2018 Club Awards

Voting is now closed! Read on to find out about the nominees…


Male Triathlete of the year


Martin Pritchard-Howarth

Thank you for nominating me. 2018 is the year I turned 50 and I wanted to mark it in a memorable way whilst fundraising for several charities close to my heart. I completed several events, and in terms of triathlons I raced Ironman Lanzarote and Frankfurt. In August I became the 33rd person to complete the Arch to Arc triathlon (Run88 miles from London to Dover, swim the Channel and Bike 185 miles to Paris), in the 7th fastest time. I rounded off my year by racing the Ironman world championships in Kona, a long held dream.


Dean Hanwell

In 2018 just like everyone else I was hoping to raise my my own bar from the previous year. Just like everyone else at the start of a new season I was in search of improvements. In 2018 I was prepared to put in the time and effort that would allow me, with a bit of luck, to achieve my goals. 2018 looked like this: Southport Sprint Tri - 1st (1:02), PB Cotswold Classic - 2nd (4:16), PB West Lancs Sprint Tri - 3rd (54:09), PB Oulton Park Duathlon - 4th (1:43), PB Deva Standard 8th - 2:06 (AG 2nd), PB 5k - (16:22), PB 10k - (34:25), PB 10TT/25 TT/50TT PB’s. Add to that being part of the Mersey Tri Cross Country and Multi Terrain winning teams and I will look back on this years racing with great fondness and lasting memories. Let’s see what 2019 holds...


Mark Clair

Swam for Everton as a child but never persued it. Also ran for school and Liverpool harriers as a child, but again never really kept it up. Once we had our first child in 2010 I gave up my then hobbies (golf and drinking) and decided to get fit. Joined a running club and got the bug. Done the Crosby aquathlon in 2011 (I think) and from there decided to get into triathlon. Since joining Mersey Tri I've never looked back and I now feel at home and part of this great club.

Female Triathlete of the Year


Alice Trevail

2018 has been such a highlight for me in terms of triathlon, and I’ve loved being part of Mersey Tri. A 5 minute PB was a great start to the year at the Liverpool half marathon. I won my age group at Southport Sprint Tri (6th overall), and I came 9th in my age group at the European sprint distance champs in Glasgow. I’ve also qualified for the GB age group team at both the 2019 European and World sprint triathlon championships - so onwards and hopefully upwards! I’ve loved being part of the Mersey Tri team at multi-terrain, cross-country, and my first cycling time trials. Thank you for all the support and training sessions along the way!!


Yvie Ryan

Thank you so much for nominating me!  It’s been a tough year of training and learning HOW to race!  2018 achievements:- Qualified for Sprint distance (1st in AG) and Standard distance Euro Duathlon Champs. Chester Half - 1:30:30 (PB) – just 30 secs off a London Champ place; 3 in AG; 10th F overall. 50m TT PB – 2:10 – 1st female. Stafford 70.3 – 5:09 - 4th in AG; Qualified for Euros. 25m TT PB – 1:04 – 2nd female. Southport Tri – 3rd in AG (1st triathlon podium). Cotswolds 70.3 –  4:52 (PB) - 2nd in AG; 4th female overall. Ibiza 70.3 European Champs – 5th in AG. Knocked 3 mins off Olympic distance swim and 2 mins off 70.3


Helen Saghal

Being a Mum of two youngsters means I am unable to attend coached sessions, training is 95% solo. So this nomination truly makes me feel part of the club. I’m a prolific racer. Forever chasing my next Podium or PB, trying to show my daughters to never give in, even when you’re down. I believe a strong will and good attitude in sport can be a positive quality for life itself. Sporting highlight of the year ? A bittersweet 5th in the AgeGroup World Duathlon Championships. 2019 goals ? ITU Global medal. Coming so close twice has made me determined to bring one back.

Club Member of the year


Mike Lisle

It is an honour to be nominated again for this award. This year, I have been involved in many aspects of Mersey Tri life including coaching, volunteering, event organising and competing. I get great satisfaction in providing opportunities for members to participate in new events [often for the first time] and see their progress in the various formats of our sport. I have been lucky enough to represent Mersey Tri and GB all over the world and as I enter my final age group [honest !], I have achieved this year's target of qualifying for  next year's European and World Championships. 


