Five min­utes:

Nor­wich Triathlon direc­tor Jane Han­nah

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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.

‘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

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