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News specific to the juniors section

GTC turn out in force for a weekend of racing

It was a busy weekend for GTC with many members racing on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, athletes competed in the New Cumnock Super Sprint Triathlon and Junior Aquathlon; the Beastie triathlons; and the St Mary’s Loch Standard Triathlon and Aquabike. The Outlaw took place on Sunday with two GTC members competing. New Cumnock Super […]

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Juniors at it again: Great results at Knockburn triathlons

A team of GTC youngsters and adults headed to Knockburn Loch in Aberdeenshire to compete in a series of Fleet Feet triathlons, including sprint, super sprint and junior triathlon, this weekend.

The venue includes a purpose-built swimming loch with an enclosed cycling track for kids races and lovely natural trails around it.

It’s one of very few Scottish races that kids can do in open water, although many people said it was a chilly at 13C.

The Sprint and Super Sprint triathlons include  a hilly 18k cycle loop, which competitors thought was harder than the distance suggested it should be.


Another podium for Mia

Mia Padmanabhan showed a strong performance finishing first female  in the Super Sprit and third overall.

The race comprised a 400m swim, 18k cycle and 2.5k run.

Mia’s dad, Neal, said: “Mia was first out of the water, which reflects the excellent coaching she’s been getting from Cliona Ferguson and Billy Mitchell at the club, as well as Adam Riley at Milgavie & Bearsden Swimming Club.”

Mia, who finished in 53.11, said: “This race has a great atmosphere and it was a lovely day to do it on as well. I enjoyed the swim and I thought the bike course was very scenic.”

Juniors race well at Knockburn

GTC did very well in all the junior races.

Tristar 1 girls:

Nina Padmanabhan was 5th

Tristar 2 boys:

Charlie Treharne 2nd

Rory Treharne 3rd

Ali Padmanabhan 6th

Jack Wallace 7th.

Neal said: “The Tristar 2 was a great race with Charlie just pipped on the line and very strong racing from the others in a very close contest.”

Tristar 2 girls:
Holly Glen 7th – Neal said: “A super race by Holly.”

Tristar 3 boys:
Jamie Glen 5th

Aiden Quinn 11th

Tristar 3 girls:

Ellie Wallace 3rd.

Sprint triathlon results

Three GTC adults raced in the Sprint Triathlon. (Blog ed: Well, since they were there with their superkeen and super racy kids they might as well do something!)

Neal Padmanabhan: 6th Supervet in 1.12.10
Paul Glen:  18th Vet in 1.17.53
Hilary Glen: 8th Vet in 1.28.46

See full results.

Three juniors qualify for national champs

Congratulations go to three junior GTC members who have qualified for the Inter Regional Championships this summer. Charlie Treharne, Amiya Patel and Fraser Donaldson were selected for the National Championships for the Tristar2 and Tristar3 triathletes after competing at Triathlon Scotland National Youth Championships at Bellahouston Park earlier this month. Only the best triathletes from each […]

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Sunny and successful Briggs Triathlon 2018

The annual GTC organised Bishopbriggs Triathlon was blessed by a day of warm sunshine this year. Around 90 volunteers welcomed the favourable conditions as some 400 athletes, including adults and children, took part in the popular race.

Duggie Mac, who is Race Director, said: “It was another very successful day at Briggs, which was greatly assisted by the lovely weather.

“I want to say a huge thanks to all the leads and volunteers who helped to make this day such a success.

“And special thanks to The Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum. They not only donated a yummy flapjack for each competitor but also added a voucher for a free cake and coffee with any meal from The Real Food Cafe.”

Some of the very cheerful volunteers.
President Sean finds a relaxing role.
Ray helps at the race set up.
Maggie’s colour coordinated swim hat after-race hang out.

The race distances

Sprint Triathlon: 750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run

Novice Triathlon: 400m swim, 10km cycle, 3km run

Youth Triathlon: (15-16 yrs) 400m swim, 10km cycle, 3km run

Tristars 3 Triathlon: (13-14 yrs) 300m swim, 5km cycle, 2km run

Tristars 2 Triathlon: (11-12 yrs) 200m swim, 5km cycle, 2km run

Briggs Tri 2018 winners

In the sprint race:

Top 3 men:

Jonathon Jackson

Neil Hepburn

David Mcmillan.

(The top two men race in the Junior C category.)

Top 3 women:

Lara Maclean

Shona Girdwood

Hannah Terrance

(Both Lorna and Shine compete in the veteran category.)

