Coaching Team

Meet our Coaches, Activators & Leaders 

Lisa Llewellyn

Level 2 British Triathlon Coach. Level 2 British Triathlon Diploma. Level 2 Strength & Conditioning For Sport.
I am a Veterinary Nurse and mum to 4 teenagers. I have always been into sport, at school I was a county standard runner. In my early 20’s I found a passion for rugby whilst living and working in Hong Kong. I would later earn an International cap playing rugby for Hong Kong and on returning to the UK played at County and Regional level. My love for triathlon would come later and in September 2011 I completed my first sprint triathlon in Midsomer Norton . Since then I have raced at all distances including 2 Ironman events. My absolute favourite ever event has to be Ironman Austria in 2018. My coaching career started as a rugby union coach, with 3 young boys all playing it seemed a good idea to put my knowledge of the sport to good use. My enjoyment as a coach continued to grow and this enabled me to gain both my level 1 and 2 in strength and conditioning for sport in 2016 and subsequently my level 2 triathlon coaching . I have also just completed the British triathlon level 2 diploma course. Mendip TRC has a very special place in my heart, I was one of the very first founding members of the club and have loved seeing the club progress over the years to what it is today. I am dedicated to its continuing growth and to ensure every single member receives the support and guidance they need to enjoy the sport and to achieve their goals. I feel my strengths as a coach are that I am approachable, enthusiastic and motivational . I am empathetic and want to ensure that athletes under my care stay safe and enjoy what they do . After all we do this sport for FUN ! I certainly enjoy coaching you all and am excited to see the club and its members continue to grow and enjoy this wonderful sport !

Vikki Gibson

British Triathlon Level 2 Coach. Training for British Triathlon Level 2 Diploma. Level 1 and 2 Fitness and Performance in Cycling. Level 1 and 2 Swim Teacher, 1st Class Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Development and a PGCE with Distinction in Secondary Physical Education.
I am GB age grouper in Duathlon, Middle and Long-distance Triathlon. Alongside my qualifications I have been a fitness instructor for the last 12 years and have qualifications in indoor cycling (Spinning), Boxercise, Bootcamp, Les Mills Body Pump, Aqua fit and strength and conditioning fitness amongst others. As a teenager and into my early 20’s I was a runner, competing for the England team in international cross-country and track events. I was UK 800m Champion as an U20. As I got older, injuries, family and work commitments became an issue & I started cycling. One of my first challenges was riding LEJOG (Lands End to John O Groats. I soon became interested in triathlon but could not swim front crawl so it became a mission to do so in order to start my triathlon journey. Within 6 months I was competing in sprint triathlons and signing up to a full Iron distance, and within another year I had swam the English Channel as part of a 3-person relay. I’m a big believer that any limiting factors can be overcome or dealt with if the desire is strong enough. Triathlon is a fabulous trio of sports that is very friendly and inclusive and never gets boring!

Vikki Gibson

British Triathlon Level 2 Coach. Training for British Triathlon Level 2 Diploma. Level 1 and 2 Fitness and Performance in Cycling. Level 1 and 2 Swim Teacher, 1st Class Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Development and a PGCE with Distinction in Secondary Physical Education.
I am GB age grouper in Duathlon, Middle and Long-distance Triathlon. Alongside my qualifications I have been a fitness instructor for the last 12 years and have qualifications in indoor cycling (Spinning), Boxercise, Bootcamp, Les Mills Body Pump, Aqua fit and strength and conditioning fitness amongst others. As a teenager and into my early 20’s I was a runner, competing for the England team in international cross-country and track events. I was UK 800m Champion as an U20. As I got older, injuries, family and work commitments became an issue & I started cycling. One of my first challenges was riding LEJOG (Lands End to John O Groats. I soon became interested in triathlon but could not swim front crawl so it became a mission to do so in order to start my triathlon journey. Within 6 months I was competing in sprint triathlons and signing up to a full Iron distance, and within another year I had swam the English Channel as part of a 3-person relay. I’m a big believer that any limiting factors can be overcome or dealt with if the desire is strong enough. Triathlon is a fabulous trio of sports that is very friendly and inclusive and never gets boring!

Matt Cox

Level 2 England Athletics CIRF (Coach in Running Fitness)
Since 2019, I have been delivering and leading running sessions with Mendip TRC. I am passionate about coaching all levels and aspects of running, although especially enjoy speed-work, hills and trail running. My background in running sports sessions to young people ensures there’s always an element of fun and variety amongst the hard work. I got the ‘running bug’ ten years ago and have enjoyed the challenge of racing different distances and types of events. Some of my favourite personal achievements include winning the London Triathlon in 2017, a sub 10 Ironman and a podium place in the Ben Nevis Mountain Triathlon. I always lead with the fun aspect, I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment, the challenge, the hard-work and aspire to keep learning.

