Nipper Frostbite Champs 2015

Gyllyngvase SLSC Cornish Nipper Stillwater Champions 2015!

After 2 fantastic weekends in Penzance we are proud to confirm that we are the 2015 Cornish Nipper Stillwater champions by the smallest of margins (18 points) with 525 points.

A huge congratulations to all the teams that took part and made it such a fantastically close event.

Every member of Team Gylly should be immensely proud of their own contribution to a wonderful team achievement.

Go Gylly! Cornish Nipper Stillwater Champions 2015!

The results can be found on the SLS Cornwall website here >>

Endless Summer Swim 2014 Results

A massive thank you to all the swimmers for making the Gyllyngvase Endless Summer Swim a huge success yesterday. We had 194 swimmers across the events, which is a fantastic turn out. We raised over £1,200 on the day! Thank you.

The results are here: Gylly ESS 2014 – Results

To all the helpers and water cover, thank you so much for all your help, without which, the event would not have happened.

Finally, Gylly SLSC wish to thank all the supporters that made this event happen:

Gylly Café
Swim Supplies
Hine Downing
Nalu Beads
Sessions Surf Shop
Ian & Sharon Laws – Costcutter Perranporth
Falmouth Hotel
Greenbank Hotel
Warehouse Bistro
Harbour Lights Fish & Chip Restaurant
Constantine Stores
All Gylly members that donated raffle prizes.

Women in Waves

Gyllyngvase SLSC were delighted to host a session in the “Women in Waves” series promoted by SLSGB this morning.


In superb conditions (apart from a lack of waves…), 14 ladies enjoyed instruction aimed at developing water safety skills and confidence.

Everyone took part in beach flags, open water swimming, board paddling and board rescue.  In just a 3 hour session all the ladies made great progress in developing the various techniques and it was great fun too!!

Thank you to our coaching team – Matt T, Rob, Reggie and Michelle. A big thumbs up to SLSGB for this initiative from all at Gylly!

Fantastic Afternoon and Evening at Gylly Today

What a fantastic afternoon/evening on Gylly today.  Superb conditions for both Junior Sessions – great fun for all and later, as the tide rolled in, a nice swell to test the ever improving rescue skills of our Seniors and Masters.

But…. as a reminder of what we are all about, mid-session our Club Captain, Georgia, was first responder to a call for help from a swimmer and then assisted the RNLI lifeguards in bringing the casualty ashore and preparing for the arrival of the ambulance.  Georgia has already been complimented by the RNLI on her actions – well done!

New lifeguards Pass Course

Congratulations to the latest Gylly Lifeguards who all passed earlier this season after spending their winter evenings studying.


Gylly athletes get the call for the World Triathlon Champs

In 2008, a handful of people had a vision to create a club in Falmouth that could teach the sports of surf life saving and triathlon to the local community. Almost five years later five members of Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club have been selected to represent Great Britain at the world stage.


On 13th September, London will host the World Triathlon Championships in Hyde Park. Gylly’s own Melissa Reid (22), Rebecca Walters (22), Kieran Townsend (18), Courtney-Lee Reid (16) and Lowenna Hawkey (15) will be travelling up to the capital after being selected by British Triathlon to take part in the championships and represent their country.

The event is the highlight of the triathlon calendar with the best in the world competing. This includes Olympic Gold and Bronze medalists Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee. Also heading to London will be Gylly’s co-founder, chairman and head coach Allan Reid.

‘From grassroots to world class performance, that’s how I have seen Gylly grow from its beginnings in 2008,’ says Allan.

‘With over 200 members aged between 7-75, inclusivity is the key. Although you could say our philosophy is ‘it’s not just about taking part, it’s about taking part and being the best you can be!’

With this in mind the club captain, Melissa Reid, has proven it is possible to raise your ambitions and succeed.

Melissa will be competing in the elite Paratriathlon event, in the Tri6B category (visually impaired). Following a gold in the British and European Championships earlier this year, she is aiming to carry on her form and claim victory in London. Melissa finished second at the 2012 World Championships in Aukland, but she has already beaten the reigning world champion at the European champs in Turkey this year. Also racing in Turkey was fellow club member, Matthew Casey (16), who represented GBR in the u19 age-group and finished in ninth place.

Along with the Elite and the Paratriathlon there is a World Championships for age-group athletes in London. This year the competition has been very fierce to qualify for the Great Britain age-group slots due to the championships being in the UK. For a relatively new remote Cornish club to get five athletes to the World Championships is astounding.

‘Melissa has inspired the whole club to aim high and achieve their goals,’ continues Allan.

Melissa’s sister, Courtney-Lee, will be competing in the 16-19 age-group race, as will Lowenna and Kieran; Rebecca will be racing in the 20-24 category.

