Monday, July 14, 2014
Host club Tri-Anglia dominated top spot of the Norwich Triathlon podium this weekend, with all four main winners coming from within the club.
The success began for Tri-Anglia on Saturday evening, when almost 200 athletes took part in the Norwich Sprint Triathlon, which doubled as the Triathlon England Eastern Region Championship.
The sprint distance began with a 750m swim in Whitlingham Great Broad, followed by an 18km cycle and a 5km run.
First home was Tri-Anglia head coach Simon Brierley in one hour, one minute and seven seconds, to be crowned regional sprint champion, a full three minutes and 23 seconds ahead of Adrian Ball in second place.
And claiming the women’s regional crown was another Tri-Anglia member – and Eastern Daily Press reporter – Kate Scotter, in 01:10:12.
That claimed 13th overall for Scotter, one minute and seven seconds ahead of runner-up Catherine Lee, after a cycle which was one minute and 54 seconds faster than any other woman in the race.
That follows success at last month’s European Triathlon Championships in Austria for the Norwich triathlete, where she claimed fourth in the women’s 30-34 sprint category.
The action returned yesterday morning, as just under 240 athletes took on the Olympic distance.
The longer format consisted of a 1.5km swim, a 39km cycle and a 10km run to finish.
Iain Robertson came home three minutes and 11 seconds faster than anyone else to claim the men’s gold medal with a time of 01:56:07.
And Kim Morrison, who recently joined Tri-Anglia after a raft of success in recent years, was the first woman home, in 19th overall.
That saw the triathlete from Bale, near Fakenham, finish five minutes and 56 seconds ahead of runner-up Emma Stevens, who finished in 02:20:56 for 38th place overall.
Both the gold medal winners for the Olympic distance had also recently enjoyed success at the European Championships, Robertson winning gold in the men’s 35-39 category and Morrison in the women’s 25-29 age group.
Tri-Anglia chairman Rob Lines was delighted with the success of the event, and about the success of the club’s members.
“It was a clean sweep at the top of the podium for us,” Lines said. “The club is slowly getting bigger and stronger. It was not quite a clean sweep of the podiums for us, but maybe that is something for us to aim for in the future.”
For Robertson there was the added enjoyment of a new course record, but his win didn’t come easily.
“I was fourth out of the water, which was to be expected for me because it’s the weaker bit of my tri,” the Trowse athlete explained.
“I came past a couple on the bike but the run is my strongest part and I managed to run down (Lowestoft triathlete) Jay Lingwood and I managed to catch him up after a couple of kilometres.”
The sprint distance also incorporated a Business Challenge. This was won by Dynamic Fitness for the mixed team (Ross Lenton, Kate Scotter and Sara Ellis) and the women’s team (Liz Millar, Jane Blackwell and Sarah Greenwood), with the men’s team won by Capita (Ryan Tuvey, Richard Hazleton and Stephen Jackson).
For full results from all races and categories, go to www.tri-anglia.co.uk