All posts by Fiona Russell

2 new sponsorship deals for GTC

Glasgow Tri Club is delighted to announce two new sponsorship partnerships with Glasgow sports retailers, Billy Bilsland Cycles and Run4It. These leading retailers have agreed to make a financial contribution to the club for the next three years (2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21) and are offering members a host of benefits. The logos will feature on GTC […]

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GTC athlete of the month: Nathalie Jones 

Nathalie races in the veterans category and is often out on her bike at the crack of dawn to fit in her training (before work and family life get in the way).

She is a dietitian and on April 23 she will deliver her third annual presentation to the club on sports nutrition. (See details below.)

Nathalie has been a member of GTC twice. The first time was from 2002 to 2005 and she rejoined in 2017.

She came to triathlon through a background of running. She said: “I was attracted to a sport that has three disciplines for the variety.”

Of the three sports, running is still her favourite because, “I love the ease of it and that I can do it anywhere.”  She believes her cycling has improved the most since she joined the club.

Enjoying the race on New Year’s Day in Edinburgh.

Nathalie loves to race

Nathalie enjoys racing and especially Olympic and middle-distance triathlons. She rates her first Mallorca 70.3 event last year has her best achievement to date. She came 38th in the age group 40 to 44 in a time of 6:13:54.

Last year, she scored a sprint PB at GTC’s Briggs Triathlon in 1:23:29. She was sixth lady vet that day, too.

Mallorca 70.3.

This season, Nathalie has already achieved some great finishes. She was third female vet at the New Year’s Day Edinburgh Triathlon; second female vet and eighth overall at the Glasgow Uni Aquathlon; and first female vet at the Stirling Duathlon.

This year’s race goal is Ironman Edinburgh 70.3. She adds: “I also plan to compete in more races this season and I hope to be placed in some of these.”

In the future, Nathalie has aspirations to complete an Ironman “perhaps Wales or Barcelona” and also complete the ultra distance run, the Highland Fling.

Nathalie was fourth female in the Arran Man standard last year.

Getting through tough training sessions

If Nathalie is faced with a challenging training session she has a few methods for completing it. She says: “I might watch EastEnders on the iPlayer and try to switch off from what I am doing.

“I also think about the guilt I would feel if I stopped mid-training session.

“I try to remember that lots of people would love to be able to be fit and out there training and I tell myself to appreciate how lucky I am to be able to do what I do –  and to stop whinging.”

Tips for triathlon success

Follow a structured training programme

Get a coach if you have a race goal

Fuel right!

Sports nutrition evening

Monday April 23

Western Baths, Glasgow

From 7pm to 7.30pm, there will be presentation from the Glasgow Club on the benefits of a new corporate membership scheme for GTC.

Nathalie will then give her nutrition talk. One lucky attendee will win a free consultation and nutrition plan with Nathalie.

Booking will be available soon on this website. See Facebook event, too.

Get set for GTC training aquathlons

The annual GTC training aquathlons will launch next month at Pinkston Watersports in Glasgow.

This race series has been expanded to include five events that all take place on a Friday at 7pm.

The races include an open water swim in the Pinkston pool followed by a run. There will be prices for various age categories, both for men and women.

You should ensure you arrive in time to get changed for the off.

The races take place on:
May 25
June 22
July 20
Aug 24
Sept 14.

 

The series is good practice for taking part in triathlon races.

Don’t forget the HUUB wetsuit discount

GTC members can take advantage of a 30% discount on HUUB kit on-line. See HUUB. The discount code has featured in several newsletters (do a search to find it in your in-box) or email the club to find out the code.

 

Boclair Dental Care is new sponsor for GTC aquathlons

The club is delighted to announce that Boclair Dental Care in Bearsden will be sponsoring the GTC youth aquathlons from August – and going forward. The sponsorship will help with some of the costs for the aquathlons, which provide the junior section with a key source of fundraising. The funds raised by club events go […]

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Juniors race GTC Spring Aquathlon in winter conditions

Almost 160 junior athletes braved the snow and cold on Sunday to take part in the GTC Allander Youth Aquathlon.

The atmosphere was very upbeat and it was brilliant to see so many young competitors smiling as they raced in the two-discipline event.

The youths completed a pool swim before a run in the grounds around the Bearsden leisure centre. The distances vary according to age category.

More than 30 juniors raced for Glasgow Tri Club with five taking podium places.

