TRIATHLON: It was a weekend of highs and lows for King’s Lynn Triathlon Club.
Ian and Esmie Kidman were in the Lake District with Alistair Doig for the Helvellyn Tri and its chilly 1.6km swim in Ullswater, epic 64km extended cycle ride around some of the steepest roads in the country and the punishing 10-mile run over Helvellyn, via a wet and slippy Swirral Edge.
Kidman got his prodigious 12-year-old daughter to do the swim for him, which she dominated by setting the sixth fastest time of the field and second fastest female in a time of 20mins 35.
Doig crossed the timing mat in 28.37 but withdrew from the race in T1 due to bike problems from a recce a few days before the race. Kidman completed the cycle in 2hrs 33 before heading out on the run over England’s third highest mountain, which he completed in 2hrs 35 for a total finish time of 5.30.
Doig also completed the run, achieving a 20-minute personal best time of 1hr 59.
Closer to home in St Neots, there was a range of race formats to choose from in part two of the triathlon series.
John Edwards, Alison Pentland and Victoria Dunthorne opted for the sprint distance, involving a 750m river swim, 24km ride and 5km run.
Edwards was the first of the three to finish, in 1hr 32mins (15.33/49/23.54), followed by Pentland in 2.17 (27.32/1.10/35.12) and Dunthorne in 2.28 (32.30/1.13/36.53).
Janey Edwards completed the sprint aquabike (swim/cycle) event in 1.15min (19.11/53).
Geraldine Jordan was racing the standard distance 1500m swim, 45km ride and 10km run and, despite her chain coming off, still managed to win her age group with a total time of 2.51 (30.09/1.29/48.23).
Members were also out and about away from the tri scene, with Nigel Banyard completing his first half marathon in 2hrs 10 at the Wissey Half, and Jemma Redhead finished the Bedford Half Marathon with a personal best time of 2.01.31.
Adrian Ebbs was in the Lake District for the annual Coniston End-to-End swim, completing the 5.25 miles in 3hrs 30mins.
There was some fell run fun for juniors with Lola Kidman and Olivia Doig coming first and third in their age groups at the Dufton Show.
Alistair Doig completed the adult 8km race, and its 460m of climbing, in 45 minutes.