history, committee, coaches, constitution and privacy notice

ELT is a very friendly and welcoming club with lots of people willing to offer advice and tips based on their own personal experience to those new to triathlon. The diversity in the club is fantastic: some of our members have been picked to represent GB in European and World Age Group Races, there are those who complete at Ironman level and we have members who train and race for pure enjoyment and as a great way to keep fit.


ELT was formed by Pete Eldridge and Alex Hunter. Pete had seen the media coverage of the 1984 Hawaii Ironman and thought it would be great to replicate a similar event here in UK. One day, a few members of a road runners club, including Pete, had a swim, then went down to the Eastway cycle track and did a few laps then went for a run. From here, the seeds were sown and after a few discussions and scouting missions came the original London Triathlon. Pete and a few others put together an event in which the competitors swam 1500 metres in the dock (no wetsuits!), cycled about 48 kilometres and ran for about 11 kilometres. Over 400 people took part and the winner was Glen Cook.

In 1985 Pete, Alex and others got together at East Ham Leisure Centre and formed East London Triathletes. The original core of members was only 20 maximum but it soon grew and continues to grow. The original members set the pace by racing all over the country, a tradition that has been upheld, and we have even spread our wings further afield by racing in Australia to Germany and Malaysia to Ireland. ELT organise an annual Duathlon called Dragon Slayer. In 2009 it was voted by Tri220 as toughest race in the Region, which is an amazing accolade, and the race is going from strength to strength. You can find out more about the Dragon Slayer, including the latest results and access to online entry for the next event.


ELT is run by a group of members who volunteer to stand for committee positions. Voting for these posts takes place on an annual basis at the AGM. Any club member is free to stand for the voted positions. The ELT 2021committee ratified at the AGM on 22/02/21 is:

  • Chair – Jack Henson
  • Treasurer – Lawrence Shafier
  • Secretary – Neill Whittaker
  • Membership – Justin McDermott
  • COVID-19 Officer – Keith Saunders
  • Health and Safety Officer – Dawn Hunter
  • Enquiries – Hefin Davies
  • Website – Justin McDermott and Paul Dominguez
  • General Organisers – Tim Stodell and Isabelle Schelcher
  • Vice Chair
  • Welfare Officer
  • Race/Events Organiser
  • Grand Prix Races / Awards
    Note 1 – Janet Bywater is continuing in 2021 to assist with the COVID-19
    Note 2 – Natasha Sevant volunteered to remain on the committee in
    2021 to handover to the new chair, secretary and membership
    Note 3 – The Vice Chair, Welfare Officer, Race/Events Organisers and
    other roles can be appointed during the year if members volunteer for
    these roles.

Coaches and Leaders

ELT is very proud to have such experienced and motivated coaches and leaders. By way of introduction:

  • Coaches (also lead runs)
    • Dawn Hunter (head coach). Dawn has several coaching qualifications and a vast amount of experience. She has been coach for the GB age group team for the world championships. Dawn is a British Triathlon Level 3 Coach, a British Cycling Club Coach, an ASA Swimming Teacher and YMCA Personal Trainer.
    • Michael Davis. BTF Level 2 Coach.
    • Zoe Woodward. Coaching Qualifications: UK Athletics Levels 1 & 2, Leadership in Running Fitness.
    • Tim Stodell. BTF level 1 Triathlon Coach.
    • Mark Fiander. BTF level 2 Triathlon Coach.
  • Run Leaders
    • Justin McDermott.
    • Hefin Davies.


