Meet the team
chairman - Donna Lovelock
I first started triathlon in 2012 and haven't looked back since. I have raced locally at various different distances and have now discovered a love for full iron distance in hot places. My main aim is to keep training and racing fun, sociable and an excuse to eat lots of cake. I took over the role of Club Chairman at the AGM in April 2018.
Treasurer - SUZANNE WILLIS
Affiliations Secretary & Website - Sue O’Dowd
As a challenge for my 50th year I took part in my first triathlon…Ironman Zurich…and was hooked. I joined Southampton Tri Club in 2008 so that I could train with other like minded athletes. Having completed 3 Ironman, I now prefer to do Middle Distance events preferably where the weather is warm.
I love the camaraderie and support the club provides.
MINUTES SECRETARY - JACQUI RAMM
I run, swim and cycle as cross training for Morris dancing. The only trouble is, when you swim, cycle and run, it becomes inevitable that you'll do a triathlon sooner or later, and then get addicted.
I do sprint and standard distance triathlons, and my objective is usually to stay the right way up and enjoy it. I always choose races in attractive locations, because I go slowly enough that I have time to enjoy the scenery
Welfare Officer - Jenny Lawrie
I started triathlon after the Brownlee brothers and the London Olympics inspired me. I have regularly attended STC swimming sessions ever since and feel that my swimming has improved quite markedly. I love swimming outside – you turn your head to breathe and see the open sky above you: can’t beat it.
I was already a runner of sorts (one or two gentle runs each week for years and years). My cycling was only recreational and I still do not really know how to cycle fast – and consequently I am terribly slow. The joy that is retirement has intervened, so now the possibilities for training are endless – and have led to aches, injuries and also quite a few events and consequent medals. Triathlon is a real individual sport but with the tri club, it is also so supportive and collaborative.
Head Coach - Steve Cooke
BTF Level 2 Coach
Ex-Professional / GB yachtsman and Outward bound instructor / Mountain leader, I took up racing triathlon in 2005. Over the years I have raced distances from sprint to Ironman in the UK and overseas. As a club coach, I have used all my past experience to coach many different level of athletes from complete beginners and international age groups of all ages. As well as my work with STC, I work on the Triathlon England regional committee as the Junior Series Coordinator and IRC team manager / Coach and also currently head coach at Southampton University Triathlon Club.
I get a real buzz working with athletes in the club and look forward to seeing their effort and smiling faces.
Membership Secretary - Liz Carter
I joined Southampton Tri Club in June 2012 barely able to swim two lengths and less than 18 months later I did the Portsmouth 2k pier to pier sea swim in just over one hour. With swimming it really does pay to be able to train regularly and to be so expertly coached.
I did my first ever duathlon (novice) in March 2013 and triathlon (also novice) the following month and have been utterly addicted ever since. Invariably last, I have the best time and love pretty much every minute of every event I've ever done, but I especially love that feeling of complete achievement when you cross the finish line.
My current favourite distance is the half ironman as it offers me plenty of time to really enjoy the event; having moments of moving meditation during the swim, singing show tunes on the cycle ride and snacking my way round the half marathon. Brilliant brilliant fun!!!
press Officer - tamsyn Smith
I joined STC towards the end of 2013 having spent much of the year learning how to swim. By September 2015 I was able to complete a 17.5km swim around the Isles of Scilly, so joining STC has definitely improved my swimming stamina although I'm still in the slow lane. I've also taken part in a range of triathlons from sprint to half iron distance.
My big goal is to complete an iron-distance triathlon (and I blog about my adventures at http://fatgirltoironman.co.uk), however, having a young baby has made triathlon training rather more challenging. Of the three disciplines, running is closest to my heart, but I do like being able to stop for cake on long bike rides.
I'm enjoying the newly-created role of Press Officer and am hoping that I can help raise people's awareness of our fantastic and friendly club.
Social Secretary - GILL PERRY
I, like many others, was inspired by the Brownlee brothers heading towards the 2012 Olympics, plus I wanted a challenge before my 40th birthday, so I entered my first local sprint tri in 2011 wearing a wetsuit off Ebay and using my trusty 15 year old mountain bike! I was hooked! I joined STC in February 2017, and have gone on to doing Olympic distance tri's, and my first Half Ironman distance tri in summer 2018 in the Cotswolds. I love the support of everyone at the club, and that all are included, whether a complete beginner or a GB athlete! I now organise all of the social events for the club, including the Christmas do, and a one-off viewing of the film "We Are Triathletes".
Kit Officer - Jenny Astall
Club Officer - Paul Edmonds
BTF Level 2 Coach
I completed my first multisport event in 2003 as a credible way of taking a break from my final year study at University. After a 10 year absence from Triathlon, I returned to race some local New Forest events before joining STC in 2013. Since then, I have qualified for GB Age Group, and competed at the World and European Championships in Olympic and Middle Distance. I completed my BTF Coaching Level 2 in 2016 and since then have been coaching the track session on a Thursday evening.
