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
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
Eleven club members raced to podium finishes at the recent Glasgow Triathlon & Boclair Dentalcare Allander Aquathlon (Autumn) 2019.
The race is part of the
annual Triathlon Scotland Junior Aquathlon Series and for 2019 the event
incorporated an Adult Go-Tri heat.
The race is sanctioned by Triathlon Scotland and sponsored by Boclair Dental Care.
The GTC aquathlons take place in spring and autumn and continue to be popular with a wide of ages and abilities of athletes taking part. Many GTC members took part while others gave up their time to volunteer at the busy race.
As usual, the cake stall proved very popular and boosted the junior section funds by £186.45.
Race director Peter Soden said: “It was another very successful event for the organisers, volunteers and the competitors in what proves time and again to be an event attracting first timers and seasoned racers. We also had a good Go-Tri entry.
“There were some extremely close finishes. It was also a pleasure to hand out a host of ‘most improved’ prizes featuring many members of GTC, too
“Thanks also go to Paul for some great photos that captured the day.”
Thank go to professional freelance photographer Paul Chappells, who lives in Bearsden, for taking some great pics. You can contact him at 07774730898 or www.paulphoto.co.uk. All photos have strict copyright.
GTC results at Allander Aquathlon 2019
1st: Cory McConville
3rd Benjamin Abel (and a “most improved” time of 56 seconds since the last aquathlon in March 2019).
Other competitors from GTC included Elliot Smith, Joel Adler, Brodie Burnett and Harvey Churches.
3rd Erin Burnett (time improvement of 35 seconds)
Other competitors from GTC
included Skye Dick, Isla Amon (26 seconds’ improvement), Ferryn Stewart, Emily
Dawson, Molly Knox, Anna Ross, Jodi Abel, Phoebe Cuthbertson, Eilidh
Greenhalgh, Joanna Farrell (35 seconds’ improvement) and Imogen Hammond.
Competitors from GTC
included Finlay Laskey, Connor Birnie, Tom Crosby and Isaac Findlay.
1st Mirren Stewart
from GTC included Islay Jackson (43 seconds’ improvement), Ellen MacRae (1:52
improvement), Gemma MacRae, MOrvern Smith, Lilian Smith, Calli Abel, Eilidh O’Henley (39 seconds’ improvement), Ella Lockhart, Eilidh Dick
and Mariyah Kareem.
2nd Finlay Adler
from GTC included
Fraser Donladson, Angus Millar, Ruari Laskey, Joseph Freel (36 seconds’ improvement), Euan Lockhart, Cammy
Aitken, Fraser Corfield (1:15
improvement) and Ted Churches,
3rd Amiya Patel
Other competitors from GTC included Lucy Donaldson (36 seconds’ improvement), Sarah Aitken, Rowan Miller and Holly Glen.
3rd Cameron O’Brien
Other competitors from GTC
included Alfie Churches and Aiden Quinn,
1st Aurelia Tiffoney
Rachel Smith also competed.
1st Callum Miller
Jamie Glen also competed,
Adult Go Tri race
2nd female: Gillian Kyle
3rd male: Lawrence Gilmour
Other competitors from GTC included Nick Amon, Nicola Dawson and Julie Calvert.
Callum has been training with GTC for four years and now
races in the Youth 1 (age 15 to 16) age category.
A pupil at Boclair Academy, Bearsden, his progress to
triathlon began with swimming. Callum says: “Until the age of around eight, I
was purely a swimmer because many of my close friends had started competitive
swimming and I liked the sound of it.
“I found it enjoyable at first, but as friends moved clubs and stopped training, I too began losing interest.
“Also, I found that staring at the bottom of a pool for eight hours a week was not too enthralling.”
A move to triathlon
Having become disenchanted with swimming, Callum took up archery for a few years until he joined a triathlon camp.
He says: “Since that Easter training camp four years ago, I have dropped archery and began to move forward with triathlon as my primary focus.”
Callum is once again enjoying the swimming, as well as
training in cycling and running.
