Nine members of Great Yarmouth Road Runners took part in the Fritton Lake Triathlon Weekend Festival. The triathlon weekend is excellently organised by Active Outdoor Sports and consist of a Sprint and Super Sprint distance triathlons on Saturday and an Olympic distance triathlon on the Sunday. John Scott and Andrew Baker decided to make a full weekend of it and competed in all three races, with Myles Duffield racing the Sprint triathlon and making up a third of a team in the Olympic distance event. The triathlons included a swim in the lake followed by a cycle around Somerleyton and Lound and finished with an off-road run in the grounds of Fritton Lake.
The first race on Saturday morning was the Sprint event with a 750m swim, 18km bike ride and 5km run. Starting at 8.30am the race had 144 competitors. Myles Duffield had an excellent swim and run to bring him in with 14th place in 1.07.08. Next for GYRR was John Scott in 27th place with 1.10.01 and Andrew Baker in 30th place with 1.10.54.
On Saturday afternoon the Super Sprint triathlon had 90 competitors and consisted of a 400m swim, 12km bike and 2.5km run. John Scott didn’t show any signs of fatigue from the morning’s effort and finished strongly in 17th place in 42.45 with Andrew Baker in 20th place with 43.33.
On Sunday morning there was a an even larger field of triathletes with 188 competitors taking on a 1500m swim, 36km bike and 10km run. Phil Mordecai had a superb swim and finished overall in 61st place in 2.20.55. Paul Greensides in his first triathlon had a strong run which helped to get him 73rd place in a total time of 2.23.33 with John Scott just behind in 75th place with 2.23.44. Andrew Baker picked up 79th place in 2.24.19. Next back was Kerstin Langer in 101st place, then Ian Tooley 123rd in 2.33.56, Steve Stringer 148th in 2.39.06 and Cathy Tooley in 174th in 2.51.59, the last three also competing in their first Olympic distance triathlon.