Your enquiry will either be answered directly or passed onto the relevant member of the coaching team. 

Some volunteer club coaches are also professional coaches in their own right and run successful businesses outside of Somerset RC Tri Club based activities. Having a number of experienced professional coaches closely involved in the club, giving their time to deliver voluntary coaching sessions for the membership, and making themselves easily accessible and available for more in-depth training guidance to members is of great benefit to the club. All club members benefit from the services through planned structure in club training that all trained coaches provide.

Club members can choose whether to engage the services of a professional coach at their own expense and for their convenience details of these businesses are supplied in those coaches' profile below. 


Nick Smith

British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Coach

Gym Based Fitness Instructor (QFC) Level 2

Group Indoor Cycle Instructor (QFC) Level 2

Personal Training, Level 3 (YMCA) 

Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor 

As a recently retired school teacher and senior leader I see coaching as a two-way process. The coach’s role primarily is to ask questions of the athlete and any personal guidance evolves from this starting point. I have retrained as a Personal Trainer, and have set up my own coaching company, so that I can continue with my love of coaching as a way to support the personal development of others.

My background is as a county standard track, road and cross-country athlete. I have been racing triathlon on a regular basis since 1984 and my long-term ambition in the sport is to carry on competing for as long as I can and complete a triathlon in 2034 in my eightieth year.

I currently coach the Friday evening swim sessions as well as organising many regluar club activities such as the Bike and Run

Nick offers personal training programmes for triathletes with his own company and can be contacted at


Max Sauter

British Triathlon Federation Level 3 Coach

Level 2 & 3 Gym Instructor / Personal Trainer

Level 3 Sports Massage

I first began doing Triathlon back in the days of bright tight clothing, back in the Mid 1980’s and have been doing triathlon ever since (with only a few years off). At one time I even was quite good and have some very respectable PB times to my name!!!

Triathlon is still very much a sport that I love, and one that now has so many options for all participants that people can get involved at any level of experience and ability, regardless of age or prior sporting experience. It also has the advantage of being able to focus on different elements at different times - for example, at present I personally love swimming and am doing lots of long-distance swims, and most of the club sessions that I deliver are swim oriented.

As a coach I enjoy working with everyone, every tip to help you get better and then to see your face when it works. Why else give up so much time to coach?

I can be contacted with any queries regarding training with the club and the coached sessions that are on offer via email:

I also offer personalised coaching for a limited number of individuals through my own coaching business, and can be contacted with regards to these services via


Lorraine Ayres

Amateur Swimming Association Level 1 Coach and Swimming Teacher

Lorraine was a masters swimmer for some 10 years when living in Solihull and trained with Birmingham Masters. This club was made up of medallists in Channel and Olympic Swimmers. She has swum herself in many swim events -  both short course pool and open water swims. Last year she was one of the few who successfully completed the 10 mile Scilly swim and is a regular competitor at Stert Island Swim.

Lorraine has helped at the Triathlon club now for some 5 years and is a GB Age Group Triathlete herself, having competed in both the Worlds and European Triathlon Championships.

Lorraine's aim is to help swimmers improve and make swimming fun for all to enjoy.


Rachel Hinks

Level 2 coach

I recently embarked on my coaching journey as a way to give back to a sport that has given me so much. I got into Triathlon in 2018 over in New Zealand, competed in the ITU World Champs 2018 in Australia, AgeGroup level. Since then I’ve built as far as a 70.3. 

I am keen to help athletes find as much enjoyment and reward for triathlon as I can. I am also a fully qualified level 2 personal trainer. Coaching and PT are still just a hobbies outside of my 9-5 job. 

I currently coach the Wednesday evening swim.


Jo Carritt

British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Coach

Amateur Swimming Association Level 1 Swim Teacher

Jo participated in her first sprint distance triathlon in 2004  - and never looked back! 15 years later, with a successful career in Long Distance Triathlon (Ironman) racing and her own well established coaching company, EverydayTraining, to support her credentials, Jo is on hand to offer advice and support on all matters relating to club member's training -whether for competition or personal development.

Through EverydayTraining, Jo provides bespoke training plans and mentoring services to triathletes of all levels looking for a step up in their performance. Contact to find out more about this. 

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