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Standard Distance Triathlon Event this Sunday 28th.

Currently I am struggling to organise this event due to the unavailability of a event coordinator, time keeper and 3 key marshals. So the question must be asked, how many club members will be taking part? Please can we have a show of hands who will be racing, as soon as possible.
Thank you.

New swim time on Monday's / Extra Mini-Series added.

Their will be a change to Monday swim times at Oundle.

Due to Oundle's Summer School, plus a further School Timetable change for next term, our Monday night swims will change to a 7:30 start from Monday 22nd July 2019.

Up to and including Monday 15th July. 7:00 - 8:00 or 8:30pm (the extra half-hour is at your discretion).
From Monday 22nd July. 7:30 - 8:30 or 9:00pm (an extra half-hour for anybody that wants to stay in for longer)
As the school has changed its timetable, this change will continue until at least Christmas and may stay as a permanent change.

This year, we are again promoting 8 Mini-Series events. With the postponement of Mini-Series 4 due to torrential rain, an extra event, Mini-Series 9, will now be added on at the end, on Wednesday 17th July.

Mid-Distance Triathlon this Monday PLUS Open Water swimming.

The club Mid-Distance Triathlon takes place from Oundle Pool on Monday 6th May. That's this Bank Holiday Monday, starting at 9:00am. It's the first of this year's Club Championship Events, so we expect a good turnout. Arrive early to Register, set up your Transition and listen to the Race Brief. Further details including the Race Brief are here As a reminder, non-members can enter two club races before being asked to join.

It is entries on the day, so just turn up and join in the fun. If you can confirm your intentions here that would help, but if not, well, just turn up anyway! Previously we have had over 30 competitors for this Bank Holiday Club Championships.

The distances are:

Swim 900 yards - that's 18-lengths of Oundle Pool.

Bike 20-miles - that's 2-laps of the Mini-Series course around Glapthorn and the Benefield's (do NOT come into Transition before you have done 2-laps).

Run 5-miles - clockwise around Glapthorn Cross-Roads and Cotterstock Cross-Roads.

We are still looking for a few extra marshals; If you can spare some time, please email


We have a Triple swim on Monday;

9:00am Mid-Distance Tri.

12:00pm a swim in the River Nene from Oundle Boat House, diagonally opposite Oundle Wharf (Park at the back of the Gorilla Cycle Shop) - out against the current and fast back, so turn when you've had enough, but please buddy-up. We should have kayak support, but please bring a brightly coloured hat.

7:00pm the normal pool swim at Oundle. A hard session, in case you haven't had enough.


We will then swim in the Nene at Wadenhoe for the next 2-3 Thursday's before starting our annual Woodford to Castor Nene swims.

Peterborough Schools Triathlon - Saturday 29th June 2019.


More details to follow very shortly. Watch this space.

PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon - Sunday 31st March 2019.

Race Headquarters is the Village Hall in Castor PE5 7AX.

Entries are now open but will close on Monday 25th March.
NO entries on the day.
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We are pleased that Fenland Runner will be in attendance, promoting their Born sports care products

We will also, once again, be having a video of the event, taken by Steve Ashman. The 2018 video is here and of course, our very own Steve Wedley will be out and about taking photographs.

Steve Ashman's video of the 2019 Duathlon is here

No swimming over Easter.

Oundle pool will be closed for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, which means that their will be NO swimming on Friday 19th April or Monday 22nd April.

These are the dates that Oundle pool will be closed over Christmas:

Friday 14th December.
Monday 24th December.
Wednesday 26th December.
Monday 31st December.

Paul takes third in the World Ironman Championships. George wins GOLD and Jim BRONZE in the European Duathlon Championships.

PACTRAC's Tristan Matthews completed the Bournemouth
half marathon in a very respectable 1:24:25.


Paul Lunn and Roger Canham are currently in Hawaii acclimatising for
this Saturday's Ironman World Championships.
(swim 2.4 miles in the Pacific Ocean. Bike 112 miles in the heat of the
lava fields. Run 26.2 miles).

Paul Lunn competed in the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt,
in early July, coming 2nd in his Age Group to qualify for the Ironman
World Championships for the 2nd consecutive year. Roger Canham
qualified earlier in the year in China and will be competing in his
10th Hawaii World Championships.


Then on 24th October, Nathan Tweedie represents GB in the Elite under
23 European Aquathlon Championships in Ibiza. Nathan has propelled
himself to the top of the sport and is training hard at Loughborough
with the best British athletes. Also in action in Ibiza, in the Age
Group European Duathlon Championships on 21st October, will be
PACTRAC's Jim Fell and George Prodrick. Steve Hope, meanwhile will
compete on the same weekend on the neighbouring island of Majorca in a
half-Ironman distance triathlon.


PACTRAC's Paul Lunn and Roger Canham competed in the World Ironman
Championships in Hawaii for the 2nd and 10th consecutive time,

Ironman interview with Paul Lunn prior to the 2018 Ironman World


swim 2.4 miles in the ocean.
bike 112 miles in the heat of the lava fields.
run 26.2 miles again in the same heat.

It is very difficult to qualify for this, as most long distance
athletes in the world covet one of only 2,221 places. Even if you do
qualify, you have to contend with the soaring heat and wind in the
barren lava fields.

Roger is normally in the top 10 in his Age Group, but last year he
suffered a broken collar bone in training but still raced and finished
55th. This year his main focus has been the RAAM Race Across AMerica, a
3,000 mile team bike race.

Roger said "This year, RAAM, Norseman Extreme Triathlon and half of the
run volume in my build up was never going to cut it for out here, but I
knew that. I was ready for the day that I had. I made some improvements
on the bike this year, so just need to get my run back up to scratch
and launch myself into the 55-59 Age Group next year. It was a hard day
at the office. That's the fastest I have ridden for ten year's in
Hawaii and that's the slowest marathon I have run for a long time."

Roger qualified for Hawaii, in the 70.3 Half-Ironman in Liuzhou, China,
in April.

Paul Lunn competed in his second Hawaii Ironman World Championships and
moved up from 5th place last year, in a tough Age Group, to 3rd this
After a good swim, Paul moved through the field with a super-fast bike
split. He improved in all 3-disciplines on last year including 12-
minutes on the bike and 4 on the run.

2017 9:25:02
2018 9:08:27

Paul said: "That run was super tough. I'm pretty happy moving up the
Podium two places from last year. Need to start planning how to go two
better next time." This was the result of endless 6am starts, training
twice a day for months on end, alongside a full time job.


Paul Lunn 1:05:01.....4:43:47.....3:19:39..=..9:08:27 Age Group
Roger Canham 1:09:29.....5:20:04.....4:06:57..=..10:36:30 Age Group

This weekend sees the European Duathlon Championships, Mid-Distance
Triathlon Championships and Aquathlon Championships in Ibiza, with Jim
Fell, George Prodrick, Paul Jephcott and Nathan Tweedie representing

Nathan is representing GB in the ELITE Under 23 Aquathlon
Championships, and is the only ELITE representative.

Saturday 20 October: Duathlon
Wednesday 24 October: Aquathlon
Saturday 27 October: Middle Distance Triathlon.

Two PACTRACer's represented GB in the European Duathlon Championships
in Ibiza. Jim Fell in the 70-74 Age Group and George Prodrick in the 75-

George Prodrick only went and won his Age Group and is now the European
Duathlon Champion in the over 75 category. He won the GOLD medal by 9-

The distances were:

run 6.25 miles.
bike 24 miles.
run 3 miles.

Over the first run, George took an early lead by 2-minutes. He then
pulled away further on each discipline to win by 9-minutes overall.
This was George's 2nd time representing GB and his first Podium finish.
He takes over from Georgina Jennings this year as PACTRAC's Gold
Medalist having trained with a select group of local GB athletes for a
number of year's now.

In the same training group is Jim Fell, who also represented GB in
Ibiza in the same race, bringing home the BRONZE Medal in the over 70
Age Category.

Jim was in a very close race and had the fastest first run over 6.25
miles to be first away on the bike. He was overtaken on the 24-mile
bike section, but had the 2nd fastest bike split and came in to start
the final discipline only 20-seconds down. All was still close, as Jim
had already ran the fastest in the first run. However, he was overtaken
in T2 and set off on the final 3-mile run in 3rd place, just behind and

However, Jim had given it his best shot from the outset and wasn't able
to keep the high intensity in the final run, finishing over 2-minutes
behind the silver medalist. He still had the 4th fastest final run and
held onto 3rd place for a European BRONZE Medal. Jim beat the overall
winner by 1:25 minutes in the first run, as his plan to put a marker
down on the event unfolded.

This is the 6th time that Jim has represented GB; his previous best
placing being 8th.
He came 8th in his Age Group in the World Duathlon Championships in
Denmark in July.
He was also 8th in the World Duathlon Sprint Championships in Canada in

This is, therefore, the first time that both George and Jim have won
international honours.

The attached photo's are of George Prodrick a) in the finishing
straight b) on the bike and c) with Jim Fell at the local Dambusters
Triathlon in 2015 where both again won honours.

Jim Fell................53:51....67:57....31:11..=..2:32:59 Age Group
3rd BRONZE MEDAL 70-74.
George Prodrick..67:16....80:16....34:30..=..3:02:02 Age Group 1st

Later in the week Nathan Tweedie and Paul Jephcott will be competing in
the European Aquathlon (Wednesday) and Middle-Distance Triathlon
(Saturday) respectively.


Steve Hope competed in the Challenge Paguera half-Ironman distance
triathlon on the neighbouring island of Majorca. The distances were:

swim 1900 metres - out and back with a strong current in the warm
Mediterranean Sea.

bike 56 miles - 2 laps of an undulating / hilly course that went into
the early part of the mountain, but all on closed roads.

run 13.1 miles. 4 laps constantly undulating.

463. Steve Hope 35:29 3:10:45 2:05:24 = 5:51:38 Age Group

550. Chris Shaw (Fenland Clarion CC) 43:35 3:14:56 2:10:19 = 6:
08:50 AG 18.

Dan Wilson competed in Ironman Barcelona finishing in a great time of 9:
38:59. After a 2.4 mile sea swim, Dan averaged 23mph for the 112 mile
bike section before consolidating his position with a fast marathon
time of just over 3 1/2 hours.

161 Dan Wilson 1:05:34....5:00:33....3:32:52..=..9:38:59 AG 30.

On the running front Nicholas Partridge competed in the Chelmsford

532. Nicholas Partridge 5:27:17.

Katie competes in the School Games. Georgina qualifies. Simon 2nd o/a. Roger wins SILVER. Paul prepares for IM World Championships. Two compete on the Gold Coast.Steve beats the elements and Jon 8th.

St Neots Standard Distance Triathlon (swim 1500 metres in the River Ouse. Bike 28 miles (2 laps). Run 6 miles (4 laps in the park). This was a big national race with Georgina Jennings winning her Age Group and qualifying for next year's European Championships in Weert, Netherlands.

67. Andy Chapman 23:17 75:29 40:25 = 2:19:11
103. Jon Crowley 23:59 78:29 40:40 = 2:23:08
178. Simon Guerin 24:40 78:38 46:48 = 2:30:06
293. Steve Hope 26:43 88:35 46:51 = 2:42:09
416. Georgina Jennings 34:10 101:02 67:39 = 3:22:51 AG 1st.

In the accompanying Sprint Triathlon (750 metres in the River Ouse, 15.5 miles, 3 miles), Simon Hoppe went into the run in 2nd place and held that position to finish 2nd overall and 1st in his Age Group. Simon is now, already, in the Gold Coast in Australia ahead of this weekend's World Triathlon Championships.

2. Simon Hoppe 11:37 42:01 19:45 = 73:23 AG 1st.


The Sundowner Triathlon, based at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, just 10 miles from York, incorporated: swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, run 13.12 miles.

393. Sue Davys 42:05 3:24:03 2:55:47 = 7:01:55 AG 9.

North Norfolk Tri at Wells-next-the-sea.
James MacWilliam said "Completed the Wells Tri in time of 2hrs 52 mins 06, 2 years after my first go as a team member.
It was hot and running on Holkham beach on soft sand not the easiest terrain- then again it was at least flat."

119. Christian Richards 24:31 80:17 54:48 = 2:39:36 AG 28.
175. James MacWilliam 26:25 84:46 60:55 = 2:52:06 AG 37.

2 PACTRACers ventured north for the notorious Epicman Yorkshire Triathlon, which took place from Wensleydale.

Steve Skelhon said "Today we are Epic men!!! 1.4 mile swim, 56.5 mile bike with 5080ft elevation gain and a 13 mile run up Great Shunner Fell with 1895ft elevation gain!"
16. Andy Chapman 42:05 3:57:47 2:36:49 = 7:16:41 AG 5.
21. Steve Skelhon 43:43 4:31:20 2:32:28 = 7:47:31 AG 3.


In the Monster Standard Distance (1500metres, 27.5miles, 7miles)

74. Mark Bedford 39:48 1:31:31 50:05 = 3:01:24
76. Richard Wright 34:06 1:41:50 45:56 = 3:01:52


Mark Weathersby competed in the Coniston Chillswim, a 5.25 mile straight swim along the length of Coniston. Mark was 3 minutes quicker than last year in a time of 2 hours 36 minutes. No wetsuits are allowed.


"A quick update from a very busy few days over at Loughborough, where Katie Tasker was selected to represent the East at the UK School Games. Over 1000 of the UK's top athletes are invited to attend this prestigious event. There is a real ‘championship’ feel to the event with all the competitors remaining on the University campus for 4 days. There was an Aquathon on the Thursday, then bike trials and bike race on the Friday. Katie came a credible 7th at the event helped by a strong bike; posting the 2nd fastest time on the ‘dustbin’ test. Saturday was the Mixed Team Relay and she went on the 1st leg. Tasker exited the pool in 9th position and was able to move up a couple of positions through T1. The bike course was a twisty and hilly course around the University campus which favoured Katie. She was able to manoeuvre her way through the field and entered T2 in 2nd. She had a strong run and passed the baton over in 5th place. The remaining Eastern team were able to consolidate their position and managed to narrowly edge out Scotland for 4th place of the 13 regions

This sets Katie up well for the British Championships at Mallory park in 2 weeks time where the national title is up for grabs.

Saturday saw the 16th edition of the Vitruvian Triathlon, a leading
event in the UK calendar held at Rutland Water. This year, the event
incorporated the 2018 Triathlon England National Middle Distance

Their was a high calibre of racing in cool, bright and at times breezy
conditions but some seriously fast times and splits were delivered. The
event incorporated the Triathlon England National Championships for
2018 and attracted competitors from all across the country; once again
having an RAF flyover.

It was a tough event, with 30 non-finishers, but PACTRAC's Roger Canham
came away with 2nd place in his Age Group, to win the SILVER MEDAL.

The distances were:

swim 1900 metres - at Whitwell in Rutland Water.

bike - 53 miles. 2 laps around Oakham, Uppingham, Morcott, Ketton and
Empingham. Their were 4 big hills on each lap, including the triple
hills of the Rutland Ripple between Oakham and Uppingham, plus the hill
at Ketton Cement.

run 13.1 miles - to Normanton church and back, twice.

41. Dan Wilson 31:37 2:20:41 1:28:41 = 4:20:59 AG 9.
55. Roger Canham 31:17 2:26:40 1:27:04 = 4:25:01 AG 2.
82. Tristan Matthews 36:03 2:25:39 1:31:23 = 4:33:05 AG 14.
105. Jonathan Hynes 31:06 2:26:54 1:40:22 = 4:38:22 AG 11.
106. Jonathan Oakey 25:07 2:33:19 1:40:06 = 4:38:32 AG 6.
114. Michael Shadwell 32:46 2:31:48 1:36:36 = 4:41:10 AG 15.

Meanwhile Dave Patmore-Hill competed in the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World
Championship's in South Afdrica. 2800 athletes had qualified for this
event, which saw some fierce competition, particularly for the first 3
places, which were all won by Olympic medalists, with Alistair Brownlee
finishing 2nd overall behind Jan Frodeno but ahead of Javier Gomez.

swim 1900 metres.
bike 56 miles.
run 13.1 miles.

1446. Dave Patmore-Hill 31:47 2:57:43 1:37:18 = 5:06:48 AG


Other running races over the weekend:

Great North Run.
11,337. Kate Armstrong 2:06:23.

"We had a great weekend, full of adventure, topped off by an amazing
display by the awesome Red Arrows. Not sure I will be able to walk
tomorrow, but that’s a small price to pay!"


Two Counties Half-Marathon.
104. Nicholas Partridge 2:18:30.

"Delighted with my weekend. Best Park Run this year at Sixfields, Upton
in 27:19. Then a half marathon PB to follow up my Park Run SB the day


Paul Lunn and Dave Thorold competed in the Ironman 70.3 in Nice. This
is Paul's last big race before the World Ironman Championship's in
Hawaii in October, where he and Roger Canham have both qualified.

swim 1.2 miles in the sea.
bike 56 miles - 1 loop into the mountains.
run 13.1 miles - out and back along the coast 4 times.

59. Paul Lunn 33:58 2:49:40 1:26:09 = 4:49:47 AG 5.
649. Dave Thorold 41:44 3:18:14 1:50:28 = 5:50:23 AG 49

2156 competitor's.

4 PACTRAC girls were amongst the 77 competitor's who entered the second
AsKeenAsMustard swim,run event at Ferry Meadows. This involved
continually changing from swimming in the River Nene (to avoid any blue
green algae in the lakes) in your running shoes, to running in your
wetsuit. Each distance was short but challenging and their were many
changes to/from swimming and running in both events.

Mild Mustard Sprint 10k Swimrun

14. Andrea Robinett 1:31:09
23. Sue Davys 1:42:55
25. Carol Smallman 1:43:30

Middling Mustard Half 21k Swimmrun

10. Willow Worthington 3:55:50


The Lincoln Junior Triathlon's took place at the Yarborough Centre over
various distances.

TriStart. 50m, 800m, 600m:
8 EMMA CUSHION 3:08 4:23 3:12 = 10:43
13 HANNAH COULL 3:33 4:55 3:03 = 11:31

TriStar 1. 150m, 2400m, 1200m:
15 FRANKLIN PHILLIPS 4:27 8:07 5:20 = 17:54
26 LUCY CUSHION 4:41 9:14 7:14 = 21:09
47 JOSHUA MOORE 6:51 8:46 7:00 = 22:37

TriStar 3. 300m, 6400m, 2400m:
17 LIBBY MELLOR 7:30 18:12 11:17 = 36:59


Berlin marathon:
Giles Cooper 3:12:56 with negative splits.


Husband and wife, Bill and Sarah Haslam competed in the World Triathlon
Championships on the Gold Coast in Australia last weekend.

The distances were:
swim 1500 metres in the sea.
bike 25 miles.
run 6.25 miles.

Bill Haslam 24:28 1:20:00 54:33 = 2:39:01 AG 60.
Sarah Haslam 26:03 1:26:02 54:03 = 2:46:08 AG 63.

This was Sarah's 2nd World Championship race for GB having competed in
Chicago in 2015. She and Bill also competed in the European
Championships in Estonia in July.

Steve Skelhon competed in the Ironman 70.3 at Weymouth in cold and wet
conditions. This was over the Half-Ironman distance, but Weymouth's
swim was shortened to 950m. Due to the low temperatures and a choppy
sea, the start was delayed and the swim was reduced to 950 metres from
the advertised 1900 metres. The bike was 1 loop through the rolling
Dorset countryside in rough weather conditions. It was wet, wet, wet
with athletes pulling out on the bike with hypothermia, but Steve
plowed on and finished well.


swim 950m
bike 56 miles.
run 13.1 miles.

760. Steve Skelhon 21:31 3:26:32 2:03:24 = 5:51:27 AG 16.

The Woburn Triathlon took place at Woburn Abbey, with PACTRAC's Jon
Crowley finishing his season on a high in 8th position overall and
first in his Age Group.

Distances were:

Swim 1500m - 2 laps in the lake.
Bike 27.5 miles - 2 laps on local country roads.
Run 6.5 miles - 2x out and back.

8. Jon Crowley 23:24 79:34 50:34 = 2:33:32 AG 1st.


Katie Tasker competed in an invitational triathlon in Jersey at the
weekend. The report is here:
"A hugely enjoyable weekend in Jersey. Katie Tasker was selected to
represent GB in
the Youth Girls race at the weekends Super League Festival. A very
event with the worlds best competing for a $2.5m prize pot. Vincent
Luis (France) & Katie Zaferes (USA) took the senior honours.
The Youths raced over the same course just before the Elite seniors
off. This was an international field with athletes from Germany,
Belgium Denmark and the largest contingent from the UK.

The 1st leg set the seeding for the Final race- Those who finished
started ahead of those who followed in a series of waves.

After finishing 18th in the heat, Katie set off 15 seconds behind the

She has a good swim around the marina at Jersey and was able to move up
couple of places. The exit from the marina was a gruelling 12% climb up
gang way into T1. Katie soon got into her cycling and was able to
complete the
7th fastest bike time. The tight and twisty course around the sea front
overtaking difficult with a number of deadturns and sharp corners to
negotiate. Exiting T2 Katie slipped a couple of places on the run but
a strong sprint finish was able to hold onto 19th."

The distances were:
swim 300 1.5 0.75 miles.

Race 1:
18. Katie Tasker 4:53 5:03 4:36 = 14:32

Race 2:
19. Katie Tasker 5:02 4:56 4:51 = 14:49
Georgina Jennings competed in the Bedford Sprint Triathlon based at the
Robinson Pool and won her Age Group.
The distances were:
swim 400 metres - in Robinson 15 miles - mostly on country 3 miles - 1.5 laps around the park.

111. Georgina Jennings 10:21 56:16 29:45 = 1:36:22 AG 1st.

Paul and Duncan 2nd in Buttermere. Roger and Charlie complete Norskman. Mark and Georgina club champions. Louise, Barry and Terry in Ironman Copenhagen. Jonathan swims 29-miles in Hawaii.

2 intrepid PACTRACers took part in the Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon on Saturday: Roger Canham and Charlie Brookes.

The Race Literature states:
"This is the triathlon where you may find yourself all alone on a small bike on top of a big mountain plateau. Getting the sense of being marooned in a vast landscape only suited for reindeer and hard rocks. Where there’s no one who sees you, hears you or cheers you on. It’s just you, your bike and the will to make it to the finish line.
Athletes are required to race accompanied by their own support team in a car."

The event takes place 90 miles east of Bergen and 200 miles west of Oslo. Athletes are taken by early morning Ferry to be dropped in the Fjord.

Swim 2.4 miles in Hardangerfjord after being dropped in from the Ferry. Wetsuits are mandatory.

Bike 112 miles from Eidfjord.

Run 26.2 miles - the first 16 miles are relatively flat but the next 11 miles are up a mountain to the top of Mount Gaustatoppen.

A map of the course and general guide to the severity is here http://www.

Roger Canham reports:

I have applied for an entry for this race for the last four years and this year my number came out the hat. Despite having committed to RAAM in June this was too good an opportunity to miss, it most probably would be my only opportunity to do this iconic event.

The day started bright and early with the ferry leaving the dock at 4am. The ferry quietly chugged up the fjord and it seemed that in no time at all, we came to a halt 2.4m away from Eidfjord and T1. We all stood around on the car deck waiting for the bow doors to open and then jump into the icy water to get to the deep water start. One of the myths surrounding the event is that the swim start is a leap from the ferry but thank goodness it is just that, a myth! The organisers were a little miffed that the water was a balmy 17oC, historically it being closer to single figures and the first part of the extreme day.

The gun fired and we were off but with less than 300 athletes, the contact zone soon disappeared and I got into a firm rhythm with some occasional jostling at times for feet to follow. Since it was nearly light, to help sighting T1, they lit a huge bonfire on the shore which was very cool to see and swim towards. It probably ranks as one of the best swims I have had in an event, crystal clear water in the most beautiful surroundings facing into what was undoubtedly going to be an epic day making lifetime memories. It really is an old school event, the original extreme triathlon supported by the community and just a very special vibe amongst the athletes and supporters. Its hard to describe but the buzz was fever pitch, the talk of the challenges the day would bring and the opportunity to compete for the famous BLACK T-SHIRT.
There is no support provided by the event organisers for the athletes, its old school self supported with each athlete allowed two supporters who must be identifiable in their race
t-shirts. They must provide their athlete with all race day logistics and nutrition.

Its a 140.6m point to point race so sweeping up kit left in T1 and T2 is down to your team. Into T1 and Hector, my support, was there like a coiled spring, waiting with my bike kit and in no time running along side me helping to strip my wetsuit.

He helped me on with my cycling kit, popped my bike lights on and gave me a slap on the back as I sped off out of T1 and straight onto the first 19m climb. Up into the clouds we climbed and as riders started to pass me I wondered whether I was showing too much respect to the course and should be more aggressive. I wasn't confident enough to go with them so I let them go and crossed my fingers that it was their misjudgement of the extreme event and not mine.

The ride to the plateau was just epic, about 1300m of elevation through tunnels and on the old mountain roads. Once up there the clouds started to break up revealing incredible vistas, nature at its best. Now down on my tri-bars, I could settle into a rhythm and crank it out. At 15m your crew is allowed to start giving you support in the form of nutrition and any change of clothes required. It is not unusual for temperatures to dip into single digits when high up on the mountain, only to climb into the mid twenties on the descents into the valleys.

After the first big climb there were a series of four climbs punctuated by valleys floors and plateaus. I started to reel in some of the athletes that has passed me earlier and bagged a fair few on the last 12m climb before we hit the 12m 1000m descent into T2. I had left T1 in around 40th spot and entered T2 in almost exactly the same position. You earn your BLACK T-SHIRT by arriving at 20miles in the top 160 athletes so all looked good.

The first 16m of the run is along the side of the lake and by this time the temperature had started to rise. I had planned to run at a firm pace and see if I could make up a couple of places before arriving at the base of ZOMBIE HILL. My support team kept me fuelled with coke and water, leap frogging ahead of me in the car and then jumping out and running along side with a small buffet selection of treats. I arrived at the base of zombie hill in 35th spot, a comfortable buffer to ensure I could bag the coveted garment.
I happily slipped into a power walk, the only realistic way to ascend the 4m hill with an average gradient of 10%. Hector was allowed to accompany me from this point so I had access to a range of sugary treats from his rucksack including cheese sarnies, yum!

We were passed by one or two keen athletes who had a more effective walk but we managed to arrive at the 20m cut off point in 40th place. The next 3m section was rolling but my legs had no interest in running so we put up no resistance to the one or two who came past us. We arrived at the car park at the base of Gaustatoppen mountain. From the bottom of zombie hill to the mountain top finish was 11m and 1800m of elevation gain but the last 3m was straight up the rocky mountain path. Its mandatory for athletes to have a supporter with them for the ascent and both equipped with rucksacks and basic survival equipment.

Its not even a shale path, its a trail of rocks marked with red crosses to pick out the route. Tired legs really struggled to lift up over the boulders. Its was truly extreme, something I might not tackle even with the right foot wear, never mind after 2.4m of swimming, 112m of riding and 20m of running.
But, the views were amazing and we were even treated to a rainbow half way up. That last 3m took over 90 minutes, something that would take a little under 25 minutes on a normal road. I crossed the line with a huge sense of achievement and thrilled to have shared it with Hector, he supported me tirelessly all day and even carried my rucksack up the last of the ascent. We created some lifetime memories, what more could you ask of any event."

59. Roger Canham 1:05:13 6:26:09 5:47:42 = 13:19:04
138. Charlie Brookes 1:09:45 7:24:19 6:30:44 = 15:04:48

Both Roger and Charlie earned their Black T-Shirts.
To put this in perspective:
Roger has recorded a time of sub 10-hours in the tough Hawaii Ironman World Championships.
Charlie's marathon time of 6:30:44 was in the top half of all marathon times.

Steve Hope competed in the European Sprint Championships held in Strathclyde, as part of the overall European Games. Steve came 32nd in his Age Group in 1:20:39. It was a tough, undulating bike course, with some competitor's including Steve, on road bikes, in anticipation of the impending rain, which never materialised.

Male over 55.
32. Steve Hope (PACTRAC) 13:51 43:38 23:10 = 80:39 Age Group 32.

Other Local Athletes:

Male over 55.
38. Chris Shaw (Fenland Clarion) 17:32 42:08 25:46 = 85:26 Age Group 38.

Male over 50.
20. Gilles Corby (BRJ representing France) 13:22 40:17 21:25 = 75:04 Age Group 20.

SwimRutland is a mass participation open water swim event that took place last weekend at Rutland Water. The organiser's promote this as a unique opportunity to swim across one of the countries most recognisable landmarks.
Competitor's had the option of swimming:

2 kilometres - one crossing of the lake from Whitwell.
4 kilometres - across the lake and then back again to the start.
or 8 kilometres - across the lake and then back again TWICE.

519 swimmers completed the various distances, with PACTRAC's Jonathan Oakey coming first overall in the 2k swim. Andrea Robinett, Chris Hirst and Sue Davys also finished in the top-3 in their respective Age Groups.

1. Jonathan Oakey 29:53 AG 1st.
87. Sue Davys 51:11 AG 3.
88. Paul Jephcott 51:11 AG 5.
163. Bernadette Oakey 62:04 AG 10.

15. Andrea Robinett 1:13:48 AG 2.
33. Iain Cushion 1:18:50 AG 7.
42. Chris Hirst 1:24:41 AG 2.
67. Julie Cushion 1:25:06 AG 4.
96. Chris Waghorn 1:28:13 AG 11.
131. James MacWilliam 1:33:59 AG 8.
155. Richard Wright 1:37:55 AG 8.
174 Louise Alexander 1:41:27 AG 15.

Richard Wright competed in the Gower Sprint Triathlon over the distances of:
swim 750 metres - in the sea.
bike 15 miles - heading inland to find some climbs, technical descents and fast flat sections.
run 3 miles - 2 laps, multiterrain.

Richard said: "Gower Triathlon sorted Choppy sea swim ‍♂️ Hilly wet bike Then leg sapping sand beach/dune run "

Richard had a great run to gain lots of places and come in 81st overall.

81. Richard Wright 16:22 59:09 21:15 = 96:46


Paul Lunn joined up with Duncan Shea-Simmonds for their 3rd attempt at the Breca swim,run in Lake Buttermere. The pair came a fantastic 2nd overall in a time of 6:23:46, 17-minutes behind the winners but 22 minutes ahead of 3rd place in this very tough event (4 teams didn't finish). Coaches take the teams of two to the start at Derwent Hill. Wetsuits and whistles are compulsory. The event consists of 28-miles of swimming (in training shoes) and running (in wetsuits). 24-miles of running and 4-miles of swimming taking in Crummock Water, Buttermere and Derwent Water.

2nd. Paul Lunn and Duncan Shea-Simmonds 6:23:46.


The PACTRAC Standard Distance Triathlon was held at Oundle on Sunday.

swim 1800 yards - 36 lengths in Oundle Pool.

bike 30-miles. 3 laps around Glapthorn and tyhe Benefield's.

run 6.25 miles - out around Glapthorn and Cotterstock.

Jonathan Arnold led out of the swim but Mark Weathersby overtook him on
the bike. Mark was then caught by Jonny Hynes and the pair came into T2
together, before Mark pushed on, in the run to win by 4 3/4 minutes.
Dave Thorrold moved up to 3rd on the bike and held it, from Tony
Daniels in 4th. Georgina Jennings finished first lady, and in doing so,
took the ladies Club Championship Trophy.

Results are on

This was the final Club Championship event of the year with an
athlete's best 3 results from 4 races taken into account.

Mark Weathersby completed his 3rd event and achieved the maximum points
of 300.

The Standard Distance Triathlon rather changed things in both the Men's
and Women's Club Championships.

Mark Weathersby and Tony Daniels completed their third events to jump
into 1st and 3rd, knocking Simon down to 2nd and the Steve's down to
4th and 5th.

1. Mark Weathersby.. 300.00
2. Simon Hoppe ....... 294.252
3. Tony Daniels ........ 282.807
4. Steve Hope .......... 278.401
5. Stephen Comber .. 271.892

In the Ladies Trophy, nobody completed the Mid-Distance in May, and
Georgina Jennings took full advantage to jump into first place today.

1. Georgina Jennings .. 210.768
2. Hannah Bassett ...... 174.575
3. Mariska Niemeijer ... 153.738
4. Sue Davys ............... 143.672

Jonathan Arnold improved his overall score to confirm the Junior Title.

1. Jonathan Arnold ..... 253.111

Georgina said: "I've been in Pactrac since 1992 and never won it!!!"

Well done to Mark, Georgina and Jonathan.


