It was a weekend of highs and lows for King’s Lynn Triathlon Club. Ian and Esmie Kidman were in the Lake district with Alistair Doig for Helvellyn Tri and its chilly 1.6km swim in Ullswater, epic 64km extended bike around some of the steepest roads in the country and the punishing 10mile run over Helvellyn via a wet and slippy Swirral Edge. Kidman had pre-empted the cold, wet conditions and arranged for his prodigiously tallented 12yr old daughter to do the swim for him, which she dominated by setting the 6th fastest time of the entire field and 2nd fastest female in a time of 20min35. Doig had a decent swim too and crossed the timing mat in 28min37 but withdrew from the race in T1 due to bike problems from a recce a few days before the race. Meanwhile, Kidman was well on his way towards “The Struggle” and its 25% uphill fun, completing the bike in 2hr33 before heading out on the “run” over England’s 3rd highest mountain, which he duly completed in 2hrs35 with a total finish time of 5hrs30. Doig also completed the run, achieving a 20min PB with a time of 1hr59.
Closer to home in St Neots, there were a range of race formats to choose from in part2 of the triathlon series. John Edwards, Alison Pentland and Victoria Dunthorne opted for the sprint distance involving a 750m river swim, 24km bike and 5km run. Edwards was the first of the three to finish in 1hr32 (15min33/49min/23min54), followed by Pentland in 2hrs17 (27min32/1hr10/35min12) and Dunthorne in 2hrs28(32min30/1hr13/36min53). Janey Edwards completed the sprint Aquabike (swim/bike) event in 1hr15min (19min11/53min). Geraldine Jordan was racing the Standard Distance 1500m swim, 45km bike and 10km run and, despite her chain coming off during the bike, still managed to win her age group with a total time of 2hrs51 (30min09/1hr29/48min23). More importantly however, she beat her brother yet again.
Members were also out an about away from the tri scene, with Nigel Banyard completing his first half marathon in 2hrs10 at the Wissey Half, and Jemma Redhead finishing the Bedford Half marathon with a PB time of 2hrs01:31. Adrian Ebbs was up in the Lake District for the annual Conniston end-to-end swim, completing the 5.25miles in 3hrs30mins. There was some fell run fun for juniors too, with Lola Kidman and Olivia Doig coming 1st and 3rd in their AG respectively at the Dufton Show. Alistair Doig raced the adult 8km race and its 460m of climbing in 45mins.
It was fun in the sun in Ely at the weekend for members of King’s Lynn Triathlon club and their friends from West Norfolk Swimming Club, with a sprint Tri for the adults and and aquathlon for juniors.
The sprint tri was a 300m outdoor pool swim, 21km bike and a scorching and surprisingly hilly 5km trail run that challenged even those at the point end of the race. In his first race of the year, was the 1st of the club to finish, in a 1hr09 (6:17/36:09/25:42) followed by the fastest woman on 2 wheels Jemma Redhead in 1hr17 (7:30/37:14/31:00) who picked up extra bling by winning her age group. Paul Dunthorne was next back in 1hr22(7:11/44:27/28:31), just behind friend of the club Jeremy Navrady in 1hr21 (6:31/41:00/31:00) and ahead of Michael Cooper in 1hr33 (7:32/47:30/35:27). Vicky Dunthorne astonished the crowds by finish without chain oil on her face, in a time of 1hr53 (10:27/53:49/46:01) and Steffan Sprawling finished after a challenging swim in 1hr55 (16:09/46:47/47:14). While the big kids were suffering on the run, the junior aquathlon was getting going with just under half the competitors coming from the club and/or friends from WNSC. F or some, this was their first multisport race. The format was a 200m swim, followed by either 800m or 1200m, all depending on age. In the Girls 9-10yr cat, Lola Kidman was fastest in a total time of 7min25, followed by Eloise Collins(7:45) and Lois Burrell (8:23) for which Lola and Eloise came 2nd and 3rd in their AG. Owen cooper came 3rd in the boys 9-10yr with a time of 7min56, followed by Henry Pittock in 8min00. Unfortunately, Tom Doig missed a lap on the run, but was otherwise on for 8min too. The Girls 11-13yr cat was won outright by Esmie Kidman, who had the fastest swim of both the boys and girls, finishing in 7min13, followed by Sophie Doig in 8min23 thanks, in part, to a wardrobe malfunction during the swim. Libby Collins finished in 9min57, Olivia Doig in 10min18 and Constance Page in 13min22. For the boys, Nathan Yeaman also got 1st place with a time of 6min55, almost 30s ahead of the field and fastest T1 of the whole aquathlon. Harry Malton was 4th in 7min26 and Rhy Burrell finished in 8min43. Alice Page was the only 14-15yr from the club and finished 2nd in her cat with a time of 13min18.
