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Endurance for a Cause: Sally Gilliland's Triathlon Triumph!

Sally Gilliland triathlon

At GTA Interior, we celebrate not just design successes but personal achievements too. Today, we're brimming with pride as we share the story of Sally Gilliland, Design Manager, and her awe-inspiring triumph at the Brighton & Hove Triathlon.

Sally took on a huge challenge last September: the Brighton Hope Triathlon, a test of endurance with a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer cycle, and a 5-kilometer run. Her excitement was evident when we sat down to discuss the event, “It’s the Brighton & Hove Triathlon. A sprint distance, but every bit as thrilling and challenging!”

What drove Sally to embark on such an adventure? “I had to have a goal, something big. I wanted my kids to see the power of hard work, to show them anything is possible. Plus, the chance to raise money for charity was something I couldn’t pass up.” 

Returning to the triathlon scene eight years after her first race, Sally was faced with the challenge of balancing training with work and motherhood, no small feat. “Fitting in training was a jigsaw puzzle! It was about managing it around my kids and my work. Those last two months were a rollercoaster, especially with the weather playing spoilsport,” Sally shared with a chuckle.

Sally didn't walk this path alone; she sought advice and training tips from various sources. “The organizers were amazing, sending heaps of training info. And, of course, I had a little help from my friends who are triathlon pros!”

A significant driver for Sally was her commitment to charity, supporting Tommy's and Chestnut Treehouse. This cause added a profound layer of purpose to her participation.

Chestnut Tree House

Chestnut Tree House is a children’s charity providing hospice care services and community support for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in in East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire.


Tommy’s is the largest UK charity researching the causes and prevention of pregnancy complications, miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

The race day itself was a blend of high spirits and soaring temperatures. “Crossing that finish line was surreal, especially in that scorching heat. The water felt like a breeze, but the rest? Oh boy, it was a scorcher! The atmosphere, though, was absolutely electric,” Sally exclaimed.

Post-race, Sally was thrilled with her accomplishment. “Improving my time from eight years ago felt fantastic. It’s not just about the race; it's about setting a goal, powering through the preparation, and making it happen!” 

Looking ahead, Sally and her husband are pacing themselves before diving into their next big challenge. “Initially, I was relieved to take a break from training, but now? I kind of miss the thrill of it all.” 

AT GTA Interior are beyond proud of Sally. Her triathlon success is a testament to resilience, dedication, and a heartfelt commitment to making a difference. Sally, congratulations on your incredible feat!


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