With trepidation I joined an Andover Tri swim in 2009. Almost 10 years later the entire clan, including wife Sheela and my 3 children Hari (10), Sam (8) and Molly (7) have become members and big fans of all things swimming, biking and running. 3 things I love about ATC – a great way to make new friends beyond my natural social bubble, the opportunity for disciplined fitness in a sociable environment and a great way to share the joy of sport with my kids. This year I’m doing the Almere half in Holland, along with 12 ATC members – wish me luck!
I joined Andover triathlon in 2007 when I decided I needed a new challenge. I knew very little about triathlon and in fact when I entered my first race I didn’t even have a bike and so had to borrow one- just in case I didn’t like it! But I was hooked. The coaches have been great in making me believe in myself and to my astonishment I qualified for GB age group standard distance European finals in 2015 and competed in Lisbon last year. I’m training to try and qualify again this year – my point being if I can do it anyone can. I’m not special so get started and get involved and along the way you’ll meet some great like minded and fun loving people!
Neville has always run and says that it his favourite discipline within Tri. Neville originally Orienteered and competed Internationally as a school boy through to late teens, even representing GB in his age group at the time. Running for leisure and occasionally competitively just for general fitness he eventually became interested in multisport, although he could not really swim!
Neville joined ATC thus to try the sport out and found the club to be friendly with much advice and support and has found the overall benefits of multisport to be very good indeed. He can now swim.
Jacqui is very much a novice in triathlon, and due to injury issues hasn’t been able to take part in many events at all since she joined the club in 2014, but she loves the training and felt so welcomed to the club when she joined that when a position came up on the committee, she really felt that she would like to give something back and joined up.
Jacqui is our membership secretary and first point of contact for all new member enquiries. She is hoping that she will be able to take part in many more events going forward and in the mean time is looking forward to cheering on other club members participating at all levels in this fantastic sport.
What started as a mild case of curiosity and his first duathlon in 2001 subsequently led to a love of all things Lycra and what can only be described as an obsession with Ironman distance racing.
Having raced the inaugural Ironman UK event in Sherborne, Dorset in 2005, Peter then went on to clock up 18 Ironman races and one Double Iron distance race over a ten year period. Not one to set blistering finish times and a self-confessed ‘hap-hazard triathlete’ it wasn’t until well into his triathlon career that he discovered the benefits of joining a club. As he says “joining Andover Triathlon Club was the best move I ever made and can’t think why I didn’t join a club earlier! The support and camaraderie is superb and for a person with no appetite to organise my own sessions, it’s been a huge help in giving me focus and structure to my training”.
I joined the Club in September 2015 having decided that during my 40’s I needed to take my health more seriously. I had started doing a bit of road cycling in 2014 but that was all I had ever done from a sporting perspective. Eighteen months later, at the beginning of 2017 I have completed two sprint triathlons, a duathlon and a number of running events including my first half marathon and it is fair to say I am hooked. I particularly enjoy the running and cycling, there is nothing better than being out enjoying the great British countryside during all of the seasons. One of the biggest benefits of joining ATC has been that I now feel that I have new friends who equally love to venture out on a training run or cycle, especially if it is followed by coffee and cake!
After many years of endurance running, Jeremy decided to get into triathlon to make his training and events a bit more interesting. He now concentrates on the sprint distance, and cycling sportives. Jeremy says “The Club is great in that it is full of positive people spurring each other on to do better. It’s also much more rewarding to train with other people rather than doing it solo all the time. The Club’s coaches will also help you improve your performance (if you listen to them), and are very patient with new members. It’s a great club, which welcomes triathletes of all abilities.”