Race organiser Pete Soden said: “It was a superb effort from all the competitors, parents and Team Glasgow Tri Club. We delivered a great morning’s programme of racing on a safe course, on schedule and against challenging early weather conditions.”

Competitors from GTC 

TriStar Starts

Anna Ross (3rd)

Tristar 1 girls

Nina Padmanabhan

Calli Abel

Skye Dick

Jodi Abel

Molly Know

Tristar1 boys

Max Van Der Horst (2nd)

Ted Churches

Hector Godolphin

Finlay Laskey

Cammy Aitken

Tri star 2 girls

Amiya Patel

Sarah Aitken

Holly Glen

Islay Jackson

Morvern Smith

Isabel Soyinka

Ella Lockhart

Grace Lindsay

Tristar 2 boys

Charlie Treharne (3rd)

Rory Treharne

Fraser Donaldson

Jan Van Der Horst

Sandy Fraser

Alfie Churches

Ali Padmanabhan

Ruari Laskey

Johnnie Munro

Euan Lockhart

Tristar 3 girls

Maddie McAllister (3rd)

Lucy Donaldson

Rachel Smith

Tri star 3 boys

Callum Miller

Jamie Glen

Aiden Quinn

Youth Girls

Mia Padmanabhan (2nd)

Full list of provisional results.

After the race, some of the junior members revealed how the race went for them.

Maddie McAllister, who was third in the Tristar 3 girls, said: “This was my first race this year and I loved running in the snow as it made the race really different and fun.”

Sisters Calli and Jodi Abel raced together for the first time. They both competed in the Tristar 1 girls. Calli said: “It was weird having my sister in the same race as me. I was very proud of her. The race was cold but lots of fun.”

It was Jodi’s first GTC event having only just joined her sister in the club. She said: “I was nervous at the start but when I came out of the pool and heard everyone cheering for me I was very proud and happy. Even Billy, the coach, was cheering for me!”

Twins Ella and Euan Lockhart were also taking part in their first aquathlon. They raced in the Tristar 2 category.

Ella said: “It was hard doing it but it was worthwhile and I would do it again.”

Euan added: “It was harder than I thought it would be and absolutely freezing but I really enjoyed it.”

Cake stall fund-raiser

As tradition now has it, there was a cake stall at the aquathlon with baking supplied by club members. This event raised a fantastic £264.50, which will go to supporting the development of the GTC youth squad. Thanks to all who baked.

GTC autumn aquathlon

Entries have opened on entrycentral for the GTC autumn aquathlon on Sunday August 19.

Triathlon coaching: Levels 1 to 3

There are three levels of triathlon coaching qualifications. The qualifications are established by the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) and delivered in Scotland in partnership with British Triathlon. UKCC Triathlon Level 1 This qualification prepares coaches to assist in the delivery of coached triathlon sessions. It is a competence-based qualification, with informal assessments for each module […]

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We speak to the coaches…

We are fortunate to have a great team of club coaches, from Level 1 to 3, at Glasgow Triathlon Club. We recently asked them about why they coach at the club and for some of their top tips for triathletes.

Here is a selection of their responses.

Why I like coaching

I enjoy seeing the development of athletes and using my experiences in triathlon to develop my coaching.

I was lucky enough to receive great coaching when I started in triathlon and that is what has motivated me to coach. I love seeing people love their sport and improving and developing in it.

I like all three sports of triathlon and helping others to find balance and synergies between them to make them the best triathletes they can be.

I love to see athletes improve. It’s very rewarding.

I enjoy the technical nature of triathlon and helping others to improve.

Top tips for triathlon

Listen to others, prepare, follow instruction and feedback, practice and enjoy.

Set a goal and work out how you are going to achieve it.

Love what you do.

Don’t do so much that it becomes a burden.

Keep it fun and in context. You are not going to win Olympic gold!

Race smiles.

Pay attention to the details, whether that’s good technique, better rest or nutrition etc. The small details can make big differences.

Use elastic laces when racing and enjoy competing.

The mind is your first barrier. Overcome your anxieties and fears to become a better triathlete.

Acknowledge your accomplishments.

Give your coach feedback and ask them for feedback. Those that engage the most get the most out of it.

Spend some time on technique because it’s free speed.

Create a plan and have the patience and perseverance to stick with it. It will bring results and rewards.