Running cheese! The Aldeburgh Fun Triathlon


A breezy Sunday in September, saw a team from Lawson’s take to the streets and sea of Aldeburgh in a triathlon.

Co-owner, Clare Jackson, was joined in the team relay challenge by her husband Richard, and brother Robert Ormerod who has just started work at Lawsons to be part of our new venture in Southwold. 


The third Aldeburgh Fun Team Relay Triathlon aimed to raise funds for the RNLI, East Anglian Air Ambulance and other local charities.  Bigger than ever before, 105 teams took part in this event, meticulously organised by Race Director, Matt Dye, and his team.  There was a fantastic atmosphere around The Moot Hall as competitors registered their teams and organised their equipment.  They were joined by crowds of friends and family, there to cheer them on.  

As noon approached competitors hushed and entered the starting pens.  It was getting serious! Rob took the first leg of the challenge, braving the choppy waters of the North Sea.  His tide assisted swim took him 750m from The Shell to the Moot Hall.  Temperatures were considerably chillier than his previous triathlon experience in Majorca. 


With a quick handover of the timing chip, Richard sped off on his bike, completing the 22km cycle which was two laps from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness and back via Aldringham along the "roller coaster" road and into a roaring headwind.  


Clare took on the final element of the race, running 5km from Aldeburgh up the coastal path to Thorpeness.  Her first triathlon experience, she embraced the "fun" of the event's name and completed her run dressed as a piece of cheese in a Lawson's pinny.  Not the most aerodynamic of outfits for the return leg! 

The team were thrilled to make it round in one piece and finished in a very respectable 35th place.