Here at Telford Triathlon Club, we aim to encourage our members to achieve their best, whether it is improving on race times, entering their first triathlon, or simply trying something new.

We strongly believe that triathlon is for everyone, not just the elites, and would highly encourage anyone nervous about taking up the sport to have a go and be prepared to be converted!

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We have two weekly coached swimming sessions available.
Saturdays 4pm at Much Wenlock leisure centre and Thursdays 7:30pm at Abraham Derby Leisure Centre. These sessions are designed to offer support for all abilities from first timers to elite Ironmen.

Currently cycling is planned by members on our members Facebook page with multiple rides planned every week.

Every Wednesday we have a track session at Oakengates Leisure Centre and this costs £3 per session much like the swimming the sessions are designed to cater for all levels of fitness and the coaches design the sessions around this.

Member planned training is also available via the Facebook members page for all 3 sports with multiple sessions planned weekly.
To find out more about training available Contact Us to learn more.

Mark Taylor

I've been involved in competitive sport since 1983 and began as a track runner competing at a national level over 800m until I joined the RAF in January 1990.. I discovered triathlon whilst serving and competed on and off from around 1997. I became a run coach in 2013 after leaving the military and starting a local running club. I will be completing my level 2 TRI Coach qual in 2019. I still participate in triathlon and have completed all distances over the years including 2 Ironman distance events. My passion these days though is coaching and in my veteran years it always gives me immense satisfaction to help people achieve what they often view as impossible.

Paul Smith
BTF Level 1 Coach
I started competing in Triathlon at school and was Hong Kong Ironkids champion in 1990. I got back into Triathlon a few years ago, I have completed four Ironman distance events and a few 70.3 events. I’m a British Triathlon Federation Level 1 coach and love to help club members improve their skills and achieve their goals, especially those new to the sport.

 

Luke Mills

I started my journey as a runner then had my first go at a triathlon in 2012, for the next few years I just did Sprint & Olympic distance events. By 2017 I had started to improve & entered my first middle distance triathlon, The Cotswolds, which was my biggest race to date. Am training for Outlaw in 2019 which is a full distance triathlon. My favourite event was Storm The Fort, a long distance duathlon that tested me both physically & mentally!
In 2018 I became Club Chairman & a Triathlon Coach. Am very committed to the club, and I am passionate about seeing people succeed in their goals

Jude Ingram
Christopher Wood

First dabbled with Triathlon in around 2003 whilst living in London, in an oversized windsurfing wetsuit, MTB with road tyres and likely trainers with too many miles in them. But it took until 2008 and a chance meeting with a 17 time Ironman who'd just got back from Race Across America, that I got properly introduced to the sport. Entered my first full Ironman (Switzerland 2009) without actually knowing entirely what it entailed, and have completed 5 more. Qualified to race my first European Championships in 2011 and have qualified for GB 10 times since. Have raced on Team MaccaX, founded by Chris McCormack, since 2013, so have been fortunate enough to meet and learn from a host of professional athletes & coaches. A few race highlights being Challenge Roth in 2014, despite melting in the heat, Ironman 70.3 World Champs in Zell am See 2015, the first outside of the U.S, and the inaugural Super League Jersey for an out and out weekend of a lifetime, both racing and socialising with the professionals. Still plotting out the race schedule for 2019 whilst enjoying sharing and helping others with their journey & progression within Triathlon.

Mark Halstead
Chair & Welfare Officer

I got into Triathlons when a friend said I was too old for rugby and should look at triathlons. I accepted the challenge. Although at the time I could not swim, did not own a road bike and could not run for more than 20 mins. I did my first tri, which was Ludlow Sprint in 2015. Since then I have done four sprints, been part of a relay team and finished two middle distances. I am proud to be part of Telford Tri Club and to see how we have grown. From the beginning which was a conversation over a pint, to a very active club. I enjoy the sport, and the mix of people it brings together.
I look forward to seeing you at the club.
Mark Taylor
Vice Chair

I've been involved in competitive sport since 1983 and began as a track runner competing at a national level over 800m until I joined the RAF in January 1990.. I discovered triathlon whilst serving and competed on and off from around 1997. I became a run coach in 2013 after leaving the military and starting a local running club. I will be completing my level 2 TRI Coach qual in 2019. I still participate in triathlon and have completed all distances over the years including 2 Ironman distance events. My passion these days though is coaching and in my veteran years it always gives me immense satisfaction to help people achieve what they often view as impossible.

Sylvia Figueiredo
Secretary

I didn’t discover the joys of sport until I was almost 40 when I ran my first half marathon. I was immediately hooked, and I haven’t looked back! After five years of running, I slowly started to discover the joys of triathlon and a whole new world opened up to me. Learning to swim and riding a road bike were without doubt challenging, but with the support and encouragement from the Telford Triathlon Club, I completed my first triathlon, Ironman 70.3 Bintan in August 2018. I’m still learning, and it’s still challenging, but I still enjoy every swim, ride and run.

