Lunn’s superb year just keeps getting better
STAMFORD Triathlon Club’s Paul Lunn continued his excellent year when qualifying for the World 70.3 Half-ironman Championships in Las Vegas.
Just a week after winning the Langtoft 10k, Lunn finished third in the 40-44 age group at the Majorca 70.3 event, which was a qualifier for Las Vegas.
Lunn admits he may not now go to the World Duathlon Championships in Nancy, France as they come just two weeks after he lines up in Las Vegas.
Lunn made a modest start in the event as the swim is his weakest discilpine but he then stormed through the field with excellent performances on the bike and run stages.
Lunn was back in 102nd position in his age group after completing the swim in 35.15, so to storm into the medal positions was a brilliant effort. He was third quickest on the bike (2.34.31) and second fastest on the run (1.25.55) as he completed the race in 4.35.44.
He said: “The swim wasn’t great but no-one passed me on the bike or run stages and it was a great feeling passing so many people.
“I caught about 300 people, including other age groups, on the bike and it gave me a really big lift.
“It was hot, about 30 degrees, and there was a big mountain climb on the bike stage so it helped that I was passing so many people.
“On the run I set myself a target of averaging 6.30 minutes per mile and I ran 6.27 so I’m very pleased with how I performed.”
Lunn has not looked back since changing coaches to Northampton-based Steve Casson last year, adding: “I’ve got a more structured training schedule now and this year is going really well. Hopefully I can keep it going.”
Lunn’s training partner David Thorold of Water Newton was 87th in the 45-49 age group, completing the swim in 37.58, bike in 3.07.07 and run in 1.59.43 for a time of 5.44.30.
PACTRAC’S Roger Canham was fourth in that age group in 4..45.19 (32.47, 2.46.19, 1.26.10), producing the second fastest run time.
SUPERB DISPLAY: Paul Lunn (left, with David Thorold).