King’s Lynn Triathlon Club were out in force again over the weekend.
Matthew Allan was competing for teamGB in his second World Duathlon Championships, this year in Pontevedra , Spain. It was a twisty, technical and hilly course in scorching heat, making the initial 10km run and 40km particularly tough but was able to run himself in to 15th for his AG over the final 5km run, 3rd GB athlete and qualified for next year’s world champs. His finish time was 2hrs07 (34min58/1hr10/19min40).
Slightly closer to home and with very different weather to contend with, eight members were racing in Great Yarmouth at the East Coast Super Sprint triathlon with support from coach Jess. The 250m pool swim, 16km bike and 3km run signalled the start of the triathlon season, and first home for the club was Arthur Seargent in 54min07s (3rd AG), followed by Jemma Redhead in 57min38 who won her age group thanks to the fastest bike split within the club. David Hicks was next home in 58min15, just ahead of Debbie James finishing her first Tri in 58min55 (3rd AG) and Andre Delgado in 59min12. Emma Cuthell was the club’s fastest runner and came 4th in her AG with 1hr01. Philip Yates finished his first Tri in 1hr06, just ahead of Alice Page who competed in her first senior event and won her 15-16 age group in 1hr07, also taking the crown for the fastest swimmer from the club. Jenna Gotts was in action at the weekend too, opening her race season with a cheeky little sprint tri in Lincoln. She completed the 400m pool swim in 10min5, the 23km bike in 47min32 and the final 5km in 29min16, giving her a finish time of 1hr31min.
For those not racing, there was a club duathlon/brick training session around Sandringham to keep them amused. It was a magnificent start to the season for the club, with lots more fun to come with the Club’s own event in Hunstanton on the 19th May.
April has been an interesting month with hot weather followed closely with the standard wind and rain!!. It also saw members completing Duathlons and the frist Triathlons of the season. Not to mention cracking on with some quality training....all thanks to Jess Cunningham.
Massive congratulations have to go to Matty Allen who competed at both the interservice duathlon and the world duathlon championships in Spain!! A great result saw him come home in a little over 2 hours with a 15th place for his age group and a 3rd place GB athlete. Not bad considering it was the world championships and he has now pre-qualified for next years championship in Holland. Amazing!!
The club saw a great turn out at the East Coast Triathlon weekend. Despite the very windy conditions Alice Page and Jemma Red both managed 1st place positions in their Age Groups. Considering that this was the first ever official triathlon for Alice I foresee great things for this junior member.
Arthur Sargent had a great outing coming 3rd in his age group only one minute behind the group winner. An unlucky red light meant he had to stop and this cost him....damn highway code!!
Andre Delgado, Philip Yates, Debbie James and David Hicks all enjoyed their first dip into the world of triathlon with excellent results.
Jenna Gotts perfomed well in Lincoln as the only representative of the club at the Lincoln Sprint Triathlon.
Great job all.
As the Tri season is now well underway there will be plenty more opportunities for age group places, podiums and PBs. Onwards and upwards for the club.
So what does May hold for KLTC?
Yes its that time of year!!! Open Water Swimming returns....yeah!! dust off the wetsuits, find the polerised goggles, fix the leak on the chill swim and buy new lube!! The first session will be taking place on the 4th and ever Saturday after at the Ouse Amatuer Sailing Club, Saddlebow, 08:30 to 09:30. Water temperature will be ......lovely. Be great to see you there.
The next big news is the Sunny Hunny Triathlon that the club have organised in partnership with BCKLWN and Alive liesure. The event is now 95% full (at time of writing) and will be taking place 19th May. If you can help out in a volunteer role please let us know via Facebook.
The club would not be a club with out the fantastic support of all our members and members families. Keep up the good work, train safe and let us know how you get on at your races.
Members of King’s Lynn Triathlon Club have been continuing to making their presence felt on the duathlon circuit this year and Geraldine Jordan and Matty Allen were both in action in Peterborough last weekend. They ran 6.4km, cycled 29km and finished with a 4km run to both win their age groups and finish 3rd Female and Male overall. Allen completed in 1hr28min (22min29/50min08/13min52) and Jordan in 1hr53, still comfortably beating her brother Paul who also won his age group.
Stefan Sprawling took part in his first multisport race over in DIss, finishing the windy 5km/30km/5km duathlon in a time of 3hrs02min. Also new to duathlon, Warren King raced a standard distance duathlon the previous weekend at Clumber Park. He completed the scenic ITU qualifier 10km/40km/5km race in a superb 2hrs27min (41min16/1hr21/20min31). If you are curious about triathlon, the club are organising a new pool-swim event in Hunstanton on the 19th May. Information and entry is available at www.kltri.co.uk.
With the Open Water Swimming season quickly approaching I want to take the opportunity to remind you all of the importance of making sure you are insured.
When training as a member of KLTC at any of our official club sessions you are covered under the affiliated club insurance with BTF. This covers you even if you are not a BTF member.
However the affiliated insurance does not cover you for racing or individual training outside of official sessions. It is important that when racing you ensure that you purchase a day licence. This normally costs £5 and to be honest, if it is an official BTF race then this is mandatory. It is also just as important to ensure you are covered if you attend a none KLTC training session. For example swimming at a none KLTC OWS session or even running/ cycling on your own.
Dont just assume that the organisers have suitable insurance. What exactly are you paying for? Is there sufficient safety cover in place? This is why KLTC charge an additional £2 for non-members at our OWS & pool sessions to in effect allow people to join the club for the session.
The only way to ensure you are sufficiently insured, no matter where you train or who you train with, is to join the BTF as a member. As of the 4th March 2019 there are new catagories of membership available. For more information go to www.britishtriathloninsurance.co.uk/members.