Home knowledge helps in North Norfolk Triathlon

Local knowledge proved to be an advantage at the North Norfolk Triathlon as a home-grown competitor earned his spot on the podium.

More than 260 triathletes descended on Wells yesterday for the annual North Norfolk Triathlon.

Starting off with a 1,500m swim in Wells' harbour, the Olympic distance event saw competitors then leap onto their bikes to cycle through Langham, Hindringham and Great Walsingham before ending where they started 40km later.

The final leg of the race saw the multi-sport athletes tackle a testing run along the Norfolk Coastal Path out towards Holkham, back along the beach, and up to the finish where they were spurred on by a quay-full of supporters.

In the men's race, Wymondham talent Oliver Milk led from the start, completing the scenic course in one hour, 56 minutes and 19 seconds, nearly seven minutes faster than the next male finisher.

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Just 29 seconds separated local boy Niall McCallum and Tri-Anglia's Alfie Chapman, finishing second and third respectively.

Meanwhile, in the women's race, Team Dillon's Kim Morrison came through the field to take the win with Tri-Anglia's Claire Martin and Kelly Davis completing the podium.

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North Norfolk Triathlon Club member McCallum, 36, who lives in Wells and whose wife Jodie organises the event, said he was surprised to come second.

He said: 'It does help being a local boy. I do a reasonable amount on the course - this is in my backyard and I'm lucky enough not to have to worry about signs or knowing where to turn.

'This is my first race of the season and the standard was high. For me it was a big shock to finish second.

'The weather was great, the support was great, it was very well organised and I had a good day.'

As part of the event, Norwich-based triathlon club Tri-Anglia hosted its own inter-club championship.

More than 80 of the club's members took part.

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