Trailblazers

May we present Tailwind Trailblazers, our version of an ambassador programme for Tailwind loving athletes who want to share their stories, help spread the brand and raise awareness about Tailwind in their communities.

A team of 10, hand-picked from close to 100 applications, will spend the year promoting the Tailwind brand; be it through Tailwind fuelled podium finishes, tales from the mid-pack or smashing the goals they've set themselves.

Don't forget to follow our team on their social media pages!

As our expansion into mainland Europe continues we've established new Trailblazer teams across the channel, check out our new Trailblazers on our Europe website here!

 

Meet the 2018 Team:

 

 
Marathon PB - 3:43
Upcoming Races - The Tom Crean Ultra, Quest Glendalough, Blackstairs Adventure Race, Gaelforce West, Quest 24, Monaghan triple Back to Back Marathons and the Dublin Marathon
 

 

Dave Gowan

I’m a keen Adventure Racer and throw myself fully into all the sports that it encompasses; from biking and kayaking to road and trail running, I spend the majority of my weeks out in the elements. I’ve even started dabbling in mountain biking and it’s awesome!!!

I’ve gone from Couch to 5k to ultra-endurance racing in about 4 years and I’m using Tailwind for about 2 of those. I'm far from elite but have huge drive and love getting out on the circuit and doing the very best that I can. I'm a huge advocate of Tailwind and have converted many friends and family. My most notable achievement to date has most certainly being conquering The Race 2017 (24hr, 250km Adventure Race over the most barren, gruelling yet beautiful terrain that Donegal has to offer), returning from a DNF in 2016. I completed the Art O’Neill Challenge in January.

2018 is set to be a relatively busy year with the all too familiar struggle of balancing family, work, training and racing; along with some mountain biking and anything else that I manage to squeeze in!

          

 

 

 

 

Dan Lawson

I love to run, I love the way the body yearns for being outside enjoying this natural movement. I just love the simplicity of it.

I'm lucky to have run in some amazing places around the world, across Death Valley, through the Gobi Desert and up numerous mountains. 

          

 
Marathon PB - 2:47
Upcoming Races - Racing in the mountains of China, the USA and defending my European 24hr title in Romania

 
Marathon PB (road/trail) - 4:36/5:14
Upcoming Races - IMRA Maurice Mullan Ultra, Transylvania50, Twin Peaks Marathon, Kerry Lite, Garmin Skyline and Raw Ultra 50mile

 

 

Sarah Mc Eneaney

Hi I'm Sarah, a 41year old mother of one from Dundalk, Co Louth in Ireland. I started running in 2013 to help my depression. I had been walking 5k regularly but read that running was a great benefit to mental health so started to train my self.  I ran my first 5k at the end of that year and iv not stopped running since. My first marathon was Dublin Marathon in 2016 and since then IV clocked up 12 marathons including an ultra marathon. I mostly run trails as I love the freedom and isolation of the mountains as its great for the headspace. All my training is done on the Cooley mountains which im extremely lucky to have on my door step. I've a great bunch of Tailwind trail runners in my circle of friends to share my runs with also information and guidance. I started using tailwind a year ago and haven't looked back.  This "rocket fuel" has really helped me achieve my goals eliminating gels, I've not looked back since using Tailwind. Wish me luck!

     


 

 

Rae Black

I was relatively late to running. I started when I was 35 as a means to lose weight, as I was around 19st, but fell in love with it,  leading me to further distances. This year I am training  for my 1st 100 mile race.

From running and completing my first race. Running London marathon for charity and raising almost £2500. Encouraging others that I work with to take up running, and supporting them while they run. Completing my first Ultra and meeting some fantastic people along the way who are now friends.

           

 
Marathon PB - 3:45
Upcoming Races - Railway Ultra 50k, Liverpool to Manchester 50 mile, South Downs Way Ultra 100m and Lakeland 50 mile

 
Marathon PB - 2:58
Upcoming Races - The Deeside Way in March, the Highland Fling (53M) and the big one: the West Highland Way (95M)

 

 

Sophie Mullins

I am a plant powered ultra marathon runner and software engineer. I started running in 2008, moving up to ultra marathons in 2014. In 2016 and 2017 I represented Scotland in the Anglo Celtic Plate 100km international. I came third in the 2016 race and won the Scottish National 100km Championship.

I have three ultras on my calendar for 2018 (so far), and am looking for something more mountainous for the autumn.

 

I live to run and am happiest on single track trails, preferably up high and with animals. 

 

          

 


 

 

Owain Thomas

I have been running marathons since 2010 and ultra marathons since 2012. In 2015 I ran from the New Forest to Land’s End in 87 hrs 14 minutes when I ran 7 ultra marathons in 7 days totalling 251 miles. In 2017 I attempted to run the entire Offa’s Dyke and Glyndwr’s Way however only managed 155 miles of it. 

I’m all about the adventure of running. I will be spending most of 2018 away overseas with work so my goal is run as many miles in all the countries I visit and at sea as I can, whilst spreading the Tailwind Nutrition love. 

          

 
Marathon PB - 3:45
Upcoming Races - Running wherever my work takes me.
Arc of Attrition in 2019
 

 

Marathon PB - 3:34
Upcoming Races - PB Marathon attempt, Berlin 100, Stort 30

 

 

Baz Taylor

I have been running for 6 years now and slowly progressed to completing around 35 marathons and ultras with my longest ultra to date being the 145 mile Grand Union Canal Race. I am hoping to improve my marathon PB in April.

 

I will then return to ultras progressing towards the Berlin 100 where i would like to achieve a sub 21 hour time. Later in the year I will return for the 5th time to the Stort 30, a TRA championship race where I hope to run well enough for an age grade medal.

 

          

 


 

 

Lyndon Cooper

Occasional road runner still new to ultras & trail running, travelling the UK in search of lumpy terrain and new challenges.

Last year was great finishing 2nd place at the crossing at The Crossing Extreme & Limestone Way Ultra & 2018 is already off to a good start with a 2nd place finish at Peddars Way Ultra

     

 
Marathon PB - 2:57
Upcoming Races - Hockley Woods Trail Challenge, Highland Fling Race, Snowdonia Trail Ultra Marathon, Man Vs Horse and SVP100
 

 
Marathon PB - 3:29
Upcoming Races - Hardmoors 55, St. Cuthbert's Way 100km and Devil o' the Highlands (42 miles). 

 

 

Sarah Cooke

I started running in 2013. After completing two marathons in 2014, I discovered trails and ultras and haven't looked back! I am passionate about running long distances in beautiful places and have been runstreaking since 29th August 2015. In 2017, I completed 10 ultras, 5 marathons, 3 hilly 20+ milers and a half marathon. These included my second 100 mile race and finishing second lady in the Centurion 50 mile Grandslam.

 

I am also training to be a running coach and hope to qualify at the end of February. I am a Clinical Psychologist and hope to be able to apply a psychological approach to my coaching. I also regularly write articles for Run Ultra which explore psychological aspects of running.

 

 


 

 

Louise McWilliams

Completed the Transgrancanaria race this year.