History

Inception

Tri London formed around 1985 when four triathletes got together and started swimming in two lanes at Caledonian Road pool. The club was quite serious, but always friendly and welcoming and as much about socialising as training. Originally called Tri-athletes London it was one of the first tri clubs in London. The club was originally small with about 10 members but always attracted some decent athletes. In the early days Bobby Brown and Des Kieran (who both went on to become ‘Decamen’), came to training sessions with the club.

Development

By 1998 the club started to grow with the introduction of the London Triathlon and growing interest in the sport generally. This meant the two swim lanes were full. The only option was to close membership. 1999 saw the introduction of club kit and the the name changed to Tri London. In the same year the club managed to get another swim lane.

By 2000 Tri London had grown to 65 members and became strong in Olympic distance racing with members regularly representing GB at the age-group world championships. Some members moved up to Ironman but the club focused mainly on Olympic distance. Around this time the club started to swim under the Anaconda swimming club. This offered the opportunity for both more swim lanes and sessions.

The present day

Membership has steadily increased over the years, and currently has more than 200 members aged 20 to 58. The philosophy of the club remains one of a group of friends who share a passion for triathlon, offering motivation, encouragement, advice and occasionally a pint or two. This turns what could be a very lonely sport into a more sociable athletic pursuit. There are no fitness level criteria for new members, though it helps to be doing regular exercise and have some base fitness to be able to enjoy the sessions.

Each year about 40 new members join the club. Many are triathlon virgins looking for the support of a club and training partners. There are scores of Ironmen and women in the club, with about 15-20 members competing over the distance each year. Diversity is a hallmark of the club with over 20 different nationalities currently in the ranks and about 30 per cent of our membership is female. The club has several elite/pro athletes in the club and many rising age-groupers, including Danny Russell, Stephen Thompson, and Jo Carritt.

A constant infusion of new blood into the club keeps it dynamic and competitive. Tri London has a committee who manage the smooth running of the club, accounts, organises training sessions, social events and the usual paper work. Our website is the hub of the club. It’s kept up-to-date and chock full with useful information to keep members up to speed with club happenings.

Today the club has four swim sessions per week, a morning interval bike session in Regents Park, a morning hill-rep session (bike), morning runs and several weekend rides. Several informal group sessions are usually organised as well. There is also usually a ‘king of the mountains’ bike event, and the newly inaugurated ‘Beer Mile’ may well catch on. Each year the club nominates three races for the intra-club championships at all distances and awards trophies to the top three finishers. The club also fields teams at the National Relays in Nottingham. The club has a qualified BTA level three coach who helps out with sessions and also uses a paid swim coach.

Tri London is a fun and friendly club for the Capital’s triathletes and many also engage in other activities too. These include fell running, marathons, cani-cross, Audax racing, the Brompton World Championships, cold water swimming, Channel swimming, adventure racing, duathlons and aquathons to name a but a few.

Thinking of joining?

We recommending having a browse through the site, see our photos, watch our videos and learn more about our club.

If you are interested in joining, just go to the Join Tri London page.

Should you have any questions about the club, there are a range of committee members ready to help out.

Committee

The Tri London committee meets regularly to discuss members’ interests, which include:

  1. Coordinating training, competing and social events.
  2. Ensuring that the club fees are set at an appropriate level and finances are accounted for and managed effectively.
  3. Promoting communication between club members.
  4. Providing information to new or potential club members.

Details of our committee members is below. Please feel free to contact them should you have a specific enquiry regarding any particular area of Tri London.

Rob Baldock – co-Run Coordinator

Rob took up triathlon in 2006, having rowed competitively at university and grown up with a keen interest in mountain pursuits.  He has raced over a full range of triathlon distances from sprint to Ironman, including the Norseman in Norway.  His favourite races have been middle-distance triathlons in the English Lake District finishing with runs on the fells.  He does have an unfortunate history of frequent unplanned and dramatic dismounts from his bicycle!

Chris Baylis – co-Club Kit Coordinator

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Ian Barnard – Press Officer / Race Calendar

IanBarnardI joined TriLondon in 2008 after having completed, with great discomfort, my first Olympic distance race on the back of way too little training. Being part of the Club has been fun, rewarding and inspiring. I am certainly a better athlete and have become so in good company. I greatly enjoy the vicarious gratification of watching and reading about club mates undertaking humbling endurance challenges. For me, triathlon has been both an end and a means. I have enjoyed, as goals in themselves, training and competing in triathlons at sprint and Olympic distance. And I benefit from a base of fitness that lets me pursue other sports, especially skiing, and keeps me young for my two young and one older children.

Andy Betton – Treasurer

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Andy started his triathlon career in 2009 rather late in life at 38, having just completed his first marathon and after having realised he really enjoyed bike racing after completing the London duathlon a couple of times. The only reluctance was whether 1500m was too far to swim. Initially only doing Olympic distance he soon found himself on the slippery slope to going longer and longer.

