It’s an­other su­per sil­ver for PACTRAC vet­eran Ge­orgina

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Bob French

There was a re­peat per­for­mance for Peter­bor­ough Triathlon Club (PACTRAC) su­per vet­eran Ge­orgina Jen­nings in Mex­ico at the week­end. The sprightly 71 year-old was com­pet­ing for Great Bri­tain in the World Cham­pi­onships in Cozumel and for the sec­ond year run­ning she fin­ished runn er-up in the 70-74 age group.

Twelve months ago Jen­nings fin­ished eight min­utes be­hind Paul a Lars en in Chicago. At the week­end she once again had to play sec­ond fid­dle to the fleet-footed Amer­i­can, this time fin­ish­ing five min­utes adrift.

She clocked 01:39:12 for the sprint dis­tance of a 750m swim, 12.5 mile bike ride and three mile run with Larsen fin­ish­ing in 01:34:24.

Bronze medal­list Julie Boshier of New Zealand recorded 01:49:47.

Jen­nings was a minute down after the swim, and al­though she had the fastest bike leg, it wasn’t enough to hold off the chal­lenge from the top Amer­i­can ath­lete on the run.

The sil­ver medal crowned an­other fan­tas­tic year for Jen­nings who re­tained her Bri­tish ti­tle in May and her Euro­pean ti­tle in Lis­bon in June.

In 2015 she was voted Bri­tish Triathlon Fed­er­a­tion Fe­male Age Group Triath­lete of the Year.

Four other PACT R AC mem­bers were com­pet­ing for GB in Mex­ico.

Si­mon Hoppe ( 46) was com­pet­ing in his 15th World Cham­pi­onships and came 11 th in his age group in the sprint eventin 63:31. He fin­ished only 2:18 off a podium spot.

Susie Free­man, mak­ing her GB de­but, also did the sprint dis­tance and was 16th in her age group in 73:29.

The other two PACTRAC mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing GB tack­led the stan­dard dis­tance over a 1500m swim, 25 mile bike ride and 6.25 mile run.

GB debu­tant Si­mon Pauf­fley was 35th in his age group in 2:38:23 while Abi Schofield was 43rd in 2:41:02

Schofield said after the race :“To­day was amaz­ing but in­cred­i­bly tough.”

An­other PACTRACER in ac­tion abroad was Dave Pat­more- Hill, who com­peted in the Iron­man 70.3 in Pula, Croa­tia.

That was over a re­ally tough course con­sist­ing of a 1.2 mile swim, 57 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run and he fin­ished in 4:59:24 for 119th place over­all and 21st in his age group.

He said: “That was pretty scary. The swim was ter­ri­ble with tough sea con­di­tions. We had thun­der and light­ning on the bike with a del­uge of rain and the run course was part river after the tor­ren­tial rain.

“But it was great fun. It was one of the hard­est races I’ve done but also one of the most en­joy­able.”

Steve Hope (PACTRAC) ran the Belfast Half-marathon in 1:40:09.

He com­petes in the Basel Marathon this week­end to make it four races in four week­ends abroad.

From 255 en­tries, PACTRAC’s James Steven­ton fin­ished 19th in the Equinox 24-hour Solo Run at Belvoir Cas­tle, near Gran­tham. He com­pleted 16 laps.

Amy Hayes ( PACTRAC) swam the Ox­ford Lock to Lock 10k swim in 3:22:45.

In the Rut­land Wa­ter HalfMarathon Nick Park (PACTRAC) was 65th in 1:50:32.

Ge­orgina Jen­nings was run­ner-up in the World Cham­pi­onships.

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