Meet the Triathlon Committee

Lucy Hewett

Having run for many years on her own, Lucy always considered clubs for elite people only but soon changed her mind when she joined the Striders in November 2014 and realised what a friendly, helpful bunch they were! With running as her first love, bike growing as her new love and always struggling with the swim Lucy tapped into the knowledge of other members and took advantage of the clubs training sessions in the 3 disciplines before she attempted her first half triathlon in May 2015…The Marshman at Lydd.

Since then Lucy has been an active member of the club taking part in 5 Aquathons; 3 Duathlons; 3 Sprint Tris; 1 Olympic; 3 Half Tris; 5 Half Marathons; Brighton Marathon (GFA place London); London Marathon (GFA place London); Ride 100 & Ironman Full Triathlon Vichy. Lucy was delighted to be presented with Strider of the Year and Joint Triathlete of the Year (shared with the amazing Lynne Hacon) at the club awards in 2017. If I can be of any help with anything please ask! 🙂
Ross Pilcher

Prior to joining the Striders, Ross had already dabbled with a sprint Triathlon back in 2014.

“I was already a keen swimmer, and had just bought a second hand road bike, so the idea of shuffling around the run didn’t seem too scary.   I remember it being a wet and cold affair, and much harder than I’d imagined, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The next logical step was to join a club as it seemed much more fun to be able to share my new found love of triathlon with like minded individuals”.

Several years on Ross has managed to add to his tally of events, having worked his way up from numerous Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons to the longer Half (70.3) and Full (140.6) distances, which include the Owler 70.3, Outlaw Half, Ironman Vichy, and Lakesman full.

He’s a regular on our club rides, and can often be relied upon to assist with roadside repairs.
Lynne Hacon

Having enjoyed most sports as a youngster, Lynne had a sabbatical from sport for several years until she returned to running and joined Sittingbourne Striders in 2003. In 2012 her husband persuaded her that Triathlon was the future and he brought her first road bike. It gathered dust for the first few months until her husband announced he was going to take part in the 2013 Outlaw Half, a middle distance triathlon in Nottingham. Faced with the prospect of supporting her husband Lynne decided to take part instead. She hasn’t looked back since and over the last few years Lynne has raced form Olympic to Full distance triathlons and has taken over an hour off her original time for the Outlaw half event.

Lynne is proud to have represented Team GB in the Age Group Team at ETU Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships (Walchsee 2016), raced in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships (Chattanooga 2017) and qualified for the ETU Aqua bike European Championships (Ibiza 2018).
Lynne is a member of the main committee as the Activities Organizer and is Level 1 BTF coach, looking to qualify as level 2 in the near future.
Rachel Ward

Hi everyone, my name is Rachel Ward. I am 45 and a mother of 2. My other half, Andy Baptie, and I joined the Sittingbourne Striders Tri in 2016.

Having joined the Sittingbourne Strider’s 3 years earlier, I was ready for a new challenge and Triathlon seemed like a natural progression.

I loved it instantly - everyone was very welcoming, supportive and inclusive. I remember my first ride to Headcorn and up Hollingbourne Hill - I thought my legs were going to combust!!

My first triathlon was a Go Tri event in Herne Bay - lots of fun and very well supported. I highly recommend them for anyone wanting to give triathlon a go. I then did the Tonbridge Sprint, Cotswolds Sprint, Outlaw Half, Leeds Castle Sprint, and Bewl Sprint. I like the Sprint distance!!

I was asked to join the Tri committee in late 2016 and have the (somewhat dubious) honour of publishing the Championship results this year.

I have not been quite so busy this year, (the dreaded plantar fasciitis) At least I can still swim and ride my bike. I did Leeds Castle (Sprint) in June, and was most surprised to achieve 3rd in my age cat.

I hope to do another triathlon this year and maybe progress to a Standard distance at some point. Ironman distances do not appeal at the moment!!
Paul Williams

Paul has been a member of the Striders since 2000 and after many years of road racing including currently 37 marathons and many more Half Marathons started his triathlon journey with a few pool based races at Whiteoak in Swanley. 5 years ago he started competing in open water events and won his age group at the Outlaw Middle Distance event on his debut at the distance. He has also completed the IM 70.3 in Lanzarote.
Paul was Club chairman for 5 1/2 years from 2012 and although no longer resident in Sittingbourne remains passionate about the club and as one of the more senior (in age) members hopes he acts as a role model to others to prove that age is not a barrier.


Ride Leader First Aiders

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Valid 11/11/2017-11/11/2020

Neil HaconRoss PilcherLucy Hewett
Bradley ClaytonPaul BowditchLynne Hacon