Congratulations go to three junior GTC members who have qualified for the Inter Regional Championships this summer. Charlie Treharne, Amiya Patel and Fraser Donaldson were selected for the National Championships for the Tristar2 and Tristar3 triathletes after competing at Triathlon Scotland National Youth Championships at Bellahouston Park earlier this month. Only the best triathletes from each […]Read more ...Three juniors qualify for national champs
The first in the popular series of club aquathlons was enjoyed on a beautiful evening in May. The race comprised a 500m swim at Pinkston Watersports outdoor water basin in Glasgow followed by a 5km run. There were 26 competitors and the results in each age category were: 1st female junior: Lucy Roberts 42:32 1st […]Read more ...GTC club aquathlon 1, 2018
It might be warm and sunny just now but some club members are already looking ahead to winter. When temperatures dip and rain, snow and wind batter Scotland, there is little to beat a training trip to warmer climes. The annual GTC winter training camp is set to take place next year from February 23 […]Read more ...Looking ahead to GTC winter training camp
Iain has been with GTC for three years. He races in the 40 to 44 age category. Many club members will know Iain as a leader of the rugged runs series. He has been an enthusiastic route leader and creator. Iain enjoyed a sporty childhood growing up in the Western Isles with his twin brother […]Read more ...GTC athlete of the month: Iain Todd
The popular club aquathlon series is back and this year Sean Webster and John Lund will be organising the events. There will be five aquathlons in the series taking place on: May 25 June 22 July 20 Aug 24 Sept 14. The usual format is a swim of between 400m and 750m with a run […]Read more ...GTC club aquathlons 2018
The annual GTC organised Bishopbriggs Triathlon was blessed by a day of warm sunshine this year. Around 90 volunteers welcomed the favourable conditions as some 400 athletes, including adults and children, took part in the popular race.
Duggie Mac, who is Race Director, said: “It was another very successful day at Briggs, which was greatly assisted by the lovely weather.
“I want to say a huge thanks to all the leads and volunteers who helped to make this day such a success.
“And special thanks to The Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum. They not only donated a yummy flapjack for each competitor but also added a voucher for a free cake and coffee with any meal from The Real Food Cafe.”
The race distances
Sprint Triathlon: 750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run
Novice Triathlon: 400m swim, 10km cycle, 3km run
Youth Triathlon: (15-16 yrs) 400m swim, 10km cycle, 3km run
Tristars 3 Triathlon: (13-14 yrs) 300m swim, 5km cycle, 2km run
Tristars 2 Triathlon: (11-12 yrs) 200m swim, 5km cycle, 2km run
Briggs Tri 2018 winners
In the sprint race:
Top 3 men:
(The top two men race in the Junior C category.)
Top 3 women:
(Both Lorna and Shine compete in the veteran category.)
Isla Britton (third overall)
Charlie Treherne (GTC)
Full Race results
A few race photos
£450 cake stall
Another club member Catriona Padmanabhan organised a cake stall to raise funds for the junior section of the club.
She said: “A massive thank you to everyone who helped at the baking stall. All your baking contributions were fabulous and we are very grateful to Helen Bolland, Jennifer Laskey, Anna and Erica who manned the stall all day while I kept running off to watch the kids finish. We raised an impressive £450.”
Post race party
A post-event party for volunteers was hosted by Hilary and Paul Glen in Bearsden. Duggie said: “Big thanks to Hilary and Paul for the party. You are truly endurance people. I also have witnesses that will confirm you have promised this as an annual feature for the Briggs Triathlon!”
Brian has been a member of GTC for 18 months and races in the veteran category (age 60 to 64). In fact, he completed the Briggs Triathlon on his 62nd birthday.
As a youngster, Brian played football before discovering a love and talent for hockey in his last year of secondary school. He played hockey for some 12 years in Scotland and Holland and reached what he describes rather modestly as a “respectable level”.
Brian said: “I also played Gaelic football, ran a few half marathons and enjoyed cycling but hockey was my first real sports passion.”
Throughout his life, Brian reports he has had problems with his weight. He said: “During periods when I wasn’t exercising I would put on weight and gradually the weight stayed on. Life changed with marriage and children and so did my priorities.
“I started doing fad diets to try to lose weight, which led me to the Atkins diet. I lost a lot of weight doing this with minimal exercise but when I stopped this diet I eventually put on more weight than I had lost.
“I ended up at the GP, who took some blood samples and I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and hypertension.”
That’s when Brian decided to join GTC.
“Being a part of GTC and exercising regularly, plus attending Slimming World, where I have been given the correct advice on exercise and food intake, have worked wonders for me.
“I have lost a total of 32kgs and managed to reverse my diabetes and get my blood pressure back to normal. I am very happy about this.”
Brian’s triathlon likes
When it comes to triathlon, Brian enjoys both the cycling and swimming disciplines and although he has long been a fan of cycling he reckons swimming is now his favourite sport.
He said: “I find it so easy to get lost in my own thoughts while swimming in the pool, which is great when the rest of life is busy.
“I have also benefitted from the Sunday night swim session and the coaches are all fantastic including Duggie Mac, Sean, Rose, Lochlan and Niall.”
Brian, who is a grandad, has so far completed a number of sprint and novice triathlons and prefers the longer distance. After Briggs Triathlon this weekend he wrote: “It was my birthday and I also did a triathlon. I had an amazing day.”
“I was also proud to reaching the semi finals of the British GAA and I felt great when I completed my first sprint triathlon at Lochgilphead.”
Brian has a few goals for this year: To get PB in a sprint triathlon, to complete his first standard triathlon (Chester on June 3) and to PB at 10k.
One day he would like to do a Half Ironman.
Brian’s tips for newcomers to triathlon
Join Glasgow Triathlon Club
Listen to what the coaches tell you
Believe in yourself.
Thanks to everyone for a great day, the final results will be ready shortly, please find the interim results below: novice sprint d1 sprintD1 tristars2 tristars3 youthRead more ...Bishopbriggs Triathlon 2018 results
One of the club’s annual races, the Bishopbriggs Triathlon takes place on May 6,2018. Entries are full for the Sprint and novice distances for adults and the junior races and a waiting list is in operation. This event could not operate without the generous support of club volunteers. If you can give up some time […]Read more ...Bishopbriggs Triathlon 2018
Turn up with your bike – if you need a bike check or a bike fit – for the Billy Bilsland Bike Night at Surface+ Café on Monday April 30 at 7pm. This special event, hosted by one of our new club sponsors, will include: Bike checks by Barry, a Cyctech 3 mechanic. Bike fit with […]Read more ...Event: Billy Bilsland Bike Night