Officer Champion Prepares for OA Inter-Services Triathlon

Lieutenant Henry Eaton, of 17 Port & Maritime Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, plans to build on his success from last year.

What was it like to win the Officers’ Award last year?
It felt great to win the Officers’ Award, but it was still second place so of course I would be keen to try and win the overall Men’s Singles Race this year. I have been training hard to improve my timings. However, the competition will be even tougher, with the Army team developing into some of the best amateur athletes in the country and which should lead to an exciting championship.

How many triathlons have you competed in?
This is my eighth season, and in March this year I won the Army Duathlon Championships. In May I was lucky enough to go out on to the Army’s annual training camp. However, due to illness I haven’t raced as much as I would have liked since then.

What makes a triathlon tough?
It’s the combination of all three events, getting used to working at near max-effort at one, then switching to another while continually pushing yourself. Hopefully if this warm weather continues, I think the heat could be a significant factor in the competition this year.

What advice would you give to someone competing in a triathlon?
Don’t have any great aspirations, just try to enjoy it.

About the OA Inter-Services Triathlon
This year the triathlon is organised by the Royal Navy Triathlon Association, and sponsored by the OA. Teams from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF, as well as guest teams from the Fire, Police and Prison services, will compete on Wednesday 25th July. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the championship, there will be the ‘Legends Championship’, a special veteran category, in addition to the usual groupings.

The OA sponsors the OA Inter-Services Triathlon to celebrate the high levels of physical fitness, mental determination and self-discipline that competing requires. These are qualities that will support Service leavers when they make a successful transition into civilian life.