Meet your committee



Pat Garland

I've been a member of the club for about 5 years and having never raced before, the club gave me the confidence to start entering local races building up to my first half iron man this year.

I retired about 2 years ago after working for BT for 39 years so I can focus a bit more on training, I need to do this as my daughters are now getting involved and I can't have them beating me! 


I've been chair of the club for the last year and it’s been a pleasure and great fun, hoping I can continue supporting the club to move from strength to strength.


Vice Chair​​​

James Hester

I’ve been a member of PACtri for 4 or 5 years now and it’s the first club I joined since starting in triathlon in 1998.

I love racing and training and joined the club to meet new people really, as all the ‘friends’ I had were actually work colleagues - I’m a musician and in my industry, it’s easy to get the two confused..!

Aside from trying to get back to top form (all the time..!), I’m also a Level 2 British Triathlon Coach,


I’m keen to see everyone supported in taking part in multi-sport - encouraging those that are comfortable in single sports to branch out or take part as a relay team, assisting those that are nervous about their first race, pushing and helping those that are at the pointy end of races get closer to the point.


I love the varied nature of PACtri athletes and the fact it’s very much run by the members, for the members. 



Shara Durnell

I joined Pactri in 2010 and a few years after that became club sec for reasons I’m still not sure really sure of!


In 2009, having done what I call ‘granny breastroke’ all my life I learnt to swim front crawl and haven’t looked back. 


I love the inclusive nature of the Tri world and training with a group of like minded people, also I get bored quite easily so training for three disciplines suits me quite well!


The committee is made up of three sections; the Elected Members, the Appointed Members and the Associate Members. We are a team of volunteers from a range of different backgrounds but with the common goal to support the club and its members. We are a growing club look to provide the right level of training and club events so that every member can take part and enjoy the experience. The individual roles within the committee are documented below, full details of the committee structure can be downloaded here  


  1. Elected members

    1. Chair

    2. Vice Chair

    3. Secretary

  2. Appointed members

    1. Treasurer

    2. Communications officer/events coordinator

    3. Welfare Officer

    4. Safeguarding officer

  3. Associate members

    1. Coach coordinator/representative

    2. IT/Web designer

    3. Kit coordinator



Lindsey Kestle

I’ve been into running and triathlon for the last few years and will compete in anything from sprint to Ironman, 5km to marathon just for fun!


I’ve been trusted to hold the PAC-Tri funds as Treasurer for the last 2 years as I’m pedantic and love a spreadsheet. 

Club Captain

Russell Turner

I’ve been racing bikes since BMX days, before “back in the day” was even a thing.


I competed in the UK’s first Ironman event in 2001 and since 2014 I’ve been focussing on middle distance events.


I’m a member of the Team GB middle distance squad and happy to race any format, any distance, on or off road.

I’ve been in PAC Tri for 5 years and my mission as club captain is to encourage more of our members to compete in more races at the highest level they can - from local to international level.