South Yorkshire triathlete Lynwen Harrison put on her drinking cap to help others train smarter

PUBLISHED: 13:37 19 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:10 20 February 2013

Lynwen takes her trusty bike out in the Peak District (photograph: John Houlihan)

Lynwen takes her trusty bike out in the Peak District (photograph: John Houlihan)

How a South Yorkshire triathlete put on her drinking cap to help others train smarter

Like most busy mums, competitive triathlete Lynwen Harrison found she had little time to exercise after the birth of her second child. Her solution was to train smarter and focus on two hard sessions a week.

She tried sports drinks to help her recover faster, but disliked the taste. Instead, she began experimenting with her own milk and yoghurt based formulation in the kitchen of her Nether Green terrace in Sheffield.
Now Lynwen, 41, and her business partner Rachel Smith, 39, have launched their own recovery drink using natural ingredients like cherry juice, green tea, lemon and probiotic yoghurt and milk.

NouriSH Me Now debuted at Hathersage Hilly Triathlon a fitting starting point as it was the first triathlon Lynwen, a senior physiotherapist, took part in. She has since taken part in the World Championships in Budapest and, this year, in Spain.

I began noticing that I was gradually getting fitter and was on the tail of my husband whenever we went for a bike ride, much to his admiration and horror, she said. I had a dream of trying that bit harder to get into the GB team. When my youngest son was nine-months-old, I thought Id have a go.

I very nearly didnt attend the qualifying trials but my neighbour nagged me not to let the opportunity pass, and said shed look after the kids. I was so sleep deprived. My bike had barely seen the light of day in 18 months. When I was told Id qualified, I couldnt quite believe it. I was absolutely over the moon.

Lynwen and Rachel, a retail expert and mother-of-three who worked as a product developer and buyer for Marks & Spencer for 10 years, want to build up a following of NouriSH Me Now enthusiasts on their home turf first.

Sheffield is recognised as a major sporting city, so we have the perfect opportunity to promote our drink to local health enthusiasts, as well as amateur and professional athletes, said Rachel. Plus we both have strong links to Sheffield.

The capitals SH in the product name are a subtle nod to the city, and also relate to Lynwen and Rachels surnames. Their product is aimed at health enthusiasts, gym users and those who exercise to look good and keep fit, recreational athletes who like to compete, and elite athletes who compete more seriously.

All my training takes place in and around the city, said Lynwen. If I didnt live here I am not sure I would have been inspired to get as far as I have. The landscape and sporting attitude here is just fantastic.

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