About TFN

Back in 1996 the sport of Triathlon was a lot different, a big race was 200 people and competitors wore skimpy trunks to race. Aero helmets weren't even invented!
Mark Redwood was competing to a very high standard in World Duathlon and Triathlon Championships but, struggled to find top quality kit and all in one place. So Mark opened TFN along with 3 other like minded, triathlon friends.

At 21 Mark had opened one of the first triathlon retail shops in the country and in 1999 TFN lead the way by launching a dedicated ecommerce website. Since then TFN has grown steadily and what started as more of a hobby has become an award winning brand.

Mark now CEO of TFN is supported by a loyal and long standing team. We are very proud to say that over the last eight years we have won '220 Retailer of the Year'.

It has been Mark's ambition to create a hub for triathlon enthusiasts. He is passionate about having high quality brands and the latest technologies available to customers under one roof.

At every stage from sourcing kit to customer purchase we give uniquely expert and impartial advice on all things triathlon.

We constantly endeavour to go that extra mile and have an extensive network of triathlon professionals who can ensure that customer gets the right product and service for them.

TFN is exceptionally unique in offering other services;

  • Bespoke bike fits
  • Bike servicing
  • Health and nutritional assessments
  • Swim and triathlon coaching
  • Massage
  • Structural assessments
  • Seminars
  • Events

We pride ourselves on being independent and not a faceless organisation. As a result we have a club atmosphere and are always friendly, open, approachable and enjoy ourselves at work.

If we aren't flat out busy we will make customers a cup of coffee or tea too! So come sit on our sofa's and ask those questions you would love to.

Team Profiles 

Mark Redwood

Mark Redwood

(C.E.O, TFN)

James Woods

James Woods

(Manager, TFN)

Neil Hillyard

Neil Hillyard

(Senior Sales / Bike Mechanic)

 
Mark Redwood

Mark Redwood

C.E.O, TFN

Age: 41
   
Height: 5'11"
   
Weight: 11.5st
   
Strengths: Time Trial, Triathlon, Cycling, Triathlon Coach
   
Achievements:

Hawaii Ironman 2006 9hrs 57mins.  Ironman Brazil, Australia, Austria, Lake Placid.  70.3 Worlds Half Ironman 2010.
Guided Tim Reddish OBE and former Paralympic swimmer in the World Physically Challenged Championships 1996 & 1997, winning gold on both occasions. Competed in World Junior and World Duathlon Championships 1996.  Completed Dublin Marathon in under 3 hours.
20 years experience in the industry and over 30 in the sport.

   
Mark's Top Tip: "Be consistent with your training, its always better to do something rather than nothing and there's no shortcuts to improvement, only hard work."

Mark's Product Reviews

Newton Gravity Mens 2014

Newton Gravity Mens 2014

My Newton Gravity runners, since having a serious cycle accident in 2007 resulting in a smashed pelvis I knew I had to be smarter about my rub training, no more heel striking! I’ve used the various different incarnations of the Newton Gravity ever since I got back to running, they really help me to focus on fore/midfoot landing an being more mindful about my running gait, plus I always like the crazy colours they choose!

Aquasphere Kaiman Clear frame clear lense

Aquasphere Kaiman Clear frame clear lense

Aquasphere Kaiman Goggles, its not a very sexy pick but when you get to the pool early in the morning you don’t want your goggles to leak or be a faff! I know the Aquasphere Kaimans always work, I have got a pretty big nose but they mold to your eye sockets and make a good seal all the time. Its always good to race open water in the same goggles you train in because if they don’t leak in the pool they won’t leak in open water.

Castelli Chiro Due 11538 - Black

With the dark nights and winter upon us, the balmy days of summer are just a memory. If you commute daily or ride long at weekends a decent pair of gloves is critical, I don't know about you people but for me there's nothing worse than cold hands on the bike. I've had a pair of Castelli Chiro gloves for 2 winters now and love them, they are warm, comfortable and best of all even after going through the washing machines a ton of times they are still as good as new. You can get cheaper gloves but it's a false economy, as I always say buy cheap, buy twice.

James Woods

James Woods

MANAGER, TFN

Age: 25
   
Height: 6ft
   
Weight: 12.8st
   
Strengths:

Skydiving, Swimming, Skiing, Capoeira

   
Achievements:

2012 British Skydiving AA Grand Slam (4 GP Gold’s, Indoor Skydiving World Challenge Gold, British Nationals Gold). Team GB at 2014 Skydive World Cup, Vermeil Ski Slalom, PADI Rescue Diver.

   
James' Top Tip:

"Don’t neglect the initial stages of learning technique. A lot of people rush and want to go too quick too soon.  If you take a bit of time learning the technique in the initial stages you’ll be able to go faster later."

James' Product Reviews

SiS REGO Rapid Recovery – Chocolate

SiS Rego Rapid Recovery – Chocolate

Absolutely love the stuff!  Really tasty and takes the edge out of that workout hangover the day after always brings.  The thing I’ve found with nutrition, especially with recovery/ post products is that you wouldn’t feel that much of a difference in the next session.  But after taking it consistently for a couple weeks I noticed a considerable improvement in performance that went beyond improving by just getting the reps in and improving muscle memory.  All the incremental improvements over time become very noticeable after a couple weeks and the numbed exercise hangover the next day is a good bonus that has an immediate effect.

