This was the year to decide the status of the club. Half-blue status can only be awarded to a club after it has competed in three varsity matches. The new president, Zaheer Cader, made sure that we had not just our third varsity match this year but for the first time trophies for the winning teams (sponsored by triandrun) as well as a large contingent down at BUSA. He also organised the first ever triathlon cuppers (in reality an aquathlon) and moreover had a brilliant cuppers trophy and medals fashioned just in time as part of the triandrun club sponsorship deal. The cuppers were reasonably well attended and were won by Worcester. The end result was a very popular club and for the first time a victory in Varsity, thanks to our women, especially Canadian rowing olympian Buffy Williams, Rachel Hughes and Nerys Hughes who made up the winning team. The victory launched a thousand hangovers - well at least one from James anyway - and proved that there is more than just a lot of enthusiasm in our club. Zaheer also tried to organise an open water swim varsity match at the inaugural Blenheim triathlon but the Cambridge team did not turn up. His organisational achievements were however recognised by the university who granted the club for the first time Half Blue status.
Training reached new heights, with swim sessions now coached by our in-house qualified coach Kelly Thornber, weekly track and turbo sessions and an ambitious training camp in cycling heaven (ie. Majorca) organised by Paul Petzschmann during the Easter vacation.
It was a year full of highlights, including a first place by Thom Ringer in his age group at the Thruxton duathlon in the October 2004 and a fine performance from the OUTriC team at the Big Half in June 2005, finishing in second place. Fresh from the Big Half, James Nichols competed in Ironman Switzerland, completing the course in a bit over 13 hours. Derek Li competed in the Asian Triathlon Championships held in Singapore on 3 July 2005, where he completed the olympic distance course in 2:28:55, finishing 5th in his age group. This however was not good enough, so he then went on to compete in the olympic distance Port Dickson Int'l Triathlon in Malaysia, finishing in an amazing time of 2:07:55, and 13th in his age group. There were fine performances also in the London triathlon, especially by Luke Walton (2:17:12), Geoff Roberts (2:25:08) and the new president Simon MacDonald (2:27:04). Another great result was Kirsty's top female finish at the hair-raising Helvellyn triathlon and her qualification for the World Duathlon Championships in Australia.