* COVID : following the government and BTF guideance, face to face club activities are currently suspended. However please find on these pages a guide to our activites under normal conditions.
Petersfield Triathlon Club was started in 2011 by Rob Hall who created a friendly, social club that caters for all levels of athlete. Since then the club has continued to grow and we now have four BFT qualified coaches, and many other active club members helping the club to grow and offering advice and support. Our members range from beginners and experienced triathletes, through to age-group and ironman distance competitors. Although we support and encourage all our members competitive ambitions whatever they may be, there are also many who join us simply to improve in a specific discipline, or train with other like minded people. Whatever your goals in triathlon you will find people ready and willing to support your goals, and we welcome all new members.
Throughout the year we hold weekly sessions across the three triathlon disciplines. The focus may change slightly during the on and off seasons, but the aim is always to provide for all fitness levels and abilities. Many of our athletes have been competing for years in individual disciplines as well as the full range of triathlon distances from sprint to full ironman. For those who are new to triathlon there are a number of local event ideal for those early events. Wearing some club kit can be a great way to get the word out about the club, and also enables spectators to shout their support!
Unfortunately we do not have a junior section in our club. If you are lookinf for a local club with a junior section we suggest contacting any of the following :-
TriHigh - http://www.tri-high.com
Chichester Triathlon club - http://www.cwtc.org.uk/?page_id=1199
Click here for a printable PDF of the club's constitution.
Chair - Kim King
Secretary and Health & Safety Officer – Julie Gadsden
Treasurer - Dave Robbins
Membership Secretary – Kate Smith
Club PR - Lucy Mitchell
Webmaster – Leonie Hayward
Club Triathlon Director - Simon Russell
Kit Director – Josh Lahiri
Committee members - Sarah Matthews, Ben Willis, Toby Clay, Kate Gardner-Cliff, Rich Roberts
BTF Level 2 - 3rd July 2012
I swam as a kid, did loads of mountain biking in my twenties & finally got into running in my thirties when children meant that time was of a premium, so it seemed a natural progression to put the 3 together which I started to do in 2011. I’ve competed in sprint, standard & longer distance triathlons. I love the variety that triathlon brings – by varying distances, choosing between pool or open water swims & road or off road bikes and runs. I enjoy encouraging new people to the sport, seeing improvements in the pool & on the bike & the joy on people’s faces as they complete our club triathlon for the first time.
BTF Level 1 - 26 Oct 2015
I started triathlon only a couple of years ago, by entering the Petersfield Triathlon in 2014. I'd learnt to swim freestyle 'properly' a few months before and my aim was to finish 400m without stopping - too many times. On the day the adrenaline, or if I'm honest sheer nerves, kicked in and I didn't stop, I did the ride on my MTB and running 5k with legs made entirely of jelly was a new experience for someone who came to the sport from a running background. This year I'm aiming for standard distance as my A races, and mixing triathlon with some longer cycling sportifs and the odd open water swimming event. For me it's all about enjoying the sport, training and racing well rather than just competing, and doing so with the friends I've made through the Club. Coaching adds another dimension, the Level 1 course taught me a lot about how to train as well as how to coach and by watching and analysing other peoples' technique and talking with them, I learn something new every time I coach. One of these days I might go for Level 2 coach but right now I'm enjoying building my training, racing and coaching experience.
BTF level 1
I have always enjoyed physical activity and ran cross country at school. I took up running again in my early twenties and started trail and mountain running while living in New Zealand.
I took up cycling and swimming on return to the UK in 2014 and entered my first sprint triathlon a year later in 2015.
I am a PE Teacher, level 2 swimming coach and Level 1 BTF coach. I lead running sessions for adults and children and love the inclusive and friendly nature of Triathlons, as well as the competitive element.
My main races have been pool sprints but have recently competed in open water and standard distance races; after huge encouragement from club members.
BTF Level 2 Coach – May 2019
I’ve been competing in triathlons since 1995, initially at Standard distance and now at Sprint. I started doing triathlons just for fun and for a challenge but when I retired in 2011 I decided to take the sport more seriously. I joined Petersfield Tri Club in 2012 and was pleased by how welcoming they were to slower (and older!) competitors like me.
In 2016 I signed up with a BTF coach to see how much I could develop as a triathlete. With the support of PTC and the help of my coach, I succeeded in qualifying for the GB Age Group Team and have represented GB at the World and European Championships. This is a major achievement for me, way beyond what I thought I would be able to do when I started out on my triathlon journey. I am a Level 2 triathlon coach and I love helping others to improve in triathlon, whether they are new to the sport or more experienced.