|Last weekend saw a superb age-grade related medal haul at Shouldham cross country.|
KLTC took to the woods for their latest off-season escapade, competing in the Ryston Runners AC Open Cross-Country Grand Prix Series.
This was the first of the season in the yearly series, which has over 30+ years of racing history and comprises of 6 races - from October to March.
All races are held at Shouldham Warren, in West Norfolk.
Shouldham Warren is a beautiful undulating wooded area with well-developed trails. The runs predominantly stick to the main fire break trails that scatter the warren. Underfoot the conditions were surprisingly dry with loose sand on the day and very mild temperatures. A far cry from the wet, and muddy conditions that will be present later in the series.
KLTC gained an impressive haul of age-grade related medals on the day. First over the line wearing her new KLTC kit saw former Team GB and ironman, Geraldine 'G' Jordan gaining 1st in her age group with 23:08, this was her first competitive race in over two years. Next to follow was Karen Wood, grabbing 2nd place in her age group with 25:58.
The first KLTC male home was Jason Blackwell running 21:27, this was his first time enjoying the pleasure of Shouldhams unique trail conditions. A far cry from his weekly flat tarmac-covered local parkrun. Following Blackwell home, saw an old hat at Ryston cross country in Alistair Doig running 23:28. On this occasion, Doig was a supporting guide for Ronnie Robinson (23:25) in his continued paratriathlon training journey.
Other triclub members on the day running in their Ryston kit continued in the medal haul, Daniel Guppy was on form with 17:41 gaining 9th place overall. Mark Fountain ran 21:20 and was just short of a medal coming 4th in his age group, Fountain was also involved in a sprint finish race with Nicky Roger, which saw her also finish (albeit ahead) in 21:20 gaining 1st age group.
Debbie James continued with her dominance in age grading, gaining 2nd in her age group with 22:54, Mark Doughty ran a 23:57.
Emma Thompson sleep-deprived from work still set an impressive 3rd in her age group with 23:44. Anna Seaman with 25:59, Helen Melville 27:04, and the final age grader on the day saw Maureen Wolfe 1st in her age group with 27:15.
Following the pack home, was one of our newest KLTC members, Charlie Wilson running 31:16. Wilson is now beginning his swim training with KLTC, ready for his first triathlon in the new season.
Also a big thank you to https://www.tony-payne.co.uk/ for the event photography