King’s Lynn Triathlon Club’s local heroes Jamie Sparrow and Dan Guppy were on top form at one of the area’s sporting highlights, the Norfolk Superhero Quadrathlon.
Involving a 1mile swim from Gun Hill to the quay at Burnham Overy Staithe, a 4mile kayak through the creeks, a 45mile cycle around North Norfolk followed by a little 8mile offroad run involving beaches, marsh and more water, The “Flying Fish” team finished the swim just out of the top 10 but improved to 5th place by the end of the ride. Despite sparrow having nasty road rash from coming in to T3 in a dramatic fashion, the dynamic duo posted the fastest run of the day to finish first overall and win the coveted Lord Nelson Cup in a total time of 4hrs25min19s (20min51/50min01/2hrs05/1hr05).
Meanwhile over at Rutland Water, Chris Playford decided to take part in the Dambuster triathlon but avoid the 10km run, otherwise his 1.5km swim in 26min and 21mph average on the bike over 42km would have seen him in the top rankings for his AG.
Jemma Redhead and David Hicks were also mixing things up a bit in Bedford’s Box End park by racing a 10km solo SwimRun. Involving a series of alternating runs (6) and swims (5) with as much buoyancy and swim aids you can strap on and still run with to counteract swimming with shoes, SwimRun is a sport that continues to grow in popularity year on year. It was the first event for both and Redhead was the first of the pair to finish in a time of 1hr49, but Hicks crossed the line shortly after in 1hr53. Jemma admitted afterwards that she enjoyed it way more than she thought she would.
The club are looking forward to hosting their first Aquathlon of the season on Sat 29 June, as part of their weekly open water swim training session. Details can be found online at www.kltri.co.uk or their facebook page.
One of the appeals of triathlon is the variety of races, and members of King’s Lynn Triathlon Club really took advantage of that at the weekend.
Andy Wright was racing in Staffordshire in the Ironman 70.3, a 1.2-mile swim in Chasewater reservoir, 56-mile bike across the Cannock Chase AONB then a 13.1-mile run around Stafford Town Centre. He completed the middle distance event in an impressing 6hr15min (32min16/3hrs01/2hrs31).
Over the other side of the pond, Geraldine Jordan was in San Francisco, having qualified for a slot in one of the most iconic races on the planet, the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon. One of 2000 triathletes, she plunged in to the cold water from a boat off Alcatraz Island and had to navigate strong currents during her 1.5mile (that ended up 2miles) swim to Marina Green Beach where she had a “warm up” run to transition before heading out on a twisty and hilly 18mile bike then an brutal 8mile run past the Golden Gate bridge with deep sand and the dreaded Equinox Sand Ladder, 400 steps of fun up a cliff. She finished 10th in her AG with 3hrs22min (43min15/1hr10/1hr17). Fortunately for Jordan, Sharks of any significant size do not generally come into the Bay but she was being hunted down by her brother Paul who was also racing and matched her pace on the swim but finished in 3hrs52min.
The juniors were also in action in two locations. Andrea Campbell took part in the Norwich Junior Triathlon and finished 3rd girl in the Tristar3 category, only 40secs behind 1st place. Esmie and Lola Kidman were both racing in Sudbury, with Esmie finishing 2nd TriStar3 girl and Lola 3rd TriStar1 girl.
Dan Guppy, Dave Neale and Mark Doughty(Ryston) stayed local for the Marham Flyers Duathlon, a 20km (2lap) cycle round the perimeter of the base followed by another lap on foot. Guppy won the race again with a 2min improvement over last year in 1hr8min. Doughty finished a few seconds ahead of Neale in 6th and 7th place respectively. Two junior members took part in the 10km race under different clubs, with Thomas Elsdon finishing 31st overall in 50min50 and Sam Doughty in 61min18. Anna Seaman finished 21st overall in 47min37.
With the triathlon season now in full swing, members of King’s Lynn Triathlon Club were once again out in force over the weekend.
Debbie James raced her first open-water event at Blenheim Palace on Sat, a 750m OWS in the lake, 20km undulating bike then 5.4km run around the Queen’s pool with the transition in the palace’s courtyard. It is one of the largest sprint triathlon in the country and this year attracted almost 4000 entrants. Her training and hard work showed, finishing 8th in her AG and 86th woman overall in a time of 1hr34min (17min25/42min/27min15). Afterwards, she said she absolutely loved the open water over the pool swim and even managed to not get lost on the bike. She was raising funds for Bloodwise, and donations are still being taken at www.justgiving.com/Debbie-james10.
