WVTri:  our coaches



BTF Level 3 Head Coach - Darren Thoirs

I have been involved in triathlon coaching for the past 5 years. As Head Coach at WVTri it is my responsibility to ensure that we provide quality training to all of 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.  Sporting Qualifications: BTF Level 1 & Level 2, Head Coach CPD, Open Water CPD, Strength & Conditioning CPD, CrossFit Level 1, Wattbike Practioners Course.

BTF Level 2 Coach – Kenny Anderson

I began running in 2011 in an effort to maintain some weight loss (I love my food!!!) and my triathlon journey began in July 2015 when I learned to swim, completed my first sprint triathlon and joined WVTri in September 2015. In December 2016 I completed my BTF Level 1 coaching qualification and then BTF Level 2 in March 2018. As a coach, I love to encourage all of our members to challenge and push themselves to succeed irrespective of ability. I always try to make the training sessions challenging, yet enjoyable for everyone. Some people say I shout, but that’s just my quiet Scottish accent!!

BTF Level 2 Coach - Mark Gray

My first experience of triathlon was way back in 1996 at a local sprint triathlon - Duston, when dirt motorbiking was my main hobby. After many broken bones, but most seriously a broken back after a bad fall in the sand dunes of Dubai in 2010, I spent time doing re-hab in Corby swimming pool and shortly after joined WVTri. I realised how much I had missed triathlon, and set myself a few goals, spurred on by watching footage of the World Championships at Kona. In 2013, I completed my first long course race, and subsequently gained a qualification slot at IM Austria in 2015 and raced at Kona in 2016. I then gained a second qualification at Xaimen, China in 2016 and returned to Hawaii in 2017 having battled a serious knee injury all that year and with only 5 weeks of run training under my belt.

During 2017, I decided I wanted to help others in the club to realise their goals and ambitions, and embarked on BTF Level 2 training. With dedication and commitment you can certainly achieve more than you think is possible, I can assure you of that!


BTF Level 1 Coach – Nicky Garratt

I qualified as a BTF Level 1 coach in December 2016, having joined WVTri in the summer of 2015 as a complete novice. During 2017 I trained and completed Ironman Maastricht with my husband Graham, which was a real journey and a momentous day for us both.  I enjoy seeing the progression that the WVTri members are making, and tracking their successes at races and in particular enjoy swim coaching. Coming to triathlon in my mid 40’s has given me so many positive benefits, and juggling work, training, home life and children is a fun and rewarding challenge!


BTF Level 1 Coach – Philip Wright

I started doing triathlons in 2012 when I did sprint and Olympic distance races, and ended the year with a middle distance event in Chantilly, France.  After a 2 year break I then completed Ironman Sweden.  I have a varied history in training people and thought I would bring these skills to  WVTri  by enrolling in the coaching programme. I qualified as a BTF Level 1 coach in 2017 and I’m looking forward to developing the athletes' skills as well as my own.


BTF Level 1 Coach - Carol McDade

I started doing triathlon in 2016, and quickly joined WVTri as I was looking for a personal challenge having no background in sport. With the support of WVTri and the coaches, I completed my first 70.3 in Mallorca in May 2017 and went in to do two more 70.3s in my first season.  I have recently qualified as a BTF Level 1 coach and am looking forward to helping others in the club develop and achieve their goals and instilling a belief that anything is possible!

BTF Level 1 Coach - Craig Fuller 

Having run numerous marathons and 3 ultras, I decided that running itself wasn’t enough of a challenge; there had to be more!  So I joined WVTri in October 2017 after speaking with a friend and now I’m hooked!!!!. I am a firm believer of healthy body - healthy mind and will always encourage sport for all. Coaching others to achieve their goals and push beyond is a key driver for me, and the triathletes continually inspire me to train and coach harder. I am due to complete BTF Level 1 in April 2018. 

BTF Level 1 Coach - Stuart Rees

My wife and I thought we would set ourselves a challenge and get fit, so we started with couch to 5k. We then saw a local triathlon club WVTri and contacted them and went along to a session to have a chat. Our first session was hill repeats up Rockingham Hill with lots of encouragement. Soon after we officially joined the club and did our first sprint distance at Tallington Lakes. I then went on to compete in my first 70.3 Ironman in Mallorca in May 2017 and will be competing at Ironman UK in the summer of 2018 with two 70.3 as a build up. Having received the support and encouragement from the coaches at the club I decided I wanted to give something back, to both the club and its members, by supporting others to achieve their aims from the hard work and effort they put in.

BTF Level 1 Coach - Tim Cooke 

I've been involved with triathlon since 2008 and have been a  member of the WVTri club since its formation. I have competed across all distances both in the UK and abroad and never tire of the fun, camaraderie,  friendly competitiveness and sometimes life-changing personal challenges that the sport provides. Along with the other members of our coaching team, I enjoy helping club members of all ages and abilities to develop in the sport and to realise their own goals and ambitions.

BTF Level 1 Coach - Marc Jordan

My triathlon journey started when I watched my brother in law competing in 2016.  I had a complete misconception of the type of people who did triathlons, and the buzz of the event and the efforts of all the competitors inspired me to join WVTri in the summer of 2016 and later that year enter my first sprint. Since then - with the support of the club's coaches and other club members - I have trained for and completed sprint, standard, half and full distance Triathlons, and this year I raced my second IM event in Austria.  In early 2019 I had the opportunity to train for my BTF level 1 coaches course, which was a great opportunity to use my teaching skills in a new and different way, one which allows me to give something back to the club and support other in reaching their goals. 

BTF Level 1 Coach - Dan Fox

Working in the cycling industry as a mechanic and bike fitter, cycling has always been my passion and my strongest discipline, so back in 2008 I was persuaded to take someone place in the London Triathlon and have been competing ever since.  I have been a member of WVTri since it started, as well as sitting on the committee for a number of years as well.   I qualified as a BTF level 1 coach in April 2019 and am enjoying coaching others with a passion for the sport and helping them achieve their goals.  


BTF Level 1 Coach - Sue Henley

 Five years ago I thought I was in the part of the population who couldn’t run. A colleague suggested I try couch to 5k : I was completely amazed the day I managed 5k.  I stumbled across  WVTri 3 years ago in an effort to improve my swimming and was immediately hooked. I have now completed triathlons at every distance, including Ironman and am convinced that triathlon is a sport accessible to everyone, irrespective of age, gender and ability. I am now coaching in an attempt to pass on my enthusiasm for such a great sport.   If I can do it: so can you!


In addition, the club have a number of qualified British Cycling Combined L1 & L2 Ride Leaders.  All of our coaches and Ride Leaders have - or are working towards - a recognised First Aid qualification and Ride Leaders carry a first aid kit on the club's Social Ride.  The club also own its own portable defibrillator.

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