So Who Is Mark Edmonds?
I was born in June 1970 in Essex.
Having left school following my A levels in 1988, I threw my efforts into the sport of triathlon, a sport that I had dabbled with since 1985. Formerly a County Level swimmer with Romford Town S.C. I started to make the transition into a triathlete. Having won a National Age Group gold medal at the British Junior Championships in 1987 I soon began to progress into the senior ranks.
By 1989 I had made my first G.B. Junior International triathlon in Geneva, Switzerland. Over the next 9 years I dedicated my time into becoming the best I could manage. During this time I have picked up 3 senior British Elite Championships medals (2 silver, 1 bronze) and won the British Grand Prix Series outright for 3 consecutive years ('92-'94). I have also represented Great Britain on over a dozen occasions at European and World Championships to date.
My work has also evolved over this period. In 1991 I qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist with the London School of Sports Massage (passing with Honours). I updated my LSSM qualification to a BTEC Level 5 in 2011. After 4 years working locally with local sportsmen/women, I began working at Cannons Health Clubs (now known as Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing) in 1995 at their flagship City Club and later that year at the Covent Garden Club also, within the Physiotherapy/Sports Injury Clinic.
In 1995 I passed a YMCA Fitness Trainer qualification and soon started combining some Gym Instruction work at Cannons into my routine.
Spinning (studio cycling) replaced my gym instruction from 2000, having qualified with Schwinn in 1999. I taught Spinning at Cannons and Holmes Place (2-5 classes a week) for 5 years until September 2004.
From 2007-2016, my main work place was at the Reebok Sports Club in Canary Wharf, working within the Re:Spa 3-4 days a week, however I now just operate from 2 physiotherapy clinics part time. These are Physio in the City (located adjacent to Street station) and Covent Garden Physiotherapy Clinic in the West End (Somerset House).
I was lucky enough to be involved with working at the London 2012 Olympic Games within Track & Field Athletics as a Sports Massage Therapist as part of the LOCOG Medical Support Team. In this time I got to massage the winner of the Gold medal in the men's 1500m event, Taoufik Makhloufi from Algeria and also Jamaican sprint hurdler, Hansle Parchment who won a bronze medal. I also provided the official massage to the GB Age Group triathlon team at the World Long Distance Championships in Lorient, France in July 2007 and for both the GB Elite & Age Group triathlon teams at the 2008 European Long Distance Championships in Gerardmer, France.
As for my sport, well after 7 Ironman races, 5 marathons and over 200 triathlons, my right knee has caused me continual problems since 2004 and since 2007 finally decided not to allow me to run anymore. Having had the knee operated on in 2011, I am currently working on trying to resolve my injury problems so as to get back again once more to running and triathlons, but only as a hobby