3 PACTRACers completed Ironman Copenhagen on Sunday. Louise Alexander
did a fantastic time in just over 12 hours, whilst Terry Murphy came
3rd in his Age Group (70-74). Terry started out on this journey in 2016
with a half-Ironman, entered the full Bolton Ironman last year, but
didn't start due to a leg injury, and this year he has put everything
into completing a full Ironman.


swim 2.4 miles.
bike 112 miles.
run 26.2 miles.,RML5B48C,RXL9E6UF

Terry Murphy 1:35:21 6:45:39 6:02:00 = 14:23:00 AG 3. A
pretty consistent pace throughout the bike section, with a pick-up
towards the end.

Louise Alexander 1:19:26 6:00:09 4:43:26 = 12:03:01 AG
30. A consistent bike split throughout.

Barry Ryan 1:19:07 6:13:14 4:49:37 = 12:21:58 AG 235.

Jonathan Ratcliffe swam the Kaiwi Channel from Molokai to Oahu in
Hawaii on Sunday. Only 60 swimmers have
swum this solo - 61 now. It's 29 miles across and one of the "Big
Severn" swims in the whole wide world and took Jonathan 14:09 hours.
For 29 miles that's an average of 29:12 minutes odd for each mile.

Tim takes European SILVER MEDAL. Georgina qualifies.

PACTRAC had 6 representatives in the European Standard Distance
Triathlon Championships, held in Tartu, Estonia.

Two members finished in the top 10 in their respective Age Groups. Bill
Haslam finished 9th in his Age Group whilst new member Tim Fletcher won
the SILVER MEDAL in his. Tim was 4th going into the run, but managed to
run 2 of those ahead of him down, finishing in a great overall time of
1:57:03 in a very competitive Age Group. His rivals came home in 1:57:
33 and 1:58:50 respectively.

Tartu was described by one PACTRACer as "a very interesting clean town
with lots of history and culture".

The course was as follows:

"Fast flowing river swim A to B, distance compensated for with an extra
250m added = 1750 m swim. NO WET SUITS as the temp had gone over the
allowed levels. A deep water start which meant getting in to the water,
no warm up and very little time to get ready for the start with no
count down !

Relatively long transition with a single directional flow i.e. always
in at one end and out the other.

bike route 2 laps, flat Time Trial element to course out of the town
and back, then tricky section in town with ups downs and corners to

Run single lap in the river park, then out of town in the opposite
direction to the bike, very flat, good surface, lots of water stations.

Weather hot and humid with some breeze.

The race was well managed, with lots of technical officials out on the
bike course, being very strict."

Paul Jephcott was celebrating his retirement as well as representing
GB. Paul said: "Done and relieved. Just less than 2 hours 35. That’ll
do. Thank you to my sponsors Chiltern Cold Storage".

Paul Jephcott: "Most importantly, I was able to take part and finish
safely. A couple of weeks ago, my knee really was bad (cycling injury)
and rather than training, my first week in retirement was a never
ending cycle of ice, stretch and massage. The swim worried me being non-
wetsuit but was fine by my standards. My average speed on the bike was
pretty much 20mph which was ok on a lack of practice. I felt tired on
the run too (just over 50 minutes) though the temperature was by then
getting warmer so maybe ok. In summary I'm proud and pleased."

Andrea Robinett: "I went better than I thought I would! Fastest time
this year and pleased with 14th in my Age Group."

2. Tim Fletcher 21:23 61:07 34:33 = 1:57:03
9. Bill Haslam 26:13 69:18 43:37 = 2:19:08
14. Andrea Robinett 23:21 74:24 49:31 = 2:27:16
17. Sarah Haslam 25:34 77:27 50:03 = 2:33:04
18. Paul Jephcott 27:42 76:21 50:35 = 2:34:38
21. Angela Wallis 30:37 80:50 52:02 = 2:43:29


2 PACTRACers ventured up to Redcar for the Sprint Triathlon last
weekend; with Georgina Jennings qualifying for the World Sprint
Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, next year. This was Georgina's
3rd success in 3 weeks having won 2 GOLD MEDALS already this month.

The weather turned with plenty of rain leading up to the event.

Swim 750 metres in the sea. It was touch-and-go as to whether the
organisers could get the swim buoys out, in the high winds; and even at
the Race Brief, they were unable to confirm if the swim would go ahead.
It did, and the 14 degree sea water felt a lot colder. One of the
intermediary guidance Buoys did come loose and had to be removed from
the course.

Bike 13 miles - 4 laps on closed roads as this was a draft-legal race,
with competitor's allowed to work together on the bike. This was made
difficult with the 40mph winds.

Run 3.5 miles - 3 laps around the boating lake and along the sea front,
all flat.

316. Steve Hope 15:03 45:07 27:35 = 1:27:45 AG 20.
427. Georgina Jennings 22:33 63:45 38:48 = 2:05:06 AG 1.

JULY Roundup. Jim 8th in Worlds. Paul and Katie qualify. Nathan wins National Aquathlon Championships. Georgina 2 GOLD's in 2 weekends.

In the 6th of 8 PACTRAC Mini-Series races this year, Mark Weathersby
again took the honours with Hannah Bassett coming home as first lady.
Both have now won their respective Mini-Series Trophies for 2018 with
their best 5 races to count. It is the first time that each has won the

Nathan Jones took part, as part of a 3-man relay and had the fastest
swim in 4:12. Tony Daniels led the rest of the field out in 5:19 ahead
of 6 other swimmers in the next 24-seconds. Mark Weathersby and Simon
Hoppe were amongst these and pulled ahead on the bike to come home 3-
seconds apart, with Tony just 20-seconds behind.

Junior, Owen Wilkinson, was 13th out of the water, and in his first
mini-series triathlon moved up to 5th on the bike and then, with the
fastest run of the night, moved up to 2nd overall, behind Mark. Simon
held onto 3rd, 50-seconds ahead of an approaching Wayne Stainsby.

5 PB's were recorded on the night including those of Mark W and Hannah
B (as well as Hannah's dad, Dan).

Results are on


PACTRAC had 5 competitors in the Outlaw Half at Holkham in Norfolk. Now
in it's 3rd year, this has become a big national race with over 1,200
finishers. The race is over the classic half-Ironman distance of: swim
1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles. PACTRAC's Terry Murphy
came 1st in his Age Group and is going well, heading for his first full
Ironman in Copenhagen in August.

199. Jonathan Crowley 33:40 2:52:42 1:56:00 = 5:22:22 AG
301. Andrew Chapman 33:39 2:47:43 2:14:48 = 5:36:10 AG 53.
335. Simon Guerin 34:57 2:51:01 2:14:23 = 5:40:21 AG 61.
884. Nick Park 41:39 3:40:24 2:21:21 = 6:43:24 AG
917. Terry Murphy 50:33 3:21:29 2:36:30 = 6:48:32 AG 1st.


Their were 3 separate distances in the NiceTri event at St. Neots with
PACTRAC represented in all 3.

Kim Bell was first female overall in the Standard-Distance race by over
8 minutes; whilst PACTRAC had 2nd's in their Age Group in all 3 events,
from Angela Wallis, Ros Goatly and Daniel Richardson.

Daniel competed in the Super-Sprint and knocked over 7-minutes off of
his time from last September, over the same course.
He had a great result and was "very happy" to go 5-minutes quicker in
the swim and 7:15 minutes quicker overall, knocking his time down from
58:30 to 51:15.

Standard 1500m, 28m, 6.25m.
9. Kim Bell 20:14 82:34 43:13 = 2:26:01 AG 1st. 1st
49. Angela Wallis 34:11 95:51 48:57 = 2:58:59 AG 2.

Sprint 750m, 16m, 3m.
44. Christian Richards 13:18 52:39 21:57 = 87:54 AG 8.
47. Andrew Rawlins 17:20 50:12 21:06 = 88:38 AG 8.
51. Ros Goatly 14:35 50:22 24:11 = 89:08 AG 2.

Super-Sprint 400m, 4m, 1m.
27. Daniel Richardson 14:19 23:50 13:06 = 51:15 AG 2.


Two ex-members who have now moved to Preston, trained hard and well for
their first Ironman event. Simon and Janet Mitchell both completed
Ironman Austria after a hard winters training.

Their swim and marathon times were pretty similar, with Janet gaining
some time on the bike.

Simon Mitchell: "feeling proud. Ironman couple! I may try to sleep now!
Don't think we've done anything quite as hard."

Janet Mitchell 14:02hrs.
Simon Mitchell 14:35hrs


Jim Fell competed in the World Standard-Distance Duathlon Championships
in Fyn, Denmark and came 8th in his 70-74 year Age Group.

The distances were:
run 6 miles.
bike 25 miles.
run 3.5 miles.

Jim: "I finished 8th today, the first time in the top ten so I'm very
pleased. I had a very good first run and bike.
I was 4th, 200m from the finish and first Brit.
It was unclear which way to go to the finish, so I stopped and asked a
marshal. I then got severe cramp in my right leg and had to stop. I
ended up on the grass whilst another marshal stretched my quad. I was
passed by four competitors whilst horizontal. Recovered after 4-minutes
and ran to the finish just around the corner."

Jim was clearly "in the mix" and this bodes well for future
championships. Jim actually led the 3rd placed athlete by 14 seconds at
the start of the 2nd run, having already beaten him in the first run;
but was overtaken by him before the cramp set in.

255. Jim Fell 43:48 74:52 32:40 = 2:31:20 AG 8.


Dave Patmore-Hill competed in the 70.3 Half-Ironman in Jönköping in

Distances were:
swim 1.2 miles.
bike 56 miles.
run 13.1 miles.

"It wasn't my best race as I wasn't feeling great; but I have a long
term end game for the 70.3 World Championships and I will go well

412. Dave Patmore-Hill 31:59 2:55:04 1:46:39 = 5:13:42 AG


Paul Lunn competed in the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt,
coming 2nd in his Age Group and qualifying for the Ironman World
Championships in Hawaii in October for the 2nd consecutive year. He
joins PACTRAC's other representative Roger Canham who qualified earlier
in the year in China.

Paul was 312th after the swim but had the 17th fastest bike split of
all of the competitors moving up to 2nd in his Age Group and holding
this position on the marathon run. 2,291 athlete's finished the race.
15 of those ahead of him were Pro's with Paul coming home 18th of all
of the Age Groupers.

swim 2.4 miles
bike 115 miles slightly longer than usual and including the famous
Heartbreak Hill.
run 26.2 miles

33. Paul Lunn 1:02:58 4:59:47 3:14:01 = 9:16:46 AG 2nd out
of 419.


The 7th Mini-Series event is now the last one. The Series was meant to
finish on Wednesday 11th July but due to a clash with the World Cup
Semi-Final, this has been cancelled!

The distances were the same as usual:

swim 400 yards - 8 lengths in Oundle Pool.
bike 10 miles - 1 lap around Glapthorn and the Benefields.
run 3.5 miles - out to Glapthorn and back.

Matt Allsop took this race from the front, leading the swimmers out by
49 seconds from Michaela Vincent, with Robin Laukaitis a further 21
seconds back. Junior Owen Wilkinson was out 4th another 45 seconds
adrift and with much to do to catch Matt; who also had the fastest bike
of the night to come into T2 3 1/2 minutes ahead of Owen, now in
second. Scott Lloyd had moved his way up to 3rd but over 2-minutes
behind Owen.

Owen had the fastest run of the night, followed by Scott and then Matt,
but the overall positions were not to change and Matt came home a clear
winner by 1:22 minutes.

Michaela came home first lady on a glorious night for racing, with 3
PB's recorded.

Results are on


Katie Tasker has had a great two weeks of racing.

Eton Dorney - Super Series round 4.

On a baking hot day - clear water, flat & straight bike course
around the Olympic
Rowing lake. Katie had a solid swim exiting in 12th place and was able
to catch
the lead group; but was not able to make a break as the course suited
riding. There were a couple of incidents on the bike with a couple of
Katie was able to Bunny hop over the handle bars of another competitor
was able to stay upright. She was able to hold position on the soul-
run, out and back along the lake in temperatures approaching 30
degrees. She came 8th which is her highest position in the Super
series to date.

Hetton Lyons

Round 5 - the penultimate round - of the Youth and Junior National
Super Series, took place at Hetton Lyons. The final round, the Under 20’
s Festival, takes place at Mallory Park in August.

This was a different format with the field split into 2 heats and the 2
halves from the
heats split into an A & a B Final. In the heat Katie Tasker raced
intelligently and was able to get into the lead pack on the bike. On
the run
she sat in the pack comfortable in qualification. The A Final was a far
furious affair, Katie came out of the water in 14th and was not able to
bridge the gap to the lead group. She had a much improved run to finish

These 2 results mean that she has qualified for :-

1. The Super Tri in Jersey at the end of September. This is when 15
athletes from the UK will race as a curtain raiser before the Elite Pro
race. This is an international race and there will be athletes from and
Holland, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland.
2. UK School Games - After the results of Blenheim and Hetton Lyons,
has qualified in a 4 strong team to represent the 'East' at the UK
School Games
in Loughborough at the End of August. (
This includes both an individual event and a mixed relay.


Georgina Jennings has won two GOLD medals in two weekends.

At the British Sprint Championships in Ashington, Georgina won her Age
Group and the GOLD MEDAL.

"The British Age-Group Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships were
held at the Woodhorn Museum Triathlon in the QE2 Country Park. The
took place in the warm shallow freshwater lake. The 'undulating' bike
route took riders out towards Widdrington village, before sweeping
the coast road near Druridge Bay and then along to Cresswell village
with some breath-taking views along the coast line. The run was on the
footpath that wound its way through the woodland and open grasslands
that surround the lake and passed the finish at the end of each lap."

The distances were:
Swim 750m, Bike 15 miles Run 3.75 miles.

Georgina Jennings 16:56 53:45 48:00 = 1:58:41.

Georgina said: "I had a really good race at Woodhorn in the British
Champs. Thoroughly enjoyed it, good swim, excellent bike, plodded on
run as it was very hot. Managed to retain my British Champions title
the 70-74 Age Group."


200 athletes entered the English National Aquathlon Championships at
Ferry Meadows on Sunday. They came from across the country, with 166
finishing this short, sharp event.

Held over a 750m swim and a 3-mile run, the event was based at Ferry
Meadows for the first time. The swim was one lap in Gunwade Lake
followed by a one lap run held within Ferry Meadows Country Park. The
water temperature was 21.5 degrees which meant that wetsuits were not

PACTRAC had some great results with Nathan Tweedie winning the event
outright. He led from the gun and was never caught and came home with
the overall GOLD MEDAL. Georgina Jennings won her Age Group and the
GOLD MEDAL making it two Gold's in two weekends. Matt Allsop completed
a trio of medals taking SILVER in his Age Group.

1. Nathan Tweedie 9:07 17:54 = 27:01 AG 1.
18. Matt Allsop 10:18 20:30 = 30:48 AG 2.
60. Simon Hoppe 12:12 22:07 = 34:19 AG 11.
116. Steve Hope 16:07 23:10 = 39:17 AG 9.
143. Andy Rawlins 19:47 24:46 = 44:33 AG 19.
160. Georgina Jennings 18:38 34:49 = 53:27 AG 1.


Giles Cooper competed in the Ironman Triathlon at Bolton. This was
the distances of:

Swim 2.4 miles - A lake swim in Pennington Flash. Their had been grave
concern that the swim wouldn't be able to take place due to the blue-
green algi caused by the hot weather.

Bike 112miles - 2 laps in the Lancashire countryside including the
famous Sheep House Lane climb.

Run 26.2miles - 4 laps to Bolton Town Centre before finishing in
Victoria Square.

183. Giles Cooper 1.11.52 5.07.11 4.05.12 = 10:24:15 AG 19th.

Giles said: "I'm not fit to stand after a tough day at ironman UK,
another one ticked off but still chasing the perfect race!"

He was 297th out of the water and moved up to 171st after the bike,
before settling for a good 183rd overall.


22 Jul. Box End Sprint - Gill Searl moved up a distance to complete
first Sprint Triathlon. The event at Box End, Bedford involved a 750m
swim, 12.5 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run.

A brilliant effort and great result after moving up from the Super-
Sprint distance.

JUNE Roundup. Bill, Katie and Mark qualify. Nathan 4th in British Champs.

The Eastern region's largest junior triathlon, the Rob McLean
triathlon, organised by Cambridge Triathlon Club, took place from
Impington Village College on Sunday. The pool swim was followed by
and run courses on fast, flat grassed sports fields.

This was an Inter Regional Championship (IRC) qualifying race and with
both Katie Tasker and Connor Walker coming 2nd in their respective Age
Groups we have at least two qualifiers.

"They all did brilliantly but Connor was outstanding. 2nd in the TS3
an IRC qualifier as his only tri is amazing."

"dead impressed with Connor, he did well coming 2nd considering that’s
the only Tri he does."

"Libby and Chloe were drawn in the same wave, so it was a race.

Libby beat Chloe in the swim by about 30s, but Chloe slowly clawed it
back on the bike and overtook and regained another 30s.

But it wasn’t a good enough lead and Libby overtook Chloe on the run.

Both were about ¾ down the field with Libby just getting a couple of
places on Chloe."

TriStars Start.

1. Izzy Hurn 2:06 6:09 2:59 = 11:14
4. Gracie Hurn 2:28 6:40 3:01 = 12:09

TriStar 1.

59. Josh Moore 5:51 9:48 7:20 = 22:59

TriStar 3.
2. Connor Walker 4:38 16:05 9:10 = 29:53
8. Olivia Corner 5:43 18:33 10:39 = 34:55
22. Libby Mellor 6:17 21:08 12:28 = 39:53
25. Chloe Moore 6:52 20:25 14:13 = 41:30


2. Katie Tasker 4:42 17:33 10:34 = 32:49


On Sunday Calleigh and Hannah Coull completed their first competitive
triathlon at the Nottingham Children’s Triathlon. Both girls had quite
an eventful race, with Hannah on the deck twice and still finishing!

Calleigh competed in the TriStar 2 Race – Swim 200 meters (8 lengths),
Bike 2.5 miles (4 laps) and Run 1 mile ( 3 laps).

Calleigh was very nervous as she put her bike into transition, but
happier after listening to the race briefing. She was 2nd out of the
pool which boosted her confidence, completing the swim in 3.11.

The bike course was all on grass and had some tight corners, but she
handled it all really well, after she had completed her 3rd lap, a
marshall stepped our in front of her, waved his arms and told her to
get off her bike and go into transition – she still had a lap to go!
She thought she must have counted wrongly or done something wrong as
the Marshall was very intent on her going into transition. She
completed the 3 laps in 9.11.

On to the run which was again on grass- Calleigh completed the 1 mile
in 6.42, although she wasn’t giving it her all, as she was upset over
the bike incident.

Calleigh's overall time was 20.55 but if she had done the correct
number of bike laps it would have been around 24.00 minutes, which
would have put her in 8th place.

Hannah competed in the TriStart race – Swim 50m (2 lengths), Bike
yards and run 660 yards.

Hannah was not at all nervous! She was first out of the pool after the
swim, which pleased her. – 1.20

On to the bike, she took a corner too tightly and fell off, but jumped
straight back on, completing the lap in 4.31.

The run was going well until she saw the finish and started to sprint
and somehow managed to fall over her own feet. Still she jumped back
and sprinted over the finish line with a run time of 3.06.

Hannah crossed the line a bit battered and bruised, but with a smile
her little red face and a total time of 10.47."

Hannah Coull 1:20 6:21 3:06 = 10:47

TriStar 2.
Calleigh Coull 3:11 11:02 6:42 = 20:55


Sunday's Standard Distance Triathlon at Leeds Castle in Kent, was a
qualifying race for the 2019 World Standard Distance Triathlon
Championships to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The distances were:
swim 1500 metres - 2 laps of the Castle moat, and past the Castle Gates
in shallow, warm water.

bike 28 miles - largely out-and-back on good, flat roads but with it's
fair share of cracks and pot holes.

run 6.25 miles - mostly on grass with lots of lumps and bumps to be
aware of.

2 PACTRACers competed with both Andrea Robinett and Steve Hope outside
of the top four in their respective Age Groups and having to wait to
see later if they have a qualifying spot. Both are already representing
GB in this year's European Championships - Andrea in the Standard
Distance in Estonia in July (alongside PACTRAC's Paul Jephcott, Angela
Wallis, Aaron Godden, Sarah Haslam and Bill Haslam), and Steve in the
Sprint Distance in Strathclyde.

Meanwhile, Jim Fell is competing in the 2018 Standard Distance Duathlon
World Championships in Fyn, Denmark on 6th July. Jim pre-qualified by
virtue of his top 10 placing in the 2017 World Championships in
Penticton, Canada.

184. Steve Hope 29:59 83:59 49:58 = 2:43:56 AG 12.
275. Andrea Robinett 26:46 90:22 59:22 = 2:56:30 AG 8th.


3 PACTRACers competed in the Cardiff Sprint Triathlon last weekend,
with Mark Weathersby qualifying for the World Sprint Triathlon
Championships to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland next year. We have
two up-and-coming stars of the future in Nathan Tweedie and Jonathan
Oakey who both competed in the British Elite Sprint Championships
alongside the very best of the British athletes. GB star Adam Bowden
won the race, with Nathan finishing 8th and Jonathan 35th overall.

Mark said "Cardiff World Sprint Qualifier, 1st in Age Group. To the
worlds!" (qu for Lausanne).

swim 750 metres in Cardiff Docks.

bike 12.5 miles - 4 laps on closed roads in a draft-legal format.

run 3 miles - 2 laps around the Dock area.

In the Elite race, Nathan led the athletes out of the swim in the dock
by a clear 6-seconds. He then cycled with the leading group doing a lot
of the work on the front and came into T2 with the leading cyclists
before falling behind slightly on the run. Jonathan managed to get into
a good group on the bike and held his own.

27. Mark Weathersby 12:57 35:45 17:45 = 66:27 Age Group 1st.

8. Nathan Tweedie 9:00 32:06 16:02 = 57:08 ..Nathan finished
4th in the Under 23 Category and just missed out on a medal.
35. Jonathan Oakey 9:54 33:53 17:49 = 61:36 ..11th in the
under 20's.

The photo is of Nathan Tweedie and Jonathan Oakey at Cardiff.

3 PACTRACers competed in the AsKeenAsMustard Swim/Run event at Box End,
Bedford. This was the 2nd in a series of 3 races with the first and
third being at Ferry Meadows (10th June and 9th September).
The race started and finished with a run and had 5 swim sections in
between, so 6 runs and 5 swims in all. Total distance was 10km split
roughly into 1.8km of swimming and 8.2km of running. This is an
interesting concept that developed in Sweden and started in the uk in
the lake district and has now ventured south. It involves swimming in
your training shoes, and running in a wetsuit.

41. Nicholas Partridge 1:52:22.42. James MacWilliam 1:52:22.43. Sue
Davys 1:53:41.


In the 5th of 8 PACTRAC Mini-Series triathlons, Mark Weathersby again
showed his dominance, winning his 3rd consecutive Mini-Series. He has
taken a commanding lead in the Series with a 2nd place and 3 wins and
only needs 1 more result to secure the Trophy.
Jonathan Arnold was first out of the water, with Matt Allsop, returning
after a few years away, hot on his heels. Katie Tasker was just 26
seconds behind and was to again pull out after the bike, saving herself
for an important qualifying race at the weekend. Tony Daniels was in
fourth place another half-minute behind. The first 10-swimmers were out
of the water by 5:40 minutes. Mark Weathersby and Simon Hoppe were out
neck-and-neck on the swim in 5th/6th places and stayed pretty much
together on the bike coming into T2 together at the head of the field.
Matt held onto 3rd just 26 seconds down, whilst Tony Daniels, the
winner of Mini-Series 1 back in May, was only a further 7-seconds down
in 4th.
Mark pulled away on the run to win by 1:33 minutes with the fastest run
of the night, leaving Siomon to come home 2nd, Matt and Tony holding
their positions and Scott Lloyd with his trademark fast run moving up
to 5th.
Hannah Bassett was the first lady taking a commanding lead in the
Ladies Mini-Series, and this time, over 2-minutes ahead of dad, Dan.
Hannah was the only athlete to record a PB on a windy night which saw
lower bike split times.
Their was also the 2nd Novice Mini-Series event which incorporated a
half-distance swim of 200 yards. The bike and run courses were
otherwise the same. Michelle Cooper was the first of 4 on the result
sheet, which included 1 relay team.
Results are on


In the Race Across America (RAAM), Team "Get Busy Living" racing for
The Matt Hampson Foundation have raised £60,000.00 so far. The riders
cycling in relay were Roger Canham, Robin Brookes, Dylan Bogg and Karl
Mamos. They took just 6 days, 9 hours and 12 minutes to ride the 3,070
miles from America's west coast to east coast.


Willow Worthington chose the Cotswolds ladies sprint triathlon for her
first ever open triathlon race.

The distances were: swim 750 metres, bike 12.5 miles, run 3 miles.

84. Willow Worthington 21:37 45:17 23:20 = 90:14 Age Group

Graham Honey competed in the 52.5 mile Race to the King Ultra running
marathon along the South Downs Way. A double marathon to honour the
ancient kings, which finished on the steps of Winchester Cathedral.
It is 4 years since Graham's last ultra marathon and he finished 42nd
from 263 finishers in a time of 11:51:09.
Day 1. 23.5 miles in 5:00:53.
Day 2. 29.0 miles in 6:50:16.
TOTAL 52.5 miles in 11:51:09.


PACTRAC have a number of members aiming for some big swims at the moment.

Next week, Amy Hayes is attempting the Kaiwi Channel swim in Hawaii. This is a 26 mile ocean swim from Molokai to Oahu. Although this is the warmest of the 7 big world swims, it does have its own particular challenges with sea life including jelly fish, one sting from which and your swim can be over.

Amy swam the English Channel last year and is now attempting her second of the big-7 swims. She is currently in Hawaii preparing for this solo crossing of the Kaiwi Channel. This is 5 miles longer than the English Channel (26 miles across by the most direct route).

Amy said: "The swells can be huge, the water is warm, and the wildlife threat is substantial. This might not be as iconic as the English Channel, but you can bet your booties that it will be much harder. With only a couple of months training, having taken advantage of a spot that opened up in March, this is going to be extremely rough."

The Photo is of Amy from a training swim on Monday from Hawaii Kai to Diamondhead Lighthouse.

PACTRAC's Jonathan Ratcliffe who swam the English Channel in 2016 and the Irish Straight in 2017 also has plans to swim the Hawaii Channel swim in either 2018 or 2019.

Amy Mellor had a spot to swim the English Channel in August, but a hip injury has caused her to postpone her plans until 2019.

A number of PACTRACers will be swimming in Rutland Water in the official swim there on 12th August.


4 friends from Uppingham / Manton rode the Race Across America
(RAAM) bike race that started on 16th June taking teams of 4 riding 1
at a time across America 3081 miles from west to east. Two of the team
were PACTRAC Chairman Roger Canham and long time PACTRAC member Robin

This was a serious attempt not only to compete but to try to win the
race. The team had prepared well with a couple of 24-hour test rides
and took a whole entourage of back-up chefs and physios etc. They
finished in 4th place overall and were the 1st all over 50-year old

Some more information is on their sponsorship page

This race is described as the world's toughest bike race. Starting on
Saturday evening 16th June, competitors had 9-days to complete the
race. Team Get Busy Living finished in 6 days 9 hours and 12 minutes.
This is their website and their
is also a Facebook page.

The race website is here


19 competitor's and 2 Relay Teams took part in the 4th round of the
PACTRAC Mini-Series.

Mark Weathersby won his 2nd consecutive Mini-Series race in convincing
style. He was second out of the water, 37-seconds behind junior,
Jonathan Arnold. Christian Richards followed 38 seconds later with Dan
and Hannah Bassett right on his tail. Mark soon took the lead on the
bike and with the fastest bike and run splits on the night he romped
home well ahead of the rest of the field by nearly 6-minutes. Steve
Hope moved up to 2nd on the bike, albeit over 3-minutes behind Mark,
but was unable to hold off the fast-running of Scott Lloyd who moved
into 2nd just before half-way on the run.

First lady was Hannah Bassett who overcame the windy bike conditions
finally overtake her Father, Dan, coming into the finishing straight
the run. Only 1 PB was recorded tonight. 2 Relay Teams had a closely
fought competition.

Results are on


The Dambuster Triathlon took place at Rutland Water on Saturday.

Distances were:
swim 1500 metres in the lake - 1 lap.

Bike 26 miles around Oakham, Uppingham, Morcott, Ketton and Empingham.
1-lap including the triple hills of the "Rutland Ripple" between
and Uppingham, as well as the Rookeries Hill by Ketton Cement.

Run 6.25 miles from Whitwell over the Dam to Normanton Church and back.

PACTRAC had 12 competitor's, with 4 finishing in the top 50 and 4
finishing on the Podium.

4. Paul Lunn 23:45 63:27 37:35 = 2:04:47 AG 1st.
(moved up 1 place on the run.)
11. Mark Weathersby 25:22 68:27 38:10 = 2:11:59 AG 2.
33. Giles Cooper 26:25 73:29 40:07 = 2:20:01 AG 1st.
47. Dave Thorold 29:28 69:40 43:43 = 2:22:51 AG 5.
122. Tom Moorhouse 29:36 79:03 46:24 = 2:35:03 AG 20.
127. Barry Ryan 33:07 81:24 41:06 = 2:35:37 AG 20.
130. Steve Hope 27:30 80:35 48:11 = 2:36:16 AG 5.
211. Jeff Manners 31:34 84:53 50:49 = 2:47:16 AG 31.
279. Pedro Polson 24:47 93:33 60:48 = 2:59:08 AG 18.
317. Simon Taylor 40:23 92:59 58:02 = 3:11:24 AG 19.
329. Matt Hall 41:55 96:44 57:06 = 3:15:45 AG 50.
(first Olympic Distance Triathlon.)
336. Sue Davys 33:07 100:07 66:19 = 3:19:33 AG 3.

Paul, Dave and Steve also took part in the Green Wheel Relays on
Sunday. 47 teams of 7 ran the 50-mile loop around Peterborough's off-
road trail, organised by GPAN (Greater Peterborough Athletics Network)


The Pitsford Triathlon was over the Standard Distance of swim 1500
metres in the lake, bike 25-miles, run 6.25 miles
and utilised the facilities of Northampton Sailing Club.

135. Nicholas Partridge 31:11 87:08 70:12 = 3:08:31 AG 19.


Darren Kelly gave a good account of himself in the Woodhall Spa
Triathlon (swim 400m, bike 15-miles, run 3-miles).

16. Darren Kelly 7:02 40:25 19:08 = 66:35 AG 4.


The Lakesman (Keswick) (2.4m, 112m, 26.2m) - Mark Bedford competed in
The Lakesman Triathlon from Keswick on Sunday. This race was over the
Ironman distance of:

Swim 2.4miles - 1 lap in the crystal clear water in Derwentwater. A
mass start.

Bike 112miles - undulating and on generally excellent road surfaces.
Whilst not flat, the organiser's minimised the elevation so that it
came in at less than most of the other UK based races of this
3 laps around Silloth, Whitehaven and back through Cockermouth.

Run 26.2miles - 5 laps just north of Derwentwater.

Mark said: "First I was an Ironman, now I'm a Lakesman. It didn't
go to plan, but I swam 2.4 miles, cycled 112 miles and then ran a
marathon in tough conditions in 13 hours 25 minutes. I'm now "Made
Fantastic weekend."

291. Mark Bedford 1:36:26 7:27:14 4:21:50 = 13:25:30 AG 38.


2 PACTRACers competed in the National Championships in Leeds.

The men's swim was reduced by half to 750 metres because the lake at
Roundhay Park was covered in mist, which then cleared, allowing the
ladies to then swim the full 1,500 metres. The event was held on closed
roads around Roundhay Park and Leeds City Centre, taking in 25 miles on
the bike and a 6.25 mile run.

208. Simon Guerin 12:45 77:06 45:53 = 2:15:44 AG 38.
424. Andrea Robinett 25:35 82:16 48:47 = 2:36:38 AG 11.

Simon Guerin said: "Leeds went well. I had a good swim but they
shortened it due to visibility, the bike could have gone better but had
a good run so pretty pleased all in all."

We had 10 athletes in the inaugural swim/run event at Ferry Meadows
organised by the very capable As-keen-as-Mustard team. This event
started and finished with a run and had 5 swims in between, so 6-runs
and 5 swims in all. Everything that you started with, you had to finish
with. It meant running in wetsuits and swimming in training shoes but
was a lot of fun, constantly changing from running to swimming and
back. 4 of the 5 swims were in Gunwade Lake and the 5th was in the
River Nene swimming with the current. You were allowed to swim with
pull buoys and hand paddles, but had to carry them on the run too. They
were a definite advantage to those that chose to use them. The total
distance was 10km broken down into approximately 8.2km of running and
1.8km of swimming. Their was some good competition to be had, but the
biggest challenge was being out of breath at the start of each swim,
and having to compose before setting off.

