BTF Level 3 Coach | BTF Level 2 Referee | ASA Level 3 | NOWCA Coach | NSCR Spin Instructor
Jo has been privileged enough for her enjoyment of sport to be her livelihood. While her two sons were growing up she set up a very successful swimming business in the Reading area, Ducklings to Dolphins, teaching babies through to adults.
Jo then furthered her qualifications in aquafit and diving and diversified in different teaching, before expanding her knowledge with running and triathlon qualifications
National Aquathlon Champion, Leeds, June 2016
European Aquathlon Champion, Cologne, July 2015
National Sprint Distance Aquathlon Champion 2014
220 Woman’s Age Group Triathlete of the Year 2012
British Sprint Distance Champion 55-59 Years, 2011
European Sprint Distance Champion 55-59 Years, Pontevedra 2011
Silver Medalist World Age Group Aquathlon Championships, Beijing 2011
Bronze Medalist World Age Group Sprint Triathlon, Beijing 2011
Having swum from an early age, Jo began running at the tender age of 39, going on to achieve her fastest 10k and half marathon times age 47. Jo took up triathlon in 1998, relishing the new challenge of the cycling discipline.
Jo has set up two very successful swimming clubs in the Berkshire area, a women’s only triathlon club in Bucks, and two very active triathlon clubs in Bucks and Berks.
Jo appreciates the vital importance of a versatile approach to training, particularly for ageing athletes, and manages to sustain the energy levels of athletes 30 years her junior. Jo is skilled at encouraging less able or nervous athletes and excels in those situations where individuals require a personal touch.
Whether breaking performance barriers or discovering self-belief, Jo’s aim is to help athletes to achieve things in triathlon that they would not have thought possible.
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Level 1 Triathlon coach
Stefan is Sandra’s partner and a level 1 Triathlon coach. Alongside his day job as a mentor and non-Exec to CEO/ founders and Boards, Stefan supports Jo and Sandra at their warm weather camps.
Stefan has been a general sportsperson all of his life having rowed for University, played Water Polo for Leeds and picked up a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate along with his children. He turned his hand to Triathlon some 20 years ago and has represented GB at Age-Group European and World Championships for Sprint and 70.3.
Stefan also runs the occasional ultra-marathon, long distance sportives and is always up for an off-the-wall endurance challenge in general having already completed 2 coast to coast runs along Hadrian's Wall (69miles ) in order to build points for entry to UTMB. 2019 sees Race to the Stones (100k).
On Tri50 camps, Stefan often leads all things mechanical for cycles and all things technical (Garmins/ TrainingPeaks/ Strava anyone/ Training with Power). Stefan is also always on hand to lead, in particular the stronger, faster endurance athletes, especially on the bike.
BTF Level 1 Coach / L3 Personal Trainer / Leader in Running (LiRF)
Ted was an engineer in the RAF until 2010. He comes from a running background having completed 23 London marathons.
Ted turned to triathlon in the late 1980s and has represented GB as an age grouper from 1994 until the present. A seasoned competitor Ted has won many medals at World and European Championships at Triathlon and Aquathlon. Ted has been proud to compete for Great Britain as an age-group athlete at 10+ World Championships, and is still a highly motivated competitor.
Ted puts his longevity at the highest level down to smart training that incorporates high intensity sessions and functional strength and conditioning training. As a mature athlete this sensible approach to ‘adapting his training whilst getting older’ has enabled Ted to remain robust and minimise injury. Ted now brings that vast experience to Tri50 and willingly dispenses his wisdom as a successful runner and triathlete.
Away from the competition Ted enjoys teaching spin classes, circuits and has a weekly run group. Ted lives with partner Jo in Bucks and is a member of Hillingdon Triathletes and Hillingdon Athletic Club.
