Our Coaches

Windrush coaching team

The Windrush coaching team look forwards to seeing you at a session soon. If you have any questions or feedback on coaching please contact Head Coach, Lucy Hurn 

To see which sessions each coach takes please see http://clubhouse.windrushtri.co.uk/page/training

Lucy Hurn (Head Coach)

After years of toying with the idea, Lucy finally got round to doing her first triathlon in 2012. She loved it so much that she packed in the day job and became a full time Personal Trainer (REPS Level 3) and triathlon coach with Windrush (currently training as a BTF level 3 coach). She specialises in run analysis and strength and conditioning to iron out any weaknesses. She’s passionate about helping people realise their goals and get the most of out their training.

Her favourite distance is Olympic but she’s signed up to do her first Ironman in 2017 (which is a pretty stupid idea, given that she got into triathlon because she hated doing marathons!). 

Audrey Livingstone

Since 2006 Audrey has competed in over 80 events including triathlons/aquathlons/5k and 10k runs/half marathons and a number of sportives.  Around the same time her career in fitness began as a Personal Trainer.  She started Triathlon Coaching in 2008 and her work now includes Triathlon Coaching; Run Coaching; Personal Training; Exercise Referral/Cardiac Rehabilitation; Body Pump and RPM Instructor; Shadow Box Instructor.  

In her spare time she is a Triathlon Race Official and volunteer on the London Region Triathlon Committee as the Coaching Co ordinator. Her experiences and background in health/fitness/strength and conditioning helps her understand the needs of the athlete at all levels.  She is a qualified Level 3 Triathlon Coach / UK Athletics Run Coach / British Cycling Coach / Level 4 Personal Trainer. 

Zec Jacota

Zec has been a Personal Trainer for 15 years and pilates teacher for 5 years. She’s the lead coach for the Windrush pilates class and really enjoys it. She loves seeing participants take on board the importance of being efficient in movements, as well as reaping the rewards of pilates and how it improves our functional movement. 

Anna Mercer

Anna has been a personal trainer (REPs Level 3) for 7 years and has been coaching with Windrush (British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Coach) for the last 5 years. She has coached a range of abilities from complete beginners to GB Age Group athletes. Anna currently works as the Lead Running Coach for the running charity GoodGym and set up Athlete Lab in the UK - the state of the art cycling studio in Central London - and so has experience of coaching cycling in an elite environment. She currently coaches swimming, spin and strength & conditioning for Windrush and is happy to take on trainees for 1-2-1 coaching who want a personalised training plan. 

 

Sam Blackburn

Sam did her first triathlon as part of her ‘30 before 30’ list, and loved it so much she wanted to do more so joined her local club Windrush. She’s not looked back! She believes in giving everything (well most things) a go so has raced in every distance from sprint right up to Ironman. 

She’s a psychologist by profession so it's all about healthy body and healthy mind, but most importantly enjoying what you do. Most people know she’s not the most competitive but she still believes in giving everything your best effort, that goes for training too! 

Deborah Lloyd

Deborah qualified as a BTF Level 2 coach in March 2015 and regularly coaches the Tuesday morning swim session, as well as other sessions. Since 2016 she has joined the staff team at TriCamp in Majorca over the summer, working as an assistant coach, where she has learnt an enormous amount about coaching on a full time basis. She really enjoys the coaching experience and looks for any constructive feedback.

Tony Donaldson

Lois Barnby

Lois mainly coaches the junior squad but can be seen covering for other coaches from time to time. She is very pleased to now be in the female vets age group. Her favourite training nutrition is cake. 

Becky G 

Qualifications:BTF Level 2 Triathlon Coach

Background before Triathlon: Cycling, Sailing and Swimming.

What inspires me to coach: I love to see how through the disciplines of triathlon, a positive impact on lives and skills it brings athletes as they become better equipped to face the challenges that life inevitably bring. Helping athletes achieve their goals what ever their challenge and being a part of their journey to achieve it.

Personal achievements: 

  • 2017 British Champion 30-34
  • 2017 ETU Championships 8th place 30-34 

Ben Dolman

Northerner turned southerner, Ben moved to London in 2011 to progress his design career. A chance meeting that year with an old friend (and a couple of pints later) led him to entering his first triathlon.

Even though he couldn’t manage more than 50m front crawl, and rode a single speed bike around the course, he was hooked. Fast forward to today and he has completed 30+ races of varying distances across the country and is planning his first Ironman.

His energy and passion for the all things tri has helped introduce more friends to the sport with the focus of a healthier lifestyle not just quick times. This enthusiasm has led him into coaching and in 2016 he qualified as a BTF Level 1 coach with his sights set on level 2 in the near future.

Erica Sample

Erica joined the triathlon world after years of just doing 'general' gym work. She has a background in track and field in her youth, but after some needed time out of the 'competitive world’ she did her first sprint Triathlon in Hyde Park and has never looked back. She loves it! 

She was a Level 1 Athletics coach during Uni days and studied Physiology and Sports Science, but her career is Financial and desk based so she decided it was time to get back into part time coaching and giving something back, joining the Windrush Coaching Team (BTF Level 1) in 2017. 

Nick Flower

Richard Sharp

Rich completed his Bachelor of Physical Education at Otago University in New Zealand, conducting research in biomechanics and athletic injuries. He is a specialist triathlon and long-distance running coach (Triathlon Australia Development Coach), who has relocated to London after being based in Perth, Australia. There he coached athletes to numerous short & long distance triathlon events, half-marathons and marathons. He has worked with both professional athletes and beginners, ensuring that all training plans and sessions are tailored to the individual.

At a personal level, Rich is a former competitive rower, who is now enjoys the challenge of triathlon. He qualified and competed at the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Austria.

Anna Leask

A keen recreational swimmer since childhood, since 2010 Anna has become an avid open water distance swimmer, completing marathon and relay swims in the UK and Europe. Teaching & coaching children and adults since 2014 in individual, small group and full class environments, with particular focus on open water and triathlon swimming, she’s passionate about teaching good technique but making sessions enjoyable too.

Emily Robinson

Emily was a competitive pool swimmer for 10 years before moving into open water swimming and has finally ended up in triathlon. (plus short dabble in underwater hockey, which is a real thing!) Still not completely sure if running and cycling are fun she is enjoying the challenge of the new sports.  
She started teaching swimming 2004 and has qualification in both NZ and Canadian swim teaching and coaching qualifications. Starting with being relaxed in the water is key for Emily and she teaches progressively from this point. Sessions are very much focused on technique and of course having fun. 

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