Three members of Lynn Triathlon Club put in superb performances at the inaugural Ironman70.3 Staffordshire event at the weekend.
Daniel Guppy, Nicky Roger and Pat Cooke-Rogers swam 1.2 miles, biked 56 miles around the hills and technical roads of Cannock Chase and finished with a 13.1-mile run around the Shugborough Estate.
Guppy stormed the middle distance race in 5hrs and 2 minutes with swim time of 35 minutes, fast bike split of 2.45 and impressive run of 1.34 for the half marathon. These results earned Dan 20th place in his age group and 129th overall – out of more than 2,500 athletes.
Roger crossed the line in 5hrs 41 which placed her sixth place in her age group, 38th woman out of over 400 and earned her the offer of a place at the 70.3 World Championships in Austria. Roger completed the swim in 38 minutes, the bike in 3.04 and the run in 1.48.
Cooke-Rogers – a seasoned Ironman athlete but who has been struggling with injuries and unable to train sufficiently for the bike leg after her bike was stolen – ran down the iconic Ironman finishing chute at 7hrs 29minutes, having clocked up a 51.34 swim, 3.45 bike and 2.36 run.
Another club member, Colin Simpson, was competing in Chester at Deva Triathlon – a British Triathlon Standard Distance qualifying race. Colin exited the water after a 1500m swim in 26 minutes 39 seconds, was off the 40km bike in 1hr 20 and a finished the 10k run in 45.54 earning him an overall time of 2.36 and placing him 12th place in his 60-64 age group.
For more information on the club see www.kingslynn triathlonclub.co.uk