PACTRAC ace Hoppe warms up for Mex­ico with a win in Wells

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Of Sport - By Bob French

Peter­bor­ough Triathlon Club (PACTRAC) will have three mem­bers com­pet­ing in the World Cham­pi­onships in Mex­ico later this month. Si­mon Hoppe, Ge­orgina Jen­nings and Abi Schofield all qual­i­fied to com­pete for Team GB in their re­spec­tive age groups in the big event in Cozumel from Septem­ber 15-18.

Hoppe and Jen­nings are the most ex­pe­ri­enced PACTRAC mem­bers at in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­onships.

Hoppe (46) started com­pet­ing as an Elite Ju­nior and has since gone on to rep­re­sent Team GB a to­tal of 23 times, in 14 World Cham­pi­onships and nine Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, win­ning five medals at the Euro­peans and one medal at the World Cham­pi­onships.

Last year in Chicago he was eighth in the 45-49 age group.

Jen­nings i s one of the most pro­lific medal win­ners for Team GB, hav­ing taken up the sport in her fifties and is now one of the over­whelm­ing favourites to win a medal in the 70-74 year cat­e­gory at this years’ World Cham­pi­onships.

She is the reign­ing Eu­ri­o­pean cham­pion and at the 2015 World Cham­pi­onships in Chicago she won the sil­ver medal be­hind Amer­ica’ s Paul a Larsen.

Schofield (25) will be com­pet­ing at her first World Cham­pi­onships.

Hop pew armed up for Mex­ico with an over­all win( out of 285 fin­ish­ers) in the North Nor­folk Triathlon at Wells-Next-Sea on Sun­day.

He was sec­ond out of the 1500m sea swim and took the lead on the early stages of the 40k bike race.

He was, how­ever, over taken and had a minute’ s deficit to makeup at the start of the run. And with one mile left of the 10k run, he re­gained the lead to win by 14 sec­onds.

Hoppe is well known for train­ing with his bor­der col­lie dog, Minxie, who ac­tu­ally broke free from his wife while she was spec ta tin g at Sun­day’ s the event and joined Hop peon the run leg. And she crossed the line com­fort­ably ahead of Hoppe, much to the amuse­ment of the crowd!

Hoppe said, “It was great to win the North Nor­folk Triathlon for the third time in my ca­reer.

“I love triathlon as a sport, and this is my favourite UK race, so to win it, just 10 days be­fore the World Cham­pi­onships in Mex­ico, gives me the con­fi­dence I need to per­form to the best of my abil­ity in Mex­ico.”

PACTRAC ju­nior Katie Task---

er­mean while com­peted at the Na­tional Triathlon Cham­pi­onships in Glas­gow over the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games course at the week­end.

The 13 year- old King’s School pupil from Thor­ney was se­lected for the Eastern Re­gion Un­der 15 team and fin­ished 16th out of a field fea­tur­ing the top 36 Un­der 15 triathletes in the coun­try. Her team fin­ished fourth.

Si­mon Hoppe in ac­tion at last year’s World Cham­pi­onships.

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