Group 1

(Tristar 1 - born in 2013 or 2012)

Group 1 Training

train for two hours from 8.30am to 10.30am on Saturdays during school terms at our main training area Carver Barrackes.. From Sept 2021 the group is for those who were born in 2012 or 2013 who will race in the Tristar 1 age group in 2022.

The aim of the group is to develop good technique, discipline and all round coordination skills in a fun competitive environment differentiated so suit all abilities.

Swim training is now provided on Sunday mornings and is an extra session to Saturday training; more information can be found here.

Elaine Bramley is the Group Leader and can be contacted at Elaine is supported by:

Coaches Activators Junior Activators
Laura Taylor Douglas Bowen Juliet Bigley
Chris Outersides Rebecca White Lewis Buchallet
  Nick White Sasha Clark
  Rob Aspden  
  Katherine Probert  

You will find details of how to apply to join Group 1 on the membership page.

Elaine Bramley

Group 1 Leader

(Level 2 Triathlon & RTO)

Elaine Bramley

Elaine joined the coaching team for Group S in Spring 2013 and started coaching Group 2 in Sept 2014 and became Group Leader of Group 1 in 2017. She gained her BTF Level 2 qualification in March 2015 and completed the BTF Regional Technical Race Officials Course in October 2016.

Elaine is the Junior Club Secretary on the Management Team and Assistant Race Director.    Elaine is the Welfare Officer for the East Region, supporting the regional clubs.  So is very busy managing the club operations behind the scenes as well as working full time.  

Elaine's previously rowed for Cambridge 99s and used to help with coaching the junior and development squads. In August 2013 Elaine completed the inaugural Ride100 London and in Sept 2016 Elaine completed the Dart 10km swim , she has also completed in several triathlons including Blenheim Palace & Windsor Triathlons.  Due to time pressures Elaine focuses on Open Water swimming, and enjoys finding lakes, rivers and sea swims around the UK, or swim holidays further afield.

Elaine recognizes that  participation in sport and physical activity can empower individual girls and women in particular. Involvement in sport and physical activity can, for example, build life skills, confidence and body awareness and may create social networks, which result in dramatic positive life changes for participants.   

She is also a cat lover which is fortunate as she has provided a home for Wallace our club mascot.

You can contact Elaine at

Weekly Schedule - Group 1

The Group 1 weekly schedule of training on Saturdays for Autumn Term 2021 is set out below.

  Venue Time Activity
25-Sep Lord Butler 8.30am - 10.30am Bike / Run
2-Oct Carver Barracks 8.30am - 10.30am Bike / Run
9-Oct Carver Barracks 8.30am - 10.30am Bike / Run
16-Oct Carver Barracks 8.30am - 10.30am Bike / Run
23-Oct Carver Barracks 8.30am - 10.30am Bike / Run
30-Oct Carver Barracks 8.30am - 10.30am Bike / Run
14-Nov SUNDAY Carver Barracks 8.30am - 10.30am Bike / Run
20-Nov NO TRAINING    
27-Nov Carver Barracks 8.30am - 10.30am Bike / Run
4-Dec Carver Barracks 8.30am - 10.30am Bike / Run
11-Dec Carver Barracks 8.30am - 10.30am Bike / Run



Laura Taylor

Group 1 Coach

(Level 1 Triathlon)

Laura Taylor

Laura began coaching with the Group 1 team in November 2017 and gained her BTF Level 1 coaching qualification in December 2018. She is also a Swim England official - Judge level 1. Her sons Edward and Theo train with WaldenJNR Group 2 and Group 1 respectively. 

TriStar 1

Aged 9 or 10 at the 31 December of the year race is held.

This is the second youngest age group and is based on age at the end of the year. TriStar 1's belong to Group 1 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 with traffic. Because of the short distances, quick transitions are very important.

TriStar 1's 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 150m (pool) 150m to 200m (open water)
  • Bike 2km (grass) 4km (tarmac)
  • Run 1.2km
  • Run 1.2km
  • Bike 2km (grass) 4km (tarmac)
  • Run 400m
  • Swim 150m (pool) 150m to 200m (open water)
  • Run 1.5km