Darren Gilbert

What’s your favourite race?

Pembroke Coast Triathlon at Broad Haven, an Olympic distance race.

What was your main sport before triathlon and to what level?
Rugby. I played county rugby and senior rugby for 21 years in both national leagues in Wales and England. 

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Which triathlete would you like to meet? 

Jan Frodeno or Alistar Brownlee

Who is your sporting hero?

Growing up it was Robert Jones, Swansea, Wales and British Lions scrum half.

What was your proudest sporting moment?

Captaining Pembroke first XV in 2003 and also getting to play with my dad on a few occasions!

What is your ultimate triathlon goal?

To finish IM Wales again and then to try and compete in as many 70.3s as my body allows!

Best triathlon moments?

  • Finishing my first sprint triathlon 2017

  • Completing first Olympic in Tata steel in under 3 hours

  • Finishing Ironman Wales in 2019!

Which races are on the bucket list? 

I would like to try some races abroad, preferably somewhere flat and warm!!

How many fulls, how many halves?
1 full - Ironman Wales
No half distance yet but some planned for next season 

One bit of advice to a newbie

Get a coach or at least a plan and don’t forget to rest!

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Pool or sea -Sea
Beer or wine = Wine!
Pasta or pizza = Pasta
Fish or meat = Meat
Cats or dogs = Dogs
Gym or Pain cave = Pain cave

Half or Full = Full

1-piece or 2-piece = One-piece

Strictly or Bake Off= Bake Off!

Favourite food= My Mum's roast dinner!

Sands Beach or Leisure Centre = Sand Beach!

Favourite race shirt =The Scope T I wore at IM Wales

What was the last book you read?= Girl with Dragon Tattoo series 

First single=Out of time, REM

Top motivational songs= AC/DC Thunderstruck & Metallica Enter Sandman

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