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.

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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 >>

Cornish Surf Life Saving Nipper Champs 2013

Amazing result for the Gylly Nippers at the Cornish Surf Life Saving Champs! Last weekend, Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club fielded a team of 64 nippers into the Cornwall Surf Life Saving Championships at Carbis Bay, St Ives. After two days of intense and friendly competition, the result is believed to be the closest finish in the history of the event between the top 2 clubs.

Gylly Nippers, Falmouth

The Gylly team had managed to secure an incredible second place with a point total of 716. The deserved winners of the event by just 3 points were St Ives Surf Life Saving Club, with a total point score of 719.  Third was Newquay Surf Life Saving Club with 499 points and 4th Portreath Surf Life Saving Club with 404 points.

Nipper coach, Matthew Trebilcock said ‘I cannot be prouder of all the 64 competitors that we took to the Cornish Championships. Every single one of them contributed with their efforts to the great result they managed to achieve for their club. We had some exceptional performances over the 2 days from our nippers that will stay with me for a very long time.’

‘For a club like Gyllyngvase that has only be going for a short period of time (it is the club’s 5th birthday this October) this result is a real testament to the hard work of the entire nipper coaching team and more so the hard work each of the nippers put into their training and the real enjoyment that they get from the sport of Surf Life Saving, which you can see when they compete.’

Gylly Nippers 3

Over the 2 days of competition, the Gylly team managed to secure 26 gold, 28 silver and 24 bronze medals, which was the highest medal count of the 15 teams that took part.

The focus now turns to the forthcoming National Surf Life Saving Chamionships that will take place on Saunton Sands in North Devon on 23 and 24 August.

Penzance Junior Aquathon 2013


Well done to all nippers who took part in the Penzance Aquathon this weekend, hosted by Mounts Bay Harriers. You all performed amazingly, and did the club proud. Please find the Gylly results from the event below. The image above is of the Gylly competitors on the day (apart from Ella).

8 Years – Female

2nd – Anya Hocking  – 04:55

9-10 Years – Female

4th – Robyn Ivall – 09:13
8th – Ella Longhorn – 10:10

9-10 Years – Male

4th – Joseph Railton – 08:31
5th – Johny Ivall – 08:49
8th – Thomas Trebilcock – 09:04

11-12 Years – Female

1st – Rosie Boulton – 11:39

See the full results here >>

British Paratriathlon Champs 2013


Melissa wins British paratriathlon title in Liverpool

Gylly’s Melissa Reid reclaimed her British title after finishing first at the British paratriathlon championships in Liverpool this weekend.

Melissa crossed the line in one hour, 11 minutes, 46 seconds. Reid showed her class, finishing over 3 minutes ahead of her closest competitor.

“For me, it’s not just about winning the classification – I wanted to be the first female overall and we managed to do that,” she told BBC Radio Cornwall.

“It wasn’t the time I wanted originally but given the course and how long the transitions were, it was fairly good.”

Melissa was partnered in her victory by her guide Nicole Walters; the pair also won Gold at the recent European Championships in Turkey last month.

Melissa, who competes in the Tri-6 category for visually-impaired athletes, is now aiming towards the World Championships, taking place in Hyde Park this September.

“It’s always been about training towards that,” she added.

“We’ve just used the Europeans and the British champs as benchmarking for where we’re at, with the worlds as our ultimate goal.”

To follow Melissa’s journey to the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro visit her website,

St Ives Biathlon 2013

St Ives Biathlon

St.Ives Surf Life Saving Club hosted the 13th annual St.Ives Biathlon on 26th June. This event has become one of the sporting highlights of the town and has competitors coming from all over the UK. Competitors tackled the 1.5 mile run to Carbis Bay, followed by a 2000m sea swim back to St.Ives.

There was also a Junior and Novice race, covering 800 meters to Porthminster beach and a swim back to the Harbour. Gylly’s Michelle Walters took the Novice race title, well done!

Gylly Results

Junior Race

4th – Nicholas Laws – 14:22
21st – Harry Brooksbank – 17:09 3rd in age catergory!
25th – Georgia Christophers – 18:12

Novice Race

1st – Michelle Walters – 19:00

Adult Race

32nd – Dan Luke – 43:13

Full results here >>