Triathlon hope Sophie leads East home in Wales

City of Norwich Triathlon Club prospect Sophie Alden led home the Norfolk contingent at the British Triathlon Inter-Regional Championships at Parc Bryn Bach, in Wales.

Alden, who competed for the Eastern Region team in Tri-Star Two, won the league format, gaining her automatic entry for the girls' section.

Also competing were Ellie Bushell, of the North Norfolk Triathlon Club, and Zak Coleman, of Tri-Anglia.

The competition schedule had to be changed due to the water temperature at the Wales site – a blow to Alden, who excels in the water.

However, she was sixth after the first run and third in the following cycle stage to book her a silver medal overall, beaten by the narrowest of margins to gold – just one second.

Bushell finished 13th, with Coleman 19th – the Eastern Region came home a credible seventh overall.