‘Never again!’ says Cooper after gruelling ultra-marathon
Peterborough Triathlon Club (PACTRAC) member Giles Cooper took part in a gruelling ultra-marathon at the weekend.
He tackled the Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones 100km (62.5 miles) event from Oxford to S windon, which apart from the long distance also incorporated 1700 m of climbing.
Giles completed the course in 13:17:47 which earned him 137 th place out of 956 competitors and 11 th position in his age group.
He said: “My problems were all nutritional. I managed just two gels in the first half of the race. Thereafter I got through on Coke and some fantastic support from the marshals and other competitors. But never again!”
PACTRAC’s Jon Crowley finished seventh overall and third in his age group in the sprint race (swim 750 metres, bike 13.5 miles, run 3 miles) at the Cambridge Triathlon. He finished in 1:12:20.
Four other PACT RACers compete din the standard distance race( swim 1500 metres, bike 27 miles, run 6.25 miles) with two - Steve Hope and Sue Davys - winning their respective age groups.
Results: 29th Steve Hope 2:35:52 (age group 1st); 30th Charlie Brookes 2:36:22 (age group 7th); 65th Gary Shoemake 2:46:23 (age group 16th); 102nd Sue Davys 3:04:14 (age group 1st).