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John Levison

John Levison

Chief Correspondent
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.

John Levison is an experienced triathlon writer, analyst and event commentator who has been a key member of the TRI247 team for more that 15 years now. Previously Editor of the leading UK-based triathlon publisher, he now holds the title of Chief Correspondent. 

Having studied Banking and Finance at Loughborough University from 1990 to 1994, it was at the renowned sports-focused venue that John’s triathlon journey began, when he joined the University triathlon club on arrival. 

An ‘enthusiastic amateur’ athlete, John raced in triathlon events over a 25-year period across all distances, including four iron-distance finishes and representing the Great Britain Age-Group team in 2001 (Fredericia, Denmark) and 2008 (Vancouver, Canada). In running, he also achieved a sub three-hour marathon clocking in London in 2002. 

After a career in finance and banking in London, working for British Airways, Barclays and Union Bank of Switzerland, John joined TRI247 shortly after its launch. He has a strong background in event reporting, interviews, analysis, opinion and colour features. He is renowned for his attention to detail, and extensive knowledge on the history of the sport. 

John was a key part of the TRI247 team that won the 220 ‘Triathlon Website of the Year’ award for six consecutive years, and listeners of the MX Endurance podcast voted John the Triathlon Media Person of the Year in 2021. 

John’s knowledge and passion for the sport has also seen him become one of the most familiar voices at major triathlon events through his commentary work, both on-site announcing and livestream broadcast. This has included every major World Triathlon Series event in the UK since 2010 (London, Nottingham, Leeds, Sunderland), two Commonwealth Games (Glasgow 2014 and Birmingham 2022), the 2018 Glasgow European Championships, the 2015 Baku European Games in Azerbaijan and many more.  

His livestream and broadcast clients have included the BBC, IRONMAN, Challenge Family and Europe Triathlon, covering all distances and formats of the sport, including paratriathlon. 

In addition to event commentary, John has hosted many awards dinners for both British Triathlon and Europe Triathlon, hosted Q&As at Triathlon Shows and was the MC for the British Olympic Association triathlon team announcement ahead of Rio 2016. He was the subject of an extended interview with the IMTalk podcast in June 2023. 

Beth Potter - Team GB launch November 2023

Beth Potter’s secret to success? “I’m really bad at quitting!”

Mike Cavendish, Alex Yee, Beth Potter, Mark English - Team GB selection announcement November 2023, Savoy Hotel

“Never count Jonny Brownlee out” – British Triathlon Performance Director on Paris 2024

Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2023 podium Max Stapley, Kate Waugh

Thai titles for Kate Waugh and Max Stapley at Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2023

Paula Findlay wins IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga 2023 [Photo credit: Patrick McDermott / Getty Images for IRONMAN]

IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos 2023 – Jason West and Paula Findlay taste Mexican success

Jack Maitland and Beth Potter after the Paris Test Event 2023

Coach Jack Maitland on Beth Potter’s rise from triathlon novice to World Champion

Jack Maitland with Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee

From job lost to job done: Jack Maitland on how Leeds Triathlon Centre went from idea to glittering reality

Jack Maitland with Alistair Brownlee

The Jack Maitland story: Britain’s triathlon supercoach on his journey into swim/bike/run

Lucy Charles-Barclay IRONMAN World Championship Kona 2023 Finish

IRONMAN Kona 2023: What we learned from an epic World Championship showdown in Hawaii

Challenge Barcelona 2023 - Photo Credit: Jose Luis Hourcade

In pictures: Alistair Brownlee’s racing return at Challenge Barcelona 2023

chelsea-sodaro-kona-2022-run-finish

Triathlon distances: A full guide to Olympic, sprint, IRONMAN and much more

Vasco Vilaca World Triathlon Cup Rome 2023 Finish

World Triathlon Cup Rome 2023 results: Vasco Vilaca cruises to dominant victory in Italy

Nina Eim World Triathlon Cup Rome 2023 Finish

World Triathlon Cup Rome 2023 results: Nina Eim delivers on race favourite status for Germany

Taylor Knibb, IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship 2022, Athletic Brewing

The X Factor: Can Taylor Knibb rewrite the Kona script on her IRONMAN World Championship debut?

