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Ironman & the North Norfolk Triathlon

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!

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Old man and girl debut at Helvellyn

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.

Ali does some training

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.

Wolfe Wins Again

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.