Coached Sessions

Our three swim coaches have many years combined experience with the club and are widely valued by club members. They provide swimming workouts to improve stroke efficiency, endurance and fitness. The coaches are on-hand to provide individual tips on swim technique. We currently have 4 coached swim sessions on offer per week:

Cally Pool

Monday 6am – 7.30am
Coached by Patrice

Wednesday 8pm – 9.30pm
Coached by Luis

Friday 6am – 7.30am
Coached by Patrice

Holloway School

Tuesday 8pm – 9:30pm
Coached by Patrice

Session Details

These are all held outside of public hours so we have the pool to ourselves.

The sessions cater for a broad range of abilities with the pool divided into 5 or 6 graded lanes and the training tailored to suit each, though it is assumed that participants have basic swimming ability and are able to swim at least 400m continuous freestyle.  The Wednesday evening session in particular focuses more on technique. Be sure to bring along your goggles, caps, hand paddles and if you have them, fins. The swimming pool provide kindly provide us with pull buoys and floats.

These sessions are charged as a supplement to the club membership fees, starting from about £35 per month for basic swim-only membership with Better, which also gives you unlimited access to most Better pools in London pool (there are some exclusions). This can be upgraded to include use of gyms and classes throughout the entire Better Network.

Bikes may be stored in the lobby (morning Cally sessions) or change rooms (Holloway school). However, removing all loose components and locking up is still recommended.  Locking your bike outside isn’t advisable (though many have no choice).

Contact the Swimming Coordinator should you have any specific questions about these sessions.

Open Water Swimming

While there are no open water sessions organised by the club, members participate in open water events throughout the year. This ranges from trips to Hampstead Heath and London Fields lidos right through to 5km swims in the Mediterranean waters of Marseille. Keep an eye on the club egroup for details!

A list of open water swim venues compiled by Tri27 (in 2012) is available here: http://www.tri247.com/article_9981.html


Regular Weekly Sessions

Wednesday morning intervals at Regents Park

Wednesday from 6:00 am – 7:30 am, meeting on the cobbles on the opposite side of the road of the SE corner of the Regents Park Outer Circle. Club members meet for interval training before work, taking advantage of the closed road of the outer circle at Regents Park. Sessions are intended to be suitable for a range of abilities, and incorporate group riding and chain ganging skills. Details are posted on the e-group in the days preceding the session, and session suggestions are always welcome. The sessions are conducted riding anticlockwise – if you arrive after 6:00 am, ride clockwise to find the group!

Details of Wednesday’s session and riding techniques are covered in detail here.

Highgate Hills

Often on a Thursday morning, some go to Highgate West Hill to do hill reps.  These aren’t as regular as the Wednesday Regent’s Park sessions, and are usually organised ad-hoc via the e-group. Most people just ride at their own pace, passing the others each way as you go up and down, and typically doing 8-10 reps in a session.  It’s 1km from the bottom to the top, and at a solid pace you would do about 10 reps in an hour. There is also the option to go up Swains Lane, and come back down Highgate West Hill – there’s much less traffic and gets a bit steeper in parts!

Seasonal Sessions

Winter Ride Schedule

Each winter we have a series of monthly winter rides. The aim is to get a decent bunch out for a fun group ride, typically of around 50-60 miles. The rides are designed for all abilities and will be ridden at the pace of the slowest rider. There will be different options available to cover a variety of distances too. Some of this may involve taking a train or coming back by train but the rides will be plotted to accommodate this. These are a great opportunity for you all to meet other club members and they will all involve a coffee stop too.

Ride leaders will make a decision based on the weather forecast the night before that it will be suitable weather for a ride the following morning so do keep an eye on the e-group on the Saturday evening. If the weather is sub-zero it is likely that the ride will be cancelled and definitely will be if the roads are wet. Check the e-group also for the meeting point for each ride as location is likely to change depending on the direction of the ride. The updated schedule for 2018/2019 is coming soon!

Ad Hoc Rides

Each weekend there are always several groups of riders heading out to train in the surrounding counties. The distances, routes, start times, and meeting points vary on a weekly basis, often with two or more groups of different levels or distances riding out from different places at different times. Such rides are discussed on the e-group during the preceding week.


Regular Weekly Sessions

Tuesday: Hill Runs on Hampstead Heath

Every Tuesday morning from 7:00am. Meet at Parliament Hill Lido for an easy warm up jog and some hill repeats. All standards of runner are welcome. We warm up together and people complete different amounts of hill reps depending on how hard they want to push themselves.

Thursday: Track Session with Terry Collins

Every Thursday evening from 6:50 – 8:00 pm, club members are coached by Terence Collins at the Parliament Hill track. The club members pay £4  before entering the track area at the Hampstead Heath track office and the coach hire fee is paid by Tri London.

Training starts at the 200m line. The track facilities include changing rooms, lockers (£1 coin needed) and showers.

Seasonal Sessions

During the year the club takes part in several races (road and trail) around London and in the south of England, including trail runs and cross-country races in the winter. For the 2017/2018 winter season club members are racing in the London Cross Country Championships and the Sunday Cross Country League. Dates for races are below, with transport to each race organised on the e-group.

20/10/2019Sunday Cross Country League Round 1Cheshunt
16/11/2019London XC ChampionshipsHampstead Heath
01/12/2019Sunday Cross Country League Round 2Trent Park
22/12/2019Sunday Cross Country League Round 3Stevenage
12/01/2020Sunday Cross Country League Round 4Watford
09/02/2020Sunday Cross Country League Round 5Royston