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Winter is over!

At last!!! Members of the Kings Lynn triathlon club have come out of hibernation and scooped up some impressive medals!

Sunday 8th saw the last of the Shouldham Warren grand prix series. Simon Hardy flew round the 6.5km course in 26.46 and came 2nd in his age group. Darren Elsdon, the only other KLTC adult competitor finished in 30.54, coming  4th in his category.

Unfortunately, due to injury, Debbie James was unable to race but was thrilled to receive a medal for coming 3rd in the series overall!

Junior competitor Lola Kidman once again showed us what her hard work and dedication can achieve. She came 4th on the day in the U11 age group and 3rd overall in the series. Thomas Elsdon performed brilliantly coming 8th in the U9 age group, only a day after he took part in the local swimming Gala , winning silver in the 200m breastroke and three PBs!

Over in Thetford, 570 runners took part in the muddy Trail half marathon, Tim Eyles crossed the line in an epic time of 1.48.57 placing him 100th overall and 9th in his age group.



Juliette Meek did herself proud by completing her 9th full marathon! She blitzed her way round the Marriotts way course in 4hr 18min, coming 1st in her age division and 2nd female overall.


Six members took part in the Cambridge half marathon, first to finish was Mark Doughty (Ryston runners) in 1.43.01, very closely followed by Ashish Rastogi (KL comminuty runners) 1.45.09, 3rd triathlete over the line was John Sayer in 2.0.44, earning himself a pb by 10 minutes! Marie Doughty (Dunerunners) 2.13.42 was next to finish closely followed by Steven Pentland (Run DMC) 2.17.01 and Vicky Dunthorne 3.06.28


Steven Bowdery completed the 'Burghley 7' in an awesome time of 56 minutes.When interviewed about his race experience, Bowdery stated 'it went well'. We had to cut his interview short as he does tend to go on a bit and there was a danger of him using four words! 

Bowdery is an awe inspiring athlete and this is the 1st of eight events he is competing in this year, in order to raise money again for a local charity close to his heart.

Steven’s daughter has learning difficulties and as such, finds it difficult to socialise. She attends an amazing local club run by a group of tireless individuals who create a safe environment for people like his daughter, to make friends and enjoy the benefits of socialising with others.

Steven will also be racing in the GEAR 10km, one full Ironman, 3 half ironmans, a full marathon and a half marathon! Please help him reach his target of £500 by donating to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/steven-bowdery-2

Finally, congratulations to the club’s other junior members, Alice Page, Esmie Kidman and Sophie Doig for winning medals at the swimming gala on Saturday.


Swimming for charity

8th February 2020

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!

Ho Ho Hold on to your hats

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!

KLTC Chair

Jess has asked me to also remind you of some winter training updates, especially the new Fri evening swim session at the CITB.

Membership renewals are due 😊

Brick Training (Run-Bike-Run)
Sun 29th Dec, 09:00 -11:00 at Wolferton, meet at the entrance to the Dersingham Bog. More details and routes shown on the Website.

Please be mindful that parking is very limited so we would suggest you park at the Sandringham visitors centre and cycle down to Wolferton. Afterwards at Sandringham visitors centre for a cuppa.

Wednesday Morning Swimming and Evening Turbo
Both start back on Wednesday 8th January 2020

Fri Evening Swim Training (New)
10th Jan - 28th Feb. Swim training, Bircham Newton (CITB) swimming pool, 18:00 -19:00

Lane 1 - Back to basics/learn to front crawl.
This is a pure technique session and is ideal for anyone learning to front crawl.

Lane 2 - Drills and skills.
Following the same session as those in lane 1 but for those who can already swim front crawl but want to spend more time perfecting their technique.

Lane 3- Structured Swim (self led) session.
A session plan will be provided and will be either a long swim (CSS) or speed set.

Lane 4- Juniors
More details to follow

A weekend of awards and medals

Sunday 10th November 2019

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

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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.

ryston 9km

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.