Hope and Wid­dess make their way through to the World Cham­pi­onships

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT - By Bob French bob.french@jpress.co.uk

Two more Peter­bor­ough Triathlon Club (PACTRAC) mem­bers have qual­i­fied for the World Cham­pi­onships.

Steve Hope and Mar­cus Wid­dess took part in the fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing race at Red­car at the week­end and have made it through to the ITU World Cham­pi­onships in Rot­ter­dam on Septem­ber 16.

Hope com­pleted the 750-me­tre swim, 12.5-mile bike ride and three-mile run in 72:34 to fin­ish 10th in his age group while Wid­dess clocked 63:21 for 12th place in his age group.

Hope has rep­re­sented Great Bri­tain three times in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships but this will be his first World Cham­pi­onships.

Both Si­mon Hoppe and Ge­orgina Jen­nings had al­ready pre-qual­i­fied as a re­sult of com­ing in the top 10 in last year’s World Cham­pi­onships in Cozumel, Mex­ico.

■ Mon­ster Event Pro­mo­tions car­ried out a test triathlon at Ferry Meadows last week­end to test the fea­si­bil­ity of hold­ing a full triathlon there in the fu­ture.

This was a sprint triathlon (swim 750m, bike 12.5m, run 3m) and it took place com­pletely in the park, with the ex­cep­tion of the bike, which went out via Mil­ton Ferry Bridge to Help­ston. No of­fi­cial tim­ings were taken as it was purely a test event.

PACTRAC re­sults: 4 Mike Shad­well; 8 Mathew Would­ham; 12 An­drea Robi­nett; 18 Chris Waghorn; 23 Andy Rawl­ins; 25 Jeff Man­ners; 34 Ge­orgina Jen­nings.

■ PACTRAC pair Paul Lunn and Dun­can Shea-Si­monds placed sev­enth in the Breca But­ter­mere Swim Run, just seven min­utes off a podium spot.

They com­pleted the 27.75 course (run 23.75 miles and swim 3.75 miles) in 15 hours and 18 min­utes.

Only 90 of the 104 teams that started, man­aged to fin­ish this gru­elling event.

The race, which in­volved nine swims and nine runs, started at 3am in Keswick and in­cor­po­rated swims in Der­went Wa­ter (2), But­ter­mere (3), Crum­mock Wa­ter (3) and Loweswa­ter (1). It was a tough day for the pair who just two weeks ear­lier had com­pleted the Frankfurt Iron­man Triathlon.

Lunn said: “That has com­pletely bro­ken me. Sev­enth over­all but just com­plet­ing it is surely a chal­lenge. An awe­some day on a tough course, and with a killer of a de­scent.”

■ Two PACTRACers made their Iron­man de­buts at Iron­man Switzer­land with both fin­ish­ing in the top 10 in their age group.

The dis­tances were swim 2.4 miles in Lake Zurich, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles and Sue Davys fin­ished eighth in her age group in 15:41.07 and An­thony Brown was fifth in his age group in 11:38.21.

Si­monHoppe(left)andGe­orginaJen­ningswill­be­joine­dattheWorldCham- pi­o­nships by PACTRAC club­mates Steve Hope and Mar­cus Wid­dess.


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