Group S

(TriStart - born in 2010)

train for one hour from 8.30am to 9.30am on Saturdays during school terms. From Sept 2017 the group is for those who were born in 2010 who will race in the Tristart age group in 2018.

The aim is to introduce children to the sport in a fun way, with plenty of games with a high emphasis of developing balance and coordination skills and safety whilst cycling.

Children joining the group will be expected to be able to swim front crawl for at least two lengths without holding on to the sides.

Arlene Mclean is the Group Leader and can be contacted at She is supported by Sarah.

You will find details of how to apply to join Group S on the membership page.

Arlene McLean

Group S Leader

(Level 2 Triathlon)

Arlene McLean

Arlene started coaching at the club when the club started in 2009. She passed the BTF Level 1 qualification in 2010 and the Level 2 qualification in February 2013. She coaches with the Senior side of the club and is a very active supporter of Saffron Seals and the local Brownee troop.

Ella Hall

Group S Coach

(Level 1 Triathlon)

Ella Hall

Ella joined the club in April 2010 and currently trains with Group F. She joined the Group S coaching team in 2015 and immediately proved to be a very popular coach with the children. She qualified as a Level 1 Triathlon coach in February 2016, making her the youngest qualified coach in the club's history.  She loves junior coaching and would recommend it to other members of the club.

Weekly Schedule - Group S

The Group S weekly schedule of training on Saturdays for Spring Term 2018 is set out below. Please note that all sessions will be held at the old Walden School.

  8.30am to 9.30am
17-Feb Half Term
24-Feb Run
03-Mar Swim
10-Mar Bike
17-Mar Run
24-Mar Swim


Aged 8 at the 31 December of the year race is held.

WaldenJNR Tri Start members in action

This is the youngest age group at which children can take part in a triathlon and is based on age at the end of the year. TriStarts belong to Group S of our Saturday morning training groups.

Races are usually held on school playing fields on grass. Open water races are rare and if cycling on tarmac it will be on roads without traffic. Because of the very short distances, quick transitions are very important.

TriStarts can compete in our Club Championship and in the Eastern Region Children' League and there is asummary of all races on our East Region Race Calendar. On these pages the links tell you about each race and how and when to enter.

The standard race distances set out in the BTF rulebook for this age group are:

  • Swim 50m (pool) 50m to 100m (open water)
  • Bike 800m (grass) 1.5km (tarmac)
  • Run 600m
  • Run 400m
  • Bike 800m (grass) 1.5km (tarmac)
  • Run 200m
  • Swim 50m (pool) 50m to 100m (open water)
  • Run 600m