About PURE SPORTS PERFORMANCE and John Feeney

Having participated in and coached endurance sport for a number of years, I decided to establish a consultancy with the aim to improve athletic performance by delivering accessible sports science support. My vision is to provide a range of practical sports science solutions enabling all athletes, from novice to elite, to strive for excellence and achieve their performance goals and aspirations. I want to help bridge that gap between amateur and elite sport. 

I have always been passionate about sport and my interest in endurance sport stems from training for my first marathon. As I was training, I become more interested in the underlying physiology and science behind my training. I decided to embrace this interest and studied for a degree in Sport & Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth. This really opened my eyes to elite sport and the provision of sports science support. I have since completed my MSc in Applied Exercise Physiology at the University of Brighton specialising in the management of fatigue in triathlon and environmental physiology. 

I have helped a wide variety of amateur athletes in sports and events including triathlon, marathon running, cycling and Ironman. More recently, as part of my MSc I have worked with an elite paralympian, supported a triathlon training camp in Northern Mallorca and advised GB age-group triathletes on competing in hot environments. I have taken part in a number of marathons and half marathons including London, Edinburgh, Prague, Brighton, Reading and the Two Oceans in Cape Town. In more recent years, injury has forced me to concentrate on coaching and providing practical sports science advice to athletes and local sports clubs. 

What is sports science and what does a physiologist actually do?