Seven records were shattered last weekend at the 11th Norwich Olympic Triathlon, with 500 competitors taking to the streets of Norfolk in what proved to be a highly successful event for GB athletes.
Left to right: Amy Pressland 3rd, Becky Schofield 1st, Zoe Cresswell 2nd
Old guard reign supreme in the Olympic Distance
Iain Robertson returned to the Norwich Triathlon and added another victory to the two he already owns on this course.
It was however Sam Proctor, of Tri-Harder, that emerged first from the swim. Sam set a new record of 20:26 in the 1.5km swim but he lost the lead when both GB athlete Jay Lingwood and the 2014 champion Iain overtook him on the bikes.
Left to right: Tri-Anglia Chairman Paula Lee, Simon Proctor 2nd, Iain Robertson 1st (Torq), Jay Lingwood 3rd (Rock Estate)
Sam was able to re-take second place from Jay on the run, however Iain’s lead was insurmountable and the two-time champion was first past the post.
Things were a lot more straightforward for the women’s standard distance champion. Kimberly Morrison, who hails from Fakeham, dominated proceedings and finished 12mins ahead of second place Verity Smith.
On her way to an emphatic victory, Kimberly broke the ladies’ run record and the ladies’ overall time record across the standard distance.
Norwich Olympic Triathlon 2015 champions
Sprint Distance (750m/ 18km/5km)
Joe Skipper – 0:55:58
Becky Schofield – 1:06:43
Olympic Distance (1.5km/ 38km/10km)
Iain Robertson – 1:57:49
Kimberly Morrison – 2:10:57
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 organised and friendly event, encouraging entries from top level racers, seasoned athletes and weekend warriors to first time novices.
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