Claire Gray

Level 1 Triathlon Coach
I did my first triathlon in 1986 and was hooked, it has been part of my life ever since. Triathlon has taken me all over the world competing for Wales and Great Britain at elite level in World and European Championships as well as training with the national squad. Highlights are National Sprint Distance Champion, Welsh Champion about 5 times, 2nd in National Middle Distance Championships (70.3). From many years experience in training and competing I have a lot of experience to share. I am keen to encourage anyone in their triathlon ventures whether they are just starting or stepping up. I still enjoy training and competing at a slower pace and enjoy being able to coach and be part of a great club.

Claire Gray

Level 1 Triathlon Coach
I did my first triathlon in 1986 and was hooked, it has been part of my life ever since. Triathlon has taken me all over the world competing for Wales and Great Britain at elite level in World and European Championships as well as training with the national squad. Highlights are National Sprint Distance Champion, Welsh Champion about 5 times, 2nd in National Middle Distance Championships (70.3). From many years experience in training and competing I have a lot of experience to share. I am keen to encourage anyone in their triathlon ventures whether they are just starting or stepping up. I still enjoy training and competing at a slower pace and enjoy being able to coach and be part of a great club.

David Lem

England Athletics LIRF (Leader in Running Fitness)
My sporting background started in 2012 when I took part in the Three Peaks Challenge for charity, to train for this I began running and soon became hooked. I trained hard for my first 10k and then quickly moved on to complete multiple half marathons, marathons & ultra marathons. Triathlon was a natural progression & after completing my first sprint triathlon I signed up to Ironman Wales without being able to swim front crawl at the time, a year later in 2016 I completed it. Having taken to the sport late I love the grassroots aspect & seeing beginners join & push themselves to their limits. Many members who struggled with the basics years ago are now regulars on the marathon & Ironman scene and have never looked back. I am now Chairman of Mendip TRC & I am extremely proud of our inclusive, friendly & welcoming club. I look forward to progressing the club & assisting our great coaching team.

Tom Wren

British Triathlon Bike and Run Activator
I raced mountain bikes as a teenager & have cycled (properly) since I was 17. I have taken part in various Sportives, completed Ride London in 4:38, Rat Race Coast to Coast in 12:12 & The Grizzly in 3:13. I have also raced various half marathons with a PB of 1:31. This led me on to various half distance triathlons & 1 full distance triathlon in 10:53, always need to do more than one !!!

Tom Wren

British Triathlon Bike and Run Activator
I raced mountain bikes as a teenager & have cycled (properly) since I was 17. I have taken part in various Sportives, completed Ride London in 4:38, Rat Race Coast to Coast in 12:12 & The Grizzly in 3:13. I have also raced various half marathons with a PB of 1:31. This led me on to various half distance triathlons & 1 full distance triathlon in 10:53, always need to do more than one !!!

Joanna Turner

British Triathlon Bike and Run Activator
My background is ultra running which suits my slow steady pace. I’ve completed several 50 and 100 mile runs as well as the Marathon des Sables (a multi day race across the Sahara desert). I started my triathlon journey in May 2018 and was instantly hooked. Since then I’ve completed 2 x 70.3 distance triathlons and in 2022 plan to take on my first full distance at Outlaw in July. I love all 3 disciplines but swimming is definitely my weakest sport, but that doesn’t stop me entering swimming challenges. It’s not all about speed but taking part, my longest swim challenge to date will be the Exmoor 4km Swim in September 2022.

Emily Jacabs

British Triathlon Bike and Run Activator
I started out over weight and unfit using running to avoid the young kids at home & much needed headspace. I became happier & fitter the further I ran so naturally took up ultra marathons ranging in distance between 50 & 100k. That took it’s toll and I became injured so started breast stroke swimming in a local lake as part of a rehab programme. A friend joked I just needed a bike and I could do triathlon. Absolutely not was my response, but 9 months later a cheap bike was purchased, I joined the club and I was hooked & haven’t looked back. My passion is to encourage more beginners and athletes who thought they never could, or think they don’t fit the triathlon athlete mould weather that’s looks & appearance or fitness level, we all have to start somewhere!

Emily Jacabs

British Triathlon Bike and Run Activator
I started out over weight and unfit using running to avoid the young kids at home & much needed headspace. I became happier & fitter the further I ran so naturally took up ultra marathons ranging in distance between 50 & 100k. That took it’s toll and I became injured so started breast stroke swimming in a local lake as part of a rehab programme. A friend joked I just needed a bike and I could do triathlon. Absolutely not was my response, but 9 months later a cheap bike was purchased, I joined the club and I was hooked & haven’t looked back. My passion is to encourage more beginners and athletes who thought they never could, or think they don’t fit the triathlon athlete mould weather that’s looks & appearance or fitness level, we all have to start somewhere!