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King’s Lynn athlete Geraldine Jordan in San Francisco for iconic Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon


By Pete Woodhouse


Members of King’s Lynn Triathlon Club were taking part in a variety of races over the weekend.

Geraldine Jordan was in San Francisco, having qualified for a slot in one of the most iconic races on the planet, the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon.

One of 2,000 triathletes, she plunged in to the cold water from a boat off Alcatraz Island – home of the famous prison immortalised by the Clint Eastwood film – and had to navigate strong currents during her 1.5-mile (that ended up two miles) swim to Marina Green Beach.

Tri Geraldine Jordan San Francisco. (12236092)
Tri Geraldine Jordan San Francisco. (12236092)

There she had a “warm up” run to transition before heading out on a twisty and hilly 18-mile bike then an brutal 8-mile run past the Golden Gate bridge with deep sand and the Equinox Sand Ladder, 400 steps of fun up a cliff.

She finished 10th in her age group with 3hrs22min (43min15/1hr10/1hr17). Fortunately for Jordan, Sharks of any significant size do not generally come into the Bay but she was being hunted down by her brother Paul who was also racing and finished in 3hrs52min.

Over the other side of the pond, Andy Wright was racing in Staffordshire in the Ironman 70.3, a 1.2-mile swim in Chasewater reservoir, 56-mile bike across the Cannock Chase AONB then a 13.1-mile run around Stafford Town Centre. He completed the middle distance event in an impressing 6hr15min (32min16/3hrs01/2hrs31).

The juniors were also in action in two locations. Andrea Campbell took part in the Norwich Junior Triathlon and finished third girl in the Tristar3 category, only 40secs behind first place. Esmie and Lola Kidman were both racing in Sudbury, with Esmie finishing second TriStar3 girl and Lola 3rd TriStar1 girl.

Dan Guppy, Dave Neale and Mark Doughty (Ryston) stayed local for the Marham Flyers Duathlon, a 20km (two-lap) cycle round the perimeter of the base followed by another lap on foot.

Guppy won the race again with a two-minute improvement over last year in 1hr8min. Doughty finished a few seconds ahead of Neale in 6th and 7th place respectively.

Two junior members took part in the 10km race under different clubs, with Thomas Elsdon finishing 31st overall in 50min50 and Sam Doughty in 61min18. Anna Seaman finished 21st overall in 47min37.



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