Anna Henly Photography


The inspiration for Edinburgh Triathletes came in the early 1980’s after Andrew Grant (the bearded fellow in the picture) saw the Hawaii ‘Ironman’ triathlon on television.


Andrew explains how it all began:

‘After watching the 1983 triathlon in Hawaii, I thought I would like to have a bash at that. I had been active in marathon running and have always been a keen cyclist; swam like a stone though. I tried to find a competition but none existed. Being the kind of guy I was, I decided to organise an event – I didn’t know how, but was keen.

At the time, I taught at Wester Hailes Education Centre and we had a pool. The head teacher was keen to promote anything that served to increase the profile of the centre and we had a great team of poolside attendants. I scouted around and eventually got info on how to organise an event from the Irish Triathlon Association. However, I did not fully realise what I had to do – there were no organising committees in those days.

About eight months’ preparation went into the event: I had to contact police, first aid, communications people, the education committee, roads departments and so on. I even had to draw the competitors’ numbers myself. Getting assistance – timekeepers, marshals and admin on the day became horrendous. Eventually, I cajoled three friendly staff, all my family and numerous friends to do the job and got assistance from the soldiers at Redford barracks in exchange for two free places.

The event took place in May 1984 and was a complete success. I continued to organise the event for four years, and was gradually able to get others to assist.

Triathlons were suddenly the thing for active sports people to do and clubs sprang up everywhere in Scotland but the Edinburgh group remained informal. We managed to get use of the pool at Fettes school and we started to ‘train’ there after a bike bash on Saturday mornings. It was mooted many times that we form a club and this was formalised in 1990.”

The photograph shows the winners of the event organised by Andrew in 1984, believed to be the first ever triathlon in Scotland. And the event was reported in the Wester Hailes Sentinel!

Over the years club members have been recognised through participation at World or European competitions, or though awards:

2017 Gavin Calder President of TriathlonScotland
2016 Doug MacDonald, Elizabeth Richardson, Eilidh Yates World /Euro competitors
2015 Francesca Osowska OBE for contribution to Commonwealth Games and sport at the Scottish government
2015 Scott Balfour, Kirsten Cameron, Doug MacDonald, Keira Murray, Phil Parr-Burman, Elizabeth Richardson, Joe Tomaney World /Euro competitors
2014 Scott Balfour, Matt Goode, Doug MacDonald, Keira Murray, Joe Tomaney World /Euro competitors
2013 Andrew McMenigall British Triathlon Federation Coach of the Year; Triathlon Scotland Coach of the Year; Edinburgh Sports Awards Community Coach of the Year; Sportscotland / Daily Mail local hero award.
2013 Scott Balfour, Richard Foxley, Arnott Kidd, Keira Murray, Phil Parr-Burman World /Euro competitors
2012 Scott Balfour, Barbara Davis, Keira Murray World /Euro competitors
2011 Scott Balfour, Arnott Kidd, Andy Strathdee World /Euro competitors
2010 Scott Balfour, Arnott Kidd, Caroline McKay, Fiona Milligan, Phil Parr-Burman, Kirsten Sinclair, Jane Stevenson World /Euro competitors
2009 Scott Balfour, Graeme Cox, Craig Dale, Martin Gore, Arnott Kidd, Paul Masterton, Daniel Sims, Andy Strathdee World /Euro competitors
2008 Scott Balfour, Angela Kidd, Arnott Kidd, Paul Masterton, Peter Ness, Kirsten Sinclair, Doug Steel World /Euro competitors
2007 Scott Balfour, Gavin Calder, Barbara Davis, Arnott Kidd, Paul Masterton, Peter Ness, Gill Pilkington, Kirsten Sinclair, Doug Steel World /Euro competitors
2006 Arnott Kidd, Paul Masterton, Peter Ness, Gill Pilkington World /Euro competitors
2005 Scott Balfour, Arnott Kidd World /Euro competitors
2004 Scott Balfour, Arnott Kidd, Francesca Osowska World /Euro competitors
2003 Jason Baggaley, Scott Balfour, Jen Laing, Iain McLaughlin, Francesca Osowska, Gill Pilkington World /Euro competitors