Hardy athletes take on triathlon

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With no local road racing events taking place on a somewhat quiet weekend, it was a chance for the West Norfolk AC endurance athletes to have a well-earned rest.However, a handful of hardy athletes took this opportunity to take on a different kind of challenge.The Sunny Hunny Triathlon was held in Hunstanton, a shorter triathlon suitable for novices of the sport but still a good test for a seasoned triathletes looking to push themselves.The event comprised of a 200m pool swim in Hunstanton’s Alive Oasis Leisure Centre, an 18k cycle around the streets of the town and ending up with a 3.5k run finishing on the local green.WNAC youngster Ed Murray, who was representing KLSC, enjoyed a fantastic performance as he continued to show his potential by finishing 11th overall.Murray particularly excelled in the swim with a time of 3min, earning him second place overall for that event. In the bike event, he timed 34.13 for 18k and then 16.12 for the 3.5k run, finishing 12th and 19th respectively.Steven Bolt completed his first triathlon event. He finished strongly in the top 100, coming in 98th place overall, with solid performances in the swim (7.07), bike (46.49) and run (18.13).Further afield in Nottingham, Ryan Oakes was also giving a triathlon a go. Taking on the Nottingham Outlaw half, he started with a 1.2-mile swim which Oaks completed in a time of 39.58, then moving onto a cycle ride of 56 miles which he smashed in a time of 2:36.47.Finally, Oakes finished with a gruelling half marathon, which lapped around the national water centre in Nottingham three times, finishing in 1:36.52. Oakes’ performance gave him a total finishing time of 5:01.45 which secured a nine-minute PB for the whopping 70.3-mile distance.New WNAC member Karl Brown was in London over the weekend, enjoying the Hackney Half Marathon. Coming back from a spell of illness and injury, Brown finished the race with a time of 1:32.40.Callum Stanforth broke the WNAC club record for parkrun at King’s Lynn with a time of 16.00. WNAC members have enjoyed success at King’s Lynn parkrun in recent weeks with a flurry of PBs, namely Evie Clayton (20.06), Hanley Angell (20.15), Ben Eldridge (22.20), and Charlie Frammingham (16.55).

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