South Wales to be with his partner Rhian (owner of one2one) and has become a fantastic stepdad to Rhians’ two sons, Harri and Rhys. He currently trains at the National Triathlon Performance Centre of Wales based at Cardiff Metropolitan University, with his coaches Andy Lane and Luke Watson.
Iestyn Harrett – Elite GB Triathlete
Born in the Welsh village of Glynneath, Iestyn initially had a keen interest to follow his father’s footsteps and play rugby, however although being quite skilful with the ball his slight physique lent itself to running and triathlon.
Having competed in a few aquathons and having reasonable success; Iestyn joined the local triathlon club, Celtic Tri aged 12, and started running on a regular basis.
His first opportunity to represent Wales came at the age of 14 when he competed in the Inter-regional Championships held that year at Bellahouston Country Park in Glasgow. At the time this was regarded as the British Championships for junior athletes and it came as a big shock for the young athlete when he finished well down in the field. However, two years later Iestyn would return to the same championships, this time around held at Bryn Bach Park in Wales, and take the victory.
This was a breakthrough performance for the young athlete as this would lead to selection for the British Talent Squad and an opportunity to train and learn from the best coaches. It also opened up the opportunity to study at Loughborough at the time.
In 2013, Iestyn qualified to race for Britain in the Under 23 European Championships held at Holten, Holland. In the same year, he made his debut as a senior athlete in a number of European cup races.
2014 saw Iestyn finish 3rd overall in the British Super Series, however, plagued with injury during the back half of the season, Iestyn was unable to participate in the Commonwealth Games relay trial event. This set back was the beginning of a long two years which showed little progress for Iestyn. Although finishing 3rd in the British Championships in 2015, one result in two years wasn’t enough to keep Iestyn training in the same environment and at the end of the 2016 triathlon season, a change was needed.
The end of 2016 saw Iestyn relocated back home in South Wales. This coincided with a new National Triathlon Performance Centre being set up in Cardiff; with the added bonus of one of his training partners Adam Bowden also relocating to South Wales.
2017 was a breakthough year for Iestyn by having two top 5 and two top 10 performances at European and premium European cups. He also made his debut at racing at a World Cup level finishing 21st and 14th in Huelva and Sarasota retrospectively.
Iestyn won his first British Senior Race in 2018, taking the number one spot at The Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon. In April 2018, Iestyn represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games in Australia in the Mixed Team Relay alongside Non Stanford, Olivia Mathias and Christopher Silver. He also represented Great Britain in the Mixed Team Relay for the European Championships in August 2018, which was his first call up for the senior team.