Seven GTC members made the start line of the Edinburgh Triathlete’s New Year’s Day Triathlon 2020 – and three won podium places.
The traditional January 1 event includes a 400m swim in the Royal Commonwealth Pool, a bike ride of 16.5km and a run of 5.6km.
The club members who competed in windy conditions included, Craig Armour, Johannes Courtial, Celia Greig, Alasdair Ireland, Kathleen McLachlan, Maria Mott and Kate Pearson.
Kate finished second in the female senior category, while Kathleen was also second in the female veteran category. Alasdair took third place in the male super vets.
5th time lucky for Kate
It is Kate’s fifth time taking part in the NYD triathlon. She says: “I used to live in Duddingston and train there so it feels like a local race to me. I even did it when I was pregnant and it was the first race I did when I came back after having to take three years off with injury.
“So, it’s a special race to me.”
Kate was thrilled to score a PB this year – and she was delighted to make it on to the podium.
She says: “I tried to take it easier on the swim and bike, which I normally over-reach on. The hill definitely feels harder now that I don’t live there and train on it every day.
“The podium was a big surprise. It is usually a very fast race but I noticed it was a bit quieter this year and I spotted many of the usual fast women working as marshals. Perhaps this was because it was their 25th anniversary.
“I feel like it was good fortune to take second place and it was the first time I have won cash so it was super exciting.”
She added that she really enjoyed the race, saying: “It was really good to see the other club members on the course and I thought the whole event was great.”