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GTC awards in Triathlon Scotland Ranking Series 2019

Triathlon Scotland has announced the results of the You Can Sport Ranking Series 2019 with many GTC members winning awards. There were plenty of GTC names in the lists, too, which means our club’s participation across a list of races in the past year was very good.

The You Can Sport Ranking Series recognises and rewards consistent participation in various permitted events. Members gain points while competing in You Can Sport Ranking Series events and these points lead to overall and/or age group prizes.

Overall, in the large club section, GTC was second of five clubs with 651.83 points, behind Fleet Feet Triathletes with 1109.20 and ahead of Fusion with 514.70.

In the youth club rankings overall, GTC was second on 1475.99 points behind Fusion on 1736.05.

There are a number of different triathlon ranking categories for the adults.

There was also a Triathlon Scotland Awards ceremony , which saw professional triathlete and runner Beth Potter, originally from Bearsden, awarded the Elite Performance of the Year title.

Cross Triathlon Series

GTC athlete Juliette Linford took first place overall in the female rankings and first place in the senior age category.

Juliette says: “I was surprised to be ranked first. I wasn’t aiming for a ranking place, but I love cross races and I happened to do those that qualified.”

Another GTC member, Romy Beard was third overall and second in the senior age category.

Juliette was 2nd and Romy was 3rd in the Cross Tri Series.

In the men’s results, Nial Smith took fourth place overall and second in his senior age category.

Neal Padmanabhan was eighth overall and third in his super vet age category.

Duathlon Series

Craig Ross came 23rd overall and ninth in the senior age category, while David Hepburn was 29th overall.

In the Triathlon Sprint series, Craig Armour was 25th overall and 10th in his senior age category.

Craig Ross was 40th overall and 13th in the seniors age group.

John Kinsella 73rd overall and 6th in the vintage age group

In the female races, Celia Greig was 17th overall and fifth in the vets, while Louise Ross was 24th overall and 10th in the vets.

Alasdair Ireland, Alistair Young, Lochlan O’Sullivan, Stephen Macintyre, Martin Smith, Juliette Linford, Hilary Glen, Laura Henderson and Jane Grant also ranked overall.

Beth Potter and congratulates a young member of GTC.

Youth Aquathlon Series

Cory Mcconville took first place in the TriStarts (aged eight) category.

Joel Adler was fifth, Brodie Burnett was sixth and Ruben Devlin was seventh.

Cory says: “I love doing triathlon as it is so much fun and I get to do lots of swimming and running that I am good at. I was so happy and excited to win the aquathlon series and I am really proud of myself.”

Isaac Findlay also ranked in the Tristar 1 (9-10 age) group.

There was another first place, in the age category Tristar 2 (11-12) by Findlay Adler. Rory Treharne was third and Fraser Donaldson was fifth. Euan Lockhart also ranked.

Charlie Treharne was second in the Tristar 3 (13-14) category, while Cameron O’Brien was fifth.

In the Tristar Youth (15-16) male category, Jamie Glen was fifth and Callum Miller was sixth.

In the females age Tristar 1 (9-10), Erin Burnett was fourth, Isla Amon was sixth, Skye Dick was seventh and Ferryn Stewart was ninth. Anna Ross, Jodi Abel and Eilidh Grenhalgh also ranked.

Mirren Stewart first in the Tristar 2 (11-12) age group and Islay Jackson was eighth.

Calli Abel, Ella Lockhart, Eilidh dick, Lilian smith, Erin Grenhalgh and Mariyah Kareem also ranked.

Amiya Patel was second in the Tristar 3 age cat (13-14) and Lucy Donaldson came sixth. Holly Glen also ranked.

Holly Smith was fourth in the Tristar Youths (15-16).

Youth Triathlon Series

In the Tristarts, Brodie Burnett was third and Mcconville was fourth. Isaac Finlay also ranked.

In the Tristar 2s, in third, fourth and fifth places respectively were Rory Treharne, Fraser Donaldson and Finlay Adler. Also ranked was Euan Lockhart.

