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Tri-Anglia team complete Ironman event in Sweden

06:30 22 August 2014

The Tri-Anglia athletes who took part in the Ironman event in Kalmar, Sweden. Pictures: Richard Lee

The Tri-Anglia athletes who took part in the Ironman event in Kalmar, Sweden. Pictures: Richard Lee

Richard Lee

The endurance challenges of an Ironman event in Sweden have been tackled by 28 members of Tri-Anglia triathlon club.

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Swimmers in the Ironman event in Kalmar, Sweden. Pictures: Richard LeeSwimmers in the Ironman event in Kalmar, Sweden. Pictures: Richard Lee

Amongst the picturesque scenery of the city of Kalmar, in the south-east of the Scandinavian country, the athletes took on a 2.4-mile swim, 112 miles on the bike and then finished off by running the marathon distance of 26.2 miles.

Jonathan Cordle was the first Tri-Anglia member to cross the finish line out of the almost 2,000 people who completed the challenge, finishing in 10 hours, 47 minutes and 24 seconds.

The second Tri-Anglia member to finish, just under the 11-hour mark, was club chairman Rob Lines in 10:59:19.

There was also an age group success, with Penny Edwards the fastest finisher in the women’s 60-64 category, in a time of 12:58:29.

Tri-Anglia chairman Rob Lines in the Ironman event in Kalmar, Sweden. Pictures: Richard LeeTri-Anglia chairman Rob Lines in the Ironman event in Kalmar, Sweden. Pictures: Richard Lee

Tri-Anglia chairman Lines said: “The stunning city of Kalmar has put itself firmly on the global triathlon map by building on a race they’ve hosted for 20 years, which for the third time in 2014 carried the famous Ironman brand.

“The city put on a sterling show of hosting 2,500 triathletes plus friends.

“It was thrilling to be part of a Tri-Anglia contingent that was noticed for bright colours, big smiles and loud voices.

“Tri-Anglia were making the world of triathlon aware of Norfolk.

Tri-Anglia members Geoffrey Garfoot and Richard Woodward in the Ironman event in Kalmar, Sweden. Pictures: Richard LeeTri-Anglia members Geoffrey Garfoot and Richard Woodward in the Ironman event in Kalmar, Sweden. Pictures: Richard Lee

“We had 28 members cross the finishing line, making us one of the largest clubs there and definitely the largest contingent from a British club.

“With 155 members who have completed an Ironman can we claim Norfolk as the fittest county in the country?”

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