Team Tri Hard

There are limited places so book now


Bike and run sessions - once a week on Wednesdays at Kemsing Primary School (25 April-13 June inclusive). (No session 30 May).

  • Group 1 - Kemsing Primary School pupils Years 3-6 (after school-16:15)

Swimming sessions - Sundays 12 May and 9 June at Walthamstow School Hall, Sevenoaks.

  • Group 1 - Sunday 12 May (17:00-17:30 - 30-min session on front crawl) and Sunday 9 June (17:00-18:00 - 1-hour session on front crawl and transitions)

The training sessions

Bike - focus on cycle and transition skills in risk-assessed traffic-free environments (school playground and field and Kemsing common field). Skills include braking, mounting and dismounting the bike, cornering, descending and riding 1-handed (for signalling and balance practice).

Run -focus on drills to help running technique, pacing and fun games.

Swim - focus on front crawl technique and the transition between swimming to biking.


The cost for the 9 sessions is £70, which includes a Team Tri Hard t-shirt. If you wish to participate in The KidstriUK Horsham Triathlon 2019 you will need to enter the triathlon race separately (additional cost).

The KidstriUK Horsham Triathlon 2019 race costs £19 plus £1 for a British Triathlon Day Licence. Itís on 16 June, Horsham. You will need to enter your own child. The event is likely to sell out. More information at:

Event distances are:

  • Novice 1 (8-10 years): swim 25 m, bike 665 m, run 600 m
  • Novice 2 (11-14 years): swim 50 m, bike 1,335 m, run 1,200 m.

Age categories are based on the age on 31 December 2018.

Membership criteria

Participants need to:

1. Enjoy swimming, biking and running

2. Be well-behaved and able to follow the Team Tri Hard club rules

3. Be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres (if 7-10 years) or 50 meters (if 11+ years) front crawl unaided and without stopping

4. Be sufficiently swim-fit to participate in a 30-minute swim session focusing on front crawl

5. Be able to ride a bike without stabilisers and start and stop independently (with brakes, not feet!)

6. Have a bike helmet (that fits)

7. Have a road-worthy bike (with bar end plugs, working brakes, pumped up tyres and working chain and gears). Single-gear BMXs are not suitable. It is the participantís or parentís/guardianís responsibility to ensure that his/her childís bike is in a safe condition to ride

8. Be able to run ~600 m (if 7-10 years) or ~1,200m meters (if 11+ years).


  • Have fun swimming, biking and running
  • Learn the basics of triathlon
  • Small group sizes
  • Qualified and experienced coaches
  • Run by Claire Hitchings and Mark Horne

Meet the Coaches


Claire Hitchings competes for Great Britain in their age group team and has won multiple World, European and National titles across triathlon and duathlon (both road and off-road). She is a British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Diploma triathlon coach. She is sports first aid trained, Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checked and insured through the British Triathlon Federation. She holds a sport science degree and a PhD in sport psychology. She has attended the sports coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop as well as the NSPCC Designated Safeguarding Officer course.

Mark Horne works as full-time swim and triathlon coach; holding the ASA (Swim England) Level 2 coach and a British Triathlon Federation Level 3 triathlon coach qualifications. He is Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checked and insured through the British Triathlon Federation and Institute of Coaches. He started in triathlon in 1988 (way back) and has competed multiple times at the International Triathlon Union standard and long distance world championships. Heís completed 5 Ironmans (yes, thatís the crazy event where you have to run a 26.2 mile marathon at the end!)