The annual GTC Autumn Youth Aquathlon took place at the Allander Leisure centre in Milngavie at the weekend with 26 young club members competing. Thanks to race organisers Peter Soden and Wendy Gorman, and a great crew of volunteers, the event was hailed another success. Some 135 youths raced in five different age categories, which […]Read more ...Two GTC podiums at club’s autumn youth aquathlon
GTC member Cheryl Bradshaw recently competed in the Scottish Para Come & Tri Events.
There are three Scottish Para Come & Tri Events organised by Triathlon Scotland and Disability Sports. Cheryl, who is visually impaired, took part in the West Lothian event and there were two distances to choose from.
Cheryl says: “I chose the race that was a swim of five lengths of the pool, once around the school grounds on the bike and around again for the run.”
Cheryl reports that the race was well organised. She says: “I was sent out plenty of information before the day. They managed to arrange for me to have a tandem as well.
“In my group their was four other people with various types of disabilities and during the races there were plenty of volunteers and supporters to help you keep going, which I found really helpful as I was struggling in the pool.
“When it was time to transfer on to the bike I even had two guys holding it for me. Apparently that never happens, so I’ve been told.
“The course that I cycled and ran on was very flat with one wee hill.
“I would like to do another event as it was fun and enjoyable. I would recommend other people to take part.”
There are two more events in the series in 2017. See Scottish Para Come & Tri Series.
Sixteen GTC members took part in a series of Beastie events at Loch Lomond this weekend. Five competed in the Wee Beastie Triathlon, which comprised a 400m Swim, 9km Off-Road Cycle and 3km Run. Seven participated in the Beastie Sprint Triathlon, which included a 750m Swim, 17km Off-Road Cycle and 5km Run. Four also took […]Read more ...GTC competes at Beastie Triathlons
This month we talk to GTC couple Louise and Craig, who joined the club almost a year ago. Already keen runners, the pair were eager to try a triathlon but they wanted to feel a lot more skilled and confident in the water. They started in the Sunday night beginners’ swimming session and Craig describes […]Read more ...Couple of the month: Louise and Craig Ross
Glasgow Triathlon Club now has a record breaking 313 members. The club also boasts a strong female membership with 139 women and girls, compared to 174 men and boys. The youth section is included in the figures with 56 youngsters and an almost even split of 30 boys and 26 girls. GTC president Sean Webster […]Read more ...Record membership numbers at GTC
GTC member Bill Rees competed in the ETU Kitzbühel Triathlon European Age Group Championships (standard distance) at the weekend.
Bill finished a superb 10th in his age category (M65-69) with a time of 2.53.19.
Bill races for his home country of Ireland but is a member of GTC.
Competing at ETU champs on Austria
Bill described Kitzbuhel as a “very affluent and slightly strange town but surrounded by fantastic country”.
Although the swim was going to be non-wetsuit, at the last minute the referees changed their minds. Bill was thankful for the “indulgent referees”. A wetsuit swim is considered to be easier than non-wetsuit.
Bill confesses he started too quickly in the swim. He says: “I guess I was a bit overconfident and I set off too fast but I found I was soon hyper-ventilating.
“I managed to get into someone’s wake and settled down, concentrating on calming myself. Unfortunately I didn’t check the direction I was swimming and simply trusted the man in front.
“This is such a basic error as we headed back into the centre rather than towards the finish line.”
Bill reports that the bike ride was tough but enjoyable. He says: “Although I set a slow time, so did most of my competitors. The new bike did fine but I was busted by the end and I went on to set a personal worst for the run.
“The better athletes didn’t know what I was talking about when I moaned about the swim and the run but there were quite a few others who had the same experience.
“However, in the end I got my top 10 target, finishing 10th in my age category. I am still a little frustrated by my performance though.”
Racing ETU champs
Bill reveals what it is like to race in an ETU or ITU age group champs. He says: “The race itself was no different to any you might do in Scotland but going to an ETU or ITU age group shindig is something else.
“It’s the the size of the occasion, the elite athletes, the team effect and the general buzz that make it something special.
“It is expensive but today I think it’s great. On Saturday, half-way around the run, I was much less convinced.
“I have also got to add thanks to my team and to GTC coaches and colleagues, all of whom have been a great help and, more, great company.”
Well done to Bill for qualifying for the ETU age group event and for travelling to Austria for the championships.
The second race in the three-part FionaOutdoors GTC aquathlon series 2017 took place at Pinkston Watersports in Glasgow last Friday.
Fourteen members competed in the swim-run race. The winners were Hollie Leonard (FS) and Nial Smith (MS).
Hollie had a fight on her hands with second placed Fiona Beck (FV) just 14 seconds behind her overall.