  • Name: The club shall be called East London Triathletes, hereinafter called the Club.
  • Affiliation: The Club shall be affiliated to The British Triathlon Association.
  • Object of the Club:
    • To provide the opportunity for the members to take part in the sport of triathlon.
    • To further the interests of the sport of triathlon wherever possible.
    • To organise such events as the members shall desire.
  • Membership:
    • The Club shall consist of officers, members and honorary members.
    • In accepting membership, a person agrees to abide by the constitution of the Club and the rulings of the Steering committee.
    • All members of the Club shall have voting rights.
  • Officers:
    • The Executive Officers shall be The Chair, The Vice Chair, The Treasurer, The Secretary and other officers agreed and elected at the AGM.
    • The executive officers shall form the steering committee, which may also consist of other Club members.
    • The officers shall retire annually but may be re-elected at the annual general meeting.
    • The Steering Committee:
      The management of the Club shall be vested in the steering committee (SC)
    • The SC shall have the power to create and fill casual vacancies in its’ membership which, in its opinion, are necessary.
    • The SC shall meet at least quarterly with a quorum of at least 4 members of the SC present and eligible to vote. In the event of an equality of votes the Chair shall have a second or casting vote.
    • The SC shall be able to form rules, which shall be binding on all Club members.
    • The SC may employ professional officers at its discretion.
  • Subscriptions:
    • Annual membership fees shall be stipulated by the SC and are due on 1 January. Fees should be paid via the ELT website.
    • The SC may bestow the accolade of honorary member on any person at its discretion.
    • Annual General Meeting (AGM):
      The AGM shall be held in January but not later than February.
    • At this time the annual report and the audited statement of accounts shall be presented.
    • At least 30 days notice of the AGM shall be given to all members. Members may request any items for inclusion into the agenda not less than 14 days before the date of the AGM. A copy of the agenda shall be available to all members attending the AGM.
    • The quorum necessary for the transaction of business at the AGM shall be at least 7 members present.
    • The AGM shall be used to select and install Executive and Steering Committee members for the ensuing year.
    • All nominations must be proposed and seconded.
    • Only subscribing or honorary members of the Club shall be present at the AGM.
    • Notice of the AGM shall be sent to all members in December of the preceding year along with membership renewal forms. Subscription must have been received before attendance at the AGM can be permitted.
  • Voting:
    • Only members and honorary members shall be eligible to vote.
    • No meeting shall be deemed to have taken place without the presence of The Club Chair, Vice Chair or Treasurer.
    • Normally all matter shall be decided by a show of hands of those present. A member may request a secret ballot.
    • Approval shall be of at least 50%+1 vote of all those present and eligible to vote for any resolution to be carried.
  • Finance:
    • The financial year of the Club ends on 31 December. An audited statement of accounts shall be prepared by the Treasurer and presented at the AGM.
    • The funds of the Club shall be deposited at a bank or building society. Cheques drawn shall be signed by at least two members of the Executive Committee.
    • Wherever possible receipts for expenditure should be given to the Treasurer.
    • The Chair has the ability to approve expenditure up to a limit of £50.00 (fifty pounds). Above £50.00 approval should be sought from at least two other executive committee members following notification to the Treasurer. Where approval is not given a meeting of the executive committee shall be called and the matter discussed further and then put to a vote.
  • Statement of Equal Opportunity:
    • All members shall abide by the following statement and application for membership is evidence that they agree do so:
    • ‘This Club shall not discriminate in any manner whatsoever. We are a sports club that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, ability, or sexual orientation’.
    • Any member found discriminating on any of the above grounds shall be asked to resign from the Club and the reason for their resignation shall be passed onto The British Triathlon Association.
  • Discipline:
    • The executive committee shall have the power to take appropriate disciplinary action against a member. The executive committee shall have the authority to expel from the Club a member guilty of conduct deemed to be to the detriment of the Club. A breach of the Club’s equal opportunities statement shall be deemed to be detrimental to the Club. A member shall have the right to appeal. The Club Chair must receive a written request of an appeal within 14 days of the executive committee’s decision. The Chair shall then all an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM). All members shall be informed of the date and the reason for the EGM at least 14 days in advance. The matter shall then be discussed at the AGM and a further secret ballot taken to uphold or reject the decision of the Executive Committee. The appellant has the right to represent himself at this meeting. A vote from the EGM is final.
  • Constitution
    • Proposed additions or alterations to this constitution shall be submitted to the Secretary and shall be discussed at the AGM. No resolution involving and amendment or change to the constitution may be proposed or seconded from the floor of the AGM.
    • In the event of any question or matter arising that is not provided for in the constitution such question or matter shall be dealt with by the Executive Committee whose decision shall be final.
  • Resignation:
    • A member may withdraw from the Club by giving notice, verbally or written, to the Chair.