‘I really believe the recent success of the club is down to the inspiration from Melissa and the support network that Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club can provide. We owe a lot to the financial help of local businesses – Gylly Beach Cafe, Oliver Hughes Physiotherapy and Falmouth Cycle,’ says Allan.

‘The club would like to wish Melissa, Rebecca, Kieran, Courtney-Lee and Lowenna good luck in London. You’ve already made us all very proud just getting selected for the World Championships!’ says Matthew Stone, club president.

Go Gylly Go Photography Exhibition

A beachside photography exhibition entitled Go Gylly Go will be revealed on Gylly beach this month. The exhibition, funded by Falmouth University, depicts the year-long documentation of Nippers from Gylly Surf Life Saving and Triathlon Club.

Go Gylly Go

Karl Phillips, Associate Dean at Falmouth University, began taking pictures for the club’s Facebook page after his children joined, and the parents of club members liked the photos so much that he was asked to start taking photos at a variety of competitions.

Karl soon realised the potential for a research project, and began to take photographs with the intention of finding out about the youngsters perceptions of themselves as athletes. This coincided well with the London 2012 Olympics, held at the time of the project.

Blown away by the ability of the club members, Karl wanted to capture their athleticism in order to enable the children to see themselves on a level with successful athletes, portraying them in the same way through his photography.

Following the activities of the club for a year, Karl documented a number of training sessions, competitions and events including The Cornish Surf Life Saving Nipper Champs 2012 at Carbis Bay, the Endless Summer Swim at Gyllyngvase and the British Life Saving Sport Surf Championships at Portreath, and with the support of Falmouth University his research project became a reality.

The aim of the research was to explore the notion that strong athletic representations can reflect positively in performance and self-perception. This includes a focus on strong representations of the club’s female members, who participate in and enjoy the same competition as their male friends.

Karl said: “I chose to work with the club because I have three daughters and I want them to be able to see images that offer a more positive portrayal of women; more generally I hope the exhibition offers a more positive representation of boys and girls alike.”

The photographs depict the moments of action, pensive nervousness, dynamic movement and commitment captured throughout the clubs various activities and competitions. It moves away from the traditional documentation of ‘surf culture’, instead showing a different side to beach sports and life-saving.

Once the series was completed, it was decided to exhibit the work in the place where it all started: Gyllyngvase beach. The result is an exhibition in the sand, displaying scaled up prints that the public and Falmouth community can enjoy.

“I’m really excited about the notion of taking the work out of the gallery and sharing it in a public space,” explains Karl.

This research project looks to be the first in a series looking at the portrayal of local people through photographs, and Karl is looking forward to continuing to research and photograph groups across Cornwall.

Go Gylly Go exhibition is held in association with Falmouth University and Cartel Photos and with the support of Gylly Beach Café, Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving & Triathlon Club and Cornwall Council.

Photography by Karl Phillips, editing by Annemarie Bala, installation and logistics by Toby Millinder and co-ordination by Celine Smith of Cartel Photos.

Updates are available at

Gylly Relay + Junior Triathlon 2013

Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club hosted our second relay and junior triathlon on Sunday as part of Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week. Athletes from across Cornwall and the UK (even some international competitors) turned out for what can be described at “absolutely amazing event once again”.


The relay race was first, starting at 7am. There were 18 teams in total, and each team comprised of 4 members aged 17+. Everyone had to complete the 250m swim off Gyllyngvase Beach, a 5km cycle around Pendennis Castle and a 1.2 km run along the seafront and back to the beach before tagging the next team member. The race was completed when all 4 competitors had finished the course. Unlike the previous year, the sun was shining and the sea was calm and flat.

There was a big diversity of athletes taking part, from elite racers to first timers, which made the event even more original. Dave Bartlett, who competes against the very best in the sport, was even racing the entire course 4 times in a row on his own! Also in attendnace were Zoltan Balloch, David Greenwood and Gylly’s own Melissa Reid who all compete internationally in paratriathlon.

Dave Bartlett said on twitter, ‘What a diverse age, ability and categories raced at the Gylly Relay and Kids Triathlon today. A fun and organised success. Massive congrats.’

