Nineteen members of the Kings Lynn triathlon club competed in the first of the Ryston runners cross-country grand prix held in Shouldham Warren. The torrential rain was no deterrent for these lovers of deep puddles, mud and soggy sand as eight of them came away with medals!
Three of the club’s under 11’s were the 1st to race. Lola Kidman completed the 2km distance in 8.51 and won 2nd place in her category. Thomas Elsdon was 7th boy in a time of 9.07 closely followed by Tom Doig (11th) in 9.40. In the 3km (under 13s) race, Esmie Kidman came 4th with an amazing time of 13.33 and Sophie Doig (under 15’s) achieved 2nd place with a time of 13.52.
The adults had a more adventurous time, with three of its members taking a tumble on the 5km course! Alistair Doig was the first of the tri club to cross the line in 19.33, closely followed by Simon Hardy in 19.42 who lost valuable time by tripping over a protruding tree root. Despite losing his footing, Hardy still won 2nd place in his age category. Ian Kidman put in his usual sterling performance and came 4th in his category in a time of 20.53, followed by Ian Todd whose time of 21.31 placed him 3rd in his age category. Two members jockeyed for position and gave it their all to beat one another; Steve Bowdery (who recently completed the Welsh Ironman) was struggling to catch Debbie James on the home stretch, which was until James fell over! Bowdery took advantage of her downfall and finished in 22.40. James, quick to bounce back, completed the race in 22.41 and came 3rd in her category. Anna Seaman claimed 1st place in her age category with her awesome time of 23.22. Karen Wood came next in 24.43 which gained her a medal for coming 2nd in her age group. Maureen Wolfe then succeeded in coming 2nd in the 60+ age group in 25.50. Meanwhile, after running just 2km, Jemma Redhead was the 3rd member to hit the dirt, tripping over nothing and falling awkwardly on her ankle. Emma Thompson took advantage and finished in a great time of 26.22 just in front of a muddy Jemma Redhead (26.26). Another Sprint battle was had between team mates David Hicks and Darren Elsdon. Hicks pipped Elsdon to the post, finishing in 27.29 and 27.30 respectively. Last but certainly not least, was the clubs newest member, Stefan Sprawling who finished in 38.17.
Slightly further afield, Ashish Rastogi completed the Cardiff half Marathon in 1.45.28 whilst Paul & Vicky Dunthorne and Stephen & Alison Pentland enjoyed some open water swimming in the Norfolk Lakes.
Kings Lynn Triathlon club had another superb weekend of racing and bagging that all important bling!
Sunday saw the last of the Coltishall Jaguars 10km series in Norfolk. This was a hot, unsheltered course that saw six club members perform superbly in stifling conditions.
First from the club to cross the line was Ian Kidman (47.02), proving that the sweltering heat was no match for such an elite athlete. He was almost caught up by one of the clubs newest members, Paul Dunthorne (47.41). Darren Elsdon was next home (56.05), secretly wishing he could swap places with his young son and run the 2km race instead! Not far behind came Stephen Pentland (1.05.11), chased down by his wife Alison Pentland (1.10.30) and pal Vicky Dunthorne (1.23.53). Vicky ran this series in memory of her granddad who was serving in the RAF during the war. Each medal from the three races symbolises the Battle of Britain. Dunthorne will hang her race medals with pride.
In the meantime two junior members Lola Kidman and Thomas Elsdon were taking part in the ‘Jolly Jaguars’ 2km Junior race. Thomas Elsdon finished 12th in a time of 8min 21sec. Hot on his heels was Lola Kidman who was the 6th girl to cross the line and finished 15th overall in 8mins 25 seconds.
Over in Sandringham, Spritely Debbie James was the only club member to run the Sandringham XC 10km race. She put in an outstanding effort, crossing the line in 48.26, earning her 28th place and once again proving that running is her forte.
Two members raced in Thoresby Park in Nottinghamshire which was the venue for the ‘Outlaw X’ triathlon. Warren King and Dave Neale completed the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run in outstanding times.
King is new to triathlon, this being his 1st season. He had no plans to take on a middle distance triathlon yet but stated ‘I just thought I would give it a go’. He crossed the line in an amazingly fast 5.39.20. Dave Neale shortly followed and crossed the line in six hours and 7 seconds earning him 6th place in his age category.
Over in London, the heat didn’t bother Maureen Wolfe or Kevin Cross as they were taking part in the two mile ‘swim serpentine’ event. Wolfe stated that this was her biggest challenge to date as swimming doesn’t come naturally to her. She decided to enter the event after suffering many running injuries last year. She completed the swim in 1.19.16. Meanwhile, despite going a little off course and for some reason known only to him, Cross swam straight into a boat! This didn’t dent his pride or finish time too much and completed the swim in 1hr 7 mins.
Last but not Least, Jenna Gotts undertook the 36km challenge in Disneyland Paris. This consisted of running 5km on Friday, 10km on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. She completed the half marathon in 2hours 10mins, earning herself 5 medals, 5 finisher T-shirts and many selfies with Disney characters!
