Members of the Kings Lynn Triathlon club took part in the Rotary club’s Swimathon, which was held at St James pool on Saturday. The sixteen volunteer fundraisers were split into three teams. The junior team comprised of Thomas Elsdon, Lola Kidman, Sam Doughty, Tom and Olivia Doig and Samuel Liddel. Their challenge was to work as a relay team to swim as many lengths as possible within the hour, hopefully beating the 2 adult teams! They impressively racked up 165 lengths between them! Sharon and Darren Elsdon, Alice Page, Andre Delgado and Connie Page were determined not to let the juniors beat them. Giving it their all, they swam 180 lengths. Jess Cunningham, Phillip Ian, Chris Playford, Sohie Doig and Alistair Doig rose to the challenge that day as their team swam an impressive 187 lengths!
Well, it is almost that time of year. Many have spent the last couple of months getting themselves ready for the big day, while most have left it to the last minute to get in to gear – yes, it is time to actually start training for those early-summer long-distance events. Oh, and there is Christmas too.
I would like to thank everyone for supporting KLTC over the last year, and for the time put in by our committee, events subcommittee and coaches to make it such a success. However, if you thought 2019 was fun then hold on to your hats because there are some really exciting plans for next season, and don’t forget that everyone’s 2019 subscriptions expire on the 31st Dec (if they haven’t renewed already). The website will (hopefully) be sending reminders out the day before, and if you are lucky only once instead of every 20mins, but you can renew before then and get a free swim and turbo session.
The website is going to get a bit of an update under the bonnet over the holidays, and with a bit of luck nobody will notice, however it may take a little longer to get our free junior membership signup for members working properly in time for us to fully launch our Junior section in March.
Just in case I don’t see you at Mo’s Christmas eve run at Sandringham, or I still haven’t fixed my bike in time for Jess’ Brick session on the 29th, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I have the feeling 2020 is going to be a humdinger!
Alistair KLTC Chair
p.s Jess has asked me to also remind you of some winter training updates, especially the new Fri evening swim session at the CITB.
The George Munday 10km race in Wisbech commenced at 1103 after all runners and race marshals observed two minutes silence as part of Remembrance day to honour all those who have lost their lives in conflict. Paul Dunthorne was the first of the KLTC to cross the finish line obtaining a new course record of 45.02. Maureen Wolfe was next with 50.27 followed by Jemma Redhead who racked up another PB by finishing in 54.26. David Hicks finished in 57.16 and joined his club mates to cheer on Victoria Dunthorne who also earned herself a course record of 1.18.07
Meanwhile, in Shouldham Warren, club members had an incredible race with many medals won in the 2nd of the Ryston Runners cross country grand prix. The youngest of the club to finish was Thomas Elsdon who came 3rd (U9) in the 800 meter race in 3.06. Lola Kidman was 1st girl (U11) to finish the 2km course in an awe-inspiring 8.16. In the seniors 9km race, new member Warren King continues to excel, coming 17th overall in an astounding time of 33.53. Simon Hardy Came 3rd in his age group in 35.33, followed by Neil Gayton in 36.30 whom narrowly pipped Alistair Doig (36.31) to the post. Ian Todd finished in 37.10 followed by Ian Kidman in 37.54. First of the KLTC ladies’ to cross the line was Debbie James in 39.12 earning her 2nd place in her age group. Ashish Rastogi finished in 39.53 closely followed by Mark Doughty 40.30. Geraldine Jordan (41.13) and Pauline Sparrow (49.37) also earned medals for coming 2nd in their age groups. Next home was Darren Elsdon in 50.39 and Stefan Sprawling in 1.05.05.
Saturday afternoon the club held their AGM and awards ceremony. Around 30 members attended and voted for their new committee members and gave a massive round of applause and praise to the following members for winning awards for their achievements. Victoria Dunthorne was awarded a trophy for her enthusiasm in this, her 1st season. She has been an inspiration to her club mates and very much loved by all. Arthur Sargeant was given a trophy for conquering Ironman Wales in a fantastic time, his dedication to training and his very emotional post race video which brought many viewers to tears. Maureen Wolfe was recognised for her many age-group victories and general all round excellence. Debbie James was recognised for all of her hard work and dedication to her training and coming in the top three of her age group in many events. Warren King, also in his 1st season won an award for his outstanding effort and performance in triathlon. Matt Allen has had a triumphant year of racing both home and abroad, age group wins and being a fantastic, inspirational athlete. For overall success in races and excellence in performance, awards went to Geraldine Jordan (senior female) and Dan Guppy (senior male). Junior Members were awarded certificates to commemorate all their accomplishments. Congratulations to Lola Kidman, Tom Doig, Thomas Elsdon, Owen Cooper, Olivia Doig, Sam Doughty, Esmie Kidman, Sophie Doig, Alice Page and Sam Rose.
The club is proud to announce that Mark Doughty recently passed his ‘level 1 triathlon coach’ assessment. He stated that he is now looking forward to putting it all into practice especially supporting the junior members.
Sunday 3rd November Debbie James (lover of all courses that are wet, sodden and filthy) once again did her club proud by coming 3rd in her age group on Sunday’s cross country race at Houghton Hall. The five mile course consisted of three laps of wet, muddy, churned up ground, cattle grids, steps, bomb holes, cow pat corner and something called ‘the pit’!
Junior members Esmie and Lola Kidman also excelled in the boggy conditions and came away with medals coming 3rd and 2nd in their age categories. Other club members to complete the course were Steven Bowdery, Ian Kidman, Anna Seaman and Stefan Sprawling.
Meanwhile, over in the states, Jenna Gotts ran the New York Marathon in a fantastic time of 5.29.55. Gotts stated '...I was on for finishing in 4hr 50min but I developed stomach issues at mile 19'. Earlier in the week, Maureen Wolfe enjoyed the sun and scenery of Mallorca whilst running a 10km race in 47.36. She was 4th lady to cross the line and 22nd overall.
Sunday saw the start of the clubs winter training programme. Eight members headed over to Sandringham for the 1st session of the new monthly hill training. They were given advice and techniques on how to tackle running up and down hills before being put through their paces.