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Ryton Tri 2 UP TT: (Sat 8th April)

Hetton Youth, Junior & TriStars Open Water Triathlon 29 July 2017 (Saturday)

Hetton Youth & Junior/TriStars 2 & 3 Team Relay (Saturday)

Hetton Youth & Junior Sprint triathlon:




Colin Gardener

Winner Regional VET's Triathlon Grand Prix in 2001 - 3rd place finish in N&DCA Time Trial BAR (Best All Round over 10, 25, 50, 100 miles) series 2004 - Ryton Tri Club Chairman and coach - Registered with REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) - Qualified level 3 BTA Coach - Qualified level 2 Gym Instructor - Qualified Spin Bike Coach - Qualified Core Stability Coach - BTA Regional Coach of the Year 2005

I have been coaching triathlon for over seven years now and have had many successes along the way. I now own and run Tri-it gym along with my coaching wife Sue. We run a twice weekly spin classes through the winter and actively encourage and instruct many athletes in all aspects of triathlon from nutrition to race prep.

Past coaching success stories:Rob Bee; First Triathlon Regional Event win in 2003 with consistent top three finishes over the last 3 years, qualified to represent GB in World Triathlon Age Group Championships 2004 in Spain

Dave Garner; Came in to Triathlon from a running background, although at first the two extra disciplines of swimming and cycling were challenging with a coaching plan he quickly adapted with top ten finishes in regional races in 2005, moving onto a top ten finish at national level in 2006

Eddie Cooper; Became National Triathlon Fire Fighter Champion in 2005, having decided to train for Ironman Lanzarote, which is considered one of the toughest Ironman courses in the world, Eddie came to me for a plan, his training was specific to the goal and was successful, finishing in an amazing time of 12 hours.

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Bob Hogg

I seem to get into coaching whatever sport I do. When I was playing squash in my early days I ended up doing a level 1 coaching course and when I turned to running did a leve1 AAA coaching course.

Shortly after turning to triathlon I was asked to help out with my wife's masters swim squad, and shortly after that I was asked if I'd be interested in doing the swim coaching for this new triathlon club - Ryton Tri - and I'm still doing it!!!

I currently deliver coaching sessions for both Ryton and Durham Triathlon Clubs. I'm a level 3 triathlon coach, and tutor coaching courses for British Triathlon, I'm also a British Triathlon coach mentor.

As well as coaching here in the NE, I also regularly coach on warm weather training camps. In the past few years I've worked in Sardinia, Italy and now regularly work in Mallorca.

I currently work in the Sports Science department at the University of Sunderland, where I teach Sport Technology, Biomechanics, Anatomy and Sports Injuries

I also do a little 1-2-1 coaching, and have a small group of athletes both in Durham and Ryton Tri and in other parts of the country.

I'm a qualified Sports Masseur and make my services available to club members and friends.

My claim to fame is that I can do a full triathlon in my own home being the proud owner of an endless pool, treadmill and turbo-trainer (which also means I can do technical analysis in all three disciplines from home). As well as coaching I can offer the following services to club members: 1-2-1 Swim coaching in my Endless Pool including video feedback Sports (or Swedish) Massage.

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Sue Gardener

My first taste of teaching anything to do with fitness came in about 1982 in Nigeria when I organised an aerobic class to which the teacher failed to turn up leaving me with 10 women in leotards (that's what we wore then) waiting for a class. I stuck on a Jane Fonda LP and away we went. I kept it going for months and got better at it but with no qualifications. You'll see from Ryton Tri Club's history that the club was started in December 2000 and a year later I did the basic Level 1 Triathlon qualification. Colin and I opened our gym in Ryton in August 2003 and there became a need for more gym-based qualifications. I now have a Level 3 Advanced Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer cert, certificate for Core Stability and a Level 3 GP Referral qualification in order to work with clients with certain medical issues. Meantime, I also gained the more updated BTA Level 2 Triathlon certificate (this qualification is even more advanced these days) and became a UK Athletics Level 2 coach. Technically, I could teach a group of you to hurdle but please don't ask! I did do some individual coaching for a time and took the running club most Wednesdays, planning and delivering the sessions. However, other commitments, bad back etc put a stop to that. I plodded along for a few years as club secretary before handing over lots of the admin to Jenny.
Then came 2015 when Colin secured the funding to try out a kids section. That, for me, is one of the best things to happen to the club and I absolutely love coaching them.....when you can’t race yourself anymore, get yourself 50 kids who can!!!


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