King’s Lynn triathletes enjoy close Welsh hills race

KL Tri Club.'l-r in photo: Phil Thompson, Rob Johnstone (behind) Emma Thompson, Tamlin Hegarty, Alisdair Doig and Daniel Guppy.
KL Tri Club.'l-r in photo: Phil Thompson, Rob Johnstone (behind) Emma Thompson, Tamlin Hegarty, Alisdair Doig and Daniel Guppy.
0
Have your say

Five of Lynn’s Tri Club members took part in the 2015 Snowdonia Slateman last weekend.

They took on this tough triathlon in the Welsh hills to swim 1km, followed by a 51km hilly bike and 11km trail run up and over a slate quarry. The swim was cut short to 500m due to the extremely cold water. Emma Thompson’s brother Phil also took part, along with 1, 500 others.

Daniel Guppy exited the water first of the KLTC members but was neck and neck on the bike route with Alisdair Doig. The pair stayed within sight of each other for the windy ride, with  its steep climbs, fast descents and slow traffic, but Dan overtook with a few miles to go. They finished the bike 30 seconds apart, having averaged over 20mph.

Dan smashed the brutal run up the slate quarry and round the woodland trails, refusing to give in to the temptation to walk parts like the majority of competitors. He finished 73rd male in 2hrs43min. Doig struggled on the run due to an injury picked up at GEAR, but finished 10 minutes behind and knocked 12mins off last year’s time.

Thompson used this as a training race for her half ironman in Exmoor next month. Despite Emma having a seven minute lead heading out on the run, Phil narrowly beat her by two mins. Emma crossed the line in 3hrs18min and 44th female overall.

This was Rob Johnston’s first attempt at Olympic distance, and was one of his first open water races. A solid all-round performance brought him home under his target time in 3hrs42. Tamlin Hegarty also had a solid race. She finished in 4hr16 as 165th female.

At the Beaver triathlon in Leicestershire Colin Simpson was taking part in an Olympic world qualifying event. He finished in 3hrs 7 mins placing him seventh in his age group. The previous week at the British Sprint championships in St Neots he finished in 1.26 and 11th in age while his fiancée came in at 1hr 50 and 18th in her age group.

At the Stradbroke super sprint tri in Suffolk at the weekend – a race of 160m swim, 17k bike and 3k run – Adam Watson finished third in his age group and 16th overall with a time of 52.03 and Emma Cox won her age group coming in under the hour.

For more information on KLTC see www.kingslynntriathlonclub.co.uk

From left: Phil Thompson, Rob Johnstone (behind), Emma Thompson, Tamlin Hegarty, Alisdair Doig, Daniel Guppy.