First stride events

First Stride was formed in January 2017 by James and Liam. Having founded the triathlon club at Kingston University the pair decided to take their love of sport into a business aimed at encouraging more people to take part in sport.

The company has grown year on year with both more events and participants.

FSE is lucky to work with some fantastic partners, including Hampton Pool and Manor House School who both provide host venues for events throughout the year.

The events range from Go Tri to Sprint distance triathlons as well as 5k and 10k runs on the famous Epsom Downs Race Course.

The main aim is, and will always be, to encourage people to take part in sport. With competitive entry fees and a friendly environment no matter age or size.

Our team can be seen below, come and say hello at our events!


James Mitchell

Race Director

James is one of the founders of FSE.

He races triathlon over Half Ironman Distance and runs half marathons.

James’ triathlon story started at university when he formed the Triathlon club with Liam.

His first triathlon was a Go Tri in 2015.


Liam Griggs

Operations Director

Liam is a founder of FSE

Liam races primarily in running events for Epsom and Ewell Harriers. With some Standard Distance Triathlons throughout the year.

His triathlon story started in 2015 taking on a Go Tri in Surrey.


Laura Addie

Marketing Associate

Laura is aspiring to be a professional Ironman triathlete.

Her story started with a Go Tri after James persuaded her to give it a go.

Laura has been to three World Championships and won Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 in 2018.

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Josie Murray

Registration Clerk and Safeguarding Officer

Josie has been helping organise our races from the start, she’s always on hand to help at registration and direction people around the course the correct way.

Josie has taken up running and completed her first half marathon in Brighton in 2019.