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Norwich Triathlon 2015 report
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Posted on: Wednesday 15th July 2015


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Records tumble at highly successful triathlon event

Norwich Triathlon - 11th/12th July 2015

The eleventh annual edition of the Norwich Triathlon saw professional and GB athletes line up with competitors of all standards, setting seven new course records over the weekend's racing.

Former Notre Dame pupil and professional triathlete, Joe Skipper won the Sprint distance race on the Saturday evening, setting new bike and a total course record of 0:55:58 for the 750m swim, 18km bike and 5km run. He didn't have it all his own way though as GB athlete Sean Watson, currently back in Norwich during University holidays was the first out of the water and onto the bike, with Catton's Simon Brierley, who represents the Seychelles pushing them both all the way. Sean was to finish second overall and Simon third.

Norwich Triathlon - Sprint Distance

The ladies race in the sprint distance saw a fast finish with Becky Schofield of Stoke Holy Cross closing a one minute gap from the swim on Zoe Cresswell of Team Tri2Aspire to win by one second in a time of 1:06:43. Becky set new ladies sprint bike and run course records in catching Zoe. Amy Pressland, closed out the top three.

The standard distance race which was also the regional championship race, saw both the 2014 Norwich Olympic Triathlon champions retain their titles. Sam Proctor of Tri Harder set a new mens swim record for the 1500m of 20:26, but his lead was taken on the bike by GB athlete Jay Lingwood from Lowestoft and Trowse based Iain Robertson. Whilst Sam was able to re-take Jay on the run for second, Iain extended his lead to win his third Norwich Triathlon title in a time of 1:57:49.

Norwich Triathlon - Standard Distance

In the standard distance ladies race it was a dominant show by GB athlete and reigning champion Kimberley Morrison of Fakenham, who won by a clear twelve minutes over her nearest rival Verity Smith from Stowmarket. Kimberley's time was beaten by only 10 of the competing men and she set ladies run record and a ladies overall record of 2:10:57 for the 1500m swim, 15km bike and 10km run.

Taking place at Whitlingham Country Park, the event is fast becoming an established fixture on both the local and national calendars, gaining a reputation as a fantastically organized and friendly event, encouraging entries from top level racers, seasoned athletes and weekend warriors to first time novices.

Mark Philo, Race Director from Tri-Anglia said “the weekend has been a real success and advert for triathlon in the East of England with Norwich firmly on the map. There has been great feedback from competitors, marshals and supporters, and we'll use all of this to make the 2016 even better. Records tumbling is evidence of the increasing standard at the competitive end of the race but for the majority it is about keeping fit, pushing your boundaries and getting cheered on all the way."

Organised by local triathlon club Tri-Anglia, Norwich Triathlon offers participants the choice of two different distance triathlons, with the Standard Distance, as competed at the Olympics, on the Sunday morning and a half distance race, called the Sprint Distance on the Saturday evening.

More details about Norwich Triathlon can be found at www.norwichtriathlon.co.uk


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