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King's Lynn triathlete takes on her first Olympic distance event

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Taking advantage of visiting friends in the vicinity, King’s Lynn Triathlon Club member Helen Melville took on her first Olympic distance event in the Cotswold Triathlon.

The 1500m swim was warm with wetsuits optional, a 40km rolling bike through pretty villages, and a 9km cross country run to the finish.

Melville was aiming for a time around three hours, so came away happy with 2.52.52 and fourth in her age group.

Bedford team (49619412)
Bedford team (49619412)

The race was well-organised and friendly.

Arthur Sargeant and Pat Cooke-Rogers took on the full Ironman, widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.

Situated around the National Water Sports Centre at Nottingham, they completed a 2.4 miles swim, 112-mile bike ride, finishing with a marathon distance run of 26.2 miles. Sargeant finished in 13 hours, 11 minutes and 43 seconds and Cooke-Rogers 16.49.31.

Sargeant previously completed the 2019 Ironman Wales in 15:26:52, Cooke-Rogers is no stranger to Ironman having competed at the 2017 Ironman world championships.

Arthur Sargeant (49619410)
Arthur Sargeant (49619410)

A dull and rainy start awaited the teams representing King’s Lynn Triathlon Club at the Bedford team relay event.

Competing within teams of three, over 750m non-wetsuit open water swim, 23k undulating bike route, and a 5k off-road run.

Using the timing chip bracelet as a relay baton, the first team home was Tango, Mark Fountain, Maureen Wolfe, Ian Kidman in 4.42.20.

Other King’s Lynn Triathlon Club teams: Team Charlie, Debbie James, Ashish Rastogi, Ian Webster with 4.47.50; Team Kilo Esmie Kidman, Sophie Doig, Andrea Campbell 4.58.29; Team Lima Adrian Ebbs, Stephen Pentland, Daniel Clarkson 5.17.23.

Helen Melville. (49619416)
Helen Melville. (49619416)

On loan from KLTC to team Freedom Tri8 was Alister Doig with teammates Rob Evans and John Beel 4.34.04.

There was a strong performance from Rastogi, in what was his first triathlon event.

KLTC aims to provide an environment for triathletes of all abilities and experience.

The club offer a range of activities across each of the swim, bike, run disciplines as well as brick (bike/run) training, transition and strength training.

They organise a range of club races and social events throughout the year. For more information, please visit: https://kltri.co.uk/

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