Category: Meet The Committee

Daren Allen – Chairman

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.

Hayley Roche – Club Secretary

Coming from the completely different sporting background of martial arts, I decided to try out triathlons. I would like to see more ladies joining the club and participating in all the great events that we are given the opportunity to be involved with.

Chris Tye – Treasurer

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. 12 years later, I still haven’t gone back to pure running.

Oly Cooper – Committee Member & Men’s Captain

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.

Davina Greenwell – Women’s Captain

I love how much triathlon as a sport has to offer with so many different distances, disciplines and events available. I have met so many wonderful people through triathlon (including my fiance James) and it really is an incredibly friendly sporting community. I would encourage everyone to give it a go!

Jacob Howard – Committee Member & Tri5000

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.

James Calvert – Committee Member

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.

Dan Clapton – Committee Member

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.

Charlie Stannett – Coach

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!

Russel Breyer – Welfare Officer & Cross Country Co-ordinator

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. 

Dave Casey – Run Co-Ordinator

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.