Newsletter June ’20

From the Committee

Despite lockdown there have been several club activities that have run over the last month. We held a virtual duathlon, an inner tube change challenge, competed in the Herts Club Champs and we’ve been featured in the Herts Advertiser: read the article here. Open water swimming sessions are now regularly taking place at both the Blue Lagoon and Merchant Taylors School.

We have just been given the go ahead by British Triathlon to do 1:5 coaching sessions, so please keep an eye on FB and WhatsApp groups for information in the next week or so. In addition, we are monitoring the latest advise from British Triathlon and the government to ensure that we keep everyone safe.

Finally, The committee would value feedback from members on a few topics and our 2020 members survey can be found here. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and most questions are multiple choice. The survey will be open until Monday 22nd June.

Stay safe, and hope to see you in person again soon

The Committee


The club AGM took place virtually on 29th May. The formal minutes from the AGM can be found here, and the main items of discussion are below.

Recap of Achievements during the 2019 season: Middle Distance races:

  • Heather Hobbs, European Championships in Transylvania. 5th in age group 
  • Laura Bryant, Dubai 70.3 & Staffordshire 70.3
  • Darrin Dexter, IM 70.3 Weymouth
  • Nicola Evans, Immortal ½ Stourhead
  • Lesley Andrew, Cotswold Classic
  • Stuart Clark, Derek Fowler did Holkham
  • Johnathan Turnball, Cowman
  • Miguel Angelo Viero, Dubai 70.3 & IM Texas
  • Centurion Metric: Derek Fowler, Simon Perkins, Darrin Dexter, Graeme McTait, Ian Hutchinson, Gary Kellett, Stephen Honey, Geoff Morgan and Adrian Joseph
  • Centurion Imperial distance: Emily Taylor won her age group

Full Distance

  • Chis Brown, IM Wales
  • Miguel Angelo Viero, IM Texas
  • Chrissy Trueblood did the Lakesman
  • Laura Addie started her tri career with TF and won her AG at Kona in 2019


  • Richard Davis has done the European Duathlon both sprint & standard & finished 12/13th.
  • Gary Kellett did the Dart 10k Swim 
  • 2 teams at the club relays in Nottingham 
  • Rebecca, Tamsyn & Emily qualified for Team GB Europeans 2020
  • Kev Walden qualified for ITU sprint at Malmo & Edmonton in 2020.

Election of committee members:

Chair: Darrin Dexter stood down, – Simon Perkins Elected
Vice Chair: Richard Vaughan
Treasurer: Geoff Morgan 
Club Secretary: Gary Kellett
Membership Secretary: Richard Vaughan stood down, – Stephen Honey elected
Head Coach: Helen Hutton stood down, – Daniel Ashcroft elected
Social Secretary: Ian Hutchinson
Club Captain: Chris Morris, stood down ;- Darrin Dexter elected  

Other Committee Members:
Female Club Captain: Heather Hobbs, stood down – Emily Taylor elected
Welfare Officer: Daniel Ashcroft
HSV Race Director: James Shipley
Club Duathlons: Graeme McTait
Blue Lagoon rep: Simon Perkins
Website: Marcin Milosz

Welcome to the new committee members
– Stephen Honey
– Mark Thomas
– Emily Taylor
– Debs Noel 

Out Outgoing Chair – Darring Dexter

It’s been a great 3 years serving the club as Chair. We have seen a good number of changes, the introduction of new media – WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter, new race kit and new casual kit. The highlight of the 3 years was winning both the Sprint and Standard Distance Hertfordshire club championships last year. 

Thank you all for your support, it has been a pleasure and hope to see you all in the near future. 

Happy racing

Out New Chair – Simon Perkins

I’m delighted to have been voted in as Chair at our A.G.M. I would firstly like to thank Darrin Dexter, our outgoing Chair, who has done a tremendous job in sustaining, promoting and pushing our club forward in it’s achievements. He has especially formed a strong camaraderie within our committee who are a pleasure to work with. I’m very pleased Darrin is still able to stay on the committee and to take over responsibility of our casual kit, he will also give us all invaluable advice.

We indeed achieved much in the last three years and we have seen many new members join and enjoy what we have to offer. I’d also like to thank Helen Hutton who has stepped down as Head Coach. Helen has been at the Monday night poolside ever since I joined the club back in 2004 and has offered invaluable coaching tips and written endless swim programmes which we have all benefited from over the years. Helen was also a founder and the Head Coach of our Juniors club which started back in 2006. I’m sure we will all wish her well in her move from the area. Also a Big Thank you to Chris Morris who has stepped down as Club Captain. Chris has given so much to our club, being one of the founder members, previously in charge of Kit for many years and also serving as our Chair. He will still be amongst us though as a member, a Circuits Coach and our resident Bike Mechanic!

