Coach Profiles

The club provides a number of coached sessions across each triathlon discipline. Our coaching team is encouraged to develop their skills and knowledge across individual sports as well as Triathlon.

Steve McMenamin
  • Steve McMenamin
  • Head Coach | BTF Level 2 & OW Level 2 Coach

     

    My introduction to triathlon was way back in 2005. Since then I have had a fairly successful career including two long-distance Ironman events and a couple of  English Channel swims including a record breaking 2way relay. I have represented Ireland multiple times at all distances and adding to the mix, I’m also a type 1 diabetic.

     

    I used to train in a very generic way with no real structure. Once I joined the club, I listened to the experienced people (we didn’t have coaches back then) took on a more structured training approach. That’s when things changed greatly for me. I really got into the technical side of it and following my sporting mentors, I took an interest in helping people achieve their goals. Ranging from tips on nutrition to training,  this was a great thing to do and I’ve taken great pride in it.  

     

    I then decided to formalise my approach and achieved my first British Triathlon Federation (BTF) coaching cert level 1 in Feb 2017. I followed this with BTF level 2 in Jun 2018;  BTF open water coach Jun 2019;  Swim England Open Water coach level 2 in 2020 and most recently , took on the position of Head Coach Jan 2021.

Jo Fleming
  • Jo Fleming
  • BTF Level 2

     

    I'm a runner who liked to cycle and took up swimming when I joined the club around 2013 after an adult life just doing my own training.

     

    The club is fantastic at supporting beginners through to serious amateurs and I have massively improved all 3 disciplines in my time here. I take great pleasure seeing members get motived to train and this led me to coaching 4 years ago.

     

    I have a relaxed and participative coaching style, encouraging people to understand and explore their technique. I coach the weekly runs, swims and help lead the weekly spin, which I see as complementary to the training sessions that we can easily do on our own.

Kevin James
  • Kevin James
  • UKA Leader in Run - LiRF

     

    I joined Mid Sussex Tri Club after moving to Haywards Heath nearly 20 years ago. In the year before I joined the club, I completed my first marathon in New York where the only goal was to finish without walking (eventual time of 4 hours 45).  But I knew I wanted to improve.  As a result of this, I started training with the tri club and in subsequent marathons got my times down to a sub-3 hour time and gained qualification for the Boston marathon.  

     

    I attribute a lot of this success to consistently attending the club’s Thursday night interval-based sessions and turning up to race club mates at local events such as the Brighton 10k, Barnes Green Half etc. But I have also spent a lot of time on developing running technique and I’m passionate about the importance of treating running as a ‘skill’.  Hopefully, whatever you are wanting to achieve you’ll get some improvement out of one of my sessions.

Clarissa Walton
  • Clarissa Walton
  • UKA Leader in Run - LiRF

    I joined the club in 2020 as wanted to try open water swimming which my husband and daughter thoroughly enjoyed, having competed in a number of European marathons, and then taking up road cycling and completing a very cold 30 mile Sussex cycle ride in Feb 2019.

    I find the MSTC club to be really welcoming to new members and I loved the friendly atmosphere that prevailed whenever we get together for training sessions. As a result of that and the need for new coaches to be recruited, I decided this was the right time for me to step up and use my experience as a marathon runner to lead the running sessions and over time to coach colleagues to improve their running and achieve their ambitions.

    I am passionate about being the best you can be, and as a Learning & Development Consultant at HSBC, am always looking at ways to make my sessions focused, fun and challenged to achieve the best outcomes for all that attend.

    I have yet to compete in a triathlon, partly due to COVID restrictions, but know when I do the club will whole heartedly support and coach me in achieving my goals.

Joanna Millington
  • Joanna Millington
  • BC Group ride leadership level 1 and soon BTF L1

    I tried my first triathlon eight years ago and loved the adrenaline and thrill from the actual race day so much, it became my new hobby. I’ve always been a keen swimmer but only started road cycling in order to try out triathlon.  Maybe ironically, cycling is now my strongest discipline, although hands down, open-water sea swimming is my favorite – especially on a sunny winter day with my tri-club swim buddies, out in those rolling winter waves. Ahh bliss.   

     

    I’m a great believer in the drill-based training to build improvement in your performance. Having followed programes to improve my swimming and running, I’ve seen the evidence that targeted training sets work!

     

    Finally,  yoga is the secret sauce that keeps me in good shape for training. I think too many of us neglect the basic restorative care our bodies need, especially as we age and train.

    Looking forward to more training runs, swims and Sunday bike rides together! 

John MacTear
  • John MacTear
  • BTF Level 1 

    I started triathlon in 2008 as a father / daughter activity.

    Kate and I joined Mid Sussex in 2012 after doing the Burgess Hill Triathlon. This triathlon demonstrated what a friendly and inclusive club it was.

     

    The amazing coaching and support meant that Kate was outperforming me easily within two years of joining. I don’t hold the against the club!!

     

    I love the sport, I love the training and I love the club.

     

    The club hasn’t just given me the skills it has also added a real sense of belonging, that’s why I now want to give something back (some may say “about time!”) by becoming a British Triathlon Coach. I would like to help others benefit from the tremendous coaching that I have received.

Kate Bradford
  • Kate Bradford
  • BTF Level 1 (when qualified) 

Helen Graham
  • Helen Graham
  • UKA Leader in Run - LiRF once qualified

Adam Byrant
  • Adam Byrant
  • SE Assistant Swim Coach

     

    I came to triathlon from a running background, competing in various medium and long distance races    This started at university when I competed in various BUSA events, and I have been fortunate enough to compete around the UK and in Europe. I have run the marathon distance a number of times but I and am still chasing that PB I set back when I was 21!

     

    I moved to triathlon 5 years ago and have competed in local events like Hever, Eastbourne, and London Triathlon.   I have managed to place a couple of times on long distance Aquathlon events, but I would like to emphasise that I am primarily an endurance athlete who enjoys new and novel challenges, rather than being  particularly quick!

     

    During the last couple of years my focus has shifted towards open water swimming.  I have swam in the Adur and Arun river distance swims and regularly swim at Hove. I will swim all year long; I love swimming at dusk on a summers evening, but the crisp frosty of a winters morning also has a magic.  If this world is new to you, then I am always happy to take that first dip with you for confidence.  I cannot understate the mental health benefits of outdoor swimming!  I am also the Welfare Officer for the club.

Want to join our Coaching Team?

We are always looking for members to become coaches.  We offer the opportunity for our coaches to be trained, initially to level 1 with the BTF before progressing through level 2 and, possibly, to level 3.  We are keen also to train our coaches to the various levels and to put them through specific skills short courses offered by the Amateur Swimming Association, British Cycling, and England Athletics and other relevant bodies.  A number of coaches are also trained in the likes of spinning and fitness training.

In return for funding the coaching courses, we ask that coaches make themselves available for inclusion in the coaching register.  This means a commitment of something like at least two session per month for a period of at least a year.  That said, coaching duties are allocated after discussions with the head coach and we are flexible with how coaching hours are accumulated.