- OUR COACHES
Hey, I'm Gemma!
I'm the Head Coach at BLOC and a mum of a 1 year old and a 5 year old. I'm pro at juggling a busy life with achieving sporting goals and love helping people do this too.
I don't just coach, I love to race too.
I think it's important to have first hand experience, to have made mistakes and to have juggled family (through pregnancy and returning to racing) work and training to be able to coach you effectively.
I started my triathlon journey not being able to run a whole parkrun and built up from a run-walk strategy. I'd never have believed I'd be racing Ironman's with GB kit on or have been able to cycle the length of the UK! ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
Whilst I am the Head Coach and Founder of BLOC, it isn't 'my' team. It's OUR team, every decision is made in collaboration with our team mates and we ebb and flow with the needs and demands of our members.
It's a pretty cool place and everyone plays a key part just by being here.
“WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO. EXCELLENCE THEN IS NOT AN ACT BUT A HABIT.”
International Honours - Racing for Team GBR
I'm very proud to have represented Great Britain in Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon at Age Group around the World.
2023 World Long Distance Duathlon Championships (QUALIFIED)
2023 World Long Distance Triathlon Championships (QUALIFIED)
2023 World Long Distance Aquabike Championships (QUALIFIED)
2023 European Long Distance Triathlon Championships (QUALIFIED)
2021 World Triathlon Long Distance Championships Almere-Amsterdam
2016 Copenhagen ETU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon European Championships
2015 Alcobendas ETU Sprint Distance Duathlon European Championships
2014 ITU World Standard Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton
2014 Edmonton ITU Aquathlon World Championships
2014 Horst ETU Sprint Duathlon European Championships
2013 ITU World Sprint Triathlon Grand Final London
2013 London ITU Aquathlon World Championships
British and English AG Championship Podiums
Aquathlon, St Neots - 2nd Silver
Middle Distance Championships, Grafman Triathlon- 3rd Bronze
Middle Distance Championships, Deva Triathlon - 2nd Silver
Middle Distance Championships, Grafman Triathlon - 3rd Bronze (this time 9 months post-partum)
Ironman and Iron-Distance
Qualified 2021 Ironman World Championships
Qualified 2021 Challenge Championships, Samorin
(But couldn't go to either as I fell pregnant with my second child!)
Ironman Wales 2016
Ironman Lanzarote 2017
Ironman Barcelona 2015
Ironman Barcelona 2019
Ironman Mallorca 2021
Challenge Almere (Worlds) 2021
Long Course Weekend 2016
Long Course Weekend 2015
Long Course Weekend 2019
Long Course Weekend 2023
LEJOG (Lands End to John O'Groats) - 2020
Pan Celtic Race Series 2021
2024 UPCOMING EVENTS
Ironman Texas (Maternity Deferral)
Montane Dragons Back Race