Photo gallery: Records tumble at 11th Norwich Triathlon

Competitors in the Norwich Triathlon at Whitlingham Broad. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Competitors in the Norwich Triathlon at Whitlingham Broad. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

The eleventh annual edition of the Norwich Triathlon saw professional and GB athletes line up at Whitlingham Park, as seven new course records were set over the weekend's racing.

Former Notre Dame High School pupil and professional triathlete Joe Skipper won the sprint distance race on Saturday evening, setting new bike and total course records of 55 minutes 58 seconds for the 750m swim, 18km bike and 5km run.

He didn't have it all his own way though as GB athlete Sean Watson, currently back in Norwich during university holidays, was the first out of the water and on to the bike.

Catton's Simon Brierley, who represents the Seychelles, pushed them both all the way. Sean finished second overall and Simon third.

The ladies' race in the sprint distance saw a fast finish with Becky Schofield of Stoke Holy Cross closing a one-minute gap from the swim on Zoe Cresswell of Team Tri2Aspire, to win by one second in a time of 1-06:43.


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Becky set new ladies' sprint bike and run course records in catching Zoe. Amy Pressland completed the top three.

The standard distance race, which was also the regional championship race, saw both the 2014 Norwich Olympic Triathlon champions retain their titles.

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Sam Proctor of Tri Harder set a new men's swim record for the 1500m of 20:26, but his lead was taken on the bike by GB athlete Jay Lingwood from Lowestoft, and Trowse-based Iain Robertson.

While Proctor was able to retake Lingwood on the run for second, Robertson extended his lead to win his third Norwich Triathlon title in a time of 1-57:49.

In the standard distance ladies' race, it was a dominant show by GB athlete and reigning champion Kimberley Morrison of Fakenham, who won by a clear 12 minutes over her nearest rival, Verity Smith from Stowmarket.

Kimberley's time was beaten by only 10 of the competing men and she set a ladies' run record and a ladies' overall record of 2-10:57 for the 1500m swim, 15km bike and 10km run.

Mark Philo, race director from Tri-Anglia who organised the event, said: 'The weekend has been a real success and advert for triathlon in the east of England, with Norwich firmly on the map.

'There has been great feedback from competitors, marshals and supporters, and we'll use all of this to make the 2016 even better.

'Records tumbling is evidence of the increasing standard at the competitive end of the race but for the majority it is about keeping fit, pushing your boundaries and getting cheered on all the way.'

RESULTS

Sprint distance (750m swim, 18K bike, 5K run)

Top 10

Men: 1 Joe Skipper (Tri Anglia) 55min 58sec; 2 Sean Watson (Leeds Triathlon Centre) 57:39; 3 Simon Brierley, 4 Finn Nugent (Durham University) 1-02:29; 5 Lee Shipp (Diss Cycling Club) 1-02:48; 6 Daniel Crowe (Tri Anglia) 1-03:11; 7 Dougal Toms (Norwich School) 1-04:56; 8 Benjamin Bay (Tri Michels Hamburg) 1-05:01; 9 Adrian Ball (Tri-Anglia) 1-05:26; 10 Jason Mountain (Tri Anglia) 1-06:06.

Women: 1 Becky Schofield (Tria Anglia) 1-06:43; 2 Zoe Cresswell (Tri2Aspire) 1-06:44; 3 Amy Pressland (Tri-Anglia) 1-12:11; 4 Francesca Hall (King's Lynn Cycling Club) 1-13:28; 5 Kate Murrell (Tri-Anglia) 1-14:46; 6 Annie Drugan (West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club) 1-15:46; 7 Anna Moore (Tri-Anglia) 1-17:43; 8 Sara Ellis (Dynamic Fitness) 1-19:11; 9 Rebecca Gedge (Tri Anglia) 1-20:18.

Olympic distance (1500m swim, 38K bike, 10K run

Men: 1 Iain Robertson (Torq) 1-57:49; 2 Sam Proctor (Tri Harder) 1-59:13; 3 Jay Lingwood (Rock Estate) 2-02:21; 4 Matt Shingleton (West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club) 2-06:30; 5 Dan Blackburn (TRiIQ) 2-07:15; 6 Liam Gentry (Rock Estate) 2-08:36; 7 Matthew McClure (Whizzy Tri Club) 2-09:00; 8 David Walker (Beccles Triathlon Club) 2-09:41; 9 Adam Wells (Ely Tri Club) 2-09:52; 10 John Beardsworth (Unattached) 2-11:31.

Women: 1 Kimberly Morrison (Tri-Anglia) 2-10:57; 2 Verity Smith (Stowmarket & District Cycling Club) 2-22:56; 3 Zoe Catchpole (Triathlon Europe) 2-25:26; 4 Katie Keeble (Unattached) 2-25:50; 5 Hannah McInroy Naylor (Tri Anglia) 2-27:30; 6 Nicky Roger (King's Lynn Tri Club) 2-27:42; 7 Allison Carter (Tri-Anglia) 2-28:23; 8 Deborah Lloyd (Windrush Tri) 2-31:59; 9 Parris Williams (Newmarket Cycling and Triathlon Club) 2-32:51; 10 Eve Dewsnap (Tri Anglia) 2-34:06.

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