Novice race


Dearg Stobie

Denis Williams

Stuart Mitchell


Audrey Braven-Ayres

Julie Barnett

Laura Burnside



Daniel Saunders

William Taylor

Callum Bryne


Isla Britton (third overall)

Clare Wallace

Kyra Gibb

Tristar 3 


Cameron Macmillan

Fergus Curries

Sam Glass


Anya Maclean

Ruby Methven

Johanna Mackenzie

Tristar 2


Oliver Patton

Charlie Treherne (GTC)

Alex Robin


Melissa Turnbull

Mirren Stewart

Coryn Maclean

Full Race results

A few race photos

£450 cake stall

Another club member Catriona Padmanabhan organised a cake stall to raise funds for the junior section of the club.

She said: “A massive thank you to everyone who helped at the baking stall. All your baking contributions were fabulous and we are very grateful to Helen Bolland, Jennifer Laskey, Anna and Erica who manned the stall all day while I kept running off to watch the kids finish. We raised an impressive £450.”

Post race party

A post-event party for volunteers was hosted by Hilary and Paul Glen in Bearsden. Duggie said: “Big thanks to Hilary and Paul for the party. You are truly endurance people. I also have witnesses that will confirm you have promised this as an annual feature for the Briggs Triathlon!”

Boclair Dental Care is new sponsor for GTC aquathlons

The club is delighted to announce that Boclair Dental Care in Bearsden will be sponsoring the GTC youth aquathlons from August – and going forward. The sponsorship will help with some of the costs for the aquathlons, which provide the junior section with a key source of fundraising. The funds raised by club events go […]

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Juniors race GTC Spring Aquathlon in winter conditions

Almost 160 junior athletes braved the snow and cold on Sunday to take part in the GTC Allander Youth Aquathlon.

The atmosphere was very upbeat and it was brilliant to see so many young competitors smiling as they raced in the two-discipline event.

The youths completed a pool swim before a run in the grounds around the Bearsden leisure centre. The distances vary according to age category.

More than 30 juniors raced for Glasgow Tri Club with five taking podium places.

Race organiser Pete Soden said: “It was a superb effort from all the competitors, parents and Team Glasgow Tri Club. We delivered a great morning’s programme of racing on a safe course, on schedule and against challenging early weather conditions.”

Competitors from GTC 

TriStar Starts

Anna Ross (3rd)

Tristar 1 girls

Nina Padmanabhan

Calli Abel

Skye Dick

Jodi Abel

Molly Know

Tristar1 boys

Max Van Der Horst (2nd)

Ted Churches

Hector Godolphin

Finlay Laskey

Cammy Aitken

Tri star 2 girls

Amiya Patel

Sarah Aitken

Holly Glen

Islay Jackson

Morvern Smith

Isabel Soyinka

Ella Lockhart

Grace Lindsay

Tristar 2 boys

Charlie Treharne (3rd)

Rory Treharne

Fraser Donaldson

Jan Van Der Horst

Sandy Fraser

Alfie Churches

Ali Padmanabhan

Ruari Laskey

Johnnie Munro

Euan Lockhart

Tristar 3 girls

Maddie McAllister (3rd)

Lucy Donaldson

Rachel Smith

Tri star 3 boys

Callum Miller

Jamie Glen

Aiden Quinn

Youth Girls

Mia Padmanabhan (2nd)

Full list of provisional results.

After the race, some of the junior members revealed how the race went for them.

Maddie McAllister, who was third in the Tristar 3 girls, said: “This was my first race this year and I loved running in the snow as it made the race really different and fun.”

Sisters Calli and Jodi Abel raced together for the first time. They both competed in the Tristar 1 girls. Calli said: “It was weird having my sister in the same race as me. I was very proud of her. The race was cold but lots of fun.”

It was Jodi’s first GTC event having only just joined her sister in the club. She said: “I was nervous at the start but when I came out of the pool and heard everyone cheering for me I was very proud and happy. Even Billy, the coach, was cheering for me!”

Twins Ella and Euan Lockhart were also taking part in their first aquathlon. They raced in the Tristar 2 category.

Ella said: “It was hard doing it but it was worthwhile and I would do it again.”

Euan added: “It was harder than I thought it would be and absolutely freezing but I really enjoyed it.”

Cake stall fund-raiser

As tradition now has it, there was a cake stall at the aquathlon with baking supplied by club members. This event raised a fantastic £264.50, which will go to supporting the development of the GTC youth squad. Thanks to all who baked.

GTC autumn aquathlon

Entries have opened on entrycentral for the GTC autumn aquathlon on Sunday August 19.