Also having fun in the water at the weekend was Alex Gaunt, with a leisurely 25.7km swim across the Wash from Skegness to Hunstanton in 8hr27min, with Alex and Iris Ashman both raising money for East Anglia’s Children’s hospice.
Following a weekend off, King’s Lynn triathlon club were back in action for the Culford Summer Sprint Triathlon, a 300m pool swim, 21km bike around the surrounding countryside and a 4km run in the school grounds. Maureen Wolfe led he clubmates home and won her age group in 1hr12min (7min40s/41min42/19min01), narrowly beating Paul Dunthorne who finished in 1hr13min (7min35/43min48/18min14). Alice Page narrowly missed out an age group 3rd place with her time of 1hr22min (5min31/47min00/26min00), with Vicky Dunthorne completing the line up with a finish time of 1hr39min (10min34/52min41/29min56). Ben Smith was also taking part and won his age group in 57min58s (4min55/34min36/16min14) and Jess Cunningham came out to play too, but is still avoiding running for the time being so only swam and biked. Over at a very choppy Rutland water, Jemma Redhead had a very different race - a simple 4km swim. It was her longest swim to date and the wind and chop only seemed to add to her enjoyment, completing the distance in 1hr47min.
King’s Lynn Triathlon Club were out in force last Sunday at Box End park with 9 teams taking part in the Bedford Relays, including 2 youth teams for the first time. Teams of 3 swam 3x750m, biked 3x23km and ran 3x5km in wet and windy conditions that not only resulted in a few of the club coming off their bikes, but also tested the resolve of the spectators. The club mixed teams up to try and finish together, but some last-minute changes meant the subs had to come out an play, resulting in some wildly differing team times. First to finish were KLTC A ( Alistair Doig, Simon Hardy, Dan Guppy) in 3hrs57, 7th overall and despite a leg injury from a spill on the bike, Guppy ran the event’s fastest 5km with a time of 18min24. Youth team KLTC I ( Sam Rose, Jake Lamas, Callum Steadman) were next back in 4hrs00 and 9th place. Rose had the 2nd fastest swim of the event in 8min38s, and Steadman the 2nd fastest bike in 39min09s. KLTC B (Chris Playford, Jemma Redhead, Arthur Sargent) finished in 4hrs28, KLTC J (Andy Smith, Paul Dunthorne, Neil Gayton) in 4hrs32, KLTC G (Dave Neale, Juliet Meek, Paul Terreros) in 4hrs35, KLTC D (Adrian Ebbs, David Hicks, Maureen Wolfe) in 4hrs38, KLTC E (Ian Kidman, Michael Cooper, Karen Wood) in 4hrs47, KLTC H (Joe Wells, Alice Page, Robert Addis) in 4hrs54 and last, but very much not least, were KLTC F (Jenna Gotts, Victoria Dunthorne, Debbie James) in 5hrs58. Fastest individual time for the club was Steadman in 1hr06min. It was also the weekend of the Outlaw in Nottinigham, normally a 2.4mile swim, 112mile bike and 26.2mile run, heavy rain forced organisers to change to an aquathlon (swim/Run) which Pat Cooke-Rogers completed in 7hrs28min (1hr47/5hrs41), 2nd in her age group. 2 of the club’s Tristars were in action of Sat too. Sam Doughty raced the Future Outlaw and came 3rd in his age group for the 200m OW swim, 5km bike and 1500m run in 23min36s. Thomas Elsdon took part in his first Tristar1 event in Framlingham, finishing the 110m swim, 2km bike and 1.2km run in 15min21. The club also held its own Aquathlon on Sat, raising £147.05 for “The Club”, a local charity that supports adults and young people with learning difficulties.