25 Steve Hope 1:16:17
30 chris waghorn 1:18:05
34 Laura Hardy 1:18:44
41 Pedro Polson 1:23:36
47 carol smallman 1:26:15
60 Sue Davys 1:34:39
64 Catherine Burbage 1:36:53
72 Willow Worthington 1:41:09
80 Georgina Jennings 1:53:32
81 Daniel Richardson 1:59:16

Their will be another swim/run event in Ferry Meadows on 9th September.


In the 3rd of the 8 PACTRAC Wednesday night Mini-Series events, Mark
Weathersby improved on last weeks second place by taking the win ahead
of Simon Hoppe.

Mark led the swimmers out, with Simon right behind and Rob Hammond on
his toes. It was a further 20-seconds before Dan Bassett led a trickle
of 9 swimmers out within 30-seconds of each other.

The top 3 had the 3 fastest bike splits, with Mark and Simon yoyoing at
the front, with Mark coming in just ahead. After a quick transition
both set off on the run, where Mark soon pulled away with the fastest
run of the night; both athletes improving on last weeks times by well
over a minute. Mark was one of 4 athletes to record a PB tonight and
his time would have won last week's race by just 1-second.

Rob held onto 3rd spot, whilst fast running splits saw Wayne Stainsby
and Scott Lloyd take 4th and 5th. Hannah Bassett was first lady,
recording a new PB by 15-seconds; catching Dad Dan and Nicholas
Partridge on the run, both of whom also recorded new PB's.

Results are on

Next week, 20th June sees the second of the Novice events for first
time athletes, with the option of a 200yard or 400yard swim. Their is
also a Relay option for teams of 2 or 3 as well as the usual race.


2 PACTRACers competed in the Deva Triathlon at Chester on Sunday, with Bill Haslam finishing 1st in his Age Group. Bill took the lead on the bike and comfortably held it on the run. In doing so, Bill qualified for the World Championships in Lausanne in 2019. He and his wife Sarah have already qualified for the 2018 World Championships on the Gold Coast, and the pressure is now on Sarah to qualify for Lausanne at the final qualifier at Leeds Castle in 3-weeks time. Meanwhile Mark Weathersby waits to see if his 8th place is good enough, but again has Leeds Castle to try again.

This was over the Standard Distance of:
swim 1500 metres in the River Deva.
bike 25 miles - 1 lap venturing into Wales.
run 6.25 miles - 3 laps on tarmac and trail.

51. Mark Weathersby 28:13 65:39 40:05 = 2:13:57 AG 8.
196. Bill Haslam 29:05 70:06 46:47 = 2:25:58 AG 1st.

Sunday saw Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic Distance Triathlons at Tallington Water.
Darren Kelly was the best of the PACTRACers finishing 1st in his Age Group.

Olympic distance Open Water Triathlon (swim 1500m, bike 28 miles, run 6.25 miles)

8. Michael Shadwell 25:47 77:22 39:15 = 2:22:24 AG 5.
10. Darren Kelly 27:02 76:42 42:21 = 2:26:05 AG 1st.
12. Jon Crowley 25:55 77:59 43:47 = 2:27:41 AG 2.

In the Super-Sprint (swim 400m, bike 7.5 miles, run 1.5 miles):

24. Gill Searl 16:16 39:09 21:34 = 76:59 AG 2.

PACTRAC held the 2nd of their Summer Mini-Series Triathlons at Oundle on Wednesday. A separate wave was added for First-Time Triathletes, with the swim distance cut in half to 200 yards. The rest of the course was the same.

swim 400 yards - 8 lengths of Oundle's 50-yard pool.
bike 10-miles - 1 lap around Glapthorn and the Benefield's with it's 2 hills and 2 fast descents.
run 3.5 miles - out to Glapthorn and back.

7 first-time competitor's completed the shorter 200 yard swim with Laura Edwards leading them out in 3:05 minutes. Michelle Cooper had the fastest bike split, but it was Steve Ives who led them in, off of the bike, ahead of Dustin Braband by 53 seconds. Dustin took the lead on the run whilst still in Oundle and came home a worthy winner by 1:35 from Michelle who clawed her way up to 2nd place with Steve finishing 3rd.

14 athletes competed in the main event which was held over the full swim distance of 400-yards. Jonathan Oakey was first out of the water in 4:25, 23-seconds ahead of the fast-improving Katie Tasker in her first taste of the Mini-Series. Veteran, Simon Hoppe was another 29 seconds behind, ahead of Mark Weathersby and Robin Laukaitis by 8-seconds. Mark Pereira (first race), Christian Richards (second race) and Hannah Bassett (second lady) were hot on their heels.

Jonathan had the fastest bike split and extended his lead to over a minute, whilst Simon and Mark fought it out for second place, Mark eventually keeping his 8-second lead coming into T2. Mark had the fastest run of the night to pull away and finish 2nd, but still 1:13 behind the deserved winner Jonathan. Jonathan will get quicker, once his exams are out of the way; Mark was just 2 seconds outside of his own PB from 2016; whilst it is 7-years now since Simon last broke the magic 50-minute barrier. Scott Lloyd moved up to 4th place on the run, with an overall time 1-minute quicker than last week. This enabled him to catch Steve Hope on the run-in back to Oundle and the pair now share joint first in the race for the Club Championships.

Katie always intended a gradual introduction into the Mini-Series and pulled out after a short run, preferring to save herself for an important qualifying race at Blenheim Palace. Hannah had a good all-round race, making slight improvements on last week to come home first lady. Only one PB was recorded on a tougher night than it looked.

The next Novice / First-Timer's event is on Wednesday 20th June, where once again the option of a 200-yard swim will be available.

Results are on

The Blenhheim Palace Triathlon was a qualifier for the UK School Games (and for the winner the
opportunity to represent Team GB at the Youth Olympics in Beunos Aires in October).

Katie Tasker had a really solid all round race. Her improved swimming has seen her able to exit the water much closer to the leaders. This enabled her to be in the chasing pack on the bike. She was able to stretch it on the super fast but
undulating circuit, and was able to lead the chase group coming in to T2.
She rounded this off will a much improved run and was able to hold her form
and maintain her highest postion in the super series.

This performance has secured Katie a berth in the Eastern Region team
in the UK School games to be held in Loughborough in August.

Katie Tasker 5:28 27:28 12:18 = 45:14 5th / 43.


Swim : 400m
Bike : 8.25 miles.
Run : 2 miles.


3 intrepid PACTRACers ventured over to Lanzerote for the full distance
Ironman triathlon. May is always early to properly get fit for such a
long distance, but the 3 gave a good account of themselves, in what is
one of the toughest Ironman races out there, in the dry, windy lava
fields of the Canary Isles.

Steve Skelhon completed his 10th Ironman triathlon (swim 2.4 miles,
bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles) whilst brothers Chris and Richard Pike
finished their 3rd, coming home together as usual.

699. Chris Pike 1:12:57 7:09:24 4:25:02 = 12:47:23 AG
700. Richard Pike 1:13:15 7:12:51 4:21:18 = 12:47:24 AG
1249. Steve Skelhon 1:05:30 7:33:06 5:51:05 = 14:29:41 AG


PACTRAC Mini-Series 1

The first of the summer's Wednesday night Mini-Series Triathlons took
place at Oundle School Sports Centre last Wednesday.

The distances were:
swim 400 yards - 8-lengths of Oundle's 50-yard pool.
bike 10 miles - 1-loop around Glapthorn and the Benefield's including
good uphill sections and 2 fast descents.
run 3.5 miles - out to Glapthorn and back.

19 athletes started the event, including Jonathan Arnold who was first
out of the water, ahead of Tony Daniels, by a whole minute. Robin
Laukaitis was a further 6-seconds down, with both Dan and Hannah
Bassett out together, another 15-seconds behind. 16 seconds were to
separate the next 5 swimmers.

Tony Daniels soon took the lead on the bike, whilst Steve Hope moved
to 2nd from 7th out of the water. Stephen Comber came in 3rd with
Jonathan Arnold now in 4th - but cramp at the end of the bike section
finished his race.

On the run, the two fastest runners on the night, moved up the field;
Andy Corner moving from 7th to 4th, and Scott Lloyd from 8th to 3rd.
Steve managed to hang on to 2nd place by 43 seconds from Scott, whilst
also gaining a minute on leader, Tony, but to no avail coming home 51
seconds behind. This was Tony's first ever Mini-Series win, whilst
Steve equaled his previous best position of 2nd.

Fastest of the 4 females on the night was Junior, Hannah Bassett, who
takes an early lead in the competition, on a windy night where only 3
PB's were recorded.

Results are on


This Wednesday sees a Novice wave included in with the main Mini-
event. Their is a 2nd Novice event on Wednesday 20th June which will
also incorporate a Relay option for those not wanting to do all 3
disciplines. The Novice waves cover the same distances except that the
swim is halved to 200 yards.

Other multi-discipline races coming up locally include:

The Tallington Lakes Standard, Sprint and Super-Sprint Triathlon's
Sunday 3rd July.

A new Swim,Run event at Ferry Meadows on Sunday 10th June. This
the Otillo format and covers 10km of constantly changing from running
to swimming and back (this will involve 6 runs and 5 swims, so 11
disciplines back to back). Organiser's will be
following this up with a 2nd event at Box End, Bedford on 24th June.

The English National Aquathlon Championships then takes place at Ferry
Meadows on 22nd July. This will involve swimming 750 metres and
3 miles with National medals up for grabs in each 5-year Age Group.

Mini-Series 8 CANCELLED. Standard Distance POSTPONED.

The Final Mini-Series Triathlon on Wednesday 11th July 2018 has been cancelled due to the World Cup Semi-Final taking place between England and Croatia.

The Standard Distance Triathlon on Sunday 15th July has been postponed due to both organisational difficulties plus only a handful of members responding that they wanted to compete. This has been re-scheduled for Sunday 19th August.

8 Mini-Series Triathlon's.
Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m.

May 23rd – July 11th 2018 at Oundle School Sports Centre.

The Wednesday night Mini-Series Triathlon's start on 23rd May 2018 and go on for 8-weeks. The events are open to non-members with specific Novice races on May 30th and June 20th which can also be done in a Relay format of 1 swimmer, 1 biker and 1 runner, or a combination. More details are on the left on the home page Just turn up on the night in good time to Register, set out your Transition and listen to the Race Brief, ready for the 7:30pm start.

Swim 400 yards: 8-lengths of Oundle's 50-yard pool.
Bike 10 miles: 1 lap around Glapthorn and the Benefield's.
Run 3.5 miles: out to Glapthorn and back.

Wed 23rd May. Mini-Series 1.
Wed 30th May. Mini-Series 2 + NOVICE 1.
Wed 06th Jun. Mini-Series 3.
Wed 13th Jun. Mini-Series 4.
Wed 20th Jun. Mini-Series 5 + NOVICE 2.
Wed 27th Jun. Mini-Series 6.
Wed 04th Jul. Mini-Series 7 – HANDICAP!!!
Wed 11th Jul. Mini-Series 8.

Their is a Mini-Series Trophy covering each athlete's best 5-races (points 10 > 1 each night).

Tim wins GOLD and Bill BRONZE. Simon and Bill qu. Ros and Georgina win Age Group.

The Southport Triathlon hosted the English National Standard Distance
Championships and two of the three PACTRACers came away with National
Medals. Tim Fletcher, in his first season with the club, having moved
down from Manchester, continued his fine early season form with a GOLD
Medal in the 40-44 year Age Group. Bill Haslam picked up a great BRONZE
Medal in the 60-64 Age Group, whilst his wife, Sarah was fourth in her
Age Group, missing out on a medal by just 1 place.

The event was also a qualifying race for the World Championships in
Australia this September. Bill qualified at the event at Grafham Water,
just the week before, but would have qualified here anyway. Sarah came
fourth in her Age Group, and with only 3-places available from this
race, will have to wait and see if that is enough. Tim is not trying to
qualify, but was racing for the Championship medal only.

The standard distance is 1500m swim, bike 25 miles - out and back x2.
run 6.4 miles - 2 laps around the lake. The cycle course takes place on
closed roads and the run course is based around the marina on tarmac

7. Tim Fletcher 21:57 63:36 35:47 = 2:01:20 AG 1st. GOLD MEDAL.
120. Bill Haslam 25:37 73:00 45:11 = 2:23:48 AG 3rd. BRONZE MEDAL.
284. Sarah Haslam 26:51 82:09 53:31 = 2:42:31 AG 4th.


The Sprint Triathlon on Saturday at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, was
all on closed roads/paths around the lake perimeter over the distances of:

swim 750 metres, bike 12 miles, run 3 miles.

158. Jon Crowley 12.08 33.33 20.48 = 66.29 AG 16.
255. Steve Hope 13.02 35.35 21.47 = 70.24 AG 9.

Dorney Lake in Eton hosted a World Championship qualifying race on
Sunday, with Simon Hoppe QUALIFIED for the World Sprint Championships
in Australia in September. This was over the draft legal format, where
cyclists are allowed to compete directly against one another. (swim 750
metres, bike 13.25 miles, run 3 miles).

60. Mark Weathersby 13.07 33.53 18.41 = 65.41 AG 8.
160. Simon Hoppe 12.32 35.43 21.32 = 69.47 AG 24.
317. Steve Hope 14.12 38.25 23.58 = 76.35 AG 18.

Neil Tandy competed in the accompanying draft illegal race, in his
comeback race, having taken a year out:

95. Neil Tandy 12.06 41.06 26.24 = 79.36 AG 12.


The Newmarket Sprint Triathlon took place from the Leisure Centre and
covered the distances of:

swim 300 metres, bike 12.5 miles, run 2.5 miles.

The PACTRAC pair of Georgina Jennings and Ros Goatly both won their
respective Age Groups, with Ros winning hers by nearly 2-minutes.

42. Ros Goatly 5:36 46:07 20:45 = 72:28 AG 1st.
67. Georgina Jennings 7:21 47:25 26:39 = 81:25 AG 1st.


We had 5 competitors finish the half-Ironman distance triathlon at
Grafham Water, known as the Grafman half; with both Giles Cooper and
Terry Murphy coming 2nd in their respective Age Groups. Terry commented
afterwards that it was "hard work running in 21c today."

42. Giles Cooper 32.33 2.41.57 1.28.39 = 4.43.09 AG 2nd.
122. Charlie Brookes 33.08 2.47.28 1.45.34 = 5.06.10 AG 20.
164. Simon Guerin 30.39 2.49.51 1.57.11 = 5.17.41 AG 32.
217. Simon Mead 41.43 3.17.37 1.33.52 = 5.33.12 AG 40.
357. Terry Murphy 47.02 3.26.38 2.26.54 = 6.40.34 AG 2nd.


Just the one PACTRACer joined 1,300 other athletes at the Outlaw half -
half-Ironman distance triathlon in Nottingham on Sunday, over the
distances of:
swim 1.2 miles in the lake at Holme Pierrepont, bike 56 miles on
country roads and run 13.1 miles around the lake perimeter.

555. Louise Alexander 44:03 2:58:47 2:04:59 = 5:47:49 AG 16.


The Moore team ventured a bit further this weekend to the East
Grinstead Junior Triathlon, straying into the southern area. This venue
was voted the best junior triathlon 2017.(in their region).

The weather started misty and damp but developed into a sunny hot day.

After a gradual build up of 2 x duathlon’s and 2 x Aquathlon’s so far
this year, this was their first full Triathlon.

"A bit different to what we were used to, i.e. (swim /polythene bags
with their numbers on, issued in their race pack) were taken poolside
with their towels running shoes and race numbers, after the swim they
had to put everything in the bag (swim hat, goggles, towel, etc) and
take it out of the pool and on exiting give/throw it to a marshal who
would then store it in an area for collection after the race.
(different, but it worked)

The swim was a snake start (switch lanes after every two lengths),
starting from youths downwards.

The bike course was on grass (just mown) and hard work, a short course
with a few twists and turns, meaning a lot of laps to count, the youths
and TR3 were doing 9 laps.

Quote of the day was from Chloe Moore who shouted a supporting “Come on
Josh I feel your pain” to her brother on his bike, after she had just
completed her gruelling 9 lap bike. (Priceless)."

Chloe Moore competing in Tr3, (swim 300m Bike 3.75 miles, run 1.5
miles), found it tough (as did a lot of youths doing the same
distance), and came a commendable 15th out of 21.

Josh Moore competing in Tr 1, (swim 150m Bike 1.25 miles, run 0.75
mile), finally overcoming his pre-race nerves and really enjoyed the
race, but found the bike tough, coming 32nd.


The Wednesday night Mini-Series Triathlon's start on 23rd May and cover the
next 8 weeks. Distances are:

swim 400 yards - 8 lengths of Oundle pool.
bike 10 miles - 1 loop around Glapthorn and the Benefield's.
run 3.5 miles - out to Glapthorn and back.

The events are open to non-members with specific Novice races on May
30th and June 20th which can also be done in a Relay format of 1
swimmer, 1 biker and 1 runner, or a combination. More details are on
Just turn up on the night.

Mark and Tim 3rd OVERALL. Paul 6th in Majorca. Jonathan and Katie compete with the Elites.

Mark Weathersby has had a busy 3 weeks. He was disappointed to miss out on a good-for-age entry by just 3-seconds at the Virgin London Marathon, recording an impressive 3:05:02 for 1,474th place in the heat.

Then, last weekend, he came 3rd overall in the Stratford Sprint Triathlon, from a field of 551 finishers, whilst winning his Age Group in a time of 56:09. The distances were: swim 400m in the 33-metre pool, bike 11.25 miles, run 3-miles.

3. Mark Weathersby 6:30 29:31 20:08 = 56:09 AG 1st.

This weekend, he ran in the Milton Keynes Marathon and recorded a time of 2:58:58.
Mark said: "Like London, it was very hot, but I managed to improve my time to finish in 15th place with a time of 2:58:58, which is OK given the heat. Maybe good enough for London 2019. The medal is pretty cool as well."


New member Tim Fletcher came 3rd overall in the Horwich Triathlon near Bolton. Tim was 4th after the swim, dropped to 8th on the bike in spite of a fast ride, and then picked up to 3rd place overall on the run, with the 2nd fastest run of the day. Tim won his Age Group and was 3rd overall out of 479 competitor's.

The distances were:

Swim 500m in the pool at Horwich Leisure Centre.

Bike 25 miles - undulating.

Run 5.5 miles - A brutal but iconic run, climbing all the way to the summit of Rivington Pike and then back down again.

3rd. Tim Fletcher 8:04 65:06 34:34 = 1:47:44. AG 1st.


The British Universities Championships were once again held at St.Marys Sports Centre in Colne, Wiltshire. The distances were: swim 750m in the pool. Bike 16 miles. Run 3 miles.

Nathan Tweedie was 2nd out of the water, in a very strong field, comprising of the best University triathletes from across the Country. He ended up in a large group on the bike and finished in 13th place overall.

13. NATHAN TWEEDIE 8:34 39:29 17:00 = 65:03.

60. MARCUS WIDDESS 10:36 42:21 18:09 = 71:06.

The PACTRAC Juniors are getting their season underway. This weekend Josh and Chloe Moore were competing in the Nuneaton Aquathlon

Chloe Moore competed in Tri 3 - 250m swim 1600m run

Josh Moore competed in Tri 1 - 100m swim 800m run

4. Chloe Moore 4:53 8:39 = 13:32
19. Josh Moore 2:20 6:11 = 8:31

It was a hot sunny day, with an excellent pool venue and the run on a proper athletics track and a stadium finish.

Chloe Moore did her best ever position, narrowly missing out on a podium 3rd by 20 seconds, coming 4th, "after launching herself out of the pool end, over the higher end wall, instead of taking the easy option of the steps on the side, which must have gained her an extra 2 seconds".

Josh Moore did his best ever swim time, before an awkward shoe in transition left him chasing down the field.

The juniors have one more Aquathlon next week at Grantham, a longer one which will test them, before starting the Triathlon season the following week down at East Grinstead.


PACTRAC held their mid-distance club triathlon from Oundle on Bank Holiday Monday.

The distances were:
swim 900 yards in the 50-yard pool - 18 lengths.
bike 20 miles - 2 undulating laps around Glapthorn and the Benefield's with 2 sharp hills and 2 fast descents on each lap.
run 5-miles around Glapthorn and Cotterstock.

This was the first of our Club Championship races, with Simon Hoppe trying to rest the Trophy back from last year's winner Rob Hammond. Junior athlete, Jonathan Arnold, led the field out in convincing fashion, in a superfast time of 10:31 followed by Simon Hoppe in 12:43 and Rob Hammond the first of 6 athletes between 13:16 and 13:50. Simon soon took the lead on the bike and came into T2 after just over an hour, with a 2-minute lead over Rob, with Giles Cooper and Steve Skelhon a further 2-minutes down.

Rob has an injury and was unable to complete the race, leaving Giles to consolidate 2nd place, nearly 4-minutes behind Simon, with Steve Hope moving ahead of Steve Skelhon on the run to take 3rd. Simon, therefore, takes an early lead in his quest to regain the Club Championship Trophy; with the next event being the first Mini-Series race of the year at Oundle pool on Wednesday 23rd May.

Results are on http://www.


Saturday saw Paul Lunn competing in the 70.3 Half-Ironman in Alcudia,
Majorca, for the 8th consecutive year.

Swim 1900m in the sea.
Bike 56 miles, up into the mountains and back down again for a fast
flat final few miles.
Run 13.1 miles, laps around the beech and coastal roads.

Paul came 6th out of 2,893 competitors and won his Age Group in
convincing style. He was 169th out of the water, but had the 6th
fastest bike of the day and the 12th fastest run to pull himself up to
6th overall.

6. Paul Lunn 28:21 2:27:57 1:22:56 = 4:19:14. AG 1st.


7 PACTRACers competed in the NiceTri Triathlon at Grafham Water. This
was a World Championship qualifier which attracted 485 athletes willing
to swim in the cool 14 degree water in mid-May. Competition was fierce,
with the best athletes from across the country competing for places,
which will be allocated shortly.

67. Mark Weathersby 26:59 60:15 40:43 = 2:07:57 AG 18th.
243. Bill Haslam 28:28 69:20 46:58 = 2:24:46 AG 7.
303. Steve Hope 28:46 72:20 49:28 = 2:30:34 AG 23.
316. Andrea Robinett 25:12 76:07 50:34 = 2:31:53 AG 14.
377. Sarah Haslam 28:09 81:17 50:36 = 2:40:02 AG 8.
412. Angela Wallis 35:05 82:33 53:24 = 2:51:02 AG 14.
419. Pedro Polson 26:01 84:36 62:40 = 2:53:17 AG 30.

5 PACTRACers finished the Monster Mojito Triathlon from Peterborough
Rowing Lake, with Darren Kelly winning his Age Group and Paul Jephcott
coming second in his.
The distances were: swim 1500m, bike 24 miles, run 6.25 miles.

7. Darren Kelly 26:37 67:42 42:30 = 2:16:49 AG 1st.
13. Iain Cushion 26:29 70:14 44:30 = 2:21:13 AG 6.
24. Rhys Wilkinson 27:26 75:40 46:08 = 2:29:14 AG 7.
43. Paul Jephcott 32:27 76:25 51:40 = 2:40:32 AG 2nd.
64. Tom Moorhouse 29:58 87:48 50:56 = 2:48:42 AG 27.

The Monster Mojo was over: swim 1900m, bike 51 miles, run 13.1 miles.

15. Mike Shadwell 33:11 2:29:30 1:31:11 = 4:33:52 AG 8.


We had 7 runners in the Titchmarsh 10k, and another 2 in the Eye 10k
whilst Kamila Czynska recorded 1:42 hours in the Stratford half-
marathon and Matt Hall completed the Montane HowGills Trail Marathon in

Katie Tasker and Jonathon Oakey raced in the Junior National Super-
series Triathlon at Llanelli.

"The standard was absolutely brutal. To give you an indication one of
the Lads in Jonathan's race ran a 15:22 5k and was only 5th. The swim
was in the closed dock and was only just raceable @ 12degrees after
being cleared the previous evening. This was a beach start with the
juniors having to swim 2-laps. The bike was on closed roads, with a
number of dead turns and sharp bends. The final run was along the sea
wall. The prize for the Juniors was a trip to Rio as part of the Youth

Jonathan Oakey – Junior Men : Distances – Swim 750m. Bike 12.5 miles.
Run 3-miles.

"Jonathon was a little way behind the leader on exiting the water and
struggled to find a good group to work with on the bike. As a result he
was not able to make the jump to the groups ahead, but was able to
climb a couple of places on the run. He did finish the same course a
whole minute faster than the previous year where he finished 21st."

Katie Tasker – Youth Girls: Distances – Swim 375m. Bike 7.5 miles. Run
1.5 miles.

"Katie had a good swim and exited in her highest position in this
format in 15th. On the bike she became isolated and was not able to
catch the lead group. Looking to conserve energy she sat in the next
pack; but a tactical mistake meant that she was on the back of the
group entering T2. She found the run tough but finished fluently."

The next round of races for these two, will be in Leeds as part of the
World series on 9th June.
Katie is racing before this, at Blenheim on the 3rd June, where she is
hoping to qualify for the UK School games.

Jonathan Oakey 10:34 33:12 18:16 = 62:02 37th / 48

Katie Tasker 5:40 22:35 10:47 = 39:02 20th / 44

Report from the PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon - Nathan and Paul 1-2.

Sunday saw 78 solo athletes and 4 Relay Teams competing in the PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon from Castor. The distances were:

Run 4-miles. After 1/4 mile a dog-leg up Water Lane helped to split the runners up, before they got to Loves Hill - a difficult climb early in the race. Then a long straight, slightly uphill still, before turning to go down to Milton Ferry Bridge. The runners then ran a loop of the top triangle in Ferry Meadows before heading straight back for transition, so down the steep decline of Loves Hill this time.

Bike 18-miles. Out via Marholm to Helpston Heath, and then 1-loop around Helpston, Bainton and Ufford, before returning again via Marholm. A challenging course, with a gradual incline before the cyclists even reached Ufford Hill.

Run 2.5-miles. this time, straight out to Milton Ferry Bridge and back, so the runners had to tackle Loves Hill for a third time as well as get to descent it for the 3rd time. Going up Loves Hill at the beginning of each discipline, is what gives the course it's USP.

PACTRAC had over 50 volunteers on the day helping out, from marshaling on the bike and run routes, to Timing, manning Water stations, Canteen staff, handing out medals, controlling the enclosed Transition Area, Draftbusting , signing the course, Photography, Car Parking as well as First Aid, providing the BTF Race Referee and setting up the Barriers and Bike Racking for Transition.

Grateful thanks go to John Ovenden of Fenland Runner, who provided a pair of Alphawoolf Training shoes to both the male and female winners.

The race itself was a well fought battle between Nathan Tweedie and Paul Lunn, with Nathan leading after the first 4-mile run; Paul pulling him back on the bike and catching him, after Marholm on the way back; before Paul just led by a few seconds into T2. However Paul took a little longer, in the cold and wet conditions, with cold hands, to take his helmet off, by which time, Nathan had left Transition and gradually pulled away, to have a commanding lead by the turning point, and was able to take it a little easier on the way back.

Full results are here

1. (5) M.. D.. Nathan Tweedie....21:56....46:47....15:00 =.. 1:23:43
2. (80) M.. I.. Paul Lunn..............24:19....44:21....16:12 =.. 1:24:52
3. (28) M.. G.. Nathaniel Walker..23:00....48:07....14:59 =.. 1:26:06
4. (27) M.. G.. Paul Schofield......26:48....47:35....17:25 =.. 1:31:48
5. (24) M.. G.. Lelio Cereda.........25:15....51:26....16:56 =.. 1:33:37
6. (18) M.. G.. John Odell............26:45....50:06....17:31 =.. 1:34:22
7. (64) M.. I.. Darren Kelly............26:50....50:18....17:16 =.. 1:34:24
8. (25) M.. H.. Wayne Stainsby....26:23....53:43....16:36 =.. 1:36:42
9. (16) M.. G.. Tony Ward............26:09....53:51....16:47 =.. 1:36:47
10. (6) F.. E.. Jess Williams.........26:04....54:17....16:28 =.. 1:36:49
11. (95) Relay - Castor A&B .......31:20....45:33....20:07 =.. 1:37:00
12. (98) Relay - Fenland Runner..26:56....52:39....18:22 =.. 1:37:57
13. (3) M.. A.. Owen Wilkinson.....24:19....56:52....17:39..=..1:38:50

GB athlete, Nathaniel Walker, was 2nd after the first run, splitting the PACTRAC pair, with Junior, Owen Wilkinson, matching Paul for 3rd place=. However, Nathaniel soon dropped to 3rd on the bike, whilst Paul Schofield moved up to 4th. Paul Lunn was on a bike course that he trains on quite a bit, and had the fastest bike of the day, whilst Nathaniel Walker had the fastest 2nd run to hold onto 3rd, with Paul Schofield holding onto 4th. Nathan had a consistent race and was able to ease off in the last 1.25 miles.

2 Relay Teams battled it out for the honours, with Fenland Runner (the sponsors team) having the fastest runners, but just being pipped by Castor A&B Team who had the faster cyclist. Their was less than a minute in it at the end.

Jess Williams won the ladies race, coming home a convincing winner, in 10th place overall. 2nd lady was Castor's own Sarah Fitzjohn, so 2 Trophies going to the home village. 3rd lady was Sadie Boor of local running club, Werrington Joggers.

Stuart Hathaway who crashed out on the bike last year, came back strong and exorcised some ghosts. The event was for both experienced athletes and first-timers, with many tasting multi-discipline sport for the first time, including Werrington Joggers Roger Sayer and Wendette Christian. Wendette was racing for the NGNPUK charity and raised over £1,400 to help provide Syringe Drivers, which are most frequently used in pain management for palliative care.

Wendette said: "As it was my first Duathlon, I didn't know what to expect but I really enjoyed it and would thoroughly recommend it."

This was the fourth year that PACTRAC have promoted this race, with the athletes enjoying some friendly, safe racing; whilst this year, most of the marshals were complaining of the cold and rain.

Medway Junior Duathlon:

3 PACTRAC Juniors competed in the Medway Duathlon, Olivia Corner, Chloe Moore and Joshua Moore.

"It was a cold and damp day, an excellent proper cycle track, with a few hills and twists and turns.
Both run and bike were on tarmac.

The bike into transition was a bit precarious, a fast downhill, but good to watch.

Chloe dismounted possibly too soon, (and she’s normally pretty good at dismounting), whilst Josh took it to the line and just managed to dismount before crossing the line. (with brakes screaming).

Olivia came 16 out of a total 37, in TS3

Chloe came 34 out of a total 37, in TS3

Josh came 25 out of a total 29, in TS1

It was a strong field especially in TS3. We were a little Pactrac team encouraging each other on, and proudly displaying their Pactrac tops.

Chloe and Josh are racing again next Sunday, but in an Aquathlon"

Virgin London Marathon.

1474. Mark Weathersby 3:05:02 (first half in 1:24:04). (Mark needed 3:
04:59 to get a good-for-age entry for next year, so missed out by 3-
seconds). AG 880.
2175. Giles Cooper 3:12:50 (first half in 1:33:33) AG 123.
12866. Kate Armstrong 4:16:30. (first half in 2:02:57) AG 92.

Paul Lunn deferred.
Sean Beard deferred.
Scott Lloyd deferred.


Roger, Jonathan and Katie all qualify.

Roger Canham competed in the 70.3 Half-Ironman triathlon at Liuzhou in China and qualified for the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii in October. Only 3 British athletes won their Age Groups - Roger in the 50-54, Mike Hooper in the 55-59 and ALISTAIR BROWNLEE in the Elites. The attached photo is of Roger and Alistair with their Trophies. This is Roger's tenth consecutive year of qualifying for the World Championships in Hawaii. Roger went into the run in 3rd place and overtook 2 athletes including his British rival to take first spot.

Roger said "Pretty lucky really. I'm training for RAAM this year so this was my only shot!"

Pro Men.

1st – Alistair Brownlee (GBR) – 3:45:28

Age-Group 50-54.

1st – Roger Canham (GBR) – 4:41:58
2nd – Matthew Ryley (GBR) – 4:43:31

Roger's Report:

"April 14th 2018. Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou China.

Swim 1.2 miles. Bike 56 miles. Run 13.1 miles - Temperature 18oF
Swim 33:00 - T1 05:01 - Bike 02:30:14 - T2 05:10 – Run 01:28:33 Total Time 4:41:58.
50-54 Age Group Champion, 53rd overall.

