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The Team

The club is staffed by a number of coaches with varying levels of experience, all of whom give up their spare time to lead swim sessions, bike group rides and run training. There are also a number of other volunteers who play an active part in the running of the club.

The Coaches

Simon Clapham

Simon founded the club at a time when there was only one other triathlon club in South Manchester, and has been with it ever since, acting as our lead coach. He holds level 3 in Swim coaching and level 2 Triathlon coaching qualifications, and can often be seen at the weekends on the group rides. 

He is a multiple Ironman finisher, having most recently completed Ironman Wales in 2018, 

In addition to the voluntary work, he works for Everybody Leisure Centres and runs the Coach by Colour sessions at Poynton & Knutsford. 

Andrew Preece

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The volunteers

Jason Stott

Jason has been a member of Scarab tri for about 8-9 years and has completed Bolton and Outlaw iron distance races as well as many 70.3 (half-iron distance) races, preferring hill or mountain runs to finish on.


He is also heavily involved with the running side of Scarab Tri with our sister club Wilmslow Striders (also based at the Leisure Centre) which welcomes runners and Scarabs alike.

Susan Dickinson

Susan decided to compete in her first triathlon in 2014 with a couple of friends. She didn’t swim, cycle or run.  It was supposed to be a one off challenge to do something different for charity. When crossing the finish line at Wilmslow tri it was too late, she was hooked. She joined Scarab Tri and went on to complete a further two sprint tri’s that year, all three swimming breaststroke. After seeing her husband James complete Ironman Wales that same year, Susan knew an Ironman was her ultimate goal. Since then Susan has learnt front crawl, completed 10 sprint triathlons, (including Abersoch, Pwllheli, Harlech), 1 Olympic triathlon  (Sandman), 1 half (Outlaw), 2 half marathons (Malta & Lisbon) and she successfully completed Ironman Barcelona in 2018.

Dan Piercy

Dan joined the club in late 2015 as a way to keep fit and gain a bit of motivation from training with others. He had a good base fitness in cycling and running, but lacked technique in swimming - after a couple of months of training on Wednesdays at the swim sessions (and a lot of spluttering and time spent hanging on to the lane dividers) he was keeping up with the others in the lane and seeing some real improvement. His first Tri was Boundary Park, which was a great introduction to the sport in a low-pressure environment. To date he has competed in the Slateman twice, Boundary Park (standard distance) twice, Bala Tri (standard distance), A Day in the Lakes  (half-Iron) and completed his first Ironman at Wales (Tenby) in September 2018.

 

He is the club's Kit Manager, and runs website / club calendar administration.

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In Memory

Neil Morris

1979 - 2018

Neil was one of our founder members. He used to be a club swimmer with Wilmslow Scorpions, and when he stopped competitive swimming, he started to help out with the swimming club teaching the kids. One day Simon roped him into dipping his toes back into the pool and, as he wasn't built like your average triathlete, he was a little unsure about joining in with a bunch of athletes. Neil didn't look back since, and  completed numerous sprint Tri’s, an Olympic distance in Sweden and 5 half iron distance races both home and abroad (Staffs, Dublin and Half Outlaw. His last race was the inaugural Lahti 70.3 (Half-Iron) race in Finland, where he unfortunately had to retire early due to three punctures on the bike leg (up to that point having his best swim and bike legs to date).

 

He was one of the most popular members of the group, and a constant source of encouragement for new starters and long-standing members alike, as well as our unofficial social secretary. He will be remembered for his constant good humour, capacity for fun, resilience and disliking of hills (although he relished the descents).

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