Charlie Treharne was third in the Tristar 3s. Alasdair Padmanabhan and Cameron O’Brien also ranked.

In the Tristar Youths, Cameron Miller was seventh.

In the female Tristarts, Talia Padmanabhan was second.

Ferryn Stewart won the Tristar 1s and Erin Burnett was third. Skye dick was seventh, Isla Amon was ninth and Eilidh Greenhalgh was 10th.

Mirren Stewart won the Tristar 2s and Nina Padmanabhan was fifth.

Islay Jackson, Erin Greenhalgh, Mariyah Kareem, Calli Abel, Eilidh Dick and Ella Lockhart also ranked.

In the Tristar 3s, Lucy Donaldson was fifth. Amiya Patel also ranked.

In the Tristar Youths, Mia Padmanabhan was fourth and Rachel Smith was fifth.

See all results and details.

Bruce smashes Ironman World Champs Kona 2019

GTC member Bruce Greenhalgh qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona at Ironman Wales 2018. Earlier this month, he headed to Hawaii and after finishing in an impressive time of 9 hours 53 minutes and 27 seconds, he described the race as “the highlight of my triathlon life”

In the run up to Kona, Bruce, who competes in the 40 to 44 age group, employed the help of a coach. He worked with Graeme Stewart, from Inverness.

After finishing Ironman Wales 2018.

Bruce says: “Training kicked off fairly quickly after Ironman Wales. The qualification for Kona had left me buzzing and I was eager to get started on training for Kona but I wondered what I could do to improve after mostly organising my own training plan for previous years.

“I thought that working with a coach would allow me to see how I could do things differently. Given that it was 13 months from Wales to Kona, I think that working with Graeme was useful because I probably would have over-trained earlier and burnt out way before the race.”

Ups and downs of training

Graeme adjusted Bruce’s training plan, including a focus on bike pacing. Bruce says: “I also did a lot of work on slower cadence cycling to build leg strength. This is the opposite to what I had previously been doing and this really helped to improve my efficiency on the bike.”

Bruce entered Ironman Lanzarote to break up his year of raining but things did not go so well. Bruce says: “Lanzarote was meant to be a way to practice racing in similar conditions to Hawaii. It turned out to be a brutal race, however, due to mistakes I made nutritionally.

“I finished in 11 hours 59 minutes and it did leave me wondering how I was going to cope with the heat in Kona.”

As Kona loomed, Bruce also started to feel intimidated by the reports from other people of the heat, wind and generally brutal course that he could expect.

Bruce says: “The athlete guide also suggested arriving in Kona three weeks before the race to acclimatise. But that was never going to happen.

“I arrived the Monday before the race and I was actually pleasantly surprised by the conditions. I got out and cycled a big chunk of the course. I also managed a couple of training runs, which helped to settle the nerves a little and gave me a better feel for how to pace the race.”

Bruce described the Kona race week as “a bonkers place”. He says: “It gave me a feeling of being an imposter, seeing all these athletes who looked like they were straight out of some photoshoot for the next Olympics as they galloped past me.

Sharing transition with triathlon star, Daniela Ryf.

“Seeing it all for real though was amazing. I checked into transition next to Daniela Ryf [the Swiss athlete and four-times Ironman World Champion], which was crazy and then race day, seeing all the pros getting ready, was incredible.

“The organisation at Kona was brilliant with the number of volunteers and the assistance for each athlete.”

The Kona swim

Bruce describes his Kona race, starting with the swim.

He says: “This year’s race was a staggered deep water start, which I think worked quite well. It meant there was a lot more space for competitors and it was probably one of the least violent Ironman swims I’ve done.

“Kona is always non-wetsuit, which really worried me because it’s not something I could train for in open water in Scotland so it was a big unknown.

“Thankfully sighting was quite good and it was a one-loop-clockwise course, which helped given I breathe only to the right-hand side.

“The sea is beautiful with coral reef fish and turtles. However, on race day I didn’t notice any of this apart from the coral, which strangely you could use almost like lane lines in the pool.”

