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Kath’s triathlon success

Recently we told you about 60-year-old Hellesdon mum of six Kath Kendrick, who won an unusual competition to be trained and kitted out to take part in the Pinewood Leisure Triathlon on October 6.

With several hours of training behind her,  £400 worth of triathlon gear from Pilch Sports, as well as a road bike supplied by CyclesUK, based at Pilch Sport, Kath was ready for the challenge.

“They couldn’t have ordered a more perfect day for the triathlon if they’d tried – a beautiful, warm, sunny day and just a gentle breeze blowing in exactly the right direction for the return on the cycle rides,” she said.

“As one of the first ones in the pool, I admit I had the slowest time, but as I honestly couldn’t manage more than half a length when I started in the middle of July, I was delighted to finish the 300m – I knew if I could complete the swim, I could finish the triathlon!”

“Dashing outside, I struggled to pull socks onto damp feet, fastened cycling shoes and my helmet, grabbed the bike and ran to the mount line.

“What a fabulous day to be riding along the North Norfolk coast. I’d cycled round the course three times before, but this was my best time. I’d reconciled myself to the fact that I’d have to get off and run with my bike for a short distance up Holgate Hill – but I didn’t feel bad as so were lots of others.

“And a bonus – my clip-in shoes and pedal combo didn’t give me any trouble and I didn’t fall off once.

“Back at the second transition, there was a quick change into running shoes and off for a two-mile run.

“My legs behaved for about three quarters of a mile, then I had to slow to a walking pace. Seeing the halfway marker in the woods, I knew I’d almost made it.

“Returning through the caravan site, I picked up speed and raced for the finish line, feeling absolutely elated that I’d managed to complete my first triathlon.

“I’ve never been a sporty person, so having a competitors medal around my neck was unreal – I didn’t take it off until bedtime!

“The support I received was overwhelming, so many thanks to everyone who helped and encouraged me and to those who came along on the day.

“Triathlons are for everyone – if I can do this, really anyone can. I wasn’t the fastest and I wasn’t the last, but I gave it a go. Would I do it again? Yes… but not this week!”

The prize also included three months initial membership and training at Pinewoods Park Leisure complex in Upper Sheringham, where Kath received coaching from Steve Dickenson, head personal trainer, as well as specialised swim coaching from Guy Metcalf and cycling from Karl Read, both of Positive Sport – triathlon training specialists and organisers of the event.

Kath’s trainers were very pleased with her achievements in completing the triathlon, as well as several others who were completing triathlons for the first time.

“The event has been hailed a huge success from all competitors, both beginners and seasoned athletes,” said Guy. “Just over 60% of competitors were first-timers, which is exactly what we wanted.

“Following the success of TeamGB at the London Olympics Triathlon event, we want to get more people involved in the sport and realise that you don’t have to have all the expensive equipment to take part. All you need to do is be able to swim a few lengths, have a safe bike to ride, and be able to complete the run discipline, whether that’s by walking, jogging or running.”

Once Kath Kendrick completed the swim – the most challenging part of the race for her – she knew she could finish the triathlon.

Once Kath Kendrick completed the swim – the most challenging part of the race for her – she knew she could finish the triathlon.


Marriotts Way 10k more popular than ever

Hundreds of runners have participated in this year’s Marriott’s Way 10k race, setting off in Aylsham last Sunday.

Edward Foster, 16, was first to cross the finish line with an impressive time of 37 minutes and 15 seconds, followed 43 seconds later by Ryan Honeyman, age 35. Thirty-six-year-old Paul Martin took third place, completing the race in 38 minutes and seven seconds.

Now in its fifth year, the Marriott’s Way 10k, organised by Broadland District Council, has proved bigger and more popular than ever. Three hundred participants signed up, filling the allocation two weeks in advance of the event – despite there being more places available than any previous year.

Due to the large amount of runners, the race was split into two waves of participants. The first half set off at 11.00am and the second at 11.15am. The runners, who ranged from novice to experienced, covered a 10 kilometre (six mile) predominantly flat and off-road route. The final kilometre passed through the historic market town of Reepham.

Participants were greeted by cheering spectators in Reepham’s marketplace as they crossed the finish line and upon completion of the race they each received a medal and a goodie bag. Food and beverages were available from the Kings Arms and V’s Café, both located in the town centre.

Cllr Claudette Bannock, Broadland District Council’s Member Champion for Sport, said: “Having attended every Marriott’s Way 10k race since it first began in 2009, I am delighted to see that they have grown ever popular year-on-year. Sporting events like this are an excellent way to involve the whole community and encourage people to get outdoors and be active.

“I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all 300 participants as they crossed the finish line and handing out their well-deserved medals.”

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Participants celebrate as they cross the finish line

Participants celebrate as they cross the finish line

These two took the 10k in their stride

These two took the 10k in their stride

Prince Phillip tours Aylsham centre – Gallery

Royalty came to Aylsham today as The Duke of Edinburgh toured the St Michael’s Care Complex.

Prince Phillip met members of staff, volunteers, residents and dignitaries, including Rees Coghlan, founder trustee of Aylsham Care Trust and a well-known former town chemist.

The prince watched various activities such as arts and crafts, dance and carpet bowls, and visited the health centre and the housing with care facility.

Broadland MP Keith Simpson and Norfolk’s Lord Lieutenant Richard Jewson were among those present.


Spooky fun in Taverham

Halloween is a great excuse to get dressed up and have some spooky fun, but if you don’t like the idea of your child knocking on strangers’ doors, then there is an alternative.

