Newsletter September

From the Committee

The schools have gone back, the nights are drawing in and your A race is probably fast becoming a distant memory, so it’s time to start thinking about training through the shorter days. The good news is Tri-Force has you covered!

In this newsletter we’ve got details of spinning, circuits and Saturday runs as well as our annual awards (and bar tab!) and a new participation points scheme. There is also a Nutrition seminar being kindly run just for Tri-Force member by Perfect Balance, with all the details below.

In addition there is some important news about our club Welfare Officer: Tri-Force Juniors have three welfare/safeguarding officers and whilst we haven’t had or needed one for our Senior club to be compliant with the law, we do think it would be a great step towards becoming a more inclusive club if the Seniors also had a Welfare Officer.

Club member Dan Ashcroft has kindly agreed to be our Welfare Officer and he is also the Juniors Welfare officer. Any welfare issues or concerns should be directed to him in the first instance using the email address

Hope you have all had a good summer and look forward to seeing you soon. The picture below was taken at the recent club championships, congratulations to all & grateful thanks to the timekeepers.

The Committee



On Thursday 4th October at 19:30 we have arranged with Perfect Balance, Hatfield, to have a nutrition session focused on optimal body composition and endurance performance. With an abundance of conflicting information and confusion around nutrition it is often difficult to know exactly how to fuel our body to meet our individual needs. This talk will cover optimal nutritional strategies to consider in supporting your performance. It will also cover optimal nutrition for health and body weight regulation.
Before the nutrition presentation there will also be an opportunity to talk one-to-one with the Sports Nutritionist to discuss nutrition or exercise. Alternatively a Sports Therapist will also be available to discuss training and racing goals. Both of these one-on-one meetings will take the format of a 10 minute session starting from 18:30 and need to be booked in advance.

To allow us to confirm numbers with Perfect Balance, if you wish to attend the nutrition seminar please respond to the facebook event invite with ‘Attending’ and if you wish to book a one-on-one session reply to that post too, however if you do not use facebook please email instead.

Please note that this session is taking place at the Perfect Balance Hatfield site:

Perfect Balance Clinic Hatfield
David Lloyd Hatfield, Mosquito Way, Hatfield, AL10 9AX

Winter Training

The winter training program of circuits and spinning will start in the week commencing 1st October. Both sessions run at Fitness First, Christopher Place, St Albans, AL3 5DQ, and last roughly an hour. Its free parking when you validate your ticket in the gym

Spinning: looking for gains on the bike in 2019? The hard work starts here! Spinning will be on a Tuesday evening starting at 7.45 pm but try to arrive from 7.30 pm to get set up. First session is on  Tuesday 2nd October

Circuit Training will be on a Wednesday evening starting at 8.15 pm
These sessions are really enjoyable and are a great way to maintain your fitness and conditioning over the winter months. First session is on Wednesday 3rd October

Thursday Swimming
As you know the HSV pool has been undergoing extensive refurbishment over the summer. The latest information we have is that the pool is due to re-open on schedule, or sooner for some activities, in October.

The first Thursday swim of the winter is planned for 18th October.

WhatsApp Groups: We have various WhatsApp groups for club members to arrange their own sessions with club mates. Details of how to join these are contained in your new members pack the link to which is contained in the confirmation mail when you joined or renewed your membership.

Saturday trail runs: These will start in October. It will be an 8 am start, often with bacon or cake at a generous host’s place afterwards. These are organised via the WhatsApp running group. Contact Darrin Dexter if you’d like to be added to the group.

Sunday bike rides take place usually starting at the Quadrant at 8 am and now that the triathlon season is drawing to a close, is a good time to go out on club social rides out of season. Gary Kellett is the WhatsApp admin for this.

Keep an eye on Facebook for updates on all the club sessions, and please follow and “like” the club Twitter feed – this is really helpful in raising our profile. The link is at the bottom of this newsletter.



This year’s annual awards will take place in mid to late November, the committee are busy scouting out locations and availability. As ever there’ll be a generous tab at the bar, make sure you’re there for a great end to the club’s year.


New Members:  A warm welcome to new members  Robert Cooper, Sam Bell, Sabrina Reilly, Chris Morgan, Jordan Dexter, Tom Harper, Debbie Holder, Andrew Creamer and David Martin who have recently joined the club.


Club Kit – We still have some club Tri-Suits available in a range of both male and female sizes. These are generally available at the Monday night swim session.

Points Competition 

We are launching an exciting new points competition for Tri-Forcers. From 1 October 2018, you can earn points for training and racing and there’s no rank for ability or performance.

Simply by attending any £2 club session you will score 2 points, with 1 point for all Saturday club runs and Sunday club bike rides organised on WhatsApp.

Points mean prizes! Reach 100 points and you will receive the coveted Tri-Force water bottle.





There will be a special one-time screening of the film “We are Triathletes” on Thursday October 11th at 18:30 at Odeon Hatfield, The Galleria, Comet Way. A trailer for the film can be viewed here: or a longer version here:
The film follows 6 athletes as they prepare for, & take part in, Challenge Roth.

To reserve your tickets, please visit the Demand Film Event Page here:

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