The race reported that there was a sea swell and it was apparently worse than in previous years but while Bruce could sense it he said it was not as bad as a choppy day on Loch Lomond.

He was also delighted to catch up with some of the swimmers in the wave ahead and he completed the swim in 1:02.

He says: “It was a good  start and I was pretty elated after that going into T1. I definitely had to pinch myself having seen T1 on the TV for so many years.”

Kona bike course

The bike course starts with a hill and Bruce saw some fellow age groupers stopping at the side of the road with technical issues. He says: “This didn’t help to settle the nerves because you are always worried about what could go wrong in a race.”

Bruce remembered his race plan and, for once, he held back taking the hill calmly, letting people pass and then settling into the ride.

He says: “My bike power data seemed a bit weird but my average speed was way better than I’d expected. My power seemed well down on what I was aiming for but given my speed I decided to stick with that and my perceived effort.

“The staggered start had helped to spread out the field compared to previous years and although there were a few big groups on some of the uphill undulations it wasn’t too bad at all.

“I was nervous about getting a drafting penalty, though, so I never really hung around and it felt great to be powering past people.”

Bruce felt the bike course played to his strengths. He says: “It’s not a technical course, like cycling in Scotland, and I rarely needed the brakes.

“The crosswinds were a bit challenging but certainly not as bad as in Lanzarote. People seemed to feel it was a tougher wind day than last year but it certainly didn’t slow me down too much and I arrived back in 4:55, which was about 20 minutes faster than I’d thought I would go in my best case scenario.”

Bruce describes T2 as brilliant. He says: “Someone grabbed my bike to rack it. I got given my bag, sat down and then a chilled towel was draped over my shoulders while I put on my trainers.

“I felt good and way better than any T2 previously and I set off with a spring in my step.”

Bruce runs to sub-10 hour

At this point, Bruce knew that a sub-10 hour Ironman was possible but he found it hard to work out the maths for his pacing as he ran.

He says: “I simply settled into my plan for five-minute kilometres and hoped I wasn’t going to blow up with the heat. Crikey, it was it hot.

“Thankfully, the aid stations in Kona are about every mile and sometimes slightly closer, which is good. They give out cups of ice, which were invaluable. I was glad to have on my one-piece trisuit because this meant I could put ice down my suit without it falling out.

“At each aid station I walked, getting in the fluids and the odd gel, but it was the ice I valued most.”

Bruce was also grateful for the nutrition on course. He says: “It was incredible and although the taste of the Gatorade is minging it didn’t give me any issues and due to the volume I was taking in I didn’t need a great deal of salt tabs or gels on top.”

The Kona run course is essentially a long and undulating out-and-back loop.

Bruce says: “The run does have a hill comparable to Wales but you only do it once. I deliberately walked it having read a lot about how you can overheat there and then never cool down after that. This worked and going through the famed energy level was tough but I was really pleased with how I managed to keep knocking out at relatively the same pace.

“There were certainly plenty of casualties and I went past a lot of people hunched over or walking. Getting back into town was fabulous and I knew I was sub-10 then.

“I slowed to savour the moment and what I’d accomplished.”

Bruce has a sit down after Kona.

‘Dream come true’

Bruce reveals that it was a dream come true to finish Ironman Kona in a sub-10. He says: “I was only eight minutes slower than my Copenhagen Ironman PB, which given the toughness of the course, I was super chuffed with.

“I think I could have taken more risks and gone quicker but that could have led to the wheels coming off and then there would have been so many regrets.

“To finish like I did was a highlight of my triathlon life. It felt amazing to be in amongst it all and seeing all the pros during the race. Having my family there was the icing on the cake.”

What’s next?

Bruce still has racing ambitions but he says it is difficult to imagine that he can surpass his Kona result. He says: “However, there is still a hunger to do more racing.

“I do think I need some time off though to get some brownie points back in the bank. I plan to have an off year but keep training to a degree.

“I think I might plan for Ironman Barcelona in 2021 and try to go sub 9:30 but it depends on my motivation nearer the time.

