Committees are notorious for being inefficient, slow and rather boring. At Tri2O, we like to think we cut out the unnecessary and get things done, not forgetting our raison d’etre – the love of triathlon and having fun while we’re at it! In 2017 we are led by Club Chair Simon Brimacombe.
Introducing the team …
Simon Brimacombe – Club Chair
Simon first heard about triathlon while talking to Dave Lennon in a pub in Dublin after the Dublin marathon in 2010 and thought that would be a good laugh although at the time anything would have probably sounded good if it didn’t mean running for hours. Little did he know. So he can blame Dave for everything but to be fair he blames Simon for most things as well, particularly when they were half way up a mountain in Scotland during a swimrun.
He tries to get to Monday night swim sessions and Friday mornings although this year he has been very lazy and its been hit and miss. He enjoys the Sunday morning rides and attend when possible. He enjoys running and can talk for hours about how great parkrun is.
As he is not at the sharp end of the field in any races he enjoys the social side of competing, the race banter and chatting about race experiences
Sally Waterman – Club Secretary
Sally set herself the challenge of competing in a triathlon in her 50th year and after a few mental battles with the swim loved the race and the camaraderie so much she’s been back for many more over the last 8 years. Despite still finding the swim a challenge she has competed in multiple triathlon World Championships at sprint distance as part of the GB Age Group team and – to avoid having to swim – in the duathlon World Championships at standard distance. Sally is keen to broadcast that triathlon and duathlon are truly inclusive sports that people of all ages and levels of fitness can enjoy, without spending a lot of money on expensive kit. Belonging to a club is a great way to meet like-minded people, learn new skills and have some company to motivate your training so whatever event she is at Sally will get in a mention of Tri2O.
Martin Cook – Treasurer
Martin joined the club at the time it was formed, having started triathlon in the traditional manner – on a night out a friend suggested doing one (although he can’t even claim impaired judgement as he was driving). 3 years later he was reluctantly plopping into a lake in Bolton at 6am to take part in IMUK. 6 years further on he was positively delighted to be getting into the clear warm waters in Kona. Having hit the top of the tree so to speak he has now kicked the IM habit (never again, and means it this time). Martin has a wife and two “grown up” children – one of the three is supportive beyond what can be reasonably expected and the other two just despair and hope he never meets any of their friends when dressed for action (guesses on a postcard please). Having said that the despairing family members did become very keen supporters for the trip to Hawaii.
Sean Stewart – Lead Coach
Nicky Rumsey – Communications Secretary
Nicky started doing triathlons many years ago, on a turn up and compete alone, or with a friend basis – pretty anonymously. In 2012 she was persuaded to join Tri2o to go to the swim sessions on the basis that “there were worse swimmers than her there” (taken as a back handed compliment). She still regularly attends and loves the Friday swim sessions. She was the Social Secretary before current role as Communications Officer. Having a hugely busy job and very active children means she has to fit in the training when she can…but enjoys the club sessions and any club champs events she can get to. Being in the club has turned the whole sport into a much more social occasion!
Stephen Ridley – Press and Marketing Officer
Clare Fox – Membership Secretary
Clare was bought up on bike (come rain or shine), she cycled John O’ Groats to Lands End at 15, then decided she hated cycling for a few years after! The bike love returned upon realising that commuting by bike was going to be a lot cheaper than driving and now gets a lot of cycling training in by cycling to work most days with the aim of getting every QOM between Bracknell and Reading (Not Reading to Bracknell, too early in the morning!). She started running after being dragged down to a Parkrun on a rainy Saturday morning. She did her first triathlon attempting to beat her Mum (the logic was over the 3 disciplines it levelled the playing between them) and hasn’t looked back since. She is now working on her running to hopefully improve her advantage.
Ian Armstrong – Race Secretary
Paul Devlin – Social Secretary
Paul has been racing triathlons since 2005,with a background in running, swimming, and judo. He joined the club from the beginning and is a proud wearer of his orange club hoodie. After early experiments at longer distance races including the Helvellyn Triathlon, and the Vitruvian, his legs decided that shorter races are best for him.
He can be found at the club’s winter running and triathlon competitions. You can also find him racing cyclocross, and compiling quiz questions.
Heather Philips – Kit Secretary.
Unity Speakman – Welfare Officer
Unity is first and foremost an outdoor girl. After about 30 years of climbing and mountaineering as her first love, life, teaching and living in Berkshire finally made her decide to change tack for recreation and she signed up for Reading Tri in 2013. The friendship and support of the club hooked her in within 6 months, and Georgia quickly encouraged her to join the committee [she has a habit of doing that] as Welfare Officer.
Her job is to ensure we remain inclusive, respectful and supportive of one another across the entire membership. Let her know if you have any concerns about any aspect of the club in this respect, but she doesn’t expect to be kept busy!
Gareth Sylvester-Bradley – Club Captain
Susan Martin – Swim Officer
Damien Ward – Bike Officer
Edwina McDowall – Run Officer
Pete Gough – Reading Triathlon Subcommittee Chairman
If you are interested in becoming more involved in the organisation of the Club, please contact Club Secretary Sally Waterman direct or via the Contact webpage.