Grimer wins but he’s still way off his best

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports -

NICK Grimer made a win­ning de­but in the PACTRAC Mini-Se­ries as he tested his fit­ness ahead of Satur­day’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Athlone, Ire­land.

The Spald­ing Triathlon Club mem­ber has un­der­gone a se­ries of tests to de­ter­mine why he has been strug­gling so much this year but he is still in the dark as doc­tors couldn’t find any­thing wrong.

Grimer has been strug­gling so badly that he con­sid­ered turn­ing down se­lec­tion, but he was so keen to make his in­ter­na­tional de­but that he will make the trip to Ire­land de­spite his health con­cerns.

Vic­tory at Oun­dle (400yd swim, 10m bike and 3.5m run) sug­gests things are go­ing bet­ter than they were but the fact the for­mer Cambs Road League cham­pion was not even the fastest run­ner was a con­cern.

He said: “I’m pleased to have got round but I should have been about a minute quicker on the run stage.

“I haven’t com­peted on this course be­fore but I can gauge my per­for­mance on the peo­ple I have com­peted against in the past. I’ve raced Sean Beard (his club­mate at Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers) many times and he wouldn’t usu­ally be very close to me when I’m run­ning well so for him to run faster than me is a bit of a worry.

“I’ll take it easy for a week or two af­ter the Euro­peans and then try to get fit for the end of the triathlon sea­son and also the cross-coun­try sea­son. I’ve been tak­ing iron tablets as the tests I had done showed it was on the low side, but not enough to cause the prob­lems I’ve been hav­ing, so I haven’t got an ex­pla­na­tion for why I’ve been strug­gling as badly as I have.

“My only tar­get for the Euro­peans is not fin­ish­ing last. I’m tak­ing a step up in class and there’s a def­i­nite chance I’ll be last out of the wa­ter as swim­ming is my weak­est dis­ci­pline, but hope­fully I’ll make up some ground on the bike and run.”

Jonathan Rat­cliffe was first out of the wa­ter at Oun­dle, fol­lowed 17 sec­onds later by Neil Tandy who pulled out af­ter the bike stage.

Fly­ing Dutch­man Jaap Flik­weert blasted round the bike stage in a speedy 23.01 to hit the front but Grimer came through to fifth on that stage and then took the lead on the run to win by 42 sec­onds from Adam Wells. Beard stormed through on both bike and run, gain­ing 12 places on the fi­nal dis­ci­pline to fin­ish third.

Flik­weert, nurs­ing a long­stand­ing Achilles prob­lem, eased off on the run and even­tu­ally fin­ished 10th.

First woman was Jackie Wren who broke the hour for the first time.

Findlay of PACTRAC fin­ished sixth in his age group at the Washington DC Triathlon in Amer­ica. The Olympic dis­tance event was held over a 1500m swim in the River Po­tomac, a 25-mile bike stage over two laps around the Washington Park­ways and a 6.25-mile run through the Mon­u­men­tal Cor­ri­dor of Washington. He com­pleted the swim in 33.38, the bike in 86.00 and the run in 58.50 for a time of 2.58.28.

GE­ORGINA Jen­nings won the Over 65 age group at the Bedford Sprint Triathlon, record­ing her best time since 2004. PACTRAC club­mate An­nette Wyld was sixth her in age group. The event was hekd over a 400m swim, 15-mile bike and three-mile run.

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