Peter Heron

After years of inactivity; marriage, homemaking, 4 children, I decided to get-fit, joined Mersey Tri, and entered Southport Triathlon in 2017. I was hooked! The support offered freely, by so many like-minded members and coaches is inspirational and invaluable. Friends for life! That encouragement has taken me to new heights including Staffs middle distance, cross Mersey swim, plus 10 other triathlons and many Club organised events with more challenges on the horizon - age is no barrier. If I can give something back to our Club and inspire other age-groupers to swim, bike, run, that for me is reward in itself.


Barry Williams

I got a bit more involved this year and joined the committee as Liverpool rep, helped to organise group B at the Liverpool Sefton park chainy and promoted Mersey Tri in the Liverpool cycling time trials (LTTCA) competition, We had an outstanding debut season, with more competitors than any of the traditional cycling clubs, 2 of our athletes finished in the top 10 and we had a couple of team wins along the way. I enjoy promoting for Mersey Tri and will be organising the club’s first ever 10 mile time trial next year. Thanks for the nomination and here’s to more success for the club next year!

Alan Kirkham award for Most improved


Barry Williams

My best season to date took me completely by surprise. I took 10 minutes of my half marathon and 8 minutes of my 10k PBs. I went 5 minutes faster at the West Lancs triathlon and took 4 minutes off my best time at the Southport Sprint triathlon, in which I also qualified for the GB age group team and will travel to Russia next year for the European championships. In time trialling I took 25 minutes off my 100-mile time alongside PB’s in 10, 25 and 50-mile TTs. I also completed a 12-hour time trial (241 miles), and my first middle distance tri at Deva, all on the way to a brilliant day out in Bolton, where I was proud to finish on the red carpet at IMUK. It’s been a great year, thanks for all the support along the way.


Dan Dunnington

This has been my first season at Mersey Tri and my first full season of tri training after I completed a half Ironman for charity in 2016. I’ve always been into running and I swam a bit for water polo but hadn’t done a lot of cycling. I was a bit nervous of joining a tri club but when I arrived I was very appreciative of inclusiveness of the club. Thanks to some fantastic coaching at Mersey Tri I took a full hour off my middle distance time from 2016 despite getting injured for a couple of months.


John Fitzgerald

I'm delighted and honoured to be nominated for the "most improved triathlete” 2018 award. I moved to Liverpool from London in 2014 and joined Mersey Tri in 2016. I feel I have improved, despite my injuries this season. I did my first Marathon, first 70.3, swam across the Mersey, and my first duathlon. I was also very lucky to represent my club in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco, and be able to do the London Olympic triathlon. I support and appreciate the training sessions put on by the club coaches. I thank all my fellow members for the best wishes and support I have received during the 2018 season. I look forward to being able to do my bit to keep the flag flying for 2019.

Coach of the Year


Paul Martin

The Liverpool run group has again gone from strength to strength through 2018. Our sessions are regularly well attended and the group benefits from a range of abilities and friendly competition. In the early months of the year, we again ran the Thursday Half Marathon club and saw a number of athletes achieve PBs at the Liverpool Half Marathon. We have introduced bench marking sessions to enable athletes to track their progress and target specific pacing, and have seen a strong attendance from the group’s athletes at XC and Multi Terrain events. It’s always a pleasure to run with an enthusiastic, friendly and ambitious bunch, and I’m continually inspired by the achievements and successes of the group.

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Tony Fowler

Club member since 2004, I have participated in triathlon for the last 14 years competing in distances from super sprint to ironman. I have always been involved actively with the club on committees, running the first website, taking part in club races and marshalling. I currently coach two sessions per week, run training in Southport and swimming in Formby. My coaching experience also extends to running and open water swimming sessions with juniors at Crosby in conjunction with Mike Lisle. Given the quality of our current crop of club coaches I am extremely flattered to have been nominated for this award and I thank everyone involved in the nomination.


Mike Lisle

It is gratifying to be nominated for this new award. As a level 2 Triathlon coach I get great satisfaction in coaching Mersey Tri  members whether it be pool, track or open water. In addition to regular club sessions, along with Tony Fowler, I coach juniors at Crosby Lakeside in preparation for our annual Aquathlon and on the strength of my club work in coaching Open Water swimming I am employed as a coach by Active Sefton and Swimtrek to pass on skills and enthusiasm for our great sport.