Best of Suffolk Dream Team take on the Aldeburgh Triathlon
On Sunday 15 September, some of the Best of Suffolk team took to the track for the Aldeburgh Triathlon Team Relay.
Now an annual fixture, the hugely supported event was back for the 5th year running. As I, Iona, and my sister, Eliza, wondered down the High Street towards the Moot Hall, we had no idea what to expect.
Neither of us had taken part in this event before, but rest assured we will be taking part next year.
As we got closer to the Moot Hall we could sense the excitement and nerves raising. The crowds were gathering, everyone looking very sporty and professional.
Sponsored by Best of Suffolk
Surrounding the crowds were the proudly standing Best of Suffolk flags, as one of the main sponsors of Aldeburgh Triathlon Best of Suffolk felt every proud to have two teams taking part.
Amongst the crowd we met up with Donna also from Best of Suffolk, the Best of Suffolk Ladies Team was now ready and raring to go! With Eliza taking on the 1000m swim, myself doing the 15-mile cycle ride, and Donna running 5K, we were the Dream Team…or so we thought!
The Best of Suffolk Gentleman’s team was made up of Tim and two of his great friends, Jim and Will. The six of us all joined together for a team talk before kickoff at 11am. At this stage the nerves were really starting to kick in.
Eliza and Will made their way up to the famous Scallop on the beach between Thorpeness and Aldeburgh, to join all of the other swimmers. Afterwards, Eliza said “the swim was exhilarating and totally thrilling.”
Both of the swimmers did so well! Will’s time being 12 minutes and Eliza very close behind with 14 minutes. They both finished among the top 30 swimmers!
So when Eliza came out of the sea, along the carpet to the road outside the White Lion, she quickly past me our team band and off I went!
The 15-mile bike was from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness and to Aldringham and back to Aldeburgh twice. I must say I thought I had finished when I got back to Aldeburgh for the first time…but I was told I needed to do the lap again! The 15-miles took me in total 1 hour and 7 minutes, which I was pretty pleased with. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to keep up with the top athletes but it’s all about taking part.
Run, run, run!
Donna was waiting for me as I came back into Aldeburgh for the second time. I passed over the band and wished her the best of luck! Within 35 minutes Donna was back over the finish line. So in total the Best of Suffolk Ladies team finished with a total time of just under 2 hours! However, the Best of Suffolk Gentleman’s team finished in 1 hour 30 minutes, so well done to them!
As Donna ran over the finish line she was presented with three medals for each of us.
Best of Suffolk sponsored the medals and we were very proud to wear them around Aldeburgh.
All in all a wonderfully organised event, with some fantastic athletes and some great fun…until next year!
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