Claire Hitchings Coaching

Team Tri Hard

This is a perfect opportunity to give the fabulous sport of triathlon a go! The course is tailor-made for beginners and the main emphasis is on having fun whilst learning. Triathlon always starts with a swim, which can be any stroke apart from backstroke. Bike - the next step is to get on your bike. And then finally, it's time for a bit of running (beware of "jelly-legs!").

  • Have fun swimming, biking and running
  • Learn the basics of triathlon
  • Small group sizes (Maximum of 8)
  • Qualified and experienced coaches
  • Run by Claire Hitchings and Mark Horne



Bike and run sessions - once a week on Wednesdays at Ightham Primary School (after school - 4:15).

Swimming session - 1 hour session on a Sunday (date tbc) at Walthamstow School Hall, Sevenoaks (16:30-17:30) - focus 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). 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.

Payment and bookings

Places are limited and are on a first-come-first served basis. The cost for the 10 x Wednesday sessions and 1 x 1hr Sunday swim session is £72. Once your place is booked, pleased complete an online consent form.

Membership criteria

Participants need to:

  1. Be in Years 4-6.
  2. Enjoy swimming, biking and running
  3. Be able to listen and follow instructions
  4. Be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres front crawl unaided and without stopping
  5. Be sufficiently swim-fit to participate in a 30-minute swim session focusing on front crawl - this will normally mean swimming 1-2 lengths, receiving coaching points and then repeating
  6. Be able to ride a bike without stabilisers and start and stop independently (with brakes, not feet!)
  7. Have a bike helmet (that fits)
  8. Have a road-worthy bike (with bar end plugs, working brakes, pumped up tyres and working chain and gears). It is the participant's or parent's/guardian's responsibility to ensure that his/her child's bike is in a safe condition to ride
  9. Be able to run ~600 m.


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. He's completed 5 Ironmans (yes, that's the crazy event where you have to run a 26.2 mile marathon at the end!)