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Sunny day for GTC Briggs Triathlon 2017

The Bishopbriggs Triathlon is always a sell-out event and in 2017 there were 432 entries mixed between kids, adults and across both genders.

More than 380 raced on the day, with the age range from 11 to 68.

The race was well supported by club members with 60 people giving up a few hours to a full day of their time to help in various roles.

In particular, thanks go to the volunteer leaders Bob Newton, Duggie Mac, Amanda Murphy, Catriona Padmanabhan, Russell Snowden, Ian Ramage, Alan Kennedy, David Wilson and Peter Soden.

Volunteers prepare for the race to start.
A young volunteer.

Briggs race day 2017

The weather was dry and sunny on May 7 – “the best we’ve ever had for the event,” reported Bob – and there was a great, up-beat atmosphere.

Bob added: “Briggs is very eclectic. We have juniors, youths, novices and seasoned campaigners. Many people know each other, while you also see lots of people making new friends on the day. It feels like a big triathlon family coming together.”

Briggs Tri 2017 results

In the youths’ race, the top three places went to:

1st Kate Richardson (Fusion Tri)

2nd Callum Robertson (non attached

3rd Kyle Howie (Stirling Tri).

Tristar 2 results:

Male:

1st Cameron MacMillan (Stirling)

2nd Corey Whiteford (Fusion)

3rd Fergus Currie (Fusion)

Female:

1st Melissa Turnball (Fusion)

2nd Isla Hedley (East Fife Tri)

3rd Coryn Maclean (Fusion)

Seven Glasgow Triathlon Club tristar 2s competed with Cameron O’Brien taking 7th place overall and Lucy Donaldson placing fourth female.

Novice triathlon results:

1st Francesca Vidler

2nd Martin Smith (GTC)

3rd Robin Sayer (Fusion)

Six GTC athletes took part in the novice event.

Sprint triathlon results:

Male:

1st Craig Dale (HBC Jets)

2nd Lewis Strachan (Pro Endurance)

3rd Rory Strachan (Fusion)

Female:

1st Alison MacKenzie (Fusion)

2nd Natalie Stevenson (Fusion)

3rd Jennifer Perry (Fusion)

Although many club members dedicate their day to volunteering and not racing there were almost 20 GTC athletes who took part in the sprint race with a notable result of Torquil Clyde (super vets) finishing 5th overall.

See full results.

Cake stall funds

The Briggs cake stall, with generous donations baked by club members, raised £280, which will go towards kit for the youth section of the club.

Julie races to the finish line.

First triathlon for Julie

Julie Macnaughton said she had no intention of ever doing a triathlon and had never been Involved in competitive sports – yet at this year’s Briggs event she took part in the novice triathlon.

It was the cub’s beginner returner run sessions organised by Rose and Hannah at Bellahouston that began Julie’s road to her first tri.

She decided she wanted to get out of the house a bit more and to be in the fresh air during the winter, so she joined the beginner sessions and enjoyed them so much she kept going back.

Then came the swimming.

Julie, who was approaching her 60th birthday, says: “I wanted to learn to do front crawl with the thought that I might do a wee bit of open water swimming.”

But still she reports she had no intention of doing a race.

What she didn’t realise is how new club members end up being swept along by the enthusiasm and encouragement of other members.

She says: “Contrary to anything I had ever thought I would do I found myself entering the Briggs Novice race.”

Her nerves focused on “putting all the different elements of a triathlon together” and she hoped that she might be able to do her first race without anyone noticing.

She says: “On the day, however, the support I received from club members and former workmates was very much welcomed.”

You can see from the huge smile on her face as Julie  finishes the race how good she feels about finishing her first race.

Next year’s race

Make a note in your diary of Sunday May 6 for the Briggs Triathlon 2018.