Nikki Bartlett

Nikki’s sporting career has seen her rise from university rower, to achieving fourteen IRONMAN 70.3 podium finishes and winning gold at two full distance IRONMAN races in 2019. A former member of the British Rowing World Class Start Program while at University, Bartlett, like many others, discovered triathlon as a way of rehabilitation after injury. After her first Ironman event, which she had done for +charity, she was hooked and the professional journey began.

Bartlett joined the Guides for Gold Program in 2018 and currently balances her training between preparing for paratriathlon races with Paralympic medalist Alison Peasgood and fulfilling her personal career goals as an individual athlete. As one of the fastest female triathletes on the circuit, a versatile long and short course competitor, and proving (thus far) to be one of the most persistent athletes in the sport - Nikki is a fierce competitor who continues to excel even in the most challenging race conditions.

2019 was a ‘breakthrough’ year for Nikki with two professional wins and securing her first IRONMAN World Champion spot at the infamous Ironman Lanzarote and formally qualifying for IRONMAN World 70.3 Championships at IRONMAN Dun Laoghaire 70.3.

Nikki is a true believer that there is more to sport than winning, and she is passionate about highlighting the benefits of sport in everyday living, health and wellbeing. Nikki has developed a strong presence in the sporting community through her established social media engagement, which enables her to give back to the community, and share her journey “from an absolute novice, to Pro Triathlete”. Spend just 10 mins scrolling through Nikkis social media channels and you will see the effort she puts in to reply to every comment, message and question from her fans. As she says “Pro Triathletes can have a one-way vision - and I believe that if I can allow athletes to start getting involved in the sport, overcoming fears and being the best they can be, that is a huge success in life as a Pro athlete”.

2020 was about ‘giving back’ to sponsors and the wider sporting community. So what did Nikki do to bring smiles to her local town of Loughborough during the lockdown? She decided to dress as Spiderman and log her training kms by blazing through her local city of Loughborough everyday (An effort that led to: 42hours of running as Spiderman over 6 weeks, including cameos on BBC Radio 5 Live, and other media attention, social media engagement with local police (for positive reasons obviously) and loads of gratuitous fitness amateurs who were stuck at home and found Nikki’s efforts to be ‘symbolically heroic’. Oh, and she raised £2800 for Move Charity and garnered over 7500 likes, shares and comments on her social media posts. Additionally, Nikki ran weekly Facebook Live chats, with giveaways from sponsors - each with over 500 questions and 2000 viewers per event. Nikki truly goes above and beyond to make a difference - some days with her infectious positivity and faultless smile, other days by becoming a spontaneous superhero!

Career Highlights

  • 2x Ironman Champion
  • 16 Professional Triathlon Podium Performances
  • Multi-time Ironman bike course record holder
  • British Triathlon Guides for Gold: Guide to the PTVI Paralympic Silver medalist, Alison Peasgood
  • Passionate mental health advocate and wellness role model in the sporting community

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