Craven Energy has a team of dedicated club coaches delivering sessions for both adults and the Junior Section.  All coaches are either BTF, ASA or British Cycling qualified or a combination of these.

Club members are encouraged to voice their interest in joining the coaching team, and can start as a mentored volunteer assistant where appropriate

Coaching Team and Key Sessions

Carol Young: Head Coach, Level 3 BTF; Junior Bike Team Leader, Adult and Junior Swim cover, Monday Mobility Strength and Conditioning

Mike Horsfield: Level 2 BTF; Saturday Junior and Adult Swim

Kate Whittaker: ASA Swim England: Saturday Junior and Adult Swim, Open Water Swim

Adrian Dunbar: Level 2 BTF: Monday night Beginner/Improver Swim, Tuesday night Track, Saturday Adult Swim, Open Water Swim

Emma Green: Level 2 BTF; Tuesday night Junior Track, Transition Sessions and Adult Swim cover

Stewart Newberry: Junior Section Lead, Level 2 BTF, Level 2 British Cycling; Saturday Junior and Adult Swim, Open Water Swim

Anthony Morton: Level 1 BTF, Saturday Junior Bike Team, Ad Hoc cover adult sessions

Mick Young: Level 1 BTF, Saturday Junior Bike Team, Tuesday night Junior track

Andy Pettit: Level 1 BTF, Tuesday Adult Track, Thursday Adult Swim. Junior Bike Team

Volunteer Assistants


Archie Minto (Junior Member): Saturday Junior Swim

Coach Biographies


In 2002 I discovered there was a sport I could take part in as an older adult competing with other women in my age group and acquit myself better than I would in each of the individual disciplines – TRIATHLON!  A perfect conduit for my love of cycling and fell running and a newly found enthusiasm for learning to swim frontcrawl.

With my enjoyment of taking part in triathlon and a leaning towards working with people (physiotherapy background) I soon became drawn to coaching and completed the Level 1 Assistant Coach Award in 2006 when I was a member of Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club and spent some time coaching with that club.  By 2009 I completed the Level 2 Club Coach Award which happily coincided with setting up Craven Energy Triathlon and Multisport Club along with like-minded local triathlon enthusiasts.  And so we brought the club format of the wonderful sport of triathlon to the residents of Skipton, South Craven and surrounding area and not looked back since!  I completed the Level 3 Performance Coach Award in 2012 which has allowed me to coach individual athletes in addition to coaching group sessions

My experiences of coaching for Craven Energy have covered all three disciplines plus Strength and Conditioning and I continue to be an active coach with both adults and Juniors.

My personal philosophy is to encourage and facilitate aspiring and active triathletes in meeting their goals whatever their age and ability and deliver training sessions that are enjoyable, stimulating and productive.  Being a yoga teacher brings an added influence and perspective to my coaching.  It is also import to me to be part of a coaching team where we can support and learn from each other.

Over the years I have competed in all triathlon distances and represented GB as an age group triathlete on a number of occasions.  I am now less active competing in triathlon events but continue to enjoy open water swimming, cycling, and walking in some of the most beautiful areas of the UK (Yorkshire in particular!) and abroad.


I qualified as a Level 1 Tri coach in December 2015 and I mainly coach with the junior bike team and cover adult swim improver and track running sessions.  I bring my personal experience of triathlon into my coaching and as my main background pre-triathlon was running I can bring added value to this discipline

I remember watching a friend of mine compete at the Ripon Olympic tri in 2005 and thinking I fancied a try! My first triathlon was the Skipton Sprint Tri the following year, (way back) in 2006.

I have since worked up through the distances and took part in the 2013 edition of Ironman UK in Bolton and Triathlon X in 2016. I am the event manager for the annual Junior Triathlon and I am also involved in the adult GoTri events.

When not running about you can sometimes find me treading the boards at Bingley Little Theatre or Keighley Playhouse.


I competed in my first triathlon in 2011 after watching a work colleague complete an Olympic distance race the year before for charity. I thought Tri looked awesome and just what I needed to break up the monotony of just running. Of course, I had no idea how to swim front crawl so there was the minor detail of learning how to swim before I even stood  on the start line.
I wish back then I had a club like Craven Energy to lend a supportive ear and help improve my swim, instead I learnt the hard way, on my own, taking in a  lot of water as I went. Still, I completed my first Olympic distance months later in a pretty decent time and haven’t looked back since. Subsequently I have completed numerous, sprint, Olympic distance, duathlon and aqualathon races and still enjoy every race like the first (albeit I don’t swallow quite as much water!).
I decided to start coaching in 2015 and have subsequently completed my level 1 and level 2 BTF coaching qualifications. I primarily coach junior track on a Tuesday night but have experience coaching all three disciplines plus transition training.


Michael Horsfield (Level 2 Triathlon England coach): Enjoyed recreational cycling from age 14. This was mainly driven by the love of cake stops rather than the desire for speed, watts and glory.  He started triathlon in 2005 with Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club and then helped form the club in 2009.  He has previously been involved on the committee, run the website and then joined the coaching team in 2012.  His other job is being a doctor and he does some sessions in the local musculoskeletal clinic. As far as triathlons go, he has neither speed nor endurance, so won’t be appearing in the club hall of fame.  He still enjoys the odd cake.


In a previous life I was a GP for 22 years. I then worked in musculoskeletal medicine for 13 years.

My medical interests were chronic pain, back pain and sports injuries. I retired from medicine at the end of 2016.

My sporting career began with running and orienteering, mainly on the fells, but with a few road races here and there.  Running injuries led me into cycling (and musculoskeletal medicine) and when my children joined the swimming club I could have sat and watched but getting in the pool with them seemed more interesting. Triathlon followed in the early 1990s.

As a runner, particularly on the fells, I found that my talents were not for short fast events and I gradually worked up to marathon and ultra events where I could plod all day at my own pace. So it became with triathlon. I have completed 4 Ironman events and many 70.3s.

With knackety old knees I now run much less and have progressed my swimming to marathon distances. I continue to ride my bikes for commuting, touring, socialising, and only occasionally in competition.

When I retired from work I wanted to give something back to the sport I have loved for the last 25 years and so decided to become a coach.

As a coach I have a particular interest in helping the more mature athlete improve their performance in triathlon.

In the Spotlight

Open Water Swimming

by Dan in Spotlight 2

We’re delighted to confirm OWS for 2018 begins on Monday 11th June at Raygill. Swim times are 6:30pm for juniors, 7pm for adults. See the Open Water Swimming page for details.