Interview GlaGla Race : John Mc Fadzaean, a lifetime quest to SUP

Hello John ! Happy to see you coming back to the GlaGla Race ! Can you tell us who you are for those who don’t know you yet ! How long have you been paddling ? 

I’m a 58-year-old stand-up paddleboarder, born in Glasgow, Scotland, and living in the northwest of England for the last 30 years. One Saturday morning in June 2014 I happened to look out of my window which overlooks Southport Marine Lake. I saw three people out on the lake, paddleboarding. I’d never seen such a thing before, and I was intrigued. I had my first lesson later that month. What began as a hobby evolved into a lifetime quest to SUP in every country in the world. I’m on 47 countries at the moment, so I still have a long way to go. 

What do you like about the GlaGla Race ? 

In my first few years of SUP, I was famous in my friend group for hibernating every winter. My board would go away at the end of October and not come back out until March or April. In 2017/18, I decided to be brave and paddle through the winter. Then I read about the Glagla Race and decided to be braver still. I took part in January 2018 and loved every minute of it, even though it was very cold on the day. It snowed not long after the race finished. I think the GlaGla Race is a unique event and I like to challenge myself. I just love the town of Annecy itself and the lake is absolutely spectacular. I’m very much looking forward to coming again in 2023. 


You are a big fan of the Red Paddle brand. What do you like most about their SUP boards ? 

I’ve owned Redpaddle boards for more than eight years now. Sometimes my quest to SUP the World takes me to unusual or isolated locations, and I often paddle alone. It’s important for me to have top-quality equipment that won’t let me down. I know I can rely on Redpaddle. They have a wide range of boards and provide excellent customer service. I’m looking forward to paddling my Redpaddle 13’2 Voyager on Lake Annecy in January 2023.

Outriggers at the GlaGlarace – les pirogues à la GlaGla Race

outriggers at the GlaGla Race 2022

Come back !

During the last edition we had a false start which penalized the outriggers, we are offering you registration for the GlaGla Race 2023 to compensate! Hop hop hop, register! There will be even more canoes in 2023!(*)

(*)This offer is reserved for participants registered in the “outrigger” category for the GlaGla Race 2022

Revenez !

Lors de la dernière édition nous avons eu un faux départ qui a pénalisé les pirogues, nous vous offrons l’inscription à la GlaGla Race 2023 pour compenser ! Hop hop hop, inscrivez-vous ! Il y aura encore plus de pirogues en 2023 !(*)

(*)Cette offre est réservée aux participants inscrits en catégorie “outrigger” à la GlaGla Race 2022

New ! Junior Race at the GlaGla Race ! Course junior à la GlaGla Race

GlaGla Race 2023 : Junior Race for kids between 14 and 17

We are pleased to announce a new 10 KM race, reserved for Juniors (14-17 years old) at the GlaGla Race! This Junior race is a race for young runners for whom the short distance (6.5 km) leaves them a little hungry and who don’t feel like a 15 km in the middle of winter!

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer une nouvelle course de 10 KM, réservée aux Juniors (14-17 ans) à la GlaGla Race ! Cette course Junior est une course qui s’adresse aux jeunes coureurs pour qui la courte distance (6,5 km) laisse un peu sur leur faim et qui ne sentent pas pour une 15 km en plein hiver !

This race is reserved for them, it is forbidden to adults! It will start at the same time as the long, short and very short distance (10:30 a.m.). The participants will be grouped together on the left of the starting line (beach side of Talloires).

Cette course leur est réservée, elle est interdite aux adultes ! Elle partira en même temps que la longue, la courte et la très courte distance (10h30). Les participants seront regroupés sur la gauche de la ligne de départ (côté plage de Talloires).

Parcours de la Junior Race

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Descriptif du parcours du Junior Race 2023

Junior Race at the GlaGla Race - Depart - Start
The juniors start : on the left side of the 500m start line

Les concurrents de la course Junior seront regroupés sur la gauche de la ligne de départ direction (comme tous les concurrents) la 1ere bouée en face de l’embarcadère d’Angon. (KM 1.1)

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After turning the Angon buoy, let’s go to the castle of Duingt (KM 2.3)

After turning the first buoy in Angon, junior competitors head towards the Duingt Castle, they turn around the peninsula until they see the second buoy at the bottom of Duingt Bay.

