Andy Blanshard

Head of Coaching

As Head of Coaching Andy is responsible for overseeing our coaching and ensuring the development of our coaches. Andy has been a member of the club for many years now – ever since, well lubricated in a pub, he and Tony Weston decided that doing an Ironman would be easy. They did it; it wasn't. He coaches the three Scissett sessions each week, also coaches at BKCAT, and puts on special events, like handicap bike road race, hill climbs, swim gala, and bike maintenance. ,


Tony Weston

Thornes Park & BKCAT

Tony coaches at Thornes Park and BKCAT. Over the last twenty years, he has competed at all levels of Triathlon and as a GB Age grouper. His favourite sporting pastime now is cycling, particularly the mountains across Europe. Tony also organises the club duathlons at Rabbit Ings.


Zoe Smith

Featherstone / BKCAT

Zoe coaches at Featherstone, BKCAT and Sun Lane, she has raced from super sprint to ironman and loves to challenge herself, including representing her country at the World Championships. Lives for riding her bike in the hills and the sunshine! Coaching for the last five years with the club and loves seeing people progress to achieve their goals. 


Sam Taylor

Sun Lane

Recently qualified level 1 coach. I primarily coach swimming at sun lane on a Saturday morning. I am usually the one who likes to add kick drills to the sets


Peter Martin

Run Coach

“Man with a fork in a world of soup”. Ask about all things running but best avoid swimming and cycling. Can be grumpy but responds well to doghnuts.



Thornes Park

Elaine coaches at the Thornes Park Track sessions. She has been competing in triathlons for twelve years, her first triathlon was a ‘one-off’ to raise money for a local hospice; then she got the bug. She has competed at all the triathlon distances. Elaine enjoys races in Northumberland, going back to her roots.


Gareth Allen

Sun Lane & BKCAT

Gareth coaches at the Sun Lane and Featherstone swim sessions as well as the BKCAT bike sessions. He has been racing triathlons since 2003, and his bucket list race is the Arch to Arc Triathlon. 


Ben Storey


Ben is a level 2 British Triathlon coach who has spent the last few years heavily involved in the junior club. He assists Zoe at Featherstone and occasionally helps out at the other sessions.


Terry Blackwood

Sun Lane

Terry is the lead coach at Sun Lane.  He also knows everything there is to know about bikes

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