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GTC juniors travel 291km in 12-hour 3km relay

Nicola Dawson, one of the GTC coaches, came up with the brilliant idea to encourage junior members and their families to take part in a 12-hour 3km relay last weekend. 

In total, 27 families took part, comprising 97 juniors, parents and siblings. They completed an impressive 291km, which is the equivalent of Bellahouston in Glasgow to Findhorn in the north-east of Scotland.

Nicola Dawson and her daughter Emily.

Nicola said: “I thought it would be great if we could have an event where everyone could take part while adhering to the lockdown rules. 

“The relay got loads of families involved, allowing them to go at their own pace running, cycling and scooting. 

“The baton seamlessly passed between 27 families with the coaches starting and finishing the event.

“I couldn’t believe the uptake, camaraderie, team spirit and encouragement with juniors, parents, siblings and dogs getting involved.”

She added: “Who would have thought we would travel 291km in 12hrs?”

A relay in different locations

The relay visited a wide range of locations including Bearsden, Milngavie, the Kilpatricks, Garscube, Garscadden, Glasgow’s west end, Pollok Park, Muirend, Whitecraigs, Busby, Stirling and Cardross.

Junior head coach Billy Mitchell was also delighted by the challenge. He said: “Chapeau to Nicola Dawson for this excellent idea and for organising families into their time slots and motivating everyone. Great work.”

The Greenhalgh family.
The Grants.
The Glens.

Some of the parents commented:

Beth Lockhart: “It was a  great idea. It certainly got me out running for the first time in ages and gave me an excuse to drag Ella out! The boys did it willingly. Thank you.”

Hilary Glen: “It was a great idea and a great achievement by all.”

Barry Freel: “I thought it was a great idea and something to get families involved during lockdown.”

Julie Calvert: “The challenge got us out to our local park, the furthest we’ve been in seven weeks!”

Rowan Wallace said: “It was a great idea and good fun to be part of a new family challenge. It would have been the Bute Triathlon this weekend and this was a fantastic lockdown replacement.”

More family photos:

The Donaldsons.
The Calverts.
The Birnies.
The Lockhart lads.
The Wallaces.
The McConvilles.

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