Elveden Estate holds “toughest triathlon in East Anglia”

Almost 70 athletes braved the scorching sun on Sunday to take part in a triathlon at the Elveden Estate.

The challenging course comprised a 750m swim in the reservoir, 25km mountain bike ride through the sandy Breckland soils and 5km run through the forest.

The Tear Jerker, billed as the toughest off-road triathlon in East Anglia, attracted 68 participants and more than 100 spectators.

Overall male winner, with a time of one hour, 28 minutes and 47 seconds, was Toby Morrell.

Fastest female was Suzy Stennett with two hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds.

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Prizes included sacks of Elveden's home grown onions, hotel stays at the Elveden Inn and vouchers for triathlon equipment.

Organiser Ruth Lawrence said: 'I'm delighted by the success of the Tear Jerker, it was a beautiful day and the added heat presented an even greater challenge.

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'It's certainly not a race for the faint-hearted.'

Adjudicated by Triathlon England, the Tear Jerker is set to become an annual event.

Athletes interested in taking part next year can already register their interest by emailing ruth.lawrence@elveden.com

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