Claire Holliman

COACH

Coaching Highlights

  • British Triathlon Level 3 coach since 2013
  • Coached athletes to European & World AG championship level
  • Coached experience & novice athletes at 70.3 & Ironman distance
  • Specialist coaching of athletes at Norseman Xtreme, Patagonman Xtreme, Half Marathon DesSables, Dallaglio Cycle Slam & Swim Run events
  • Expert swim analysis coach 

Personal highlights

  • 2nd female at Starman Middle distance night triathlon 2019
  • 2nd AG Outlaw Half 2019
  • 2nd Female Big Welsh Swim 6km 2019
  • 6th AG Challenge Wold Championships Samorin 2018
  • 3rd fastest AG swim Ironman Italy 2018
  • 1st female Sandman Legend 2017
  • 1st female team Swim Run Snowdonia 2016 

Claire is a BTF Level 3 qualified coach, L3 personal trainer, sports massage therapist and has been coaching triathlon since 2009. Claire has an approachable and enthusiastic manner. She thrives on supporting and encouraging her athletes to reach their potential be that their first ever triathlon, qualification for age group racing with Team GB or completing an Xtri full distance event. Claire understands the commitment and dedication that is required to juggle training with home life, and works closely with her athletes to ensure they find a happy balance! 

Meet Claire

“I live on the edge of North Wales just south of Chester with my husband and son. I have been involved in health and fitness all my life but my journey as a triathlete started in 2005. This has taken me from my first sprint race in the early days up to Ironman Italy in2018. I have successfully raced as part of age group Team GB in many different countries around the world. 

In my former life I worked in marketing as an Account Manager but took a leap of faith in 2005 and resigned from corporate life. I retrained and started my own personal training business and I discovered the crazy sport of triathlon at the end of 2005. Enjoying the sport so much that I progressed through my coaching qualifications obtaining BTF Level 3 in 2013. Coaching is now my full time profession. I work with a range of athletes including those that are new to the sport and those wishing to progress further at Age Group level. Recently I have developed experience coaching athletes for extreme long distance events and multi day endurance events. Every athlete comes with their own particular goals, aspirations, struggles, fears and reasons for being involved in this sport. It is incredibly rewarding seeing people progress and achieve their triathlon dreams and I feel very proud to be part of the journey that each of my athletes undertakes”.  

COACHING WITH CLAIRE

What People Say

"I’ve been coached by Claire Holliman since January 2015. I knew Claire from Chester Tri Club and I liked her supportive approach to coaching in the club swim sessions. I signed up with her to help get me ready for Ironman Barcelona which I completed in October of the same year. So why am I still with Claire and TTT?

I have found the structured approach to training coupled with the support and advice has really helped me on my journey. Since Barcelona I’ve gone on to complete two other Ironman events, multiple 70.3 races and I’ve also qualified twice for European duathlon championship events. I can honestly say none of this would have been possible without Claire’s help.

With the recent Corona virus lockdown I was thinking how will this work out and with no races what am I continuing to train for. This is where the TTT team has really come together to create something special. I still get the one on one support from Claire, but the training has been lifted to a new level through the online training events and races. The use of Zwift has created an online community where you really feel part of a special group. I’ve made new friends that I’ve never met before.

Can’t recommend TTT highly enough and if you are thinking you need some help to achieve your goals then get signed up.."

John Robb

Long term athlete

SEEKING THE ENJOYMENT IN SPORT…

"As an older, novice triathlete my aim is just to enjoy the sport, stay injury free and be the best I can. My coach Claire and the team at TTT support this in so many different ways far over and above my training plan. Particularly over this difficult COVID pandemic period they have strived to support the mental wellbeing of their athletes as well as their fitness. The same approach is taken whether the athlete is a novice or an age group champion and that really helps to drive my motivation and push beyond my comfort zone."

Claire Moss

SETTING THE BAR HIGH…

"I wouldn’t consider myself an athlete… I like to set myself challenges and enjoy food and wine too much not to exercise! In 2014 I completed my first Ironman triathlon to raise money for charity. I was certain I would never do another one…

In 2018 my mum died very suddenly and tragically. I wanted to do something positive in memory of my mum and turned to the only thing I knew, raising money for charity through completing endurance events. I planned to complete 4 events within 12 months, the final one being Copenhagen Ironman. I started training as I started grieving. After 6 months and having completed 2 of the events, a marathon run and a 10k swim I passed out, completely unresponsive, from grief and exhaustion. I knew I couldn’t do this on my own. A friend recommended Claire and starting coaching with her genuinely changed my life. Before I met Claire I was training too little or not enough in waves. Claire helped me to schedule training in around my stressful job and busy social life still making time for me to think and just be to help with my grief.

I’d never really done effort sessions before, either running or on my turbo trainer and these made a huge difference to my running and cycling pace and performance. If I wasn’t meeting the goals Claire set me we’d talk about why. Claire has always adapted my training to what my body and mind need, whilst still helping me to continuously improve.

Through training with Claire exercise has become so much more to me, it’s helped me through the hardest of times in a way I never imagined it could.

Thanks to Claire I completed Copenhagen Ironman in 2019 and took 2.5 hours of my previous time! And I loved it!

Claire is a caring, thoughtful, incredibly supportive and a very effective coach. She has helped me to use exercise to change my life and achieve results I never dreamed possible."

Lucy Gardner

PROGRESS THROUGH THE PANDEMIC…

"Some may call it very bad timing deciding to start formal coaching this year but not me! I signed up with Claire Holliman only about a month before lockdown, really wanting to try and gain more structure in my training. I am relatively new to triathlon, having only done a handful of sprint tris last year. The plan was to improve my racing performance which obviously hasn’t been tested, but I have found the support from Claire and the rest of the TTT team and athletes invaluable at a very challenging time. It has been great to be able to train ‘virtually’ on the turbo with other athletes and join the group coaching sessions. I have found the races that have been organised to be very motivating and I have consistently seen my fitness and performances improve.

As a busy working mum of two small children I needed to ensure that my chosen coach had a good appreciation of work-life-training balance and Claire has been fantastic with this, making sure that my training always fits in with my weekly schedule, which can sometimes get quite complicated with my husband’s working pattern too! Together, we have identified strengths and weaknesses and Claire has adapted my training accordingly. I like the idea that some sessions can be done as a group or individually, giving great flexibility; and having a plan in place keeps me focused and motivates me to achieve. It also takes the planning away from me, therefore meaning that I am more efficient with my training, which is important for me to maintain balance with my home life. I am hugely grateful to Claire and TTT as I’m the fittest I’ve ever been at 36 after having 2 children. I am looking forward to a great 2021 racing season!"

Beth Hobson