The Club Committee are pleased to invite you to attend the forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM is an important constitutional gathering of King’s Lynn Triathlon Club’s members to hear about the progress of the Club, recent and on-going developments and the many achievements of the members during the past year. The meeting also provides a forum for members to put forward their ideas for the future of the Club. A minimum of 10% of voting members are required to conduct the AGM.
Voting members may make nominations for the committee to be elected at the AGM. This must be done by sending the nominees name, the post for which they are nominated and the names of both the proposer and seconder to the Committee. This should be received no later than Sat 5th Oct, 2019. Nominations are welcome for all positions. The positions that are open for nominations are:
For your information, the current Treasurer, Welfare Officer, Training coordinator, Social Secretary, Webadmin, Clothing and Membership officers are willing to be nominated for re-election, all other posts are either currently or will become vacant. The election of officers will normally be by a show of hands. The AGM will also consider a range of important club matters as determined by the committee. In addition, if you have any other business that you feel is relevant to the AGM, please note that this should be submitted to the committee in writing, at least seven days before the meeting.
In a break from previous years, the committee have decided to jolly-up the AGM by following it with an end-of-season social and awards at the popular Liquor&Loaded. Full details will be available shortly on our members’ facebook page, and our website at kltri.co.uk/events
The weekend of the 14th and 15th of September 2019 saw members competing in England, Scotland and Wales! On Sunday, fourteen members raced in the popular North Norfolk Triathlon held in Wells. This Olympic distance event consisted of a 1500m swim in the harbour, 40km cycle around the town and a gruelling 10km multi-terrain run down through the woods, along the sand and back to the harbour.
Fastest of the KLTC bunch was Johnny Turnbull, in his 1st ever triathlon he put in both the fastest swim of 24.54 and fastest bike leg of 1.13.26. He flew over the finish line in 2.29.16. Close on his heels was the fastest runner of the club, Warren King. He made running in the soft sand look easy & completed the 10km in 42.03 crossing the finish line in 2.31.08. After a fall on the run and some superficial dents to her pride, Geraldine Jordan was next to cross the line an amazing time of 2.34.59, winning her 1st place in her age category. In her 1st Olympic distance race, Debbie James (AKA Tigger due to her endless supply of positivity & energy) was hot on Jordan’s heels and came in at 2.37.39 earning her 3rd place in her age category. Seasoned triathlete Neil Gayton put in a stirling effort on the run and crossed the line in 2.39.27, very closely followed by Ian Todd at 2.39.42 and Paul Terreros at 2.43.46. Next home was Jemma Redhead who once again was untouchable on the bike leg, completing the undulating 40km course in 1.13.44 making her fastest female overall. She crossed the line in 2.45.58. Juliette Meek was faster than she expected and achieved the fabulous time of 2.52.17. Next Home was David Hicks. Despite not doing as well as he had hoped & stating that the swim didn’t go as planned, he still achieved an Olympic distance PB crossing the line in 2.55.50. John Sayer also put in a cracking run of 58.59, making light work of dodging dogs and toothy toddlers on the beach and crossed the line in 2.57.29. Karen Wood and her massive smile was next over the line in 3.03.21 followed by Maureen Wolfe whose time of 3.16.08 saw her come 2nd in her age category. Team Coach Jess Cunningham is currently unable to run and so completed the swim and bike leg for the sheer hell it!
On Saturday Junior members Lola Kidman and Thomas Elsdon raced in the Lincoln Kids Triathlon. Both completed a 150m swim, 2.4km bike and 1.2km run. The club are so proud to report that Elsdon came 7th out of 52 (swim 4.39 bike 5.47 run 5.16) and Kidman came 14th out of 47 (swim 5.32, bike 7.59, Run 5.16)
Over in Scotland, something possessed Chris Playford to undertake the Coast to coast adventure race. This consisted of kayaking, cycling and running 105 miles. He tackled 40mph head winds and horizontal rain, finally reaching the finish line in about 12 hours. Chris stated that his body is broken and he resembled a drowned rat but feels a massive sense of achievement.
Finally, three courageous club members, Jenna Gotts, Arthur Sargeant and Steven Bowdery faced the dragon and undertook their 1st full Ironman in Tenby Wales. They were faced with a 2.4 mile sea swim, 112 miles cycle, 26.2 mile run and 17 hours to complete it. All three put in countless hours of training over the last few months to take on one or the hardest triathlons.
Bowdery completed this, one of the hardest Ironman events, in 15 hours 8 minutes and 43 seconds in aid of the West Norfolk MENCAP club. This fantastic local charity is very close to his heart and is attended by his daughter, who has complex learning difficulties. He is proud to report that he has raised £400 for the club which is run by tireless individuals who give up their own time to ensure the children have an opportunity to have fun in a safe environment. Steve states ‘to say his daughter has changed is an understatement. She looks forward to attending and has made a great group of friends’ ’
Arthur Sargeant wasn’t too far behind Bowdery, earning his ironman title after a gruelling 15.26.52. Unfortunately, this wasn’t Jenna Gotts’ year. Ironman events are very strict with their various cut-off times throughout the event. After completing 82 miles of the cycle leg, Gotts was pulled from the race for being 2 minutes under the required time. Understandably, Gotts was upset and her club feel totally gutted for her but she is an outstanding athlete who will turn this into a positive and slay the Dragon next year!