Christophe fin­ishes al­most six sec­onds clear New boy De­moulin scorches to vic­tory


The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - by BOB FRANK

EX­PE­RI­ENCE told as Christophe De­moulin won the PACTRAC Novice Mini-Se­ries Triathlon at Oun­dle.

The event is open to new­com­ers to triathlon or those who have been in the sport for less than a year.

Of the 26 com­peti­tors, six took part in the PACTRAC Mini-Se­ries last year and of the re­main­ing 20 who have taken up the sport this year, 17 were tack­ling their first triathlon. The other three had com­peted in the open­ing race of the PACTRAC Mini-Se­ries a week ear­lier, and all im­proved on their times.

De­moulin re­cently joined PACTRAC from Ed­in­burgh Uni­ver­sity and com­peted in his first Mini-Se­ries race last week. He has com­peted in triathlons be­fore this year, al­beit not many, and as a new mem­ber was al­lowed to com­pete.

He led com­ing out of the pool, hold­ing a 10 sec­onds ad­van­tage over Natasha John­son, with an­other 11 sec­onds to James Walker with Har­vey Childs just be­hind.

De­moulin pow­ered away on the bike, pro­vid­ing the fastest split to go into the run stage four min­utes clear.

Josh Gull moved up into sec­ond on the bike, just ahead of Har­vey, with Oli Lav­er­ack mov­ing up to fouth. John­son, mean­while, was eighth with her favoured run­ning stage to come.

De­moulin had a storm­ing run to fin­ish in an im­pres­sive 51.38 while Gull, a mem­ber of Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers, also ran well to re­main sec­ond.

Lav­er­ack moved up to third on the run while Do­minic Bur­land climbed to a cred­itable fourth and John­son fin­ished first woman in fifth over­all.

The reg­u­lar PACTRAC Mini-Se­ries races con­tinue over the next eight Wed­nes­day evenings.

PACTRAC are also or­gan­is­ing a chil­dren’s duathlon on Tues­day, June 15 as a warm-up race for the Tour Se­ries cy­cle race in the city cen­tre later in that evening.

They then have a 5k run in con­junc­tion with the Oun­dle Car­ni­val on Satur­day, June 19. En­tries will be al­lowed on the day or can be sent in ad­vance. De­tails from www.oundle­car­ni­

GOOD RUN: Josh Gull was run­ner-up.

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