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Mon 21st Jan 2019

As part of a new monthly feature supported by TAUT - the Official Sports Drink Sponsor of British Triathlon (, Tri247 introduces you to the TAUT Report. The TAUT Report highlights the activities of triathlon clubs, their athletes and their events, which form the backbone of the sport.


Hillingdon Triathletes logo

Hillingdon Triathletes are based in the London Region, and are one of the longest standing clubs in the sport. They are also known for the vast number of grass roots races they organise, with a yearly schedule of over 30 events, covering triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, cycle time trials, children's events and much more. Their flagship events - the three race Hillingdon Triathlon Series - is the longest continually running triathlon series in the country, now well into it's third decade. Race organiser since day one is Dave Wardle, who remains to this day the Chairman of the club, and one of the many unsung heroes that exist amongst the club triathlon scene across the country.

Hillingdon Triathletes is a very friendly club and attracts athletes of all abilities from novices to Age Group world medal winners, but has a policy of welcoming everyone, irrespective of their ability or sporting ambitions.

For 2009 the club has moved to an online membership and race entry system, which has greatly reduced administration, as well as increasing membership renewals and race entries: a win-win all around!

Hillingdon Triathletes

In late March the club promoted it's first event of the year, the Spring Sprint Duathlon at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Minet Park Hayes. The weather proved to be very kind, entries were up on 2008, and the home club provided winners in Roger Fowkes and Colette O'Neill in some competitive and close racing.

One unfortunate event was entrant Will Slack managing to crash and suffer some severe road rash and a broken collar bone. Perhaps he was taking his 'Lance' impressions a little far..!

One of the most popular events for club members over the past couple of seasons has been the National Relay Championships. Having entered seven teams in 2007, and nine in 2008, plans are already taking place to make it into double figures in 2009. With a regular flow of new members, this looks very likely.

The highlight of the 2008 event was the Men's over-50 team winning their category in an incredibly close race by just seven seconds. All four of the team have been members of the club for over 20 years each!

Hillingdon Triathletes Super Vet winners

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John Franklin at Ironman South Africa

Hillingdon members have for many years regularly competed in major international events at all distances. Club member John Franklin recently raced at the Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa where he won the 18-24 Age Group and secured a sport for the 2009 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii this October.

Members are also due to race Ironman Lanzarote, the ETU Triathlon Champs, the ITU Duathlon Champs, Ironman Germany 70.3 and many more as the season progresses.

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