Kings Lynn Triathlon club had another superb weekend of racing and bagging that all important bling!
Sunday saw the last of the Coltishall Jaguars 10km series in Norfolk. This was a hot, unsheltered course that saw six club members perform superbly in stifling conditions.
First from the club to cross the line was Ian Kidman (47.02), proving that the sweltering heat was no match for such an elite athlete. He was almost caught up by one of the clubs newest members, Paul Dunthorne (47.41). Darren Elsdon was next home (56.05), secretly wishing he could swap places with his young son and run the 2km race instead! Not far behind came Stephen Pentland (1.05.11), chased down by his wife Alison Pentland (1.10.30) and pal Vicky Dunthorne (1.23.53). Vicky ran this series in memory of her granddad who was serving in the RAF during the war. Each medal from the three races symbolises the Battle of Britain. Dunthorne will hang her race medals with pride.
In the meantime two junior members Lola Kidman and Thomas Elsdon were taking part in the ‘Jolly Jaguars’ 2km Junior race. Thomas Elsdon finished 12th in a time of 8min 21sec. Hot on his heels was Lola Kidman who was the 6th girl to cross the line and finished 15th overall in 8mins 25 seconds.
Over in Sandringham, Spritely Debbie James was the only club member to run the Sandringham XC 10km race. She put in an outstanding effort, crossing the line in 48.26, earning her 28th place and once again proving that running is her forte.
Two members raced in Thoresby Park in Nottinghamshire which was the venue for the ‘Outlaw X’ triathlon. Warren King and Dave Neale completed the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run in outstanding times.
King is new to triathlon, this being his 1st season. He had no plans to take on a middle distance triathlon yet but stated ‘I just thought I would give it a go’. He crossed the line in an amazingly fast 5.39.20. Dave Neale shortly followed and crossed the line in six hours and 7 seconds earning him 6th place in his age category.
Over in London, the heat didn’t bother Maureen Wolfe or Kevin Cross as they were taking part in the two mile ‘swim serpentine’ event. Wolfe stated that this was her biggest challenge to date as swimming doesn’t come naturally to her. She decided to enter the event after suffering many running injuries last year. She completed the swim in 1.19.16. Meanwhile, despite going a little off course and for some reason known only to him, Cross swam straight into a boat! This didn’t dent his pride or finish time too much and completed the swim in 1hr 7 mins.
Last but not Least, Jenna Gotts undertook the 36km challenge in Disneyland Paris. This consisted of running 5km on Friday, 10km on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. She completed the half marathon in 2hours 10mins, earning herself 5 medals, 5 finisher T-shirts and many selfies with Disney characters!