Intramural Swim Gala

Sport and Wellbeing managed to gather 7 teams to battle it out to become intramural swim champions for the first time in 4 years. Swim Club split their team into the 5 faculty squads of Medicine, Engineering, Social Sciences, Biosciences and Humanities. Sportwell also entered with an impressive lineup, which meant the standard would be extremely high and the competition fierce, but SUTRI remained confident that we could cause an upset and entered without a second thought.

Swim Captain Rob assembled a crack team of Triathletes who were brave enough to dive, swim different strokes and tumble turn their way to victory. There was minimal stroke specific training involved so we relied on instinct and talent, but we did spend the evening before the big event practicing our dives and turns. Triathletes tend to swim open water so these 2 aspects of racing were very daunting and SUTRI needed a confidence boost.

The day came and everyone, including our loyal supporters led by Aidan Hindle, and chief timekeeper Mark Fuller assembled on jubilee poolside to start proceedings, after a short warm up we began battle.

We started solidly coming second and third in 4 of the first 6 events courtesy of a rapid Steve Barrett in 50m backstroke, Chris Davey in 100m Individual Medley and the mens and womens 4x100m Medley Relays. Anna Morris also put in decent performance in her 50m backstroke race. Jo House then bagged our first win with a smashing performance in the 50m breaststroke, beating second place by over 2 seconds. This was followed by an impressive third place for Mike Layland in the same event.

This marked the half way stage in the gala and points, which were awarded for positions in events, were accumulated. SUTRI were announced in third place, only 3 points behind Sportwell, the leaders. All was to play for!

When the gala resumed, SUTRI were in no mood to let our good start be the highlight of the day. The girls came through their 4x50m freestyle relay in a fantastic second place and then the boys decided to turn the heat up, leaving the rest of the field behind as they cruised to a win in the same event. Hayley Preston then embarked on her 50m butterfly race and gained more points for SUTRI. Rob Ayres then took to the blocks in the same event, grabbing a third place. Kat Sharp and Mike Layland finished off the individual events by both gaining third places in 50m freestyle and fast times in the process.

It was then time for the cannon race, an 8x25m freestyle sprint involving the whole squad. SUTRI put in an incredible performance, outclassing the rest of the field and winning by over 4 seconds, a huge margin and proving the strength of the squad.

Time for the mystery event, a 200m freestyle race which was only revealed when Chris Davey, who honorably volunteered for us, discovered when standing on the blocks. He still put in a credible performance and gained more points for SUTRI. The gala finished with 2 fun races, the first involving 4 SUTRI members swimming 100m with a large float and the second involving a 4 person woggle chain race for 50m. SUTRI received a second and first place respectively for their efforts.

The moment of truth arrived and the results were announced. SUTRI fought their way to second place, only 2 points behind Sportwell who managed to maintain their slender lead from the half time interval. The points will carry over to the next gala in March where the SUTRI squad plan to swim harder and faster in order to gain the top spot going into the final gala in May.

Although SUTRI did not win the first gala, the event proved to be a great success. There was drama, laughter and a great atmosphere but most importantly SUTRI proved that we can compete with the best swimmers at the Uni, without the need for a bike or running shoes!

Rob Ayres (Swim Captain)

BUCS Duathlon 2013

The 24th of November saw 30 SUTRI athletes travel to the Castle Combe race circuit in Wiltshire for BUCS duathlon 2013. The race consisted of a 2 mile run, followed by a 9.25 mile 5-lap bike route and then a repeat of the 2 mile run.

There were over 500 competitors signed up this year and they were divided into just two waves with girls put in the second wave and guys split between the first and second depending on predicted finish time. With so many competitors starting at once they was a lot of jostling for the best start position, especially at the front of the first wave which set off at a blistering pace as soon as the horn went. The first run was over quickly with the fastest competitors finishing in under 10 minutes! The painful challenge of the first run was followed by the challenge of finding your bike amongst over 500 others and then trying to transition as quickly as possible. The bike course was fast, however there was no shelter from the wind which picked up for the second wave. It was important to keep track of how many laps you had completed, as Kristian Lynam found out part way through his sixth lap! With this exception the bike went smoothly for most people with no mechanicals reported – always a relief! After the bike it was time to start the second run, this time trying to deal with jelly-legs as a result of quickly changing between muscle sets after the bike.


