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Newark Triathlon Club is up and running ahead of triathlon season

By Connor Thompson

A multi-sport club is hoping to create a Triathlon boom.

Newark residents Tom Marshall and Wyn Thomas have joined forces to create Newark Triathlon Club, a club aimed at people in the Newark and Sherwood community.

Marshall is a level two British Triathlon coach, and is the lead coach, while Thomas ­— who is currently training for his level two ­— ­is the club lead, and handles the social media and planning side to things.

The club are backed by the British Triathlon Federation and Thomas said he wants the club to reach out to everybody, regardless of skills or gender.

Newark Triathlon Club at their YMCA training facility.
Newark Triathlon Club at their YMCA training facility.

“We have brought a triathlon club to Newark to boost the sport in the town,” said Thomas. “We want to give a different feeling and perspective to running, swimming, cycling.

“A lot of people fear triathlons because they see it’s a multi-sport, but we went to ease people in and give people an idea of what it’s about.

“Everybody is capable, and we want to reach out to the person in the corner who needs some encouragement to get out there.”

Thomas, a former chairman and runner for Newark Striders Running Club, said there is a great running community in Newark and he hopes to build on it through his connections.

Marshall is also well-known in the athletics community too, as he spent multiple years as head coach at Bingham Triathlon Club.

Marshall said his main responsibilities are getting people ready for the upcoming triathlon season, which starts in May.

“I want to get everybody in the best shape for race day,” he said.

Newark Triathlon Club prepair for a training session.
Newark Triathlon Club prepair for a training session.

“A lot of people have different goals when racing, and I want to make sure everybody is peaking come race time.

The non-profit Newark club have 14 members and have targeted events such as the Midland Sprint series and the Nottingham Outlaw (half and full).

“Myself and a few other club members are going to be at the Nottingham Outlaw half triathlon at the end of May and then the full in July,” said Marshall.

“The planning for events has been six months in the making.

“I programmed the sessions within a yearly plan, and then from there, I adjust it session to session to different individuals.

“Most of our members are relatively new to triathlons, so it is good to get everybody involved.”

Newark Triathlon Club at their YMCA training facility.
Newark Triathlon Club at their YMCA training facility.

The club currently meets twice a week ­— on Monday evening for strength and conditioning and on Wednesday evening for track sessions ­— and hopes to add bike sessions in March, as well as swimming sessions in April.

Marshall said: “Running is part and parcel of triathlons, and the most draining discipline.

“Swimming is a slow burner, and the transition between coming out of the water and onto the bike is less harsh on the body than the bike to run.

“I try to replicate triathlon conditions. I want to get people used to running with good form on heavy legs.

“It’s easy to plod along, but we want to correct the form and cause less strain on the joints.

“In the summer, we will aim for brick sessions, which consist of going from the bike to a run.”

The duo have welcomed any new members to their YMCA-based training sessions, which start at 6pm.

For more information contact Newark Triathlon Club on newarktri@gmail.com.

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