Winning weekend for King’s Lynn triathletes

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There was plenty of action last weekend for King’s Lynn Triathlon Club members.

On Saturday Mark Collins and Marcus Hawkins took part in the annual Norfolk Superhero Challenge as did father and son team, Jamie and Kyle Staples, and club member Kevin King.

This annual event staged at Burnham Overy Staithe is a team event consisting of pairs who complete the whole course together starting with a one mile swim from Gun Hill to the quay with the incoming tide followed by a four-mile kayak through the creeks. They then head off into the Norfolk countryside on a 45-mile cycle before tackling a gruelling eight-mile run across tracks, sand, mud and marsh.

King’s team finished in an impressive fifth place in a time of 4:58:53; Hawkins and Collins completed the challenge in 5:42:24 with the Staples boys not far behind in 5.47.22.

In Spalding, Rob Johnstone finished a 400m pool swim, 8.76km bike and 4.6k run in 1:15:16 placing him seventh in his age group. Club mate Julia Pepperell crossed the line in 1.27.50 in her first triathlon. Francesca Hall and Martin Koenigsberger, both local to Lynn, were also competing. Hall finished third woman and first in age group with 1.07.40 and Koenigsberger in 1.06.05.

At a different sprint event in St Neots, Geraldine Jordan saw off seven other women to win her age group and enjoyed a two-minute PB with a total time of 1.32.46 for a 750m river swim, 24k bike and 5k run.

At an informal duathlon run by Ryston Runners on Sunday, Ian Kidman and Nicky Roger took the top spots with times of 1.19.53 and 1.21.41 for the run-bike-run event. KLTC team-mates Alisdair Doig, Miles Thomas, Dave Neale, Debbie Wood and Maureen Wolfe also took part with Emma Thompson, Karen Wood and Lesley Robins competing in relay teams. Thompson was part of the winning relay duo.

For more information on KLTC see www.kingslynntri