TRIATHLON: Aimee enjoys first-ever win

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Four Spalding Triathlon Club members put in outstanding performances at the North Norfolk Triathlon.

The Olympic distance event consisted of a 1,500m sea swim in Wells Harbour, a 40km cycle around rural Norfolk roads and a challenging 10km run.

The swim was deemed as slow to all involved; the first 750m was fast, swimming with the tide through the harbour, but then at the turn, the remaining 750m was challenging swimming against the tide.

Chris Pratt, the strongest swimmer of the group, used this to his advantage, exiting the swim in 5th position.

While the swimmers were in the water, the rain started to fall and by the time that the athletes had made it onto the bikes, the roads were greasy and challenging; the rural roads of North Norfolk created a technical bike course and the athletes had to hold their nerve around the fast corners.

Alistair Rudd used months of Ironman training to his advantage, putting in the sixth fastest bike split of the day.

Aimee Stocker also had a very strong bike, putting in the second fastest female bike split of the day. Once she arrived back in T2, she was surprised to discover that she was second female.

The 10km run had always promised to be difficult; a one mile section along a concrete path, followed by a two mile section of trail through the woods between Wells and Holkham, then a very tough section of two miles along sand tracing the coastline back from Holkham to Wells, where the athletes then returned back onto the concrete path for the one mile sprint back to the finish line.

Stocker ran well, managing to catch the lead female within the first mile section and then continued to push hard to try to hold off the competition.

She proved to be too strong for the rest of the field and took her first ever win in a time of 2.28.19 with her nearest competitor over a minute behind.

Pratt was the fastest finisher from Spalding Tri, finishing 5th overall and 3rd in his category in a time of 2.07.32.

He was closely followed by Alistair Rudd (13th overall and 5th in his category) in a time of 2.13.01.

Declan Murphy also competed with a very strong performance in 2.44.53.