GTC Newsletter 99

Dear members,

If you haven’t already done so, please don’t forget to join the club! It’s easy peasy and you get a free buff – to join the club, simply go toentrycentral.

Please note that the spin class will stop at the end of block 7 and so the last spin will be on Wednesday 6th of April. With the changing of the clocks, this means that we can start to head outside for evening cycles and so starting from Monday 4th April, we will be initiating the Monday night bike sessions. These rides are designed and suitable for all levels and are officially uncoached (this means you participate at your own risk). You CANNOT be too slow, get lost or dropped, it’s not that kind of thing! Whilst the nights are still short, the sessions will start at 6.30pm and front and rear lights are required to take part. The meeting place is at the Ivy India, 340 Ayr Road, Newton Mearns, Glasgow G77 6RT. The regular nights will begin with introductory rides to break people in gently and will then cover a variety of themes including interval sessions, hills, APR/team TT format. The first Monday of each month (with the exception of the first night!) will be a Time Trial (TT, £1 entry) to benchmark your progress; on these nights after the TT we will go for a curry at the Ivy India.  The winner, who may be the fastest, most improved or the most stylish, will eat free.

Alister Russell from Triathlon Scotland will be visiting the club to deliver a coaching running session on Saturday March 26th from 1-3pm at Maryhill Glasgow Club. Whilst the session is aimed mainly at the coaches (9 of our coaches will be coming along to practice their skills), we are looking for volunteer runners/participants as well. This is a chance for you to learn through the session and to have a go at a few new things. It will be based both in the gym hall and, if the weather is good, outside on the canal side.

Tuesday run session is back on as normal, tonight at 6pm at Glasgow club Maryhill. Also, if you volunteered to help out at the aquathlon THIS Sunday 20th March, please keep an eye out on the website and the Facebook page for the announcement of roles. As there will be a baking stall to raise money for the junior section, please also bring along any homemade (or purchased!) baked goodies you can supply.

Several members were racing at the weekend at the ‘Spring Into Duathlon’ at Strathclyde park (a 4.8km run/21km cycle/4.8km run), with some excellent results recorded. First in for the club in 2nd position overall was Gregor Stewart (1:10:02), following by Neal Robertson    in 3rd position (1:10:10), Ken Macewen (1:27:17, 2nd male vintage), Annibale Coia (1:30:17), Paul Wallace (1:31:56), Paul Gallagher (1:32:00), Alan Mackie (1:32:08, a whopping 19 minutes faster than last year), Christine Catterson (1:35:06, 2nd female super vet) and Ken Eccleson (1:45:51). There were also some juniors racing, with Charlie Treharne coming 1st in the Tristar 1 category (22.48) and Rory Treharne 3rd (24.29).

Parkrunning at the weekend @ Pollok parkrun were Bill Rees (21:53), Jim Elliott (31:51), Lesley McLuskey (36:19, another PB!) and Alan Mackie (36:20); @ Victoria parkrun were Stephen Macintyre (21:52) and Ian Clunie (22:57); and parkrun on tour @ Cabinteely parkrun was Tom McGuinness (21:08). There were several members racing in the Victoria park junior parkrun on Sunday, including Mia Padmanabhan (5th overall in 8:19), Jamie Glen (10:04), Holly Glen (10:27), Nina Padmanabhan (10:29), Aiden Quinn (11:05) and Johnnie Munro (11:19).

Some of the juniors were also racing at the national schools XC championships in Irvine on Wednesday, with Patrick Kiehlmann coming 15th, Mia Padmanabhan 31st and Isabelle Burnside 59th. They were all racing in the U14 category at the age of 12.

That’s all from me folks!

Coach Jo