Aug: Giles goes Ultra / Steve, Sue, Jonathan and Kim win AG / Nathan with the Elites / Jon swims the ENGLISH CHANNEL in 11:59 hrs / 21 PACTRACers swim across RW / Paul J in Ghent /

Giles Cooper completed the Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones 2016
(62.5 miles non stop) in the time 13:17:47.
A really hard race, where he finished 137th out of 956. AG 11th.

1st half 6:01:59 hrs (81st).
2nd half 7:15:48 hrs (171st).

Giles Cooper: "My problems were all nutritional. I managed just 2 gels
in the first half of the race. Thereafter, I got through on coke and
some fantastic support from the marshals and other competitors -NEVER
AGAIN!!!"

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The local Cambridge Triathlon took place from Mepal Leisure Centre and
lakes, near Chatteris.

Jon Crowley came 7th overall in the Sprint race (swim 750 metres, bike
13.5 miles, run 3 miles)

7. Jon Crowley 13:06 37:47 21:27 = 1:12:20 Age Group 3rd.

4 PACTRACers competed in the Standard Distance race (swim 1500 metres,
bike 27 miles, run 6.25 miles) with two winning their respective Age
Groups.

29. Steve Hope 30:26 78:27 46:59 = 2:35:52 AG 1
30. Charlie Brookes 27:42 79:32 49:08 = 2:36:22 AG 7
65. Gary Shoemake 32:00 84:13 50:10 = 2:46:23 AG 16
102. Sue Davys 35:52 91:11 57:11 = 3:04:14 AG 1.

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Two PACTRACers competed in the Desford Sprint Triathlon, just to the
west of Leicester.

In the Sprint distance over the distances of: swim 400 metres, bike 11
miles and run 3 miles, Steve Hope won his Age Group for the 4th time
this season in local triathlon's.

10. Steve Hope 7:34 33:28 21:52 = 62:54 Age Group 1st.

Jonathan Oakey won the Youth race by 2:34 minutes. The bike and run
were all on the grass field in sunny, dry conditions. He won this race
last year too, and retains his number one status.

Distances were: swim 400 metres, bike 5-miles, run 2-miles.

1. Jonathan Oakey 6:18 19:14 11:40 = 37:12.

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In the London Triathlon, Pedro Polson (swim) and Andrea Robinett (bike
& run), took part in the Standard distance team relay, finishing 64th
in a strong field.

64. 24:40 82:56 56:43 = 2:44:19.

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The National Standard distance Triathlon Championships were held at
Liverpool at the weekend.
Distances were:
swim 1500 metres in the Dock - in salty, warm water filled with lots of jellyfish.
bike 25 miles - 4 laps on closed roads.
run 6.25 - 2 laps, flat.

Aaron Godden comfortably finished his 'A' race of the season in his best performance yet.

282. Aaron Godden 27:33 73:52 41:09 = 2:22:34 AG 35.
358. Andrea Robinett 24:48 76:39 44:27 = 2:25:54 AG 10.
395. Steve Hope 28:01 75:54 44:18 = 2:28:13 AG 15.

Mark Wethersby chose to compete in the accompanying sprint distance,
over half the distance. He finished an impressive 4th overall, having
already won the Cardiff Sprint Triathlon outright, earlier in the
year.
Mark was pipped by 1 second for 3rd spot, losing out on the sprint
finish.

4. Mark Weathersby 13:55 37:56 18:55 = 1:10:46 AG 2nd.

Nathan Tweedie had a great swim, holding his own in the Elite section.
He was 5th away on the bike and managed to stay with the leading group
of 16. They established a good lead over the second group, which gave
them a cushion at the start of the run.

16. Nathan Tweedie 9:11 31:09 17:20 = 57:40

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5 senior PACTRACers finished the Whittlesey Triathlon.

Distances were:
swim 200 metres in the pool.
bike 2.5 miles - 5 laps on the grass.
run 1.25 miles - 5 laps on the grass.

11. Nicola Goy 4:17 18:05 11:03 = 33:25 AG 1st. 2nd Lady.
12. Daniel Richardson 6:12 16:28 10:45 = 33:25 AG 7.
23. Helen Stevens 4:12 18:17 14:41 = 37:10 AG 5.
28. Debora Leininger 4:48 22:34 13:02 = 40:24 AG 13.
38. Gerald Farrow 8:10 23:25 16:22 = 47:57 AG 2.

The event was also an Eastern Regional League event for the Juniors.
There was a really good turn out from the PACTRAC Juniors with 19
members competing at Whittlesey. This was the 1st event for a number of
the Juniors. With so many racing there were many excellent performances
& PB’s.

With Softer ground the cycle course was challenging and was able to sap
the spring out of the stride of many competing.

There were 2 outstanding performances - in Tristar 2 boys Connor Walker
continued his good form to finish 3rd in a quality field. He posted the
fastest swim time and with a slightly faster transition he could have
finished further up the podium.

In Tristar 3 Girls Katie Tasker won by the narrowest of margins to beat
the current Regional Champion by 0.3 seconds in a highly competitive
race. The shorter distances tend not to suit Katie but she was able to
raise the tempo on the bike enough to open a lead. It was a good bit of
pacing that enabled her to retain her lead and to hold on to victory,
in a sprint finish. She was in the lead by 7.9 seconds with just the
run to go. Katie was caught by second placed Helena Dyce but managed to
put in a great sprint for the line.