He says: “I like being in the pool again but also with the
added diversity of having cycling and running as a sometimes more enjoyable
“Another advantage of triathlon as a sport is that I find
the training exceptionally fun. Overall it’s the diversity of three different
sports that means I really enjoy triathlon.”
Callum likes the three sports equally. He says: “I know that some people have a favourite discipline in triathlon, such as a sport that comes more naturally to them or a sport they excel in, but I honestly find all three equally enjoyable at times.
“If I am doing a nice cycle in the sun on smooth roads, then
cycling is my favourite. If I am in a warm loch, then my favourite is swimming.
If I have a rainy day, running is my favourite.
“I feel like all three disciplines are great – if not the best – sports. They all have their merits and, to be honest, they don’t have many flaws, apart from cycling in the rain!”
Callum has seen great improvements in all the disciplines,
as well as in his transitions, since joining GTC, but especially so in running.
He says: “It took few sessions for the coaches to identify problems and suggest improvements in my running – and how I could develop a better technique.
“I saw improvements quickly due to the fact it is probably
the easiest sport for me to really exert myself and therefore allowing greater
fitness to develop faster.
“I have really valued the incredible technique coaching from
Callum’s racing career
Callum began his triathlon racing career in the Tristar 2 age category. He says: “The race distances were perfect for me at the time and I then went through Tristar 3, continuing to pursue the standard age distances.
“Now, since entering the youth category, I have finished two
sprint distance triathlons, both of which I felt much more comfortable doing.
“I think that I am going to continue to move up distances as
my stamina allows, because ultimately I want to pursue Ironman distance racing.
“For now, sprint distance is long enough for me although I
do hope to complete a standard distance triathlon soon.”
He says: “The Scottish Academy was my focus in 2018 and I worked exceptionally hard and tapered long for the trial.
“This year, finishing eighth in the sprint qualifier was
great but I was more pleased with finishing my first sprint triathlon and
achieving my goal time, by the skin of my teeth, of 1:05:00.”
This season, Callum’s goals
are to to re-qualify for the Academy Squad and “to achieve a peak
fitness level so I am ready to try and qualify for the ETU sprint next year”.
He says: “Having one of my great friends attending the sprint championships this season has really spurred me on to go for it again next year – and to keep trying.”
When the raining or racing gets tough, Callum has his
methods for coping. He says: “To be honest, tough training sessions are hard to
come by because I enjoy the sport so much, but the occasional one, or a hard
race, sometimes can be really demoralising.
“The thought of a goal, long or short-term, pushes me on
though. I tend to think of things like Kona and the Super Series.
“Sometimes that still isn’t enough and that is when I turn
to friendships. GTC has allowed me to make amazing friends, who I trust and get
along with incredibly well. Having friends like that in training can really
Callum is still young but he has set himself an impressive goal to make it to Ironman Kona. He says: “I think it is the most inspiring event to watch and I really look up to the pros who can achieve such unbelievable things.
“Watching the eight-hour barrier being broken has really
inspired me to do the same, and really go for the top at Ironman level.
“Another thing I want to achieve in triathlon is to continue
having fun. Always enjoying what you do is very important, and I don’t see
point in pursuing something that is not your passion.”
Callum’s triathlon tips
Have friends and role models: Having friends will allow a social aspect to open up out with your training life, and it will mean you have friends you look forwards to seeing, as well as people who can encourage and support you.
Having role models is good also as it allows you to really
see how it is done. Regardless of whether they are pro or just the fastest in
the club, having someone that inspires you will spur you on.
Enjoy it: Having fun in the sport is important because it will keep you motivated and determined, otherwise you won’t give your all. Make sure you love what you are doing and find purpose.
Join GTC: GTC is such a friendly club and always doing the best thing for their members. It is not exclusive, meaning you can go to pretty much any training session and work it around your life.
People in the club are always there to give advice and offer
guidance to beginners, which is very helpful if you don’t quite know what to
do. There are so many sessions to attend, and so many coaches, allowing you to
improve quickly and properly.
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.