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HaverSports hosts biggest triathlon festival to date!

Some 261 athletes competed in triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon as multisport returned to Bury St Edmunds on Sunday (29 April).

Athletes of varying ages and abilities swam, cycled and ran their way around the jewel in the crown of Suffolk in the various races as part of St Eds’ Tri – the Greene & Greene Triathlon Festival.

Event organiser HaverSports managed what was its biggest ever multisport event, being held in support of Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS), at the town’s Abbeycroft Leisure centre. Further support of the event was also provided by Bury Developments, Winfresh and iPro Sport.

Alex Harrison won the Sprint triathlon (300 metre swim, 23 kilometre cycle, 5km run) in a course record time of one hour six minutes eight seconds, with the first woman across the line Laura Abolines in 1.21.40. In the Sprint+ distance (double the Sprint), Craig Warriner was first home in 2.20.03, with the first woman, Nicole Beck in a course record time of 2.35.37.

In the duathlon, (run, cycle, run), Sam Sadler took the top gong in 1.16.12, with the accolade for first lady going to Mel Alexander in 1.28.37. Jason Corner took home the prize in the Sprint+ duathlon in 2.37.32. Children aged from eight also competed in the aquathlon, with various distance of swimming and running.

Michael Batty, senior partner at event sponsors Greene & Greene Solicitors, said: “It was fantastic to be able to sponsor the St Eds Tri in the same year that we are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the firm.  To help enable such a large number of people of all ages and abilities  to take part in a multisports event in Bury St Edmunds to raise money for such a vital charity as SARS was a great way to mark our anniversary.”

HaverSports director Jack Tappin said: “It’s fantastic to see that sport and participation continues to grow in West Suffolk, as we held our biggest triathlon event to date in a great town! I want to thank our sponsors for their generous support, our marshals who gave up their Sunday for this race, and our athletes who all took part to make thus race possible. Hopefully we’ll see them all at Mildenhall at the end of Augustfor our next triathlon festival!

Sue Roots, from beneficiary charity SARS, said: “We were delighted to be the charity partner of the Greene & Greene Triathlon Festival and be associated with a local sporting event taking place in the county where our volunteer clinicians live and work.

“We are very grateful to all who worked so hard to make this such a successful event, particularly the athletes who fundraised for us, our volunteer marshals, Bury Abbey Rotary and Greene & Greene who sponsored the event. We rely entirely on voluntary donations and all money raised will help us to continue our life saving work throughout Suffolk."

Sophie Christy, Commerical Director for iPro Sport, commented: "We are delighted to have partnered with the 2018 St Eds' Tri - The Greene & Greene Triathlon Festival supporting participants entered into all three disciplines (Triathlon, Aquathlon and Duathlon) with water and iPro Sport - a quality, low sugar, fast rehydration sports drink. We were also keen to be involved to help further support the fantastic work of SARS - a charity run by volunteers who in their spare time respond to emergency calls and who are often the first on the scene. We hope everyone involved had a great race and that the event raises awareness and much needed funds for SARS!"

You can see the full results from the race by clicking here.

You can get full details on and enter Mildenhall Tri - the Abbeycroft Leisure Triathlon Festival on Sunday 26 August by clicking here.