Compressport Full Leg Compression

Compressport Leg Compression

When I first put them on, I’m not going to lie, I felt a bit daft!  The fact that it only covers the legs and not the hips or crotch makes it feel very strange.  But because it is just the legs, makes it much more mobile and less restrictive.  I previously used the full compression tights and even though I liked them you do notice that because they don’t sit right up close to the top of the leg that certain movements are quite uncomfortable, especially when sitting on a bike.  But with the full leg compression you don’t get this problem, and no one is going to see how high or low they are because I’ve usually got shorts or tracksuit bottoms, so even though at first you might feel daft, this isn’t really a problem.  I’ve always been a fan of compression, and the difference it made when I first put them on surprised me and even though these don’t outperform (or underperform) my other compression tights, the fact that they are much more mobile makes these my favourite piece of compression clothing.

Newton Kismet Mens

Newton Kismet

I’ve always been told the most important thing about selecting a pair of running shoes is finding one that matches your running style.  Everyone has a different way of running so different shoes tend to not fit as well.  With the Kismet they match my running pretty much spot on.  I over pronate so the wider sole with the EMB block means my ankles no longer ache and my lower back hurts a lot less.  The Kismet isn’t the most aggressive natural running shoe out there, it’s has a slightly bigger drop from the heel to the toe and a little Achilles support which also makes it a good shoe for someone wanting to get into natural running.

Neil Hillyard

Neil Hillyard

SENIOR SALES / BIKE MECHANIC, TFN

Age: 45
   
Height: 6ft
   
Weight: 82kg
   
Strengths:

Cycling, Karate, Bike Servicing, Bespoke Bike Fits 

   
Achievements:

5th Dan in karate. 25yrs teaching Karate to children and adults. Competed at National level in Karate Championships. Newton running trainer.

   
Neil's Top Tip:

“Always take a Co2 cartridge out with you on a ride. A lot of times people don’t want to wait whilst you fix a puncture. A cartridge will save you 10 minutes of pumping!”

Neil's Product Reviews

Truflo Pump Micro CO2

Truflo Pump Micro CO2

There’s nothing worse than that feeling of rim on road, especially when it’s in winter and you know you’re going to get cold hands. Having the Truflo pump cuts the time in half, even better your guaranteed to have proper pressure in your tyre after. Better than limping home with 40psi! The Truflo pump is nicely made and lightweight too.

Mavic Ksyrium SLR Wheel Set

Mavic Ksyrium SLR Wheel Set

I’ve always had Mavic wheels on my bike and this year I decided to treat myself to the Ksyrium SLR. I haven’t been disappointed! They are the total package, lightweight, strong, with amazing stopping power and look great. I can use them as a racing wheel, as well as training and commuting to work and back. The durability of these wheels is outstanding, one of the things I can’t recommend enough is the excellent customer service Mavic offers, any problems are dealt with quickly and efficiently. These wheels are worth every penny!

Castelli Muur Jacket

Castelli Muur Jacket

The Castelli Muur bike jacket is one of my best buys ever! I was looking for a jacket that was completely waterproof and didn’t make me sweat. I often do three to four hour bike rides and always ride into work if possible, so the chance of getting caught in the rain is high. This jacket is totally waterproof and breathable, it’s expensive but I believe it’s a worthy investment, I sometimes wish it was raining so I can wear it! It’s easy to look after, just a rinse and it will dry really quickly. Nice and very functional.

TFN Tri Camp Team 

Kathryn Berry

Kathryn Berry

(Tri Camp TFN Race Team)

Matthew Nelson

(Tri Camp TFN Race Team)

Nick Dunn

(Tri Camp TFN Race Team)

Greg Cherry

Greg Cherry

Tri Camp TFN Race Team

Derek Hayden

Derek Heyden

Tri Camp TFN Race Team

Gavin Chatteron

Gavin Chatterton

Tri Camp TFN Race Team

Heather Jackson

Heather Jackson

Tri Camp TFN Race Team

 
Kathryn Berry

Kathryn Berry

TRI CAMP TFN RACE TEAM

Age: 31
   
Height: 5ft 5.5"
   
Weight: 65kg
   
Strengths:

Swim, and I run really fast through transition and for at least 100m out of T2.

   
Achievements:

Bronze at World AG Aquathlon, Silver at Euro AG Champs, part of tri camp's National Relay winning team ☺

   
Kathryn's' Top Tip:

"Confirm you've got water at the aid station before pouring it on your head. Sticky squash does nothing for your hair".

Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson

Tri Camp TFN race team

Age: 22
   
Height: 5'11"
   
Weight: N/A
   
Strengths: Coming from an interational swimming background ( all be in breastroke ) swimming is my strength
   
Achievements:

Took 4th in the AG world champs in my first triathlon season, as well as been 20-24 Age national sprint champion in 2013. Gained entry in the Elite super series for 2014 and spent the season learning the hard way, so have since spent the last few months developing my run, to great effect ( in my opinion anyway ). Also took a podium at the national relays with tricamp TFN RT , and in 2015 will be aiming for top 10 finishes in the super series.

