It was another bumper weekend of fun for King’s Lynn Triathlon club, with the majority of the club either racing or supporting. The Outlaw Holkham Half was back for its 3rd year running, supported by the club who run the main aid station. Several members were racing the 1.2mile swim, 56mile bike and 13.1mile run solo,and in relay teams . First to finish for the club was team KLTC with Alice Page swimming (40min21), Simon Hardy Biking (2hrs51) and then stepping in to run his first half marathon for a long time due to their runner being ill. Despite a lack or run training, he completed the half marathon in 2hrs and their total time was 5hrs36min44s. First to finish solo was Andy Wright with one of the fastest swim times of the day, finishing in 5hrs41 (30min41/2hrs55/2hrs10). Mark Doughty was next with 5hrs53 (50min32/3hrs03/1hr53), followed by David Hicks in 6hrs21 (39min11/3hrs08/2hrs28), Juliette Meek in 6hrs39 (46min54/3hrs25/2hrs20), Michael Cooper in 6hrs59 (49min43/3hrs29/2hrs34) and Jemma Redhead in 7hrs01 (44min20/3hrs14/2hrs57).
Also racing were Dan Guppy, Maureen Wolfe, Andre Delgado and John Sayer at Whitlingham Country park, with an age group win for both Wolfe in the sprint (750m/18km/5km) race with a time of 1hr36min and Guppy in the standard (1.5km/38km/10km) race in 2hrs14min. Delgado and Sayer also competed in the standard distance, finishing in 2hrs30 and 2hrs56 respectively.
Over in Wales it was Long Course Weekend, a multisport smorgasbord of 20 races. Jenna Gotts, Steven Bowdery and Arthur Sargent used it to prepare for Ironman Wales in Sept and were Joined by Chris Playford and Jess Cunnigham for a Friday Sea Swim, Saturday Bike and a Sunday Run. Cunningham opted for the 1.2mile swim and 40mile bike but the others all completed the full distance 2.4mile swim, 112mile bike and marathon run. Total times were 12hrs55min (Playford), 13hrs23min (Bowdery), 14hrs34 (Sargeant) and 15hrs46 (Gotts).
Earlier in the week, Matthew Allen racing for GBR in Transilvania in the European duathlon AG championships. Like the weather, Allen stormed the race and finished 3rd in his age group and 11th overall with team GBR taking a clean sweep of the 40-44 medals. He finished the initial 10km run in 34min51s, followed by the 40km bike in 1hr02 and ran the final 5km in 17min32s to finish in a total time of 1hr57min.