Club Information

As one of East Anglia’s leading triathlon clubs, we aim to promote the sport of triathlon to all levels of athletes, whether beginner or expert, junior or ‘superveteran’.

No-one will be excluded and beginners and newcomers to the sport are especially welcome. Our members of all ages spread over Suffolk, South Norfolk and Essex. They ranged from complete beginners – some still yet to do their first event – to athletes who have competed in world championships.

What can the club offer?

Members-only swimming sessions are held on a Saturday morning at a local 25m pool during term time, with coaching available. During the summer holiday period, senior members have been able to use a private open water facility which has also been available one evening a week for most of the summer.
Our weekly club night for seniors is Thursdays at Greshams in Ipswich, which is used as a base for run training.

Junior members are guided toward a more structured programme of development across all disciplines, with which parents are encouraged to help.

We are affiliated to BT (British Triathlon) through Triathlon England. This means that members can get a discount off the full year subscription if they choose to join BT direct – for example to get an annual race licence. (Please check back with me if you cannot find our club listed on the Triathlon England or BT website.)
We are linked to the Ipswich Cycling Association, which means members are able to compete in the ICA’s summer series of mid-week evening time-trials (five & 10 mile).
We are affiliated to UK Athletics through England Athletics. This allows us to enter the Suffolk County winter cross-country league. First claim members, once registered, also receive the England Athletics competition licence which serves as a club membership card, gets discounted entry to UK:A registered races and, for the time-being, a discount from Sweatshop.
Affiliation to England Athletics has meant we have been allocated two or three places in the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Club kit is sold to members at cost, with members also receiving discount vouchers as part of their membership – in particular on fulfilling their marshalling obligations.
As well as the UK:A arrangement with Sweatshop, discounts are often available from various other retailers. For example, during 2013 we had discounts for members shopping in person at some local shops and a club discount code for on-line shopping with Compressport UK.
The club retains a club website for advertising club events such as the ever popular Culford triathlon but an increasing number of senior members are also regular users of a very active members-only “closed group” on Facebook.

We have Club Championships with categories for juniors, seniors, veterans and supervets. These championships are decided by performance within a club championship league, featuring a choice of eligible events – for seniors these range from sprint to Ironman distance.

In addition to these club activities, individual members organise social and other events throughout the year, including ride-outs & yoga sessions.

The Club promotes three “open” events each year:
Two “sprint” triathlons held at Culford. For 2017 they are Sunday 4th June and Sunday 6th August.
Also a Junior Triathlon for 8-16 year olds. Usually part of the Eastern Area series, this is scheduled to be held at Framlingham on Sunday 22nd July 2017. All profits are used to the benefit of the membership, and members will be expected to assist or provide an assistant for at least one of these events.

We also put on four of a local series of cycle time-trials, for which volunteers are also needed. (These races are only open to members of associated clubs.)