Nick Wenban-Smith

Chair


Following a fortnight in hospital with severe pneumonia which left me with reduced lung capacity I resolved to get fitter. I got back into regular running, and bought a road bike just as Bradley Wiggins was inspiring us with his Tour win in 2012. My triathlon initiation was via the standard route of a charity place in the Blenheim triathlon in 2013, putting my hired wetsuit on for the first time the morning of the race. I really loved the experience and joined Oxford Tri a year later to improve my swimming. Although I was too scared to go to any swim sessions for my first year as a member … 

Fast forward to today and I am a relatively competitive age grouper, have done five full (ironman) distance triathlons, and can give the youngsters a run for their money in a bike time trial. The swimming is still a work in progress!

I am completely passionate about the benefits of the sport at all levels, both from a physical and mental health perspective, and am super proud to be chair of the club. 

Lucy Dighton

Treasurer

I am a relative newcomer to triathlon compared to a lot of the committee having taken it up 3 years ago to prove to my daughter that it wasn’t just boys that do triathlon. The original plan was to train enough to get through a super sprint distance and then move on with life. However I ended up hooked and loved my first middle distance triathlon this year. Now training for going long at Roth next year.

Nathan Blake

Lead Coach

Nathan

I cherish the moments when I can swim, cycle or run which I slip into my daily routines. I’m a Dad, husband, IT delivery manager, triathlete and I run a small triathlon coaching business as well as coaching at this amazing club. My coaching philosophy is to support and encourage an active, healthy and energetic lifestyle, challenge yourself and have a laugh on the way. Set a goal and give it a whirl, if you don’t try you’ll never know. Now get out there and have a blast!

Jon Marsden

Secretary

I came to Triathlon in 2016 and complete my first middle distance in 2017, joining Ox Tri shortly after. Training with the club is good fun and has certainly increased the range of training I do and made it far more enjoyable. Any questions email me secretary@oxfordtri.co.uk and I’ll be happy to answer.

Georgette Broughton

Membership Secretary & Covid Officer

I thought I was an ultra-runner, who swam and biked for ‘recovery’ and ‘strength’. I entered my first sprint triathlon in May 2019 – and didn’t come last (which was surprising as I did nearly drown in the swim!). Deciding that all three sports consecutively was both challenging and enjoyable, I joined Oxford Tri shortly after and have really benefited from the coaching and encouragement the club offers, and am looking forward to welcoming new members as the Membership Secretary this year. From July 2020, I also hold the role of Club COVID Officer responsible for all COVID-19 matters for the club and will be responsible for liaising with key stakeholders and other organisations in relation to the club’s response to COVID-19.

Chris Hickman

Kit

I like to think of myself as a triathlete for “mere mortals”: I started late (43), having never been very sporty, after a company medical turned up high blood pressure. I was so irritated by this I entered the Super Sprint at Blenheim in 2011 along with a friend. We both finished, but I was hooked! I’ve since done several half distance races and even managed to not finish last!

In addition to being a general committee member, i’m also the club’s kit officer, so if you need kit, or have suggestions for gear we should carry, do let me know (kit@oxfordtri.co.uk or grab me if you see me at a session!)

Outside of triathlon, I also run with Oxford Hash House Harriers (the “drinking club with a running problem”) and can be found fettling computers for a living.

Katie McDonald

Social Secretary

Having enjoyed swimming, cycling and running as casual hobbies for a number of years, I finally decided to mash them all together by taking part in Blenheim Triathlon in June 2019. A month later I joined OxfordTri, a club which quite literally changed my life. The club not only brought structure, training and goal-setting to my hobby, but it has also thrown me into a diverse network of wonderful club members, many of whom I now call friends.

When I’m not doing something triathlon related, I work full time as a Pharmacy Technician in the NHS. Triathlon has brought balance and purpose to my previously haphazard life outside of work, and provides me with an opportunity to really switch off when I leave the office. There is never any pressure to attend sessions, but be warned- it’s addictive!

When asked if I’d be interested in the roles of Social Secretary and Publicity Officer, I just couldn’t turn down the opportunity to give back to a club which has given so much to me. I look forward to welcoming members, old and new, to OxfordTri. Hope to see you at a session soon!

Liz Merrett

General Committee Member

I joined Oxford Tri in 2012 after telling my husband I wanted to give triathlon a go, so he very kindly signed me up for a half distance event. At the time I couldn’t swim very well in the pool let alone open water! So my first open water swim was at one of the Pre-Blenheim swims run by the club. I then joined the club to get more pool and open water swimming experience as well as joining the track sessions.

Since then I have taken part in many events – from sprint distance to full distance.

Over the last few years I’ve helped the club by organising the Pre-Blenheim swims, co-ordinating the Lake sessions and helping out at the club sprint. I love being part of the club and have made some good friends who are fellow members.

Sarah Spruytenburg

Club Captain

I’ve been doing triathlons on and off for nearly 10 years now so I’ve picked up a bit of knowledge along the way.  But as a triathlon career summary: In my very first triathlon my bike fell apart and I ended up in a bush and the last triathlon I competed in at the end of 2018 was for my country in the European middle distance championships in Ibiza, so it’s been a journey for sure and lots of laughs along the way.

I’m a big believer in you get out what you put in and with OxfordTri I’m happy to try to put in as much time as I can because it’s the most amazing club and I’m incredibly proud to be part of it.  I’m on the committee and am one of the club captains and sorry yes you will also see my mug on the membership card 🙂 Please feel free to ask me anything about the club etc..

Daniel Anderton

Club Captain & website officer

After moving to Oxfordshire from Devon and many years in athletics, the move was also a great time to try something new and a great way to meet new people in the area. Triathlon ended up being that calling and I have been hooked since!

After going alone for a few years I decided it was time to join a club and I haven’t looked back. Training with a group has transformed my training and enjoyment of the sport, and being on the commitee is just a little way of giving something back!

Sarah Dawson

Committee Member

Sarah Dawson

I joined Oxford Tri at the start of 2019 after deciding it would be a good idea to enter Ironman Wales as a 50th birthday present/challenge to myself. At this point the only triathlon experience I had was completing a sprint distance at Blenheim, coaching from my siblings in Wales and two copies of the Ironfit book! I had no idea about cycling and quite frankly it was terrifying. 

Fortunately I decided at that point to join the club. I am very grateful for all the great coaching sessions and encouragement in the pool. Although I’ve still got an awful lot to learn about bikes (not an understatement) I’ve had lots of encouragement and help from lots of different coaches and members which has been a massive help. 

There are so many different sessions on offer within the club and so many people that are happy to give their time. I’m hoping that as the newest committee member that I’ll be able to help support the club over the next year at the very least. Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions about low tech triathlon for beginners and how much training you can do without a proper watch!