Honiton-born Kerri-Ann Upham bags European cross triathlon title after super show in Ibiza

PUBLISHED: 11:11 14 November 2018

Kerri-Ann Upham on her way to winning the European cross triathlon title in Ibiza. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Kerri-Ann Upham on her way to winning the European cross triathlon title in Ibiza. Picture CONTRIBUTED

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Honiton born Kerri-Ann Upham has just been crowned European cross triathlon champion in her age group, writes Steve Birley.

The 27-year-old, now living in Exeter, grew up in Honiton and this latest success puts her at the pinnacle of her sport.

Kerri-Ann started triathlon around 10 years ago and her move into the sport came after a conversation with her Uncle – Kevin Wood – who persuaded the then teenager to give triathlon a go.

After she had been inspired by Uncle Kevin taking part in Ironman Switzerland, Kerri-Ann joined the N1 Tri Club and he first success in the sport came in the 2010 Exe Valley Sprint and she finished first in her age group, being presented with her first trophy in the sport by Exeter Triathlon Rob Moore who, seven years later, became her coach!

These days Kerri-Ann races for local triathlon team Pure Endurance Triathletes, headed up by Richard Easton and Luke Reed.

It was while a student at Honiton Community College that

Kerri-Ann really got into sport, taking part in anything from athletics, to netball to basketball. She then went on to University where she got quite seriously into rowing.

These days its triathlon all the way which means a dedicated training regime. During the past summer she spent 15 hours a week training with a typical weeks work including three swim sessions and track running with Exeter Triathlon Club, a gym session at LED Honiton Leisure Centre plus a couple of steady runs and a similar number of bike rides! It’s certainly a busy schedule to squeeze into the time when she is not in her full-time job!

Kerri-Ann says: “Over the past two years I have been coached by Rob Moore of ‘Trimoore coaching’. Rob plans my training each month around any work commitments that I have.

With regard to what I eat and drink, I do not follow a specific diet, but I do try to eat as healthy as I can, having Ganesha Healthfoods as a sponsor definitely helps with this!”

She added: “The advantage of doing lots of training is that you can have the odd treat and not feel guilty, Devonvale flapjacks are my favourite mid-ride snack!”

So now that Kerri-Ann has landed the European title after her success in Ibiza in the 25-29 age group category, what next for her?

She responds saying: “I have a few weeks of down time to recover from the season, then over the winter I plan to take part in a few local running and mountain bike races.

“I’m currently planning my goals for 2019 but it’s likely to include more off-road triathlon and defending my European Champion title in Romania where the championships are being held next year.”

We wish Kerri-Ann all the very best in her developing triathlon career.

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