SPORT: King’s Lynn Triathlon Club was out in force at the North Norfolk Triathlon in Wells on Sunday.
More than 20 members took on the mile swim in the harbour, 24-mile cycle route and a tough six-mile run to Holkham and back along the beach.
Lesley Robins, Maureen Wolfe and Karen Smith won the ladies relay with an overall time of 2.35.11. Nicky Roger was first in her age group in 2.28.14 for fourth woman overall.
First home for the club’s men was Daniel Guppy in 2.14.05, followed by Alistair Doig 2.20.20, Ian Kidman 2.21.35, Matthew Davies 2.22.48, Miles Thomas 2.25.49 and Marcus Hawkins 2.27.46. Karl Patterson survived a bike fall to finish in 2.42.58, followed by Rob Coates 2.46.23 and Sean Sands, who had two punctures but finished in 2.47.33. Tayo Willett also suffered puncture problems but finished for his relay team in 3.31. Adrian Ebbs, racing as part of a relay team finished in 2.27.37.
Simon Light had a good swim and a fast ride but had to pull out at the start of the run with calf problems.
For the women, Kelly de Gol was second back in 2.40.59 while third place went to Anna Seaman 2.56.19. Tamlin Hegarty crossed the line in 2.59.02, with Kirsty Bunting 3.04.08 and Hannah Stratton 3.17.58.
* In the absence of any track and field or road commitments, members of Ryston Runners AC found other fish to fry.
Several were involved at Wells with seven more taking part in a charity running event in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Malcolm Tuff and Marie French were first across the line in the one-lap 5K multi-terrain challenge, which was also run by Peter Duhig and walked by Cath Duhig.
Two laps were taken on by Nic Bensley, Jo Isbill and Peter Witley. Bensley was first in the 10K-ish race, with Isbill first woman across the line.
* In addition to Keith Morris’ 17,39 1st place finish in the Great North Run last week, Will Honeybone ran it in 1.32.58 (1,150th) and Chris Balmer in 1.51.00 (6,859th).
* Mark Doughty was in half-marathon action at Grunty Fen, near Ely, but that was short journey compared to fellow Ryston member Audrius Jasiulaitis, who ran in the Danske Bank Vilnius event in Lithuania.
He was one of about 100 UK runners in the 13,000 field and finished in a personal best time of 1.41.58 as his preparation for the Amsterdam Marathon in October continued.
* King’s Lynn Triathlon Club member Alistair Doig is no stranger to tough tri challenges.
This year he has already conquered the extreme event the Celtman in the Scottish Torridon mountains as well as the Slateman in Snowdonia but recently pushed his love of hills to the limit at Helvellyn in the Lake District.
Helvellyn has a reputation as one of the toughest triathlons in the UK – in fact Triathlete Europe magazine listed it in the top 10 toughest races on the planet.
Competitors swim one mile in Ullswater, then cycle 38 hilly miles including Kirkstone Pass before running nine miles up Helvellyn – England’s third highest peak at 3,118ft.
Doig finished in just over five hours and said: “It was an absolutely stunning event.
“The bike route was great, and surprisingly fast, but the struggle was just insanely tiring and both my quads cramped up just before the top of the first section, so I had to stop for a couple of minutes annoyingly.
“I managed the steepest bit at the end – mainly because there were so many spectators willing you on.
“The run was tough and the first three miles or so was just straight up and was just a procession of walkers with nobody running.”
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