BTF Level 3 Coach / BTF Coach Tutor for Level1, L2 and L2 Diploma / L4 Personal Trainer/ IRONMAN Coach / CHEK Core Conditioning / Natural Running Coach
I’ve always done sport of some description since going to Uni to do a French & Sports Degree. Once I had young children I moved towards being more of a gym bunny as it was just easier to manage. Triathlon came a bit out of the blue as I wasn’t a cyclist, not a great swimmer and my running didn’t even qualify for one end of the pitch to the other anymore…….but somehow it seemed like a great idea at about 3am on the Millenium New Year! I had a go with a few then was bitten by the running bug, especially xc running. I went back to Triathlon properly after a few years and with 3 x London Marathons under my belt, and from there became really serious about it.
YOUR FAVOURITE PERSONAL TRIATHLON ACHIEVEMENT?
I have to mention the first time I wore my GB trisuit at the Europeans in Turkey – not something I ever imagined I’d be able to do, then also getting through a really tough qualification process to compete on the iconic Hyde Park course for the World Champs in 2013. But I suppose I consider my biggest achievement is still being able to compete at all – I had back surgery in my early 30s and since then I’ve had 5 big ‘back episodes’ as I affectionately call them. They lay me up for about 2 weeks then it’s a slow 4-6 week recovery to get back to normal, then a couple of months to get me back to where I was. Very frustrating but I always work through it and so far I have got back to being able to compete at a high level.
It just seemed the obvious progression for me. When I was 25 I decided to go into teaching and by the time I was thinking about coaching I’d worked with kids through primary and secondary education. I think I just like ‘passing it on’ and I get a real sense of achievement from watching all the tiny improvements and seeing the confidence build. Triathlon was still really male dominated when I started, so helping women get into the sport was also a goal – and it’s very inspiring seeing adults come to Triathlon and achieve more than they thought possible having never done any sport as a child. People have such a variety of goals and although it can be really challenging, it’s great fun working with them to reach their personal goal.
YOUR FAVOURITE COACHING MOMENT?
There are so many : first time a tentative 8 year old managed a running bike mount, first time a terrified female athlete managed to ride out in cleats and come back with a huge smile and buzzing, coaching a non-runner through her first Marathon 4 years ago (and she’s still competing regularly), my Tri club girls, aged 7-10, completing a school Try a Tri in a biblical rainstorm and not one complaint despite being locked out of the school at the end! There are just so many moments in among the weekly coaching, to be honest, that it’s hard to prioritise them.
My athletes are literally across the board with athletes ranging in age from 7 to about 70. I run a club in a local girls primary school which is Triathlon in the summer and Cross country in the winter. Most of the girls do both clubs and many compete in the school XC teams so I really get to know them, and it’s always a shame when they move on to Secondary school. I’m also a Tri coach at another larger school and I coach alongside Jo every week at her 2 adult clubs My other commitments include Tutoring candidates for British Triathlon, to become L1 and L2 Tri coaches plus the new L2 Diploma for 1-1 coaching. I have a few 1-1 athletes whose goals are many and varied, and I’m also doing some coaching for TriEngland under their GoTri banner which is all about Triathlon at a grass roots level.
My final ‘hat’ is as half of Tri50 with Jo. Tri50 mostly involves running fully coached training Camps abroad for more mature athletes. We find our athletes tend to be from around 40 onwards and are very keen to improve and minimise injury, and we always have a great camp camaraderie which continues long after the final day. Most of our time is spent planning the annual Tri, Swim and Cycle camps in Lanzarote, (yes sunshine is a factor!!) It’s a lot of organising and as every session is coached it’s full-on for Jo and myself, but we love it.
University Hockey team
London Marathon 2006, 2007, 2009
Snowdon Marathon 2015
Dragon Bike Ride, Wales (240k)
GB Age-Group athlete at 4 European Championships and one World Championships, and team captain.
Triathletes come in all shapes and sizes which means their goals, aspirations and fears are equally varied. I understand the importance of having a flexible approach to coaching and listening to my athletes so that through working together to balance training, work, family and leisure they can be successful in whatever they set out to achieve no matter how big or small the goal.