Team Cranc is Cranc Cyclesport’s very own brand new multisport team for 2017 in
conjuction with WhittleFit.
We will be supporting a select group of athletes towards their multisport goals in the coming year!
Meet The Team!
Technical Steel Research Management and Sock Entreprenuer. Coffee, Cake and Comic books enthusiast and Chocolate Milkshake Connessieur. Fourth year as a triathlete, with no real history of the sport other than as a keen track runner whilst in Cardiff University. Not naturally gifted but ruthlessly ambitious with the dream to one day Finish on a championships podium and get to the big island in Kona. Racing in both the European and World Long and middle distance championships for 2017 and looking to really excel this season with a really strong support system in the form of Team Cranc around him.
Craig Burrows is a WhittleFit coached athlete with big ambitions. In 2016 he qualified to represent Great Britain at the European Middle Distance Championships in Walchsee and raced multiple Ironman events on back-to-back weekends at Weymouth and Wales. Away from triathlon he is a football loving Comprehensive School teacher who lives in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan and despite his lack of rhythm and co-ordination one day hopes to partake in the ‘big dance’ at Kona.
Golfer turned triathlete. Dan competed in his first triathlon during the fall of 2015 before going on to complete Ironman Wales in 2016. During the 2016 season he successfully qualified to represent Great Britain at the 2017 Middle Distance European Championship, Denmark.
I come from a swimming background and was persuaded to do my first triathlon in 2010 by a friend. Following this I concentrated on my running, building up to run the Paris marathon in 2013. Over the next few years I began training properly for triathlons and in 2015 entered my first middle distance event, Outlaw Half where I was 2nd in my age group and 8th female finisher overall. My performance in this event meant I qualified to represent GB in my age group in the ETU European Middle Distance Championships in Walchsee, Austria in 2016. In June this year I will be representing GB again in Herning, Denmark.
Hi, my name is Gareth Hodgson from Felinfach in west Wales. I am 29 years old, married to my wife Gwenan and a father to Gruff our 1 year old son. I began to train for triathlons in the winter of 2014 with no real background in the sports, I set myself a challenge to complete an Ironman with the aim of qualifying for the Kona World Championships within three years. I have since achieved this goal and will be heading out to the big Island in October 2017. I have grown to love the sport and looking forward to setting more goals and achieving them in the upcoming seasons.
James Grandfield, coached by WhittleFit, starts his 4th year training for triathlon. From a swimming and surf lifesaving background he has swum internationally and represented Wales/GB at Surf Lifesaving including a bronze medal at Lifesaving Commonwealths and a European Gold Medal. Still struggling with the conversion from racing in water to racing on the land, hopefully 2017 will see the change from water baby to land mammal! This year James plans to balance the task of being a father and training for middle distance triathlon with the hope of qualifying for 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
Lawrence is a WhittleFit triathlon coach & endurance enthusiast. He has represented the GB age group team at Long Distance Triathlon in the European & World Championships. Other achievements include cycling across America & running across Iceland. He lives in Taffs Well with wife Laura & four legged running buddy Lenny.
Matthew Davies 38 years old. I’m married to Danielle and have 2 great kids Sophia and James. This is my 9th year of age group Triathlon. Before this I did no sport. My first triathlon was Brecon tri in 2008. I started with sprints and olympic distance for the first 3 years and then graduated to long distance triathlon in 2011. I have competed at the World Champs 70.3 Las Vegas in 2012 and came 6th overall at the British Middle distance Champs in 2012. I’ve completed 4 Ironman events, Roth, Austria and twice at Tenby. In 2017, I plan to beat my PB of 9.22 at Challenge Roth in July.
Hi I’m Richard (Richie) Gardiner, I am 43 years old. I am married to Rhianydd & have two sons Iwan & Tomas. I am in my third season of triathlon, I’m hoping to make an impact in 2017 – before Tri’s I competed as a distance runner for 33 years, during which time I won numerous races including every Welsh distance running title on road, track & cross country, competed at the London Marathon three times and won double gold medal in the Commonwealth Ultra Distance championships.
I have been doing triathlon for 10 years, starting when I was at school when I was hooked after doing a local race for charity. Ever since I have been looking to go faster and further every year. Highlights so far have been representing GB at a number of ETU Middle Distance Championships and competing at the Ironman 70.3 world championships in 2015. This year I am looking to return to Ironman Wales in September to try my luck at age group qualification once more. I am also hoping for a championship qualifying performance at the London Marathon this spring.