Hampstead Triathlon Club in the Press!
HTC Best Ironman Club in UK and 4th in Europe – Ham & High, January 2016
Hampstead Triathlon Club in Triathlon Plus Magazine, March 2014
Hampstead Triathlon Club goes from strength to strength after passing its first birthday
16:08 16 October 2013
Daniel Bingham, a fully qualified triathlon coach who also teaches swimming at Virgin Active in Mill Hill East and Paul Dillon Swimming Club at University College School, established the club in September last year.
His aim was to introduce Londoners to an increasingly popular sport which really captured the imagination of the British public when the Brownlee brothers claimed the gold and bronze medals at the 2012 Olympics in Hyde Park.
Bingham, 38, who competed in the triathlon for Great Britain himself at the World Championships in Madeira in 2004, was also keen to make the most of the sporting facilities in north London.
One year on, Hampstead Triathlon Club hosts eight coached sessions a week and has become a beacon of the growing profile of the sport in the area.
“Our members have been racing all over the country this season, getting some great results and podium finishes,” said Bingham, who lives in Agincourt Road, Hampstead.
“Many of our members have completed their first triathlons this year under the guidance of our expert triathlon coaches.
“As a club, we work together in training to bring the best out of each other, with members achieving personal bests in training and racing.
“We have had a number of social events over the year which have been very successful and have helped to build a great team spirit and bond, with the next one being the club Christmas party.”
The club’s location certainly lends itself to its surroundings, as the area boasts an enviable array of parks and ponds that are easily accessible to its members.
“This summer, we did open water swim sessions at Hampstead Lido, giving members a chance to improve their wetsuit swimming,” said Bingham.
“We use Hampstead Heath running track and Hampstead Heath for our running sessions, and we do our cycling sessions in Regent’s Park and Richmond Park, with longer rides into Hertfordshire. We also do spinning sessions at Kentish Town Sports Centre on a Monday evening.”
Bingham has moved to include greater diversity to the already impressive number of training regimes – including a popular initiative whereby members practise transferring to and from their bikes.
“We use Regent’s Park for our transition sessions, which involve a 1k run, a 3k bike ride and a 1k run, repeated for 45 minutes,” he said.
“This session gives members a chance to practice changing from cycling to running and getting their legs used to running after cycling.”
Further plans are afoot, and the club will commence coached swimming sessions at the Oasis sports centre in Covent Garden in January. They will take place on Friday evenings from 7pm to 8pm, focusing on front crawl technique and fitness development.
Meanwhile, 22 members have already confirmed their attendance at a training camp in Lanzarote in March.
Others are welcome to get involved by emailing Bingham at email@example.com, and you can follow the club’s progress and news by visiting the website www.hampsteadtriathlonclub.co.uk or following them on Twitter @HampsteadTri.
New Hampstead club Offers the Chance to Tri Three Sports in One
12:15 18 October 2012
Daniel Bingham, a swimming teacher and personal trainer from Hampstead, is launching a new triathlon club.
There were a veritable host of British Olympic heroes at London 2012 – not least the brilliant Brownlee brothers, who secured the gold and bronze medals in the triathlon.
It was impossible not to be inspired by the endurance shown by Alistair and Jonathan as they swam, cycled and ran their way to glory in Hyde Park – and now a personal trainer from Hampstead is giving local residents the opportunity to get involved and show their mettle.
Daniel Bingham lives in Agincourt Road and works as a swimming teacher and personal trainer at the David Lloyd gym in East Finchley and Paul Dillon Swimming at University College School in Hampstead.
A triathlon enthusiast, the 37-year-old competed for Great Britain at the World Championships in Madeira in 2004, and next month he will launch the new Hampstead Triathlon Club.
“I’ve been doing triathlons for 20 years, since I was 18 years old, and I’ve seen the sport develop into what it is now,” Bingham told Ham&High Sport.
“I’ve spoken to lots of people and they’re really keen for a local club. You’ve only got to go to the Lido between April and September and you see people in their wetsuits doing their training.
“We’ve got brilliant facilities in the area with the Lido, the Heath and the fantastic 30 metre pool at Kentish Town, and I’m really keen to use those facilities to get people involved in sport.
“The Olympics has been a massive help in raising the profile of the triathlon, and I think people were watching it and thinking ‘wow, could I do that? How would I get started?’
“Obviously it really helped that Britain did so well, with the Brownlee brothers getting the gold and the bronze. I was there, I was right on the barrier and the atmosphere was incredible. It was 10 deep behind me.
“I think what they achieved at the Olympics has given a huge boost to the sport and has inspired everyone – adults and kids.”
Bingham has secured affiliation with the British Triathlon Federation and has booked swimming training sessions at Kentish Town sports centre on Wednesday evenings (8-9pm), starting on November 7.
“I want to get local people together and establish a club where they can share a common interest, meet similar people, discuss training and have that social aspect too,” he said. “I don’t want to take over the world straight away though, it’s got to be a step by step process.
“The idea is to start with those who are aged 15-plus and get everything established, and then once everything’s off the ground I’d definitely look to include a junior section.
“We’ll start with the swimming for now as it’s winter time, but we’ll gradually introduce bike and run sessions when there’s more light in the evenings.”
The club will initially charge £150 for a block of 12 one-hour swimming coaching sessions, with eight swimmers in a lane.
Bingham then plans to add a Tuesday night session in January – and an extra lane – with membership reducing the fees to around £120, which will also allow the purchase of club kit.
The triathlon is certainly not a walk in the park, and even the shortest ‘sprint’ distance is sure to test the stamina – but Bingham says there will be no pressure to compete.
“I hate elitism, I want everyone to get involved – and you don’t have to race,” he said.
“You can just come along and enjoy the training and improve your fitness, and then if you decide you want to get into racing we can take you to events around the country.”
Anyone interested in joining Hampstead Triathlon Club can email Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org