|Chair: Simon Perkins
I Joined Tri-Force in 2004 and have raced all distances including IM Austria, France, Coppenhagen, Wales, Lanzarote and the 70.3 Switzerland. Perhaps I peaked in 2008 racing for GB age group team in the long distance ITU championships in Almere, Holland. However, I still have the triathlon bug and haven’t ruled out more IM in the future! I was a founder of the juniors club with roles including the chair, race director, welfare officer and coach (BT level 2). I was also the secretary of the triathlon England eastern region committee in 2008-2009.
|Vice Chairman & Kit Officer: Richard Vaughan
After signing up for my first running race as a charity fundraiser with work colleagues, I spent a couple of years entering running events, ranging from 5km to Ultras. During this time I decided to buy a road bike & keen to put it to good use, I entered the HSV Triathlon which is organised by Tri Force. After this I was hooked and keen to make the most of what the club has to offer. I’m still improving, though no longer swimming into moored boats, as I did in one of my first races!
So far I’ve raced everything from sprint to Ironman triathlons. I’m still to work out which is my favourite distance, though by doing the ironman training it makes everything else seem short.
|Club Head Coach: Dan Ashcroft|
|Club Captain: Darrin Dexter
Started running in 2010. First Triathlon, HSV Sept 2011. Tri-Force member since 2011, joined the committee from March 2016. I have raced at all distances from sprint to full distance, completing in the Outlaw long distance in Nottingham in July 2017. I now most feel comfortable at the 70.3 distance.
|Ladies captain: Emily Taylor
I joined the club over ten years ago and got a few marathons, middle distance and standard distance triathlons under my belt before having four children. I kept the training up throughout and rejoined the club in 2017. My focus continues to be middle distance triathlon and in 2020 I secured a GB age group place for this distance.
Once the kids are all at school I’ll attempt an Ironman but in the meantime I’m enjoying dabbling with the distance having completed my own ‘long course weekend’ in lockdown and the Imperial distance Centurion triathlon (a total of 100 miles).
|Secretary: Gary Kellett
Tri-Force Member since 2012. Joined the committee at the start of 2014.
Started entering running races in 1997 after ‘retiring’ from Sunday morning football. Completed just under 50 races with 19 at half marathon and 12 full marathons. Most running PB’s set back in the early 2000's although I am determined to get back to this level. Personal highlight is just managing a sub-three marathon. First triathlon completed in 2003 but was not followed up by a second until 2010. Much more frequent racer over the last few years with races from sprint to a single ironman completed at Outlaw in 2017.
|Treasurer: Geoff Morgan
Tri-Force member since 2011, on the committee from March 2016
I have no background in running, swimming or cycling but participated in my first triathlon in 2010, as it seemed like a “good idea at the time”. I was hooked: and after that first attempt wanted to retain the fitness gains, keep active and try to improve. Joining Tri-Force was the best thing I could have done: all members are friendly and supportive of all levels of ability. When I joined, I could only swim breaststroke and needed frequent breaks but with the support and encouragement of everyone in the club I've gradually improved. Since joining I have taken part in triathlons up to half-iron distance, cycle sportives, and multiple runs. I am still the slowest swimmer and runner in the club but proof that anyone can complete a triathlon.
|Club Duathlons: Graeme McTait
After being fit at Uni rowing for 7yrs, got a job, got married, have 2 kids and found myself slobbing around till my late 30’s.
Decided to get back into shape again and started a bit of running and cycling again.
Came across a discussion on triathlon on a forum and got curious, so signed up for the HSV Tri back in 2012, even though I hadn’t swam since secondary school, and loved it.
Even though there are closer clubs to home in Stevenage, I think it was the way the marshals and club members at the HSV were so helpful for us newbies and the general atmosphere that made me join up. (Also helped that I preferred the team colours!)
Everyone in the club has always been very welcoming and friendly, and the training sessions have been invaluable.
So over the last four years I’ve raced in various local sprints and Olympic distances at Stanborough, Bedford, Cambridge, St Neots plus the London triathlon. Have also done the Cowman Half-Iron distance several times now (a great race btw) and last year completed the Outlaw long distance Tri up in Nottingham.
|Membership Secretary: Stephen Honey
I started out on my triathlon journey in 2014 after getting a charity place for the standard distance ITU event in Hyde Park and haven’t looked back since, with the mixture of swimming, cycling and running providing a great counterbalance to a sedentary work environment.
I’ve competed several more times at Olympic distance (including the Windsor and London triathlons) and also middle distance (including Alpe d’Huez, Weymouth 70.3, Grafman and The Centurion).
Since joining Tri-Force in 2016, I’ve found that the club has provided a supportive atmosphere which has motivated me to continue training and competing. I was delighted to join the committee in 2020 and look forward to welcoming new members in the future.
|Social Secretary: Ian Hutchison
I did my first sprint Triathlon as part of a relay team at Henley Triathlon. It was great fun! After completing the London Triathlon in 2016 I was hooked.
Tri-force is a friendly club and I enjoy training and racing since joining in 2017. I’ve also competed in a couple of middle distance races but hope to experience the ‘razzmatazz’ of an Ironman 70.3 event one day. I’m certainly not the fastest so it’s important to enjoy the social aspects as well. Perfect for joining the committee as social secretary.
|Race Director: James Shipley|