Ambassadors

 
Halliday Cross
Australasian Ironman Ambassador
I use CurraNZ for both training and racing. I have no doubt that this product is the reason why I'm able to recover so quickly after a big session.
I am a Brit who emigrated to Australia a few years ago and have overcome two major surgeries (spine and shoulder) and many other injuries during my Ironman journey, which has only been three years in the making.
I have come a very long way during that time, having raced my first Ironman in Melbourne 2015 and have now completed five in all - Ironman Melbourne 2015, Cairns 2015, Western Australia 2015, Switzerland 2016 and New Zealand 2017
My next big goal is the Asia-Pacific Ironman Championships in June, where I’m aiming to break the 10-hour mark and improve on my current PB of 10.21.
Beyond that, my goal has always been to qualify for the Ironman World Championships at Kona, Hawaii  Before CurraNZ I would often need an extra one-two days’ rest to allow my body to recover, which impacted my busy training schedule.  With CurraNZ I'm able to train more often and at higher intensity, with much shorter recovery times. Although I still listen to my body and throw in the odd extra rest day, CurraNZ enables me to bounce back quicker and feeling stronger. 
 
Sue Pugh - Inspirational Ambassador
RAF PT instructor, Ironman and RAF head triathlon coach
We offer our followers the chance to become a temporary ambassador for three months at a time. These ambassadors are chosen from those who have inspirational stories, who are juggling working with an impressive sporting career. Sue is the latest temporary ambassador.
Sue Pugh is a Physical Training Instructor responsible for training the Royal Air Force PTs to the standard required. Away from her day job, Sue loves to race IronMan and is also a Triathlon coach and RAF triathlete (GB Age-Group representative). A regular in cycling and triathlon Interservices events for the RAF, Sue raced across Europe in 2015, cycling 3,000 miles in eight days, 20hrs. She was Herefordshire Sports Woman of the Year 2015 and was also runner-up to CurraNZ ambassador Lucy Charles in the 220Triathlon Age-Group Athlete of the year. This year, she has been nominated for the Women in Defence Award 2016.
 
Lucy Charles
Professional Triathlete
Lucy is one of the fastest rising stars on the international IronMan scene. Touted as one of the most exciting newcomers to the sport in years, the former GB international swimmer was crowned Double World IronMan Champion (18-25 age group) in 2015. Following her stratospheric rise in the sport as an age-grouper, Lucy turned professional in 2016 and is has one of the fastest swims sections of all the professionals on the circuit.
 
Reece Barclay 
GB Age Group Triathlete (may turn pro 2017)
Reece is a former GB swimmer-turned long-distance triathlete who made an almost immediate impact in his new sport, being crowned the 2015 UK IronMan champion (18-24 age-group) and fifth at Kona. The personal trainer moved up to the 25-29 category in 2016 and won his division at the Outlaw Half Holkham, the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire and was second in the IronMan UK championships. Reece, like his fiancée Lucy Charles, has ambitions to turn professional.
 
Chris Stirling 
Elite triathlete, mountain runner 
A mountain runner at heart, Chris thrives on endurance racing at its toughest and has rapidly made a name for himself as one of Britain’s leading extreme long-course triathletes. Based in Cumbria, Chris was one of few British elites selected for the 2016 Norseman Extreme, in which he finished 21st and the second top-placed Brit. Chris has been a regular podium finisher in the Celtman and Wasdale triathlons and set a new course record time in the 2016 Ben Nevis ‘Braveheart’ Triathlon, one of Britain’s toughest endurance events. 
 
Jo Zakrzewski
Team GB ultra-runner
Jo came to running late in life, having previously been a race doctor. A GP based in Scotland, Jo is one of the country’s best endurance runners and stalwart of the GB ultrarunning team. Jo has been a regular in the 50km and 100km World Championships over the last five years. In 2015 she was fifth in the world, third in Europe and second at Masters level at 100km and set a new PB by an astonishing ten minutes. The previous year, she was ranked third in the world and first in the Masters 100km World Champs, achievements that saw her crowned 2014 Female Ultrarunner of the year.
 
Rose-Anne Galligan 
Irish National 800m record-holder
Rose-Anne, 27, has represented Ireland at many European Championships and World Championships and has the potential to be one of Europe's best 800m female athletes. She lowered the 800m Irish National Record that had stood for 19 years when running a Personal Best of 2:00.58 in front of 60,000 spectators at the Anniversary Games Diamond League in the London Olympic Stadium on July 26th 2013. Rose-Anne trains in America and bids to become the first ever Irish woman to break the two minute barrier, which will be a defining moment for Irish sport.
 
Kerry O’Flaherty
Irish 3,000m Steeplechase runner, 2016 team member, Rio Olympics
Kerry is ranked third in the all-time list of Irish Women’s Steeplechase runners and is a regular representative for Ireland at Commonwealth, European and World championships (track/field/mountain running). A member of the Irish Women’s Cross-Country team that won bronze at the European Champs in 2015, Kerry has competed in athletics for 21 years and continues to be a force in her discipline. Having represented Ireland at Rio, Kerry’s goals are the World Champs in London 2017 and the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
 
Greg Bateman
Professional rugby player - Leicester Tigers
Born in Camberley, Surrey, Greg Bateman is a front-row forward, having previously been with Exeter Chiefs, but excitingly, has been snapped up by the Tigers for 2015/16. A former England U18 representative, Greg is a former member of the Harlequins academy and has also played for London Welsh.
 
Artemis triathlon race team
GBR Age Group Sprint, Olympic and 70.3 Triathletes
Artemis is a highly talented all-women triathlon racing team consisting of Alice Tourell, Kirsty Myles, Sophie Johnson and Rachel McNicholl. With three of the team members having previously represented Great Britain in karate, rowing and squash, the Artemis ladies, not surprisingly, compete at a very good level as age-groupers at European and World Championship level in triathlon, across the full range of distances.