“I don’t think I’ll ever go back to race at Kona because it’s a massive cost on a variety of fronts but to have done it is a dream come true.”

Juniors race at GRC Youth Aquathlon

Seventeen juniors from the club travelled to West Lothian to take part in the GRC Fauldhouse Youth Aquathlon.

Results and podiums

Tristart females:

2nd: Isla McBrien

Tristart males:

1st: Cory Mcconville

2nd: Elliot Smith

Other competitors from the club included Joel Adler, Brodie Burnett and Ruben Devlin.

Tristar 1 females:

1st: Erin Burnett

Other competitors from the club included Molly Knox, Isla Amon, Skye Dick, Ferryn Stewart and Imogen Hammond.

Tristar 2:

1st female: Mirren Stewart

Other competitors from the club included Eilidh Dick, Ella Lockhart and Euan Lockhart.

Youth:

1st female: Aurelia Tiffoney.

Sunshine, smiles and more podiums at ‘Gilp Triathlon

Almost 30 GTC members headed to the traditional end-of-season ’Gilp tri, the MacQueen Bros Mid Argyll Sprint Triathlon 2019, which takes place in Lochgilphead.

The group came home with a haul of medals and everyone enjoyed a great day of racing and socialising.

Celia Greig was part of the GTC contingent. She said: “The weather was beautiful and it was a perfect day for a race in a gorgeous part of Scotland.”

6 solo podiums

Jamie Glen finished first male junior despite sustaining an injury. Celia said: “Jamie somehow took off most off the skin on his left foot as he came into T2 and this meant he struggled on the run. Tom Kemlo stayed with Jamie for a good section of the return leg to get him back safely.”

Graeme Neagle was first male, senior. He was also the fastest competitor overall for the swim and the bike.

Louise Ross won the female vets category and she was second female overall. She also recorded the fastest female run. In the male vets, Paul Wallace took second place.

John Kinsella was second in the male vintage race, while Alan Duff was third in the same age category.

Craig Ross finished fourth male senior.

Team medals

Two GTC teams made it on to the podium, too. The GTC MurMac Pack was second mixed team while the GTC Retired Auld Gits team came in third in the male senior category.

Other competitors from GTC included David Hepburn, Alastair Young, Sheonagh Law, Darren Morley, Martin Smith, Hilary Glen, Jacques van der Merwe, Lizzie Hamilton, Tom and Hannah Kemlo, Christina Cox, Mike Newall, Jim Elliott, Rose McIlwhan, Julie Macnaughton, Alasdair Ireland and, of course, Celia Greig, our race reporter.

Race day romance

The race was witness to another lovely moment when (non GTC) competitor Dominic Sharkey, who finished second overall, picked up an engagement ring from his shoe in T2 and proposed to his girlfriend during the run as she came back on the return leg in her debut triathlon.

Celia said: “Thankfully, she said yes! And Dominic still ran the fastest run leg of the day.”

‘I’ll be back’

Celia said: “This was my first time at Lochgilphead and I’m so glad I joined others, who have enjoyed this event many times before. I have to say I can see why – and I definitely hope to return next year.”

GTC race at Peebles Triathlon

GTC headed to Peebles at the weekend for the final race of the Live Borders Triathlon series.

For Fiona Greenhalgh, it was an opportunity to try her first sprint triathlon. She did impressively well coming seventh senior female and 15th female overall.

She said: “I managed not to drown  and I  really enjoyed it.”

Bruce’s brother Kier Greenhalgh, also Fiona’s husband, competed in the sprint distance triathlon as well. Other GTC sprint tri competitors included Kate Pearson and Graham Cunning.

Kelly Ludwig took part in the novice distance race. She said: “I am super chuffed after completing my third triathlon in sunny Peebles. I was 20th overall in my race, seventh female and third in my age category.

“Thanks to all the great coaches at the club and to all you lovely folk for your support & encouragement.”

Trio of junior podiums

The GTC juniors came home with three medals.