Having gotten the tri-bug, Andy was aware that his swimming was very poor (its now just poor) and that 5 hour solo bike rides were a guaranteed way of going insane. He therefore wanted to make the whole triathlon experience more sociable and to learn from more experienced triathletes and consequently joined Tri-London in Autumn 2011. Andy did his first IronMan race in 2012 and has now completed 5 races of this distance, and more half-ironman races and Olympic distance races than he can remember. Over the winter months, Andy runs a lot….(club track sessions, half-marathons and London Marathon every year). He is also prone to liking the odd beer…

Andy has been Club Treasurer since Autumn 2014.

Sam Birch – Tech Director

SamBirchI started triathlons in 2011 as a way to get into swimming and running alongside road cycling – having turned to the dark side from mountain biking in late 2010. Having completed a full Iron-distance tri in 2013, I joined Tri London afterwards later that year to try and find like-minded people to keep training with.

Mountain biking is still my favourite sport, but I’m still working on my swimming and manage to enjoy the annual swim gala regardless!

Katie Curd – Swim Coordinator

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Joanna Dufton – Race Captain

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Cey Gungor – co-Social Secretary

Originally, from Germany I moved to London to do my PhD in Food and Health Policy. Not only food and nutrition but also all sorts of sports play an important role in my daily life. I am excited about sports that range from running, climbing, skiing to even skateboarding. You name it and I would be properly up for it. I enjoy travelling and seeing new places, which often leads to the fact that I spend almost all my money on these journeys. I would say it is a real addiction by now.

Talking about addictions… My big passion is to run long distance courses and since 2015 I have decided to race around the world as many marathons as I can (as long as my knees are able to keep up). After a couple of years I was looking for new challenges that go beyond solo running and joined the club in 2016. So far I have not been disappointed and gained a deep understanding of what triathlon is about (physically and mentally) and I’m able to explore and push my boundaries.

Tri London is truly more than just a sports club for me. I made wonderful friends and many of them inspire and encourage me to achieve more. This is why I am currently training for long distance Ironman races and who knows maybe one day Kona is calling. I wanted to give something back and decided to join the committee as co-social sec for 2017. I am hoping to bring people together and create an atmosphere of friendship and joy.

Sophie McClenaghan – co-Social Secretary / co-Club Kit Coordinator

Four years ago I moved to London after graduating from university. I joined Tri London to try and maintain some fitness and counter all the London socialising (drinking). I had never raced triathlon before, but the enthusiasm of the people I met was contagious and soon enough I had the bug!  Tri London has led me to meet some of my closest friends, travel to amazing places, and learn about all sorts of crazy events I never knew existed.

After I went to Chicago in 2015 to compete at the World Championships Standard Distance, I decided that in 2016 I would focus more on cycling, culminating in a trip to India to cycle in the Himalayas. This year I am looking to get back into triathlons, but I am also working on my track cycling accreditations with the hope of doing a bit of track racing.

As co-social sec for 2017, I hope I can encourage people to share on their knowledge and experiences in the way that so many people have done for me over the last four years.

Brian Heffernan – Secretary / Membership Secretary

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Roz McGinty – Bike Box Coordinator

RozMcGintyRoz joined Tri London in 2008 after a two year background in running. More stress at work equated to longer distance running and having sustained too many injuries whilst focusing on running marathons she was advised that training across three disciplines would lower the risk of injury.

Two sprint distance triathlons later she was hooked and in a moment of insanity found herself pushing the ENTER NOW button for Ironman Germany 2009.  This led to an iron distance race addiction every year since.  In addition she has represented the GB AG Team at Middle Distance & Long Course events resulting in 2 European Long Course Gold Medals and 2 silver!

In addition Roz is guide to a VI athlete  which is an extremely rewarding role.  Tri London has provided the perfect training opportunities and a chance to train with like-minded souls with an unrivaled experience in all things tri whilst at the same time making many new friends. The theory on less injuries is yet to be proved but her decision to change to tri and join Tri London has resulted in achievements that she believes would never have been possible without the club.

Claudia Neira – Secretary

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Ben O’Sullivan – Social Media Secretary

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Amy Pritchard – Bike Coordinator

Joining the committee in what will be my 5th year as a member of Tri London finally gives me a chance to try and give back to our club what I have been offered over the years. The club has had a hugely positive impact, not only on myself but my family, and the benefits go way beyond the race results. The biggest ‘result’ for me has been the valuable friendships I’ve made; several of my favourite and best friends are now on this committee. These friendships have been formed by the many race days and trips away we’ve shared, as well as after training and post-race socialising that is so important to maintaining the warm network.

Other results include triathlon and aquathlon successes as well as an ongoing sponsorship from Giant Camden as their women’s Liv brand ambassador and the formation of a local women’s cycling club; Team Liv Camden.

In 2017, within my role as co bike co-ordinator alongside Ciaran, it is my hope that by welcoming the women’s club to train and participate with our club, this will offer the benefits of greater depth in ability for both clubs and further encourage women into cycling and triathlon.

Chris Wilson – co-Run Coordinator

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