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Tri London




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Tri London formed around 1985 when four triathletes got together and started swimming in two lanes at Caledonian Road pool. The club was quite serious, but always friendly and welcoming and as much about socialising as training. Originally called Tri-athletes London it was one of the first tri clubs in London. The club was originally small with about 10 members but always attracted some decent athletes. In the early days Bobby Brown and Des Kieran (who both went on to become ‘Decamen’), came to training sessions with the club.

By 1998 the club started to grow with the introduction of the London Triathlon and growing interest in the sport generally. This meant the two swim lanes were full. The only option was to close membership. 1999 saw the introduction of club kit and the the name changed to Tri London. In the same year the club managed to get another swim lane.

By 2000 Tri London had grown to 65 members and became strong in Olympic distance racing with members regularly representing GB at the age-group world championships. Some members moved up to Ironman but the club focused mainly on Olympic distance. Around this time the club started to swim under the Anaconda swimming club. This offered the opportunity for both more swim lanes and sessions.

The present day
Membership has steadily increased over the years, and currently has more than 200 members aged 20 to 58. The philosophy of the club remains one of a group of friends who share a passion for triathlon, offering motivation, encouragement, advice and occasionally a pint or two. This turns what could be a very lonely sport into a more sociable athletic pursuit. There are no fitness level criteria for new members, though it helps to be doing regular exercise and have some base fitness to be able to enjoy the sessions.

Each year about 40 new members join the club. Many are triathlon virgins looking for the support of a club and training partners. There are scores of Ironmen and women in the club, with about 15-20 members competing over the distance each year. Diversity is a hallmark of the club with over 20 different nationalities currently in the ranks and about 30 per cent of our membership is female. The club has several elite/pro athletes in the club and many rising age-groupers, including Danny Russell, Stephen Thompson, and Jo Carritt.

A constant infusion of new blood into the club keeps it dynamic and competitive. Tri London has a committee who manage the smooth running of the club, accounts, organises training sessions, social events and the usual paper work. Our website is the hub of the club. It’s kept up-to-date and chock full with useful information to keep members up to speed with club happenings.

Today the club has four swim sessions per week, a morning interval bike session in Regents Park, a morning hill-rep session (bike), morning runs and several weekend rides. Several informal group sessions are usually organised as well. There is also usually a ‘king of the mountains’ bike event, and the newly inaugurated ‘Beer Mile’ may well catch on. Each year the club nominates three races for the intra-club championships at all distances and awards trophies to the top three finishers. The club also fields teams at the National Relays in Nottingham. The club has a qualified BTA level three coach who helps out with sessions and also uses a paid swim coach.

Tri London is a fun and friendly club for the Capital’s triathletes and many also engage in other activities too. These include fell running, marathons, cani-cross, Audax racing, the Brompton World Championships, cold water swimming, Channel swimming, adventure racing, duathlons and aquathons to name a but a few.

Thinking of joining?
We recommending having a browse through the site, see our photos, watch our videos and learn more about our club.

If you are interested in joining, just go to the Join Tri London page.

Should you have any questions about the club, there are a range of committee members ready to help out.



Coached Sessions
Our three swim coaches have many years combined experience with the club and are widely valued by club members. They provide swimming workouts to improve stroke efficiency, endurance and fitness. The coaches are on-hand to provide individual tips on swim technique. We currently have 4 coached swim sessions on offer per week:

Cally Pool
Monday 6am – 7.30am
Coached by Patrice

Wednesday 8pm – 9.30pm
Coached by Luis

Friday 6am – 7.30am
Coached by Patrice

Holloway School
Tuesday 8pm – 9:30pm
Coached by Patrice


Session Details
These are all held outside of public hours so we have the pool to ourselves.

The sessions cater for a broad range of abilities with the pool divided into 5 or 6 graded lanes and the training tailored to suit each, though it is assumed that participants have basic swimming ability and are able to swim at least 400m continuous freestyle. The Wednesday evening session in particular focuses more on technique. Be sure to bring along your goggles, caps, hand paddles and if you have them, fins. The swimming pool provide kindly provide us with pull buoys and floats.

These sessions are charged as a supplement to the club membership fees, starting from about £35 per month for basic swim-only membership with Better, which also gives you unlimited access to most Better pools in London pool (there are some exclusions). This can be upgraded to include use of gyms and classes throughout the entire Better Network.

Bikes may be stored in the lobby (morning Cally sessions) or change rooms (Holloway school). However, removing all loose components and locking up is still recommended. Locking your bike outside isn’t advisable (though many have no choice).

Contact the Swimming Coordinator should you have any specific questions about these sessions.

Open Water Swimming
While there are no open water sessions organised by the club, members participate in open water events throughout the year. This ranges from trips to Hampstead Heath and London Fields lidos right through to 5km swims in the Mediterranean waters of Marseille. Keep an eye on the club egroup for details!

A list of open water swim venues compiled by Tri27 (in 2012) is available here:


Regular Weekly Sessions
Wednesday morning intervals at Regents Park
Wednesday from 6:00 am – 7:30 am, meeting on the cobbles on the opposite side of the road of the SE corner of the Regents Park Outer Circle. Club members meet for interval training before work, taking advantage of the closed road of the outer circle at Regents Park. Sessions are intended to be suitable for a range of abilities, and incorporate group riding and chain ganging skills. Details are posted on the e-group in the days preceding the session, and session suggestions are always welcome. The sessions are conducted riding anticlockwise – if you arrive after 6:00 am, ride clockwise to find the group!

Details of Wednesday’s session and riding techniques are covered in detail here.


Regular Weekly Sessions
Tuesday: Hill Runs on Hampstead Heath
Every Tuesday morning from 7:00am. Meet at Parliament Hill Lido for an easy warm up jog and some hill repeats. All standards of runner are welcome. We warm up together and people complete different amounts of hill reps depending on how hard they want to push themselves.

Thursday: Track Session with Terry Collins
Every Thursday evening from 6:50 – 8:00 pm, club members are coached by Terence Collins at the Parliament Hill track. The club members pay £4 before entering the track area at the Hampstead Heath track office and the coach hire fee is paid by Tri London.

Training starts at the 200m line. The track facilities include changing rooms, lockers (£1 coin needed) and showers.