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!!