Our Coaches

Head Coach & JSNT Founder

Brian Welsh
Brian Welsh

Brian Welsh is a British Triathlon Association Level 3 Coach & tutored for them whilst living in England from 2002 – 2006, he is an accomplished experienced short and long distance athlete in Triathlon and Cycling.

Coaching History  
My belief is that everyone can achieve. We have never had a coached athlete not complete an IM inside the time limit, why? We give the athlete the tools and skills, we make a plan for that individual, whatever their time constraints and they work hard and succeed.

Athletes coached by Brian become part of the JSNT extended family.


Athletes have ranged from beginners in both triathlon/duathlon and cycling to medallists in World Age Group Championships, Ironman distance Triathlons from ‘completer to age group winners’

Clubs He Has Coached

Derby Triathlon Club England 2000 – 2007

MVH Triathlon Club England 2005 – Present – Founding Member

Egelsbach Triathlon Club Germany 2009 – 2014

Ashbourne Triathlon Club 2014 – Present

Triviera Vevey Switzerland 2014 – Present

As an athlete Brian has raced for Great Britain at age group level in triathlon.  He was a member of the world record breaking round Australia bike team and completed more than 20 Ironman triathlons. He led and competed to be the first UK mixed team to finish (and win the category) in the 3000-mile Race Across America in 2004. More recently he led another mixed team to first finishing in Le Tour Direct (the Tour de France – nonstop). Brian has now done 4 RAAM’s 2 x 4 person teams, 1 x mixed team with his wife in 2008 and solo in 2011. He is looking to go solo again in 2017

Donna James BTF Level III

Donna James

Donna has enjoyed competing at triathlon at age group level and has been invited to race elite. She has won Gold in the World AG Duathlon Championships, coming second overall, narrowly missing winning the entire race of all age groups by less than a minute. She has come second in her age group in the World AG Triathlon Championships, and has a brace of national championships, and regional championships to her name. Never competing merely within her age group, she doesn’t recognise limits, still achieving triathlon and running PBs in her forties. She is able to transfer her skills, and her love of multisport and success to those that she coaches. A Level 3 Triathlon coach, Donna says to those that she has coached ‘It’s the swim first, the rest will take care of itself’…

Donna Coaches Durham Tri & Durham University Tri Club, Darlington Tri and individual athletes.

Stacey Welsh: BTF Level I, BCF Level II

Stacey Welsh
Stacey Welsh

Stacey is a strong believer in incorporating training into the daily life of an endurance athlete. She says, ‘I have normally been sporty, the cycling and triathlon all started with a charity bike ride from London to Paris where we came into Paris the day before the Tour. What an experience! After seeing that 70 miles a day is achievable (if you have all day to do it), I was eager for the next challenge. The rest is, as they say, history. The distances slowly got longer ………. And I plan to carry on going. A passion is to make sport normal in people’s lives and encourage cycle to work schemes.’

Awards: Race Across America Mixed Pair (First British Mixed Pair), Race Around Ireland (Inaugural race and again First British Mixed Pair), Paris Breast Paris finisher), 1st woman in 12 Hour TT, Multi IM finisher, Club champion: Short, medium and Long distance (in different years) and raced for GB in Age Group World Championships in two different years.

Stacey now has 4 Norseman Extreme and 5 Lanzarote IM finishes to her name and is currently coaching at Triviera in Switzerland.

Russell Carter

Russell Carter
Russell Carter

Multi-Sport Coach – Russell has experience in everything from Triathlon to Caving…

He proves that you don’t have to be a waif to do be an ‘Ironman’ with finishes in Austria and 5 Ironman Lanzarote medals to his name (actually 6 as you get 2 on the 5th finish)

As part of the first ever British 4 person mixed team to ride and win RAAM in 2004.

Russell is Head Coach at Ashbourne Triathlon Club

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