Sunday 27th October was the popular Fen 10, a ten mile run through Wisbech. Steven Bowdery, Nigel Banyard and Jemma Redhead ran for the KLTC on this lovely sunny morning. Bowdery had been taking a break since he smashed the Ironman in Wales in September. Today marked the start of his winter training and he crossed the line in an impressive 1.23.02. Redhead who had also cut back on her training recently knew she would struggle with today’s race. After a slow start she sighted team mate Banyard ahead in the distance, she made it her mission to catch him. With only 600 metres to the finish line, Banyard spotted Redhead about to catch up and overtake him. Having already experienced her sneaky passes in previous races, he called out ‘not this time!’ and made a sprint to the finish line. Banyard finished in 1.42.01 and Redhead finished with a PB 1.42.28.
Junior member Alice Page (15) took on her 1st cycling hill climb event in Flitcham, organised by the KLCC. She done an amazing job and completed the one mile climb in 5min 04sec.
Slightly further afield Paul and Victoria Dunthorne took part in a picturesque 10km run in Venice, crossing 14 bridges including a floating pontoon over the Grand Canal built especially for the event. Paul finished in 52.25 whilst Victoria combined running and sightseeing, finishing in 1hr 32min.
Sunday 13th October was a day of half marathon highs and lows for some members of the kings lynn triathlon club. David Hicks travelled all the way to Manchester to be one of 15000 people to take part in the Wiggle half marathon. Despite the northern rain hammering down throughout his whole run, Hicks completed the race in 2.12.22. Further down south, Victoria and Paul Dunthorne took part in the London Royal Parks half marathon. They reported that it was wet and windy and due to a boggy start area they had wet, muddy feet from the off. Whilst en-route they enjoyed the sights of London, ran round protestors and enjoyed every minute of it. Paul completed the race in a speedy 1.44.19 and Vicky crossed the line in 3.13.03. Meanwhile, three of the club members chose to run the Peterborough half marathon. Unfortunately after 2 hours of waiting in the rain, the race was cancelled due to suspicious activity which thankfully proved to be a false alarm.
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!