Formed in 2011, Solihull Triathlon Club is a family-friendly multi-sport club, with members ranging from eight to seventy years old. The club is based in Solihull, and has members of varying abilities, from first-timers to age-group national champions.
We have had members of all ages complete and compete in super sprint up to iron-distance triathlons (#). We have a great history of members representing national age-group teams with the help of our club sessions.
We also welcome single-sport athletes with many members taking part in cycle sportives and ultra marathons.
The club runs upwards of eight hours of group coaching sessions every week, with their Triathlon England qualified coaches. The club takes an athlete-centred approach to help everyone reach their goals.
There is also a strong social side, with other members consistently providing advice, support and fun – particularly to new members.
# The most common formats found are:
- Super Sprint – 400m swim, 10 km bike, 2.5km run
- Pool Sprint – 400m swim, 20km bike, 5km run
- Open-Water Sprint – 800m swim, 20km bike, 5km run
- Olympic/Standard Distance – 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10 km run
- Half-Iron/Middle Distance – 1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21.1km run
- Iron Distance – 3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run
Multi-sport formats other than triathlon (also in a range of distances) include:
- Aquathlon – swim/run
- Aquabike – swim/bike
- Duathlon – run/bike/run
- Swimrun – run/swim/run/swim/run… (often between and across islands)
Single sport events undertaken by members include
- parkrun (5 km every Saturday morning at 9 am in multiple locations)
- Cycling time trials – 5, 10, 20, 50 or 100 miles, solo with no drafting
- Sportives/Audaxes – long bike rides, some with planned feed stops, route cards and signs
- Warwickshire Road Race League – an annual series of road running races over a variety of distances with series winners in a number of age categories
- Adventure Races – almost all with cycling and running stages but also perhaps kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Navigation may be more important than in many other events and they can be for teams or individuals.
- Ultra Runs – anything longer than a marathon but usually off road and often an experience with some run/walking rather than an all-out run.
The club is affiliated with Triathlon England and is run entirely by volunteers. The Club Committee has six Officers:
- Chair – Nacho Veloso
- Secretary – Anthony Hanaphy
- Treasurer – Glen Mitchell
- Welfare Officer – Peter Pardoe
- Digital Officer – vacant
- Head Coach – Gareth David
The club is listed with Solihull Active.