I’m Ben Howlett, a pretty typical boy, full of life and always ready to try things and tackle a new challenge. Since the age of 7 years old I have been determined to see what I can achieve in sport.
I starting swimming aged 4 and at the start of 2017 age 9 I joined Team Ipswich swim club. The professional coaching has improved my swimming and given me the opportunity to race at a regional level.
In October 2015 I went to my first Junior Parkrun. Running the first one I wasn’t that fast and by the end my legs were hurting. Next week I was back and each week after I worked on improving on my time my PB for the 2k. By the end of 2017 at 10 years old I had it down to 8 minutes 2 seconds. This is obviously a work in progress and I am always looking to get the best time I can.
In 2016 at age 9 I competed in my first triathlon at Hever Castle. Although I came off on the bike course I completed the race and finish in 148th place. The following year 2017 I competed East Region Junior Race Series. This is a series of kids triathlons across the east of England. I continue to race in this series every summer.
Over the winter of 2017/2018 I wanted to improve my cycling and took part in the Eastern Cross series. A series of 15 cyclocross races across the east of England this has helped to improve my skills and endurance on the bike.
I continue to participate in swimming, running, cycling and triathlon events throughout the year. I have made many good friends through sport and it has also given me the belief that with hard work anything is possible.