Competitors at the Pentney Invitational Sprint-plus Triathlon.Pictures: Tony Payne.

ATHLETICS: Competitors from King’s Lynn Tri Club, Ryston Runners AC, West Norfolk AC and King’s Lynn Cycle Club were in action on Sunday in the Pentney Invitational Sprint+ Triathlon.

A field of multi-talented athletes took on a 1km open-water swim, 32km cycle race and 6km looped trail run.

Jamie Sparrow was the first male home, thanks to a stunning 48-minute cycle split, which allowed him to catch Miles Thomas in T2. He had exited the water more than three minutes clear of the rest of the field.

The women’s race was won by Nicky Wnek’s characteristically solid performance in all disciplines, although the run’s water splash did confuse her initially.

There was a long and hard battle for fourth place between but Dave Neale won it following an incident in the final water splash.

Result: Jamie Sparrow 1hr38, Miles Thomas 1.44, Nicky Wnek 1.48, Dave Neale 1.51, Ian Kidman 1.51, Simon Hardy 1.52, Simon Able 1.53, Mark Doughty 2.00, Karl Patterson 2.01, Steve Harris 2.03, Ian Todd 2.06, Karen Wood 2.16.

Tabitha Keeble, Tamlin Hegarty, Andrea Kidman and Alex Gaunt finished together in 2.33.

Debbie Wood and Maureen Wolfe opted to avoid the full run due to recovering from injury.

The informal training event attracted a wide range of experiences, from first time triathletes to those recovering from recent long-distance races, and a confidence booster for those taking on their first Olympic-distance challenge next month.