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King's Lynn Triathlon Club members out in force with Blenheim Palace the venue for open-water event

With the new season now in full swing, Lynn Triathlon Club members were once again out in force over the weekend.

Debbie James raced her first open-water event at Blenheim Palace on Saturday, a 750m open water swim in the lake, 20km undulating bike then 5.4km run around the Queen’s pool with the transition in the palace’s courtyard.

It is one of the largest sprint triathlons in the country and this year attracted almost 4,000 entrants.Her training and hard work showed, finishing eighth in her age group and 86th woman overall, in a time of 1 hour 34 minutes (17min25/42min/27min15).

Afterwards, she said she absolutely loved the open water over the pool swim and even managed to not get lost on the bike.

She was raising funds for Bloodwise, and donations are still being taken at www.justgiving.com/Debbie-james10

Lynn Triathlon Club. (11664565)
Lynn Triathlon Club. (11664565)

The following day saw nine members racing at Tallington Lakes.

Anna Seaman opted for the aquathlon, a 1.5km swim followed by a 10km run, and finished second in her age group with a time of 1hr 27 (33min31/50min51).

For everyone else, it was the Olympic triathlon that beckoned and the distances involved were the same as the aquathlon, but with the added fun of a 48km bike ride between the swim and the run.

Despite adding an extra 4km to his bike, Jamie Sparrow was first home for the club in a time of 2hrs 36 (25min11/1hr22/45min) and earned himself an age group win, seventh overall and the fastest T1 of the event.

The next four members to cross the line were either chasing each other down, or trying not to get caught.

Chris Playford held the lead to come home third in his age group with a 2hr 49.39 (26min09/ 1hr26/ 54min) after being chased on the run by Steve Bowdery who finished in 2hrs 49.58 (30min42/1hr28/ 47min).

Bowdery tried very hard not to get caught by Neil Gayton in 2hrs 50.39 (30min32/ 1hr32/ 45min), who himself just outran Adrian Ebbs who came first in his age group with a time of 2hrs 50.59 (33min12/ 01hr29/ 45min).

Only 80 seconds separated all four at the finish.

Dave Hicks produced a brilliant 3hrs 15 (31min48/1hr37/1hr02), closely followed by Jemma Redhead who posted the third fastest women’s bike split and picked up third in her age group in 3hrs 18 (35min43/1hr33/ 1hr06).

Jenna Gotts rounded off the results with a finish time of 3hrs 38 (36min46/1hr43/1hr03).

The club also held their first open water swimming taster session of the year at the weekend.

They swim every Saturday morning at the Ouse Sailing Club and run sessions for both adults and juniors new to open water swim throughout the summer. Visit: www.kltri.co.uk for more information.

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