Luke Pollard

Towards the end of 2018, Luke spotted a British Triathlon advert for the Guides to Gold program. With his main strength in racing being on the bike, Luke had developed a number of skills to bring to guiding and soon moved his training down to Loughborough in 2019 to train and race alongside Dave Ellis.

“Guiding has been the best experience I've ever had in sport, with new challenges and unique racing.”

Luke first discovered triathlon when he was 20, after he completed basic training in the Royal Air Force and arrived at his first posting. Luke felt that he was in some ways a latecomer to the sport in comparison to some of his counterparts and therefore put his best efforts into improving himself. He credits a number of people with aiding him in developing his understanding of the sport as he quickly rose from novice to elite athlete.

After a couple of months of training, Luke entered his first triathlon in 2012, a sprint distance event at a local pool. Luke also entered his dad, trying to tempt him back into endurance sport after a 30-year hiatus following a successful pro/amateur cycling career. Naturally, Luke attributes his talent on the bike to his father.

Although struggling on the swim and having to navigate the course on a cheap road bike during the second discipline, Luke really enjoyed the experience and began to put serious hours into training and racing.

The next few years saw Luke soar through the age group level, then onto domestic elite races, European Cups and now racing at Pro 70.3 distance events.

Luke joined the RAF in 2011, working in logistics and is currently on the elite athlete scheme that allows him to train and race triathlon full-time, away from his primary role. After becoming Dave Ellis’ guide and winning their first race together to take the British duathlon title in April 2019, the pair ended the year on a high, taking the gold medal at the 2019 Funchal ITU Paratriathlon World Cup.

Luke travelled the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and guided Dave as he made his debut for paratriathlon at the Games.

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