Afzal Hussein

I was inspired after attending the 2016 AJ Bell triathlon as a supporter cheering on two of my friends who were participating in the olympic tri. Once the day had ended I decided I would take part in the super sprint tri in 2017. I delayed signing up as I thought it might be a good idea for me to start swimming first. I started swimming and could only swim 25 metres before I needed to pause, catch my breath and continue. Luckily, my friend gave me some top tips and advice on swimming, and with my consistent effort and dedication I managed to pick it up and improve.

Christopher Smith

I couldn't swim when I entered the London Triathlon in 2009. I was an aquaphobic and had been scared of water for my whole life. It took a lot of effort (and courage) to book swimming lesson, and on the 1st night I drove out of the swimming pool car park 3 times before I eventually plucked up the courage to go through the door. I made it to the starting line of the London Triathlon in 2009 but was so frightened of the open water that I nearly didn't participate. I'm glad I did as I enjoyed every single second of it!

Mark Bibby

I originally decided to undertake the Triathlon to raise money for Pancreatic Caner UK. In October of 2016 my Grandma was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, although initially we were hopeful that the disease could be contained, but sadly on the 3 April 2017 my Grandma passed away surrounded by our family.

I'm now taking part in the triathlon to raise money and to doing something in memory of my Grandma.

Lee Maxwell

For me Triathlon is all about a healthy lifestyle and inspiring others to do the same. 7 years ago and weighing in at over 18 stone I decide to my changes for the better.. Stop smoking, start exercising and lose weight. So I did and shed nearly 6 stone through better eating and taking part in sporting events for Charity. My first ever olympic tri was at The London Triathlon in 2012 and I was hooked. Since then I have gone on to complete marathons and Ironman triathlons.

Daniel Ward

I would like to race the AJ Bell London Triathlon for the sense of achievement and pride it would give me, to test myself, both my strengths and my weaknesses, for the experience of Swim, Biking and Running through the water and roads of the greatest City in the World and the opportunity to race alongside celebrities and athletes of all abilities alike.

Dividend Dashboard Q1 2017

Each quarter, AJ Bell takes the forecasts for the FTSE 100 companies from all the leading city analysts and aggregates them to provide the dividend outlook for each company. 

This report shows you which firms are forecast to pay the most generous dividends in 2017, the benefits of dividend reinvestment and the firms in the dividend 'sweet spot' and 'danger zone'.

Finals - 8 February 2017

Hundreds of fans packed into centre:mk to watch the action unfold as Team Derby and University of Nottingham Badminton went head-to-head for the trophy. With no fewer than six Olympians involved in the clash, it was the perfect finale to a memorable season.

Team Derby were chasing their second AJ Bell NBL title after winning in the league's inaugural year in 2015, but it wasn't to be as University of Nottingham Badminton took the victory 3-1 to become 2016/17 champions.

Match night five - 9 January 2017

Match-night 5 saw tight encounters aplenty as Birmingham Lions spoiled the Bristol Jets party, edging them out 3-2 in what was their first home fixture of their inaugural season to ensure they top the standings with less than a month to go until the Championship Final on February.

Match night one - 17 October 2016

Birmingham Lions began their AJ Bell National Badminton League title defence with an impressive 4-1 victory over new franchise Suffolk Saxons, but were forced to come from behind at the iconic Great Hall.

There was joy too for last season's beaten finalists, Loughborough Lightning, who made it four straight wins on the road with their own 4-1 win away at Surrey Smashers as they too recovered from a first event loss.

Dividend Dashboard Q4 2016

Each quarter, AJ Bell takes the forecasts for the FTSE 100 companies from all the leading city analysts and aggregates them to provide the dividend outlook for each company. 

Our first report of 2017 shows which firms are forecast to pay the highest dividend yield, the FTSE 100 firms in the dividend 'sweet spot' and which income funds to invest in if you don't want to hold shares directly.