FLO Factory Team

Past Races

09/20/2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth
08/15/2020 Midnight Man Triathlon

Tom Barker

Hampshire, United Kingdom

Main FocusTriathlon
Bucket List RaceIronman 70.3 World Championship
Post-Race DrinkGuiness

I am a 38 year old husband and father of 2. I am a former army officer, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I now work full time as a Project Manager for the Ministry of Defence and am a part time university student. I am a keen triathlete and have completed several Ironman and 70.3 races, the most recent being Ironman Wales in 2019.

My why:
I fell in to Ironman triathlon through a bet with military colleagues in 2014 to find challenges that really pushed our bodies to the limits. Since then I have continued my love affair with the sport for a number of reasons.
I really love the feeling of really pushing my body to its limits, that endorphin rush afterwards is amazing.
I really enjoy that time alone, away from life, with the ability to reflect. With a busy work, home and study life, it is vital I have that time to manage stress levels and just be me!
The comradery within the sport is second to none. I love race mornings when everyone is together, all helping each other out, talking and sharing stories. Exactly how sport should be.
It gives me goals and a purpose in life; I achieve so much more in other aspects of my life when I am working towards my sporting goals.
I love the sport, the people and that feeling of accomplishment.

In 2020/21 I took a 12 month period away from triathlon as events in the uk were cancelled and to focus on my MSc. Now that has completed I am now trying to get back on the bike again, easier said than done. One step at a time as I want to wear the Flo colours again in races around the country.