Hunstanton triathlon returns for the first time in three years
After having to cancel the 2020 event, and not being able to even organise it in 2021 due to the pandemic, King’s Lynn Triathlon Club were proud to host their 2022 Sunny Hunny Triathlon.
The day consisted of people experiencing their first time in this sport and many new triathletes were born on a calm sunny early morning in Hunstanton.
Fourteen KLTC members took part with the support of fellow members and friends of the club volunteering on the day.
This event was designed to cater for new or seasoned triathletes alike.
Competitors started with a brisk 200m pool swim in the Alive Oasis 25m pool, followed by a spectator friendly three-lap bike course totalling 18km around the seaside town including a small undulation on each lap to challenge those biking legs.
It was concluded with a 3.5km run along the seafront to the lighthouse and back to the green where the finish line awaited.
All competitors received a medal and for the top finishes a bespoke handmade glass trophy from local artist Alison Pentland and her company Glass by Alison.
This was presented by the local mayor Cllr Adrian Winnington in an award ceremony after the main event.
The first male finisher to receive the bespoke trophy was Chris Seale 48.19 and first female Grace Bird 58.05.
KLTC members competing on the day saw Charlie Wilson 1.41.14, Kimberly Gray 1.12.42, Mark Moden 54.06, Pauline Sparrow 1.10.23, Judith Berry 1.06.01, Andrea Campbell 59.55, Oliver Foxwell 59.04, Paul Freear 1.06.52, Simon Hardy 54.34, Sally Hurst 59.32, Nicolas Lee 54.24, Peter Mackle 57.46, Ronnie Robinson paratriatlete, tandem with guide Sophie Doig 1.03.13, and Jonathan Yates 1.05.06.
Two athletes from West Norfolk AC showed their versatility at the event.
Both achieved fantastic results, with Charlie Tunmore winning the junior category for 15-18 year olds.
Tunmore set off fast in the 200m swim with a time of 3.32min, followed by a very strong bike ride of 18km in just over 36 minutes.
He smoothly transitioned into the last discipline, the run which he is most familiar with, and finished the 3.5k course in 14.21 minutes.
With this superb performance not only did he finish 11th out of all, but also clearly won the junior category. It was Charlie’s first triathlon and more is to come from this young, talented athlete.
With almost identical times on the bike and the run, but a slower swim, Martin Koenigsberger finished a strong 20th out of the 87 strong starter field.
Both were very pleased with their performances and praised the organisers for a great event.
Steven Franklin was the first Ryston Runners member to finish the 200m swim/ 18k cycle/ 3.5k run in 55.20.
Oliver Foxwell, 23rd, was the only other club member to break the hour, with a time of 59.04.
James Ord placed 28th with 60.55, then Lucy McDowie led home the Ryston women, 34th with 62.08. Molly Sands was 44th out of the 87 finishers in 64.05, then came Jacqui Scott 76th/75.51, Salina Cumbridge 79th/ 77.35, Joanne Taylor 83rd/ 85.47, and Helen Driver 84th/ 86.18.
Several other club members were also involved in the organisation and administration of the event, as part of Lynn Tri Club, and the Ryston inflatable gantry was very much a feature of the finish line.
Taking part in their first triathlons for Renegades Runners were Mark Moden, Ryan Oakes and Beth Moden.
And all performed well at Sunny Hunny with Mark finishing sixth in 54 minutes, Ryan 15th in 57 minutes and Beth 73rd in 1 hour 13 minutes.
A thank you to all who supported this event including Tesco Hunstanton for kindly supplying bananas, jaffa cakes and water for all competitors.