Kingswood Tri Club are a modest group of enthusiastic amateur athletes based in and around Kingswood in Bristol.
The club was formed in 1986 as a way for local triathletes to plan and train in preparation for early Ironman events.
The club encompasses a wide range of abilities from Novices to Age Groupers with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Formal training sessions consist of a weekly swim, a couple of quality runs and various bike sessions. For more info on club training session click here. Please “like” our Facebook Page for the latest updates and if you’re already a club member you can join our members only Facebook Group.
Our constitution is provided here.
Who’s who in KIT – The KiT Committee
Claire GrahamSocial Secretary
Maggie BromleyMembership Secretary
Felicity DriverWelfare Officer
Safia WortelboerClub Secretary
Stuart NewKit Officer
Tina DuryCommunications Officer
My journey into triathlon started in 2015 when I supported a friend at Ironman UK. I was someone who enjoyed fitness and was an avid runner at that time. After the event I knew completing an Ironman is exactly what I wanted to do. I was completely and utterly inspired. At that point I couldn’t swim so I had to learn! Alongside this I also had to learn how to ride a road bike effectively and how to use clipless pedals. That was a learning curve too and I encountered a fair few falls and even a trip to A&E! Over the next 12 months I entered many different events; starting with a sprint tri then increasing the distance of the triathlon each time culminating in a 70.3. Once I had completed that event I was well and truly ready and entered Ironman Austria 2018. Since then I have done two more Ironman along with countless other triathlons, duathlons, time trial races and a few marathons for good measure!!! I also represented GB in my age group in 2022.
I love being a part of Kingswood Tri, it’s a really friendly club and it’s great to train with people who are now good friends of mine.
Proudest triathlon achievement to date: Ironman Finland and The Outlaw 2021 at age 60
Favourite piece of triathlon equipment: Sublime and Bianchi Bikes
Least favourite discipline: Runnning as it is really hard for me now
Favourite discipline: Bike
Swim – Open Water or Pool? Open Water in the summer months when very warm pool when colder
Run – Off road or on road? Off road
Bike – fast and flat or up and down? If racing flat and if training definitely up and down
Being born hyperactive (which is a curse) I have always loved any sport. I played netball, hockey and squash over the years and then took up running at the age of 44. I joined a running club once I moved to Bristol and raced for a while through to my early 50’s. My husband introduced me to off road mountain events and that was my passion for a number of years. Once running became slow and painful it was recommended to me to take up triathlon so that I was doing other disciplines. Once I had mastered basic front crawl swimming (this was over a period of a year or so) and having done a lot of long distance ultra running events I knew I had the mental strength for endurance sport so I decided to sign up straight away for an Ironman at the age of 53 in 2015 which was Bolton. Obsession took over after that and I have been doing triathlon ever since.
I started multisport in about 2004 after my husband bought me a road bike. I started with Duathlon. After I turned 50 I decided it was time to learn to swim front crawl and with lots of encouragement from triathlete friends I got to the stage where I could manage 400 metres for a sprint tri. With lots more practice I managed to get as far as the 1,900m required for middle distance and decided that was far enough. I have loved being part of the GB age group team on various occasions but most of all love training with friends in the club.
The first triathlon event I participated in was Ironman Maastricht 2017 and completed it as a relay with my mum and sister. I did the swim part of it and loved it, the three of us crossing that finish line together was amazing! After cheering everyone on, I thought perhaps I could do this too. So I thought let’s go for the whole thing but sign up for a shorter distance to start with and that was Ironman 70.3 Dun Laoghaire. My mental health wasn’t great back then and every time I trained all I thought was, you are stronger than you think, prove yourself wrong and train so you can finish the race! Damn that feeling of crossing the finish line was such a rush! Since then I’ve been looking for new races and loving the social aspects of training together as a club.
I got into triathlon in the hot summer of 2018 when I discovered Mad Mikes lake and found myself heading over there pretty much every evening for a swim. It wasn’t long before I got my first road bike and hit the cycle track (!)… Turning up for my first club ride in football shorts and a rucksack sums up my level of experience, but I’ve worked extremely hard in all areas to build strength and stamina for the long events. I love a race, but I also love the training – Particularly the journey to Ironman, pushing past your own pre-conceived limits, making friends along the way, all the ups and downs, it makes the finish line that much more special. I believe that with the right commitment and effort pretty much anything is achievable – I try to enjoy the process and have lots of fun along the way. My absolute favourite is the coffee & cake stop on long rides, its pretty much why I cycle.. 😊
KiT President (Non Committee Role)
Eric “the Eel” Downey
Honorary members for long term service to KIT
- Kes Aleknavicius
- Jeremy Dale
- Alex and Lee Francis
- Dave Hares
- Alex and Rich James
- Ali Lucas