Sunny Hunny’s inaugural triathlon
- By Elaine Bird
- 19 May 2019
An overcast morning on Sunday 19 May saw the King’s Lynn Triathlon Club in partnership with the Borough Council of West Norfolk and Alive leisure hold their first public event, the Sunny Hunny Triathlon.
Almost 100 participants took part in the triathlon, which consisted of a 200 m pool swim, an 18 km bike ride made up of 3 laps and a 3.5 km run.
The top three finishers in the men's category consisted of Ben Smith, Phil Hurr and Jonathon Summers. The women’s top three were Caroline Woods, Della Brown and Rebecca Harris. The winner of Junior Male went to Callum Stedman and Junior Female went to Alice Page.
The new Mayor and Mayoress of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Geoff Hipperson and Rose Hipperson were on hand to congratulate and present awards to the winners.
Participant Sarah Hardy, a member of King’s Lynn Cycling Club, said: “This was my first triathlon— the bike ride was okay but the run was very tough. So there was a bit of run-walking—but it was enjoyable.”
The event was aimed at both those completely new to the sport and those that are more seasoned. Chairman of the King’s Lynn Triathlon Club Steve Bowdery said: “That’s the thing with triathlon, it’s open to everybody. It’s not an elitist thing, it’s one of those things where you come and have a go.”
“It’s the first event that we as the King’s Lynn Triathlon Club have organised outside of our club. The first time we’ve done something for the general public.”
“The plan is to hopefully do this as an annual, so next year we will be doing it again. After looking at the logistics of things we might get something a bit bigger as well. Move up to the Olympic distance. We want to bring people to Hunstanton to promote the club and to promote the sport.”
On the subject of the King’s Lynn Triathlon Club, Steve says: “We are always open to new members. We do open water swimming on a Saturday so you can have a swim in the Ouse. Swim training Wednesday morning. Throughout the winter we do transition training. We use King’s Lynn Cycling Club to do cycle training.”
For more information on how to get involved with the club, visit http://www.kingslynntriathlonclub.co.uk/.