Chair's Update

Dear MT'er,

The last time I wrote a Chair’s update it was May & the season had just started. It’s now October, and the traditional start to the Tri “off season”.

I was hoping to do a mid-season report but life seems to have taken over.  I hope you’ve all had a good season & enjoyed being part of Mersey Tri so far in 2015.

October sees the club move from its summer program to its winter program of training. All the information about sessions can be found on the website and in the newsletter.
As they say winter miles = summer smiles so hopefully see you at a session sometime soon.

There has been some fantastic racing by our members between my last update in May and now, so much so, where to start?!

We saw a fantastic weekend of racing at the British Champs held on our doorstep in Liverpool. Around 80 members took part swimming with the jellies, zooming up and down past the Liver Building and other Liverpool landmarks.  We had a good show of around 10 official volunteers helping out and the club worked closely with British Triathlon to help the event be a success. We unveiled our new kit on the Saturday and did a spot of joint PR with the race, our coaches provided open water training prior to the event and we sourced the mechanic services. We even got involved in a Q&A session on the radio. Hopefully we can build on this partnership to make next year’s Liverpool tri just as good.

The junior aquathlon at Crosby and the junior triathlon on the Wirral were both great and well organised events. There are some very enthusiastic younger triathletes in the club and the levels of attendance were high, showing a promising future for the club and the sport. 

Our very own Wirral Triathlon, run in partnership with Epic Events, was fully subscribed and again a success.  From an organiser’s perspective there were a couple of hiccups.  The planning has already started for 2016 where we hope to make it better than ever.

The national relays in Nottingham were one of the events that members were keen to have the club participate in, based on discussions at the last AGM. Despite a team manager and PR via our website, twitter, newsletter and facebook, uptake was disappointing with only one team entering. We’ll have a rethink & another go at getting teams together next year.


I’m going to miss lots of races out and for that I apologise. Do get in touch and let us know about your race exploits by sending in race reports.

Two I will mention are: the fantastic turn out we had at Ironman Barcelona and the brutal Wasdale Half Iron distance event which was won by Mersey Tri’s John O’Neill. Congrats John.

The latest kit order window has just closed. Two sizing events, one held either side of the water were organised to allow members to “try before you buy” and get a better idea for material, fit etc. It was good to see they were well attended. Thank you to Wayne from Champ Sys for answering all our questions and taking the time out to talk to us, especially as our events coincided with the Champ sys office move.

This order will be with us before Christmas. The next order window will open sometime in January.

You may or may not be aware you can join England Athletics via the club to get discount on some races and be eligible to participate in certain races.

As an England Athletics affiliated club we can apply for London Marathon places. We’re conscious that the London Marathon received a high no. of good for age applicants this year, and as a result there are 500 less club entries being made available. As a new small club we don’t know what that will mean to us, but Colin our England Athletics co-ordinator is putting an application together, so fingers crossed!

If we do manage to get a spot/s we’ll take expressions of interest from those club members who are England Athletics affiliated (to us) and draw a name out of a hat.

The North West Cross Country League (NWCCL) kicks off on November 1st at Clarke Gardens. The league is a welcoming one with runners of all abilities being encouraged. Full details of the races and how to get involved can be found on the news section of our website. 13 clubs across the region take part and it would be great to see Mersey Tri be well represented!

I can’t stress enough that this is a club run by members for members.

Everything from the coaching, to the website, the newsletter, kit, being affiliated to Triathlon England and other bodies, managing enquiries and questions, successful sessions and so on and so on all happen because people give up their time to make them happen. There is no remuneration & it is juggled alongside family, work, our own training

I’m biased but I think we’ve had a pretty successful year. That is because more or less we’re had the majority of committee and other club roles filled. A case of many hands making light work, or at least work that is manageable.

Our AGM will be early December and naturally some people are stepping down from their roles. It’s vital for the continued success of the club that these are filled.

Please, please consider stepping forward to help out.

Even if you can’t commit to a role please try & come to the AGM to have your say about how the club is run.  If a committee position is not your thing but you’re interested in becoming a club coach please get in contact with our head coach Rob Smallbone to discuss.

That’s enough from me. If you do have any questions, comments, or feedback don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yours in Sport,

Paul Skipper

Chairman, Mersey Tri