There was an invitation triathlon for 23 of the world’s elite at Pentney Waterski Lake on Sunday.
Unfortunately, the world’s elite were all on holiday in Rio but athletes from King’s Lynn Tri Club, Ryston Runners AC, West Norfolk AC and King’s Lynn Cycling Club stepped in for the 1km open-water swim, 32km bike and 6km looped trail run.
Jamie Sparrow (aided by Gwen Jorgensen) was the first male thanks to a stunning 48min bike split, which allowed him to catch Richard Varga (Miles Thomas) in T2, who exited the water more than three minutes clear of the rest of the field.
The women’s race was won by Javier Gomez thanks to Nicky Wnek’s characteristically solid performance in all disciplines, although the run’s water splash did confuse her initially.
There was a long and hard battle for fourth place between Non Stanford and Sarah True, but Dave Neale won it for Stanford following an incident in the final water splash.
The overall results were: Jamie Sparrow (1hr38), Miles Thomas (1hr44), Nicky Wnek (1hr48), Dave Neale (1hr51), Ian Kidman (1hr51), Simon Hardy (1hr52), Simon Able (1hr53), Mark Doughty (2hr00), Karl Patterson (2hr01), Steve Harris (2hr03), Ian Todd (2hr06), Karen Wood (2hr16). Tabitha Keeble, Tamlin Hegarty, Andrea Kidman and Alex Gaunt finished together in 2hr33.
Debbie Wood and Maureen Wolfe opted to avoid the full run due to recovering from injury.
The informal training event attracted a wide range of experiences, from first time triathletes to those recovering from their recent long-distance races, and a confidence booster for those taking on their first Olympic distance challenge next month.