I joined Ipswich Triathlon club in 2012. I have benefited greatly from the efforts of previous committee members and I wanted to contribute to the continued success of the club, as a consequence, joined the committee as Chair in 2020.
In 2015 I participated in a sprint triathlon for a bit of fun, joined the club soon after, and it was one of the best, and the most expensive, decisions that I have ever made!
I started triathlons back in 2009 when taking a short sabbatical from marathon running, having achieved a long time target of a Good for Age marathon place at London, and wanting a short break to do something different for a while. 14 years later, I still haven’t gone back to pure running.
I turned to triathlon once I realised the silly car and the new job were not a cure for a premature midlife crisis. It seems to have worked and I quickly discovered that the training is a fantastic antidote to my addiction to curries, chips and beer.
I took up triathlon in 2017 when I thought horses were a little bit dangerous and expensive… It turns out triathlon falls into both brackets but is a great excuse to travel to all sorts of weird and wonderful places.
I learnt to swim when I was 25 by watching YouTube videos, and built on this with Charlie’s help in the “newbie lane” at club swims. As soon as I finished my first triathlon at Culford in 2016 I caught the triathlon bug. I have gone on to race everything from super-sprint to Ironman distance, spurred on by the support of the people I’ve met through the club.
I have been a runner for over 30 years; but having suffered from more than my fair share of running injuries I decided to start cross training to keep up my fitness. I joined ITC in 2015 and have been bitten by the triathlon bug.
This sport and Ipswich Tri Club has given me some lifelong friends who have supported me through so much. I have also had the privilege to represent my country at the Aquabike European championship in Ibiza where I finished with a bronze medal.
I joined the club last century. My wife was already a member and I needed to be in an England Athletics affiliated club to increase my chances of getting a London marathon place. One thing led to another and I’ve ended up doing 10 Ironmans, on the back of which I introduced “newbie” coaching. Many of our experienced members started out in my newbie swim lane!
Hi I’m Russel. I joined the club in 2010 to supplement my run training with other forms of exercise. I organise the club’s participation in the Suffolk Winter League, which is the local cross country competition held at locations around Suffolk between November and March each year.
I took up running at the beginning of 2015 as an antidote to cheese and wine. Although I stuck with it, I didn’t like it much, so decided to take up triathlon as the cycling and swimming sounded like more fun. I prefer ‘wilder’ events, such as the Ben Nevis Triathlon. However, having joined the tri club because I didn’t like running, my real interest is of course ultra running. The cross training offered by my membership is ideal for this pursuit.