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Your Oxford Tri Committee

The club committee is made up of volunteers who are elected each year at our January AGM. They give up their time for free to help make the club better, so if you see them give them a pat on the back (they are also a good source of info)!

We'd love to hear from you if you have an interest in getting involved with the running of your club. We have a broad range of core and non-core committee roles available each year, and we always need volunteers to help out at our club events. For more info, please get in touch with our Chair at chair [at] oxfordtri [dot] co [dot] uk.

 


 

Tracy Makin's picture
Tracy Makin
Chair

I entered my first triathlon, Geneva, after a bet with my sister following one too many cocktails. There was only one problem – I couldn’t swim!  Despite taking myself off for lessons, my first attempt at a sprint distance was unsuccessful when I had to be pulled out of the lake.  If I’d finished that race it might have seen the end of my triathlon adventures but I became all the more determined to succeed and entered the same event the following year, finished and have been hooked ever since. I’ve gone on to compete at all distances. I am proud to say that with the help of the fantastic coaches and support at Oxford Tri I have competed twice as a GB age grouper at the long distance European Championships. I am very pleased to be able to give something back to the club by being on the committee and acting as one of the captains this year.

Jon Marsden's picture
Jon Marsden
Secretary

I came to Triathlon in 2016 and complete my first middle distance in 2017, joining Ox Tri shortly after. Training with the club is good fun and has certainly increased the range of training I do and also made if far more enjoyable.Any questions email me secretary [at] oxfordtri [dot] co [dot] uk and Ill be happy to answer. 

Lucy Dighton's picture
Lucy Dighton

I am a relative newcomer to triathlon having taken it up 18 months ago to prove to my daughter that it wasn’t just boys that do triathlon. The original plan was to train enough to get through a super sprint distance and then move on with life. Instead I got hooked and this year I am training for the London marathon in April and am currently deciding which middle distance Tri to enter. 

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Lee Merrett

A rather ambitious start to triathlon life, only let down by my poor ability.  Late 2010 during a mid life crisis and with 4 kids, the customary soft top Porsche was not the solution, so Ironman it was to be.  The event settled on would be Ironman Wales 2011, at the time I did not own a bike and could not swim frontcrawl more than 25 metres.  To highlight my niavity, I completed Blenheim sprint in 2011 as my warm up race.  But very happy to say that after 16 hours and 8 minutes, I heard the legendary "You are a Ironman".  Moreso as my wife hears every week, I completed Ironman Wales on a £70 second hand 16 speed Halfords Carrera Bike.

To present day, 1 further iron distance completed in sub 14 hours (Henley 2012), several half distanced with Cotswold 113 clocking just over 5 and a half hours and many other races.  This year sees a visit to legendary Roth, with its 250,000 spectators!!!  Booked via OxfordTri and organised by Steve Smith.

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Alain Torri
Lead Coach

I joined OxfordTri initially just to get some cofidence in open water swimming as I had entered my first event: the Blenheim Triathlon. I was immediately sucked into the world of triathlon and got addicted to training and racing. Since then I competed in countless events including 3 full distance (IronMan) races and met many friends in the club.

I am very proud to lead the OxfordTri coaching team and represent the club at any possible occasion.

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Sarah Spruytenburg
Club Captain

I've been doing triathlons on and off for nearly 10 years now so I've picked up a bit of knowledge along the way.  But as a triathlon career summary: In my very first triathlon my bike fell apart and I ended up in a bush and the last triathlon I competed in at the end of 2018 was for my country in the European middle distance championships in Ibiza, so it's been a journey for sure and lots of laughs along the way.

I'm a big believer in you get out what you put in and with OxfordTri I’m happy to try to put in as much time as I can because it’s the most amazing club and I'm incredibly proud to be part of it.  I'm on the committee and am one of the club captains and sorry yes you will also see my mug on the membership card :-) Please feel free to ask me anything about the club etc..

Daniel Anderton's picture
Daniel Anderton
Club Captain & Website Officer

After moving to Oxfordshire from Devon and many years in athletics, the move was also a great time to try something new as well as a way to meet new people in the area. Triathlon ended up being that calling and i have been hooked since!

After going alone for a few years i decided it was time to join a club and i have not looked back. Training with a group has transformed my training and enjoyment of the sport, and being on the commitee is just a little way of giving something back!

 

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Chris Hickman

I like to think of myself as a triathlete for "mere mortals": I started late, having never been very sporty, after a company medical turned up high blood pressure. I was so irritated by this I entered the Super Sprint at Blenheim in 2011 along with a friend. We both finished, but I was hooked! I'm now signed up for the Cotswold 113 middle distance race in June :)

In addition to being a general committee member, i'm also the club's kit officer, so if you need kit, or have suggestions for gear we should carry, do let me know (kit [at] oxfordtri [dot] co [dot] uk or grab me if you see me at a session!)

Outside of triathlon, i'm also Grand Master (President) of Oxford Hash House Harriers (the "drinking club with a running problem") and can be found fettling computers for a living.

Fran Gomez
Georgette Broughton's picture
Georgette Broughton
Membership Secretary

I thought I was an ultra-runner, who swam and biked for 'recovery' and 'strength'. I entered my first sprint triathlon in May 2019 – and didn’t come last (which was surprising as I did nearly drown in the swim!). Deciding that all three sports consecutively was both challenging and enjoyable, I joined Oxford Tri shortly after and have really benefited from the coaching and encouragement the club offers, and am looking forward to welcoming new members as the Membership Secretary this year.

Katie McDonald
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Jenny Ekelund
General Committee Member

I entered my first sprint triathlon in 2017 after encouragement from my brother and the (bizarrely high number of) Oxford Tri athletes living on my street! Having run for most of my life I was pretty new to swimming and cycling, but found plenty of great support from the coaches and club members. I'm really enjoying Olympic distance racing at the moment and am a big fan of a muddy cross-country race in the off-season. 

Non-committee club roles

Jane Bell's picture
Jane Bell
Welfare Officer

1st Tri Blenheim 2005 on borrowed bike and hired wetsuit - got hooked. Seemed I was much better triathlete than runner! Joined Ox Tri 2007, coach Mike Dunmore showed me how to train and still astonished that after 4 worlds I have 5 medals. Love Sprint/Standard and Half Iron Man distance. Love Ox Tri. Love swim coaching and helping others to improve.

Best achievement....apart from getting Gold at Worlds Emoji receiving Oxford Tri Triathlete of year award!

welfare [at] oxfordtri [dot] co [dot] uk