TRIATHLON: One of the appeals of triathlon is the variety of races and members of King’s Lynn Triathlon Club really took advantage of that at the weekend, writes Alistair Doig.
Geraldine Jordan was in San Francisco, having qualified for a slot in one of the most iconic races on the planet, the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon.
One of 2,000 triathletes, she plunged into the cold water from a boat off Alcatraz Island and had to navigate strong currents during her 1.5-mile (that ended up two miles) swim to Marina Green Beach, where she had a ‘warm up’ run to transition before heading out on a twisty and hilly 18-mile cycle ride, then an brutal eight-mile run past the Golden Gate Bridge with deep sand and the Equinox Sand Ladder – 400 steps of ‘fun’ up a cliff.
She finished 10th in her age group in 3hrs 22mins (43.15/1.10/1.17).
Fortunately for Jordan, sharks of any significant size do not generally come into the bay but she was being hunted down by her brother Paul, who was also racing and finished in 3hrs 52min.
On this side of the pond, Andy Wright was racing in Staffordshire in the Ironman 70.3, a 1.2-mile swim in Chasewater Reservoir, a 56-mile cycle ride across the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, then a 13.1-mile run around Stafford town centre.
He completed the middle distance event in an impressive 6hr 15mins (32.16/3.01/2.31).
The juniors were also in action in two locations.
Andrea Campbell took part in the Norwich Junior Triathlon and finished as third girl in the Tristar3 category, only 40 seconds behind the winner.
Esmie and Lola Kidman were both racing in Sudbury, with Esmie finishing second TriStar3 girl and Lola third TriStar1 girl.
Dan Guppy, Dave Neale and Mark Doughty (Ryston) stayed local for the Marham Flyers Duathlon, a 20km (two-lap) ride round the perimeter of the base, followed by another lap on foot.
Guppy won the race again with a two-minute improvement over last year in 1hr 8mins.
Doughty finished a few seconds ahead of Neale in sixth and seventh place respectively.
Two junior members took part in the 10km race under different clubs, with Thomas Elsdon finishing 31st overall in 50.50 and Sam Doughty in 61.18.
Anna Seaman was 21st overall in 47.37.