The club has numerous coaches who provide their time and knowledge to the club. The coaching team currently consists of the following coaches:

John Batchelor (BTF Level 2 Coach)

I have been involved in triathlon since 1987 as competitor, race organiser and since 2012 as a level 2 coach. Whilst my work has been predominantly with adults I have considerable experience with juniors not only through the club, but also in my work as a primary school teacher.

My philosophy is to instill good habits at an early age leading to a sound grounding for later in life.

Ruth Harlow (BTF Level 2 Coach)

I qualified as a Level 2 Triathlon coach in September 2015. Since then I have been working with both the adult and junior sections of HTC. My passion in human performance started when I began my degree in Sports and Exercise Science in 2001. I always wanted to return to this following a stint at teaching. As it happens, I loved teaching too much to stop and so now I do both. I am also the school's Special Needs co-ordinator and therefore place inclusion within our community as a priority.

As a mother of three young children finding time to train can be challenging  and although I find some time to swim, cycle and run within the week, it is very difficult to fit in all three together. I therefore tend to put on the trainers and escape...I mean run! In the process, I have completed events from 5km to Marathon distances. I've also taken part in sportives and relay events mainly from a social perspective. Last summer, a highlight for me was being part of a group of women from the club who completed The Outlaw Half as relay teams. Seeing our families as we all ran over the finish line will forever be in my memory.

Tim Price (BTF Level 1 Coach)

Having played various sports in my teens and early twenties, I did my first sprint triathlon at Halesowen in 1993, first Olympic distance race in 1994 and Ironman distance in 1998.  Since then I’ve completed a further eight Ironman distance races, including Lanzarote and Switzerland, and numerous more local shorter races.

I’ve been a BTF Level 1 coach since 2016 and have recently started helping with the Friday sessions for the Juniors at the Dell. As a coach I advocate developing good technique and training consistently rather than the ‘no pain no gain’ philosophy.

Adam Jones (BTF Level 1 Coach)

Adam is a level 1 BTF triathlon coach based in the West Midlands and a British Age Goup Athelete. Adam has actively participated in triathlons since 2015 competing in a variety of races and distances across the United Kingdom.

In 2018 Adam successfully qualified and competed as a Team GB Age Group Triathlete at the European Championships in Glasgow.

Adam currently coaches the HTC junior swim sessions at Halesowen Leisure Centre and the adult running sessions at The Dell Stadium.

Pete Rought (BTF Level 2 Coach)

Bio info coming soon...

Rob Pinner (BTF Level 1 Coach)

I stumbled into the world of Halesowen Tri when trying to find an athletics club for my 2 daughters, after a couple of years of being at every session to watch my girls train the club asked if I would be interested in coaching the juniors. I’m not from a triathlon background but am a seasoned runner so agreed to come on board to coach the Friday night run sessions. I qualified as a Level 1 Triathlon Coach in February 2017 and soon got talked into coaching all three disciplines. Our juniors are a great bunch with plenty of character and the way they commit to their training, achieve brilliant results and generally conduct themselves is a credit to the club. We have taken the juniors on several socials and camping trips and it’s clear to see the bonds and friendships that have formed within the group.


With coaching commitments, work, managing and playing for a Sunday football team I do find it difficult to find time to train myself but I hit the local tow paths for a run whenever I have opportunity. I’ve completed events from 5k to Marathon and love a mud or obstacle run. In 2017 I completed Man v Mountain with several members of the club which was a fantastic experience (apart from the cramp) and made the Birmingham marathon a few weeks later feel like a walk in the park.

As a team of coaches we allow follow the British Triathlon 'Coaches code of ethics and conduct' which can be found here...


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