World Triathlon Cup Tangier 2023 Pierre Le Corre

World Triathlon Cup Tangier 2023 results: No stopping Pierre Le Corre as French star rules

World Triathlon Cup Tangier 2023 - Elite Women (Lisa Tertsch)

World Triathlon Cup Tangier 2023 results: Tertsch runs to victory, top-10 return for Vicky Holland

Cassandre Beaugrand Beth Potter Laura Lindemann Paris Test Event podium 2023 [Photo credit: World Triathlon / Wagner Araujo]

WTCS Pontevedra predictions: Will it be Potter or Beaugrand for World Championship glory?

Grace Norman - World Para Triathlon Championships Pontevedra 2023

World Paratriathlon Champs 2023 results wrap from Pontevedra

WTCS Hamburg podium 2023 Vasco Vilaca Hayden Wilde Alex Yee photo credit Tommy Zaferes / World Triathlon

WTCS Pontevedra predictions: Yee, Wilde and Vilaca in tantalising battle for world title glory

Alex Yee swim WTCS Cagliari 2022

Can Alex Yee make it third time lucky in the bid for world triathlon title glory in Pontevedra?

Young Alex Yee & winning Olympic gold in Tokyo

How ‘Legs of Steel’ helped Alex Yee’s route towards Olympic glory

Sam Laidlow, Patrick Lange, Magnus Ditlev - IRONMAN World Championship 2023 podium Nice, France

IRONMAN World Championship analysis: A post-Nice deep dive into triathlon’s full-distance landscape

KAILUA KONA, HAWAII - OCTOBER 12: Jan Frodeno of Germany celebrates after winning the Ironman World Championships on October 12, 2019 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

IRONMAN World Championship 2023: John Levison’s podium picks and Nice predictions

IRONMAN Wales 2023 Nikki Bartlett

IRONMAN Wales 2023 results: Nikki Bartlett rules on ‘one of the best days of my life’

Leo Bergere Super League Triathlon Toulouse 2023

Super League Triathlon Toulouse results 2023: Leo Bergere takes home win in France

Super League Triathlon Toulouse 2023 - Kate Waugh

Super League Triathlon Toulouse results 2023: Kate Waugh dominates

World Triathlon Cup Valencia 2023

World Triathlon Cup Valencia 2023: Gwen Jorgensen dominates in Spain

Hayden Wilde, Matt Hauser Super League Triathlon London 2022

Super League Triathlon Toulouse 2023: Start time, date and how to watch live

Katie Zaferes - Super League Triathlon London 2023

Katie Zaferes: “I can get back to where I was before”

Alex Yee Super League Triathlon London 2022

Super League Triathlon London 2023: Start time, date and how to watch live

World Triathlon Para Cup Paris 2023 - Dave Ellis and Luke Pollard

Paratriathlon in Paris: Ellis, Parker and Plat top podiums ahead of Paralympic Games

WTCS Hamburg podium 2023 Vasco Vilaca Hayden Wilde Alex Yee photo credit Tommy Zaferes / World Triathlon

Paris Test Event Predictions: A French puzzle and a galaxy of stars provides an intoxicating mix

Taylor Knibb WTCS Yokohama 2023 finish straight [Photo credit: World Triathlon / Tommy Zaferes]

Paris Test Event Predictions: John Levison’s podium picks as Elite Women set to do battle

Natalie Lawrence wins Outlaw Triathlon 2023

Meet Natalie Lawrence, the supermum starring in triathlon once again after a decade away

Daniela Ryf fist pump finish line Challenge Roth 2023

The Ironman distance: Using complexity, COVID, clubs and cricket to predict an uncertain future

World Triathlon Leeds 2017 - Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee celebrating

WTCS Leeds: Savouring magical moments from a Brownlee brothers love story

WTCS Leeds 2022

The state of triathlon: Analysing the challenges (and it’s not just MONEY)

Chelsea Sodaro IRONMAN World Championship 2022 finish

IRONMAN World Championships 2023: Pro qualifiers so far

Age-Group World Championship Hamburg 2023 - Ralf Eggert

Is former Pros racing in the Age-Group World Champs a good thing for triathlon?

Andrew Horsfall-Turner IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea

‘My best result to date’ – new Dad Andrew Horsfall-Turner on 70.3 Swansea

Alexis Hanquinquant podium World Triathlon Para Series Swansea

World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2023: Plat, Norman, Ellis and Hanquinquant star

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