TRAINING

There is normally at least one training session of any of the three disciplines every week. Scheduled sessions are summarised below.
All members and non-members must print out a copy of the declaration form, sign it and bring it along with you the first time you swim during any year, this can be downloaded here: Open Water Declaration(these will be kept for one season under DPA rules for Safety purposes in case of emergency)

Open Water Swim Declaration Form

Monday Bike: 18:30-20:30 from Specialized Concept Store in Stafford
Monday Track Running: 18:45-19:45 from Rowley Park athletics track Stafford – Track running for the juniors and youths and adults.
Tuesday Run: 18:30 from Specialized Concept Store in Stafford in the winter
Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm TBC awaiting venue confirmation bike for juniors and youth
Thursday Open Water Swim (Seasonal): 18:00-19:30 (or 8pm during later weeks) Blithfield Reservoir –from 8 years old and above (parental consent for under 18years old required and must be with person with parental responsibility) with signed declaration, Goggles, Wetsuit and whistle.
Thursday Swim: 21:00-22:00 at Stafford Leisure Centre –  This will open up to 16 years and above
Saturday Bike: 09:30 – 11:30 from Mammoth bike shop in Milford
Sunday Swim: 17:00-18:00 at Rugeley Leisure Centre(one lane per week for the youths age 10years old and above)
The club is always looking to organise other swim, bike, runs and special transition training sessions. If you would like to help, let one of the committee members or coaches know.

Time Trials
Held from March through to September, the clubs time trials are a great way of building up that top line endurance as well as getting a measured time to work from. Registration takes place at 8.00 at Mammoth Lifestyle, rides then make there way to the start line at Weeping Cross in Stafford. Then it’s just you against the clock!

Blithfield Reservoir Open Water Swimming
Stafford Triathlon Club have enviable, exclusive access to this great facility at Blithfield Reservoir with excellent changing facilities and warm showers as well as the bar being open for some of the time post swim, ideal for looking out over the reservoir and socialising with other swimmers.

Any club members wishing to swim must have first been open water approved, this involves one of the club coaches seeing you swim 800m (32 Lengths) in a pool. This can be arranged at any one of the club swims, just tell the coach at poolside when you arrive.

There is a code of conduct onsite, can you all read and make sure you abide by this, as it is the minimum standard we expect everyone to adhere to, whilst at Blithfield.

All members and non members must print out a copy of the declaration form, sign it and bring it along with you the first time you swim, this can be downloaded by clinking on the link above.

Everyone will be required to swim with at least one buddy whilst in the reservoir and carry a waterproof whistle, if you need one, these can be purchased from whomever is taking the registration at Blithfield for £3.00.

Each session costs £3.50 for current members of Stafford Triathlon Club. Non members are welcome, all of the above conditions apply and the cost is £5. We are very lucky to have use of this facility and we need to respect the environment, wildlife and other users

Each swimmer will receive a numbered band which corresponds to their name on the signing in sheet. The band MUST be handed in as soon as you exit the water so we know you are out of the water safely. This is a fundamental rule not to be broken.

The entry point into the water is across the grass to the right of the steps down from the clubhouse (approx. 15 mtrs) and turn left towards the Stafford Tri Flags. The ramp into the water can be VERY slippery, so care should be taken upon entry and exit.

The swim course is an ANTI-CLOCKWISE pattern, keeping the YELLOW buoys (with Staffie Logo) to your left, which means nobody should ever be more than 30 metres from the shore.

If for any reason we need to get people out of the water in an emergency, there will be three blasts on an air horn. You should exit the water at the nearest shore.

And don’t forget above all else, enjoy your swim!