Sunday saw 9 members racing at Tallington Lakes. Anna Seaman opted for the Aquathlon, a 1.5km swim followed by a 10km run and finished 2nd in her age group with a time of 1hr27 (33min31/50min51). For everyone else, it was the Olympic triathlon that beckoned and the distances involved were the same as the Aquathlon, but with the added fun of a 48Km bike ride between the swim and the run. Despite adding and extra 4km to his bike, Jamie Sparrow was first home for the club in a time of 2hrs36 (25min11/1hr22/45min) and earned himself an AG win, 7th overall and the fastest T1 of the event. The next four members to cross the line were either chasing each other down, or trying not to get caught. Chris Playford held the lead to come home 3rd in his AG with a 2hr49:39 (26min09, 1hr26, 54min) after being chased on the run by Steve Bowdery who finished in 02hrs49:58 (30min42/ 1hr28, 47min), who in turn tried very hard not to get caught by Neil Gayton in 02hrs50:39 (30min32, 1hr32, 45min), who himself just out ran Adrian Ebbs who came 1st in his AG with a time of 02hrs50:59 (33min12, 01hr29, 45min). Only 80secs separated all four at the finish. Dave Hicks produced a brilliant 03hrs15 (31min48/1hr37/1hr02), closely followed by Jemma Redhead who posted the 3rd fasted womens’ bike split and picked up 3rd in her AG in 03hrs18 (35min43/1hr33/ 1hr06). Jenna Gotts rounded off the results with a finish time of 3hrs38 (36min46/1hr43/1hr03).
The club also held their first open water swimming taster session of the year at the weekend. They swim every Sat morning at the Ouse Sailing Club and run special sessions for both adults and juniors new to OWS throughout the summer. If you think you might be interested, details can be found on their website at www.kltri.co.uk and their next adult taster session will be in July.
It was an early rise for Kings Lynn Triathlon Club on Sunday with some members having the unenviable task of trying to get their teenagers out of bed before the sun had even popped its first rays over the horizon!!
Why get up at such a time on a Sunday morning you may ask when only one member of the club was actually racing. Were we engaging in some crazy training schedule that required our family members to tag along? Were we all heading to the river for some extremely cold open water swimming? Although some members would probably relish in the thought the answer is no. We were all heading to Hunstanton to coordinate and marshal the first Sunny Hunny Triathlon and what an amazing event it turned out to be.
Members of KLTC in partnership with members of the Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk and Alive Oasis Hunstanton had been meeting regularly over the last few months to organise a triathlon after Mr Roger Partridge, BCKLWM offered funding to help promote the gardens at Hunstanton. The race consisted of a 200 meter swim, an 18km bike ride around town followed by a 3.2Km run through the gardens finishing on the green. Within only a month of advertising the event we were 50% full and with only 2 weeks to go we hit our full complement of competitors. That meant that we had 100 people willing to come along to Hunstanton to either add another Triathlon to their belt or to have a go for the first time.
Triathlon can sometimes been seen as a sport where you need to be supremely fit, able to swim like a fish, ride a bike like Bradley Wiggins and run like Mo Farrar… this is not the case. The Sunny Hunny Triathlon was aimed at encouraging people into the sport whilst showing off the beautiful surroundings that Hunstanton has to offer and from the many different types of bike that began to fill transition in the morning it was obvious that the message was well received. One gent had actually not seen his bike for 5 years and had spent the previous evening trying to straighten his warped back wheel after digging it out of his shed! He succeeded as the bike passed the pre-race checks and was allowed into transition. It’s a good job we had a pro bike mechanic on hand in the shape of Stefan from Richardsons Cycles Kings Lynn.
With the race brief out of the way all competitors made their way into Alive Oasis for the start of the swim. Some were nervous, some were excited and some even questioned why?? But by then it was too late. Everyone completed the swim with most competitors beating their estimated time…. probably fuelled with a bit of adrenalin. From there it was onto the bike to head out to complete 3 laps of the town. Yes that meant 3 times up the hill and back down but no one said it would be easy. Add into the mix the local car boot sale and it made for an interesting bike ride. Fortunately everyone made it safely round and not a single puncture in site.
Next it was run time. The competitors were instructed to run along the promenade as far as they could go and then head up the cliff. Yes we allowed them to use the path as we thought that making people climb like Stallone in Cliff Hanger would have been a tad unfair. None the less the path was steep enough to add a bit of a tingle to already tired legs.
As the competitors made their way back to the green they were greeted by family and friends cheering them home and they were all rewarded with a very nice bespoke medal plus half a banana, a jaffa cake, some crisps and a drink of water …. Because we are a nice club and figured they would have earnt it by then.
Mrs V Dunthorne - The happiest competitor of the day
So after months of planning and a fair few meetings the event was a great success. The feedback has been amazing and there are numerous people to thank, namely;
The Mayor and Mayoress of KL&WN, Cllr Geoff Hipperson and Mrs Rose Hipperson
The Mayor of Hunstanton, Cllr Amanda Bosworth
Mr Roger Partridge, Mr Dave Morton, Mr Chris Durham & Mr Nathan Parrin, BCKLWN
Mr Dave Cleland and staff at Alive Oasis Hunstanton
Members, family & friends of Kings Lynn Triathlon Club
Members of Kings Lynn Cycling Club
Ryston Runners for the loan of the finish gantry
The Hunstanton Scout group
And most of all every single competitor for showing up and having a go.
Winners on the day were;
1st place – Caroline Woods
2nd place – Della Brown
3rd place – Rebecca Harris
1st place – Ben Smith
2nd place – Phil Hurr
3rd place – Jonathon Summers
1st female Junior – Alice Page
1st male junior – Callum Stedman
Kingy does well in Nottingham
In other news KLTC member Warren King competed in the Nottingham Sprint Triathlon on Saturday putting in a great performance. Following his first ever open water swim he produced an excellent time of 01:22:27.