GlaGla Race : second buoy in Duingt
second buoy at the bottom of the bay of Duingt
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Second buoy in Duingt (KM 3.5)

Junior competitors then turn around the buoy by 70° heading toward the Roc de Chère cliff on the other side of the lake. (this is where they cross the lake).

Crossing the lake from Duingt towards the Roc de Chère – KM 4.5
The 4 th buoy in the Junior course : in the bay of Talloires in front of the Abbaye Hotel (KM 5.5)
Second lap for the Junior competitors
Second round for junior heading towards the Angon buoy. (KM 7.4)

After turning the buoy in the bay of Talloires, junior competitors follow the shore until they can head towards the Angon’s buoy (the first buoy they already turned in the first lap)

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Again competitors head towards the castle of Duingt

Junior competitors turn around the buoy in front of the castle

For the second lap, competitor turn around the buoy in front of the castle of Duingt and head toward the bay of Talloires, a shortcut to reach the buoy in the bay of Talloires, in front of the Abbaye de Talloires.

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Finish Line in front of the beach of Talloires KM 10

GlaGla Race 2023 : appel à bénévoles ! We need more volunteers !

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La GlaGla Race 2023 aura lieu du 20 au 22 janvier prochain au départ de Talloires-Montmin. Cet événement va rassembler des centaines d’amateurs de paddle du monde entier ! C’est un événement sportif et festif ! On y fête le plaisir d’être sur le lac d’Annecy, dans un paysage magnifique avec ses montagnes enneigées et cette magnifique lumière d’hiver !

Pour bien accueillir les participants, partenaires et public, nous avons besoin d’une trentaine de bénévoles ! Venez rejoindre l’équipe d’organisation ! Toutes les bonnes volontés sont les bienvenues ! Pas besoin de savoir faire du paddle, ni d’avoir une expérience quelconque ! Bonne humeur et bonne volonté indispensables en revanche !

Si vous êtes interessé(e)s vous pouver nous contacter au 06 85 85 6006 ou par email : ou encore via notre page Facebook (Alpine Lakes Tour)

The GlaGla Race 2023 will take place from January 20 to 22, departing from Talloires-Montmin. This event will bring together hundreds of paddle enthusiasts from all over the world! It’s a sporting and festive event! We celebrate the pleasure of being on Lake Annecy, in a magnificent landscape with its snow-capped mountains and this magnificent winter light!

To welcome participants, partners and the public, we need about thirty volunteers! Come join the organizing team! All the goodwill are welcome ! No need to know how to paddle, nor to have any experience! Good mood and good will essential on the other hand!

If you are interested you can contact us on 06 85 85 6006 or by email: or via our Facebook page (Alpine Lakes Tour)

GlaGla Race 2023 : strong start ! ça démarre fort !

100 registered participants for the registration opening : new record !

Registration for the GlaGla Race 2023 opened yesterday evening and 100 participants registered alreday ! That’s the strongest start ever with competitors from France, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands, Israël, the USA, Germany, Italy !

Les inscriptions pour la GlaGla Race 2023 ont ouvert hier soir et 100 participants se sont déjà inscrits ! C’est le meilleur départ de tous les temps avec des compétiteurs de France, Suisse, Autriche, Suède, Pays-Bas, Israël, USA, Allemagne, Italie !

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GlaGla Race 2023 Registration Opening – ouverture des inscriptions pour la GlaGla Race 2023

Registration for the GlaGla Race 2023 opens Wednesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. (French time)

Registration is easy ! Just fill in the form below and pay online. If you have any question send an e-mail :

Les inscriptions pour la GlaGla Race 2023 ouvrent mercredi 12 octobre à 18h (heure française)

Une difficulté pour vous inscrire ? une question ? Contactez nous par e-mail :