We are Mat Dowle and Dale Anderton, both experienced triathletes living in Eastbourne. We have set up "Ironbourne Events Limited” to facilitate the delivery of the 2019 Eastbourne Triathlon; doing so with a longer-term vision to deliver something even more exciting for Eastbourne in 2020.
Between us we have many hundreds of hours of racing experience at all levels and over all distances. We have experienced everything that is both good and bad about racing triathlon, and this experience puts us in a great position to deliver the best possible, athlete focussed race experience.
Mat Dowle came to triathlon relatively late in life, completing his first triathlon in 2006 at the age of 29. Since then he has completed over 15 Ironman distance races and countless shorter distance events.
"I started running in my 20's and completed many marathons and ultra-distance running events, including 24-hour races and the 145-mile Grand Union Canal Race. After 10 years of running I needed a new challenge and entered my first triathlon (Ironman France). At that time, I had never learned to swim, so the build up to that first Ironman was a steep learning curve. I conquered the swim, mountains and the heat of the run, ending up with a decent result… I loved the experience and there was no going back!
"Over the past 12 years I've completed many triathlons over all distances from sprint to Ironman. I've picked up some good results over the years and I've been on the GB Age Group Team at several World and European Championship events. At age 42 I'm still getting quicker, smashing my Ironman PB with a 9:39 last year, and this year I'm planning to have a go at qualifying for Kona 2020.
"I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I hope my commitment and attention to detail will result in an outstanding race experience for everyone involved in the Eastbourne Triathlon."
Local athlete Dale Anderton has been involved in triathlon and endurance sports for 40 years.
"I fell in love with triathlon and the endurance sport way of life in the 1980's whilst serving as a Royal Marine and doing my first sprint distance event. Since then l have competed in 100's of races across the globe at all distances including the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii; an experience l will never forget and one I hope to repeat once again in 2020 as l attempt to qualify this September at the infamous Ironman Wales!
"I moved to Eastbourne to study a Sports Science Degree in 1994 and now I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I train with many great local clubs such Meads Runners, Team Bodyworks and Tri Tempo and see this event as a way of giving something back to the community and sport that has given me so much over the years.
"Our aim is to provide everyone the best experience possible at Eastbourne Triathlon, whether you're an international professional athlete or if this is your first triathlon."