Jess was born in Denmark and then at the age of 13 her family moved to the Isle of Man. She began her sporting life as an equestrian, and first discovered a passion for running and triathlon at university, which led to her racing around the globe and twice in the Olympic Games. Jess has coached sport and athletics at international training camps since 1995. In addition, she has coached, mentored and assessed law students and Human Resource professionals since 2001. Her studies, work, and racing have taken her around the world including spending 2 years in New Zealand and 7 years in the United States.
Her research degrees focus on international human and environmental rights. Her professional work as a Human Resources business partner has been recognised by the London Olympic Delivery Authority who presented her with an award for her achievements in the promotion of equality, inclusion and diversity.
Her sporting endeavours include competing at such extreme events as Tough Guy, the Karrirmor International Mountain Marathon (KIMM) (now The Original Mountain Marathon (OMM), and in trail races from 13 - 28 miles and Xterra type multi discipline events.
She has competed for a Division I University in the USA, in the "Big west" Conference Athletic Track and Field Championships and the 50K Sea to Summit Solo race. Jess has been awarded with sports person of the year at University and for the Isle of Man. As well as receiving Scholar Athlete and Varsity Blues in the USA and New Zealand. She has held positions on several club committees, performed team captaincy roles and worked on University judicial steering groups.
Jess' talent was spotted in 2002 and she was given her first triathlon training plan in 2003. Within 6 months she was placing top 5 in pro division Ironman and had qualified for the Kona world championships. Between 2003 - 2006 while living a year on 3 different continents, studying and working full-time, she competed in 11 Ironman races typically placing as one of the top 5 pros' and had set 3 run course records including a 2.59.10 at Ironman New Zealand. During this time, she also competed at 5 Duathlon World Championships winning 3 Individual silver medals, a Team Silver and a Gold. Then after suffering several road accidents while out training she decided to take a break from triathlon.
In 2007 Jess returned to the U.K. And refocused her talent and energy on a career in corporate London. She embarked on several exciting global projects including international mergers and acquisitions before commencing work on the 2012 Olympic site. She has worked for FTSE 100 clients, one of the BIG 4, and the world's largest global employer.
In July 2011 Jess decided to kick start her goal of getting back to fitness by aiming to qualify for the 2012 Olympics as a response to her father’s advancing Alzheimer’s. After competing for Denmark at the 2012 Olympics in London she decided to aim for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. In preparation for this she relocated to Colorado from 2013-2016 to explore the benefits of altitude training.
Jess is a certified triathlon coach. She has coached and advised on triathlon and marathon training with Lifetime fitness programs and Bolton Endurance Sports Training in the USA, and for charity teams in the UK. She is available for 1-to-1 consultations, presentations, and online coaching.
She speaks English, German and Danish.
She lives at Trail Run Spain HQ in Alhama de Granada all year round.
Jess loves living in Andalusia with the endless trails, the warm weather and surrounded by great people and culture. She is excited about sharing this special place with athletes looking for a great place to train and prepare.
And the next Olympics, Tokyo 2020? She hasn’t ruled it out as a training goal providing she is healthy, happy and enjoying the challenge.