4Life Triathlon formed in the year 2000 initally coaching juniors.

Since that time the club has gone from strength to strength in helping juniors and adults realize their potential in the disciplines of Triathlon.

We have helped many individuals realize their potential some going onto represent Team GB at various levels including World Championships.

Dean Hughes(Club Founder)

I am the founder member of 4Life Tri Club (20+ years ago) and over the years have
experienced all committee roles in the club from chair, kit man, treasurer, to head coach…. I
am extremely passionate about providing positive opportunities for everyone.

Sport has been my life from a very young age and throughout my years in sport I have been
privileged to gain experience of working with many brilliant people and been employed with
2 leading National Governing Bodies
British Triathlon Federation & British Cycling;

Level 3 British Triathlon Coach and British Cycling Coach gaining various coaching/personal
training qualifications from 25+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry
working with organisations as British Triathlon Federation (full time coaching position),
British Cycling (full time coaching position) and the British Army as a Physical Training
Instructor in my earlier years 

Throughout this experience I have coached thousands of unique individuals and groups of
various ages and ability to achieve their goals; from swimming a first length of front crawl,
completing a novice distance triathlon to achieving qualification for age groups World
Championships at ALL distances. My passion has always been providing positive/memorable
opportunities for young people to develop as people and athletes…

Award Winning Coach: Over the years I have been awarded British Triathlon National and
Regional Coach of the Year.

Competing: As an athlete I have competed in all triathlon distances including Ironman,
various marathons (sub 3 hours), ultra-marathons, duathlons, adventure races and have
represented GB at the Age Group World Championships. I have also competed in the
gruelling La Marmotte 6 times – achieving a very respectful time of just over 7 hours.
My main achievement/challenge is balancing training and racing around work and a young
family. I also, race/train canicross and bikejor with my snow dog Elvis

Midlands Triathlon Academy Lead; Providing guidance for triathlon coaches, clubs, parents
and talented young athletes who aspire and have the potential to compete at the highest
level within the sport of triathlon.

Event Organiser: Race director and founder of endorphinsport providing platforms for
everyone to enhance their lives through positive sporting experiences.

Coaching Philosophy;
I believe that everyone should experience as many opportunities as possible in order to
reach their full potential in life and my; honest passion to help people, enthusiasm for the
outdoors, motivation & self-discipline, with many years of life experience, provide a real
platform to enhance life…….
Honesty and confidence provide the ability to adapt and try a different approach – one size
does NOT fit all!

Understanding the athlet ‘s circumstances is key. We are all different and the better you get to know someone the better you can support them
and more importantly the better they understand themselves and people around them.
From many years of personal/professional experience I can work closely with athletes
(people) to effectively plan training/racing around a busy family/working/school life –
maximising time = most impact.
From the start of the journey I will be honest and manage expectations for both athlete
(person) and coach with the main emphasis on enjoying the process and learning!

Be active, honest and kind.

Jen Palmer (Coaching co-ordinator)

I took up triathlon in 2014 at the tender age of 37 when I entered my first Sprint Tri. I got the bug so
joined 4Life Tri and my two children soon followed. Since then I have completed triathlon events
across all distances, including 3 Full Ironmans, a few half distances and a couple of even longer ones
for charity. I’ve also completed several marathons just because I am a glutton for punishment.
When the club lost its only other female coach, I wanted to ensure there was some representation
and give something back to my club so embarked on my Level 1 coaching course which I completed
in November 2022.

My coaching ethos is to make sessions fun and focussed on what the junior athletes want to achieve.
I truly believe that triathlon is a fantastic sport, and I am working with the club to increase
membership and to try to give as many children as possible access to this great sport within our club.
Outside of this I am navigating the world of parenting two teenagers with my partner Aimee and our
pride and joy Luna (our whippet).

Rob Beers

I come from a  running background taking the England Athletics coaching pathway starting with my LIRF in 2012, CIRF in 2014 and Event coach in 2019. Long associated with development, I formed Melton Running Club in 2013 which went on to become RunTogether’s most successful ever venture and helped no end of runners go from C25k to all kinds of distances inc Ultra Marathon. I’ve successfully ran and coached with Stilton Striders, Barrow Runners and lots of Junior coaching with RunFit Melton & Belvoir, it’s a great running CV but take those chances when they are offered! 

I joined 4life Triathlon very quickly after being so impressed with the application and warmth of the members, I did my level 2 Triathlon coach in 2023 and really enjoyed the new learning outside the comfort zone.

My coaching ethos is that people matter, everyone is individual so it’s about helping to make them best version of them, praise costs nothing either-“Praise loudly, criticize quietly” is a fave. I’ve done over 40 Marathons and Ultra Marathons but never happier than in mud and water, when not running I like history, music and cycling, outside of 4life I work as full time coach at Rob Beers Coaching & Fitness

Neil Harris

My first triathlon was in 2010 – the Southwell Sprint. I was hooked and went on to compete in 19 events throughout the 2010/11 season. Competitive and keen to push myself I extended the distance each year until I completed my first Ironman distance Triathlon 2014 at the Outlaw, Nottingham.

When my daughter, Darcey, joined 4 Life in 2014 I started helping coach the juniors.  I found it extremely rewarding seeing the improvements and enjoyment the juniors got from the sessions. So much so that I qualified with a BTF Level 2 in 2015 and subsequently went on to pass the British Cycling Level 2 qualification in 2018.

I’m passionate about coaching and have an encouraging, patient style which enables me to get the best out of all athletes.  I have also been fortunate to coach Sophie Caldwell & Olivia Mathias, as juniors in 4 Life – both now GBR Triathletes.

When I’m not coaching, I’m cycling with a club, trying to keep up with my Marathon running girlfriend or beekeeping! 


Derek Hayden

I have played sports my entire life and when was a child wanted to play Football for Ireland, I starting competing in Triathlon at the age of 27 as a bet with a  friend and have been hooked ever since.

I have competed at Age group Level for Ireland at the European and World Championship Level


Having ruptured my Achilles Tendon last year and thought it would be a good opportunity to get my coaching qualification to help the club as part of my rehab. Now a level 2 BTF Triathlon coach, really enjoying the journey and glad my skills and experience can be used to help others, the club is going through an exciting time.


I currently coach the Tuesday group with Neil and really enjoy watching the athletes grow and develop

Matt Taylor

Matt is a self confessed running nerd looking at many styles and techniques that can help runners of all ages, shapes and sizes to find a comfortable style that suits their ambitions.

He started coaching with the Stilton Striders in Melton Mowbray in 2011, supporting the junior sessions and officiating as a level 2 judge at local swimming clubs and Leicester age group champs. 4 years ago (2019) , Matt was awarded his level 2 triathlon coach qualification and has been coaching running and transitions as a specialty since.

Matt has been swimming, biking and running from an early age getting his first road bike at 9 years old (Raleigh pursuit in black) but only put the three disciplines together 10 years ago when his daughter first tried triathlon. Matt has raced all distances up to half (70.3) and the fated outlaw full distance Aquathlon (bike was rained off). His favourite races are anything off-road like the off road duathlons at clumber park or the standard distance triathlon at Keswick mountain festival which features a 10km trail run around the stunning Lake District.

Matt’s ambition is to race competitively at an off-road Tri event but needs to get past his other passion of pizza and red wine if that is ever going to work out. Matt’s favourite bike is his giant TCX, favourite trainers are Nike lunarglide race and goggles are arena cobras. You can always find Matt at the triathlon relays in August cheering on his friends and athletes from teams from around UK.