Grimer wins but he’s still way off his best
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.