TRIATHLON: Iron lungs and iron legs were needed at the weekend as six King’s Lynn Triathlon Club members were crowned Ironmen.
The half-dozen hardy triathletes faced the sport’s most gruelling event, the Ironman, on a hilly terrain around Bolton, in Lancashire.
This incredible test of endurance, spirit and strength covers 140.6 miles.
It starts with a 2.4-mile swim, then a 112-mile cycle ride before the survivors complete a marathon (26.2miles).
Each competitor must finish the distances before set cut-off times and finish the whole event in less than 17 hours.
Daniel Guppy was the first Lynn member to run on the famous red carpet through the finishing chute in 11 hours 12 minutes, including a 3.35 marathon with negative splits.
His performance placed him 29th in his age group and 136th of almost 2,000 entries.
Dan Pluck crossed the line in 13.10 with Claire Forrester 16th in her age group in 13.58.
Pat Cooke-Rogers came home in 16.12.57 with Jane Holmes and Geraldine Jordan finishing hand in hand, arms aloft in 16.37.
Pluck said: “It’s not often you participate in a day that goes some way to defining who you are as a person.”
Forrester added: “It was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done but I genuinely enjoyed it all.”
Six other club members were also in action, at the Victory super sprint in North Walsham.
Kelly de Gol picked up the trophy for first woman with a time of 56.16 for the 300m pool swim, 17km cycle and 3km run.
Simon Cuthell was first man home for the club, finishing 14th overall with a time of 52.37.
He was followed by Martin Ive (54.44), Lesley Robins (1.00:07), Maureen Wolfe (1.00:20) and Emma Cuthell (1.01). The Cuthells and Wolfe won their age groups.