About Us

Primed Coaching has a proven track record of successfully coaching athletes through their first triathlons, Ironman races and World Championships. We recognise that competing in triathlon regardless of the level you are at takes time and commitment. Having a personalised programme will ensure that you achieve your personal triathlon and Ironman goals while navigating life’s challenges. The programmes are designed to ensure that they maximise your available training time using a combination of cutting edge technology and science with personal expertise, advise and knowledge.

A coach who has been there

Head Coach Oliver Harkin has experienced the challenges and demands that training for Triathlon and Ironman brings. Being the father of four children he knows the challenge it takes to manage life, training and competing. That’s why every session must count.

Oliver has been a full time coach for more than 10 years, and has coached multiple Ironman finishers, World Championship qualifiers, race winners, ITU national representatives and some of the most talented age group triathletes across the country.

With over 15 years of racing experience, he has competed in 7 Ironman events, going sub 10 hours at the Ironman World Championships in Kona in 2017.


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Ironman University Certified Coach

Coaching Qualifications:

  • Ironman University Coach
  • British Triathlon Federation, BTF Level 3
  • Triathlon Ireland Coach of the Year 2016
  • Wattbike Advanced Technical Trained
  • Triathlon Ireland Tutor level 2. Certified by Coaching Ireland.
  • International Triathlon Union, ITU Level 2 Competitive Coach
  • Swim Ireland/ Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Level 2
  • Triathlon Ireland Northern Region Talent Development Coach 2009-2011
  • Health Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer

Oliver has been an exercise and fitness coach since 2003 working with athletes of all abilities and across many endurance sports – Ironman, triathlon, cycling, running, swimming and adventure racing,

Oliver has coached many Ironman finishers, Ironman World Championship qualifiers, race winners, national representatives on the world stage and some of the most talented age group triathletes across the country. Oliver went sub 10 hours at the Ironman world championships in Kona in 2017

Team Primed

Team Primed focuses on the athletes supporting one another, learning from each other, sharing in the success and offering support when perhaps things didn’t go so well. Team Primed are like minded individuals from all walks of life with a common love of the sport. Check out what Primed Coaching athletes think.

Whatever the challenge make sure you are Primed and ready to tackle the task ahead!