Margaret Sills


Margaret Sills

BTF Level 3, 2007

Experience and Achievements

Margaret has been coaching club members since 2005 both in groups and as individual athletes. Her individual athletes range from medalling in world championships to novices completing their first triathlon or moving to longer distances.

Having swum competitively for many years, and run her first Marathon on target under 4hrs (London 1982) Margaret completed her first triathlon in 1983 in Northampton. From 1995 until 2005 she raced in the age group triathlon (and duathlon) standard and long distance world championships, generally finishing in the top 10 – 4th being her best placing. She has claimed a gold medal in the European Triathlon (age group) and often made podium in Europe. In 2000 she celebrated her 50th birthday by completing her first full distance Ironman in 12hrs 50mins and in 2004 completed the Hawaii Ironman, the pinnacle of triathlon racing! She has qualified for the World 70.3 championships in Vegas September 2013.

Margaret was also part of the Serpentine relay team of 4 women, average age 60 and calling themselves The Serpentine Golden Girls, to complete the Race Across America (West Coast to East Coast) in 8 days 5 hrs and 19mins coming 2nd female team.

Interests and Activities

Coaching, triathlon; running, track & field, cross country (occasionally). Would like to be more social. Has published a poetry book, tries to play the violin and is up for a challenge – any advance on cycling 1000km from Lhasa to Kathmandu which she did in 2012?

Margaret has recently gone back to working on a freelance basis and has a portfolio of projects from University Teaching, Project Evaluation, and of course Triathlon Coaching. She splits her time between London and Somerset.

From Summer 2013 Margaret will also have 2 holiday cottages in Somerset that are ideally placed for running (e.g. Mendip hills and/or flat beach) and cycling (e.g. Somerset levels and/or Cheddar Gorge etc.) as well as the sea and a 25m pool only 2.5 miles away. Send her an email if you are interested in either hiring one or both cottages or participating in triathlon training weeks / weekends that she will organise and coach. The 3 bedroom cottage will sleep 6 in double or twin beds and the 2 bedroom cottage will sleep 4, again the rooms are flexible and can be doubles or twins. Between the two cottages there is a multi-purpose recreation room with an upstairs snug. For location enter BS24 9QB. Photos to be on website when finished (well on the way).

Involvement with Serpentine

Margaret has been a member since 2003. Coaching triathlon and swimming since 2005. She coaches the Intermediate triathlon squad now in its 3rd year of existence. She has been to Lanzarote for several years and has been the nominated bike coach for 3years but also leads transition and relaxation sessions as well as 1:1 consultations whilst there.