Try a Tri

Kemsing Primary School has been invited to a triathlon event on Wednesday 25 September at Sevenoaks School from 4-6pm. It is for Years 5 and 6 and teams of 4 are needed. We have teamed up with Claire Hitchings to run a free ‘try a tri course’ to enable all Year 5 and 6 children to learn more triathlon and give it a go in a fun and friendly environment. It also provides a fair way to select children for the triathlon event.

There is no fee to attend this course.

To participant, you need to complete a sign up form by Monday 9 September, 6pm. No late sign ups can be accepted.

Sign up here

The dates are as follows:

  • Wed 11 Sept (after school - 16:15), Kemsing Primary School - bike and run
  • Sunday 15 Sep (16:45-17:45), Walthamstow Hall School swimming pool - Holly Bush Lane, TN13 3UL - swim with Mark Horne and Claire Hitchings
  • Wed 18 Sept (after school - 16:15), Kemsing Primary School - bike and run.

Kit list for Wednesday biking and running:

1.Bike helmet (that fits).

2.Road-worthy bike (with bar end plugs, working brakes, pumped up tyres and working chain and gears). It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to ensure that his/her child’s bike is in a safe condition to ride.

3.Sports kit, trainers, water bottle and a healthy snack.

Kit list for Sunday swimming:

  • Swim suit (or trisuit if they have one)
  • Hat
  • Goggles
  • Towel
  • Bottle of water
  • Small towel to use in transition (this will get wet so please bring a normal towel for drying at the end of the session)
  • Normal towel
  • T-shirt (that if they were racing, they would wear for the bike and run section)
  • Race belt (if they have one)
  • Trainers (these will get wet!!)
  • Spare shoes to travel home in (as trainers will be wet).

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!)