Triathletes tackle toughest challenge yet

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Awful weather made for tough racing conditions for Lynn triathletes taking on one of the toughest challenges in the sport last weekend.

Phil Thompson, Emma Thompson and Ian Kidman participated in the Ironman70.3 UK, in Exmoor, with the wind and rain making this hilly course even more demanding as descents became treacherous in the wet.

However, Kidman and brother-and-sister Phil and Emma Thompson all successfully completed the 1.2m swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1 mile run with Kidman racing his way to a personal best of 6.03hrs – knocking an impressive seven minutes off his time for the event last year.

Phil was next to cross the line in 6.49, followed by Emma, who had battled with run injuries in the lead-up to the race, in 7.16.

After the race, Emma said: “The race was so tough and conditions were awful, with rain from the start of the swim, through the bike which made the bike course very dangerous.

“The descents were so steep and there were a few nasty accidents. The hills were an absolute killer.”

A hilly, technical course in rain was also proving tricky for three KLTC athletes in action in the Peak District Triathlon.

Tamlin Hegarty, Rob Johnston and Mike Hailey swam, cycled and ran in and around the hills of Chatsworth House Estate.

Hegarty exited the river swim with the leading ladies to complete the 1km/36km/10km race in 3hr 17min; Johnston finished in 3hrs and Hailey completed his first-ever triathlon in 2hr 44min, describing the route as “epic but never boring”.

Closer to home, Maureen Wolfe, Karen Wood and Lesley Robins were racing in a sprint event at Feltwell.

Robins was first back in 1hr 14 which secured her sixth place and an age group win; Maureen took 10th place for the ladies with 1hr 18 but Wood’s race ended in disappointment after a puncture stopped her progress.

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