Norwich Triathlon director Jane Hannah
What are some of the highlights of the route?
Whitlingham Broad is a stunning venue and competitors enjoy the opportunity to swim in the broad. The bike route then takes you out past Caistor Hall and through the south Norfolk countryside before coming through Poringland and back into Trowse. Then it’s on with the trainers and around the broad for either one or two laps depending on which race. This is an off-road run route which also goes through a small wooded area.
How many people will be taking part?
We have capacity for 500 competitors. This includes a sprint and standard distance and a relay for teams of friends, families or colleagues, with each member choosing whether to swim, bike or run.
What do you enjoy about triathlons?
I love the personal challenge that both the training and racing brings and the variety with the three sports. The social side is also a huge pull and the variety of people involved is amazing. I think people often have the wrong perception of the sport thinking it is elitist, whereas it really is for everyone. What is unique about Tri-Anglia, which was launched in 1992 and now has more than 650 members, is the almost equal split between male and female members which is not the typical trend in sports clubs.
How did you first come across triathlons?
I had been doing long distance running for several years but after a few bouts of keyhole surgery on my knee I decided it was time to give it a break and get a bike. I soon fell in love with cycling and so was encouraged to take my first plunge in the open water for a swim with a hired wetsuit I gave it a try. It was not something I was looking forward to initially but I really enjoyed it.
How long have you been director?
This will be my first year in charge and I have been passed the reigns by Mark Philo, who after nearly a decade in the job deserves the rest. For the last two years I have taken on the job of recruiting and co-ordinating the 100+ voluntary marshals over the weekend which has given me a great insight into the race.
Are all your members superfit or are there opportunities for beginners, or people who aren’t so good at one of the disciplines?
We absolutely pride ourselves on offering membership to all. From first-time open water swimmers to people who represent Great Britain in their age group, there is something for everyone.
The 15th Norwich Triathlon in on Sunday, July 7, at Whitlingham Broad, near Norwich. Spectators welcome. tri-anglia.co.uk
‘I love the personal challenge that the training and racing brings’
ABOVE: Jane, taking part in last year’s Norwich Triathlon Helen Nicholson
BELOW: Competitors at Whitlingham Broad Denise Bradley