PACTRAC star wins a national sprint title
PACTRAC’S Georgina Jennings picked up another major title when winning gold at the National Sprint Championships at Emberton Park, near Olney, Milton Keynes.
Over a 750m swim, 12.5-mile bike and three-mile run, Jennings quickly stamped her authority on the 65-59 age group. She was more than a minute clear after the swim and then put her cycling ability to good use to open a commanding lead and she was never likely to relinquish it.
Four-time European medallist Simon Hoppe finished 18th overall. He finished fourth in his age group, missing a medal by just 25 seconds.
He lost 50 seconds to his nearest rival over the two transitions, eventually running out of time as he clawed back a minute and 15 seconds with a fine run.
His performance saw him qualify for this year’s World Championships in Budapest and the European Championships.
Hoppe, who races for both PACTRAC and his sponsors Tri UK, is currently leading the club championships. If successful he will complete an impressive record of having won PACTRAC championships spanning four decades. His first win came in 1989 and he also won in the 1990s, 2000s and hopefully now 2010. 1.30 to finish 250th in his age group and wife Linda clocked 1.57.00 for 139th in her category.
GUNBY went on to finish 17th overall and sixth in his age group when he competed in the elite category at the Nokia Windsor Triathlon on Sunday.
More than 2,500 competitors lined up over the Olympic distance of 1500m swim, 25-mile bike and 10k run and Gunby left the water a minute-and-a-half down on the leaders.
He clocked 20.13, a minute quicker than last year, and knows if he can find a further 30 seconds he will have every chance of making the top 10 in such events.
Gunby found himself in a pack of seven on the bike but was involved in a crash and had to work his way back to the group.
He finished that stage in 62.34 and then ran 34.38 to cross the line in 1.57.25. If he can continue to work on his swimming, his weakest discipline, he will be capable of making the podium in his age group in future.
Gunby has been selected to represent Britain in the World Duathlon Elite race in Edinburgh in September.
GEORGE Robinson was again successful at the first of this year’s three PACTRAC/Peterborough Schools Triathlons, winning the Year 7 race by more than sevenand-a-half minutes.
After the success of the event in the last two years, three are being staged this year with others on July 3 and August 7.
Many of those who competed at Stanground College have benefited from weekly junior training sessions held at the same venue by PACTRAC each Saturday, but the more experienced Robinson was again a class act.
In 2008, the Northborough youngster won the Year 5/6 race and he repeated that success 12 months ago, and despite moving up an age group he recorded the fastest split in all three disciplines.
Robinson, who has also won Peterborough Schools cross-country titles, was quicker than all but one in the Year 8/9 age group as well as the only Year 10/11 competitor.
The only person to go quicker than him was Year 8/9 winner James Noble, who produced the fastest bike and run stages to win his section by 35 seconds.
Haydn Tankard, winner of the Year 7 race last year, led coming out of the pool but Noble then took control.
Hal Whyatt, third in the Year 5/6 age group last year, this time produced the fastest split in all three disciplines to win by 23 seconds.
Matthew Wouldham won the Year 3/4 race.
PACTRAC’S Roger Canham finished 41st in the National MiddleDistance Championships in Bala, Wales. He completed the 2k swim in 33.50, 51-mile bike in 2.33.12 and half-marathon run in 1.20.53 for a final time of 4.27.55.
ALEX Findlay finished fourth in his age group at the Shenandoah Valley Triathlon in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Luray in America. He completed the 750m swim in 14.35, 16.5-mile bike in 64.45 and three-mile run in 31.41 for a final time of 1.51.01.
MARISKA Niemeijer of PACTRAC finished 195th overall in the Weymouth Half-Ironman (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile half-marathon run) in 5.46.20.
Clubmate Adrian Chambers came 106th in the Flashman Triathlon at Lutterworth Leisure Centre, completing the 400m swim in 8.59, the 11-mile bike stage in 42.54 and the three-mile run in 24.24 for a final time of 76.17.