Bishopbriggs Triathlon 2019 was hailed another great success by organisers and participants alike.
More than 300 adults and 100 children came from across the country – some from as far afield as Arran, Mull and Shetland – to take part in a series of races, including:
- 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).
The race also offered the opportunity for para-athletes to compete. More than a dozen from Leonard Cheshire athletes took part in the novice and sprint races.
Andrew Rolland (Junior B) of Edinburgh#3 in 1:01:23
Joanna Paterson (senior) Fusion 1:10:49
Tobias Weis in 42:43
Lynda Macdonald of GTC in 49:45
Daniel Saunders H30 Racing 34:52
Anna Hedley 37:56
Fergus Currie Fusion 22:31
Johanna Mackenzie 24:47
Rory Treharne of GTC 23:45
Mirren Stewart of Grangemouth Tri Club 24:56.
See full results.
Fantastic volunteer support
The sell-out race would not be possible without the help and support of club members, as well as family and friends, too. Some 90 people turned out to help with the race.
A great deal of hard work goes into organising the event behind the scenes, both leading up to the race day and on the day itself.
Race director Duggie Mac said: “We had another great day of racing with enthusiastic participation from all athletes, encouraged by a great team of volunteers.
“I want to mention the team who are involved in preparations for this event. They are Bob Newton who is a rock and font of all knowledge on organising triathlons.
“Russell Snowden who is Mr Entries, swim heat organiser, link to the timing guys etc etc.
“Then there’s Susan Gallagher who did a fantastic job encouraging folks to volunteer for this event.
“Hopefully, for everyone who did volunteer it was a rewarding day of giving back to this sport and helping you to get to know some fellow club members, too.”
Bob added is praise to the club members who helped to make the race “run like clockwork”.
He said: “Given all the positive feedback we’ve received, the competitors really appreciated the friendly approach and encouragement they received throughout their races.”
The weather was also described as perfect.
Bob said: “It was dry, calm and slightly cool with some cloud cover as well as the sun making the occasional appearance. This is just what you want for hard cycling and running.”
The now famous cake stall
The GTC cake stall is now a legendary feature of club races. Club members generously donated cakes to the stall, which went on to raise more than £500 for the junior section of the club.