Glorious sunshine greeted hundreds of triathletes as they descended on Whitlingham for yesterday’s (Sunday) eighth edition of the Norwich Triathlon.

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Pro triathlete Tamsin Lewis lined up with club competitors as the day’s racing got under way with the Olympic distance event.

The race saw winner Tri-Anglia’s Iain Robertson complete the 1,500m swim, 39k bike and 11k course in two hours and four minutes, six minutes ahead of Born2Tri’s Steve Norris after a storming bike and run leg.

The win saw Robertson also become Eastern Region Champion.

Meanwhile, guest competitor Lewis, who recently won her first pro race at the TriStar Deauville in France, was first female in two hours 13 minutes - 20 minutes ahead of second place - and was fifth overall.

She said: “The swim was brilliant, everyone was really friendly and I enjoyed the run course because it was so varied. It was a great race, I enjoyed it.”

The Cozens-Hardy-sponsored event, which was organised by Norwich-based triathlon club Tri-Anglia, also saw 78 teams complete the Olympic distance course as a relay, a large number of which were made up from local business as part of the inaugural Cozens-Hardy Business Challenge.

The fastest men’s team in the relay was “Third Time Lucky” with the “Jublees” from Lees Accountants taking the honours in the Business Challenge. The fastest all-ladies team was “Team Erbene” of the England Cricket Board and the fastest mixed team was “Archant Angels” of Archant Norfolk.

Meanwhile, 200 competitors took part in the sprint distance event which saw them complete a 750m swim, 18k bike and 5.5k run.

The men’s race was won by Wymondham’s Oliver Milk who completed the course in just over an hour. Norwich’s Tony Robinson, a member of host club Tri-Anglia, came second and Ben Findlay completed the podium.

Trowse’s Becky Schofield retained her title, completing the course some seven minutes quicker than last year. Norwich triathletes Claire Martin and Kelly Davis took second and third respectively.

Race director Mark Philo said “It was an incredible day to see so many battles going on, not just between competitors but many, particularly the novices, overcome personal challenges to do their best and not let down their relay team mates.

“Tri-Anglia marshals gave superb support to run the event and encourage the competitors. I also must thank Anglia Water who removed road works so that the event could take place on its established cycle route – and, of course, huge thanks to our event sponsors, Cozens-Hardy solicitors. Finally, we were delighted at how much we raised today for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.”

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