Lunn’s su­perb year just keeps get­ting bet­ter

TRIATHLON

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By BOB FRANK bob.frank@jpress.co.uk @Et­bobfrank

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).

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