Spooktacular 2 has been organised by Taverham residents Tracey Jacks and Kelly Oliver-King and has everything you’d expect from a Halloween party: disco, party games, raffle, spooky decorations and party bags – and it’s all raising money for two worthy charities.

The two mums met at Nightingale First School gate and realised they had a lot in common, as both their mums had been affected by breast cancer, sadly Kelly’s mum died from the disease two years ago.

“We wanted to do something to raise money for the Cancer Care charity, so we got our heads together and came up with the idea of a Halloween party,” said Tracey. “Kids love dressing up at Halloween, but a lot of parents don’t like them going out trick or treating, so we thought a party would be ideal.”

Half the money raised will go to Cancer Care, while the other half will go to the premature baby unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, as Tracey’s twin boys Benjamin and Callum were born eight weeks early.

“They were brilliant and I’d always said I wanted to do something to raise some money for the unit, so we decided to combine the two,” said Tracey.

They held their first Spooktacular event last year at Hinks Meadow Hall. Forty children attended and raised just over £300, but this year they’re hoping even more people will attend and have gone for a bigger venue in Thorpe Marriott Village Hall on Friday, November 1, 5.30- 8pm.

“It was a fantastic party and there was a really good atmosphere,” said Tracey. “We’ve moved it to the day after Halloween this year as some parents wanted to bring their children last year but said they’d already promised to take them trick or treating, so this way they can do both.”

There will be prizes for the best boy’s and girl’s costumes – adults are encouraged to dress up too! The ticket price includes a raffle ticket for the children’s raffle, while adults can buy tickets for a separate draw. Last year Asda donated a flat screen television for the adult raffle, but Tracey and Kelly are still looking for a big prize for this year, so if anyone would like to support these fantastic charities with a prize can call on the numbers below.

The party is for 5-8 year olds, but younger siblings can attend, just let Tracey or Kelly know when booking the tickets. Tickets cost £4 and can be bought by calling Tracey on 07776 046367 or Kelly on 07787 038189.

Spooky fun

Spooky fun

TV chef serves up an evening to savour in Eaton

You’re probably most used to seeing him on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, or perhaps you’ve caught sight of him at Morston Hall while dining at the Michelin Star restaurant. But for an evening in September, guests at Eaton Golf Club were treated to a personal cookery demonstration by none other than Galton Blackiston.

More than 60 people attended the event, which was hosted by Eaton Club Captain Trevor Seadon and ladies’ captain Christine Wright to raise money for their joint Captains’ charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK.

After canapés and a glass of bubbly or two on arrival, there was a short introduction by Trevor, then it was straight on with the cooking… and sports chat.

“Once Galton had introduced his assistant ‘Mr Alston’ – the highly experienced and skilled Neil Alston, who regularly assists Galton at his Morston Hall cookery demonstrations – it was only a few minutes before he was chatting about his other passion, sport,” said Trevor.

Golf clearly figures highly alongside cricket, football and shooting in the range of sports Galton enjoys. Like many first-time visitors to Eaton, he also expressed his surprise at discovering such a beautiful course and golf club so close to the city centre.

“I’ve done lots of cookery demonstrations, but this was the first time I’ve cooked at a golf club,” said Galton. “I’m a golfer myself, and I’m really looking forward to accepting the Captain’s invitation to play at Eaton.”

The demonstration consisted of five dishes that were designed to give guests lots of new ideas and recipes that are achievable at home.

“It was a highly personal performance,” said Trevor. “Galton entertained his audience with many humorous anecdotes, and plenty of repartee with Mr Alston and members of the audience, who were not slow in providing a few laughs themselves along the way.”

Ladies’ Captain Christine Wright thanked Galton and Neil for a wonderful evening’s entertainment, before raffling off several Morston Hall goodies.

Top prize of a Sunday Lunch for two with a flight of wines at Morston was won by Rosemary and John Pearson, generously donated by Galton for what he said is a cause very close to his heart.

“I get asked to do all sorts of charity events, but Alzheimers is something that affects most families at some point,” said Galton.

Speaking afterwards, Christine said: “We are so pleased that the evening, conceived of almost two years ago, has finally come off and clearly delighted so many enthusiastic people.”

The evening was a great success, concluding with a book signing and photo session, and raising more than £1,300 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“Visitors had come from all over the county, even as far as Hunstanton, and they left with a broad smile on their faces and some recipes to try at the earliest opportunity!,” said Trevor.

Galton Blackiston entertaining his audience

Galton Blackiston entertaining his audience



Waitrose in North Walsham joins campaign to help young unemployed

Youngsters from in and around North Walsham will have the opportunity to gain the skills they need to get into work when they visit the town’s Waitrose in September as part of a nationwide campaign to tackle youth unemployment.

Following the success of a pilot project in 2012, the food and grocery industry has launched Feeding Britain’s Future – Skills for Work Month 2013.

Youngsters from North Walsham will take part in workshops with the Waitrose personnel managers on September 17 and 18 covering topics including how to complete job applications, mock interview practice and CV writing.

They will also be given the opportunity to find out about career opportunities in the retail industry and at the end of the workshop, they will be given a certificate to confirm their attendance.

Ashley Broad, branch manager at North Walsham said: “The team here are really passionate about working with young people to help them develop their understanding of the food industry and inspire them in their endeavours to get into the workplace.”

Waitrose North Walsham