Phoenix Athletics and Triathlon club

About Brighton Phoenix

About Phoenix

Phoenix Athletics Club was formed in 1981 by Matt Paterson and Olympic champion Steve Ovett. Having widened our appeal to include triathlon in 1998, we now have more than 300 members – from juniors to veterans competing at local, national and international level, to those simply looking to get fit and stay healthy. Throughout this time the club has stuck to its core beliefs that only by respecting the personal ambitions of the individual athlete can the club help every individual achieve to their potential. In 2012 we amended our name to Brighton Phoenix to ensure potential members and competitors know who we are and where we come from.

Our aim is to match the commitment of any individual coming to the club; so that they not only improve to reach their goals but understand more about the sport they are taking part in. We do this by having a fluid system of coaching where we cross over group training sessions to meet the athlete’s ability and vary the training in a progressive manner.

      There are five main sections to the club:

  • Juniors (from age 9-13) – the largest group in the club.
  • Youth and Senior sprint group.
  • Youth and Senior middle distance group.
  • Seniors long distance Group – including very competitive women’s and veterans’ groups
  • Multisport – catering for the specific training needs of triathletes.

Brighton Phoenix  Membership Commitments

At Brighton Phoenix we consider it important to set out our core beliefs, below are the six beliefs that we consider most important to driving the club forward.

  • Inspiration – At Phoenix our core belief is that only by respecting the personal ambitions of the individual athlete can the club help every individual to achieve their potential. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination, if you have the determination Brighton Phoenix will help you get there.”
  • Fairness – Brighton Phoenix will offer the same equal opportunities to every club member whatever the level, and through our network and coaching structures help the athlete to try to achieve their goals.
  • Friendship - Brighton Phoenix operate a network of training groups at every level so that the athlete can feel comfortable working towards their goals at their own pace with like minded individuals. Phoenix realise the social side is just as important in integrating into the club and as such have regular social nights, and club trips
  • Help – All aspects of your training can be overseen by one of our UKA or BTF qualified Coaches so that you know you are in good hands, whatever your initial level we can find the right fit for you.
  • Competition - Brighton Phoenix cater for all levels of competition from Track and Field, Road, Cross-country, and Multi sports. We encourage and support our members at all levels of competition from fun run’s to international level
  • Value – Brighton Phoenix is an amateur athletics and triathlon club and as such all Members fees are spent ultimately on athletic activities to better development and improve the sport for all its members.

Coaching policy

At Brighton Phoenix we believe that only by respecting the personal ambitions of the individual athlete will we get the best from them. We do this by placing each individual in a group according to their ability. Groups are run by one of our experienced and enthusiastic coaches, who give up their time to look after athletes free of charge. Coaching Director Malcolm Kemp oversees the groups and there are regular meetings to improve training standards and to adjust the size of groups to keep them at manageable levels. The club's philosophy is to enjoy athletics while getting the most from your potential.

To this end coaches provide a wide variety of training sessions to stimulate the interest of our athletes. Competitions – ranging from events such as the London Marathon to the South Downs Way Relay – are available throughout the year, and coaches will give athletes every encouragement to enter.

Club night

Brighton Phoenix is based at Withdean Stadium, where we meet every Wednesday, come rain or shine, throughout the year. This is the best time to come and meet coaches from the club as members of all 5 sections of the club will be training at some point during the evening. Training sessions for the juniors are from 5:30pm onwards according to age and ability; those for seniors are from 6:45pm.

You will find details of additional sessions, such as our weekly long runs, Monday drills ans hills sessions, Saturday-morning cycle rides or our coached swimming sessions on the Training page. For details on how to join Brighton Phoenix , go to the How to join page. You can also keep updated by being put on the specific group email lists as training locations and sessions vary throughout the year, please see the contact page for more information.

Benefits of membership

Our coaching team have been competing and coaching for decades and through this comes a wealth of knowledge, learned first hand, and past down to up and comming coaches. With the added opportunity to train and compete with other athletes of a similar or better ability Phoenix are able to offer a service that cannot be matched by any paid coach or gym membership, and all we ask in return is that you share your enjoyment for the sport with us.

Throughout the competition year we run two training trips, so that you can better learn about the sport and bond with club mates. We also travel abroad so that club members can get a taste of international racing, for the past couple of years this has been the Loto Cross Cup series in Brussels, Belgium. Giving our members as many opportunity to try something new has always been of high priority to us, because as important as tradition is in athletics you cannot be afraid to do something different.

There are some other useful financial benefits. Club members are able to obtain a 10% discount at: RUN, Blatchington Road, Hove; Sweatshop, Queens Road, Brighton; and the Jog Shop, George Street, Kemptown, Brighton. 15% discount on treatments at  They also receive a discount on UKA race entry fees.

For Members who reach required standards and are competing in the British Milers Club (BMC) races, membership is paid for by Phoenix.

Entry fees for Sussex Championship races are also paid by the club.

But perhaps the most important benefit of being a member is being able to compete for the club and wear our distinctive and iconic Phoenix vest. Steve Ovett became an Olympic gold medal winner and, although we can offer no guarantee that you will follow in his footsteps, we will support you in all your efforts to do so!


Club Communication – (how it works)

1.    The main website itself - - the face of the club that contains latest news stories, joining, training, kit etc info together with committee and coaches details.

2.    A Facebook 'Page' - - this is a public facing page that has general posts from the club and compliments the main website.  This can only be updated by club 'Administrators'

3.    A Twitter account - - similar to the Facebook page (and re-publishes anything added to the Facebook Page) but also with quick fire news storys.

4.    A newsletter - - produced twice a year showcasing the club’s activities

5.    Email - used to communicate messages about activities within the club. Please make sure your email is up to date.

6.  A Facebook 'Group' -  - This is a two way method of communication and is only open to club members, not the general public.  To be a member you need a Facebook account - something that you can set up with the minimum info and then never add anything to if you don't want to. Once done you can join the club's Facebook Group and any posts will be automatically emailed to you - no need to look at the actual Facebook site unless you want to reply!  It's a great way to find other club members who might like an early morning swim, a Sunday cycle or a Saturday afternoon run over the Downs!

Notice Board

Current listing


Paul Whelpton

Club Secretary (Board Member) V60 Men's Captain

My main tasks are to look after the club email account, answer enquiries from the public and provide admin support to the Board. Keen runner since primary school days, but moved up several gears since joining Phoenix in 2014. Favourite races:half marathons and all those in the Sussex Grand Prix.

Tel: 07949 627336

Malcolm Kemp

Coaching Director / UKA Coach (Board Member)
Tel: 01273 384226

Nerine Standen

Membership Coordinator / Child Welfare Officer / UKA Coach (Board Member)
Tel: 01323890769

Club Contact

Enquiries and Information

Mike Townley

Chairman (Board Member)
Tel: 07899792461

Darryl Hards

Treasurer ( Board Member)
Tel: 07913 975477

Josh Guilmant

Vice Chair - UKA Coach (Board Member)