I was born and brought up in Fegg Hayes, Stoke-on-Trent. Triathlon and traveling the world is now my life. My full time job was a Fire-fighter based at Newcastle-under-Lyme fire station. 5 years ago I took a sabbatical from the fire service to enter into full time triathlon training which has led to me becoming a full time professional elite athlete. I started as an age-group athlete using triathlon to keep fit around my work as a fire-fighter. Through hard work, determination and creating opportunities I’m now training and competing full-time against the best triathletes in the world.
My career so far has seen me compete in over 30 different countries around the world. I’ve raced in the British Triathlon Super Series, French Grand Prix, ITU European & World Cups. I currently race on the Xterra World Tour circuit, ITU Cross Triathlons and In2Adveture off road tri’s as well a few not drafting races each year. More recently I have stepped up a distance and competed in Ironman 70.3 races finishing 3rd and 4th. Im now very much focussed on off road triathlons which some would say is the more adventurous side of triathlon.
I travel around with my husband Ben Allen, Australian pro triathlete for most of the year. We race the Oceania and Asian pacific races in our winter and head to the US, UK and Europe for summer.
I’m coached by Alex Ball from Wollongong. I love to come home and train with the groups around Stoke on Trent. I swim with COSSACS swimming club at Fenton Manor, Ride and run with NTC over the scenic lanes of Cheshire and Staffordshire.
I am a family girl and love nothing more than to come home and spend time with my family, friends and catching up with local sponsors who have supported me throughout my career so far.
Nicknames: Jac’s, Jacky, Slacky, Stokie, Pommie
Date Of Birth: 17th June 1983
Home: Stoke on Trent, UK & Wollongong, AUS
Favorite Places to train: North Wollongong, Lake Crakenback, Boulder, CO
Favourite Race: In2Adveture TreX Tri at Lake Crakenback
Favorite Foods: Risotto, a homemade salad with chicken and jacket potato
Hobbies: Surfing, catching up with friends and family, reading, Netflix, watching sports events, food markets
Dislikes: Waiting in traffic
Coach: Alex Ball
Most Influential People: My Grandad, Mum and anyone who steps out of their comfort zone and takes on challenge