Lap number ???? for Kris Lynam.

The fastest of the guys from Southampton was Fernando Zorrilla Medrano who completed the course in a very impressive 45:54.0 coming 24th overall! He was followed by Michael Layland and Christophe Dormenval who finished close together after a close battle in the final kilometre of the run, finishing in 48:37.7 and 48:40.2 respectively.


Fernando powers round the bike course in 23:27.6 averaging 24 mph on his way to coming 24th overall.

The fastest of the girls was Hayley Preston who finished in 56:06.3 coming in 35th out of the women, putting in a very impressive bike split in the process. Coming in close behind Hayley, with some impressive running, was Anna Morris in 56:25.1 in her first race for SUTRI. The third of the girls was Lucy Rickett who completed the course in 1:01:00.3 rounding off a great performance from the girls.


Hayley’s pink calf guards helped her to complete the bike route in 26:38.6 and come 35th overall out of the girls.

All in all the trip was a great success. SUTRI took a record number of Athletes to a BUCS event, everyone finished without any mechanical issues and some very fast times were recorded in the process. Everything looks set for a great performance at BUCS triathlon on the 4th of May. A big thank you to the drivers, our loyal supporters, photographers for some great photos, and to George who organised the whole trip.

Full results are available online at:

Michael Layland

Social Secretary

jessHello, I’m Jess; your SUTRI social sec for 2014-15! I am excited to introduce a busy social schedule into the SUTRI calender: keep space in your diary and take well deserved breaks from your training to get together at fortnightly casual socials where we can get to know each other away from swimming, cycling and running. I’m thinking Sunday roasts, cocktail gatherings, pub quiz nights, post park run porridge delights… I would love to encourage everyone along to continue the friendly atmosphere which last year’s committee fostered so well! There will also be bigger seasonal festivity socials throughout the year, and of course no social or event will be complete without our monkey mascot Milo! Looking forward to meeting you all!

Run Captain

I’m Tom, your running captain for 2014/15 and entering my fourth year of medicine. I joined SUTRI because I wanted to develop my swimming and cycling, whilst also continuing to improve my running. I’ve been at it now for around 5 years and remain very passionate! I will be organizing Monday running sessions throughout the year including: hills, intervals, tempo runs and longer runs (+6 miles). There will also be the opportunity to go to the track for some proper speed work! If you have any questions during the year, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Bike Captain

I’m Peter, the Cycling Captain for 2014/15 and am a second year History student. We have tried to make cycling approachable for all through the introduction of our very own BCA (Beginner Cycling Ambassador) Billy Montieth. Billy and I lead club rides every Wednesday afternoon, with details regarding distance and pace on the SUTRI FaceBook Page. The club also focuses heavily upon spinning sessions which happen on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. Signing up to these sessions can be done through a form posted on the FaceBook page at 7pm each Sunday! The club is both great for beginners and experienced triathletes, but also cyclists who want to take a turn at some running and swimming too! Don’t forget to put in a request for Turbo Trainers owned by the club through the online sign up page! Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Swim Captain

I’m Kat, a very keen swimmer entering my second year of nursing. Part of Godalming swimming club from ages 7-16, I swam competitively, regularly taking part in swim galas. When I got a bit older I began open water swimming at Sheppeton Lake and have taken part in the Great London Swim twice. I have always loved to swim and I was known in my family as the ‘water baby’. I believe this passion for swimming will make me a good swim captain. If you have any questions about anything swim related (or not!) just come have a chat!


A proper chopper if there ever was one! Alex, more often known by second name ‘Garrod’ is on hand to help you (think party bus) get as many races under your belt in the coming year. Somewhere under the facade of stupidity lies a highly intelligent and witty fourth year Ship Scientist. For some unknown reason, the club decided to bestow upon Alex the responsibility of accounts for 2014/15. This is despite a mid-manifesto declaration of “I’m no good with numbers”. He was even informed by one member post-election that “I only voted for you because there was nobody else”. Despite the negativity, he is hopeful the good faith shown by members will be rewarded with a successful season!