TriStart:
5. Sophie Pickering 1:24 5:01 2:06 = 8:31

5. Eden Hewitt 1:39 4:56 2:13 = 8:48
9. George Milton 1:18 7:40 1:53 = 10:51

TriStar 1:
17. Isabelle Lock 2:23 10:05 4:24 = 16:52
26. Lois Walker 2:37 11:15 4:50 = 18:42

7. Safford Hewitt White 2:03 6:56 4:04 = 13:03
18. Joseph Pickering 3:00 8:07 4:02 = 15:09

TriStar 2:
7. Olivia Corner 3:01 9:24 5:42 = 18:07
13. Evadne Dawson 2:33 10:44 6:59 = 20:16
17. Lottie Tasker 3:37 11:18 6:45 = 21:40
20. Chloe Moore 3:30 13:21 7:55 = 24:46
21. Libby Mellor 3:29 14:09 7:41 = 25:19

3. Connor Walker 2:19 8:30 4:44 = 15:33
9. Samuel Oakley 3:13 9:19 4:37 = 17:09
17. Toby Cooke 3:21 9:33 6:13 = 19:07
18. Louis Dawson 3:06 10:23 5:54 = 19:23

TriStar 3:
1. Katie Tasker 3:21 10:04 6:40 = 20:05

5. Luke Welch 3:22 10:21 6:58 = 20:41

Youth:
4. Matthew Wouldham 2:47.3 11:54.3 0:21.3 8:34.3 24:24.4

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In the Monster Standard Distance Triathlon at Ely, PACTRAC's girls came
1st and 4th in their respective Age Groups.

The distances were:

swim 1500 metres in the River Great Ouse - mostly against the current.
bike 26 miles - 1 lap on sometimes rough roads.
run 7 miles - 3 laps with 3 hills per lap.

23. Kim Bell 19:08 84:54 58:18 = 2:42:18 AG 1st.
46 Abi Schofield 22:49 95:10 60:56 = 2:58:53 AG 4th.

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Last Friday, PACTRAC's Jonathan Ratcliffe swam the English Channel in
11:59 hours. He had to wait over a week to finally have his slot
confirmed, took the opportunity at midnight and became the 59th solo
swimmer to make it across, so far this year.

The Channel Swimming Association's Facebook page announced the news
here https://www.facebook.com/132029483530840/photos/a.157182627682192.39533.132029483530840/1148766931857085/?type=3&theater

The Channel Swimming Association's official webpage acknowledgement is
here http://www.channelswimmingassociation.com/swims/

More details are on the PACTRAC Forum here http://pactrac.co.uk/forums/topic/732/#new-posts
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Inspire2Tri organised a swimming race across Rutland Water with an
option of either a 2km (1 way) or 4km (both ways) swim.

The event took place from Whitwell, with the 2km Starting at Normanton
Church, whilst the 4km Started and returned to Whitwell.

PACTRAC had 21 swimmers over the two distances.

2km.
40. Martin Thorpe........42.36
59. Sue Drake............46.14
81. Sue Davys............49.42

4km.
14. Simon Guerin.........62.03
23. Abi Schofield........63.27
28. Pedro Polson.........63.50
42. Laura Hardy..........65.22
54. Sam Smith............68.06
63. Sean Pooley..........69.15
105. John Luckins.........75.39
106. Christina Cork.......75.40
121. Mark Daniels.........77.30
142. Jayne Row............80.37
145. Chris Waghorn........80.54
156. Sean Whittaker.......82.06
186. Oliver Herbage.......85.32
197. David Pooley.........86.30
206. Kate Armstrong.......89.00
237. Paul Jephcott........96.44
249. Mark Bedford.........99.50
254. Louise Alexander....101.13

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PACTRAC had 6 runners in the Kimb:olton Half Marathon at the weekend.
Aaron Godden led the team home in 1:30:21 whilst Andy Gregg and
Tristan Matthews cycled 45 miles to get there, in preparation for the
European Middle-Distance Triathlon Championships in Austria in two
weekends time; where they will be representing GB along with PACTRAC
club mates Christina Cork and Robin Brookes.

Aaron said "Sub 90:00 minutes for the half-marathon is still a key goal."

Tristan commented that it was "the last big training day today, and a
tough day at the office; finished with a 1:31 half marathon and pleased
with that."

37. Aaron Godden 1:30:21
41. Andy Gregg 1:31:08
50. Tristan Matthews 1:31:52
67. William Barfield 1:34:25
149. Michael Brown 1:45:19
418. Paul Hodgson 2:16:16

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One more triathlon to report from the weekend.

Paul Jephcott travelled to Ghent in Belgium to take part in the Middle-
Distance Triathlon on Sunday - part of the Belgium National Series, so
the standard was high with an impressive field.

Paul said "Inspired, yet again, by the Brownlees, the triathlon ( 1.2
mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile half marathon run) was just
excellent."

"Despite the on-off lashing rain and strong winds, it went ok. The swim
including 200 metres of carpeted track back to transition was 35 mins;
my average bike speed for 56 miles was 18.8mph (good for me) but I was
very tired for the run so 2 hours 10 wasn't my best. Total time 5.41
which was just about faster than the relay team from Bushfield Joggers
(Mandy Walker/Mike Daniels/Jenny Orr). Great day, well organised,
closed roads, interesting course, shame about the weather!"

"The event was extremely well organised, had an interesting bike and
run route, closed roads, was extremely supporter friendly, plus very
social between competitors ( also a highly sensible 10.30 start time).
Three firsts: swimming in a canal; treading water at the end of the
swim whilst waiting for the next person to climb out via the ladder
onto the wharf, and cycling on cobbled streets in lashing rain. Great
event!"

246. Paul Jephcott 35:59 2:58:28 2:07:56 = 5:42:23

Team Bushy.
253. TEAM BUSHY 40:07 3:14:27 1:57:24 = 5:51:58

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