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King's Lynn triathletes tackle North Norfolk triathlon

The main mission for 14 Lynn Triathlon Club members was the popular North Norfolk Triathlon held in Wells.

This Olympic distance event consisted of a 1500m swim in the harbour, 40km cycle around the town and a gruelling 10km multi-terrain run down through the woods, along the sand and back to the harbour.

Fastest of the Lynn bunch was Johnny Turnbull who, in his first-ever triathlon, clocked the fastest swim of 24.54 and fastest bike leg of 1.13.26. He flew over the finish line in 2.29.16.

Triathlon picture (16815844)
Triathlon picture (16815844)

Close on his heels was Warren King, who completed the 10km in 42.03, crossing the finish line in 2.31.08.

Geraldine Jordan was next to cross the line in an amazing time of 2.34.59 for top spot in her age category while in her first Olympic distance race, Debbie James came in at 2.37.39 for third in her age category.

Seasoned triathlete Neil Gayton crossed the line in 2.39.27, followed by Ian Todd at 2.39.42 and Paul Terreros at 2.43.46.

Jemma Redhead was again untouchable on the bike leg, completing the course in 1.13.44 as the fastest female overall to cross the line in 2.45.58.

Juliette Meek clocked 2.52.17, David Hicks achieved an Olympic distance of 2.55.50 and John Sayer put in a cracking run of 58.59 for a time of 2.57.29.

Karen Wood made it home in 3.03.21, Maureen Wolfe was second in her age category with 3.16.08 while coach Jess Cunningham completed just the swim and bike legs.

Pictured are Geraldine Jordan and Debbie James. (16817491)
Pictured are Geraldine Jordan and Debbie James. (16817491)

On Saturday, junior members Lola Kidman and Thomas Elsdon raced in the Lincoln Kids Triathlon, completing a 150m swim, 2.4km bike and 1.2km run.

Elsdon was seventh out of 52 (swim 4.39, bike 5.47, run 5.16) and Kidman was 14th out of 47 (swim 5.32, bike 7.59, run 5.16).

Over in Scotland, something possessed Chris Playford to undertake the Coast to Coast adventure race.

This consisted of kayaking, cycling and running 105 miles, where he tackled 40 miles-per-hour head winds and horizontal rain, finally reaching the finish line in about 12 hours.

Playford stated that his body is broken and he resembled a drowned rat but feels a massive sense of achievement.

Courageous club members Jenna Gotts, Arthur Sargeant and Steven Bowdry took on their first full Ironman in Tenby, Wales, where they were faced with a 2.4-mile sea swim, 112-mile cycle, 26.2-mile run and 17 hours to complete it.

Bowdry completed this, one of the hardest Ironman events, in 15 hours 8 minutes and 43 seconds, raising £400 for West Norfolk MENCAP.

Arthur Sargeant clocked a gruelling 15.26.52, but it wasn’t to be Gotts’ year.

After completing 82 miles of the cycle leg, Gotts was pulled from the race for being two minutes under the required time.

If you would like to join KLTC please see their website www.kltri.co.uk

Pictured above are Jess Cunningham, Karen Woods and Maureen Wolfe. (16817493)
Pictured above are Jess Cunningham, Karen Woods and Maureen Wolfe. (16817493)

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