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Chris Playford of King’s Lynn Triathlon Club scales the peaks of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis

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It was another busy weekend for King’s Lynn Triathlon Club members with various events all around the country.

Chris Playford set his sights very high by running and cycling over the national three peaks – Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis – while raising money for a local charity.

Playford fundraised for the Norfolk Hospice and planned to run up and over the UK peaks and then travel by bike between them.

Chris Playford on Ben Nevis.
Chris Playford on Ben Nevis.

He explained: “We had an early 6.30am start on day one up Snowdon on the Pyg track.

“It didn’t take long to figure out how tough hill climbing was after my mountain training in Norfolk.

“We ran Snowdon in four hours and then started cycling. In the first 50 miles, we climbed around 1800 metres with far too many climbs until it levelled off from around Flint up to Wigan. We finished around 8pm with 170km of cycling.

“Day two was hard after a steady 80 miles with several short steep climbs through to Windermere and Ambleside and then cycled (and pushed) up Wrynose and Hardnott Pass.

“There was 170km of cycling with 2500m of climbing before reaching Scafell Pike.

“The next two days were cycling with 230km on Wednesday and 190km on Thursday. This took us from Wasdale Head in the lakes via Gretna Green, Hamilton, Glasgow through to Fort William in Scotland, but by this point every climb felt like a mountain.

“Day five was a walk up Ben Nevis to finish and we started walking around 6am to beat the rain.

“It was really windy and we were struggling to stand up but we got amazing views all the way up and down except at the summit.

“The rain never arrived and we were blessed with loads of sunshine. My legs have ached like never before but the experience was epic.

“In numbers, we did five days, 479 miles of cycling with 7,700 metres of climbing, 24 miles of walking with 3200m of ascent.”

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Maureen Wolfe, as ever, set her sights on gaining yet another age place, this time racing in the Culford Sprint Triathlon run by Ipswich Triathlon Club.

This event has been a firm favourite with beginners and experienced triathletes alike for 25 years.

The format saw Wolfe start with a 300m pool-based swim, a three-lap bike course on country roads totalling 21km, and a two-lap run totalling 4.2km within the school grounds.

The event provides a great opportunity for family and friends to support, with a friendly atmosphere and a well-stocked cake stall provided by the local church hall.

Wolfe narrowly missed out on a first place in her age group, gaining second spot with 01:14:16, just losing time on the run and transition one.

Arthur Sargeant, Emma Thompson and Jenna Gotts chose a cycling related event riding the RAFA rides.

This charitable event was to raise money for the Royal Air Force Association as monies go towards injured service personnel or ex-service personnel who have fallen on difficult times.

Overall 700 took part either by doing the 25, 50, 75 or 100 mile routes.

Since their first event in 2018, this cycling fundraising challenge has grown in success each year to become an incredible community event

Sargeant and Thompson completed the 100-miler as preparation for Ironman Bolton in 07:22:02 and Gotts did the 75-miler as part of her build up for Ironman Wales in 05:10:08

Sargeant said: "It was a very windy and undulating course but that's what we all needed as good training.

"It was an extremely well organised event with three feed stations on route, including burger and chips at the end, oh and a free beer!"

Adrian Ebbs took on the Royal Windsor Olympic triathlon which took place in the Queen’s home town of Windsor in Berkshire.

Starting with a swim in the River Thames, Ebbs then rode the bike route that heads through the streets of historic Windsor, passing Windsor Castle, and out into the surrounding countryside.

It culminated with the run into Windsor Great Park and along the spectacular Long Walk in the shadow of the iconic castle.

The first Royal Windsor Triathlon was created in 1991 and 29 editions later is now firmly established as one of the top events in the triathlon calendar and Ebbs ran a 2:46:21 gaining second in his age group.

At the AJ Bell 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series in Leeds, thousands of athletes, from amateurs to elites, took to the start line across the event weekend.

Set within the picturesque setting of Roundhay Park, Helen Melville, Charlie Wilson and Paul Dunthorne took to the start line across the event weekend and experienced the same iconic blue carpet finish as all world class to first time competitors.

High winds, a choppy open water swim in waterloo lake, a technical undulating course faced Melville and Dunthorne as they took on the standard (1500/36.2/10k) and times set were 03:08:18 and 03:15:53 respectively.

Wilson, with his first open water event, took on the Go Tri over the same course (200/9.5km/2.5km) in 01:07:06.

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