There was only the one race at weekend for members of King’s Lynn Triathlon Club, the Victory SuperSprint Triathlon in North Walsham. Six members of KLTC competed in the 300m pool swim, scenic 17km bike and 3km run, coming away with another age group 1st and 2nd. Jemma Redhead was the first of the club to finish in 58min40s (AG2), averaging just under 20mph on the bike and posting the fastest female bike split of the day, but more importantly beat David Hickes who finished in 59min16s, 5mins faster than last year. Maureen Wolf tried hard on the bike to avoid being caught by Jemma, and in doing so almost went sub 1hr and earned herself an age group win (1hr0min41s). Paul Dunthorne finish with a strong run in 1hr05min, followed by Stephen and Alison Pentland in 1hr16min and 1hr19min respectively. Steffan Sprawling completed his first ever tri in 1hr28min, accompanied on the run by Jemma for whom one race per weekend is not enough. Victoria Dunthorne had a mechanical on the bike, but managed to fix it and still finished in 1hr31min, albeit a little more oily than when she started. For anyone interested in triathlon, or for local training sessions, details can be found on the club’s website www.kltri.co.uk
It was another bumper weekend of fun for King’s Lynn Triathlon club, with the majority of the club either racing or supporting. The Outlaw Holkham Half was back for its 3rd year running, supported by the club who run the main aid station. Several members were racing the 1.2mile swim, 56mile bike and 13.1mile run solo,and in relay teams . First to finish for the club was team KLTC with Alice Page swimming (40min21), Simon Hardy Biking (2hrs51) and then stepping in to run his first half marathon for a long time due to their runner being ill. Despite a lack or run training, he completed the half marathon in 2hrs and their total time was 5hrs36min44s. First to finish solo was Andy Wright with one of the fastest swim times of the day, finishing in 5hrs41 (30min41/2hrs55/2hrs10). Mark Doughty was next with 5hrs53 (50min32/3hrs03/1hr53), followed by David Hicks in 6hrs21 (39min11/3hrs08/2hrs28), Juliette Meek in 6hrs39 (46min54/3hrs25/2hrs20), Michael Cooper in 6hrs59 (49min43/3hrs29/2hrs34) and Jemma Redhead in 7hrs01 (44min20/3hrs14/2hrs57).
Also racing were Dan Guppy, Maureen Wolfe, Andre Delgado and John Sayer at Whitlingham Country park, with an age group win for both Wolfe in the sprint (750m/18km/5km) race with a time of 1hr36min and Guppy in the standard (1.5km/38km/10km) race in 2hrs14min. Delgado and Sayer also competed in the standard distance, finishing in 2hrs30 and 2hrs56 respectively.
Over in Wales it was Long Course Weekend, a multisport smorgasbord of 20 races. Jenna Gotts, Steven Bowdery and Arthur Sargent used it to prepare for Ironman Wales in Sept and were Joined by Chris Playford and Jess Cunnigham for a Friday Sea Swim, Saturday Bike and a Sunday Run. Cunningham opted for the 1.2mile swim and 40mile bike but the others all completed the full distance 2.4mile swim, 112mile bike and marathon run. Total times were 12hrs55min (Playford), 13hrs23min (Bowdery), 14hrs34 (Sargeant) and 15hrs46 (Gotts).
Earlier in the week, Matthew Allen racing for GBR in Transilvania in the European duathlon AG championships. Like the weather, Allen stormed the race and finished 3rd in his age group and 11th overall with team GBR taking a clean sweep of the 40-44 medals. He finished the initial 10km run in 34min51s, followed by the 40km bike in 1hr02 and ran the final 5km in 17min32s to finish in a total time of 1hr57min.
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.