Matt’s Top Tips for 2012

The event calendar is now brimming with the entire running, surf life saving and multi-sports events that are appearing in the South West in 2012. With the Olympics just around the corner, the sport of triathlon is going from strength to strength, and there have been a number of new races added to the calendar this year. Road running and surf life saving events are also available to be placed in your diary. Here’s my pick of the bunch.

SLSGB Pool Champs at Cardiff (21st April Nipper / 22nd April Youth) Get training all, as this event will come around quick.

Falmouth Half Marathon (Sunday March 18th) – A new event coming to Falmouth this year in support of Cornwall Hospice Care, and only 13.1 miles!

Helston Triathlon (Sunday 27th May) – New to the sport? This is the perfect race for you and is the fourth event in the Cornwall Triathlon Series.

Jubilee Pool Aquathlon Series (Saturday 2nd June, Wednesday 2nd June, Wednesday 25th July, Wesdesday 29th August) – Swim the pool, run the Prom. The Jubilee Pool Aquathlons are a great way to get introduced into multi-sport racing. With the competitors times often being split by seconds, these events really make sure the transition is a key part of your race.

Castle to Castle Swim (Sunday 3rd June) – Raising money for the RNLI, this tough sea swim is a noted fixture for all open water swimmers. The club plays a key role in the water cover too…

Falmouth Triathlon (Sunday 17th June) – Carrick Leisure is partnering with Gylly SLSC to put on the town’s first Triathlon. Part of the Cornwall Triathlon Series, this event is a must for all members willing to give it a ‘tri’. If you’re not racing, water cover help will be much appreciated.

Summer Turkey Trott, 4 mile race (Wednesday 11th July) – This fast paced dash around Redruth is a good introduction to road running. Get your entries in quick though, as it sells out fast. There’s usually a hog roast for after race socializing.

Trident Challenge, Saturday 4th August – Falmouth Fire Station host the annual 800m Open Water Swim race. A great event for a good cause, supported by the club.

Gyllyngvase Junior and Relay Triathlon, 18th-19th August – There’s not just one Triathlon coming to Falmouth this year, there’s 3! Club chairman, Allan Reid, has been working closely with Falmouth Town Council to host these unique events in the South West. More details to follow in the next few weeks – but be sure to mark these races in your diary.

SLSGB Beach Champs at Portreath (25-26th August – Masters / 28-29th – Youth / 31st Aug – 1st Sep – Nippers / 8-9th Sep – Senior) Go Gylly go!

Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon, Saturday 8th September – I raced this event last year and highly recommend it. It is a perfect cross of Surf Life Saving and Triathlon, with the canoe or ski added to the standard swim, bike and run. With 30% gradients, it’s not for the faint hearted but can be completed by teams as well as individuals. Get your application in early.

Endless Summer Swim, 30th September – Our annual swim falling on the final day of the lifeguard season. Great fun, great people, great event.

Cornish Marathon, Sunday 18th November – Maybe 2012 is the year you complete your first marathon? Beat the crowds of London and enter the Cornish Marathon! Being one of the country’s hardest (15 miles up hill) shouldn’t put you off as you get to run with some of the best views in any race I’ve encountered. With all of the view gazing, it’s over before you know it.

Falmouth Mob Match, Sunday 25th November – A 6 mile run around Swanpool and the Castle. Lets get a team in this year.

If you enter a race, please send a report and images to and I will feature you on this site (and probably write a press release too). If I’ve missed an event on the calendar, let me know too.

Have a great 2012 with Gylly!

Matthew Stone,
President, Gylly SLS + Tri Club