David Harley
Treasurer

Triathlon entered my consciousness back in 2007, coincidentally, when I fell out of love with the gym and running.Though in all honesty, it was probably the kudos that drew me in.I could swim reasonably well, cycle (albeit mostly downhill and on a mountain bike) and I could run, but I’d never contemplated putting them together.12 years later I’m training for my second iron distance event and triathlon has taken over my life, I love it.There have been some ups and down on the way, most significantly rupturing an Achilles tendon back in 2013.I initially found my way back to sport and exercise through running but I really wanted to get back into triathlon. What was lacking was a club that was nearby but more importantly a club that I wanted to join.Thank goodness for conversations over beer and great ideas. Autumn 2016 Telford Triathlon Club, albeit in embryonic form was born.Telford Triathlon Club has played a major part in helping rekindle my triathlon mojo and I’m proud to be part of it.None of this, of course, would be possible for me without a supportive family, and for that I’m thankful.

Luke Mills
Events and Membership Officer

I started out my journey as a runner then had my first go at a triathlon in 2012, for the next few years I just did Sprint & Olympic distance events. By 2017 I had started to improve & entered my first middle distance triathlon, The Cotswolds, which was my biggest race to date. Am training for Outlaw in 2019 which is a full distance triathlon. My favourite event was Storm The Fort, a long distance duathlon that tested me both physically & mentally!
In 2018 I joined the club committee & became a Triathlon Coach. Am very committed to the club and I am passionate about seeing people succeed in their goals.

Sally Williams
Welfare Officer

sally.williams@telfordtri.co.uk
 
I have always been a keen runner and swimmer, long distance is my thing particularly with running, I have run across Wales and a couple of ultra runs in the past. When I was young, I swam in clubs and I soon learn to love open water as I was a keen water skier. I got my first bike as an adult after a horse riding accident left me unable to run for a while. It wasn’t long then until I soon learnt about triathlons and quite early into learning about the sport I realised that Ironman was for me. When it comes to Welfare, I have worked for the last ten years in Child Protection. I am happy to help with any problems or concerns people may face.

Jude Ingram
Publicity Officer
Niki Jones
Health and Safety Officer

I'm new to the sport of Triathlons, Obtained my first road bike in 2018, and my first Triathlon is planned for April 2019. 
In addition to swimming, running and cycling, I am an experienced belly dancer and I am trained to deliver group exercise to music. I also volunteer as a Health Champion for Telford and Wrekin Council (signposting and supporting people who want to improve their health) and as a member of my workplace's well-being group. In addition to these things, I enjoy heavy metal music, real ale, and funky leggings.

Paul Smith
Kit Officer

I started competing in Triathlon at school and was Hong Kong Ironkids champion in 1990. I got back into Triathlon a few years ago, I have completed four Ironman distance events and a few 70.3 events. I’m a British Triathlon Federation Level 1 coach and love to help club members improve their skills and achieve their goals, especially those new to the sport.

Shane Sissons
Web Support Officer

webmaster@telfordtri.co.uk

I am one of the Web Support Officers for Telford Triathlon Club. I focus on Clubspark and the main website (your currently looking at it). during the day I am a student designer and have worked on some weird and wonderful projects in the past.

I join the club a year ago when I decided I wanted to aim at becoming an Ironman as part of my weight loss goals. 

It doesn't matter if your a couch potato or a 10 time ironman Telford triathlon will have a place for you 

James Dent
Web Support Officer

My interest in Triathlon was sparked through a love of running. After completing a number of events ranging from 5km up to 19 mile trail runs, I decided that I wanted a challenge that was more than just beating a PB time. It was at this point that he company I worked for asked if anyone would be interested in being part of a corporate team for the prestigious Blenheim Palace triathlon, I signed up for it and also to the Telford Triathlon Club to support me towards my first Triathlon. I thoroughly enjoyed Blenheim (although not while transitioning from bike to run) and can’t wait to do my next one. I’m planning on taking on a ½ Ironman in 2020 at some point.

In terms of the club/committee, Shane and myself work on all things digital with me focusing on the social media and public outreach elements. Shane and I are looking at how we can synchronise the clubs digital channels and also expand the outreach of the club by utilising social media platforms and local connections. You can find us on Twitter (@TelfordTriClub), on Facebook, on Instagram and also on Racecheck. Check out our feeds and join in the conversation!!

Clive Onions
AMBASSADOR

I retired from Rugby in 2003 following a ruptured Achilles Tendon, I then took to Triathlon as an alternative sport in 2004, and I achieved my IRONMAN Triathlon in 2014. Since then I have been continuing long distance races and encouraging others to reach there own goals.

Mandy Webb
AMBASSADOR

I first became interested in triathlon in 2015 after losing 8 stone. I became board of just going to the gym and decided I needed a challenge, I completed my super sprint in 2016 and 2 Go Tri's since joining our fantastic club, I really enjoy the coaching sessions and the support given is phenomenal, it's for that reason I wanted to become an ambassador for the club.

Richard Bradshaw
AMBASSADOR
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