A local mum of three took on one of triathlon’s toughest challenges last weekend, completing a half ironman – a total distance of 70.3 miles. Geraldine Jordan, age 48 from West Acre, entered The Grafman event held at Grafham water in Cambridgeshire having only taken part in two sprint triathlons last year. Geraldine had to swim 2.2 miles in open water, bike 56 miles and finish with a half marathon of 13.1 off-road miles. She completed the event in 6 hours 19 minutes putting her third in her age category, a result she was thrilled with. “It was a great event and I’m really happy to have finished in that time. I was hoping for 7.30 but it all just came together on the day.”
Geraldine praised her coaching she had received from swim coaches Steve and Gaby Balls at King’s Lynn Triathlon Club as well as acknowledging her own hard training efforts over the past six months. “The Swim was fab, one degree warmer than Leziate so that was a nice surprise. I had Steve and Gaby’s advice constantly playing in my head as I swam – they have been an amazing help to me. The bike was great too and I think training on the hills, rough roads and pot holes around West Acre paid off as although the route was undulating it was nice to ride on smooth tarmac for a change.” Geraldine called the hilly, gravelly run route “horrible”.
Geraldine was well supported on the day by friends and family including a surprise appearance by her brother on his bike during her run and she managed to keep a characteristic smile on her face all the way to the finish.
On the same weekend other KLTC members also competed. Nigel Tarratt was at Blenheim Triathlon in Oxfordshire taking on a 750m swim, 19.8km bike, and 5.4km run. Nigel finished in 1.35.50 and thoroughly enjoyed the event despite its challenges. “It was a very enjoyable swim with a 400 m uphill ran back into the huge transition area! The bike course was hilly and with the wind made it quite challenging especially as there were so many competitors of all abilities on the bike ride, it felt like a five lane motorway. Due to a problem with a bridge there was a mandatory dismount and walk for each lap which slowed us all down. The run was a little hilly as well, but it was such a good feeling to finish it made you want to turn around and do it all again.”
In the grounds of Belvoir Castle Adam Bailey raced the Speedy Beaver triathlon finishing a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run in 1.31.18