Iain Robertson raced his local race and defended his title (for the 3rd time). His “slightly” slow swim meant he had his work cut out on the bike and run, but in the end he won quite comfortably…
Norwich Triathlon is my local club Tri-Anglia’s main event of the year, of which I have competed in for the past few seasons. I was invited back after winning last year’s event, so I could defend my title.
The event is well organised and is less than a mile from where I live, which also makes it so very easy to go back year on year.
I helped to marshal the Sprint Distance race the evening before on a perfect Summer’s evening for racing. It was an impressive line up, with two pro’s in the field – one being Joe Skipper. I felt like I was missing out on an opportunity to line up with one of the World’s top long distance triathletes, albeit over a much shorter distance! Joe didn’t have it all his own way, with Sean Watson leading out of the water. Joe came through for a comfortable victory with an impressive performance.
Next up was the Standard Distance on the Sunday morning. Unfortunately, the Summer weather had turned to rain. I didn’t feel that I had properly recovered from Grafman 2 weeks ago and was hoping that I would be able to produce a good performace on home turf. I had a poor swim and found myself over 2 minutes down. Once I got on the bike I felt much better and more up for the race. I began to chase down the two ahead, we all came together a few miles from T2 and arrived into transition close together. I had a good transition and came out in front. I knew Sam Proctor was close behind, but I did not look back and tried to get a gap. I was told I had a 45 sec lead after the first 5k lap, which was a relief, the support was amazing and I could really enjoy the 2nd lap.
I was really pleased to come away with the win and it looks like I will be coming back again to defend my title next year!
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