September 20 2014 Latest news:
Friday, August 22, 2014
The endurance challenges of an Ironman event in Sweden have been tackled by 28 members of Tri-Anglia triathlon club.
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 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.
“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?”