Coaching Team


The Coaching team

Sarah Clark –  Head Coach – BTF Triathlon Coach

sarahcMember since: 2008
Favorite Triathlon distance: – it changes…

Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Crossing the line in Antwerp 70.3, smashing my PB and being oooh sooo happy!



Martin Hurdman – Lead Swim Coach

Qualified ASA swim teacher and coach, previously Head Swim Coach at Swadlincote and Burton swimming clubs, Martin has taken the plunge to help us out at the MVH Repton Swim sessions. Martin writes the programme and is supported by other BTF/ASA swim coaches during these popular swim sessions.

Dave Brayer: Coach (BTF Level 3)

My aim is to help people reach their goals and enjoy the sport of triathlon. I have focused
more specifically on swimming as it tends to be the biggest area holding people back. I also
coach at a number of other clubs across other sports to keep me up to date with new thinking
and widen my coaching expertise.  I completed the 3 day Swim Smooth Coach Education Course (Loughborough) and follow the Swim Smooth coaching philosophy.

Member since: 2008daveb
Favourite Triathlon distance: Sprint & Olympic
Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Numerous, including a sub 2:20 at Blithfield Olympic.
Worst Tri Moment: Barton Marina Sprint in June. A huge thunderstorm with hailstones
and high winds, the air temperature dropped to 7 degrees. I froze on the bike, the hailstones
were like needles in my arms and face. My fingers were so numb I couldn’t get my bike helmet
off in T2 and for the whole run I couldn’t feel my feet. Post race, hypothermia was rife in the
Waterfront. Hot chocolate was the greatest after race drink I have ever had.

Something you might not know: After running the Tamworth 10k in 2008 I had to walk / jog the last 4k due to a reoccurring knee injury. On a visit to a local sports injury specialist I found
out I have flat feet! I now wear orthotics – biomechanics solved.

Warren Simms: BTF Triathlon Coach

Aim: As an enabler for MVH Triathletes to achieve more and stretch further, delivered through the following principles:

Equality: Continue to build a culture that recognises and supports individual abilities.


  • Increase the access to greater coaching knowledge from within MVH and through working with other clubs, coaches and volunteers.
  • Supporting triathletes in setting realistic development targets to achieve
  • their own performance objectives.
  • Our direction is easily understood and relevant
  • Identifying what coaches are needed and making it accessible to all participants
  • Delivered with a positive focus on safety, a participant centred approach, to have fun.
  • Volunteering: Embracing a culture of asking people to get involved, nurturing and supporting our coaches. Volunteer and professional

Member since: 2007
Favorite Triathlon distance: Ironman
Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Competing in an Ironman, challenging myself both physically and mentally. One of my most memorable life achievements.

Steve Lindridge – BTF Triathlon coach


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Lynn Nesbitt – BTF Triathlon coach

Aim – To encourage and support triathletes of all ages and abilities.

Member since: 2009lynnn

Favorite Triathlon distance:

Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Competing for GB in Spain 2011. Completing Outlaw half in 2014 and IM Staffordshire 70.3 in 2015




Nathan Bennett – BTF Coach

Alex Mead – BTF Coach

James Hooley – ASA Assistant Swim Teacher

Took an interest in triathlon after over a decade of laziness. Having been a sprint swimmer as a child and playing rugby throughout my teenage years, the transition to endurance sport has been an unnatural but rewarding challenge.

I obtained my ASA qualification in 1997 whilst teaching lifesaving & swimming with the Ripley RASCALS. My teaching/coaching experience was on hold for many years but I am now really enjoying helping all members with their skills and confidence in the water.unnamed[1]

Member since: 2012
Favourite Triathlon distance:  Not widely marketed as yet… involves a really long swim, a 40km bike and a 400metre run!
Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Crossing the finish line at IM Staffs 70.3.