About Nick Smith

I am a family man with a wife and one son. I taught in the state secondary school sector for 38 years, including 12 years as a senior leader, leadership coach and with time out to train teachers at Oxford University. In 2014 I decided to retrain as a Personal Trainer and combine the skills I had developed as an educator with my 40 years of experience as a competitive athlete.

Early Life

Whilst participating in a variety of team sports (Football, Rugby, Cricket) in my teenage years, I moved into athletics in the late 1970’s and competed as a county standard track, cross country and road runner, with a half marathon personal best of 69 minutes and 31 minute 10 km.


Over a number of years in the 1980’s I made the transition to the then new sport of triathlon and have competed on a consistent basis since then, both representing Britain as an Age group athlete (Hamburg 2007) and completing my first Ironman race in 2015 at the age of 60 in 13 hours.

Recent Years

Over the last 15 years I have become increasingly involved with developing the potential of fellow members of my triathlon club through formal coaching of groups and informal advice for specific individuals.


In April 2005, Adrian Howden's athletics career changed dramatically from conventional distance running to para athlete. As a result of a road accident, Adrian had a below knee amputation in September 2006. To aid recovery after amputation, he regularly road his turbo bike, swam and after 3 months ran on a high activity prosthetic foot. To read more on Adrian Howden's story of being a para athlete, see below for his journey.