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Steve Makes For The Border To Help The QEH

Good luck to Steven Bowdery on his latest fundraising adventure, in aid of the QEH Charitable trust.

Like many people recently, he has been inspired by the work that the NHS has been doing to help fight the Covid-19 virus. He plans to complete a lonely 10km run every day for 42days, starting the 20th April and finishing on the 1st June, having run 420km ( the same distance as driving from King’s Lynn to Carlisle).

You can follow his progress and donate on his just giving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Steven-bowdery1


Training Update (Covid-19)



As you know, we have tried to training sessions going for as long as possible but we have just received an update from British Triathlon Federation (BTF) regarding affiliated club events and activities, which includes our club training sessions.

Based on the latest government guidance around Coronavirus/COVID-19, British Triathlon and the 3 Home Nations (Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland and Welsh Triathlon) have suspended organised triathlon activity with immediate effect until at least 30 April.

The full announcement can be viewed here –


It is with a very heavy heart that we therefore must advise that ALL club training is now cancelled until the 30th April. This includes our Wednesday and Friday swimming sessions.

This doesn’t however mean you should stop training, there will be races later in the season so please stay motivated and use our Tri community to help with advice, support and ideas. We will try and figure something that we can still do individually, but as a club.

If you have any questions about your training please get in touch.

Best wishes and hopefully see some of you out their training in the fresh air soon.


KLTC Training Coordinator

Wednesday evening Turbo - Cancelled

Turbo training on Wednesday evenings will be cancelled with immediate effect but we will post a session on our members' FB page, so there will be no excuses !
Hopefully there will still be a significant proportion of the race season left so you’ll want to keep training. If you are a member and don't yet have access to the private FB group, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday morning swimming – Cancelled
Friday evening swimming - Cancelled

Under the advice of the BTF, swimming can no longer continue until we are advised otherwise.
Whilst swimming itself still appears to be very low risk, the social interraction before and after that carries the most risk of cross-infection. If you do continue to swim while venues are open, please shower before and after swimming, and ask if you have Covid-19 symptons, or have travelled abroad in the last week, to please stay away. This website contains a bit of information on what action many pools are taking at present. https://www.pwtag.org/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-latest-information-2/

Other training sessions

Monthly brick (run bike run) session – We will advise in due course

We don't have any scheduled at present, so please check FB and the website for any updates on these

Open water Swimming –  Due to start in May

It is too early to provide detail about what impact the current situation will have on our open water swimming venue, so we will have to let you know nearer the time. Hopefully we will still be able to provide access to the river over the summer. The BTF have veto'd any club training until the 30th April, so all we can do right now is hope.

Informal group/social training

Please do not put yourself or others at risk. We recommend you follow the Government guidelines as they emerge.

If you are in close contact with elderly or those you know who are at increased risk from covid-19, consider carefully whether club/social training is appropriate for you in the short term.

Getting and staying race ready

We are also considering how we can offer virtual training sessions, either through a session plan for you to follow at home or something a little more interactive to help you stay motivated. If you  have any expertise in this area please get in touch to help us all make the best of this situation. If you are kept isolated at home, it would be a great opportunity catch up on all that core work we need but neglect.

Any questions about the above or ideas on how we can help you stay motivated please get in touch.

Best wishes


KLTC Training Coordinator.

KLTC and the Blustery day

Sunday 15th 2020

Kings Lynn triathlon club are proud to announce they have been awarded the bronze Trimark accreditation which enables them to have an official junior section. The accreditation outlines that the club confirms it is a community club with a management committee, has a constitution, an active activity programme and a welfare officer. Junior coaches are DBS checked and the right safeguarding protocols and measures are in place to ensure the club is a safe place for young triathletes to enjoy the sport.



Photo: Thomas Elsdon, Vice chairman Ian Kidman, Lola Kidman, Sam Doughty, Jnr representative Sharon Elsdon

Two of the clubs newest members battled against the strong winds on Sunday to take part in their 1st Duathlon. The Ely course consisted of a 5km run, 25km cycle and a 5km run to finish. Dan Clarkson finished 27th overall and 5th in his age division in an awesome time of 1hour 46 mins. Julie Barrow was the 11th female to cross the finish line and 3rd in her age group, finishing in a superb time of 2hrs 4min.


dan clarkson

Meanwhile, two club members headed over to long Sutton to run the very flat, wet and windy race organised by Sublime racing.
After many months of inactivity due to ongoing joint problems, Jemma Redhead set about to complete the half marathon. She amazed herself by finishing in 2hours 21mins. She admitted that she considered pulling out of the race at the 9 mile mark but two fellow runners encouraged her to stick with them. This comradery gave her the mental strength needed to finish the race, and in a time quicker than she had hoped for!

Stefan Sprawling grappled with the unrelenting head wind in this, his second ever 10km race. He was really happy with his finishing time of 1hr 21. Sprawling is in training for his biggest running challenge to date. In June, he will be running a half marathon as part of a relay team in the Holkham half triathlon.


(photo - Dan Clarkson)

Winter is over!

At last!!! Members of the Kings Lynn triathlon club have come out of hibernation and scooped up some impressive medals!

Sunday 8th saw the last of the Shouldham Warren grand prix series. Simon Hardy flew round the 6.5km course in 26.46 and came 2nd in his age group. Darren Elsdon, the only other KLTC adult competitor finished in 30.54, coming  4th in his category.

Unfortunately, due to injury, Debbie James was unable to race but was thrilled to receive a medal for coming 3rd in the series overall!

Junior competitor Lola Kidman once again showed us what her hard work and dedication can achieve. She came 4th on the day in the U11 age group and 3rd overall in the series. Thomas Elsdon performed brilliantly coming 8th in the U9 age group, only a day after he took part in the local swimming Gala , winning silver in the 200m breastroke and three PBs!

Over in Thetford, 570 runners took part in the muddy Trail half marathon, Tim Eyles crossed the line in an epic time of 1.48.57 placing him 100th overall and 9th in his age group.



Juliette Meek did herself proud by completing her 9th full marathon! She blitzed her way round the Marriotts way course in 4hr 18min, coming 1st in her age division and 2nd female overall.


Six members took part in the Cambridge half marathon, first to finish was Mark Doughty (Ryston runners) in 1.43.01, very closely followed by Ashish Rastogi (KL comminuty runners) 1.45.09, 3rd triathlete over the line was John Sayer in 2.0.44, earning himself a pb by 10 minutes! Marie Doughty (Dunerunners) 2.13.42 was next to finish closely followed by Steven Pentland (Run DMC) 2.17.01 and Vicky Dunthorne 3.06.28


Steven Bowdery completed the 'Burghley 7' in an awesome time of 56 minutes.When interviewed about his race experience, Bowdery stated 'it went well'. We had to cut his interview short as he does tend to go on a bit and there was a danger of him using four words! 

Bowdery is an awe inspiring athlete and this is the 1st of eight events he is competing in this year, in order to raise money again for a local charity close to his heart.

Steven’s daughter has learning difficulties and as such, finds it difficult to socialise. She attends an amazing local club run by a group of tireless individuals who create a safe environment for people like his daughter, to make friends and enjoy the benefits of socialising with others.

Steven will also be racing in the GEAR 10km, one full Ironman, 3 half ironmans, a full marathon and a half marathon! Please help him reach his target of £500 by donating to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/steven-bowdery-2

Finally, congratulations to the club’s other junior members, Alice Page, Esmie Kidman and Sophie Doig for winning medals at the swimming gala on Saturday.