Cycle Officer - Darryl Markus-Hanks
BTF Level 2 Coach
Introducing myself Darryl Marcus-Hanks. I did my first triathlon (and pretty much the first event in the UK) way back in 1982. Doing half the swim breaststroke and using a borrowed race bike I actually did quite well coming somewhere around 10th. However I enjoyed the event so much that over the next few years I entered more of these events and started training specifically for triathlon. Eventually in 1986 I was nominated to race the then World Championships at Nice; 4000m swim, 75mile bike into the maritime alps finishing with a 20mile run up and down the Bays des Anges. Unfortunately I did not have a good race my swim and bike were rubbish although I did have a great run. I subsequently raced the World Champs in 1987 and 1989. Then in 1987 I was approached by the Southampton City Council who wanted myself and a small group of like-minded people to set up the Southampton Triathlon Club. During the 90’s I raced several Age Group World Champs and won a gold medal at the Home Countries Championships and overall got better at the sport. Over the years I have held most of the club’s offices including three separate terms as Chairman. I would like to say I am proud of my achievements in this sport but my best moment was in 1994 when the club surprised me by giving me a certificate for Life Membership to our club. Due to injuries I was forced to stop competing in 1997. I am now embarking on a long term come back – which might take a few years.
Run Officer - Sonia Rushby
I have been a member of Eastleigh RC for many years and was persuaded by one of the STC coaches to join the club approximately 3 years ago. I have no regrets and since joining have participated in sprint and standard distance triathlons. Of the 3 disciplines running is my strength, joining STC has improved my swimming, now I need to focus on my cycling. This is my first year as run officer for STC having been the captain for the CC6 series & other leagues for Eastleigh RC for several years. STC participate in the CC6 series, 7 cross country races of between 4 & 5 miles each, they take place from September to March. The series is organised by local running & triathlon clubs. STC provide interval training sessions at Southampton track on a Thursday evenings @ 7:30 pm. Keep an eye on STC Closed Facebook page for details of other running races and members' advertising training runs. Any questions regarding running please do not hesitate to contact me.
Swim Officer - Claire Fosbrook
I joined STC in 2015 after completing a few local sprint triathlons and wanting to train with others within the sport.
I am not the strongest cyclist or runner, but I do have a background in swimming. Joining the club has helped me improve those disciplines and I have also learnt to love them. I thoroughly enjoy the social side to being part of the club and being able to go out with riders of the same ability is something I look forward to on a weekly basis.
As Swim Officer for the committee I am enjoying raising awareness of local open water swim events, a sport I have only found through triathlon. Being part of the club is a fabulous way of improving within the sport in a fun and supportive environment.
CLUB OFFICER - MIKE ZOLLO
I joined STC in late 2010 having completed my first tri that summer and wanting to see how I could take the sport more seriously! After racing my first middle distance race in 2011 I stepped up to Ironman Wales in 2012, finishing in 12hr15. I joined the STC team at Ironman Switzerland in 2013 before being defeated by Inferno Triathlon in the Alps. I joined the STC Committee in 2013, graduated to the role of Chairman, standing down in 2018 to spend more time with my family. I maintain much love for the sport and enjoy racing Tri as well as the multitude of local Time Trials when I can. I'm not done with long distance Tri and I will have the last laugh at the Inferno race.
BTF Level 2 Coach - Jo Haley
I took up triathlon at uni in Loughborough after injuring myself running. I swam as a kid so that was fine but it took me a while to get any cycling legs. Since then I've raced every distance up to Iron man with 70.3 being my favorite and most successful distance.
In 2015, I finally raced at the 70.3 World Championships. With it being held in Europe, it was therefore within my budget for the first time. This year I intend to step out of my comfort zone by trying a different type of multisport event - a swim/ run Ötillo type race in snowdonia.
I love triathlon as it's so inclusive and friendly. It doesn't matter whether you're fast or slow or like long or short distances - everyone is welcome and everyone is respected for achieving whatever it is they have set out to achieve.
Swim Coach - Alex Palmer
I entered my first triathlon back in 2017, after that, I was completely hooked. I joined STC shortly after, racing as an GB Age Grouper and completing the Weymouth 70.3 Ironman in September.
My back ground is swimming. As a teenager, I was the British junior 50m Freestyle champion and was subsequently selected for the Elite squad for Team Bath. I was fortunate enough to train and work alongside some of the very best swimmers and coaches on the circuit; gaining valuable experience and knowledge.
I am now a part of the club’s coaching team, taking 3-5 lane swim sessions every Saturday morning at the Quays and every other Friday night at Oaklands Community pool which is great for both beginners or people looking for a little extra help with technique.
Swim coach - Adam Robinson
Specialising in swimming, I am new to coaching the STC squad but I bring with me a swimming specific skillset. My ambition is to refresh the mindset of all of the athletes I work with, leaving people wanting to learn more and more about the sport and using that information constructively. I also want to help triathletes learn about leg kick and not gasp in horror when kicking is discussed.
My experience with the water started when I was a baby, my mum took me into the sea on family holidays to the Isle of Wight. This quickly progressed into swimming lessons, lifesaving and eventually swimming club. I then reached County medal positions and Regional finals. My best and favourite even then was the 50m butterfly.