Helen Melville. Picture: KLTC

ATHLETICS: Taking advantage of visiting friends, KL Tri Club’s Helen Melville took on her first Olympic distance event in the Cotswold Triathlon. 

This comprised a 1500m swim, a 40km rolling bike ride and 9km cross country run. Melville was aiming for a time around three hours, so was happy with 2.52.52 and fourth in her age group. 

Arthur Sargeant and Pat Cooke-Rogers took on the full and gruelling Ironman, around the national water sports centre in Nottingham. They completed a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and run of 26.2 miles. Sergeant finished in 13hrs 11mins 43 secs and Cooke-Rogers 16:49:31. 

At a rainy Bedford team relay, KLTC competed within teams of three, over a 750m non-wetsuit open water swim, 23k undulating bike route, and a 5k off-road run. Using the timing chip bracelet as a relay baton, the first team home, Tango, was Mark Fountain, Maureen Wolfe, Ian Kidman in 04:42:20.

Other results: Team Charlie: Debbie James, Ashish Rastogi (in his first triathlon event), Ian Webster 04:47:50; Kilo: Esmie Kidman, Sophie Doig, Andrea Campbell 04:58:29; Lima: Adrian Ebbs, Stephen Pentland, Daniel Clarkson 05:17:23. On loan to team Freedom Tri8 was Alister Doig with Rob Evans and John Beel, 04:34:04.

l Renegade Runners tackled tricky terrain at the Dinosaur Dash on Friday at the Dinosaur Park at Lenwade near Norwich in both the 2.5k for the younger members and 5k for the seniors.

Cody Pearman in the shorter distance ran 9:53, finishing 6th overall and first in his age category. Troy Smith had a strong finish, for 71st in 13:28.

In the 5k Jonny Cockerill, hampered by an injury, solidly came 32nd overall in 21:34. Zoe Fiander was delighted with her time of 31:57.