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!

Less than 2 years later I flew to San Francisco and completed a solo swim from Alcatraz island to the bay of San Francisco. I'm back at AJ Bell London Triathlon this July for the 9th successive time. Back in 2009 I was the last person out of the water in my swim wave, but in 2016 I placed 2nd overall in my age group. I love the AJ Bell London triathlon and will keep coming back for as long as you'll have me!