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.
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.