Novice Triathlete Programme

If you are planning on becoming a triathlete, or are relatively new to triathlon and want help with a structured training plan, then this is for you!


The Novice Triathlon Programme is a 12 week training plan, designed and led by club coaches and triathletes. It's aimed at anyone from complete novices who maybe have a little experience in one or two disciplines of triathlon - or even some who have no prior experience in any - through to people who may have completed a handful of triathlon races recreationally, but are looking for a more structured training plan to follow. 

The programme will combine a mix of:

- Weekly club swimming, cycling and running sessions

- Independant training sessions set by the programme coaches

- Bespoke training sessions set and led by programme coaches, aimed at teaching specific skills and information for Triathlon (such as route bike recces, and learning to run efficiently after cycling)


Each year the 12 week training plan leads up to preparing you for a specific race, to give you the opportunity to put your skills into practise! The Thames Turbo Sprint Triathlon is a very popular race run by a local club, and is recognised by British Triathlon as being one of the best events in the country. The swim is in the heated Hampton Lido, followed by a bike course along a fairly flat stretch of the Lower Sunbury Road, and finishing up with a run and finish set in Bushy Park. It is a very beginner friendly race, and offers a great early season benchmark.

For the first time in 2017 we extended the Novice Triathlon Programme after the Thames Turbo for those that wanted to continue, offering an additional advanced training plan to prepare participants for their first Olympic distance triathlon. Thorpe Park Standard Distance Triathlon is an event co-hosted by the Clapham Chasers, offering a lake swim in Thorpe lake, an undulating bike course on the local roads between Thorpe Park and Chobham, and a run that will bring you through the theme park itself.

Of course, you are not obligated to do these races! Many who have participated in the programme in the past have already had a specific target race in mind, and it's easy to use and adapt the programme if you have a target race at similar times.


5th Feb - Intro social and Q&A session (7:45pm, Hagen & Hyde)

12th Feb - 1st week of training plan begins

7th May - Thames Turbo Sprint Triathlon (and celebratory social, details to follow)

14th May - Advanced training resumes

15th July - Thorpe Park Standard Distance Triathlon (and Clapham Chasers mid-season social, details to follow)


The Programme is run at the wonderful cost of FREE for Clapham Chasers club members. If you are not already a member, the basic level of membership is £23 per calendar year. Even if you do nothing else with the club that is pretty good value! You can join the club by clicking here.

Note that where facilities and specialist coaches have to be hired for sessions (mostly swimming for lane/coach hire) there may be a payable fee per session - our coached swimming sessions are currently £5 per session. 


George Bright - Programme Head Coach.

George is the Head of Triathlon at the Clapham Chasers and is working towards his British Triathlon Federation Lv2 Coaching qualification. A graduate himself of the Novice Triathlon Programme in 2015, George has since completed 3 Ironman Triathlons.

Ed Harman - Programme Assistant Coach.

Serial adventure-merchant Ed joined the Chasers last year after meeting some of us at a local race. Having climbed Kilamanjaro, cycled from London to Paris in under 24 hours and more, Ed has turned his eye to Triathlon in 2016 and competed in Ironman Vichy in 2017 after taking part in the Novice Triathlon Programme.

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