Relay Results:


1st Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club A (Kieran Townsend, Jon Webb, Zoltan Balloch and Matthew Stone)

2nd Mounts Bay Harriers A

3rd Tri Harder


1st Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club A (Melissa Reid, Emily Trebilcock, Michelle Walters and Rebecca Walters)

2nd Mounts Bay Harriers A

3rd Newquay Rowing Club


The junior race started at 8.30, and the sun was shining by this point. This drew quite a large crowd to the beach to watch the spectacle. The race is one of the very few closed road, open water swim junior races in the country. Over 30 children from across the country aged between 12-16 were lined up on the start, many of them ready to take part in their very first triathlon. The majority of the children were members of host club Gyllyngvase and Penzance based club Mounts Bay Harriers. The junior race followed the same course as the relay race. However, the younger age group of 12 years had one lap of the castle with the 13-14 years and 15-16 years racing 2-3 laps respectively. Once their bikes were racked, the triathletes started a 1.2k run around the Queen Mary Gardens and along the sea front, before turning around and sprinting back to the finish.

Junior Results:

Male 12yr

1.    Jacob Beetham
2.    Ben Norton
3.    Sam Watts

Female 12yr

1.    Faye Ivall

Male 13/14

1.    James Greenwood
2.    Finn Burford
3.    David Greenwood

Female 13/14

1.    Katie Walker
2.    Rosie Tonkin
3.    Abby Mundell

Male 15/16

1.    James Trott
2.    Orion Page
3.    James Carpenter

Female 15/16

1.    Lowenna Hawkey
2.    Georgia Christophers

“What a great spectacle for Falmouth. It truly looked like a world-class transition and the action from the relay teams and the determined looks on the junior faces just proved to me it was all worthwhile” Allan Reid, Gyllyngvase Chairman and Race Director.

“Thank you so much for another brilliant team triathlon event. We NRC ladies yet again had a whale of a time and cannot believe that we’ve managed to retain our 3rd place title for a 2nd year in a row. Great organisation, lovely t-shirts and glassware to be proud of and a fab set of encouraging marshals along with a good entry price.” Naomi Watts, Newquay Rowing Club.

Thank you to everyone who helped out with marshaling and water cover on the day – the event wouldn’t have been possible without you. Also thank you to the local businesses that supported the triathlon (Gylly Beach Café, Falmouh Cycles, Oliver Hughes Physiotherapy, Asda Penryn, Falmouth Town Council, Hine Downing Solicitors and Tempus Leisure). A final thank you to Allan Reid, Reggie Christophers and Marc Thomas who made the event possible.

If you are interested in getting involved in triathlon or surf life saving, the club holds several training sessions throughout the week. Come along to one of our training sessions to find out more.

Images courtesy of – More images of the event can be found here.

Junior Results here >> results gylly junior tri 2013

Relay Results here >> Gylly Relay Results 2013

Penzance Jubilee Pool Aquathon 2013, Race 3

200m swim / 2 mile run

16 Gylly athletes attended the race, picking up lots of PB times and good placings. See the results here…

Penzance Aquathon Race 3 2013

Gylly Results

5th – Allan Reid – 14:04 1st Male 40-49
6th – Kieran Townsend – 14:06 1st Male 17-19
8th – Matthew Stone -14:22 4th Male 20-29
13th – Jon Webb – 14:35 6th Male 20-29
23rd – Melissa Reid – 15:30 2nd Female 20-29
25th – Byron Wood – 15:44 3rd Male 13-16
28th – Orion Page – 15:51 4th Male 13-16
36th – Emily Trebilcock – 16:21 3rd Female 20-29
38th – Lowenna Hawkey – 16:31 4th Female 13-16
48th – Becky Walters – 17:06 4th Female 20-29
49th – Michelle Walters – 17:09 5th Female 20-29
55th – Georgia Christophers – 17:27 8th Female 13-16
56th – Courtney-Lee Reid – 17:31 1st Female 17-19
62nd – Aaron Bullen – 17:46 6th Male 13-16
70th – Oliver (Mario) Stacey – 18:25 11th Male 30-39
116th – Charlotte Dick – 25:47 12th Female 13-16

Full results here >>

Images of the race can be viewed on Facebook here >>

Cheers to Reggie the photogrpaher, all who came to support and the Mounts Bay Harriers team + marshals for putting on the race.

Stithians Triathlon 2013

1500m swim / 39km cycle / 7.5km run

Big thanks to the Gylly members who provided the water cover and marshalled the run course – Rebecca Walters, Georgia Christophers, Matt Trebilcock, Harry Brooksbank, Allan Reid, Nick Laws, Lowenna Hawkey, Oliver (Mario) Stacey, John (Bear) Posnett, Natasha Mundell, Melissa Reid, Courtney Lee Reid + Rob Dick.

Gylly Results

6th – Kieran Townsend 2:07:31
8th – James Rowe 2:08:52
23rd – Matthew Stone 2:17:37
30th – Jon Webb 2:20:53
36th – Simon (Luigi) Pipkin 2:23:24
106th – Emily Trebilcock 2:43:45 (12th Female)
DNF – Dan Luke (puncture on bike leg)

Full results here >>