King’s Lynn Tri Club members Daniel Guppy and Nicky Roger with Chrissi Middleton and Robert Warwicker from TriAnglia.

TRIATHLON: Three members of King’s Lynn Triathlon Club put in superb performances at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire event.

Daniel Guppy, Nicky Roger and Pat Cooke-Rogers swam 1.2 miles, cycled 56 miles around the hills and technical roads of Cannock Chase and finished with a 13.1-mile run around the Shugborough Estate.

Guppy stormed the middle distance race in five hours and two minutes with swim time of 35 minutes, a fast bike split of 2.45 and an impressive run of 1.34 for the half marathon to earn 20th place in his age group and 129th overall – out of more than 2,500 athletes.

Roger crossed the line in 5hrs 41 for sixth place in her age group, 38th woman out of more than 400.

It earned her the offer of a place at the 70.3 World Championships in Austria.

She completed the swim in 38 minutes, the ride in 3.04 and the run in 1.48.

Cooke-Rogers has been struggling with injuries and was unable to train sufficiently for the cycle leg after her bike was stolen.

Even so, she finished in 7hrs 29mins, having clocked up a 51.34 swim, 3.45 ride and 2.36 run.

Colin Simpson, was competing in Chester at the Deva Triathlon – a British Triathlon Standard Distance qualifying race.

He exited the water after a 1500m swim in 26 minutes 39 seconds, was off the 40km bike in 1hr 20 and a finished the 10k run in 45.54, earning him an overall time of 2.36 and 12th place in his 60-64 age group.

For more information about Lynn Triathlon Club see www.kingslynntriathlonclub.co.uk