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Q&A with the former Olympian turned world-class coach
Marc Jenkins was one of the UK’s top professional triathlete for over 26 years during which he represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games, on two occasions, and Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. At the Olympics, Marc was famously involved in a crash mid-way through the bike leg that left his bicycle unusable. Rather than quit, Marc ran the two remaining kilometres with his bike on his back to complete the event.
Marc represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2006. He was British Champion multiple times and also stood on the podium at the highest level of the sport on numerous occasions.
After Athens, Marc was diagnosed with genetic faults that had been causing blood clots and pulmonary embolisms throughout his career, at which point his focus turned to his partner (now wife) Helen, and he became her coach. Helen has since gone on to win two International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships and race at three Olympic Games.
Marc is recognised as one of the UK’s leading triathlon coaches and has worked tirelessly to support the development of the sport. In 2015 he was awarded the British Triathlon Federations Gold Pin Award in recognition of his contribution the sport.