In August 2016, I was approached by 220 Triathlon magazine, 'the UK's biggest selling triathlon magazine', asking if I'd be interested in collaborating with them on a 6-page feature they were publishing on Scotland's Hartree Jets Triathlon squad.
Hartree Jets is a performance triathlon squad that 'offers athletes a professionalised environment as close as possible to that of elite triathletes, designed to develop the skills and standard needed to progress in the sport'. The squad are based in Edinburgh and are coached by Joel Enoch, an sport nutrition educator and triathlon coach who has competed at European and World Triathlon level.
I don’t photograph much triathlon (other than the Celtman Extreme Scottish Triathlon) but the triathlete's disciplines (swimming, cycling, running) are amongst my favourite sports to photograph and I was really keen to be involved. I was also looking forward to meeting 220’s Deputy Editor Liz Barrett and Deputy Art Director Nathaniel Brain, after speaking with them online over a number of years in regards to Celtman images they've kindly published in their magazine.
The focus of 220 Triathlon's Hartree Jets feature was on Joel as a coach but also the squad and their multiple, age-group category achievements. (Following the shoot, squad member Alice Jenkins won her age group at the 2016 World Triathlon Championships in Cozumel, Mexico, beating her nearest rival by over 5 minutes. She was also voted British Triathlon’s 2016 Female Age Group Triathlete Of The Year).
220 Triathlon had arranged a two-day session with the Jets. On day one, I photographed the squad swim training in the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and run training in Holyrood Park. Day two for the squad started with a 6am brick training session (bursts of indoor cycling and running) before they finished off these examples of their training sessions with an outdoor swim at Foxlake wake-boarding course near Dunbar. (A selection of the squad also attended a preparatory session on the evening of day one with coach Joel ahead of their participation in the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Cozumel, Mexico).
I had fun on this two day editorial shoot. The squad was great to work with and the feature was published in the November 2016 print issue of 220 Triathlon. My images will also be used when Hartree Jets relaunch their new website - www.jetstri.co.uk
My thanks to 220 Triathlon for commissioning me for the feature and to Joel Enoch for choosing to use my images to illustrate their website.