The first part of the year was always going to be dominated with getting into shape for the 3,100mile Race Across America bike adventure I am undertaking in a team of four riders in June. For my second adventure of the year, I was lucky enough to win a start for the legendary Norseman iron distance extreme triathlon taking place in early August. RAAM training meant that I would only be able to squeeze in a minimal amount of swimming and running but I still wanted a shot at qualifying for the 2018 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. When I scoured the events list for 2018 the only event I would be able to shoe horn into my training plans was the Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou in China and I would have to win the age group to secure my slot for the Big Island. It’s was a far from perfect plan, but it was that or nothing.

After 36 hours of travelling we landed in Liuzhou on Thursday, in time to register and attend the English briefing. At the briefing it quickly became clear that any non-nationals competing were there for one thing and one thing only, a coveted Kona slot. There would be only ten guys truly competing for the win, but they were experienced and high-quality athletes. Friday was spent kit racking and wrestling with jet lag.

Storms had been forecast for race day but as we made our way to the swim start all looked calm. It was a rolling swim start and I now have established a tactic of starting further back so that when I see people on the run, the chances are they started before me and I am genuinely racing them. The swim was billed as a fast, current assisted downstream swim. It was indeed fast initially, but as we rounded the 1000m buoy the promised storm was starting to show its hand with the waves coming crashing in. The pace plummeted as it became a fight to battle one stroke at a time through the waves with the packs of swimmers being widely scattered. Somewhat battered, we exited the swim, ran to T2, changed into bike gear and set off on the bike leg.

No sooner had I put the hammer down than I hit a bump and my nutrition bottle popped out. I had no option but to jam on the anchors, jump off the bike and run back up the road to retrieve my precious calories. Reset and go again but very quickly the rain started to come down and the roads became greasy; they would bring down a number of riders before the day was out. The race was split, the seasoned Ironman athletes gunning for slots and the nationals getting their first taste of racing a triathlon. The consequence was that the front end of the race was an eye balls out time trail at world class pace and then a big gap to the main field. I locked into the zone and just cranked out the planned power numbers, mostly riding alone. The flat, pristine roads had promised record breaking times, but the weather had undone any chance of bagging a PB, I was just pleased to put in a solid effort and get off unscathed.

I glanced across at the bikes already home as I racked my bike in T2, not many but there were clearly a handful of athletes already out on the run course. The chaotic numbering system made it nigh impossible to know how many were racing for the age group win and The Slot. Head down and see what my legs had for the first few miles. Woefully short of run training volume, never mind running at pace, meant it really was an unknown. I figured that I would need to go faster than seven-minute miles to be in with a chance of a podium and as the first few miles unfolded, I started to build a small buffer of seconds against my target pace. As athletes came back from the turnaround I couldn’t spot any of my competition who were undoubtedly ahead of me, I just didn’t know how many and how far ahead they were. I just kept pushing to maintain the pace and as I reached the half way mark I passed a UK athlete in my age group. He spotted me and latched onto my heels so I upped the tempo and eventually the elastic snapped. I discovered later that he didn’t fold but kept chasing and ended up with second spot and only just over a minute behind me. At 9-miles I passed an Italian in my age group and I felt I must be near the front now but couldn’t ease up. I held my pace right to the line but crossed really not sure what position I was in.

It took nearly an hour for my result to be confirmed, age group champion and my ticket stamped for Hawaii – BOOM! The first Ironman was held in 1978 in Hawaii and this will be the fortieth anniversary and my tenth competing there. Racing in Liuzhou and talking to other athletes gunning for that slot makes me appreciate how lucky I am to be going back to the Big island. Now back to the bike and the small matter of a 3100 mile ride across America."


Super-Series Assessment - Jonathan Oakey and Katie Tasker.

It was a big weekend for two of Pactrac's aspiring young athletes in Loughborough at the national performance assessment weekend.

The event is split over 2 days with a series of lectures on the Saturday during the day, then the swim in Loughborough University pool on Saturday Evening.
It is significant to get in the top 40 as this enables the athlete to complete in the Super Series (National league). If you fall outside of this you are on the waiting list.

The swim was in the pool with 16 lanes in use and 32 swimmers going off in waves every 10 minutes. In Jonathan's Junior Age Group, there were 85 attemptiong to secure a top 40 slot.

Jonathan Oakey – Junior Men : Distances – Swim 800m Bike 12.5m Run 3m

Jonathan swam a new PB in 9:51 which despite this it left him in 63rd position. With it all to do on the bike Jonathan made quick work in moving up the field. He was able to ‘jump’ a number of groups and entered T2 in 22nd position with a blistering ride averaging nearly 26mph on the 12.5m course.

Jonathan then ran a solid 3-mile run on the back of this, but despite his best efforts, he did lose some ground on the field. He was still able to come home in 38th place and was releived to have made the cut.

Katie Tasker – Youth Girls: Distances – Swim 400m Bike 10K Run 2.5K

Katie entered the race boosted from her recent result at Bedford. She too swam a PB in the pool 5:05 for 400m which left her in 25th place entering the bike. She made an electrifying T1 and was the fastest of all exiting transition. On the bike she was able to work with a small group which manouvered its way through the riders. This was a strong ride and she moved up to 7th. Katie struggled on the final run and lost some places but was still able to come home in 17th. This is the 1st time that Katie has raced at this event and a number of valuable lessons were learnt which will help with the oncoming season.

These results secure both Katie & Jonathan a berth in the National Super Series - with the first triathlon in Llanelli in May.

Super Series :-

The results are :-


Jonathan Oakey 9:54 0:28 29:11 0:21 18:42 = 58:36 38th / 85

Katie Tasker 5:05 0:22 16:47 0:23 10:26 = 33:03 17th / 65


574 competitor's finished in one of the first triathlons of the season, the Southwell Triathlon, with Darren Kelly coming home in 21st place overall.

The distances were: swim 400 metres, bike 11 miles, run 3 miles.

21. Darren Kelly 7:26 30:19 17:21 = 55:06 Age Group 5.


Mark Bedford completed the Boston marathon in Lincolnshire in 3:27:50 beating his previous best time by 40-seconds. His next target is the Lakesman Triathlon in June, an Ironman distance race over hilly terrain.


Entries close for the PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon on Monday 23rd April. The event takes place from Castor on Sunday 29th April and comprises a 4-mile run, 18-mile bike and 2.5 mile run. Their is also a Relay option for teams of either 2 or 3. For further details and to enter, visit

Jim takes Silver in the National Duathlon Championships.

Jim Fell, Steve Hope and Katie Tasker competed in the National Duathlon
Championships at Bedford Aerodrome; with Jim finishing 2nd in his Age
Group, to come away with the Silver Medal. Jim had a very consistent
race and received a deserved Silver medal.

The distances were:

run 6.25 miles.
bike 24 miles.
run 3 miles.

Katie had a good race in the Junior Duathlon, which was also the 1st
leg of the Junior Super Series. A class field had assembled, with a
number of national Champions racing. Katie finished 15th in 32:36.

The distances were:

run 1.5 miles.
bike 6.25 miles.
run 0.75 miles

"A strong opening run saw Katie enter T1 in contention and with a trade
mark rapid transition she was able to make good progress up the field
on the 1st half of the bike. She made further headway but as the field
splintered she found herself doing large parts of the course on her
own. Over the short second run Katie lost a couple of places to finish
15th. This bodes well for the National Qualification event in
Loughborough next week".

104. Steve Hope.... 49:18 75:50 27:20 = 2:32:28 AG 7th
113. Jim Fell.......... 51:10 78:53 30:47 = 2:40:50 (Age 70-74) AG 2nd SILVER MEDAL.

15. Katie Tasker.... 8:25 18:24 5:47 = 32:36 AG 15th.

Entries are coming in for the PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon to be held
at Castor on Sunday 29th April. The distances are; run 4-miles, bike
18-miles, run 2.5 miles. Entries are open via
and their is also a relay option for teams of either 2 or 3.


The RAF Scampton Duathlon took place at the weekend on the airfield
taxiways and perimeter roads in a safe and traffic free environment.

PACTRAC had 10 competitors including 9 Juniors. Evander Wishart was the
best placed finisher with forth place in a tightly contested TriStar1

Adult (solo) 3m 13m 1.5m
32. Andy Corner 20:59 40:04 11:17 = 72:20

TriStar Start 400m 1500m 200m
22. Hannah Coull 3:02 7:33 0:44 = 11:19

TriStar 1 1200m 4000m 400m
4. Evander Wishart 4:54 8:20 2:23 = 15:37
55. Josh Moore 7:10 11:24 3:23 = 21:57

TriStar 2 1600m 6000m 600m
26. Norah Brill 6:51 17:42 3:16 = 27:49
38. Calleigh Coull 7:27 18:23 3:32 = 29:22

TriStar 3 2000m 7500m 800m
21. Flo Brill 7:07 17:07 4:05 = 28:19
60. Jude Hinch 9:29 20:44 4:48 = 35:01
70. Libby Mellor 9:27 23:10 4:56 = 37:33
71. Chloe Moore 10:00 22:50 5:29 = 38:19


Amy Hayes has received confirmation that her place to swim the Kaiwi
Channel has been granted. This is a 26 mile swim from Molokai to Oahu
across the ocean in Hawaii. Amy has been given a slot from 1st-7th July
depending on the weather and is now busy training for this grueling
long distance solo swim. Currently only 59 people have successfully
completed this swim solo.


Claire Steels competed in her first professional bike race at the
weekend. Claire has joined the Fusion RT Velo Performance women's team
for this season and on a hilly course performed well to help lead out
the team's sprinter Jennifer Holden, and then claim a magnificent third
place overall herself.

It was a good day for the team in the Hatherleigh Women's Road Race on
a hilly course with a final uphill sprint, and a perfect sprint launch
which played to Claire's strengths.

"The team smashed it today at Hatherleigh RR, taking 1st (Jenny
Holden), 3rd (Claire Steels) and Claire also taking 3 of the 4


Rutland Water half-marathon:

37. Simon Guerin 1:40:25

Winter race results and reports.

Their were two distances on offer in the BRJ Laragh Homes Alconbury
Duathlon on Sunday and PACTRAC had representatives in both. Andrew
Chapman went round with his wife Jo, who was competing in her first
ever Multi-Discipline race, whilst in the Standard Distance race, Paul
Jephcott came away with first place in his Age Group.

Sprint: Run 3-miles, bike 12.5 miles, run 1.5 miles.
4. Jo Chapman 26:25 50:48 15:14 = 1:32:27 AG 2.
25. Andrew Chapman 26:24 50:51 15:13 = 1:32:28 AG 6.

Standard: Run 6.25 miles, bike 25 miles, run 3 miles.
19. Paul Jephcott 50:43 85:46 26:01 = 2:42:30 AG 1st.


Dave Thorold competed in the 70.3 Half-Ironman Triathlon in Miami,
The distances were; swim 1.2 miles in the sea, bike 56 miles and run
13.1 miles.

It was a great result for Dave in Miami. It's a flat and fast course,
but its a non wetsuit swim, the bike course tends to get windy and the
run is in 30c and 80% humidity. A tough race and a great performance.

105. Dave Thorold 38:34 2:34:50 1:44:16 = 4:57:40 AG 5th
1706 finishers from 1893 entries.


Wendy Gooding competed in the RTTC National Closed Circuit Cycle Time
Trial Championships on the Thruxton Motor Circuit. Wendy came home in
20th place in a time of 28:23 for the 11.8 miles to average very nearly


Matthew Wouldham has been announced as the winner of the Eastern Region
Youths season long competition, whilst Katie Tasker came 2nd in the
TriStar 3 and Olivia Corner 4th in the TriStar 2.

Youth (aged 15-16 years) Matthew Wouldham 1st. Matthew competed in the
minimum number of 5 competitions, winning 3 of them. He won the Clacton
triathlon, the Framlingham triathlon and the Infinity Aquathlon, whilst
coming home 2nd at the Discovery open water triathlon, and 3rd at
Leighton Buzzard.

TriStar 3 (aged 13-14) Katie Tasker 2nd. Katie competed in 7 events
winning in the Norwich, Walden and Cambridge triathlons and the Bedford
Autodrome Duathlon, whilst coming 2nd to the eventual winner in 3 other
triathlons. She won their head-to-heads 4-3, but lost out on total wins

TriStar 2 (aged 11-12) Olivia Corner 4th. Olivia competed in 7 events
winning 3 of them - the Norwich and the West Suffolk Wheelers
triathlons and the Clacton off-road Duathlon.

All 3 had a great season with Katie and Olivia also representing the
Eastern region in the Inter Regional Championships at Mallory Park.


Two PACTRACers competed in the TCS New York City Marathon at the
weekend, running 26.2 miles around the 5 Boroughs of New York. Giles
Cooper and Roger Canham both finished their season off in grand style,
recording just over 3 hours. They ran together for the first 16-miles
at mainly sub 7-minutes per mile, before Roger dropped off and Giles
continued for another 3-miles before running the remaining 7-miles at 7:
30 to 8:00 minute miling.

Giles commented that it was an “Awesome race” but we didn’t pace it too
well. We missed our wave start, then had a quick first half trying to
catch our wave from wave 2. Paid for it in the last 6 miles!!"


Giles Cooper 3:08:21 (1:30:12 + 1:38:09) 7:12mpm.
Roger Canham 3:12:47 (1:30:13 + 1:42:34) 7:22mpm.


At the St. Neots half-marathon, Aaron Godden recorded a Personal Best
time of 1:28:34. This took 3-minutes off of his previous best as he
finally cracked the 90-minute barrier. Aaron stuck with the 1:30 pacer,
holding back until mile 10, when he took off.

Aaron said "I had the run of my life and am so happy. Sub 90 minutes
proved to be a tough nut to crack."


Their's a new sport amongst the open water swimming community. It's the Ice Mile whereby swimmers swim for 1-mile in water below 5 degrees C.

3 Ice miles were completed at the weekend up in Hatfield, Doncaster. PACTRAC's Amy Hayes completed, as did David Coleman and Penny Felton. The water in the lake was 3.9 degrees. All 3 I believe are from Cambridgeshire? and regularly swim around Cambridge, St.Neots, Tansor and Wadenhoe. Amy is an American currently living in Hampton.

Amy: "I didn't let them tell me the temp until I was done! I told myself it was 4.5 the whole way".

One of their training venues is the River Nene at Wadenhoe which, on the same morning, was a balmy 5.8 degrees. will give an insight into this modern sport.

Amy Hayes "It went well. The water was colder than I was planning on, but I didn't ask the temperature until I was done. It was hard work, but I think I managed a negative split, forcing myself to go faster at the end because I was so ready to be finished. The recovery was harsh, but the most painful part didn't last too long. I'm still cold and really tired, nearly 6 hours later. It took me 35 minutes and 51 seconds in 3.9 degree water (38.8F). The photo's will probably be unflattering, but there is no cute way to finish an ice mile".

Amy is the 50th person to swim the Ice Mile at Hatfield with "Swim your Swim". Swim Your Swim saw their first Ice Mile in March 2013. Currently their are now 231 people worldwide to have officially swam the mile in under 5 degrees.

"Today saw the SwimYourSwim team bring our 48th, 49th and 50th ice mile swimmers home safe and sound in 3.9ºC water (STR)

First away was the cuddly Kiwi David Coleman, who successfully completed his second Ice Mile with us in 37.28s followed by fellow T.W.A.T.S Penny Felton in 41.21 and our eagerly awaited 50th ice mile from Amy Hayes in 35.51s."


Their is a photo from the Frostbite at March on Facebook.

One shows 4 previous Frostbite race winners in one shot.
From the left: Paul Halford, Rod Mckee (not a previous winner), Ben Heron, Alan Turnbull, Paul Vernon.

24 Alan Turnbull M Riverside 30:33
25 Ben Heron M Eye 30:33
26 Paul Vernon M PACTRAC 30:33
27 Rod Mckee M Hunts AC 30:35
28 Paul Halford M Werrington 30:39

Paul Vernon had just competed in a 24-hour 8-man relay involving indoor rowing, biking and running over short, sharp distances: and was using this as a recovery run. It's great to see top athletes mucking in, even when they really don't feel like it!


Claire Steels has joined a women's professional cycle racing team for
2018 and will be seen around the country in various road races,
criteriums and time trials. Claire dipped under the hour in the
National 25-mile Time Trial in 2017 and this will be a big step up in a
single sport discipline. I don't know at the moment how this will fit
in with an Duathlon ambitions.


The Anglia Water Standard Distance Duathlon at Grafham Water was an
early season qualifier for both:

The 2018 World Championships in Norway in July.
The 2019 European Championships, the venue to be confirmed.

The distances were: run 6.25 miles, bike 25 miles, run 3 miles. The
early start of 8:30am meant for a colder February race with athletes
needing to be well wrapped up. The first run was out and back along the
lake side. The bike was straight out to Hail Weston and back. The
second run was also out and back but only to half-way of the first run.

32. Adam Madge 36:31 67:12 20:53 = 2:04:36 AG 13.
159. Paul Jephcott 48:54 80:46 28:47 = 2:38:27 AG 9.
186. Angela Wallis 53:52 95:12 29:28 = 2:58:32 AG 6th.

Their were 4 places in each Age Group up-for-grabs with all 3
PACTRACers looking to qualify for the European Championships, whilst
Adam was also looking for a World Championship place. All 3 will have
to wait and see if places become available, or try again in the next of
the 3 qualifying races.


In the Hinchingbrooke Frostbite, Sarah Caskey, running for PACTRAC
came home 58th overall and 3rd lady, being just outsprinted into 3rd
spot, whilst Paul Vernon was 2nd overall. Unfortunately, we didn't have
the strength in depth to fully back them up.

PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon - Sunday 29th April 2018.

Sunday 29th April 2018.

See for full details.

Entries closed on Monday 23rd April 2018 with 84 solo entries plus 4 Relay Teams.

We are delighted to announce that Alphawoolf will again be sponsoring the Duathlon. See for a look at their athletics products range.

Prizes include: Alphawoolf Running Shoes, Spot prizes at the Presentation, Discounts on Alphawoolf, SwimRunners and Dare2tri products.

7:00am Village Hall opens.
7:30 - 8:40am Registration.
8:15am Marshal's Briefing.
9:00am Race Start.
11:45am Prize Presentation.

Open Water swimming.

On Monday 7th May we have the 3-swim challenge:
9:00am is the Mid-Distance Triathlon from Oundle Pool.
12:00pm is our first dip in the River Nene from Oundle Boat House near Oundle Wharf.
7:00pm is the usual pool swim at Oundle.

On Thursday's 10th and 17th May we will be in the River Nene at Wadenhoe and then we'll see what the temperature is like, before deciding which Thursday night to start the 15-leg Thursday night Nene swim's from Woodford to Castor.

Their will be NO swimming over Easter as Oundle Pool will be closed on both Friday 30th March and Monday 2nd April.


Just a reminder that members can pay for swimming by Standing Order.

1 swim per week = £13.
2 swims per week = £23.
3 swims per week = £32:50.

Unfortunately, their is no "carry-over". Any further swims in a week can still be paid by the Token System.

Batches of Tokens cost £4 each and can be bought in advance, on poolside. Single Tokens cost £5.
Their will be NO swimming at Oundle tonight, Friday 2nd March. Oundle Pool will be closed due to the snow and ice.
Normal service next week.


AGM, Prize Presentation, Meal on Saturday 18th November 2017.

This years AGM / Prize Presentation / Annual Meal will be at the Kings
Arms in Polebrook, on Saturday 18th November. We have the room booked
from 5:00pm.

All members welcome, along with family and friends too, but only
members can vote/speak at the AGM.

AGM: 6:00pm
Meal: 7:15pm
Junior Awards: 8:15pm
Senior Awards: 8:30pm

The meal this year is only £10 per person.
We are not taking deposits, but please email Nicholas Partridge on to reserve your meal place. (The AGM is free).
Please note that it is the same format as last year, but without the disco.

Any proposals/ammendments for the AGM need to be handed in before 11th November.

Can those who have club Trophies, please return them to Steve Hope, so that they can be engraved for the new recipients.

4 big end-of-season races. Dave, George and Jim qualify. Paul and Roger compete in the World Ironman Championships.

We had 2 members competing in the Bedford Autodrome Duathlons. Jim Fell
competed in the Sprint Distance Duathlon and George Prodrick in the
Standard Distance Duathlon. Both were qualifying races for the European
Championships in Ibiza next October. Jim had already qualified for the
Standard Distance race in Ibiza through his earlier efforts at Clumber
Park. He, therefore, competed in the Sprint distance at Bedford, came
1st in his Age Group, and has now qualified for both races.

George competed in the Standard distance race at Bedford, came 1st in
his Age Group and will be going to race in Ibiza next year in the
Standard Distance European Championships.

The whole race was based on laps of the motor-circuit with different
laps for the bike and run.



run 3 miles - 2 laps.
bike 12.5 miles - 4 laps.
run 1.5 miles - 1 lap.


run 6 miles - 4 laps.
bike 25 miles - 8 laps.
run 3 miles - 2 laps.


231. Jim Fell....23:35 39:46 13:29 = 76:50 AG 1st.

147. George Prodrick....60:34 88:09 31:41 = 3:00:24 AG 1st.


Roger Canham competed in his 9th consecutive Ironman World
Championships in Hawaii, whilst Paul Lunn was competing in his 1st.


swim 2.4 miles in the sea.
bike 112 miles.
run 26.2 miles.

It is very difficult to qualify for this, as most long distance
athletes in the world covet one of only 2,221 places. Even if you do
qualify, you have to contend with the soaring heat and wind in the
barren lava fields. This year the temperature was up to 34 degrees.

Roger is normally in the top 10 in his Age Group, but in June he
suffered a broken collar bone, following a fall on the bike, and had to
have 8-weeks off. He managed to recover sufficiently to race, but lost
a lot of quality training time and this year finished in 55th place in
his Age Group. He had qualified, so went along and enjoyed the race
instead of going hard all the way, as usual.

Paul Lunn competed in his first Hawaii Ironman World Championships and
took 5th place in a tough Age Group where 293 top athletes had all
qualified in their own right. After a good swim, Paul moved through the
field with the fastest bike split in his category. He was only 6-
minutes from winning his Age Group.

106. Paul Lunn 65:59 4:55:54 3:23:09 = 9:25:02 AG 5th.
915. Roger Canham 70:47 5:52:34 3:47:18 = 10:50:39 AG 55.

Roger's report is below:

"I came into the race pretty relaxed, with no real expectations of
getting a result to match previous years. I know what it takes in terms
of work and life commitment to get in the right shape to be competitive
and my preparation was well short of that standard. The late June bike
crash and broken collar bone brought about an enforced 8 week rest and
a subsequent 9 week fitness build for the race.

My ambition for the swim was to stay out of the combat zone and just
swim within myself right from the gun, no sprinting, no elbows, no
punches, just long easy strokes. Boom, off went the cannon and off I
went, breathing to both sides and keeping away from the A types gunning
for a time. It turned out to be a really relaxing swim and not really
much slower than usual. Note to self, saving energy at the gun by not
sprinting pays back in the second half.

T1 was a calm affair, taking my time with no anxiety about losing more
time to my competition. A good day for me wasn’t to be measured by how
high up in the field I placed, it was how much I enjoyed the day and
fuelled my love of the sport. For about the only time in my life I was
in Zen Roger (ZR) mode !

The first 9-miles on the bike is through town with lots of hills,
riders mashing the pedals to establish an
early advantage, ZR just let them go and started the discipline of self-
preservation. I was not going to make it to the finish line if I bent
the racing rules I had promised myself. Normally, I suffer from bib
number paranoia and consequently if I spot anyone in my Age Group
riding by I have to retake them and then smoke them lest the race
disappears up the road! However, the whole ride was pretty uneventful,
and it was novel to be able to stay strong right to the end and not
start to implode in the blasting hot wind on the return leg.

T2, like T1, was ZR just strolling through the tents and out onto the
run. I had a clear plan that I had spent the last 9 weeks practicing;
run 1.25 miles, walk 60 seconds, which pretty much meant I would walk
through each aid station to cool and fuel, it was the only chance in
order to last the distance.The yanks don’t do metric or precision so I
had to kinda improvise but broadly stick to the plan. I knew I would be
in a hole by half way due to the lack of preparation so when it came
before half way I accepted the discomfort and stuck to the run/walk
plan albeit the run portion was now much slower. More athletes in my
age group passed but ZR just let them go.

Prior to the race I had figured what good looked like, under 11 hours,
so I was doing the mental gymnastics to tick off the miles and know I
would beat the glow stick challenge.
I crossed the finish line just before sunset, sans glow sticks, very
chuffed. I am leaving the Big Island hungry to race head to head with
the best. I’ll be back."


Dave Patmore-Hill competed in the Gloria 70.3 Half-Ironman triathlon in
Turkey finishing 9th in his Age Group in a great time of 4:52:41. Dave
qualified for next year's World 70.3 Half-Ironman Championships in
South Africa. A massive achievement given that he is at the top end of
his Age Group and will move into the next 5-year bracket next year. All
of the hard work and training has paid off.

Dave said "I've always wanted to race in South Africa. Coming off the
bike, I was in 16th, so I had to have a decent run time, and I've
worked on this over the last few weeks. I had the 3rd fastest run in my
Age Group."

Distances were:
swim 1.2 miles.
bike 56 miles.
run 13.1 miles.

76. Dave Patmore-Hill 38:59 2:40:51 1:32:51 = 4:52:41 AG 9th.


3 PACTRACers competed in the Challenge Peguera Triathlon - a half-
Ironman distance race in the south-east of Majorca.

Distances were:

swim 1900 metres in the sea. Out and back over clear water where you
could see the bottom, shoals of small fish and a couple of jellyfish.
Plenty of space for all, in salty water with not much swell.

bike 56 miles - 2 laps in the hills around Es Capdella and Calvia. The
two main uphill stretches included plenty of twists and turns to make
your way to the top. We passed a few riders with punctures, one with a
broken chain and one who missed a sharp right-hander on a descent and
ended up half-way down the hillside.

run 13.1 miles - 4 laps taking over the whole town of Peguera. Various
dog-legs including along the beach front which was where the 25 degree
temperature felt at it's worst. There were plenty of Aid Stations which
helped and 85% of the runners wore a hat, which is highly unusual and
highlighted the quality and experience of the field.

The fastest PACTRACer home was Tristan Matthews who had a good all-
round race, whilst Steve Hope came away with a 2nd place in his Age
group, which is the first time that he has come anywhere near the
Podium in a big International race. Steve has come 5th a few times in big
races at home, and won his Age Group in a number of local triathlons
since turning 50, but this was another step up.

Last year he came 9th in his Age Group in Paguera, but realised that with
a better race he could get close to the Podium. This year he knocked 16-
minutes off of his time, didn't run out of energy and came 2nd.


117. Tristan Matthews....34:21 2:47:43 1:40:45 = 5:02:49 AG 18.
261. Steve Hope..........35:42 3:00:25 1.55.16 = 5:31:23 AG 2nd.
517. Rory Suckling.......33:52 3:27:17 2:16:30 = 6:17:39 AG 74.

September roundup.


Two PACTRACers ventured over to Bala for the Standard distance 
triathlon in Lake Tegid, Bala. The weather was against the athletes all 
day, being wet, cold and windy. It was difficult to race in such 
conditions, with merely changing gear on the bike often being a 

Aaron Godden said "It was a tough day at the office from the off as it 
was pouring down all race. Choppy swim and wet bike but that said a 
great event with an awesome bike and run course on closed roads with 
nice undulations - spoiled only by the weather." 

179.  Aaron Godden  31:03    69:54    45:18  =  2:26:15  
274.  Steve Hope    28:53    78:24    48:08  =  2:35:25


The NiceTri Triathlons took place at St.Neots in the River Ouse, with 7 
of the 8 PACTRACers coming in the top 3 in their Age Groups in the 3 
races. The best placed were Marcus Widdess and Angela Wallis who were 
1st in their respective Age Groups.  This was a pre-World Championship 
test for Marcus, who is representing GB in the World Triathlon 
Championships in Rotterdam on 17th September alongside clubmates Simon 
Hoppe, Georgina Jennings and Steve Hope.

Andrew Chapman was delighted with his 2nd place in his Age Group, 
recording a massive PB over last year. Steve Skelhon also recorded a 
2nd as did Jon Crowley in the Sprint race. 

Daniel Richardson said of his Age Group 3rd place "The swim was not 
good but I did it. The bike and run went OK. Happy to finish."

Super Sprint: (swim 400 metres, bike 6.25 miles, run 1 mile).

15.  Daniel Richardson 19:19    26:04    13:34  =  58:57  AG 3rd.

Sprint: (swim 750 metres, bike 16 miles, run 3 miles).

Marcuss Widess had the 2nd fastest run of the day and moved up from 5th 
to 2nd on the run, winning his Age Group in the process.

2.  Marcus Widdess 11:37    41:33    16:37  =  1:09:47  AG 1st.
14. Jon Crowley         12:36    43:01    19:18  =  1:14:55  AG 2.

Standard distance: (swim 1500 metres, bike 27.5 miles, run 6.25 

7.  Michael Shadwell 26:23    78:17    37:03  =  2:21:43  AG 3.
10. Andrew Chapman 27:11    76:35    40:11 =  2:23:57  AG 2.
26. Steve Skelhon 27:39    83:00    44:02 =  2:34:41  AG 2.
89. Nick Park           33:46    92:33    47:47  =  2:54:06  AG 9.
111.Angela Wallis 36:00    99:25    49:14  =  3:04:39  AG 1st.

Simon Hoppe came 3rd overall and 1st in his Age Group at the Battle of 
Bosworth triathlon at Market Bosworth. the distances were, swim 750 
metres in the lake, bike 12.5 miles on country roads and run 3 miles 
around the park. This was a pre-World Championship test for Simon, who 
is representing GB in the World Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam on 
17th September alongside PACTRAC teammates Steve Hope, Georgina 
Jennings and Marcus Widdess.

Simon came out of the swim in 5th place and then had the fastest bike 
of the day. This put him up to 2nd place at the start of the run, where 
he was just beaten in a sprint finish to come home 3rd overall.

3rd. Simon Hoppe 10:53   36:53    19:12  =  66:58  AG 1.


Wendy Gooding is organising a "Ride for Guy" cycle ride on Sunday 10th 
September from Gorilla Cycles in Oundle, to raise money for the Sepsis 
Charity.    Details are here

Guy Gooding was fit and healthy but passed away on 10th January from 
Sepsis, an infection whereby the body attacks itself. (Further details 
are here  ). 


Mark Weathersby competed in the Coniston End To End Swim on Saturday - 
a 5.25 mile End to end swim of Coniston Water. Wetsuits were optional 
but recommended, with Mark choosing to wear one. 

136. Mark Weathersby 2:41:16  AG 13. 


Paul Lunn raced in his first ever 100 mile Time Trial at the weekend, 
just west of Derby, and smashed the National Clarion record, which was 
held by Crewe Clarion member, Alan Roberts, in a time of 3 hours 48 
minutes. Paul recorded 3:40:11 which is an average speed of 27.3mph. 
This is a faster pace than his current best time for 25 miles of 56:01. 
Malc Jacklin of the Fenland Clarion should be sending a report in.



The Vitruvian Triathlon hosted the National Mid-Distance Triathlon 
Championships at Rutland Water at the weekend. 

The distances were:

swim - 1900metres. 2 laps from Whitwell. beach start, running in to 
stoney/rocky waters.

bike - 53 miles. 2 laps around Oakham, Uppingham, Morcott and Ketton, 
taking in the triple hills of the Rutland Ripple between Oakham and 
Uppingham as well as the Rookeries hill by Ketton Cement.

run - 13.1 miles over the Dam and out to Normanton Church and back.   

PACTRAC had 9 competitors plus 2 teams racing. Paul Lunn came third 
overall and first in his Age Group to win the GOLD MEDAL in the 45-49 
Age Group and BRONZE MEDAL overall. 

3.   Paul Lunn        32.55    2.08.57    1.20.13  =  4.02.05  AG 1st.
53.  Roger Canham     36.09    2.29.33    1.27.39  =  4.33.21  AG 10
99.  Dave Thorold     40.02    2.27.55    1.37.59  =  4.45.56  AG 14
159. Antony Brown     36.10    2.28.17    1.53.31  =  4.57.58  AG 9
176. Ricky Dear       42.01    2.38.15    1.40.52  =  5.01.08  AG 35
178. Charlie Brookes  37.30    2.38.42    1.45.10  =  5.01.22  AG 28
490. Louise Alexander 47.18    3.06.21    2.04.31  =  5.58.10  AG 19
511. Ashley Weller    42.32    3.06.29    2.13.11  =  6.02.12  AG 86
615. Sue Davys        47.28    3.31.04    2.31.07  =  6.49.39  ag 5

Team Brookes          33.31    2.32.44    1.37.31  =  4.43.46  7th Team
Team Polson           43.03    3.12.29    2.11.49  =  6.07.21  23rd 

Paul Lunn was 50th after a consistent swim, had the 4th fastest 
transition, which moved him up to 36th (gaining 14 places in 
transition). He then had the 4th fastest bike which moved him up to 6th 
place, with a slightly quicker 2nd lap to negative split. Paul then had 
the fastest T2 transition of all of the competitors, before again 
negative splitting on the run, where he moved up into the BRONZE MEDAL 
position overall by gaining 3 places on the last lap.