I would like to give a warm welcome to Dan Ashcroft (BTF level 2) as our new Head Coach and I know he has many ideas for future club sessions moving forward which will initially start with 1:5 coaching sessions during Covid in the next week or so! Dan will be ably supported by our other club coaches; Dan Clarke (BTF Level 2), Jon Reilly (BTF Level 2, Level 2 diploma in training, PT), Myself (BTF level 2), Sean McAree (BTF Level 2), Mike Cross – as swim coach (BTF Level in training), Chris Morris and Angela Jones as our circuits coaches. A warm welcome also to Allie Park-Crowne (BTF Level and PT coach) who has agreed to join our team. Helen Hutton (BTF Level 3) and Soraya Merrylees (BTF Level 2) will still be on our team until they move from the area in the next year.

With coaching in mind we will be implementing a mentoring system for all new members to the club where a coach will be assigned to a member to give advice and any training tips if needed in their first year. If individual programmes are required by any member, then in the first instance please contact Daniel Ashcroft who will advise on who to contact within our team.

Have a good year training and racing and I hope to meet you all soon, stay safe!


Club Relay – 6/7 June

9 teams took part in the virtual team relay duathlon, with 4 teams out on Saturday and 5 on Sunday. This was a standard distance duathlon, 10km run, 40km bike, 5km run. The teams where selected at random at the AGM.

After day 1 The Tri Hards lead with an impressive 44min 10k and 1hr 6min bike finished with a 5k PB from Ian giving an over night time of 2hr 15mins. 

Sunday started with a bang with all 5 teams out within an hour of each other. MaSH came close to taking the lead finishing in 2hrs 17mins with a very impressive 40min 10km from Mike Martin, however AMIL’s blew everyone away with an awesome 1hr 1min ride by Jonathan Turnbull and the team taking top spot finishing in 2hr 10m.

Full results and teams can be found on the attached.

Club Activities

We now have two Blue Lagoon swimming sessions a week on Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 a.m. and Saturdays 7.00-8:00 a.m. Max of 15 swimmers per slot. Saturdays are overbooked and Tuesdays are now almost booked. If interested then please contact our Head Coach Daniel Ashcroft.

13th/14th June, Virtual Cycling Challenge

We want to see how far the club can ride collectively, which IM race can we cycle to? You may have seen the post on the BTF website about Nuneaton Tri club. We thought we’d try something similar but over the course of a weekend.

Its 7,300 miles to Kona, but only 925 miles to Barcelona – combined, we can do that over a weekend I’m sure! 

Rules are: As many cycle rides as possible over the course of the weekend from 00:00 hours Saturday to 23:59 on Sunday. Clock up the Km’s/M’s and record on the cycling WhatsApp group. There will be the usual club points awarded for the race series with 50 points to the Male member who cycles the furthest & the same for the ladies competition and 49 points to the 2nd furthest Male/Lady etc

19th/21st June, the ‘Where?’ Virtual Triathlon

Carrying on the tradition, but slightly later in the year, our ‘Where’ tri this year will be a 400m swim either at Merchant Taylors School or the Blue Lagoon. Bookings for MT can be made for Friday 19th through to Sunday 21st a.m. (via Active Training World) and the Blue Lagoon Saturday 20th a.m.(Via BL WhatsApp group).

To enter please add your name to a Google sheet to be published on FB and WhatsApp by James. Results will need to be inputted by members on
The 20 km Bike and 5k run details will be announced nearer the time. The same T1 and T2 times will be added to all competitors’ overall times. These will be calculated to the fastest times of previous ‘Where’ triathlons.

So let’s make 2020 a year to remember with 50+ members entering; will we see a time under 1 hour this year? We believe Paul Adams holds the ‘Where’ triathlon record of 55 mins 39 secs  in 2014.

The name ‘Where?’ comes from many years back when Tri-Force arranged their first club triathlon of the year in Ware, following on from that it lacked a permanent base and eventually after a change of venues, it ended up at Sandringham school. Hence the name ‘Where?’

In 2005 we had 48 members racing, looking at some familiar names to some of you all, overall the winner was Andy Auld 1:04:02, 2nd Kevin Dean 1:04:49, 3rd Adrian James 1:09:06, 7th Stuart Clark 1:14:02, 14th Chris Morris 1:16:24, 16th overall (1st Female) Tamsyn Clark, 1:17:17, 20th Simon Perkins 1:18:55, 34th Mark Woolhouse 1:24:03.

In 2010 we had 44 members racing, the Male winner was Darren Treadaway 0:57:56, 2nd Paul Adams 1:00:01, 6th Kevin Dean 1:04:32, 10th Simon Perkins 1:10:00, 11th Mark Taplin 1:11:48, 18th Chris Morris 1:13:52, 22nd Roland Beton 1:21:00. The Female winner was Naomi Hammond 1:13:11

And Finally … Membership Fees

A gentle reminder if 2020 membership fees have not been paid as yet, then please do so as soon as possible to benefit from our club activities, our FB page, WhatsApp groups and club discount codes.

You can pay with either a credit card or by direct debit at the Clubspark membership page here.

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