The following headings are helpful in explaining more about how Tuff Fitty operate, and providing guidance to members. For any questions that may arise; please contact one of your committee members or team of coaches.


All members are welcome to attend any of our organised cycle rides. However, whatever the level of experience, whether new to road cycling or a seasoned competitor, your club asks that everyone reads, understands, and implements the instructions and messages in our club’s cycle etiquette. It is asked that your periodically re-read the text as it is amended to ensure it remains relevant in the 2020’s. For our cycle code click here


Whether you are new to multi-sport or a seasoned racer competing for Team GB here is something to help get you ready to race – a gear checklist.

What gear to take, how much do I need?…. the questions can be mind boggling. A long time ago members were asked what gear they took to races and we collated all the ideas and formulated into the definitive list. It has stood the test of time so you may want to print off to use yourself. The list covers all distance events as clearly not all races you will need a wetsuit or a torch (for the early starts) but having bin liners, (in case it rains), and spare toilet roll, (there is never enough!) could be important things to pack.

TF Gear checklist

Good luck with your packing, and do it early the day before to quell pieces of kit coming into your mind when you should be sleeping.


Our club pays to affiliate to various agencies to help in the operation of Tuff Fitty which also unlocks some benefits as follows:


This is our major partner who we affiliate with. As a multisport club we operate under British Triathlon governance and pay annually a fee to gain public liability and backing.

This core fee does not cover individual members. Those who wish to enrol gain individual public liability insurance, personal accident cover and a race licence amongst other things. The range of benefits are shown here.

There are a range of packages but if we look at the Core package this currently costs £56 pa. However if you are a member of an affiliated club, such as Tuff Fitty, that immediately reduces to £45 so already as a club member you save £11 per annum, recouping a large part of your club annual subscription.

If competitors are not a member of British Triathlon Federation (BTF) then they are asked to purchase a day licence for events to gain some of the protection above. The day licence varies between £4 & £6, so if you intend to race several multisport events a year the economic case for joining is strong.


There are three tiers to our affiliations for running. Tuff Fitty affiliate to England Athletics which in turn brings us under the UK Athletics banner, but as with the BTF this does not cover individual club members. If you wish to affiliate their year runs from 1st April for 12 months. You can register at any point during the year although it makes sense to affiliate at the beginning of this 12 month period. The cost from 1st April 2020 is £16. Once signed up you get a Unique Runner Number. This enables members to claim a discount when selecting ‘affiliated’ on many race entry forms of £2 (although not Fun Run League Races). So there is an economic case for joining if you are planning on entering various road races throughout the year. The full range of benefits are shown here

Provided we get a minimum number of members affiliate, Tuff Fitty is normally eligible for one guaranteed London Marathon place each year where a ballot is operated for those affiliated who wish to be put forward

Finally as we are affiliated to UK Athletics this enables us to align with Sussex County Athletics for a further fee. This is paid by Tuff Fitty and there is no requirement from members to act on this one. The major benefit through this affiliation is that it makes Tuff Fitty an eligible club to participate in the Sussex Cross Country league each year.


This is a straightforward affiliation to explain because the central fee that your club pays covers all of our members. This can be succinctly explained as the CTT membership allows any TF member to ride any TT subject to the entry requirements. There’s no need for personal affiliation. There are some great rides around, including mid-week ones. Riders do need to be aware that cycle tops, covering the shoulders are required (not running vests) and that a rear light is mandatory (regardless of time of day).


Tuff Fitty are very keen that we are open and welcome to all, whether of different backgrounds, situations or different abilities. Physical activity is recognised as improving mental health and wellbeing & we have adopted the #not2tuff2talk tag. Please see the objectives we are working to here


There is a great article published by Triathlete Europe which novices may find useful:- the link is here


Getting cramp when you swim is not only unpleasant but can be a serious disruption to your training – Read the article here