Two PACTRACers were in the top 10 in their Age Groups at the World 
Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam at the weekend.
Both the Olympic distance and Sprint distance World Championships were 
held on Sunday, with 4 PACTRACers all qualifying in their respective 
Age Groups for the Sprint.

Georgina Jennings came first in her 70-74 Age Group to win the GOLD 
Simon Hoppe came 10th in his 45-49 Age Group.
The top 10 in each Age Group gain automatic entry into next year's 
World Championships on the Gold Coast of Australia, next September.

Georgina was totally surprised with her win. She has been injured for 
the last few weeks and unable to train. It was touch-and-go whether she 
would even make it to the start line. She also had some tough 
competition, mostly from world competitor's who she only competes 
against once a year, and are, therefore, relatively unknown, especially 
as a new batch of younger athletes appear on the scene every year. 

Georgina excelled herself having the fastest swim and the fastest bike 
split and then holding onto the top spot with the 3rd fastest run in 
her Age Group. She went on to win the Gold Medal by 4:54 minutes. The 
weeks of enforced rest didn't hold her back.

The distances were:

swim 750 metres - 1 lap in fresh water in the River Nieuwe Maas. It got 
a bit choppier as the swim progressed, but the water temperature was 

bike 12.5 miles all on the Rotterdam bike paths, so although it was a 
closed circuit, few roads had to be closed. The course used various 
bridges and bike paths on the only day of the week when it didn't rain. 
The World Sprint Championships are the only Championships for Age Group 
athletes where drafting on the bike is legal. However, because she was 
leading her wave, Georgina got no assistance from this ruling. Simon 
Hoppe and Marcuss Widdess however, were in good positions after the 
swim and were able to make headway on the bike in a good group. 

run 3-miles - 1 lap in the park making use of all of the paths, and 
finishing on the blue-carpeted home straight between the two 
Grandstands of spectators. 

Georgina has now won all 3 "Majors" this year and is really pleased 
with that.

She won the British Sprint Championships at Strathclyde in May, the 
European Sprint Championships in Dusseldorf in June and now the World 
Sprint Championships in Rotterdam in September.  Georgina won the 
Silver medal last year in Mexico, so goes one better this year, and 
gets the clean sweep.


1. Georgina Jennings    18.15    53.50    29.02  =  1.41.07  GOLD 

10. Simon Hoppe         11.43    38.19    18.33  =  1.08.35

29. Marcus Widdess      11.45    40.24    17.55  =  1.10.04  

46. Steve Hope          14.30    44.35    21.20  =  1.20.25 


The Sundowner middle-distance triathlon is based at Allerthorpe 
Lakeland Park just 10 miles from York.
PACTRAC had 3 competitors with 2 of them, Paul Jephcott and Jonathan 
Arnold, winning their Age Groups. It was a case of "opposite ends of 
the spectrum" as Jonathan competed in only his 2nd open triathlon in 
the 16-19 year category and Paul, a GB international, won the 60-64 
category in a well earned end of season double.

Paul and Jonathan were both leading their respective Age Groups 
throughout the race; with Jonathan being 6th overall out of the water.

SWIM – 1900 metres. 4 laps
BIKE – 56.5 miles. 1 lap.
RUN  - 13.1 miles. out-and-back plus 3 short laps.  

231. Paul Jephcott 41:09    3:08:53    2:02:18  =  5:52:20  AG 1.
234. Jonathan Arnold     26:25    3:20:15    2:07:03  =  5:53:43  AG 1.
346. Wendy Coxshall 37:53    3:47:50    2:13:24  =  6:39:07  AG 16.


At the Derby Triathon, Ros Goatly came 2nd in her Age Group. She came 
in off the bike in first position, but was caught on the run and beaten 
in a sprint finish. 

The distances were:

swim 400 metres in the pool.

bike 11.25 miles.

run 3 miles.  

126. Ros Goatly   8:43    40:36    24:53  =  1:14:12  AG 2.


Amy Hayes competed in the 70.3 Santa Cruz in California.

Swim 750 metres. 
Bike 56 miles.
Run 13.1 miles. 

"My left knee really started to hurt halfway into the bike, and the 
last 5 miles of the run were an extremely painful limp/running...but I 

1566.  Amy Hayes   14:31    3:58:03    2:18:01  =  6:30:35  AG 55.


3 competed in the North Norfolk Triathlon held in Wells-next-the-Sea 
which was based around the quayside at Wells. 

The 1500 metre open water sea swim was in Wells Harbour followed by a 1-
lap, 25-mile bike route around North Norfolks coastal villages and a 
6.25-mile run along the North Norfolk coastal path and out onto the 

107.  Adrian Whitby 27:09 78:52    48:26  =  2:34:27  
115.  Martin Etchells 21:35 81:21    52:40  =  2:35:36   
206.  Christian Richards 27:29 95:15    52:48  =  2:55:32


Jaap Flikweert won his Age Group in the Stanwick Lakes Olympic distance 
triathlon (1500 metres, 26 miles, 6.25 miles), whilst Robert Gibson 
came 2nd in his Age Group in the accompanying Sprint distance triathlon 
(750 metres, 14 miles, 3 miles).   

6.  Jaap Flikweert 26:40    70:15   42:36  =  2:19:31 AG 1st.
30. Stephen Comber 29:22    81:14   51:30  =  2:42:06 AG 9. 

7.  Robert Gibson  18:15    40:58    19:45  =  1:18:58 AG 2 



Ros Goatly and Terry Murphy won their respective Age Groups at the 
Bedford Triathlon held at the Robinsons Pool.

The distances were:

swim 400metres in Robinsons Pool, Bedford.

Bike 15-miles around the villages north of Bedford. 

run 3-miles around Bedford Park.

34. Ros Goatly    1:22:59  AG 1st.
78. Terry Murphy  1:30:39  AG 1st.


Claire Steels competed in her final Duathlon of the season for her 
French Tri Val de Gray team. This French Grand Prix Duathlon took place 
in Noyon and took a different format of run,bike,run,bike,run with 
Claire signing off with a great 17th place overall.



On Saturday 14th October we have Roger Canham (for the 9th time) and 
Paul Lunn (first time) competing in the World Ironman Championships, 
which are held in Kona, Hawaii, every October. 

Also on 14th October Steve Hope, Tristan Matthews and Rory Suckling 
will be competing in the Challenge Paguera Triathlon in Majorca - a 
half Ironman distance race.

And on the same weekend Dave Patmore-Hill competes in the 70.3 Half 
Ironman in Belek, Turkey. 

15 Oct. Bedford Autodrome Duathlons - 2018 ETU Sprint & Standard Qualifiers - Jim Fell, George Prodrick.


PGER 08-10-17 (37 runners):
159. Simon Mead.............1:24:18
210. Jaap Flikweert..........1:27:00
214. Daniel Fitzjohn..........1:27:10
300. Scott Lloyd................1:30:19
334. Dave Thorold.............1:31:28
380. Sarah Caskey............1:32:52
398. Chris Pike...................1:33:18
435. Aaron Godden.............1:34:17
441. Andrew Chapman........1:34:29
466. Stuart Lemmon.............1:35:11
477. Wayne Stainsby............1:35:28
511. Adrian Tilley...................1:36:20
576. Rhys Wilkinson.............1:37:47
638. Stephen Cooke.............1:39:10
640. Simon Pauffley..............1:39:13
654. Petro Bartoszyk.............1:39:27
676. Steve Hope....................1:39:42
729. Adrian Whitby.................1:40:46
817. Charlie Brookes..............1:43:04
826. Tony Daniels...................1:43:16
858. Paul Frampton................1:43:55
876. Becky Witton...................1:44:21
981. Samuel Allsop.................1:46:07
1012. Steve Skelhon...............1:46:37
1048. Gary Shoemake............1:47:07
1060. Paul Jephcott.................1:47:22
1122. Dustin Braband...............1:48:18
1133. Simon Guerin..................1:48:27
1319. Jeff Manners...................1:51:33
1593. Carry Murphy...................1:55:28
1845. Liz Whittaker....................1:58:25
2375. Paul Beland......................2:05:56
2389. Sarah Haslam...................2:06:10
2437. Cath Hunt.........................2:07:01
2863. Abbie Smith......................2:13:40
3108. Emily Boyd.......................2:18:16
3122. Sue Davys........................2:18:30

Two Juniors represent the Eastern Region.


On Bank Holiday Monday PACTRAC had 2 Juniors representing the Eastern Region at the British TriStar Inter-Regional Championships, held at Mallory Park. The event returned to Mallory Park after being previously hosted there in 2015. 

Olivia Corner  (TS2 /Under-13) & Katie Tasker (TS3/Under-15) both had to qualify at regional events, with only the top 3 from each region going through. With 13 Regions, only the top 39 in the country get an invite to this event, with the racing fast and furious on the motor racing circuit. The challenging bike circuit was fast but very technical, with many dead turns and hill climbs. The water was a bit shallow for the swim and got a bit churned up as swimmers waded through it.  

This was Olivia's 1st time at the Championships and she has been practicing hard over the summer on transitions and  road biking, where she has made the change to cleats.  Her confidence has grown and with a win at Hoddesdon last week she had prepared well. This was Katie's 3rd and last appearance at this level.

Adrian Tasker said:
"The training has been really really good  often despite the weather. The eastern region can feel proud that the children are really well prepared. They have had a number of open water swims and half a dozen closed road cycling training events, with over a dozen training sessions in all, including a reconnaissance session at Mallory Park, where the Eastern Team were able to practice on the actual course. The whole squad were far more confident about the event and ready to race." 


Adrian Tasker:

"A day that promised so much rather unraveled. Katie came out of the water 19th about 30 seconds down on the leaders. She then completed a great T1 with the fastest split. This meant she was able to catch the 2nd group of 8. There were 5 in the lead pack. She was able to get to the front and was stretching them on the front and was up to 3rd after lap 1. Half way round lap 2 she started to get stomach cramps (She has never had them before) and was at the back of the chase group. Coming out on the run it was obvious something was wrong and it was painful watching her run as she slipped back through the field being overtaken by girls she has beaten this season; as she eventually finished in 26th place, but it could have been so much more. Fair play to 1st & 2nd as they rode the bike solo and were worthy winners."

These things happen in racing and it’s all part of the learning experience. The encouraging thing is that she was in contention until the stomach cramps kicked-in – and it shows character to finish, when many would have given up. Even so, Katie was so much improved on her time of 31:04 last year.

26. Katie Tasker    
swim 4:21   (23 secs down on leader) 
T1 0:47 (fastest T1 by a good 3 seconds) 
bike 12:17  (just 24 seconds slower than the fastest cyclist)  
T2 0:26 (fastest T2) 
run 11:38 (stomach cramp. Fastest runner was 8:53 so Katie was 2:45 down)  =  29:29

"Olivia had a better race. She was a little slow away out of the water but a really fast transition meant she was able to catch some of the riders in front of her. She was consistently catching & passing riders all the way around the bike course. Another slick transition and she soon got into her running and was able to pass 4 more on the run and do the 14th fastest run over all."

Congratulations to Katie and Olivia on reaching and competing at this level. Their will be many more achievements for them both in future and PACTRAC will continue to play a part in their development.

23rd. Olivia Corner   3:33  (0:56)  12:10  (0:28)  5:11  =  22:18   
Only 1:45 minutes down on the winner, so a very tight race.

No photo's still.

Distances were: 

TS3 (Katie Tasker)  swim 315 metres, bike 4.25 miles, run 1.5 miles.
TS2 (Olivia Corner) swim 200 metres, bike 3.75 miles, run 0.75 miles. 


Back for its 8th Year, the Ely Sprint Triathlon took place on Sunday from Kings School in Ely.

swim 300 metres in the outdoor lido pool.
bike 12.5 miles - 1 lap mainly around country lanes.
run 3 miles - 2 laps around the school fields with a couple of steep, short, sharp inclines per lap.

PACTRAC's Steve Hope and Ros Goatly both won their Age Group's, whilst Darren Kelly and Chris Shaw (neither are PACTRAC but are Fenland Clarion Cycling Club) came 1st and 2nd in their's respectively. 

PACTRAC results:

15. Steve Hope                5:51    39:05    22:53  =  67:49   AG 1.
33. Ros Goatly                5:47    42:37    25:33  =  73:57   AG 1.
59. Davina  Wilbraham   5:49    50:28    31:42  =  87:59   AG 5.

Fenland Clarion results:
4. Darren Kelly                5:31    35:18    21:11  =  62:00   AG 1.
16. Chris Shaw                6:43    36:49    24:23  =  67:55   AG 2.

Amy swims the Chanel. Claire (SILVER) and Jim in Penticton Duathlon Champs.


their was a big swim across Rutland Water on Sunday. 

14 PACTRACers were amoungst the 419 swimmers to finish, over the 
varying distances of 1.25, 2.5 and 5-miles. 
Jonathan Oakey came 3rd overall in the 2.5 mile swim, whilst Jonathan, 
Simon Guerin and Heather Watts all won their respective Age Groups. 

1.25 miles from Normanton to Whitwell (159 competitors).

20.  James Macwilliam 48:23 AG 2. 24:11 mins per 1000m  
70.  Nick Park 56:45 AG 10.  28:22 mins per 1000m
73.  Kevin Fletcher 56:53 AG 5. 28:26 mins per 1000m
81.  Paul Jephcott 57:55 AG 4. 28:57 mins per 1000m  
119. Bernadette Oakley 66:59 AG 5. 33:29 mins per 1000m  

2.5 miles from Whitwell to Normanton and back again (194 competitors).

3.   Jonathan Oakey     58:34   AG 1.   14:38 mins per 1000m
21.  Simon Guerin       72:52 AG 1. 18:13 mins per 1000m  
47.  Robin Brookes 81:04   AG 2.   20:16 mins per 1000m  
55.  Mark Weathersby 82:33 AG 3. 20:38 mins per 1000m  
62.  Sarah Mcnair 83:51 AG 5. 20:57 mins per 1000m  
95.  Roger Canham 92:25 AG 10. 23:06 mins per 1000m  
112. Sarah Haslam 96:22 AG 5. 24:05 mins per 1000m  
131  Richard Wright    102:36 AG 12. 25:39 mins per 1000m  

5 miles  Whitwell-Normanton-Whitwell x2 (42 competitors).

14. Heather Watts    2:41:08  AG 1. Female 3. 20:08 mins per 1000m  

All started and finished in Whitwell, except that the 1.25 miles 
started in Normanton.



PACTRAC's Amy Hayes swam the English Channel in the most difficult of 
circumstances. The weather was against her for her original planned 
window and she spent 3-weeks not knowing whether she was even going to 
get another chance this year, before suddenly, some good weather meant 
that the 4-swimmers in a following window all got across and she was 
invited with a late call up before the tides changed.

Amy crossed in darkness over the Sunday night / Monday morning in a 
time of 14:41 hours, which is a terrific achievement, as once the tide 
turns, most swimmers don't make it and have to be pulled out: but Amy 
fought against the tide and made it across.

Amy's account:
"I made it to France in 14 hours and 41 minutes.
I started last Sunday, August 13th at 3:20pm, and finished Monday 
morning at 6:01am.
It was so hard! 30+ jellyfish stings, 8+ hours of swimming in the dark, 
and the last 2+ hours of pushing beyond what I thought I was physically 
capable of ... with a painful shoulder while exhausted.
I was told that I was going to be pulled from the water after not 
making any progress, after over 12 hours in the water. It was a now or 
never moment, and somehow I was able to pull through the pain and swim 
harder and faster and make landfall at Cap Blanc Nez just as the sun 
was coming up.
My crew were perfect, giving me everything I needed from start to 
I still can't believe that I did it!
I'm really, really close to meeting my fundraising goal. If you feel 
inclined to help me get there, please donate and share!
Thank you for following along on this crazy train!!! "

Shaun Woodward who was on the boat as part of Amy's crew gave the 
following account:

"Yesterday it was an honour and privilege to watch Amy undertake her 
amazing solo Channel swim from a few feet away on the Deck of the 
‘Viking Princess’.
After many false starts and disappointments she eventually managed to 
get her slot, finally getting underway on Sunday at 3.20pm. Leah and I 
joined Philip, as last minute 'support', replacements for her two 
sisters, who sadly had to return to the USA when the swim was delayed 
repeatedly by poor weather.
With nothing but goggles and swim hat, a swimsuit and earplugs, she 
powered onwards at 60/64 stokes per minute in 15-16 degree water for 
hour after hour. On through the afternoon sunshine, and a beautiful 
evening sunset, swimming on under orange moonlight as night fell. 
However as dawn broke she was fighting her way to shore against a 
strong spring tide which threatened to end the challenge.
14 hours 41minutes of continuous swimming England to France, achieved 
on nothing more than a pre-swim Lasagne, and various combinations of 
tiny peanut butter sandwiches, tinned peaches & pears, warm oatmeal and 
gels washed down with warm Gatorade at hourly, (then 45/30 minute) 
intervals - 30 second rapid feed stops (thrown to her in the water via 
a bottle on a cord).
Oh, and I may have forgotten to mention two years training...
She fought through multiple jelly fish stings, being whacked by a shoal 
of Garfish (attracted to her head torch), and through a cloud of ink 
released by some 'cuttlefishy-squiddy' thing’ which bumped into her at 
one point, but the main obstacle was that strong spring tide…
After 11+ hrs of swimming the tide began to run North again after slack 
water and was so strong she was not making headway and missed the 
‘Cap’. The Pilot and observer were suggesting it was near to being all 
over, as her shoulder began to give pain causing her to slow a little. 
They said even though she was barely 2.5 miles from the shore, the tide 
was just too strong and unless she could increase speed to cross the 
tide into calmer waters she would simply be swept away on the flood 
tide to find herself back where she was now, but 12 hours later. It 
seemed a futile situation, and as the next feed got closer we prepared 
ourselves for the worst, as the observer explained the blunt 
predicament to her - Speed up a lot to make headway or she wouldn't be 
able to make land, and the pilot would have to pull her out. It was a 
heartbreaking situation after such a perfect swim, but after brief 
negotiation he agreed to another half hour to see if she could speed 
up. It was awful news to give after so many hours brilliant swimming 
and it was clear for her to succeed, this extra effort would have to be 
done with a very painful shoulder.
This is where her swim really started… 'Make or break' time, with 
nature stacked hard against her. We willed her on, hoping she could dig 
deep and somehow find a way to cross that next half mile of current, 
encouraging her as best we could when she set off again. However... Amy 
doesn't understand the word 'fail', and with a superhuman effort she 
somehow managed to get her stroke rate up, swimming so strongly for the 
next hour she looked like she was half sprinting. Slowly we realised 
the pilots instruments were showing her beginning to creep forward 
across the current… agonisingly, she gradually crept across into 
'cleaner' water, and although there were still a few hard hours to swim 
we knew she was going to make it. I was near to tears watching this 
incredible effort, pure 'mind over matter' swimming. Only she knows 
what manner of hell and pain she went through to make that final push.
The rest is a blur: Amy on the shore, arriving back at the boat, 
congratulations, camera clicking, towels, tea, and Leah managing so 
many congratulations flooding in from FB friends and elsewhere… 
especially from all the people who watched her final efforts live on 
FB, then a quick sleep & shower, off to the White Horse to sign the 
wall, food, and then the drive home.
I will never forget the day our crazy friend Amy Hayes swam the 
Channel. We all know Amy shines, but yesterday I saw a woman shine so 
brightly it was dazzling!"


PACTRACer Phil Jones said: "I am simply in awe of Channel Swimmers. For 
a start no wetsuits, just simple costumes. (and some grease). Not even 
a watch. Freezing waters. Jellyfish (for goodness sake!), tides, wind, 
waves (Not your simple slightly windy lake swell), oh and add in 
tankers and other shipping that are slightly bigger than you.... 

And then there is the shear distance. It is never 22 miles. Always 
more... and given the tides you can be swimming off the coast for ages 
not getting anywhere. Time can be anything from 10-15 hours (or even 
more). 22 miles, fighting against the waves in the channel.

I cannot imaging doing that. I can't imagine the pain of the jellyfish 
stings, let alone swimming through the darn things. I can't imagine the 
coldness of the water. I can't imagine the cramp after 4 hours, let 
alone 12 hours. I can't imagine swallowing sea water for 12 hours. I 
can't imagine not being sea sick in the waves. I can't imagine almost 
seeing France occasionally and then fighting against the tide to get 

... and we have not even discussed the time and hard work training, 
acclimatisation, and simply learning to be a good enough swimmer to do 
this at a reasonable speed against such forces, tides and winds.

Anyone who even tries this has my awe and admiration. Let alone anyone 
who completes it."


The Monster Half and Standard distance triathlons took place at Ely.

Monster Middle, Ely Swim 1900 metres, Bike 52.5 miles, Run 13.1 miles.

36. Rob Hammond   32:01    2:43:25    1:49:20  =  5:04:45   AG 5.

Monster Standard, Ely Swim 1500 metres, Bike 27.5 miles, Run 7 miles.

36.  Mark Bedford  41.44    1:25.30    47.00  =  2.54.14 AG 9.
78.  Emily Boyd    29:26    1:39:59    64:30  =  3:13:55 AG 8.
110. Amy Hayes     29.26    2:02:01    58:53  =  3:30:20 AG 8.


Jim Fell and Claire Steels traveled to Penticton in W.Canada for the 
World Duathlon Championships. Jim took part in both the Sprint (Friday) 
and Standard (Monday) distance races whilst Claire put all of her 
energies into the Standard distance and won a SILVER MEDAL. 

Jim has previously competed for GB in the World Standard distance 
Duathlon Championships in both 2014 and 2015 where he came 19th and 
18th respectively. 

Jim finished the Sprint in 8th place, his best position to date; and 
only missed out on 6th place due to having slower transition times.

Run 3 miles, bike 12.5 miles, run 1.5 miles.

James Fell 25:16    48:19    13:35  =  1:27:10  AG 8th  (Age 70-74).

other local non-Pactrac. 
Eric Winstone 23:09 52:57    11:39  =  1:27:45  AG 15th (Age 65-69). 


In the Standard distance Duathlon Jim finished 12th in his Age Group, 
improving on his previous positions.

460. James Fell         51:34 1:27:15    30:54  =  2:49:43  AG 12.

143. Claire Steels 40:23 1:08:38    22:04  =  2:11:05  AG 2nd SILVER 
MEDAL Age 30-34
Claire just blitzed it with the 2nd fastest bike split that saw two 
girls pull away from the rest of the field. Claire then hung on, on the 
2nd run, as her advantage was just slowly eaten into; but she held on 
for the SILVER MEDAL by 28 and 33 seconds from the two chasers.

Claire said afterwards: "Relief, fatigue and nausea! 2nd Place and a 
silver medal! Delighted with 9th over all of the Age Groups too! Race 
analysis: average 1st run, bike was harder than expected, very hard 2nd 


Olivia Corner raced at Hoddesdon last week and had a good win, being 
over 1min 20secs ahead of 2nd place.  It was her first time racing in 
cleats & it was a challenging course but "she executed her transitions 
and the race brilliantly".

Results for the first half of 2017.


A couple of PACTRACers were in action this weekend for their first 
claim running club Nene Valley Harriers.

Tracy McCartney recorded a great time of 3:09:27 in the Snowdon 
Marathon. Tracy was 48th overall from 2,068 finishers; and first in her 
Age Group. She was the defending champion, having recorded 3:08:44 last 
year, but although she was within a minute of that time, she saw her 
position drop to 3rd lady this year.   

She had big plans to go even quicker this year, but her quads and hips 
started to tighten after 10-miles. Overall there was over 3,000 feet of 
climbing, which included a big climb between miles 21 and 23, which was 
made even tougher with tired legs. 


Sean Beard competed in the Frankfurt marathon at the weekend. He found 
the going tough in the second half of the race, but was pleased to get 
round, considering the injuries that he has had to cope with this year. 
Sean recorded a time of 3:11:34.  



Two PACTRACers competed in the Rockingham Duathlon at the weekend. The 
distances for the Sprint Duathlon were: 
run 3-miles.
bike 12.5-miles.
run 3-miles.

This was all around the Race Track and traffic free.

It was a little cold and very windy!! Louise Alexander was delighted to 
place 2nd female and 1st in her Age Group.

55.  Louise Alexander  26:26    42:45    27:58  =  1:37:09  AG 1.  2nd 
63.  Chris Waghorn 24:48    49:16    28:52  =  1:42:56  AG 19.  


Sunday's Frostbite League 5-mile run took place from the Watersports 
Centre in Ferry Meadows. Bushfield Joggers organised this one, over a 
changed venue, from the previous Bushfield Sports Centre, and all went 
well, with the usual hordes of Bushfield marshals in attendance. 

1st Paul Vernon     PACTRAC 27:00
2. James Mogridge    Yaxley 27:30
3. Brian Corleys  Bushfield 27:38

Paul Vernon missed the first Frostbite run of this season, as he was 
racing elsewhere - winning the NiceTri Duathlon at Bedford Autodrome 
overall. He kept the winning streak up, by winning the Bushfield 

In the 2014-15 season, Paul Vernon won all 6 races in the season.
In 2015-16 he won two, as well as recording a 2nd place and a 3rd 
place, from 4 starts. 
He has won the Bushfield Frostbite for the 3rd season on the trot.
Paul won this race by 30-seconds, which is the biggest winning margin 
in the series since the final race of the 2014-15 season, when he won 
by 57 seconds.

PACTRAC had 20 runners competing. Overall we managed 9th place, with 
some of our best runners still missing, so Paul clearly needs more 
support. Our Juniors were the best "local" team in 3rd place, which 
keeps them in 3rd overall.



Roger Canham competed in the Ironman 70.3 Xiamen in China in 30oF 

The distances were:

swim 1.2 miles
bike 56 miles
run 13.1 miles 

Roger was 12th in his Age Group after the swim, moved up to 4th with a 
solid bike section and then set off at a rapid pace on the run to catch 
the 3 in front. The run was hilly which made the pacing inconsistent, 
but after catching over half of those in front of him on the bike, 
Roger then caught a third of those left on the run. He finished 33rd 
overall, including the pro's, and was 1st in his Age Group. 

Roger moved up from 4th to 1st place on the run, in his Age Group and 
won that coveted Ironman World Championship place in Kona, Hawaii, next 
October. This is Roger's 9th consecutive time that he has qualified, 
but next year he will be joined by Paul Lunn who qualified at Ironman 
Barcelona last month. Roger won his Age Group by 4:15 minutes. It is 
unusual for a 70.3 (half-Ironman) to have qualifying slots to the full 
Ironman World Championships in Kona, but Ironman are trying to promote 
their two Chinese races this year.

There were also qualifying slots for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World 
Championship taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Roger, 
therefore, qualified for both World Championships next year. 

33.  Roger Canham    35:45    2:33:51    1:33:00  =  4:42:36  AG 1st.


Entries for the PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon are now open on
  The 3rd annual event will take place on Sunday 2nd April, again from 
Castor. The distances are: run 4-miles, bike 18-miles, run 2.5-miles.


PACTRAC hold their AGM and Prize Presentation this Saturday at the 
Farmers in Yaxley.


Two other non-PACTRAC items:

The annual Remembrance 11k run which takes place at Top Lodge, 
Fineshade Woods and has raised over £10,000 for Help for Heroes and the 
Royal British Legion since 2012 was cancelled this year. The event 
which was organised by the (http://www.) team 
should have taken place last Sunday. However, in spite of consistent 
attempts and an Application Form being submitted nearly a year in 
advance, the Forestry Commission rejected the Application this year, on 
the grounds that they had no staff available to process the Form. They 
did send two people on a two-hour round trip from Edwinstowe to attend 
a meeting to explain this.  



Paul Lunn did amazingly well to record 
not one but two, sub 9-hour Ironman distance results, and qualified for 
the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii next year, in an extremely 
difficult Age Group. Roger Canham raced in China 2 weekends ago and 
qualified for Hawaii for the 9th consecutive time. Jon Ratcliffe swam 
the English Channel (no wetsuits allowed) in 11:59 hours ... 

With the Triathlon season now over for another year, PACTRAC held their annual AGM and Prize Presentation at
the Farmers in Yaxley on Saturday night.

At the Annual Prize Presentation, 16 Senior Trophies were awarded:

Club Champion: Paul Vernon - for the first time.

Vet Champion - Paul Vernon.

Super-vet Champion - Chris Pike. 

Female Champion - Abi Schofield - for the first time.

Female Vet Champion - Christina Cork.

Female Super-vet Champion - Sue Burnett - (Sue was the Club Champion in 1990).

Mini-Series: Paul Vernon - for the 3rd time (2013, 2014, 2016).

Female Mini-Series: Christina Cork - for the 4th time (2006, 2008, 2013, 2016).

Youth Champion: Josh Mould.

Mid-Distance: Mark Weathersby.

Standard Distance: Paul Vernon.

Duathlon: Paul Vernon.

Novice: Aaron Godden.

Most Improved: Debora Leininger.

Outstanding Performance: Paul Lunn.

Pactracer of the Year: Georgina Jennings.

Paul Vernon came away with 5 Trophies, whilst Christina Cork took home 2.

Georgina Jennings won the PACTRACer of the Year Trophy for her sterling work
over the years as Membership Secretary and in helping to put on the various club races. 

The best Novice Trophy went to Aaron Godden who has immersed himself into club life,
reduced his Mini-Series time down to 56:08 and came 3rd in the Club Championships.

Paul Lunn won the Outstanding Performance Trophy. Apart from a cracking VLM time, 
Paul had some great Age Group results including 2 sub 9-hour Ironman times:  
IM70.3 Majorca - AG 2nd.  
IM Nice - 9.28.02 AG 6th. 
Challenge Roth - 8:50:53 AG 5th. 
Vitruvian (TE Middle Distance Champs) AG 1st GOLD MEDAL. 
IM Barcelona- 8:57:11 AG 2nd and Qualified for Hawaii.  

Paul had some tough competition, as PACTRAC had many top performances
throughout 2016 including:

Jim Fell - Disney's 4-race Dopey Challenge AG 1st. 
Jim Fell - Windsor Duathlon - AG 1st. BTF NATIONAL AG CHAMPION.   
Jim Fell - Stockton Duathlon - AG 1st. TE NATIONAL AG CHAMPION. 6/6 AG Duathlon wins this year. 

Paul Vernon - 2nd Grafham Duathlon.  
Paul Vernon - 1st PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon. 
Paul Vernon - Grafham Standard Duathlon - AG 1st. TE NATIONAL CHAMPION.  
Paul Vernon - 2nd Oulton Park Duathlon.  
Paul Vernon - 1st NiceTri Duathlon Bedford Autodrome. 

James Steventon - Equinox 24-hour Solo run - 19th with over 100 miles. 

Jonathan Oakey - 1st Desford Youth Race. 
Jonathan Oakey - competed in 4 of the 6 Elite Youth Super-Series coming 46th/85.

Giles Cooper - Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones (62.5 mile run) - 137th. 

Dave Allsop - Ironman Africa, Port Elizabeth, South Africa - 11:34:22 AG 34th. 
Dave Allsop - Grafman Half (BTF Middle Distance Championships)- AG 2nd SILVER MEDAL.
Dave Allsop - Ironmnan Zurich - 12:17:05 AG 53.  
Dave Allsop - Ironman Weymouth - 11:29:49 AG 12. 

Paul Jephcott - PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon - ER Supervet Champion. 

Andrea Robinett - PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon - ER Female Senior Champion. 

Simon Pauffley - Grafham Standard (TE Championships) - AG 3. 
Simon Pauffley - ITU Standard Cozumel Mexico - AG 35th. 

Roger Canham - Ironman Texas - 9:13:12 AG 6th. 
Roger Canham - 70.3 Staffordshire - AG 1st.
Roger Canham - 70.3 Wimbleball - AG 1st.
Roger Canham - Ironman Hawaii - 10:24:18 AG 33. 
Roger Canham - 70.3 Xiamen China - AG 1st and qualified for Hawaii 2017. 

Georgina Jennings - 1st British Sprint Championships Olney - GOLD MEDAL. 
Georgina Jennings - 1st ETU Lisbon Sprint - GOLD MEDAL. 
Georgina Jennings - 2nd ITU Cozumel, Mexico, Sprint - SILVER MEDAL. 

Steve Skelhon - Ironman Lanzarote -13:27:18 AG 91.  

