Montrose Triathlon Club supports Angus Foodbank

Pictured poolside at Montrose Sports Centre are Jess Carter, Mike Talbot, Montrose Foodbank team leader Grace Linton and Sylvia Cranston with some club members.
Pictured poolside at Montrose Sports Centre are Jess Carter, Mike Talbot, Montrose Foodbank team leader Grace Linton and Sylvia Cranston with some club members.

The Christmas season is a time for giving and Montrose Triathlon Club has raised almost £500 for the Angus Foodbank at their end of year festive party.

The club raised £456 for the local charity at their Christmas party, as well as celebrating its successes from the 2016 season.

Last week, Angus County Press launched a campaign to support the valuable work carried out by the Angus Foodbank, which is run by the Trussell Trust.

We are asking our readers to get into the festive spirit of giving - to think of others this Christmas by helping to feed a family in need.

Mike Talbot, chairman of Montrose Triathlon Club, said: “Angus Foodbank is a cause close to our heart.

“It is hard to think that 14 per cent of children in our local area are living in poverty.

“Sport can provide a distraction from the real world and we felt it was a very deserving cause.”

The Angus Foodbank has been operating in Angus since October 2012 and has seen 8000 food parcels handed over in the past year.

Montrose Triathlon club was started in 2014, and now has 68 members on its roll book.

Weekly coached or led sessions are offered in all three of the disciplines; swimming, cycling and running.

The club has invested this year in training for volunteer coaches, expert sessions in chi running and video equipment to help identify improvements that could be made to technique along with other sporting equipment.

The club is hugely thankful to the sponsorship provided by local businesses Murray Taylor, GlaxoSmithKline and TriAngus.

Grants have also been made available to the club through the National Lottery, which has allowed them to develop the services available to members.

In November, the legend series ranking was announced and Montrose Triathlon Club is now ranked 13 out of 48 for Triathlon clubs in Scotland.

In the individual awards, members Bruce Simpson and Jeni Warden were both presented with winning trophies for the Scottish Triathlon Cross in their category.

Mike said the local sports club is “keen to stress though it is not all about the winning, members are of varying abilities and many beginners choose to join us with the aim of completing their first event in June at the Montrose Triathlon”.

The group is making plans for the 2017 season, and would “very much welcome” any newcomers getting in touch via their website www.montrosetriathlonclub.co.uk.

The training sessions will be stopped over the holidays but will be back in operation week commencing January 9.