PACTRAC star wins a na­tional sprint ti­tle

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

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.

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