Cheryl joins GTC

Cheryl, who is visually impaired, describes what it was like for her to join GTC

Cheryl attends a group running session with GTC.

I had been thinking about joining GTC for a while but I had to take into consideration my disability and how I would get to the different locations. I contacted a lot of clubs and unfortunately some didn’t respond. While others did respond they were very unsupportive.

When I received an email from Rose at GTC, she was very supportive and helpful. We did a lot of emailing back and forth before my first session.

Rose asked me about my abilities and what type of sports I had done before etc. She put a lot of my concerns at ease.

Running group warm-up.

The first session that I went to was the running at Bellahouston Park. Rose had planned ahead and organised a guide running training session for potential guides. On the night, I was introduced to three of them and the coach. The members were all very nice and welcoming.

Running support makes the session all-inclusive.

I also had to work out what type of tether I was going to use. All the coaches are good at describing the warm up routine and stretches that we do. Rose has also sent me emails with the description of the warm ups and types of stretches.

Cheryl rides a tandem bike.

From there we moved on to the bike. It took a bit of time to find a tandem but we have found one now. The first bike session went really well and I’m looking forward to the next one.

Tandem cycle along the canal.

The last step is to join in on the swimming session which should be fun and enjoyable as well.

Since I’ve joined the club, I have competed in the West Lothian Come and Tri Disability Tri and the Glasgow Women’s 10K. My next race is the Kendal Tri. Read Cheryl’s race report.

Read more about Cheryl in Bespoken magazine.

Swimming, Cycling, Running. We do it best!