Quite a few things for me to say this week. Big well done to all of those racing this weekend, there were lots of people taking part in a variety of events – that’s what it’s all about!
Now that we have come to the end of of coaching year 2013-2014, it’s time to re-focus, re-charge and decide on some goals for next year! Don’t forget to let me know which event or experience was your favourite this year and what you hope to do next year. For those of you who signed up to Vicky’s racing focus group (over 20 people joining in – doesn’t matter how slow or fast you are or how long or short the goal, this is for everyone who wants to improve in themselves), please make sure Vicky has your email address. You can add it to the sheet or send her an email to pass on your detailshere.
David and Wendy are running a bike skills session on Saturday 11th October 2-4pm. An adults session will run alongside a juniors session. The adults session will focus on group riding skills, including calls and hand signals and general etiquette for group riding – very useful for super summer series rides and getting out on the bike with others. If you’ve limited experience in group riding or even if you’re just a bit unsure, I’d highly recommend you get along. For the juniors, this allows cycling practice in a traffic free environment and the meeting place is at Bellahouston Leisure Centre where there are toilets, changing facilities and a cafe. The session will include bike handling, endurance, speed and intervals and transition practice. This session will also run on 8/11, 6/12, 10/01, 7/02, 7/03 and 4/04 for the juniors. All attendees should ensure that they have a safely maintained bike, helmet and warm clothing as there may be some standing around. The session will cost £3 (collected on the day).
Before I get on to my big list of results, that’s 10 GTC now entered into theJimmy Irvine 10km on Saturday 8th November, get your entries in and join the crew! Flat, fast and good post-race cake!
First, some late results from last week. Neal Robertson took part in the Hamilton Duathlon – I can’t find the actual times but he came 3rd overall. Sarah and Simon Fraser were competing at the Eyemouth sprint triathlon last weekend, finishing in 1:42:56 (in her first ever triathlon!) and 1:17:33 respectively.
Our big racing weekend kicked off on Saturday with Ken Owen, Bruce Greenhalgh and Cliff Brown competing in the inaugural Ironman Mallorca, finishing in a time of 12:45, 12:51 and 13:58 respectively. Somewhat shorter but no less crazy, Wendy Gorman and Alan Kennedy were taking part in the Wasdale middle distance triathlon on Sunday. This race features the ascent and descent of Hardknott and Wrynose passes from both sides (if you haven’t heard of these, look ’em up on google images) and the run is up and down Scafell pike. Wendy finished in 10:15 and Alan in 10:25 (the times should tell you how hard a middle distance this is!). James Overell was taking part in Hever Castle sprint plus triathlon on Sunday (800m swim, 40km bike, 8km run), finishing in 2:38:09.
Of course, it was GTC smackdown weekend at the Mid-Argyll triathlon (aka Lochgilphead, or “The ‘Gilp”), with some excellent results across the board. If I may highlight some particular achievements: Neal Robertson was third overall; Paula Regener was first female and Hannah Kemlo second female; Gillian Fowler posted the fastest female swim; Torquil Clyde the fastest T1; Paula Regener posted the fastest female bike time, also a female course record; and Neal Robertson posted the fastest run. Lets not omit it was also Kelly Fuller’s first triathlon. Full results are as follows:
Also racing this weekend were Christine Little, Christine Catterson and Catriona Padmanabhan at the Loch Ness Marathon. The ladies finished in 4:19, 3:35 and 3:58 respectively. Mia Padmanabhan and Rory Spenceley also did the River Ness 5km in 28:31 and 32 respectively. Parkrunning at the weekend were Simon and Rachel Fraser @ Strathclyde park, running 22:03 and 22:04; @ Victoria Park were Daniel Burczyk and Andrew Cruickshank, running 18:57 (PB by 25s!) and 22:35 (PB by 33s!!). Clearly Saturday was the day to do Victoria Park parkrun!
Happy training and racing everyone, don’t forget to send results in if you’re up to anything!