Milk leads the local challenge

Kate ScotterHundreds of triathletes will descend on a Norfolk beauty spot this weekend as they take part in the fourth Fritton Lake Triathlon. The Fritton Triathlon Festival will see competitors take part in either a super sprint or sprint distance event tomorrow afternoon or the flagship Olympic distance event on Sunday.Kate Scotter

Hundreds of triathletes will descend on a Norfolk beauty spot this weekend as they take part in the fourth Fritton Lake Triathlon.

The Fritton Triathlon Festival will see competitors take part in either a super sprint or sprint distance event tomorrow afternoon or the flagship Olympic distance event on Sunday.

Within the stunning grounds of the Somerleyton Hall estate, athletes will swim in the lake before taking to the surrounding country lanes on their bikes and running a cross country route around the lake through acres of natural woodland.

Super sprint triathletes will swim 400m, bike 14km and run 2.5km while sprint competitors will swim 750m, bike 20km and run 5km.


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Sunday's sell-out Olympic distance event will see 200 people swim 1,500m, bike 40km and run 10km. Some will also tackle the distance as a relay team.

Competitors are travelling from all over the country for the event, including members of clubs in Manchester, Basingstoke and the West Midlands.

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But Norfolk triathlete Oliver Milk has got his eyes on the main prize.

The 31-year-old from Wymondham will go into the race on Sunday on the back of a successful start to his 2010 campaign.

He recently won Wattisham sprint triathlon, setting a new course record and beating his nearest rival by more than three minutes, and Newmarket sprint triathlon.

Earlier this month, he also booked his place at this year's World Triathlon Championships in Budapest after winning his age group at Grendon sprint triathlon near Northampton.

Sunday will be his first Olympic distance event of the season and he is keeping his fingers crossed that both his stamina and the weather hold up. The self-employed businessman, who competes for the Human Performance Unit at University of Essex, said: 'I did the first Fritton triathlon and it was extremely muddy. I came second that year so I've got much bigger hopes this year.

'Everything I've done this season so far has been sprint distance so I don't know where I'm at in terms of Olympic distance at the moment but all will be revealed on Sunday.

'I'm watching weather. There are some big rain clouds coming across the country going into Saturday night so hopefully they will have passed by Sunday.'

Other athletes to look out for on Sunday include last year's winner Roy Young, who competes for Born2Tri, and Cambridge's David Bettinson who came third at Norwich Triathlon in 2009.

Top women include Chiltern Harriers' Sandra Levet, who will be hoping to better her second place last year, and 2009 Norwich Triathlon winner Juliet Vickery, of Cambridge Triathlon Club, who won the European and World championships for her age group two years ago.

t To find out more about Fritton Lake Triathlon, go to www.fritton-lake-triathlon.co.uk

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