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 sprint and standard distance events respectively. It was a brave decision to choose a sea-based race for their first outings at these distances.
Meanwhile, Johnnie Munro (Tristar 2) and brothers Liam and Max Bennet (Tristars 2 and 1 respectively) also raced, with Liam finishing third. This was the first of many podium places for GTC over the weekend.
Twelve GTC adults raced in the Stirling Sprint Triathlon with podium places won by Craig Ross (3rd Senior), Christine Catterson (3rd super vet), Ian Ramage (2nd super vet) and Ken MacEwen (1st Vintage).
Craig deserves a special mention for his podium place as he was competing in his first sprint-distance event.
The full results include:
Sprint (female): Deborah Shipton (V) 1.28.12; Christine Catterson (3rd SV) 1.28.49; Michelle Donaldson (V) 1.30.25; Fiona Beck (V) 1.30.38; Hilary Glen (V) 1.34.44.
Sprint (male): Craig Ross (3rd S) 1.12.32; Ian Ramage (2nd SV) 1.17.07; Stuart McIntyre (V) 1.19.27; Alan Duff (SV) 1.23.49; Ken MacEwen (1st Vin) 1.25.41; Paul Glen (V) 1.26.24.
A GTC Sprint Relay team included Tom Pendrey, Alan Kennedy and Annibale Coia, finishing in 1.20.18, while Melinda Tarelli (V) took part in the novice race and came home in 1.09.30.
Junior race Stirling, too
An impressive 17 GTC youths turned out for the Stirling Triathlon.
The youth competitors:
Tristar 1 (girls): Nina Padmanabhan, Aine Doherty
Tristar 1 (boys): Fraser Donaldson, Angus Millar, Rory Treharne, Rory Shepherd
Tristar 2 (girls): Lucy Donaldson, Sarah Aitken, Holly Glen
Tristar 2 (boys): Charlie Treharne, Cameron O’Brien, Alasdair Padmanabhan, Johnnie Munro
Tristar 3 (girls): Mia Padmanabhan, Orla Doherty
Tristar 3 (boys): Callum Miller, Jamie Glen.
Podium places were taken by Fraser Donaldson, who won the Tristar 1 (boys) race, while Mia Padmanabhan was 3rd in a strong Tristar 3 (girls) race.
GTC head coach Vicky Begg and club blogger Fiona Russell headed to the east coast for the Montrose Sprint Triathlon.
The weather was on-off sun, torrential rain, wind, sun, repeat. The pool swim was followed by two laps of a hilly and technical road bike course and then two laps of a fairly flat run course.
Despite claims of little training. Vicky finished in an impressive time of 1.18.14 to win the female race. She was 16th overall.
Fiona struggled with the swim, suffering foot cramps and multiple stops, but managed to pull things back a bit on the bike and run. She came fourth female vet in 1.25.49.
Beth and Jim Lockhart both took part in the Blenheim Triathlon. They were both delighted to take around three minutes off their previous times. They praised the club swim coaching for their improved times.
Iona Blair took part in “Ireland’s fastest triathlon”, which is an open water sprint triathlon near Dublin. She scored a PB to finish in 1.27.16.
It is great to see so many GTC members racing.