The top three men, Nial, Craig Armour (MS) and Gareth Treharne (MV) finished within 17 seconds of each other.
GTC compete in aquathlon
Hollie Leonard (FS)
Fiona Beck (FV)
Nial Smith (MS)
Gareth Treharne (MV)
Alastair Macnaughton (MSV)
A special mention goes to Emily Bryson for the most consistent run.
Volunteers to thank include Maggie Darroch, Ray Loughran and Lochlan O’Sullivan, as well as race series organiser John Lund.
The series winners will be awarded based on the best two out of three races.
Six years ago, club member Peter J Gordon tipped the scales at 18 stones. Now he is a keen ultra runner and a lot lighter and fitter.
Peter has been with the club for five years and has to plan his exercise schedule around the full-time care of his 11-year-old son Roddy, who is non-verbal autistic.
When he first joined GTC he was keen to compete in triathlons. He said: “I had managed to lose a bit of weight and get a bit fitter by walking. I then took up running.
“But I remember watching Ironman Kona on-line and I was amazed at the athleticism and fitness of the athletes across all ages and sizes of people.
“Although I could see there was a clear competitive element to the triathlons it was also evident that many different types of people do it to challenge themselves and push their own limits. This attracted me to the sport.”
At first, Peter was determined to train for a triathlon but he found that swimming was a barrier. He explains: “At a young age I nearly drowned and I still panic about it, which frustrates me. Instead I started to focus on running and started doing 10k races. The more I ran the more I wanted to challenge myself so I moved on to doing ultra distance events.”
Peter had enjoyed running as a child. He was a sprinter from the age of 14 to 18 with Perth Strathtay Harriers.
Now he is a regular participant at the GTC running sessions and credits the coaches with helping him to develop his technique and pacing.
He said: “The coaches are very encouraging. This has been important to me and has given me confidence and some courage to go into the pain barrier.
“I also recall the drills and interval training from when I was a teenager and I have enjoyed coming back to it again.
“I am now taking minutes of my 10k PBs and hours off my ultra times.”
Running longer and longer
Peter’s favourite events are longer distance and preferably with a good view. He says: “I find the trails more comfortable than road running although many of the races have short segments of road or firmer terrain.
“Earlier this year I was delighted to get a PB for 50km when I did the John Muir Way Ultra.
“A couple of weeks ago, I attempted the West Highland Way Challenge Race and got as far as 81 miles to Kinlochleven. It was my first race at that distance and I had issues with nutrition and feeling nauseated.
“I’ll work on those things over the coming year and I can’t wait until next year to do it again and make it to the end line at Fort William.”
“Later this year I hope to run a faster time at the Dunoon 55km Ultra, which takes place in October. The first one was held last year and it was a challenging race. It’s a trail run with amazing views. I want to improve my time and will be increasing my hill training as it’s a hilly route.”
When the going gets tough
Peter has a counting technique to help with tough training sessions. He says: “I count from 1 to 50 over and over or sing silly songs in my head if I am struggling with a long or tough training run.
“If I do ultras and have drop bags I always put something tasty to eat like Nutella with breadsticks or something like Reese’s pieces to encourage me to get to that checkpoint.”
Despite his swimming difficulties, Peter still has an ambition to do a triathlon. He would most like to finish an Ironman distance. In the meantime, he is focusing on his running and has a lifetime ambition to finish the 95-mile WHW Race in less than 24 hours.
Peter’s three top tips
No matter what your fitness level just get out and get moving. You need to start somewhere.
Join a tri club. GTC has given me lots of confidence and opportunities not just to improve my own skills but to learn from others and participate in marshalling events that they’ve organised.
Don’t neglect strength training. Either join a gym or do exercises at home that develop your core and physical strength. Classes like Pilates can help with flexibility and stretching so try it out, too. All these things help to reduce your risk of injury as your body becomes more supple.
The youth section of the club did us proud at the recent Lochore Meadows Youth Aquathlon event in Fife when they won six podium places. The results: Tristar 1 (girls): Nina Padmanabhan (2nd) and Aine Doherty Tristar 1 (boys): Rory Treharne (2nd) and Fraser Donaldson (3rd) Tristar 2 (girls): Amiya Patel (2nd), Lucy Donaldson and […]Read more ...Youths bring home medals haul for GTC
It was a busy weekend for GTC members as many pulled on their competition trisuits for races across Scotland. Isle of Arran Triathlon Festival The wind made conditions tough for the senior and junior competitors at this island race and the sea swim was shortened as a consequence. Alastair Young and Andrew Cruikshank completed their first […]Read more ...Great weekend of triathlon racing