HOW TO MAKE AN ECCLES
While this recipe requires considerable effort, the results are fabulous and more than compensate for the hard work.
Several seasons of hard work, dedication and gumption
One champion triathlete
> 1 seasoned British ex-journalist (pref young and fresh) with recently re-discovered love of training, competing and winning
> 1 world class swim coach
> 1 triathlon coach (also world class)
> Generous sprinkling training partners
> Hefty dollop of loyal sponsors
> Dusting of love, laughter and fun friends (the finer the better)
1. Combine ingredients thoroughly and leave to mature patiently over several seasons in warm environment (California ideal)
2. During maturation period, check progress by charting podium finishes during busy race season
WHO IS ECCLES?
Eccles is the celebrated evolution of Emma-Kate Lidbury, the athlete formerly known as EK. In other words, Eccles is EK version 2.0.
When it came to addressing his protégée, coach Matt Dixon of purplepatch was unsure whether to call her Emma, Kate, or the full mouthful.
Responsible for both design and performance of the athlete, Matt logically used the phonetics of her initials, EKL, combined with his expert knowledge of British baking to create the nickname Eccles.
ECCLES – WORLD CLASS TRIATHLETE OR UNIQUELY BRITISH BAKED DELIGHT?
Both actually. While Eccles is, indeed, a world class triathlete (two top 10 finishes at the 70.3 World Championships) and six-time Ironman 70.3 champion, an Eccles cake is a uniquely British baked delight. To be specific, it’s a small, sugar-crusted, disc-shaped creation of exceptionally flakey, buttery pastry, inside which nestle plump and tangy currants.Since Eccles loves to swim, bike, run and bake, the parallels are obvious.A former journalist, with a first class honours degree in English and Sports Science from Loughborough University (Britain’s top sports university) and a post-graduate diploma in journalism from Cardiff University, Eccles was introduced to triathlon in 2005 when writing a feature on the sport.She now lives, trains and bakes in California.