In the Tristart male category, Cory Mcconville was the winner. Brodie Burnett also competed and, as ever, thoroughly enjoyed himself.

His sister, Erin Burnett, had a very close race with Katy Otterson from North Shields in the Tristar 1 females category and ended up in second place.

Erin’s result gave her a first place in the series of three races.

Skye Dick also competed in this race and Connor Birnie raced in the Tristar 1 male category.

Erin Greenhalgh enjoyed her race in the Tristar 2s, while another club member Lucy Donaldson was first in the Tristar 3 females race.

Cameron O’brien also competed in the Tristar 3 males race.

Well done to all!

GTC juniors race at BTF Triathlon Festival 2019

A group of GTC youths headed to Mallory Park in Leicestershire earlier this month to take part in the prestigious British Triathlon U20s Festival. The event included the final Super Series Race in the National Championships 2019 and the Inter Regional Championships (IRCs) for Tristars 2 and 3.

The IRCs comprise a weekend of racing by regional teams from throughout the UK at the Under 20s festival (formerly known as the British Triathlon Big Weekend).  Each region takes a team of 16 athletes from TriStar 2 and TriStar 3 categories (4 male and 4 female athletes from each age group).

Super Series finals

Mia Padmanabhan and Callum Miller raced in the Super Series. Mia was 43rd in their Youth Female race, although she had not been feeling well going into the race.

Callum Miller was 10th in his Youth Male Tier 2 race.

Scotland B team including Finlay.

IRC Tristar races

Finlay Adler and Rory Treharne raced in the Tristar 2 boys’ race, while Mirren Stewart competed for the Tristar 2 girls. These races took place on the Saturday. The trio took part in the IRC relays on the Sunday, too.

Mirren was 12th in her TS2 race. Rory Treharne was 23rd, while Finlay Adler was 30th in their TS2 race.

The Scottish team finished ninth region overall. In the relays, Scotland A team (including Mirren) finished in fifth place. Team B (including Finlay) was 30th and Team C (including Rory) was 31st.

A report from Triathlon Scotland stated: “All members of the team should be extremely proud of not only their races but also their attitude and behaviour throughout the whole trip. They are a credit to themselves, their clubs and the region.”

Finlay racing.

Finlay: ‘It was a different experience’

Finlay Adler described the experience of racing at the IRCs as “completely different to any race I have done before”.

He added: “At first, it seemed a bit daunting because it was on a different scale to any other race I had entered.

“I enjoyed staying with the team because I knew a few of the others from my club. The coaches were all extremely supportive and encouraging and I would love to be able to have the experience again.

“As far as the racing goes I thought that I had an okay race and, as ever, different parts went better than others.

“I don’t think that someone ramming into me on the bike helped very much but I was really pleased with my run. Just like at every race I learned a lot.”

More junior podiums at Balfron Aquathlon and Stirling Biathlon

Our junior members were out in force in other races this weekend, including the Fusion Balfron Junior Aquathlon on Saturday and the Stirling Modern Biathlon on Sunday.

The Modern Biathlon is part of a series of events organised by Pentathlon GB.

It was great to see two new members from the Isle of Mull, twins Gemma and Ellen MacRae, taking part in both events. Gemma was sixth Tristar 2 female at Balfron and then took second place for the U12 girls at Stirling.

Meanwhile, Ellen was not well enough to race at Balfron but took third place behind her sister at Stirling.

GTC team mates also raced both days including Amiya Patel, who was second at Balfron and second U14 girl at Stirling, and Aurelia Tiffoney, who was the only female youth competitor at Blafron and came first in the U16 girls’ race at Stirling.

Credit: John Patton
Credit: John Patton
Credit: John Patton
Credit: John Patton
Credit: John Patton
Credit: John Patton

Balfron Aquathlon results:

Tristar 3 females: Amiya Patel second and Lucy Donaldson came fourth.

Tristar 3 males race: Charlie Treharne was second.

Also competing was Cameron O’Brien (5th) and Alfie Churches (7th)

Tristar 2 females: Gemma MacRae (6th), Morvern Smith (10th) Calli Abel (11th) and Eilidh Dick (13th)

Tristar 2 males: Finlay Adler came first and Rory Treharne was second.

