Member’s Digest #3

Good day triathletes,

That’s the motley crew back from training camp in Fuerteventura, here’s a wee pic of us all on the first day before we headed out for a ride.

This is a great trip, an opportunity to get in some miles on smooth tarmac in the sun when you’ve just about had it with Glasgow winter, coached swim sessions in a lovely 50m pool every day, swim filming, a chilled Sunday with Tai Chi and Yoga, run session options, opportunities for one to one coaching sessions with the fabulous Vicky and, not to forget, lots of fun and banter! Just ask Ian Ramage how many sleeps it is ‘til next year….

This digest will be mostly a results roundup but before I go into that:
– The Allander junior aquathlon is on 23rd of March and could still do with a couple more bodies if anyone else is willing to volunteer? No experience necessary, opportunities to go cycling or running from there afterwards.
– Since I’ve mentioned juniors, some of the coaches held a ‘Comealongathon’ on Sunday 10th March and had 16 kids turn up at Clevedon school for a wee triathlon experience, sounds like it was a great success! If you have kids or know of kids who are interested in triathlon, we do juniors sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday evening, contact me for more details.
– The first super summer series intro ride is on Saturday 22nd March, this will be a ride to Stewarton and back, approximately 30-35 miles. Meet at Pollok country park for 8:45 to be ready to roll at 9am. Further details at the linky.
– Western baths is closed on Sunday 30th March as part of it’s annual closure – there will be NO SUNDAY SWIM on this day (they’re having a concert in the pool….in the actual pool! Drained obviously…).

As I’ve been away, here’s some results from last weekend (01/03):
At Pollok Park parkrun, Mark Cohen ran 24:55. Mark reliably informed me that Tollcross is his favourite parkrun, a small field of approximately 60, you get a wee cake (or was it biscuit?) at the end and a cup of milk (for free!), plus you are ideally located to trot along to Tollcross pool for a post-run swim. There was a bigger GTC turnout at Victoria Park parkrun with Stephen Macintyre running 20:00, Derek Sommerville 22:53 and Andrew Cruickshank 24:47.

This weekend (08/03) we had a couple of races going on. There was a big turnout of shiny new GTC run vests for the Jack Crawford Springburn cup 10km, an almost completely flat route with a wiggle through the houses to begin then the canal for the remaining 7km or so. Bit of a headwind from the turnaround point to the finish! First male home for the club was Neal Robertson, coming in 4th position overall, first female was Wendy Gorman. Times are below (sorry if I missed anyone out, data came from a pdf so couldn’t just sort by club! Couldn’t find Mark Cohen but I know he was there…?)

Neal Robertson  00:35:13
Peter Goodwin  00:39:06
John Murray  00:39:15
Alan McMurray  00:40:41
Lee Campbell  00:40:47
Billy Cameron  00:41:59
Stephen Macintyre  00:42:33
Ross Sinclair  00:43:59
Wendy Gorman  00:45:36
Alastair Macnaughton  00:45:56
Elton Hall  00:46:22
James Lockhart  00:46:53
Vicky Begg  00:47:08
Graham Milne  00:47:34
Christine Little  00:48:00
Alan Kennedy  00:48:00
Elizabeth Adams  00:48:20
Joanne Hewitt  00:50:17
Shona Miller  00:56:25
Paul Wallace  00:59:15
Jim Elliott  00:60:46
Rose McLlwhan  00:64:14

Also racing on Saturday: at Victoria Park parkrun 5km was John Kinsella 22:18, Andrew Cruickshank 24:11 (another PB!) and Daniel Burczyk 26:30. Nicola Milligan finished Pollok parkrun in a new PB of 23:51 and Paula Regener completed Edinburgh Parkrun in 22:45.

And the final roundup, racing the Balloch to Clydebank half marathon (a point to point route), results as below. I believe Derek’s time was a ?13 minute PB! Top effort!

Ewan Mckerracher 01:21:16
Ian Ramage 01:32:00
Derek Sommerville 01:44:36
Derek Jennings 01:45:15
Lesley Kay 01:48:25

That’s all from me folks, be sure to send in any race results/reports or any other chat you want to share. Feel free to ask questions too.

Have a great weekend up in Aberfeldy to all those heading there for this weekend’s training camp.

Coach Jo