Abi Schofield - ITU Standard Cozumel Mexico - AG 43.

Nicola Latty - European Masters Swimming Champs - 200 metre Butterfly 2:34.84 GOLD MEDAL.

Steve Hope - ETU Lisbon, Sprint - AG 14th.
Steve Hope - Challenge Venice - 11.32.48 AG 12. 

Daniel Fitzjohn Ironman Nice - 11.51.27 AG 236.  

Robin Brookes - 70.3 Staffordshire - AG 3rd.

Terry Murphy - 70.3 Staffordshire - AG 3rd.

Katie Tasker - Strathclyde Country Park, Junior IRC ER Team. 

Andrew Chapman - Outlaw 11:55:49 AG 45 

Peter Tebb - Outlaw  12:32:54 AG 42. 

Matthew Roach - Outlaw  13:10:04 AG 81. 

Jonathan Ratcliffe - English Channel Swim  11:59hrs.

ETU Middle-Distance Championships GB Team - Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl Austria - Tristan Matthews AG 64. Andy Gregg AG 33. Christina Cork AG 33.  

Simon Hoppe - 1st North Norfolk Triathlon. 
Simon Hoppe - ETU Lisbon Sprint AG 6th.
Simon Hoppe - ITU Cozumel, Mexico, Sprint AG 11th.

Henry Morton - ETU Lisbon AG 14th.

Susie Freeman - ITU Cozumel, Mexico, Sprint AG 16th.  

And that's just some of the PACTRACers who had some extraordinary success this year.

4 Junior Trophies were also awarded:

Performance of the Year : Toby Cooke - for his improvement at the Whittlesey Triathlon that saw him go past a number of his peers he had previously been beaten by. 

Spirit of Triathlon : Rhiannon Loutit  - for all the work that she has done in assisting in coaching in the Junior section. 
Junior Athlete : Chloe Moore - For dogged persistence; she never misses a session and gives it 100% at all times, all with a smile. 
Senior Athlete : Katie Tasker - Winner of the Eastern Region TS3 (under-15) title. Represented the Eastern Region at the National Championships at Glasgow. She won the following races :-
St Albans
Plus a number of 2nd and 3rd places on the podium. 


The 1st race of the Junior season, a Duathlon, took place at the
Velodrome at Stratford. It was bitterly cold out on the circuit, but 4 PACTRAC Juniors braved the arctic conditions.

In TS2 Olivia corner was back to her brilliant best to comfortably win the
TS2 Girls event with a fantastic bike that opened up an unassailable lead.
In the same event, Chloe Moore finished strongly on a tough course.

In TS3 Katie Tasker had  real ding dong with the SE Champion with the lead constantly
changing hands. A little local
knowledge from the Londoner in T2 meant that Katie lost 10 seconds, which she tried in vein to recoup
and had to settle for a gallant 2nd place.. All splits were identical to 
the winner.

In the TriStart event (8 years old) Josh Moore made his competitive debut and acquitted
himself well with a solid performance in the bitterly cold conditions. 

11. Josh Moore  8:12.

1.   Olivia Corner 5:43 .... 10:36 .... 2:57 ..=..19:16   only 7 seconds behind the third placed boy.
15. Chloe Moore 7:51 .... 16:37 .... 4:06 ..=..28:34

2. Katie Tasker  6:28 .... 15:35 .... 2:37 ..=..24:40


George Prodrick competed in the Duathlon qualifier at Oulton Park on 

This was over the StandardDistance of:

Run 6 miles.

bike 25 miles.

run 3 miles.

The event was held at the world famous race track, and attracted the 
best competition from around the uk, all trying to qualify for the 
World Duathlon Championships to be held in Penticton, Canada, late on 
this year. 

George was first in his Age Group and qualified to compete in 
Penticton. George competed in the European Championships in Spain last 
year, but this will be his first World Duathlon Championships.


225. George Prodrick 50:39    1:38:53    27:12  =  2:56:46


The PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon takes place on Sunday 2nd April from 
Castor. Entries are open on  

The distances will be:

Run 4 miles.
bike 18 miles.
run 2.5 miles.

The event is now in it's third year and attracts competitors from 
around the region.


6 PACTRACers (Claire Steels has recently joined) took part in the Bedford Autodrome Duathlon on Sunday.

This was a World Sprint distance qualifying race, and involved a draft-legal format where cyclists are allowed to race against each other directly.

Both Jim Fell (British Champion 2016) and Claire Steels (qualified through a top-10 placing at the 2016 World Championships) have already qualified for the World Standard distance Duathlon Championships which will be held in Penticton, Canada, in August. The Sprint distance takes place just two days before the Standard distance race and Jim Fell is looking to compete in both races. Claire will conserve her energy and concentrate on the Standard distance race.

This Duathlon included a mass start, and racing around the smooth, fast tarmac of Bedford Autodrome motor racing track, in a draft-legal bunch format with no traffic. 

The distances were:
Run 3 miles.
Bike 12.5 miles.
Run 1.5 miles.

50.  Claire Steels    17:48    32:27    9:53  =  60:08  First Lady overall.

Claire Steels stepped down in distance to complete her first Sprint distance Duathlon since April last year.
Claire came into Transition after the first run as 2nd placed female, but right behind the leading lady. She had a faster transition and was away on the bike first. She exploited her speed on the bike, and pulled away, creating a sufficient gap, that she was able to hold on the final run.

138. Jim Fell       23:22    39:20    13:22  =  76:04  Age Group 2nd.

This was Jim's comeback Duathlon after winning the English Duathlon Championships in his Age Group at Stockton last year, in spite of picking up an injury during the race that put him out for the rest of the season. (Jim had already won the 2016 British National Duathlon Championship at Windsor). Jim was much closer to his Age Group winner than expected, and continues to improve.


10. Josh Moore Pactrac (M) 8 3:43    8:13    4:11  =  16:07


3. Olivia Corner Pactrac (F) 11-12 5:21    12:13    4:39  =  22:13

18. Chloe Moore Pactrac (F) 11-12 7:42    16:02    6:39  =  30:23


1. Katie Tasker Pactrac (F) 13-14 6:29    14:05    5:35  =  26:09  


The 2017 Eastern Junior league started at Bedford Autodrome on Sunday. The course was flat & fast but the rain meant a little caution was required on some of the bends.

Tristart (Under-8)

Josh Moore having made his debut 3 weeks ago had a much improved bike and finished in a strong 10th position.

Tristar 2

Olivia Corner had an improved run but was not able to exert her prowess on the bike to reel in the leaders but still had a podium finish.

Chloe Moore had a solid race but did find the 2nd run challenging.

Tristar 3

Katie Tasker returned to winning ways. Entering the race the favourite she was challenged on the 1st run and throughout the bike. But on reaching the 2nd changeover the extra stamina running sessions over the winter paid dividends as she was able to open some daylight on the chasing field to win reasonably comfortably by 40 seconds.


Andy Rawlins and Sarah Haslam competed in the Mud & Mayhem Duathlon in Thetford Forrest. 

The Distances were:
Run 3-miles.
Bike 11.5 miles.
Run 3-miles.

The course meandered through the Forest on various trails, and Andy finished 38th overall whilst Sarah was 4th in her Age Group.

38.  Andy Rawlins  25:42    46:53    26:35  =  1:39:10  Age Group 13.

49.  Sarah Haslam  26:51    51:26    25:49  =  1:44:06  AG 4.



Jonathan Oakey had a good overall win at the Bath Duathlon.

The distances were:

Run 2-miles.
Bike 9-miles.
Run 1-mile.

Jonathan led after the first run by 7-seconds, and came in off the 10-
lap bike course just 2-seconds up. A quicker 2nd Transition saw him 
pull away at the start of the final run, and he held onto a slender 
well deserved victory by just 7-seconds. 

1.  Jonathan Oakey 10:11    26:22    5:36  =  42:09  


PACTRAC had 3 competitor's in the Clumber Park Duathlon.

Jim Fell won his Age Group in the Standard Distance race, coming in 
of the first run just 44-seconds adrift. 
He then took the race to the competition with a great bike section 
established an unassailable lead.

352. Jim Fell       52:27    78:50   29:35  =  2:40:52

In the Sprint Distance Duathlon Nick Park and Kevin Fletcher opened 
their season's account with solid races.

247. Nick Park      24:01    41:52    12:51  =  1:18:44
269. Kevin Fletcher  23:41    44:40    12:16  =  1:20:37


Katie Tasker went to Norwich for the English Schools Cross Country 
Championships. In a very competitive race, Katie got boxed in a little 
and was making up places at the finish to end up 200th. (but 30 
faster gets you in the top 100!)


The PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon closes for entries next Monday. 
Entries are coming in for the event to be held at Castor on Sunday 2nd 
April. The distances are: run 4-miles, bike 18-miles and run 2.5-
Team entries are also being invited. See

for further details and to enter.



We have 70 entries for the PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon 
which is taking place from Castor on Sunday morning. Each of the run (4-
miles), bike (18-miles) and run (2.5-miles) disciplines involves going 
up Loves Hill in Castor.


We had a few runners at the Sandy 10 / Thorney 10k last weekend, but 
the only multi-discipline race to report is Claire Steels competing in 
her debut race on the Elite Duathlon circuit in France
   Towards the bottom of the page it says "results stages" and "results 

Claire has joined a pro-team to compete in the French Duathlon races 
(draft legal, so all together on the bike), and the first of these 5 
races was at Paillencourt in France at the weekend.

Claire gave it everything and finished 17th out of 70 in her first 
elite race.

Claire is competing in France with the Triathlon Val de Gray team and 
in this race had 4 French and 1 Italian team mates. She was the first 
member of her team home.

run 3-miles
bike 12.5 miles
run 1.5 miles

17. Claire Steels  19:02    33:58    10:05  =  63:05



The PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon took place on Sunday 2nd April from 

64 competitors lined up at the start.

run 4-miles – 3-hills including Loves hill in Castor and a circuit of 
the top end of Ferry Meadows. 

Bike 18-miles – out to Helpston Heath, with a lap around Helpston, 
Bainton, and Ufford, before returning via Marholm to Castor.

Run 2.5-miles – out to Milton Ferry Bridge and back, so just 2 hills 
this time.

Each discipline involved a climb up Loves Hill early on.  The event 
attracted seasoned Duathletes as well as first time Novices venturing 
into multi-discipline sport. Promoting club PACTRAC had 60 marshals 
volunteers out putting on this event, which is now in it's third year.

Results are on  

1. Cy Gearing........................BRJ...........24:44....48:12....
19...=.. 1:28:15
2. Craig McKee.................................... 28:42....43:45....
23...=.. 1:28:50
3. James Kershaw....Cambridge University Tri club..24:28....50:45....
35.. =.. 1:30:48 

26. Ellie Kershaw....Beccles.Tri Club......29:39....60:11....19:00..=..
28. Sarah Kelman.....BRJ.................. 33:21....55:31....20:27..=..
32. Susie Freeman... PACTRAC...............31:47....59:33....19:57..=..

In the men's race, Andrew Wetherill led the field after the first 4-
mile run, which included 3 hills to climb, with the brutal Loves Hill 
out of Castor sorting the field out, early on. James Kershaw was just 
16-seconds behind, with Cy Gearing just another 16-seconds further 
back. Dan McDonald of Werrington Joggers, in his first venture into 
multi-discipline sport was 4th, just another 40-seconds down, and 
of PACTRAC pair, Jaap Flikweert and Wayne Stainsby. A further 3 
athletes came in right behind Wayne, before a gap of 95 seconds to 
Stuart Hathaway.

Fastest bike of the day went to Craig McKee, who obliterated the field 
in his favoured cycle time trial discipline, to come into T2, 29 
seconds ahead of Cy. Cy had the 2nd fastest bike split but couldn't 
hold onto a 4-minute advantage over Craig from the run; such was 
Craig's phenomenal power on the bike. James came in over 2 minutes 
on Cy, with Ricky Dear a further 30 seconds behind. Paul Schofield 
moved up from 11th to 5th position on the bike.

On the final 2.5-mile run, Cy caught Craig at the turnaround point and 
pulled away for a 35-second win. Having lost 4-minutes on the first 
run, Craig was only 1-minute down on the 2nd run, and managed to hold 
off James for 2nd place. With Ricky only 33 seconds behind him, James 
pulled out the stops to increase his hold on 3rd place, with Ricky a 
gallant 4th.  

The race has now had 3 winners in it's 3-year history, with Cy Gearing 
winning at his first attempt.

In the ladies race, Ellie Kershaw led the first run, coming in 2-
minutes ahead of Maddy Long and Susie Freeman; with Rebecca Carey hot 
in pursuit. 

However with a rapid bike split, Sarah Kelman was able to come into T2 
a minute ahead of Ellie, with Susie a further 90-seconds down in 3rd 
place. Ellie set off in pursuit and caught Sarah back before the 
turnaround point, coming in to win by 29-seconds by the finish, whilst 
Susie held onto 3rd, a further 2 minutes down. Susie has competed in 
all 3 races, coming 1st, 5th and now 3rd, whilst knocking over 2-
minutes off of her time each year. 

We had 2 runners in the Manchester Marathon:

Mark Weathersby ....3:04:20  (1:24:36  +  1:39:44)
Louise Alexander....4:32:57  (2:04:39  +  2:28:18)

Mark was pleased with his time, which is good enough to get a "good 
age" place at London in 2018/19. It was a case of mind-over-matter, 
he put so much into it that he was in A&E afterwards, unable to walk. 

Louise finished her first marathon and was equally pleased with her 



PACTRAC had 5 members competing in the Virgin Money London Marathon on 
Sunday.Steve Coombs said that "the support was amazing. I felt great 
for 20 miles but had to hang tough towards the end"

3028.  Daniel Fitzjohn       1:32:02    3:09:58  
6016.  Steve Coombs          1:39:51    3:28:40
6044.  Mark Bedford          1:43:35    3:28:47
33830. James Baile           2:20:58    5:36:28
36431.  Nicholas Partridge   2:36:18    6:02:58

Giles Cooper ran in the Boston Marathon last weekend and got a good for 
age entry for London 2018. His time of 3:01:38 was also good enough for 
15th place overall and first in his V50 Age Category.


2 senior members competed in the Duston Triathlon at Northampton, with 
Rhys Wilkinson moving through the field on the run to finish 3rd in his 
Age Group.

The distances were:swim 400 12.5 3 miles. 

62. Rhys Wilkinson    7:05    40:50    20:11  =  1:08:06   AG 3.
89. Stephen Comber   7:19    39:24    23:30  =  1:10:13  AG 19.

4 club members competed in the Duston Junior Triathlon, which being 
part of the East Midlands League, attracted a large field of nearly 400 
children, racing in all of the categories. 

Tristart : Josh Moore got on the podium for the first time. His 
skills in T1 helped him move up the field and after a good bike he was 
to secure his best ever finish. 

10.  Josh Moore   1:52    5:12    2:19  =  9:23 

Tristar 2 : We had 3 Girls racing in this category; with another podium 
finish for Olivia
Corner, whose prowess on the bike meant that she was able to scythe 
through the
field on the bike, before running fluently to complete a great 3rd 

Libby Mellor's swim is very much improved and her better run meant that 
was able to move up the field. 

Another who is making real progress is Chloe Moore who was able to gel 
on the bike. In the past her achilles heel has been the run but she 
looked far stronger in this discipline. 

3.   Olivia Corner   2:48    6:57    5:26  =  15:11 21.  
Libby Mellor    3:00    8:42    6:23  =  18:0529.  
Chloe Moore     3:12    8:51    7:04  =  19:07.



PACTRAC held their Mid-Distance triathlon at Oundle, over the distances 

swim 900 yards - 18 lengths of Oundle Pool.

bike 20 miles - 2 laps of the Mini-series course around Glapthorn and 
the Benefields.

run 5 miles - out, a loop around Glapthorn and Cotterstock, and back.

Only 3 athletes have beaten 90-minutes on this course, and Paul Lunn 
broke Josh Daniels' Course record by 16 seconds. Simon Hoppe has also 
beaten 90-minutes, twice. 

Paul was first out of the water, followed immediately by Susie Freeman 
and Robin Laukaitis. 4 more swimmers emerged, but 30-seconds down. Paul 
then had a blistering bike section, and came into T2 over 5-minutes 
ahead of Tony Brown, with Steve Skelhon a further 35-seconds behind.

These 3 held their positions on the run, although Andrew Chapman closed 
the gap on Steve to just 12-seconds by the finish. Paul went on to win 
overall by nearly 12-minutes for an emphatic victory.

Susie Freeman was caught on the bike by Andrea Robinett, and the pair 
started the run together. However an injury led to Andrea having to 
slow down, and Susie went on to finish as the first female.

Results are on


The first open water triathlon's of the season were the NiceTri 
Triathlons held at St. Neots on Sunday.

5 PACTRACers were amongst the 375 athletes who braved the cold River 
Ouze at this time of year.

2 competed in the Sprint triathlon (swim 750 metres, bike 15 miles, run 
3 miles) with Jon Crowley, at one point, leading the charge behind the 
top 3; but he had to concede after a gallant effort. He was consoled 
with a first place in his Age Group.

3 competed in the Standard Distance Triathlon (swim 1500 metres in the 
River Ouze, bike 28 miles and run 6.25 miles).Paul Jephcott finished 
1st in his Age Group, with Sarah Haslam 2nd in hers.   



8.  Jon Crowley    12:24    44:24    19:13  =  76:01  AG 1st.
47. Mark Stevens   10:55    55:57    23:24  =  90:16  AG 5.


18.  Tristan Matthews     26:56    81:08    38:37  =  2:26:41  AG 5.
91.  Sarah Haslam         28:42    98:42    45:01  =  2:52:25  AG 2.
111. Paul Japhcott        33:24    97:22    46:28  =  2:57:14  AG 1st.



2 Triathlon's took place at the Peterborough Rowing Lake on Sunday:

Monster Mojo

swim 1.2 miles, out and back with a mass start.
bike 51 miles - out to Marholm, with 3-loops around Ufford, Upton and 
Castor, before returning.
run 12.5 miles - 4 laps off-road.

45.  Dave Allsop    35.27    2.55.48    1.35.33  =  5.06.48  AG 5.
64.  Gary Shoemake  37.10    3.00.57    1.48.43  =  5.26.50  AG 9.

The Monster Mojito 

swim 1500 metres in the lake, with a mass start, out and back.
bike 24 miles - 1 lap.
run 6.25 miles - 2 laps.

35. Andrea Robinett    26.29    75.37    46.03  =  2.28.09  AG 2.
36. Susie Freeman      25.30    73.56    49.37  =  2.29.03  AG 1st.

In all, 273 athletes finished the races, in what is a very early 
event, with the water not having warmed up yet; although with the 
Rowing lake only 4-feet deep, it does tend to be a little warmer than 
most other lakes. 

In the Mojito, Andrea Robinett and Susie Freeman were 2nd and 3rd 
ladies overall, with Susie winning her Age Group. 
Both had good swims but were caught on the bike, before Andrea made 
inroads again on the run. 


Half-Ironman 70.3 in Porto Alcudia, Majorca.

This triathlon was held in the warm Mediterranean sea from Alcudia 
Beach in Majorca. The 1.2 mile swim was a little choppy and salty. The 
56-mile bike ride went into the Mountains, before descending and 
finishing on the flat. The 13.1 mile run was 4-laps around the beach 
area on a very hot day. Last year's race was blighted by heavy rain, 
and this year's by a hot sun. 

Paul Lunn had an early scare with a puncture before the start, but 
managed to sort the problem out and finish first in his Age Group (In 

big International race with 3,500 competitor's). He came 2nd in his 
Group last year, but turned the tables on his nemesis, and recorded an 
emphatic win. Paul came 23rd overall from 3,500 competitor's, and was 
beaten by 21 Professional's, coming home as the 2nd Age Grouper 
overall. Paul has now competed in all 7 Half-Ironman races in Majorca. 
Paul won his Age Group by over 9-minutes.

23.  Paul Lunn          29.13    2.28.18    1.26.47  =  4.24.18  AG 
325. Chris Pike         33.28    2.48.25    1.43.52  =  5.05.45  AG 17.
382. Dave Thorold       35.12    2.46.16    1.48.00  =  5.09.28  AG 25.
557. Richard Pike       33.33    2.59.00    1.47.05  =  5.19.38  AG 46.
873. Steve Skelhon      31.28    3.06.03    1.58.29  =  5.36.00  AG 79.
891. Andrew Chapman     33.08    2.53.36    2.09.53  =  5.36.37  AG 
1448.Robin Brookes      30.55    2.52.47    2.36.43  =  6.00.25  AG 46.
2663.Graham Ribbons     44.29    4.23.30    2.59.25  =  8.07.24  AG 


Georgina Jennings won her Age Group at the Newmarket Sprint Triathlon 
at the weekend, over the distances of:

swim 300 metres.
bike 14 miles.
run  3 miles.

Georgina Jennings  7.12    47:28    25.53  =  1:20:33.  AG 1st.

Georgina had been given the wrong swim time, so started out as number 
one; and never saw anyone in the race until the 2nd bike lap when she 
started passing other cyclists.


1250 athletes started the Outlaw Half at Nottingham. (swim 1.2 miles, 
bike 56 miles, run 13.1 miles).

Paul Lunn came 14th overall and 2nd in his Age Group. Paul said "It was 
great fun racing the Outlaw today, but I was totally outclassed by 
Craig Twigg. Chuffed with 2nd in my Age Group after emptying the tank 
last weekend in Majorca, and a puncture at mile 42. Time for a little 
recovery now."

Antony Brown recorded a 3rd place in his Age Group, in another 
impressive performance.

14 Paul Lunn 28:27    2:26:38    1:27:52  =  4:22:57 AG 2.
116 David Thorold 30:48    2:42:21    1:47:55  =  5:01:04 AG 3.
147 Antony Brown 30:48    2:42:21    1:47:55  =  5:01:04 AG 3.
166 Michael Shadwell 30:14    2:47:22    1:46:26  =  5:04:02 AG 26.
461 Simon Guerin 30:14    3:02:10    2:05:55  =  5:38:19 AG 82.
485 Rebecca Carey 32:55    3:03:42    2:03:37  =  5:40:14 AG 4.
763 Louise Alexander 40:41    3:22:17    2:08:26  =  6:11:24 AG 23.
803 Sue Davys 40:51    3:20:47    2:14:45  =  6:16:23 AG 5.


Eton Sprint - Steve Hope was the only PACTRAC representative in this 
World Championship qualifier, which was a draft legal race.

Distances were; swim 750 metres (15 degrees), bike 13 miles (4-laps 
traffic-free), run 3 miles (out and back along the lake).  

436. Steve Hope   14:40    40:40    21:53  =  77:13  AG 21.


The Slateman Triathlon - A swim surrounded by mountains, a bike course 
in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and a run through a disused 
slate quarry. This race offers a unique mix of incredible scenery and 

Lake Swim: 1,000m in Lake Padarn, Llanberis.

Road Cycle: 32-miles, including straight up over the infamous Llanberis 

Trail Run: 7-miles, a challenging trail run up the relentless zig zags 
into Dinorwig quarries and back down through Padarn Country Park.

587. Andy Rawlins. 25:25    2:02:54    1:13:22  =  3:41:41 


The Grafman middle-distance triathlon took place from Grafham Water, 
with 6 PACTRACers braving the elements, in a tough half-ironman 
distance race for this time of year. The swim was cut short (the lake 
was only 11 degrees), to avoid athletes getting too hypothermic on the 
bikes, but even so, 35 athletes failed to finish the race. 

Distances: swim 750 metres, bike 56 miles, run 13.1 miles).

42.  Tristan Matthews 15:31    2:37:58    1:35:06  =  4:28:35  AG 13.

70.  Wayne Stainsby     15:40    2:47:18    1:34:28  =  4:37:26  AG 22.

171. Charlie Brookes    17:00    2:51:10    1:52:15  =  5:00:25  AG 26.

234. Mark Bedford       23:40    3:05:40    1:45:03  =  5:14:23  AG 42.

323. Steve Cook         17:03    3:30:54    1:50:50  =  5:38:47  AG 60.

482. Angela Wallis 22:34 3:39:34    2:22:26  =  6:24:34  AG 3.


Phil Jones competed in the 5K open water swimming race at Box End on 

The distances were: 750m, 1500m, 3800m or 5000m and Phil chose the 
longest, 5000 metres.

43.  Phil Jones  1:43:49.




The British National Sprint Championships were held at Strathclyde, just south of Glasgow, at the weekend. 600 athletes entered the event looking for National Medals, and Georgina Jennings retained the GOLD Medal - the same colour as she won at Olney, Milton Keynes, last year.

The event took place in Strathclyde Park, at the home of, and on the course of, the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

This was a qualifying race for the European Championships to be held in Strathclyde (at the same venue) in 2018. Georgina won her Age Group winning a GOLD Medal. She had already qualified for the 2018 European Championships by virtue of her European Championship Gold Medal from Lisbon last year. 

Distances were:
swim 750 metres - 2 laps of a square shaped course, with turns every 100 yards, and a lot of "fighting" for position. The lake was 19 degrees and warm.

bike 12.5 miles - 4 out-and-back laps on a surprisingly hilly course next to the lake.

run 3 miles - 2 out-and-back laps around the lake shore.


252. Steve Hope        14.39    41.51    22.19  =  78.49  AG 22.
261. Susie Freeman     11.58    43.15    23.53  =  79.06  AG  6.
464. Georgina Jennings 17.12    49.35    32.12  =  98.59  AG 1st. 


The first PACTRAC Mini-Series Triathlon of this season took place at Oundle last Wednesday.

Distances were:

swim 400 yards. 8 lengths of Oundle Pool.

bike 10-miles. 1-lap around Glapthorn and the Benefields.

run 3.5 miles. Out to Glapthorn and back.

Junior Jonathan Arnold took a commanding lead in the swim, coming out 77-seconds ahead of Tom Dyke, with Jim Carmichael hot on Tom's heels. At this stage, Peter Harris and Jaap Flikweert were 26 and 42 seconds down on Tom, respectively, whilst Andy Gregg was a further minute behind.

However, all was to change on the bike, as Peter came in off of the bike just 5-seconds ahead of Jaap, with Andy only 12-seconds further adrift, just ahead of Aaron Godden and Chris Pike. Andy consolidated third place on the run, but was unable to make enough in-roads into the other two. Jaap had the fastest run of the day and was able to pull away from Peter to finish 24-seconds ahead.

Julia Ratcliffe in her first Mini-Series for 7-years, was the first female home.

Chris Pike takes an early lead in the Club Championships, with fellow Supervet, Steve Hope, in 2nd place overall.

This week sees the first of the two Novice races integrated into the event, with the second Novice race being on 14th June. 

Results are on  



PACTRAC Mini-Series 2.

Jonathan Oakey smashed his Mini-Series PB by 2:54 minutes in the second 
PACTRAC Mini-Series triathlon at Oundle.
Jonathan knocked 30-seconds off his (400 yard) swim time from last 
year, as he exited the water hot on the heals of fellow Junior, 
Jonathan Arnold. (He also knocked over a minute off each of his bike 
and run splits). Katie Tasker in her first Mini-Series race was 3rd at 
this point, before Robin Laukaitis lead Susie Freeman out. These latter 
two were to have a race-long battle, with Robin coming home just 6-
seconds in front, whilst Susie went on to claim first lady.

Tony Daniels was 6th out of the water and moved up to 2nd off the bike, 
before moving back to 6th at the finish. Aaron Godden was 3rd off the 
bike, but moved back to 4th on the run, as Steve Hope (7th off the 
bike) and Ollie Rees (9th off the bike), moved up to 2nd and 3rd 

We also had a Novice-only wave which incorporated a shorter swim of 200 
yards, followed by the same bike (10-miles) and run (3.5-miles) as 
normal. 5 competitors took advantage of the shorter swim with Stephen 
Comber leading the way in his first season in triathlon. 

Results are on

The 2nd Novice Mini-Series will be on Wednesday 14th June.


4 PACTRACers travelled to Chester for the World Championship qualifying 
race over the Standard distance of:

swim 1500 metres in the River Dee in 19 degree water. 900 metres were 
against the current before turning back for a final 600 metres with the 

bike 25 miles - 1 lap around parts of Cheshire and into Wales.

run 6.25 miles - 3 laps along the River Dee. 

All gave a good account of themselves, against 1300 of the best 
athletes in the country. 

308 Aaron Godden     30:18    70:16    44:42  =  2:25:16  AG 45.
347 Steve Hope     28:34    73:49    44:50  =  2:27:13  AG 25.
431 Andrea Robinett   26:09    77:50    47:54  =  2:31:53  AG 11.
531 Sarah Haslam     29:08    80:30    48:38  =  2:38:16  AG 13.


Paul Lunn competed in the National Clarion Cycling Club's 50-mile 
Championship in Derbyshire and came 5th overall in a time of 1:50:03. 
Paul was competing for the local Fenland Clarion Cycling Club and as 
the first Clarion rider home is the new Clarion 50-mile Champion. He 
was also part of the 3-man winning team alongside Simon Pitchford and 
Dave Thorold. Malc Jacklyn should be putting in a report for the 
Fenland Clarion. 


Walden Junior Triathlon.

One of the biggest races of the Eastern Junior series was held at 
Saffron Walden. This is an Eastern Region Qualifier with over 300 
competitors from 6-counties, competing for 12 places in the National 
Championships at Mallory Park in August.

1st out of the blocks was Katie Tasker in TS3 who came out of the swim 
in contention & on the bike she was able to open an unassailable lead. 
After a slick transition, she soon got into her running and was able to 
secure a comfortable win.

In the TS2 girls Olivia Corner was able to get an amazing second place 
in a very strong field, despite having an issue on the bike course that 
lost her over 30 seconds, but she stayed composed and didn't panic. She 
was able to maintain focus on the run. It was a nervy time waiting for 
the results, as due to the staggered start, they were not known until 
all the competitors had finished. 

These results stand both of them in a good position to obtain 
qualification. If both are successful this will be the 1st time PACTRAC 
will have had 2 members racing in the National Championships.

It was "a hard day at the coal face" for the other 3, on this energy 
sapping course; as Toby Cooke, Chloe & Josh Moore will all benefit from 
racing at this higher level, and "toughed it out" to finish strongly.

11th Josh Moore  12:55

Tristar 2
2nd Olivia Corner  27:30

Tristar 2
17th Chloe Moore  35:36

Tristar 3
1st Katie Tasker  35:02

Tristar 3
19th Toby Cooke  47:47

The Junior Selection for the Inter-Regional 
Championships (IRC) is from 2 qualifying races - Walden and Cambridge; 
and the panel choose from the results of both races. Hence, it looks 
good, but we will have to wait for the final race in Impington on 25th 
June, before we know who has qualified.


5 races took place at Tallington Lakes on Sunday, with Open Water 
SuperSprint, Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, plus Sprint and 
Olympic distance Aquathlons. 263 athletes finished the various races on 
offer, including just 4 PACTRACers - far fewer than in previous years.

• Super Sprint distance Open Water Triathlon (400M/5.6m/1.5m)
• Sprint distance Open Water Triathlon (750m/15m/3m) & Sprint Aquathlon 
(swim 750m /run 3m)
• Olympic distance Open Water Triathlon (1500m/26m/6.25m) & Olympic 
Aquathlon (1500m/6.25m)

swim - out and back.
bike - 2 laps for the Standard, 1 lap for the Sprint, 1 shorter lap for 
the SS.
run - A T-shaped run of 1, 2 or 4 laps, all within the lake area.

13.  Gary Shoemake 14:39    49:06    23:06  =  1:26:51  AG 2.
17   Jon Webb    16:20    51:26    23:10  =  1:30:56  AG 2.

13.  Dave Patmore-Hill 26:46    85:32    44:50  =  2:37:08  AG 5.

Sprint Aquathlon:
6.   Sarah McNair       15:11    2:47    34:41  =  52:40  AG 2.


The ITU Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Championships were held 
at Leeds at the weekend. This was round 4 in a 9-round competition 
(Round 5 is in Hamburg on July 16th).  This was the 2nd year that Leeds 
have held the event, having taken over from London's Hyde Park last 
year. Age Group athletes were able to compete on the same course as the 
world’s best. In the Elite competition GB provided 4 of the top 5 
places against the World's best, headed by Alistair Brownlee. The event 
was based around Roundhay Park and Leeds City Centre.

Katie Tasker (see photo) finished 9th in the Junior Triathlon, against 
the best athletes across Britain.