Tristar 1 females: Erin Burnet was third. Also competing was Emily Dawson and Molly Knox (6th equal), Isla Amon (8th), Skye Dick (9th equal) and Jodi Abel (17th).

Tristarts male: Cory McConville was first and Elliot Smith was third

In equal fifth place were Benjamin Abel, Harvey Churches and Joel Adler.

Brodie Burnett (8th) and Ruben Devlin (10th)  also competed.

6 podiums at Gala junior triathlon

GTC came home with six medals at the Border Triathletes’ Junior Triathlon in Galashiels at the weekend. Some 15 juniors took part in the event, described by club member (and dad) Neal Padmanbhan as: “A lovely race. It’s relaxed and informal and a good one to do as a first race at the end of a summer training, or as a fun event after a season of racing.”

The swim was pool-based, the bike section was off-road on gravel tracks and the run was hilly and on grass.

Three first places

Erin Burnett was the winner of the Tristar 1 female race, while Fraser Donaldson won the Tristar 2 race. Charlie Treharne was also first in the Tristar 3 race.  

3 more podiums

Other podiums included Rory Treharne who was second in the Tristar 2 race, Nina Padmanabhan who was third in the TS2 female race and Lucy Donaldson who was third in the TS3 race.

Other competitors included:

Tristarts: Brodie Burnett (4th) and Talia Padmanabhan (4th)

TS1: Eilidh Greenhalgh (7th) and Imogen Hammond (9th)

TS2: Fraser Anderson (4th), Fraser Corfield (9th) Erin Greenhalgh (4th), Eilidh Henry (7th), Mariyah Kareem (10th)

TS3: Ali Padmanabhan (9th).

Neal added: “The races were strongly contested, especially the TS2 boys where Fraser and Rory were neck-and-neck all the way.

“In TS3, Lucy and Ali probably rode an extra bike lap, which is a shame, but they all did the club proud.”

Plenty of podiums at New Cumnock triathlon 2019

GTC had a great turn out – and five podium places – at the recent New Cumnock Supersprint Triathlon and Junior Aquathon 2019.

The adult race comprised a 400m swim in the New Cumnock Open Air Pool, followed by a 15km cycle and a 3km run. Juniors, aged eight to 15, swam 50m before a 1.5km run.

Laura is third female

In the adult triathlon, Laura Henderson came home third female. Other GTC competitors included Mary Donaldson, Sarah Grant, Nicola Dawson, Martin Smith, Susan Marsh, Caroline MacFadyen and Kelly Ludwig.

Mary said: “The race was great, but the outbound leg of the cycle nearly broke me. The were a lot of  uphill into a howling gale! There was also a very civilised buffet laid on after the race.”

Nicola said: “It was a good race except the killer headwind on the cycle on the way out. The run section definitely felt longer than 3k.

“For me it was my first cycle event since my accident so it was good just to get out and see how I got on. The food afterwards was amazing with a proper spread put on.”

Four podiums for juniors

GTC youngsters took home two gold and two silvers in the junior event.

Erin Burnett was first in the Tristars 1 female race, while Cory McConville  won the Tristart race.

Finlay Laskey was second in the Tristar 1 and Ruari Laskey, also took second place in the  Tristar 2 race.

Imogen Hammond, Molly Knox and Lillian Smith also competed.

Another podium for Erin

In another recent race, the West Lothian Triathlon in early September, Erin was second Tristar 1 female.

Silver medals went to Morvern Smith in the Tristar 2 female race, Lucy Donaldson in the Tristar 3 female race and Fraser Donaldson in the Tristar 2 male race.

Ferryn Stewart was third Tristar 1 female and Brodie Burnett came home fourth Tristart male.

Other young competitors included Eilidh Dick,  Mariyah Kareem, Isla Amon and Skye Dick.

Many thanks to Kenny Girvan, Nicola Dawson and Steve Burnett for photos.