Triathlon returns to Bury St Edmunds!
Some 160 athletes swam, peddled and ran in and around Bury St Edmunds as the town’s triathlon festival returned on Sunday (11 August).
St Eds’ Tri – the Greene & Greene Triathlon Festival, saw athletes compete in their choice of Sprint or Sprint+ distance in triathlon and duathlon, with the aquathlon offering a chance for younger athletes to get involved too, all in aid of Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS).
Coming first in the Sprint tri to set a new course record for covering the 300-metre swim, 20km cycle and 5km run was Keith Marra, in one hour six minutes seven seconds. The first lady to cross the line was Melissa Coe in 1.18.05.
Covering double that distance in the Sprint+ and smashing the previous course record was Paul Ruffy, coming home in 2.08.54. Rosie Turner was the first lady to complete the distance in 2.36.13.
In the Sprint duathlon, Peter Kerry set a new course record of 1.08.19, with the leading lady Laura Mawditt in 1.31.43. In the Sprint+ race, Matthew Keeble led the way in 2.27.01, with a ladies’ course record set by Henrietta Ward finishing the distance in 3.34.51.
HaverSports director Jack Tappin said: “It’s great to see so many people, of all ages and abilities, competing in triathlon around Bury St Edmunds. We had children, veterans, first timers and experienced triathletes all taking part and enjoying the courses around the jewel of Suffolk.
“I want to thank all of our volunteers who helped to make this event possible, our generous sponsors Greene & Greene Solicitors, plus our support from Abbeycroft Leisure and Bury Developments. We also want to thank our beneficiary charity Suffolk Accident Rescue Service, and most of all our athletes who made this possible. We look forward to seeing them at Stowmarket next month!”
Michael Batty, Senior Partner at Greene & Greene, said, “It was a pleasure to be able to sponsor the St Ed’s Tri Festival again this year. The specialist volunteers from SARS provide an invaluable service when attending the scenes of serious accidents across the East of England assisting with lifesaving interventions. The charity is reliant upon fundraising and donations from events like the Festival, and we would like to thank all competitors and local businesses who took part in the event for playing their part in helping to support this very worthy charity.”
Sue Roots, community fund raiser for SARS, added: “What a marvelous day for the Greene & Greene Triathlon Festival! The weather was kind and we were delighted to see so many competitors swim, cycle and run in support of SARS in the county where our volunteer clinicians live and work. It was brilliant to see the many families and friends enjoying themselves in the sunshine encouraging the athletes in their endeavors.“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 Solicitors who sponsored the event.
“We rely totally on voluntary donations so support from sporting events such as this is invaluable and enables us to continue our life-saving work throughout Suffolk.”