Coaches

Chris Pugh

Chris Pugh

Head Coach

Coach - Level 2

I have been involved with triathlon for the past seven years. As head Coach at BTC it is my responsibility to ensure that we provide quality training to all our members through progressive session planning for all abilities. Our philosophy to training is that we challenge the individual, but we always make the sessions enjoyable and open to everyone. I see myself as a distinctly average athlete but love training and helping others improve through coaching.  My two-top tips to athletes are ‘Consistency is king’ and ‘Training + Good sleep (recovery) = Improvement’.  Sporting Qualifications: BTF Level 1 & Level 2, BTF Head Coach CPD, BTF Open Water CPD, BTF Strength & Conditioning CPD, BTF Static Bike Course CPD.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

L2 Coach
Coach - Level 2
I started running in 2009, after a lifetime of Football, and found I really loved it. Starting off running Half Marathons, and then moved onto Marathons. I got involved in Triathlon in 2011, after entering Southwell Sprint Triathlon.I loved it so much, I progressed onto Olympic, then Middle Distance and finally Ironman Distance, competing in Ironman Bolton in 2013, and Challenge Roth in 2018. I started coaching in 2015, and found that I loved it, just seeing people progress in a really great club environment really gives a great sense of satisfaction. Sporting Qualifications: BTF Level 1 & Level 2, BTF Open Water CPD, BTF Strength & Conditioning CPD, BTF Static Bike Course CPD.
Gerry Hyde

Gerry Hyde

L3 Coach

Coach - Level 3

My participation in multisport started with a minor knee operation in 2010. I needed to focus my recovery from hobbler to runner, so what better way than to include a bit of swimming and cycling too? Not a clue how to approach the event but had 5 months from crutches to race to get sorted. Did it, loved it. Now triathlon and training is a way of life. My experience to date includes competing every year at international ETU & ITU AG Duathlon since 2013; Ironman Lake Placid, Helvellyn Triathlon, numerous 70.3, Standard and Sprint triathlon aces; many fun and challenging cycling endurance events including, Coast-to-coast in a day and London to Paris in 24hrs. In my 1:1 coaching, I am actively developing optimised ‘bang for your buck’ training plans for triathletes, where a tight control on run miles yields maximum performance gain. Quality all the way is the aim, with reduced injury risk. L2 Diploma; CPD Strength & Conditioning; UK Anti-Doping Advisor, all as part of formal BTF coaching development programme

Tim Dawson

L1 Coach
Coach - Level 1
Joining BTC four years ago I have previously been a member of the former Grantham Triathlon Club where I completed a full season of local sprint distance triathlons.
I have taken place in standard distance triathlons, off road mountain bike races, off road running races and completed some classic European cycle sportive’s.
My own triathlon coaching journey started two years ago and I enjoy either passing on training sessions in the pool or just sharing some handy tips on the bike.
Natalie Pugh

Natalie Pugh

L1 Coach
Coach - Level 1
I moved over to the UK in 2005 from Cape Town, South Africa and feel settled and happy in Grantham. I previously competed in horse-riding and was successful in local and regional dressage, cross-country and show jumping events.  My interest in triathlon started with cycling in 2012 and my biggest triathlon achievement to date was completing the Half Outlaw where I managed to qualify for 2017 ETU middle distance event. I am probably considered the quietest in the coaching team and prefer to keep my style with simplicity. I am direct but considerate and enjoy giving one-to-one help for our members. I believe it is a positive attribute from our club to offer our members a combination of coaching styles and approaches that complement each other very well.
Stephen Hobday

Stephen Hobday

L1 Coach

Coach - Level 1

I first completed a triathlon in 1988 then retired shortly aft as it was a bit too hard – I couldn’t swim, didn’t do any training, new nothing about nutrition and expected to win – you can guess how that ended! Roll forward 30 years, a massive accumulation of knowledge, experience and time training and in 2018 I picked up age group silver medals in the 50-55 age group at the Triathlon England Aquathon and National Olympic distances. 4th places at the National Sprint Distance Champs and National Duathlon Champs. Older is wiser!
 

Tom Dean

L1 Coach

Coach - Level 1
I’ve been a cyclist for many years, turning my attention to triathlon in 2016 to give myself a new challenge. From not being able to swim front crawl to completing a 70.3 in a short space of time was due to the amazing coaching team in the club. Very quickly I knew I wanted to help others achieve their targets, so I joined the coaching team. Being a very average athlete, and having some time on the side lines due to injury and a young family, I have great pride in helping others compete at a level I can only dream of.

Sophie Davies

Sophie Davies

Run/ Ride Leader
Run/ Ride Leader
I fell into triathlon by accident. I took up running in 2009 after the birth of my fourth child and quickly discovered a passion for endurance. In 2015, mid way through marathon training I suffered a stress fracture which rendered me side-lined for 16 weeks, during this time the first thing I was permitted to do was swim, followed a few weeks later by cycling. It seemed natural to try my hand at a triathlon soon after. I completed my first sprint tri in May 2016 but didn’t really get the bug until I tried middle distance in 2017, completing both Holkham 70.3 & The Vitruvian. My attention has currently fallen back to running with plans to complete a 100km ultra later this year. I regularly lead the Thursday evening runs and I am also a ride leader for the Sunday socials.
Ashleigh Graham

Ashleigh Graham

L1 Coach
Coach - Level 1
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Blake Hutchison

Blake Hutchison

Ride Leader

Run & Ride Leader

I joined the club in 2013 after losing 9st in weight and have a crazy desire to do a triathlon. The club has encouraged and supported me in achieving many goals including duathlons, triathlons, marathons and half ironman. I had the honour of being the chairman for 3 years and now enjoy helping other achieve their goals. I lead bike rides and social runs and very much enjoy the clubs warm and friendly atmosphere.

Luan Hutchison

Luan Hutchison

Ride Leader

Ride Leader
I started my exercise journey back in 2014 with a group of friends by following the Couch to 5K programme along with social cycling. I eventually plucked up courage & joined the Belvoir Tri Club in 2015 to enable me to spend more “social time” with my Hubby and other fellow BTC members! Whilst I do not compete in Triathlon’s the club has taught me to run (completed 2 half marathon’s), swim (can now swim freestyle) & cycle (up hills). I am a Ride Navigator for the club and enjoy leading the social rides for this mighty club.

Claudette Joint

Claudette Joint

Level 1
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Ove Andresen

Ove Andresen

Ride Leader
Ride Leader

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Level 1
Coach - Level 1

Mark Angeloni

Mark Angeloni

Level 1
Coach - Level 1

David Foster

David Foster

Level 2
Coach - Level 2
After participating and coaching in a range of other sports, I caught the triathlon bug in 2011 when I took part in my first sprint triathlon. Initially, a complete novice to both swimming and cycling, I probably made every mistake possible in both training and competition. With this in mind, I particularly enjoy helping novices avoid such pitfalls whilst always being enthusiastic with everyone I coach. I’m also interested in the mental aspects of performance being a long-standing psychology teacher.