   
Matt's Top Tip: “Its not essential to challenge yourself in every training session, it’s okay to just tick over and keep it easy some days”.

Matt's Product Reviews

Cervelo P5 six product image

Cervelo P5 six product review

I have recently bought the bike from Mark at TFN, and it is honestly an epic machine, starting with the frame, comfy on the roads and eliminated huge amounts of road buzz despite been very stiff in the BB as well , and aero in every way I have noticed. First outing with Magura hydraulic brakes and they are more than twice as effective as the ones I was previously used to, much more control when braking and increased stopping power as well Dura ace Di2 drivetrain is crisp and sharp, and never misses a beat even when changing and pressure is applied to the pedals. Cockpit it comfy and there is no clutter all wires are nicely concealed and kept out of the wind. The adamo saddle took about 4 or 5 rides to get used to but I wouldn’t go back to standard now. My only complaint about the bike.... the wheels... frankly it’s embarrassing for Cervelo to put training wheels on a bike that good!

Nick Dunn

Nick Dunn

Tri Camp TFN race team

Age: 33
   
Height: 5'11" (call it 6 ft)
   
Weight: N/A
   
Strengths: Blagging it mostly to put the odd good appearance in!
   
Achievements:

2 World age group championships (2009, 2013) and 1 European gold (2011).

   
Nick's Top Tip: “I have two for you! - Enjoy hurting yourself, if you can’t do that then learn too! Also a favourite quote I once read is very true “a plan without a goal is just a wish”

Nick's Product Reviews

Cervelo P5 six product image

Garmin Forerunner 920XT product review

Garmin forerunners (as sold in TFN) – had 3 over the years and love them, give you so much data once you have finished but also while your training. I believe having the watch has brought me on as an athlete as using the numbers I have learnt to push myself more. Next model is on the ‘to get’ list!

Greg Cherry

Greg Cherry

TFN race team

Age: 29
   
Height: 118cm
   
Weight: 75kg
   
Strengths: Swimming
   
Achievements:

2nd place at Triathlon England - National Sprint Distance Championships 2014, PMA Events race series winner 2014, GB Age Group Team (Standard Distance) - London 2013.

   
Greg's Top Tip: Diaphragmatic breathing just before a race start. It's certainly helped me reduce those pre-race nervous and anxiety 
Derek Hayden

Derek Heyden

TFN race team

Age: 34
   
Height: 5'11"
   
Weight: 70kg
   
Strengths: Transitions
   
Achievements:

Represent Ireland at Age group level, 2013 and 2014  30-34 East Midlands  adult series champion.

   
Derek's Top Tip: Make sure that you get Mark Redwood to service your bike, you are much quicker if parts don't fall off during your races
 
Gavin Chatterton

Gavin Chatterton

TFN race team

Age: 38
   
Height: 5'9"
   
Weight: 68kg
   
Strengths: Coming from a running background - the run! or a nice hilly bike leg.
   
Achievements:

3rd 2013 European Sprint AG Champs, Member of 2nd Trade team @ 2013 Relays, 3rd 2014 Helvellyn Triathlon, 2hrs 41m in London Marathon 2012.

   
Gavin's Top Tip: Enjoy your training, be prepared to ditch the watch, ignore the numbers and go as you feel

Gavin's Product Reviews

Ceepo Katana Frame

Ceepo Katana TT Bike

Got this for the 2014 season and can hardly believe the difference it has made to my bike leg splits. Super comfortable and super fast, it has been well worth the investment. Thanks to Mark at TFN for all the advice and guidance.

Heather Jackson

Heather Jackson

TFN race team

Age: 28
   
Height: 5'2 (there's a chance I could be rounding up slightly here...)
   
Weight: 60kg (although I haven’t dared look for a while…)
   
Strengths:

Swimming - if we’re talking triathlon related, if not – talking, drinking tea, falling over, dancing (and falling over) and I make a mean cheesecake.

   
Achievements:

Qualified for World Student Games (but couldn’t go due to injury), various elite ETU races, 3rd British Elite National spring & Olympic races, 3rd Overall in British Super Series, 10.02hrs Ironman (Challenge Vichy)

   
Heather's Top Tip: Consistency is key!!!l

Heather's Product Reviews

Huub Aura

Huub Aura

Really like this suit, as usually I find suits feel restrictive around the shoulders. This suit felt like I had more movement and could maintain a better swim stroke when wearing it and felt less fatigue. I would recommend this to anyone.

The only thing I would say if for me personally I don't think the quick release zipper at the back made any difference - except making the suit harder to fasten initially. Unlike other wetsuits, due to the quick release you have to engage the zip before fastening it and this can be quite faffy and time consuming. When actually using the quick release I don't think it that much easier than unzipping a standard wetsuit, so I wouldn't buy a suit based purely on this.

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