9.  Katie Tasker   4:35    16:01    10:44  =  31:20

Adrian Tasker reports:
"Katie Tasker raced in the draft legal race at Leeds. She had a good 
swim and was in touch with
the leaders, a solid bike, and faded a little on the run. It was a very 
hilly course on the
run which knocked out her stride pattern. In F1 terms "an extreme wet 
set up, with maximum grip" and sacrificed some speed as a result.  If 
it were
a 'dry race' she would have gone much faster- Same for everyone I know. 
But a
good result all in all. Just got back from a very damp Leeds; quite a 
crashes, as kids at that age take chances. There are some bigger races 
the line so no need to go for broke today. A very big race with long 
runs into
and out of transition." 

PACTRAC had 2 athletes in the senior non-drafting race, over the 
distances of: swim 1500 metres, bike 25-miles, run 6.25-miles.

294.  Paul Jephcott     33:34    81:27    52:01  =  2:47:02  AG  9. 
446.  Adrian Chambers   40:35    100:02   63:11  =  3:23:48  AG 28.


PACTRAC held their 3rd Mini-Series of this summers' 8 races at Oundle 
last Wednesday. Jaap Flikweert won ahead of Peter Harris - the same 
result as Mini-Series 1 two weeks earlier! 21 athletes competed with 
Junior, Jonathan Arnold again leading the swimmers out, nearly 50-
seconds ahead of Robin Laukaitis. It was another 13-seconds before 
Simon Guerin emerged, just ahead of Jim Carmichael. 24-seconds later, 
Rob Hammond led the main pack of 7 swimmers within 16 seconds of one 

16 seconds also separated the top-4 athletes at the end of the bike 
leg, with both Peter Harris and Jaap Flikweert now in the top 4, as 
they came in off of the bike with Rob and Simon. Jaap managed to catch 
both Peter and Rob early on, on the  run and ran away with the second 
fastest run of the evening. Peter held onto 2nd and Rob 3rd, whilst 
Scott Lloyd had the fastest run and moved up to 4th. Hannah Bassett was 
the first lady home on a night where only 3 PB's were recorded.

Results are on 



PACTRAC held the fourth Wednesday night Mini-Series Triathlon at 
last Wednesday. 25 competitors started including 2 in a Novice-only 
field which had a shorter 200 metre swim.

The other 23 started in the normal 400 metre wave, with the bike (10-
miles) and run (3.5 miles) being the same. 

First out of the water was Jonathan Arnold 1-minute ahead of Susie 
Freeman, Simon Guerin and Rob Hammond. Wayne Stainsby was the next 
another 15-seconds behind.

Rob managed to hold Wayne off, on the bike; as the two came into T2 
with just 5-seconds separating them. Simon was just behind, as the 3 
them had a gap of over a minute on the chasers. 

Wayne then had the 2nd fastest run of the night to pull away from Rob 
for a convincing win. Chris Pike did a PB and with a good run managed 
to hold off Andy Gregg for 3rd place. Scott Lloyd had the 2nd fastest 
run of the night to move up to 6th overall. Susie Freeman was the 
lady ahead of up-and-coming Hannah Bassett. Junior, Jonathan Arnold 
went under the hour for the first time, as one of 5 athletes to record 

Results are on


Andrea Robinett was 31st in her Age Group at the European Standard 
Distance Triathlon Championships, in Kitzbuhel, Austria. 

This is the 3rd time that Andrea has represented GB at these 
Championships, including at the same venue in 2014, where she also 
31st. (In 2015 in Geneva, she was 15th). Andrea did well on a very 
hilly bike course, but that took it's toll and Andrea hung on bravely 
in the run.   

31.  Andrea Robinett  23:17    93:28    56:23 =  2:53:08 

This weekend sees the European Sprint Triathlon Championships in 
Dusseldorf; where Georgina Jennings will be trying to retain her 
European Title that she won in Lisbon last year. 


8 members competed in the local Dambuster Triathlon, held at Rutland 

The distances were:
swim 1500 metres in the lake with a beach start, running straight into 
the stones and boulders underfoot. 1 lap.

bike 26 miles - 1 lap around Oakham, Uppingham, Morcott, Ketton and 
Empingham; taking in the triple hills between Oakham and Uppingham and 
then the Rookeries hill by Ketton Cement.

run 6.25 miles, over tghe Dam to Normanton Church and back.

The heat took it's toll, but 4 of the 8 PACTRACers recorded top 3 
placings in their Age Group, including a first from Giles Cooper - his 
first ever Age Group win.  

26.  Giles Cooper 28:03    73:19    40:52  =  2:22:14  AG 1st.
53.  Simon Guerin 25:33  73:55    47:59  =  2:27:27  AG 11.
88.  Andy Gregg 35:55    74:44    42:39  =  2:33:18  AG 21.
89.  Steve Hope 29:08  77:41    46:32  =  2:33:21  AG 2.
108. Jeremy Thompson 30:57  79:47    44:57  =  2:35:41  AG 3.
115. David Wagstaff 27:38  76:22    53:17  =  2:37:17  AG 10.
187. Sarah Haslam 29:30  85:42    50:21  =  2:45:33  AG 2.
369. Simon Taylor 39:49 91:51    60:59  =  3:12:39  AG 20.


Georgina Jennings won the Age Group below her at the Woodhall Spa 
Triathlon. It was a hot 34-degrees but Georgina, nevertheless had a 
good run, and won the Age Group below her. This was her final warm-up 
before aiming to defend her European title in Dusseldorf this coming 

The distances were:

swim 400 metres in the outdoor Lido. 
bike  15 miles on flat country roads.
run    3 miles.

297. Chris Waghorn 7:46    53:05    26:25  =  1:27:16  AG 48.
467. Georgina Jennings 9:31    55:36    31:08  =  1:36:15  AG 1st.


Amy Hayes participated in the BLDSA Champion of Champions swimming 
weekend at Dover in glorious sunshine. The water and weather were so 
perfect at Dover that it wasn't really effective preparation for Amy's 
Channel Swim next month. 

5k swim.  12th Amy Hayes 1:55:04.  

3k swim.  11th Amy Hayes 1:05:08   

2k swim.  11th Amy Hayes 44:32     

Overall Senior Ladies Championship.

11th Amy Hayes 3:44:44


Another PACTRACer doing a long-distance swim was Phil Jones.

Phil did a 10k swim and had a consistent swim on a hot day, having to 
contend with a split wetsuit and minor cramp. 

34. Phil Jones 3:31 hours. AG 2nd.



The European Sprint Triathlon Championships were held in Dusseldorf last weekend - just 1-week after the European Standard distance Championships in Kitzbuhel.

Jonathan Oakey recorded a fantastic 2nd place in the 16-19 year Age Group. Jonathan is only 17 and came 2nd in the 16-19 year old category. The winner was a fellow British Athlete two years older than him. He was out of the water in first place. Jonathan got a SILVER MEDAL in his first International race.

Georgina Jennings went one better. Of the 15 Gold medal winners last year, 3 retained their European Sprint Titles, including Georgina Jennings in the 70-74 category.

Georgina had a great race. "The worst part was after swimming in the basin of the Rhine, we had 60 steps to climb to reach the bridge before the long, long run to transition. It was windy on the bridges, so we had to hang on tight. Their were quite a few crashes on the bike. I ran okay as the weather was good. I was elated with the win, but felt shattered afterwards".

Georgina won the race by 86 seconds, having taken a commanding lead on the bike, where she was 4 minutes quicker than any of her rivals. She was over 2 1/2 minutes down in the swim, to a German competitor, but had the fastest bike and run to complete a resounding victory.

1. Georgina Jennings 18:40 51:04 31:14 = 1:40:58 GOLD MEDAL.

16-19 Age Group.
2. Jonathan Oakey    10:20    38:43       18:54 = 67:57 SILVER MEDAL.

20-24 Age Group.
9. Henry Morton          11:52    39:41    18:18 = 69:51

45-49 Age Group.
40. Jonathan Crowley 13:57    41:31    21:54 = 77:22

The attached photo's are of Georgina Jennings (2) and Jonathan Oakey (1).

Nathan Tweedie competed in the Elite race at the Cardiff Triathlon. He was 4th out of the water and came out with the lead swimmers. He was, therefore, able to contribute in the lead pack on the bike and led them into T2, before dropping a few places on the run.

The distances were: swim 750 metres, bike 12.5 miles, run 3-miles.

13. Nathan Tweedie   9:38    31:44       17:11 = 58:33


Susie Freeman won her Age Group in the Monster Sprint Triathlon at Feltwell over the distances of:

swim 450 metres.
bike 13 miles.
run 2.5 miles.

14. Susie Freeman   8:08    40:02       22:09 = 70:19 AG 1st.


Steve Hope came 8th in his Age Group in the Llandudno Sea Triathlon. This was a qualifying race for the World Championships in September, with the top 4 qualifying automatically. Steve, therefore, will have to wait for a Rolldown place, but will try again in Redcar at the end of July.

The sea temperature (750 metres), was much cooler than the River Nene at present, and their were jellyfish to contend with. The bike section (12-miles), was two-laps up the Great Orme and back down the other side, on closed roads. The run (3-miles), was out and back along the coast-road.

123. Steve Hope   18:03    41:33    21:05 = 80:41 AG 8th.

It was a good day for the club at the Cambridge Junior Triathlon.

Katie Tasker won the TS3 event and automatically qualified for the British Championships in August. It was a typical performance, with all being level in the swim, before she powered away on the bike, opening up a substantial lead, and was in control to win comfortably.
In TS2 Olivia Corner was not quite firing on all cylinders and finished 4th. She has to wait to see if she has been selected. She was not able to make headway on the bike and despite a good run was narrowly run out of the podium positions. Connor Walker had his 1st outing of the summer. His strong swim had him well placed and an improved bike meant he was in contention, as he finished 6th in a very competitive boys race. Libby Mellor had an improved race; after a tough bike, she soon got into her running to finish very strongly with an improved and fluent run, picking up a number of places. Lottie Tasker had a good bike but tired and lost positions on the run. Josh Moore had a good race and his development continues.
The British Championships, or Inter Regional Championships (IRC), is where the top 3 from each Age Group from each region race off for the British title. Only the top 30 in Britain get an invite. Katie has made this for the 3rd year in a row and the course suits her with an open water swim, a hilly bike and a flat run, so she should be in the mix.


PACTRAC held the 5th race of this year's Mini-Series at Oundle last Wednesday. (swim 400 yards, bike 10-miles, run 3.5-miles).

Robin Laukaitis led Tony Daniels out of the water, over 20-seconds ahead of Rob Hammond, with Wayne Stainsby a further 12-seconds behind. It was a further 16-seconds before a group of 5 swimmers emerged, led by Michael Stark, in his first triathlon.

Tony immediately took the lead on the bike and came into T2 30-seconds clear of Rob, with Wayne only 11-seconds further back. Jaap Flikweert moved up to 4th, but was another 45-seconds down.

However, Jaap was able to catch both Tony and Rob on the run, before Rob moved back in front and won that particular sprint. Wayne, however, had moved ahead and went on to win the race by 45 seconds, with a great display of running. Michael Stark had the fastest run of the day to move up to 4th overall.

Both this week and last week Wayne won with Rob second; but this time Rob has closed the gap from 78 seconds to 45 seconds.

Only 4 PBs were recorded on the night, including one by first lady, Wendy Coxshall.

Results are on


Cycle Ride for the UK Sepsis Trust on Sunday 10th September from the Gorilla Cycle Shop in Oundle.

Their is a Charity ride from the Gorilla Cycle Shop in Oundle on Sunday 10th September in aid of the UK Sepsis Trust. file:///C:/Users/steve/Downloads/RIDE%20FOR%20GUY%20poster%20(1).pdf ...
Some of you may have known Guy Gooding who died from Sepsis in January and this is an excellent opportunity to support the work of the Sepsis Trust.

Two Qualify for the World Championships. Two make the top 10 in Ironman debut. Two survive for 15-hours in the Lake District. Two rock the cycling world.

Redcar Triathlon.

2 PACTRACers travelled to Redcar at the weekend to compete in the World
Championship qualifying race. These World Championship Sprint Triathlon
races are the only time that Age Group Triathletes get to race in draft-
legal races. You are allowed to take pace off other cyclists and the
roads are closed. The World Governing Body (ITU) changed the format for
the Sprint distance only, last year.

The distances were:

swim 750 metres in the sea, largely with the tide assisting you.

bike 12.5 miles - 4 laps on a windy circuit, by the coast. Flat.

run 3 miles - 3 laps largely along the coast road.

Both Marcus Widdess and Steve Hope qualified for the World
Championships, which are to be held in Rotterdam on 16th September.
This is the first time that the "World's" have been held in Europe
since they were in London in 2013; so their was a lot of competition
for places. Steve has represented GB 3 times in the European
Championships but this will be his first World Championships. For both
athletes to qualify outright, against some tough competition, from
across the UK is a good achievement.

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.

Marcus Widdess 10:50 33:33 18:58 = 63:21 AG 12.
Stephen Hope 13:05 36:49 22:40 = 72:34 AG 10.


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 over the following distances:

swim 750m
bike 12.5m
run 3m

The event 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


The Breca Buttermere SwimRun.

7th. Paul Lunn & Duncan Shea-Simonds 15 hours and 18 minutes.

Paul Lunn & Duncan Shea-Simonds were only 7-minutes off of a Podium
spot. Only 90 of the 104 teams that started, managed to finish this
grueling event.

Run: 23.75 miles | Swim: 3.75 miles | Transitions: 18 | Total length:
27.75 miles.

This is a SwimRun on an adventurous, tough, challenging course.

The Course map etc can be found here
This is a race that involved 9 swims and 9 run sections, with the
discipline constantly changing from swim to run and back again, over
some tough terrain. Swimming in shoes and running in a shortie wetsuit
were the norm. The race started at 3:00am in Keswick and incorporated
swims in Derwent Water (2), Buttermere (3), Crummock Water (3) and
Loweswater (1). It was a tough day and the pair were on the go, racing,
for 15 hours and 18 minutes.

Paul (PACTRAC) and Duncan came 7th overall, just 2-weeks after both had
completed the Frankfurt Ironman Triathlon.

Paul said "That has completely broken me. 7th overall but just
completing it is surely a challenge. An awesome day on a tough course,
and with a killer of a decent."

The pair got off to a cracking start moving from 7th to 4th to 3rd,
before slipping back to 7th by the finish.
Both felt a little jaded in the second half and couldn't press on when
the trail turned technical.


2 PACTRACers made their Ironman debuts at Ironman Switzerland, with
both finishing in the top 10 in their Age Group.

swim 2.4 miles in Lake Zurich.
bike 112 miles
run 26.2 miles.

Sue Davys had a consistent run taking less than 10-minutes longer to do
the second half. Antony had a fast cycle that put him in a podium
position, before being caught back on the run.

493. Antony Brown 1:12:00 4:59:24 4:26:57 = 11:38:21 AG 5.
1292. Sue Davys 1:30:34 8:26:40 5:43:53 = 15:41:07 AG 8.

PACTRAC had 15 competitors at the NiceTri Standard Distance triathlon
at Grafham water on Sunday.

The distances were:

swim 1500 metres in Grafham water – 1 clockwise loop. The competitors
were split into 4-waves, each starting 5-minutes apart.

Bike 23-miles – out and back in both directions.

Run 6.25 miles – out and back in both directions.

The race attracted a highly competitive field from across the country.
Andrew Chapman was the best placed PACTRACer with Sarah Haslam the best
placed in her Age Group in 6th place.

109. Andrew Chapman.........22:58 62:41 44:07 = 2:09:46 AG 15.
131. Chris Pike.............25:22 63:28 43:01 = 2:11:51 AG 15.
133. Ricky Dear.............25:57 62:58 43:06 = 2:12:01 AG 18.
136. Aaron Godden...........23:46 64:45 44:09 = 2:12:40 AG 19.
142. Simon Guerin...........20:59 64:55 47:49 = 2:13:43 AG 21.
165. Steve Hope.............24:42 65:51 45:53 = 2:16:26 AG 10.
182. Simon Pauffley ......….22:43 68:25 47:26 = 2:18:34 AG 14.
217. Andrea Robinett........21:27 70:00 47:52 = 2:19:19 AG 8.
208. Gary Shoemake..........23:31 70:22 48:47 = 2:22:40 AG 29.
209. Rhys Wilkinson.........22:14 76:19 44:21 = 2:22:54 AG 15.
335. Sarah Haslam ….........23:57 74:12 52:46 = 2:30:55 AG 6.
257. Paul Jephcott..........27:13 74:10 52:10 = 2:33:33 AG 8.
258. Nick Park..............27:50 74:57 50:48 = 2:33:35 AG 41.
277. Christian Richards.....23:45 82:58 54:24 = 2:41:07 AG 39.
431. Angela Wallis..........30:28 82:47 55:42 = 2:48:57 AG 15.


Rob Hammond came 7th overall in the BRAT Standard Distance triathlon
and 4th in the 40-49AG.

7. Rob Hammond 24.40 61.57 38.04 = 2:04:41 AG 4th.


Terry Murphy completed the Calfman at Emberton Park, Olney, Milton
Keynes and came 1st in his Age Group.

Swim - 950 metres in the lake.

Bike - 29 miles

run - 6.25 miles.

68. Terry Murphy 22:35 96:08 69:12 = 3:07:55 AG 1st.


Dave Allsop competed in the Ironman in Maastrict, Netherlands.

Swim 2.4 miles.

Bike 112 miles.

Run 26.2 miles.

353. Dave Allsop 1:05:12 5:42:12 4:29:45 = 11:17:09 AG 26.


2 PACTRACers competed for their First-Claim cycling clubs in the
National 25-mile Cycling Time Trial Championship's in South Wales on
Saturday. Both recorded Personal Best times and were amongst the 56
women to go "under the hour". This was an out-and-back course, mostly
on dual carriageway near Swansea; with a crosswind making it tough
going in some places.

22. Claire Steels Peterborough CC 56:44 (26.439 mph)
46. Wendy Gooding Team Bottrill / HSS Hire 59:09 (25.359 mph)

7 Outlaws. 2 win Age Group. 3 just miss European qualification.

The Outlaw Triathlon took place at the National Watersports Centre at
Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham. This was an Ironman distance race

Swim 2.4 miles in the boating lake.
Bike 112 miles - 3 laps.
Run 26.2 miles.

Over 1,000 competitors took part in this tough but popular event, with
54 not finishing.

PACTRAC had 7 competitors with Charlie Brookes leading them home.
Louise Alexander had the best Age Group position in 13th. Afterwards,
they were walking (just) and smiling (a lot).

Charlie Brookes had a good start and then moved his way up the field
averaging 20mph on the 112 mile bike section. He held good form on the

Giles Cooper had moved himself up to 73rd place after 80-miles on the
bike before mechanical trouble saw him lose an hour and a quarter (and
400 places). He managed to finish the bike section and had a good run,
recording 3:48 hrs for the marathon, and re-gaining 250 places.

Steve Coombes was just over half-way through the field after the swim,
and pretty much improved his position at every checkpoint thereafter,
to finish 304th overall.

Stephen Cooke had a very consistent bike split, took his time in
transition to make sure that he finished, and improved at every split
on the run section.

Louise Alexander had a solid bike section to overtake half of the
females that started in front of her. She then held her own on the run
to finish 13th in her Age Group.

Robin Laukaitis was in the top 10% of the field after a good swim, had
mechanical trouble at the start of the bike and held his position on
the run.

Peter Tebb had a consistent bike split, before pulling 66 places back
in the first half-marathon and holding his place from there.

202. Charlie Brookes 1:08:06 5:48:47 4:14:34 = 11:11:27 AG 26.
252. Giles Cooper 1:07:04 6:30:30 3:48:29 = 11:26:03 AG 15.
304. Steve Coombs 1:18:55 6:01:38 4:17:24 = 11:37:57 AG 47.
548. Stephen Cooke 1:08:13 6:55:47 4:35:12 = 12:39:12 AG 125.
605. Louise Alexander 1:25:54 6:34:16 4:50:54 = 12:51:04 AG
606. Robin Laukaitis 1:01:57 6:43:39 5:05:34 = 12:51:10 AG 39.
623. Peter Tebb 1:16:57 6:47:42 4:50:31 = 12:55:10 AG 66.


In the Kimbolton Castle Sprint Triathlon (Pool based swim 400m, Bike
12.5 miles, Run 3-miles), both PACTRACers came 1st in their respective
Age Groups.

46. Ros Goatly 7:43 39:10 23:32 = 70:25 AG 1st.

85. Angela Wallis 10:08 42:48 25:38 = 78:34 AG 1st.

12 PACTRAC Juniors competed in the Junior races, with Olivia Corner
coming 4th in her female Age Group. The bike section was cancelled due
to excessive rain making it unsafe to ride on the wet grass. Team
spirit was high as Sam Fielding's Junior Squad put themselves to the
test against some good opposition.

TriStars Start. 8 years old. Swim 50m, Run 400m.

13. Johana Cork 1:38 2:49 = 4:27 AG 10.

21. Josh Moore 2:09 2:52 = 5:01 AG 7.

TriStar1 (9-10 years old). Swim 100m, Run 800m.

23. Franklin Phillips 2:22 4:00 = 6:22 AG 16.

TriStar2 (11-12 years old). Swim 150m, Run 1200m.

11. Olivia Corner 2:52 4:59 = 7:51 AG 4th.

19. Safford Hewitt-White 2:42 5:40 = 8:22 AG 13.

33. Libby Mellor 3:14 5:33 = 8:47 AG 12.

56. William Freeman 4:26 5:16 = 9:42 AG 33.

63. Chloe Moore 3:26 6:25 = 9:51 AG 38.

68. Emma Clay 4:09 5:57 = 10:06 AG 27.

74. Isabelle Lock 3:38 7:17 = 10:55 AG 31.

TriStar3 (13-14 years old). Swim 200m, Run 1600m.

36. Archie Stewart 3:47 7:19 = 11:06 AG 26.

51. Toby Cooke 5:00 7:29 = 12:29 AG 31.


Nicholas Partridge was PACTRAC's sole representative in the London

"In the most dramatic weather conditions I have ever raced in, I took
part in the 2017 edition of the London Triathlon.
The swim went quite well with not too much rough and tumble and I was
pleased with my time of 30:53 for 1500m.
Transition was very good with a quick mount helping me pass about 10
other riders.
The heavens then opened and torrential rain was followed by huge
splashings through the puddles and hail stinging the arms and eyes.
Delighted to be wearing my giro helmet eye shield visor to aviod grit
in my eyes from the splashing wheels, I darted through twisty congested
On the return ramp ito transition 2 I had significant issues with the
chain getting jammed between the spokes and the big rear gog! In dismay
I tried to fix it wasting about 5 minutes and deciding to run the bike
in for the last 250m.
This was followed by wheeling the bike in by carrying the rear! I
stayed to the left and as the front wheel crossed in front I tried to
stop in my cleats and slipped clean over, glad to be wearing my helmet
as it clearly stopped me from banging my head nastily.
Having removed my shoes and socks I continued more gingerly into T2
where I booted up and got on with the job of running 6.25 miles in
adverse conditions.
Around to the run course I was still checking out my body for injury
after my fall and the 6 inch deep puddles didn't help as once again
splashing through the course I realised I felt ok and started to push
on, but trying not to go too deep too early.
My run time of 1:01:26 was reasonable as I didn't think I had a sub 1:
05 in me towards the end.
With a PB of 7 minutes and barring incident I feel I could have gone
sub 3-hours save for the mistake on the ramp and the slip over. Still
to have the calmness to stop and check out myself before I continued
was a mighty good decision so overall I'm pleased tinged with
disappointment at the issues with which I suffered."

swim 1500 metres in London Docks.
bike 25 miles.
run 6.25 miles.

933. Nicholas Partridge 30:53 96:17 61:26 = 3:08:36 AG 41.


The Castle Howard triathlon took place in Yorkshire over the Olympic
distances of:

swim 1500 metres - 2 laps in the lake.
bike 27.5 miles - 1 lap on undulating, country roads.
run 6.25 miles - all off-road on grass or uneven track.

This was a qualifying race for the European Championships in Estonia
next year. Both Steve Hope and Sarah Haslam missed out by just 1
place, whilst Aaron Godden missed out by 3 places in his Age Group.
Their are two more qualifying races so all 3 will try again at Grafham
Water in 2-weeks time.

91. Aaron Godden 30:27 86:55 47:43 = 2:45:05 AG 8.
111. Steve Hope 28:25 89:26 50:06 = 2:47:57 AG 6.
224. Sarah Haslam 29:47 99:02 54:31 = 3:03:20 AG 6.
374. James Macwilliam 32:57 106:42 64:09 = 3:23:48 AG 39.


Amy Hayes has spent over a year preparing to swim the English Chanel.
The Pilot Boats take on 4 swimmers individually in each 7-day window.
Amy was swimmer number 3 last week so had to wait until the 2 swimmers
in front of her had crossed, before she could get her chance.
Unfortunately due to high winds and rough seas, the Pilot Boat was only
able to cross twice, whilst Amy spent the week in Dover waiting for the
weather to pick up. Only 2 of the 4 swimmers set off. Amy was third in
line waiting for the boat and never got her chance, and is now hoping
for another slot in September.

Paul wins, Jonathan 2nd, Mini-Series finishes.

Jonathan Oakey competed at Box End near Bedford and came a gallant 2nd
Jonathan was 4th in this event last year, and went 2 places better this

2. Jonathan Oakey 10:56 33:45 20:48 = 65:29 AG 1st.

Jon had the fastest swim to put him in a great position, with many of
his competitor's a few minutes down. He then had the 5th fastest bike
and 2nd fastest run. He was leading until the second half of the run,
where he was caught, and held on to 2nd place overall, just 24 seconds
down, and with a large margin of nearly 4 minutes on the 3rd placed


Mark Bedford competed in the Ironman triathlon at Bolton. This is
Mark's 3rd year in triathlon and he has been building up to the full
Ironman distance, which he completed on Sunday.

swim 2.4 miles in the lake.
bike 112 miles - 2 laps on an undulating course with a big hill up
Sheep House Lane to be tackled twice.
run 26.2 miles.

903. Mark Bedford 1:47:04 7:42:43 4:21:08 = 13:50:55 AG

Sue Davys and Antony Brown will be competing in Ironman Zurich in 2
weekends time.

Meanwhile, Ali Brightey completed the Long Course Weekend Marathon, in
Tenby, Wales in 3:33:01 for 64th place overall.


PACTRAC held the last Mini-Series of the season at Oundle on Wednesday;
with Jonathan Oakey recording his 2nd win from 2 appearances. Giles
Cooper, racing in his first Mini-Series for 3-years recorded one of
just 3 PB's on the night. He just caught newcomer Dan Wilson on the
line to take 2nd place overall. 26 competitor's enjoyed this final race
which preceded the end-of-season buffet.

Jonathan Arnold had a great swim, but couldn't shake off the determined
Jonathan Oakey as the pair came out of the water in 4:24 and 4:27
respectively. Simon Guerin was the next out 1-minute later, followed a
short distance behind by Susie Freeman and Simon Pauffley. Newcomer
Jonny Hindes was the first of 5 swimmers in a row over 90 seconds
behind the two leaders.

Jonny moved into the lead on the bike, just catching Jonathan and
pulling an 18-second lead out of him. Darren Kelly and Dan Wilson were
next into T2 30-seconds behind Dan, with Giles Cooper next in, another
30-seconds down.

Scott Lloyd had the fastest run of the day to move up into 6th place
overall. Jonathan had the 2nd fastest run and moved into the lead, just
before going out of Oundle on the way out. Giles had a fast run to move
up the field and he won the sprint finish for 2nd by a small margin
from Dan, with Jonny holding onto 4th place and Darren 5th.

Steve Hope takes the overall series Trophy for the first time in it's
31-year history. (Simon Hoppe has won the Trophy 8 times, followed by
Dave Allsop and Paul Vernon with 3 apiece).

results are on


Amy Hayes has spent a large part of the last 12 months training for the
Chanel Swim. Amy is down as the 3rd swimmer to go, from Dover to France
this week. Swimmer number one has gone, and Amy is currently down in
Dover, waiting for number two to go.

Current updates:

Sunday 16th July:

"It's looking like Tuesday. The Peruvian two-man relay escorted by
Viking Princess landed just a bit ago, after about 17 hours of
swimming. I am not sure of the official time. But the crew will not be
back to Dover until Midnight, and not likely ready to support swimmer
#2 tomorrow. Plus, the weather is not looking great tomorrow. So, we
are taking it day by day. Swimmer two will go Tuesday at the earliest,
so now I'm looking at Wednesday, Thursday or Friday."

Wednesday 19th July:

"The cross current winds in the channel this week are making the
conditions too messy for pilots to want to take swimmers out. It's been
beautiful and sunny, but the wind and water are just not cooperating.
The best case scenario at this point is if the seas calm today, swimmer
2 will go tomorrow, and I will go Friday.
If that doesn't happen...I have no clue what happens next."


Paul Vernon won the Royal British Legion RAF Sprint Series triathlon at
RAF Cranwell, by 2 minutes.

swim 400 metres. Paul was 38th after the swim.
bike 12.5 miles. He had the 2nd fastest bike split and moved up into
first place overall.
run 3 miles. Paul had the fastest run split and pulled away to win by 2-

1. Paul Vernon 8:39 37:06 17:35 = 63:20


Ros Goatly won her Age Group at the Market Bosworth Sprint Triathlon.

swim 750m in the boating lake.
bike 13 miles on fast, flat country roads.
run 3 miles around the lake.

41. Ros Goatly 15:52 49:16 22:34 = 87:42. 4th lady and 1st
in Age Group.


3 PACTRACers took part in the Pitsford Triathlon at the Northampton
Sailing Club at Pitsford Reservoir. Rob Hammond led the trio and won
his Age Group, coming home 7th overall.

swim 1500 metres - open water.

bike 25 miles on country roads.

run 6.25 miles around the lake trails.

7. Rob Hammond 25:00 70:32 45:07 = 2:20:39 AG 1st.
26. Wayne Stainsby 26:39 74:11 48:30 = 2:29:20 AG 7.
27. Chris Brennan 30:01 72:26 47:08 = 2:29:35 AG 5.

Jonathan swims the 22-mile North Channel crossing.

On Friday 7th July, Jonathan Ratcliffe swam the 22-miles of the North Channel
Swim from Ireland to Scotland. The North Channel is the strait between
north-eastern Ireland and south-western Scotland and connects the Irish
Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. The swim is 22-miles.

Last August, Jon swam the English Channel

According to Wikipedia / the ILDSA no more than 3 swimmers have
achieved this swim in any one year. In 2017 Jonathan was the 4th
swimmer to successfully swim across the 22-mile stretch to the Mull of
(Great_Britain_and_Ireland) Jon is only the 33rd swimmer to ever cross
this stretch. It is one of 7 swims that long distance swimmers regard
as the holy grail. Last August, Jonathan swam the English Channel. This
North Channel Swim is one of the hardest of the 7, so Jon is happy that
he has beaten the back of the challenge, and is now ready to move on to
the other 5 swims.

Jon was well aware beforehand of the
giant jellyfish in that stretch of water. I don't know whether he had
the accompanying Whale that was present just 2-days earlier.

The water temperature was just under 14 degrees.

From Facebook:

"Irish Long Distance Swimming Association
July 3. The first North Channel crossing attempt of 2017 - by Team MAD.

"Irish Long Distance Swimming Association
July 5· Team Peninsula Paddlers made the second successful relay
crossing of the North Channel for 2017 season.

"Irish Long Distance Swimming Association
July 5· The first successful solo North Channel crossing of 2017 -
Simon Olliver.

The Belfast Telegraph reported "Another whale joining a North Channel
Swimmer today ... Pilot Brian Meharg of Bangor Boat said "Perhaps this
is going to be the escort for swims this season". "It was mostly
interested in the boat though, and didn't take much notice of the
"Whale joins man for swim to Scotland. Swimmers making their way to
Scotland have been joined by an unexpected companion.

July 5. Carmel Collins made the second successful solo crossing of the
North Channel for 2017 season.

"Irish Long Distance Swimming Association
July 6 Herman van der Westhuizen has made the third successful solo
crossing of the North Channel for 2017 season.

"Irish Long Distance Swimming Association
July 7 at 8:43am ·
Our 4th Solo Attempt of the North Channel of 2017 started this morning
We wish Jonathan Ratcliffe all the best and hope for a successful swim.

"Jonathan Ratcliffe has had a good start to his North Channel Solo
Crossing just under 5 miles done, had his 3rd feed and only a few
jellyfish!!!! Fingers crossed they stay away or we will be looking at
hiring a sea turtle next time for a buddy swimmer."

"Jonathan Ratcliffe has under one mile to go. Sea is a bit choppy but
Jonathan is still swimming strong. Not far to go you are so nearly

"Subject to ratification, Jonathan Ratcliffe has made the 4th
successful solo crossing of the North Channel for 2017 season.
Well done Jonathan, crew and Infinity Channel Swimming."

