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A 2.4-mile swim, a 112.2-mile cycle followed by a marathon - The Anglian Triathlon “ironman” event returns for a second year in Cromer

PUBLISHED: 13:40 02 August 2014

The competitors get ready for the swim at The Anglian triathlon. Picture: Dave Hubba Roberts

The competitors get ready for the swim at The Anglian triathlon. Picture: Dave Hubba Roberts

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While beach-goers may have been disappointed with appearance of clouds today, for the 97 athletes taking part in a gruelling “iron man” event in Cromer - the weather is perfect.

The competitors get ready for the swim at The Anglian triathlon. Picture: Dave Hubba RobertsThe competitors get ready for the swim at The Anglian triathlon. Picture: Dave Hubba Roberts

Today is the second annual Anglian Triathlon, where hardened athletes have gathered to put their fitness to the test in a trio of gruelling challenges.

It began with a 2.4-mile swim this morning when the competitors piled into the sea at West Runton, travelling 300 metres out to sea before swimming with the tide towards Cromer.

Next, 57 of the athletes jumped on their bikes, after a quick change, to tackle a 112.2-mile cycle around the north Norfolk, in three loops.

The competitors are expected to begin the third leg of the triathlon, the run, from about 2.30pm, and the fastest “ironmen” will finish the triathlon from about 5.30pm.

Simon Brierley, joint owner and race director, has been taking part in triathlons for 25 tears, said he was hoping the event would raise more than £1,000 for the RNLI, its chosen charity.

“There have been great conditions today,” he said. “Last year the winner finished in 10.5 hours but I think someone will finish a bit faster than that this year.”

The fastest athletes will finish in just a few hours, but participants are expected to finish right up until midnight.

Did you take part or spot the athletes? Send your pictures to sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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