Member of the Month, Open Water Swims and Helping Out

Hello OxfordTri Family, 

I hope that this finds you well and that you’ve managed to avoid the majority of showers this week. I joined the lucky ones on Thursday night who avoided the rain whilst taking part in the session at the track however with my last session being in February lucky is perhaps on reflection not the word that I would use. I’m pleased I made it tough and look forward to getting back into my running.

There’s quite a lot in this newsletter so I’ll keep this brief. This is a busy month with the lead up to our Aquathlon and then Open Water Familiarisation Sessions in May. For those that have put their names up to potentially volunteer on the 28th I’ll be in touch hopefully at some point his week just to share some details and confirm availability. 

Again, this next week or so is probably our last chance to get people to sign up for the event so please do be thinking about who you could challenge to a race or that would be interested in easing into the world of multi-sport. Here’s the link to our info page on the website why not drop it in a WhatsApp to a few colleagues or friends this week?

I hope that you have a great weekend and look forward to seeing you at some sessions this week. 

God Bless

Member of the Month

We are delighted to share that our Member of the Month for March is none other than Bernard. Unless you’ve done our member lead Headington hill run sessions on Tuesday night or taken part in the Cross Country season you might not know Bernard. He has been a member of the club for a number of years and the organiser and face of Headington hill run since pre-covid times. Bernard always as time for members old and new and can often be found gently encouraging members to rehydrate using the nearest public house. Bernard thank you for being such a present and welcoming face of OxfordTri. We are so privileged to have you as part of the family. Thank You! 

Can you help OxfordTri?

We are currently on the lookout for people to help with some roles within the club. This is an amazing way to give back not just to the club but the sport and the local community. At the moment we have the following vacancies and would love to chat if you think you would be able to help out with them. 

Secretary (Committee Role) 

Key Roles Include; 

  • Organising venues and booking venues for committee meetings and AGM
  • Minute taking at committee meetings and AGM
  • Monitoring the info@oxfordtri email inbox 

Social Media Assist (Non-Committee Role) 

Key Roles Include; 

  • Creating wording for social media posts 
  • Helping post social media content 
  • Monitoring social media inboxes 

If you are interested in any of these roles please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Craig at

Open Water Swim Sessions

As promised here is an update with regards to our open water swims at Queensford Lake this summer. We are really excited to be back there this year and I’m sure that you will agree that we are incredibly fortunate to be able to use this space not just once but twice a week at points throughout the summer. 

Our Saturday morning sessions which run 8-9am will be starting the first weekend in May and running through till September. 

Our Wednesday evening sessions which run 7-8pm will be starting the first Wednesday in June running through till September. This is slightly different from last year however analysing the attendance and considering the need for the club to make some savings we have decided that this would be in the best interest for all. This means that our pool sessions on Wednesday night are set to continue through to that point unless there is a significant drop of in attendance. 

We are also going be having our Burgers and Beers social not once but twice and have plans to trial a ‘bring a buddy’ session in the alternative months that we’ve not got the BBQ fired up. 

Finally, to make these sessions happen we need you to share responsibility when it comes to helping out supervise the session. We will share more about what this role entails over the coming weeks but do be thinking about helping in this role at least once throughout the summer. 

I hope you are as excited to get back in the lake as we are! 

Mota-vation 2024 Series

Off the huge success of the Cross Country season we have decided this year to target taking part in the local Mota-vation series. The races are held monthly at various venues in Oxfordshire on Thursday nights (once a month between April and August). Each race is approx 4-5 miles long and take place mainly on paths/roads with race No 5 being the only advertised at off road. The race was created by OxfordTri’s founder Mike Dunmore and we are hugely excited to be back properly racing it this year. Below is the dates and venues of each of the races:

Race 1 – 25th Apr 2024, 19:00 – Charlton on Otmoor
Race 2 – 30th May 2024, 19:30 – Oxford
Race 3 – 27th Jun 2024, 19:30 – Combe I
Race 4 – 25th Jul 2024, 19:30 – Combe II
Race 5 – 29th Aug 2024, 19:00 – Stratfield Brake

Entry for the series or race one on its own can be found HERE please note anyone who participated in the XC this year will should have an Athletics England Membership (Please do double check though, you should have an email with your UKA Reg No)

We look forward to breaking records again this year for the number of OxfordTri members taking part!

Training Calendar 

See the official calendar for full info and sign up links.

Monday 8th April: Coached Swim – Leys Pool @ 20:00

Tuesday 9th April: Member Lead Social Run – Headington Hill @ 19:00

Tuesday 9th April: Coached Swim – Thame Pool @ 20:00

Wednesday 10th April: Coached Swim – Radley Pool @ 20:00

Thursday 11th April: Coached Run – Horspath Track @ 19:00

Friday 12th April: Coached Swim – Kidlington Pool @ 19:00

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