It was only 15-year-old Mia Padmanabhan’s second sprint distance triathlon, yet she came first and won a qualifier place for next year’s Malmo ETU Sprint Distance Age Group Triathlon Championships in Sweden.
Mia crossed the line in 1:12:25, just a second ahead of the runner up in the female under-20 age group at the Eton Sprints Weekend in Berkshire in May.
She said:”It was a great experience and I was very pleased to win.”
Mia was one of
the first in her age group to exit the open water swim. She enjoyed the “fast
and flat” bike section, which was draft legal.
As she headed into the run, Mia knew the other girls would be on her heels. She said: “It was a flat out-and-back run course and I was aware of others close behind me. When we turned and I had the last 2.5km to run I gave it all I had.
“I was happy to
win and I am excited about racing in the European Championships wearing the
Team GB kit.”
Another young club member Callum Miller also had a great race at the Eton Sprints. He came ninth in a very competitive male under-20 age group in a time of 1:04:14.
The club is delighted to welcome Big Bobble Hats as the new headline sponsor for the Bishopbriggs Triathlon for the next three years.
The club will receive funding support from the East Kilbride-based business until 2022.
Ian Hockey, co-founder of Big Bobble Hats, is already a GTC member and is very happy to offer the new sponsorship.
He said: “I know from my own experience that GTC is a great club, with a really friendly and all-inclusive atmosphere.
“I joined the club because I wanted to give open water swimming a go and I have enjoyed being part of GTC ever since.
“Big Bobble Hats is proud to be the sponsor of the ‘Briggs race and an additional sponsor to the club alongside Run4It and Billy Bilsland.”
Club president Sean Webster said: “We are delighted to have Ian and Big Bobble Hats on board as our latest club sponsors. The sponsorship will be be a great support for our club, helping to keep the cost of sessions down and providing some unique momentos for the race.”
Big Bobble Hats
The company was launched in 2010 and has gone from strength to strength. With a team of five employees and further part-time staff, they visit numerous sports events across the UK selling their products.
Are you looking for new cycling kit or perhaps a new bike? Perhaps your bike needs to be serviced or you are having some bike fit or maintenance issues.
Billy Bilsland Cycles is one of GTC’s official sponsors and they are keen to help club cyclists. Many club members have already found the shop staff’s advice invaluable.
Benefits include a 10% discount on bikes, part and accessories in the shop. If you are looking for a carbon bike it’s possible to get one on loan from the shop. Let’s just say there are Cervelo and Ridley bikes to try!
The shop also offers a range of high-quality shallow or deep-section carbon rim wheels for loan, including Mavvic and ENVE; power meters; and hard boxes if you are travelling with you bike.
With summer in full swing, club members might like to be reminded that Run4It is one of GTC’s valued sponsors. The running apparel and accessories store offers a range of benefits to club members.
The main bonus is a 15% discount on footwear and accessories in all Run4It shops (excluding sale products, special offers or Garmins). You can request the discount in store or make use of an on-line code.
Run4It has also been very happy to be part of a special GTC event. The event, which included exclusive offers to GTC members, was well attended and there is a plan for another similar event.
This summer, Run4It is the sponsor of the GTC Training Aquathlons and will be providing vouchers as prizes.
See the Run4It website for details of where the shops are.
If you are already a Glasgow Triathlon Club member, it’s time to make sure you renew your club membership. Please do so by January 31.
For those who took advantage of the 15 months for the price of 12 months deal last year, you do not need to do anything.
But for anyone who joined as usual last year, it’s renewal time. See entrycentral for details of how to rejoin GTC for a great annual price of £32.
If you have been along to a few sessions and have so far not joined, we would also encouraged you to take advantage of the many benefits of GTC by becoming a member. See club discounts and read on for further membership benefits.
10 reasons to join GTC
1 Great value for money
The cost of membership is just £32. That is just £2.66 per month. For this small amount you gain a host of benefits.
2 Expert coaching
The coaching programme created by our head coach (level 3) Vicky Begg. This changes according to the time of year and focuses, loosely, on a racing season and non-racing season.
We operate a system of training squads so that sessions are designed to suit a range of athletes and aspirations.
The training sessions in swimming, running and cycling are led by qualified club coaches (from level 1 to 3). They are closely overseen by the head coach.
The club aims to keep the cost per coached session as low as possible for members.
3 Superb support
GTC has been awarded an accolade for Outstanding Contribution to Triathlon in Scotland. Part of the award recognises the fantastic support that the club brings to many different types of athletes.
4 A club for all
GTC has more than members with an almost even split of males and females. Membership crosses the decades, from youths to the over-60s.
There is a place in the club for all abilities. We have a well regarded para tri section and a dedicated youth squad.
Do not worry if you think you won’t be fit enough or you worry you will be too old or too young. You won’t be. It’s a club for everyone.
5 A friendly club
You’ll meet new and likeminded people at GTC. Many members will also tell you about the fantastic friendships that have been made in the club.
6 Training trips at home and abroad
Training in a new place, especially the annual winter warm weather trip abroad, brings many benefits, both socially and in terms of improved fitness.
Members can benefit from subsidised training camps, such as the trip to Playitas on the island of Fuerteventura in February.
7 Discounts on kit and training
The club has a range of equipment, including wetsuits, bike boxes, racing wheels and power taps for bikes, which can be borrowed or hired for great rates.
There is also a special GTC discount for members who want to supplement their training at one of 22 venues owned by Glasgow Life.
There are also discounts at sports shop.
8 For top tips
If you have a question or a query about triathlon there will always be people in the club who will help you out, or point you in the right direction.
9 To be part of something
As well as training with a brilliant bunch of people, you will have the opportunity to volunteer at some of Scotland’s leading events.
The club hosts its own club triathlon and junior aquathlons, and also plays a major role in European and World qualifier triathlon championships.
10 To have a goal
Whether your aim is to lose weight, try a new sport, do your first sprint triathlon or try an Ironman, the club gives you a focus and realistic goals. There will be someone in the club who has had a similar focus at some point or who has the same goal as you now.
Cheryl Bradshaw, 34, has been with Glasgow Triathlon Club for two years. She is one of the club’s para athletes and has a sight impairment. She is able to train and participate in events thanks to the support of various guides, many of whom are club members. Cheryl says: “I have no sight in my […]
Club members from both the junior and adult sections came together for a fun evening of ceilidh dancing, eating and drinking at the GTC Christmas Party, held in Partick Burgh Hall this month. It was also fantastic to enjoy the singing of guest, Phil Gault, who sang the Welsh national anthem in front of 30,000 people […]
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