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.
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
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 […]Read more ...2 new sponsorship deals for GTC
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.
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.
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.
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
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.