North Norfolk Triathlon provides a coastal spectacle

More than 200 determined competitors raced across some of the region's finest coastal scenery today during the biggest-ever North Norfolk Triathlon.

The event, now in its fourth year, is growing in popularity and drew elite triathletes to Wells from all over the country for the race, which comprised a 1,500m swim, a 24-mile cycle and a six-mile run.

The swimmers battled through a salt-water course from Wells quay, watched by hundreds of spectators from the harbour wall.

They then took to the roads for a circular cycle route which encompassed the villages of Binham, Langham, Hindringham, Thursford and Walsingham.

The final challenge was a run along the coastal path to Holkham beach, before returning to Wells along the sands.

The overall winner in a time of two hours, one minute and 42 seconds was Simon George from the Lincoln Triathlon Club, while the women's champion was Juliette Vickery, from the Cambridge Triathlon Club.

The fastest local finisher was Niall McCallum from Wells, who came ninth with a time of two hours and 10 minutes.

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Jodie McCallum, who co-organised the event with Milla Beeson, said: 'It has been a really great success, and our biggest triathlon so far. We have had triathletes from all over the country – and some of these guys are really fast.'