Wrecsam Tri AGM 15th January 2012

Llandegla Centre

Present: Tim Burnett, Gerry Billington, Steve Smith, Steve Paul, Julian Hunter, Gill Wood, Rich Hayes, Iori Jones, Kenny Hughes, Pete Ellis, Claire Ballamy, Kim Norman, Matt Gilbert, Justin Hooson, Pete Norman, Rob Jones, Ian Houston, Ian Laing, Shaun O’Keefe, Emma Tilston, Paul Evans, Sam Hayward, Simon Jenkins, Chris Smith, Jo Dodd, Paul Mitchell, Yvie Johnson, Tom Williams

Apologies: Ollie Smith, Kevin and Catherine Finn-Bellingham, Tom Williams, Chris Briffa, Aline Briffa, Jayson Rees-Hughes, Lance Ball, Andy Campbell, Carole Griffiths, Sian Clayton, Lyn Evans

Matters Arising

Ollie Smith now L2 Coach

Emma Tilston has completed L1 course

Constitutional Amendment

Steve Smith proposed inserting to the committee ‘Coaching Co-ordinator’ to replace Coaches (Swim, Bike, Run). Two Thirds Majority in favour.

Committee Elections

Club Secretary: Emma Tilston

Club Captain: Jon Williams

Social Membership Rep: Aline Briffa

Kit Manager: Shaun O’Keefe

Coaching Co-ordinator: Chris Smith (to confirm)

Publicity Secretary: Paul Evans

Pete Ellis, Kim Norman and Kenny Hughes were re-elected to the committee

Welfare Officer: Claire Ballamy

2011 Review

Rich Hayes, Club Captain, gave a presentation reviewing the year

Treasurers Report

Gill reported the club finances and that they are in good order. The details have been removed as this is posted on a public website, but are available from committee members.


Membership Fees

It was agreed to keep membership at £10 per annum.

Members asked for clarification on Welsh Athletics affiliation. Committee would provide this.

Roll of Honour

Tim Burnett, Rich Hayes and Shaun O’Keefe have been added to the club Roll of Honour. See below minutes for their achievements

Club Survey

Emma Tilston gave advance notice that all club members would be asked to complete an on line survey asking their expectations of club membership and club activities


Members were asked to consider offering to support the Run and Swim Coaches to oversee coaching sessions. They would be supervised by coaches but would run the session.


  • Meeting expressed its thanks to Paul Williams for his work organising Chirk Tri
  • Club Members were reminded of Border League Races. Recent turnouts had been very poor.
  • There was a request to add to club swim equipment – fins, paddles and cones for run training. An initial grant application would be made and if unsuccessful the items would be purchased from club funds. Committee would treat as priority.
  • An orienteering event was being planned
  • Cotswold camping discount needs to be renewed
  • The club will be 21 this year. A party is being organised
  • Club Members eligible for 20% discount for the Castle Triathlon series
  • Julian had Gels and Drinks available from 2011 races.
  • Kim had towels available from Chirk
  • Committee would consider club races for 2012.

A raffle was held to support Kidney Research. £25 was raised.

AGM closed at 11.50am

Roll of Honour

Tim Burnett

At Bala Standard 2010 Tim achieved a seasons ambition and was allocated a GB Age group slot in the highly competitive M40-45 age group.

Those who follow Tim on Facebook will be aware of all his DIY projects but will also recognise his dedication and commitment to structured training.

The signs that the training was paying off was a highly impressive start of the season effort  at Chirk with a pb of 01:03:47 - an impressive time and 3rd Male vet.

Tim's performances in the GB vest in Spain and China were a credit to himself, the Club and country.

At the European Championships in Pontevedra, Spain Tim finished 19th in his age group and then at the World Champion-ships in Beijing his was an impressive 16th.
Tim has shown that training hard you can reach your goals and is always more than willing to help others with their training.

Rich Hayes

Rachael (Richards sister) was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidneys during the 1990's since that time her kidney function deteriorated to the point where she was constantly fighting infection, turned anaemic, had no energy and regular illness meant that she was struggling to lead a normal life. The thought of being able to ride a bike any distance would be unthinkable, just walking upstairs was exhausting.

She always knew that a kidney transplant would be required, while during this time Richard enjoyed a healthy lifestyle (he has now completed 4 Ironman races). During 2008 Richard went for the tests to be a live donor and thankfully was an exact match. The transplant took place on February 18th 2010 at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. Despite a frightening rejection episode 3 weeks after the operation, Rachel  made tremendous progress - she has now got her life back and can now take part in an active lifestyle.

Rachael was lucky in that a donor was available, otherwise she would have been waiting on the transplant list for suitable organ to become available and be on regular dialysis.

Despite this the average life of a donated kidney is 10 years and then a subsequent transplant will be required.

Richard Hayes, and Rachel, 43, then continued to raise money for the charity by cycling on a tandem from London to Paris, a gruelling four-day trip on June 29., only months after the operation.

Shaun O’Keefe

The highlights of Shaun’s 2011 season make impressive reading.

Lands End to John O’Groats in 69 hours 12 minutes at an average speed of 14.8mph

Bala Middle 5 hours 15 minutes

Ironman Germany 10 hours 56 minutes

Finally.....Ultraman UK. 10k Swim 2 hours 57 minutes. 90 mile bike 5 hours 28 minutes. 170 mile bike 9 hours 29 minutes. 52.4 mile run 9 hours 18 minutes. Total 27 hours 14 minutes.ayesH