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. 

Eleanor Cameron

Treasurer

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I wasn’t really a swimmer, a cyclist or a runner when I signed up to do the supersprint race at Blenheim in 2018. When we moved to Oxford I’d not found the high intensity gym classes I used to enjoy and so I ended up running, swimming and cycling instead. I loved the race at Blenheim and have now done lots of sprint distance triathlon races as well as some running, swimming and swimrun events. I hope to work up to Olympic distance triathlon before too long, if the general juggle of work, family life and avoiding injury allows. I love triathlon for the variety of ways to enjoy fitness and because it’s ok to feel like a jack of three trades and master of none!

Nathan Blake

Lead Coach

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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.

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..

Zara Hannoun

Membership Secretary

It all started with a run, followed by a few more runs and then an easy bike ride, then a few harder bike rides and oh why not… might as well swim now… and that is how I started doing triathlons. It is a slippery slope from doing a few triathlons to not being able to live without them 😀 Joining the OxfordTri Club just made the whole experience even better!

Jane Bell

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Welfare Officer

I’ve been an Oxford Tri member for 15 years and a level 2 coach for much of that time. I love coaching swimming which is what I mainly coach. I am a general committee member and also the club Welfare Officer.
My triathlon “career” has taken me from sprint to half iron man racing and have been lucky enough to enjoy podiums in National, European and World competition. Never the less I havent forgotten the excitement, nerves and pure joy of completing my 1st triathlon and love supporting all levels of athletes – and all ages!
if you’re a new member I hope to meet you soon!

Craig Bathgate

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Publicity Officer/Social Media

In 2014 whilst at the University of Stirling I started going along to their Triathlon Club with the aim of getting fitter. Within months I had relearnt how to swim and completed my first ever multi-sport event a Sprint Duathlon. Since 2014 I have continued to grow in my passion and enjoyment for the sport and so when I moved to Oxford at the end of 2019 joining the club was a no brainer.

Being part of Oxford Tri has allowed me to access numerous training sessions throughout the week which are led by our expert coaches and to be part of the Oxford Tri family.  I have found this to be a diverse and incredibly kind group of people, the latter being particularly evident during the COVD-19 pandemic. I believe that training and socialising with my fellow clubmates helps me to maintain both my physical and mental health.

I am excited to be able to serve the club through being on the committee, with my role specifically focusing on promoting all the great things about Oxford Tri. If you ever have and stories that you want to share about being part of the club don’t hesitate to get in touch via our social media or grab me in person at a training session. Monday night swims at Abingdon and Thursday night track at Horspath are my usual sessions.  

Lefteris Tatakis

Committee Member

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I love the variability of triathlon, and how there is always something to learn and challenge yourself with. From improving your run speed or swim form, learning to ride a road bike, or finishing a big race.

For me, triathlon is all about the process of improvement and the endorphin kick. I usually set a goal, just go for it and see if my body lets me do it. Sometimes it works out, sometimes I learn for next time.

I joined the club in 2017, a year after my first triathlon. 

Over this time I have learned so much from the club sessions I have participated in. In 2021 I got my Level 1 coaching certification to learn even more! Currently, I am working towards my Level 2 certification.

I am always happy to help out, and if I don’t know the answer myself I will try to point you to the right person. Looking forward to seeing you at some future OxfordTri sessions!