Tri Together Glasgow 2014 an overwhelming success

22 September 2014

Over 200 competitors from across the UK got in gear to cycle, swim and run yesterday to take part in Tri Together Glasgow, the inclusive triathlon we run jointly with triathlonscotland.

The event (which has a sister event in London), was held for the second time at Bellahouston Sports Centre and Park. It’s an accessible, short-distance triathlon specially designed for disabled and non-disabled people to swim, bike and run side by side.

The event is particularly popular with beginners — over 50 per cent had never done a triathlon before! — with people of all abilities and ages over eight years old giving it their all.

People came from across the country to take part in the day and were cheered on by family, friends, local supporters and 44 air cadets from the West of Scotland Air Training Corps, who also helped out at the event.

Claire Cook taking part in the cycling leg at Tri Together GlasgowClaire Cook is a 32-year-old kitchen designer with Raynaud’s syndrome. Tri Together Glasgow was the last of a trio of challenges she has completed for our charity this summer, after taking part in Tri Together London and the Great North Run in Newcastle. Claire finished Tri Together Glasgow in 50 minutes, beating her time last year by four minutes!

‘I am so proud to have completed my challenges for Leonard Cheshire Disability. It is a charity that is very close to my heart and I am thrilled to be raising money for its work with disabled people. I know first-hand the impact a disability can have, and this is a way of helping people who have got it a lot worse than me.

‘Taking part in Tri Together Glasgow was amazing. The support I got from the events team was second to none. I would recommend Tri Together to anyone considering a triathlon as the atmosphere was incredible.’ — Claire

Competitors chose to test their mettle individually or as part of a team by tackling a 400m swim, followed by a 15km cycle ride and a 5km run through the leafy surrounds of Bellahouston Park. Disabled participants had the option of using specialist equipment, such as hand bikes and tandem chairs, to take on the cycle and run.

Matt Smith, our events manager, said, ‘I would like to thank each one of our competitors, volunteers, sponsors and support crew for making Tri Together Glasgow a success.

‘We are hoping to raise £30,000 from our fundraisers’ efforts to help us to continue our work with disabled people at our services across the UK.’

To find out more, see results, timings, photographs and to register your interest in next year’s event, please visit our Tri Together webpage.

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