"Irish Long Distance Swimming Association
July 8 at 9:21am ·
Wow!!!! What a fantastic start to the North Channel 2017 season. The
first tide window finished yesterday, next one opens soon.
We had 2 one way relay teams and 4 solo one way. All attempts have been
successful subject to ratification, which is amazing.
Team MAD - Trisha Harvey and Rachel Hughes
Peninsula Paddlers - Jonathan Groves, Michael Dines, Caroline
McFarland, Mark Hardy, Arthur Crowe and Bryan McFarland
Simon Olliver
Carmel Collins
Herman van der Westhuizen
Jonathan Ratcliffe
You all should be so proud of what you have achieved.
Well done to all the crews, observers and pilots.
Can't wait to see what the rest of the 2017 season holds."

More information on the North Channel swim is here


Frankfurt IM. Rob and Susie win the Club Championships.

2 PACTRACers competed in Ironman Frankfurt over the distances of:

swim 2.4 miles
bike 112 miles
run 26.2 miles

Paul Lunn used it as a trial for the Ironman World Championships in
Hawaii later in October. He finished 3rd in his Age Group in just a few
minutes over 9-hours. He had a storming bike split of 4:33:38. This is
really up there with the top Elites - 5:36hours for 112 miles is an
average of 20mph and Paul beat this by over an hour. It was a hot day
and he was never going to sustain that for the full marathon run as
well. He has beaten the 9-hour barrier twice before, and again came
close, with another Podium finish.

Steve Skelhon competed in his 11th Ironman distance triathlon. Steve
had a good swim followed by a 20mph bike leg, before recording a solid
run in the heat of the day. The organisers had warned the athletes to
expect temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees
Fahrenheit) in Frankfurt and it didn't disappoint.

58. Paul Lunn 1:00:16 4:38:56 3:28:19 = 9:07:31 AG 3rd.
1558. Steve Skelhon 1:05:55 5:48:56 5:27:04 = 12:21:55 AG 195.(as usual, the transition times are included with the bike time)


3 PACTRACers competed in the various open water swims at Grafham Water
on Saturday. Graeme Abrahams came 4th overall in the 1500m swim in a
time of 23:47 minutes; just 6 seconds behind 3rd place. He was 2nd in
his Age Group, whilst Sue Drake won her Age Group in 35:06 minutes.

Phil Jones completed the 5250 metre swim in 1:47:19 for 6th in his Age


Amy Hayes has prepared well for her attempt at the Channel Swim next
week. She has been doing lots of long swims of up to 6-hours and her 2-
year adventure should, hopefully, come to fruition next week. Amy has
prepared well and will be off sometime next week - potentially a week
from today (Monday 17th July, depending on the window, and whether
other swimmers ahead of Amy in the queue get to go, or if the weather
forces them to delay.

Amy said: "The doubt is definitely trying to creep in again. This is
not anywhere close to a given. It's a gamble.
No amount of positive thought and motivational swimming affirmations
can make this something other than a gamble."


PACTRAC Mini-Series 7.

Wayne Stainsby won his 3rd Mini-Series of the year, from 3 races. On a
warm day, 17 competitors lined up for the penultimate race in the

Jonathan Arnold again led the swimmers out, whilst behind him, Robin
Laukaitis was 39-seconds down, but improved his swim time to gain 7-
seconds on a pursuing Tony Daniels. Gaps appeared between the next
swimmers, as first Susie Freeman and then Wayne Stainsby emerged,
before Steve Hope led the rest out.

Tony had the fastest bike split and came in 41 seconds ahead of Wayne,
with Chris coming past Steve towards the end and having a quicker
transition to set off in pursuit first. Tony is still coming back from
injury and was caught early on the run by Wayne; but both Chris and
Steve had to wait until they were on their way back before moving into
2nd and 3rd spots.

Results are on


PACTRAC then held their Standard Distance club triathlon at Oundle on
Sunday, as part of the Club Championships. With just one more race to
go - the final Mini-Series triathlon at Oundle on Wednesday, all of the
Club Championship Trophies have now been decided.

Sunday's distances were:
swim 1800 yards - 36 lengths of Oundle Pool.
bike 30 miles - 3 laps of the Mini-Series course around Glapthorn and
the Benefields.
run 6.25 miles - around Glapthorn and Cotterstock, including some off-
road paths, and finishing on the Athletics Track.

Simon Hoppe competed in his first club race of 2017 and won the race by
over 7 1/2 minutes. Jonathan Arnold was first out of the water in a
superfast 21:37 before Robin Laukaitis led Simon out, over 3 1/2
minutes later. Rob was nearly 2-minutes down at this point. Simon had
the fastest bike split and increased his lead coming into T2 to 5 1/2
minutes over Rob. Chris Pike moved into 3rd spot on the 3rd of the bike
laps and pulled away with the fastest run of the day, to consolidate
that position.

Paul Vernon keeps the Course Record from last year, but whereas Simon
took 2nd place last year beating Rob by nearly 13 minutes, this time
the gap was narrowed to 7 1/2 minutes on Rob.

The results are here

The Club Championships have now been decided:

1. Rob Hammond
2. Chris Pike
3. Steve Hope

1. Susie Freeman
2. Mariska Niemeijer
3. Hannah Bassett

Jonathan Arnold

Rob Hammond

Chris Pike

Ladies vet:
Mariska Niemeijer

Ladies Supervet:
Georgina Jennings

Nathan smashes the Mini-Series Course Record. 2 Juniors to represent the Region. Marcus wins at Bedford. Giles 2nd in AG at Holkham.

3 PACTRACers travelled to Ripon for the Olympic distance triathlon,
held around the Racecourse lake.

The Ripon Triathlon was not only a qualifying race for the World
Championships, to be held in Rotterdam later in the year, but was also
the English National Standard distance Championships.

282. Aaron Godden 29:45.... 67:32.... 47:42... =... 2:24:59 AG 53
319. Steve Hope 27:57.... 73:31.... 45:30... =... 2:26:58 AG 12
583. Sarah Haslam 29:33.... 80:54.... 50:28... =... 2:40:55 AG 11


Two Half-Ironman distance triathlons took place at the weekend. The
distances of both were: swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, run 13.1 miles.

1300 athletes including 4 PACTRACers raced in Norfolk at the "Outlaw
Half Holkham", based around Holkham Hall, with the swim and the entire
run (3 laps), taking place within the grounds of the estate. The bike
course was a single loop taking in the coastal road and some quiet
country roads.

Giles Cooper came 2nd in his Age Group and will tackle the full Outlaw
Ironman distance triathlon in Nottingham 3 weeks later.

75. Giles Cooper 34:52.... 2:46:19.... 1:32:13... =... 4:53:24 AG 2.

224. Andrew Chapman 35:31.... 2:49:06.... 1:56:32... =... 5:21:09 AG 37.

286. Simon Guerin 32:27.... 2:56:18.... 2:00:33... =... 5:29:18 AG 48.

366. Rory Suckling 35:15.... 3:13:47.... 1:50:10... =... 5:39:12 AG 47.

Edinburgh 70.3 Half-Ironman. (swim shortened to 950 metres).

Dave Patmore-Hill was "super pleased to get 24th in my Age Group at the
Edinburgh 70.3 today.
Hardly trained this year because of my new job. My coach, yet again has
kept me honest on my bike in training and the performance today in
terms of numbers was one of the best. Swim, which was horrendous, cut
short (950m)due to crazy winds(21mph) and the bike was 3342ft with 41
miles of it into headwind which made for a tough day. The run was as
challenging with over 1000 ft up Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. Only
managed to move from 28th off the bike to 24th overall, which by my
standards is poor. The next time I'll pick a course where you expect
decent weather."

213. Dave Patmore-Hill 20:42.... 3:23:33.... 1:42:41... =... 5:26:56 AG 24.


3 Juniors competed at Eton Dorney in the Super Series. This is a
British Triathlon high performance event and is part of the Youth /
Junior Super series. It, therefore, contained the very best up-and-
coming triathletes from across the country, was very competitive and a
real bench mark for the National Championships.

Junior Men

Jonathan Oakey had a good swim to enter T1 in contention. He worked
well in the 3rd group and was able to work to catch up to the lead
group entering T2. He was able to make 33 places up on the bike at an
average of 26mph over the 13-mile circuit. On the 3-mile run he was
able to hold his position on the 1st lap and finished strongly to
finish a very creditable 16th Junior. He is now 19th overall in the
Super Series rankings with 2 events to go.

Tristar 3

Katie Tasker exited the swim in mid-division and after a quick
transition was soon able to make ground on the leaders entering T2 in
3rd position – she smashed it on the bike; the only flaw was the bike
course was a bit short and she really could have done with another lap
to really stretch the field. The quality runners in the field soon went
to work and with 3 National X-country runners for company, they soon
made life hard with a burst of acceleration. Katie was able to hold her
position and finished a very creditable 7th. (The lead girl ran 1.5m in

Tristar 2

Olivia Corner did not get away out of the water and had a malfunction
in transition getting her wetsuit off. Once on the bike however she was
able to make headway on the rest of the field and with a powerhouse of
a run was able to pass a number of athletes to finish a very
respectable 12th.

This was a great experience for all 3 and vital lessons were learnt,
but some great news is that 2 PACTRAC Juniors will be representing the
Eastern Region at the Inter Regional Championships at Mallory Park on
Sunday 28th August. Well done to Katie Tasker & Olivia Corner. This is
the first time that PACTRAC have had 2 representatives. Only the top 30
in the UK get an invite to race in this prestigious event.

The British Triathlon U20's Festival is the pinnacle of the season for
triathlete’s aged 11-19 years and has become a key milestone in the
development of future triathlon stars.

Races featured in the day include:

British Triathlon Inter-regional Championships (TriStar 2 & 3)
Youth Elite Races
Junior Elite Races

"The event returns to Mallory Park, Leicestershire on Bank Holiday
Monday 28 August after being hosted there in 2015. With its undulating
and technical bike course, it provides the perfect stage for exciting
racing to conclude the series in 2017 and act as the Junior qualifier
for the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam."


2 PACTRACers competed in the Bedford Sprint Triathlon at Robinsons
Pool, Bedford.

Marcus Widdess won the event outright by 49-seconds. He was 3rd out of
the water, and had the fastest bike leg of all, to take a commanding
lead; which he held onto with the 3rd fastest run of the day.

Terry Murphy also won his Age Group in a PB time on this course.

The distances were:

swim 400 metres in the pool.
bike 15-miles on mainly country roads.
run 3-miles around the park.

1. Marcus Widdess 5:57.... 00:41:35.... 00:16:49.... 00:00:32.... 00:00:30... = 65:23 AG 1st.
54. Terry Murphey 10:42.... 00:49:12.... 00:28:24.... 00:01:17.... 00:01:31... = 91:08 AG 1st.


Nathan Tweedie made a spectacular entrance into this year's Mini-
Series. It's been 8-year's since the record was last beaten, and Nathan
smashed 39 seconds off of Matt Gunby's 2009 Course Record on a windy
night, that certainly wasn't conducive to a fast bike split. Nathan is
training and racing with the British Elite Squad in Loughborough, and
his next race with them is later in the month in Spain.

Such were the weather conditions that only 12 athletes lined up at the
start. The afternoon rain put a few off and the evening itself turned a
little cold and windy.

Nathan led from start to finish, creating not only a new overall Course
Record, but a new swim record as well as equaling the run record.

Robin Laukaitis was second out of the swim as 4 athletes appeared
within 16-seconds of one another. Nathan was well out of sight by now.
Rob Hammond led Darren Kelly in off of the bike and these two held onto
2nd and 3rd respectively.

The top 4 times in the Mini-Series:

28 Jun 2017 Mini-Series 6 Nathan Tweedie 0:03:53 0:22:51 0:19:11 0:45:55
01 Jul 2009 Mini series 5 Matt Gunby 0:04:43 0:22:40 0:19:11 0:46:34
10 Jun 2015 Mini-Series 3 Nathan Tweedie 0:04:01 0:23:26 0:19:55 0:47:22
07 Jul 2010 Mini series 6 Josh Daniels 0:04:07 0:23:49 0:19:27 0:47:23

The Course Record has progressed as follows:

2006 Mini series 1 Simon Hoppe 50:25
2006 Mini series 4 Simon Hoppe 49:32
2007 Mini series 7 Matt Gunby 49:12
2007 Mini series 9 Peter Galpin 49:02
2008 Mini series 7 Josh Daniels 47:30
2009 Mini series 5 Matt Gunby 46:34
2017 Mini-Series 6. Nathan Tweedie 45:55

4:10 or better has been achieved 15 times. 4-minutes has been beaten
only twice. The top 8 Mini-Series swim times have all been recorded by
Nathan Tweedie.

2017 Mini-Series 6. Nathan Tweedie 0:03:53
2015 Mini-Series 2 Nathan Tweedie 0:03:56
2015 Mini-Series 3 Nathan Tweedie 0:04:01

The swim record has progressed as follows:

2010 Mini series 5 Josh Daniels 0:04:09
2010 Mini series 6 Josh Daniels 0:04:07
2014 Mini-Series 6. Nathan Tweedie 0:04:03
2014 Mini-Series 9. Nathan Tweedie 0:04:02
2015 Mini-Series 1 Nathan Tweedie 0:04:02
2015 Mini-Series 2 Nathan Tweedie 0:03:56
2017 Mini-Series 6. Nathan Tweedie 0:03:53

bike: Nathan recorded the 15th fastest bike split on the course, on a
windy night.

2009 Mini series 5 Simon Hoppe 22:28
2015 Mini-Series 10 Paul Vernon 22:32
2015 Mini-Series 2 Paul Vernon 22:32
2013 Mini-Series 7 Paul Lunn 22:33
2012 Mini series 9 Jaap Flikweert 22:37

The bike record has progressed as follows:

2007 Mini series 9 Peter Galpin 22:59
2008 Mini series 5 Mark Botteley 22:45
2008 Mini series 8 Simon Hoppe 22:42
2009 Mini series 5 Simon Hoppe 22:28


The top 4 run times on the course have been recorded by 4 different
athletes, with Nathan matching Matt Gunby's 2009 record.

2017 Mini-Series 6. Nathan Tweedie 19:11
2009 Mini series 5 Matt Gunby 19:11
2010 Mini series 6 Josh Daniels 19:27
2015 Mini-Series 10 Paul Vernon 19:33

The run record has progressed as follows:

2006 Mini series 1 Simon Hoppe 20:50
2006 Mini series 4 Simon Hoppe 20:35
2007 Mini series 4 Peter Galpin 19:55
2007 Mini series 7 Matt Gunby 19:39
2009 Mini series 5 Matt Gunby 19:11
2017 Mini-Series 6. Nathan Tweedie 19:11

PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon - Sunday 2nd April 2017.

The PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon will take place on Sunday 2nd April 2017. It is again based around Castor Village Hall and School Playing Field. It is PACTRAC's only "open event" of the year and we regularly have over 80 PACTRACers in one place at the same time. Please volunteer to help. It is a great social occasion, with both Senior and Junior sections mixing together.

Further details of the event including how to enter are here:

Please volunteer to help here

August swimming.

August Roadworks might affect some heading to/from swimming
Monday 14th from 8:00pm Barnwell - Oundle RAB.
Friday 18th Barnwell - Oundle RAB.
Friday 18th from 8:00pm Oundle RAB - Warmington RAB.
Monday 21st from 8:00pm Warmington RAB.
Thursday 24th from 8:00pm Oundle RAB.
NVSC (who provide our Monday and Friday coaches) have a summer break in August.

We will try to get a coach for the following dates, but if not, their will be a session on the board.

Currently this does mean that, with no coach on poolside, any juniors who want to swim will have to bring a responsible adult, on poolside, so that they can join the session.

Dates affected are:
Mon 7th Aug.
Fri 11th Aug.
Mon 14th Aug.
Fri 18th Aug.
Mon 21st Aug
Fri 25th Aug.
Mon 28th August is a Bank Holiday when the pool will be shut anyway.


Please note that there is no swim session at Oundle next Monday (29th May) as it is a Bank Holiday. Enjoy the extra rest day.


message just received from swimming pool 19th January 2017.
"Dear All,
Due to a gas fault in Oundle we regret to inform you the swimming pool may be closed for up to 4 days. We will contact each club individually and will attempt to provide 24hrs notice before each respective club session once we are provided more information from both the National Grid Command Centre and Western Power.
If you have any questions please reply to this email directly at or call 01832 277 201 / 208 / 195
Kind regards,
Oundle School Swim Team"

Will update when we find out more

Guy Gooding - Funeral 26th January.

Some of you will know already that Guy Gooding passed away on Tuesday evening. Very sad news. He was fit and healthy last week, was taken ill on Sunday with sepsis, and despite him being a real fighter, he quickly deteriorated.

Guy joined PACTRAC in the early 1990's; and was a regular points scorer when we won the Frostbite League in both 1996-97 and 1997-98, competing in all but one of the 11 events.

The club wishes to send condolences to Wendy.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all, we hope Santa brings you all the tri gifts you asked for :-)
Here is the club training schedule over the Xmas break and for January, in case any of you are stuck for anything to do

Christmas Swimming.

The Committee are currently looking at ways to see how we can reduce the shortfall on pool hire. (We make a loss and essentially need more people to swim!) As such we were concerned at the possibility of low attendances over the Christmas period. We asked for a commitment from the members to ensure that the Christmas sessions would be viable; and we're pleased to say that we have had enough expressions of interest to make it worth our while putting on two swims between Christmas and the New Year.

We have coaches in place for both Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th December, and now just need the members (you) to turn up and make our financial commitment pay for itself. Thank you to those that have brought this decision to fruition.

All of our normal swimming sessions will take place over Christmas, except:

Friday 16th December - NO swimming.
Monday 26th December - NO swimming.
Monday 2nd January - NO swimming.

PACTRAC Trophies 2016.

Congratulations to the 2016 winners.

Club Champion.........Paul Vernon
Female Champion.....Abi Schofield
Mini Series.................Paul Vernon
Female Mini...............Christina Cork
Vet.............................Paul Vernon
Female Vet................Christina Cork
Super vet...................Chris Pike
Female Super vet......Sue Burnett
Junior.........................Katie Tasker
Standard distance......Paul Vernon
Duathlon...................Paul Vernon
Novice......................Aaron Godden
Most Improved...........Debora Leininger
Outstanding Perf........Paul Lunn
Pactracer of Year.......Georgina Jennings
Youth Trophy..............Josh Mould
Mid-Distance..............Mark Weathersby

How do you get to win a Trophy in 2017.

The Club Championships in 2017 will be your best 4 races from: your best 3 Mini-Series, the Mid-Distance (1st May) and the Standard Distance (9th July).

Prize Presentation and Christmas Party.

Christmas party!!!!!
All members welcome, along with family and friends too!
It will all take place at The Farmers in Yaxley on Saturday 19th November, with a format as follows:
AGM: 6pm
Carvery and dessert meal: 7pm
Junior Awards: 8pm
Senior Awards: 8:15pm
Followed by a disco!
Per adult it is £25 in total, child £15.
£5 deposit to be given to Abi either in person, post or bank transfer. (The AGM is free!!!)

Not long left now and we need a minimum of 50 people, so of course family and friends are welcome too 😊

Email to reserve your places.

Oct: Paul L Qu's for Kona with 8:57 in Barcelona IM / Roger in Kona / Antony 1st in AG / Paul V 2nd at Oulton Park and 1st (English Champion) at Bedford / Steve competes in Majorca.

Paul Lunn competed in Ironman Barcelona over the distances of:

swim 2.4 miles in the sea.
bike 112 miles
run 26.2 miles.

This is Paul's 3rd Ironman triathlon of the year - an amazing
achievement in itself - and the 2nd time that he has done a sub 9-hour
time. Previously his fantastic performances have not quite given him a
qualifying slot for the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii in
October 2017. This time it was different and Paul qualified for his
first ever visit to Hawaii next year. He finished 2nd in his Age Group
and 10th overall amongst the Age Groupers, once you strip out the 26
professional athletes ahead of him.

He was absolutely exhausted at the end, having raced hard for nearly 9-
hours with no let-up. But it was all worth while when he crossed the
line and achieved his dream of qualifying to race in Kona.
Paul will now be taking a couple of weeks off before recommencing
training for next year.

36. Paul Lunn 1:00:38 4:35:49 03:20:44 = 8:57:11 AG 2nd.


Meanwhile, Roger Canham is in Hawaii for the 2016 World Ironman
Championships this weekend.


PACTRAC had 4 competitors at the Bedford Triathlon, held at Robinsons
Pool, with 2 winning their Age Group.

swim 400m in Robinsons Pool.
bike 15 miles around the villages north of Bedford.
run 3 miles in Bedford Park.

6. Antony Brown 1:10:39 Age Group 1st.
91. Sue Davys 1:33:22 AG 1st.
97. Terry Murphy 1:35:43 AG 2.
175. Gerald Farrow 2:10:18 AG 11.


Paul Vernon came a great second overall in the Oulton Park Duathlon at
the famous Race Track. The race started on the starting grid and the
transition was in the pits.

He was beaten only by an elite category duathlete, after a great second
run, that saw him taking time back.
Run 5.6 miles - 2 laps.
Bike 24.25 miles - 9 laps.
Run 2.5 miles - 1 lap.

2. Paul Vernon 28:21 57:51 13:46 = 1:39:58.

36. Claire Steels 32:06 63:06 16:16 = 1:51:28 1st lady


Roger Canham competed in Kona, on Saturday, in the World Ironman
Championships, which are held annually in Hawaii.

Distances are:

swim 2.4 miles in the sea.

bike 112 miles - out and back in the wind and humidity of the lava

run 26.2 miles.

711. Roger Canham 1:07:46 5:34:42 3:41:50 = 10:24:18 AG 33.

Roger said "It's always hot and always windy and was tough out there. I
fell apart on the marathon."


The NiceTri Duathlon took place at Bedford Autodrome with Paul Vernon
winning overall in 1:50:46.

Paul led this European Championship qualifying race by nearly 2 1/2
minutes after the first 5.5 mile run. However, he came into T2 neck-and-
neck after Nic Pillinger caught him back on the bike section. Paul,
soon pulled away again on the final 3-mile run, and took the victory by
over a minute at the end.

Paul had already qualified for the European Sprint Duathlon
Championships, in an earlier race at Clumber Park; and has now
qualified for the European Standard distance Championships too. Both
will be held in Soria, Spain in April.

1. Paul Vernon 29:29 62:28 18:48 = 1:50:45 Age Group 1st.

Olivia Corner competed in the TriStar 2 race and won her Age Group.

1. Olivia Corner 5:33 13:37 4:52 = 24:02.


Meanwhile, Steve Hope was finishing a busy season, with his 18th
triathlon this year - this time at the Challenge Peguera half-Ironman
distance triathlon, in Majorca.

swim 1.2 miles in the warm, salty, choppy sea. A beach start, and two
waves literally went over my head before I even started to swim.

bike 56 miles - 2 laps into the mountains.

run 13.1 miles - 4 laps with a couple of long drags per lap.

324. Steve Hope 5:47:27 AG 9th.


This weekend sees Sean Beard tackle the Frankfurt marathon, whilst the
week after, Roger Canham is racing in China, trying to qualify for the
World Ironman Championships for a 9th time.

Sept: 4 PACTRACers in ETU Middle / Paul L wins Gold / Kate exorcises her Ghosts / Steve completes the Eeyore Challenge / 5 in Mexico where Georgina wins SILVER / Dave in Croatia / James runs over100

Simon Hoppe won the North Norfolk Triathlon and has
a separate report. Some details can be found here


The Austrian Tyrol provided a stunning backdrop as the Challenge
Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl Triathlon hosted the 2016 European Middle Distance
Triathlon Championships in Austria.
More than 250 British triathletes were representing their country,
including 4 PACTRACers. Unfortunately, Robin Brookes was injured and
knew that his leg wouldn't hold out for the run; so he wisely went out
their knowing that he would only be competing in the swim and bike
legs. The other 3 all finished. Andy Gregg was the fastest of the trio
in 4:56:16 whilst Tristan Matthews had the best Age Group position in
35th. Christina Cork was happy and very pleased to finish. She was 5th
off of the bike in her Age Group, before "cramp put paid to anything
more than a shuffle".

swim 1.2 miles in the lake.
bike 50 miles in the mountains.
run 13.1 miles in melting hot conditions around the lake.

Tristan Matthews 32:51 2:39:43 1:49:07 = 5:01:41 AG 64.
Christina Cork 35:10 2:53:53 2:18:36 = 5:47:39 AG 33.
Andy Gregg 39:14 2:38:50 1:38:12 = 4:56:16 AG 33.
Robin Brookes 32:02 2:43:57


The Vitruvian Triathlon at Rutland Water at the weekend took place in
not so friendly, rather sodden conditions.

This race was the Triathlon England National Middle-distance
Championships, and attracted a top field from across the country.

Paul Lunn won a GOLD Medal at the Vitruvian in
the English National Championships in his Age Group.

The distances were:
swim 1.2 miles in Rutland Water.
bike 56 miles - 2 laps around Oakham, Uppingham and Ketton.
run 13.1 miles around parts of the lake.

Paul Lunn finished 6th overall just 1:37 minutes from a podium place,
and easily winning his Age Group.

6. Paul Lunn 30:52 2:09:58 1:21:14 = 4:02:04 AG 1st.
108. Giles Cooper 33:55 2:30:55 1:33:29 = 4:38:19 AG 5.
162. Steve Coombes 41:01 2:37:43 1:34:33 = 4:53:17 AG 25.
199. Daniel Fitzjohn 42:25 2:41:37 1:34:10 = 4:58:12 AG 35.
358. Adrian Whitby 39:54 2:51:30 1:48:02 = 5:19:26 AG 68.
466. Robin Laukaitis 32:08 3:07:09 1:58:01 = 5:37:18 AG 30.
656. Simon Taylor 53:52 3:02:13 2:16:37 = 6:12:42 AG 22.


Kate Armstrong competed in the Chillswim Coniston End-to-end 5.25 mile
swim. Kate tackled this event last year, but did not finish it due to
the cold conditions. This year the event took place in a much better 16
degrees, so the elements were much more favourable. She hadn't even
noticed that it was raining, until she got to the second feed station,
and the volunteers were all wearing rain ponchos and were soaked

349. Kate Armstrong 3:20:51 AG 7.

509 finished with another 7 starting but not finishing. Thankfully,
Kate managed to exorcise a ghost this year.


Steve Hope competed in a couple of running races on the continent:
04 Sep. Haarlemmermeer, Holland. 1/2 marathon - 1:39:02.
11 Sep. Ypres, Belgium. marathon - 3:59:45.

Both were on flat courses, with the Ypres marathon being all one-way
from the coast at Niewport, following the WW1 front line to Ypres.

The next two races in the "Eeyore Challenge" to complete 4 races in 4
weekends, all abroad, are:
18 Sep. Belfast, NI. 1/2 marathon.
25 Sep. Basel, Switzerland. marathon.

Other running results:

Greater Cambridge 10k
52nd. Aaron Godden 40:45


PACTRAC had 5 members competing for Great Britain in the World Age
Group Triathlon Championships in Cozumel, Mexico, at the weekend.

Georgina Jennings added a SILVER MEDAL to her collection. She 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. Georgina was over 10-minutes ahead of the Bronze
medal winner. The heat and humidity took it's toll on all of the
athletes, but Georgina had a good race and won a well deserved medal.

Simon Hoppe came 11th in his Age Group, just outside the top ten and 2:
18 from a Podium spot. Fresh from his recent win in the North Norfolk
Triathlon at Wells, Simon is back on form.

3 members competed in the Sprint Distance over a 750 metre swim, 12.5
mile bike and 3 mile run:

11. Simon Hoppe 10:49 32:47 19:55 = 63:31
16. Susie Freeman 12:15 36:32 24:42 = 73:29
2. Georgina Jennings 22:11 43:47 33:14 = 99:12

2 members competed in the Standard distance over a 1500 metre swim, 25
mile bike and 6.25 mile run:

35. Simon Pauffley 31:20 73:21 53:42 = 2:38:23
43. Abi Schofield 24:21 81:05 55:36 = 2:41:02

Both Susie Freeman and Simon Pauffley were competing for GB for the
first time.

Abi said "Today was amazing but incredibly tough." She had a great swim
with a strong current making it difficult. Some swimmers in later waves
didn't finish in the choppy conditions. Abi then suffered in the heat
on the run, as did many others, and found herself taking ice at every


Dave Patmore-Hill competed in the Ironman 70.3 in Pula, Croatia.

The distances were:
swim 1.2 miles.
bike 57 miles.
run 13.1 miles.

Dave got quicker as the bike went on, and held a very good pace on the

He said: "Well that was pretty scary today at Ironman Croatia. 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 with
the torrential rain! But for a bad swim I am happy with it." Dave had
one of his better bike rides and yet again pulled out a great half
marathon. He said that it was "great fun but one of the hardest races
I've done and one of the most enjoyable."

119. Dave Patmore-Hill 40:36 2:47:33 1:31:15 = 4:59:24 Age Group 21st.

Steve Hope completed the Belfast half-marathon in 1:40:09. He competes
in the Basel Marathon this weekend to complete 4 races in 4 weekends,
all abroad.


From 255 entries, PACTRAC's James Steventon finished 19th in the
Equinox 24 hour Solo run at Belvoir Castle nr Grantham. James completed
16 laps

"I was so pleased with my performance as I didn’t know if I was going to
reach my goal of 100 miles until just 6 miles to go. I had a pretty
rubbish triathlon season this year, but this is what I’ve been working
towards. Definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done."

Amy Hayes swam the Oxford lock to lock 10k swim in 3:22:45.


In the Rutland Water half-marathon:

65th. Nick Park 1:50:32


Tony Moran completed his first Ironman at Ironman Wales in Tenby.

swim 2.4 miles in the sea.
bike 112 miles on an undulating course.
run 26.2 miles.

1285. Tony Moran 1:19:42 8:01:11 5:26:20 = 14:47:13 AG 201.


The BRJ Duathlon took place from Abbots Ripton, over the sprint
distance of:
run 3 miles
bike 12.5 miles
run 3 miles.

The event took place on quiet roads and tracks, with an out and back,
flat run.

37. Paul Jephcott 77:09.
48. Rob Stokes 79:36.

3 PACTRACers competed in the Roade Triathlon, near Northampton. The
distances were swim 414 metres in the pool, bike 12 miles and run 3

96. Nicholas Partridge 8.25 42.04 26.17 = 76.46
103 Adrian Chambers 9:23 44:58 23:08 = 77:29
165. Debora Leininger 11.02 51.43 27.18 = 90.03


Steve Hope completed the Basel Marathon, in Switzerland, in 3:46:47.
This completes his personal "Eeyore Challenge" of 4 races in the 4
weekends of September - and all abroad. It was supposed to be 4 half-
marathons, but somehow I got persuaded to turn two of them into full

04/09 Harlem half-marathon, Holland 1:39:02
11/09 Ypres marathon, Belgium 3:59:46
18/09 Belfast half-marathon, N.Ireland 1:40:09
25/09 Basel marathon, Switzerland 3:46:47.

2 laps around the city streets, mostly flat. Enjoyable, but hanging on
towards the end and ran all the way.


Amy Mellor competed in the British Long Distance Swimming Association's
2.8 mile Swimming Championship's in the River Great Ouse at Lynn Regis,
Kings Lynn. Returning to competition after over a year off, Amy was the
2nd female, and just 20 seconds behind the winner.

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


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

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.


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.


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.


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
Mark was pipped by 1 second for 3rd spot, losing out on the sprint

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


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.

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

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

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.


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

The Channel Swimming Association's official webpage acknowledgement is

More details are on the PACTRAC Forum here


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.

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

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


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


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

"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

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

July: Robin 2nd AG at Holkham half / Katie selected for ER / Jonathan in the Elite SuperSprint / Paul V and Christina win Mini-Series Trophies / Paul L 8:50 at Roth!!! / 3 at Outlaw / 3 AG wins at Kim

Jonathan Oakey finished 4th in his Age Group in the sprint triathlon
at Chatsworth House. Jonathan had the 9th fastest swim from 595 finishers
in the cold waters of the River Derwent. The river Nene last week was a
balmy 18.5 degrees, so the 12 degrees on Sunday was a surprise to many,
who took longer than expected to acclimatise.

Distances were:
swim 750 metres - out with the current, and back with it.
bike 14 miles - 1 hilly lap.
run 3 miles - out up the hill and back, on grass, track and mud.

42. Jonathan Oakey 11:32 38:50 23:08 = 73:30 AG 4.
69. Mark Weathersby 15:09 38:01 22:26 = 75:36 AG 12.
273. Nick Forscutt 16:36 46:18 24:14 = 87:08 AG 11.
320. Steve Hope 17:47 45:19 26:44 = 89:50 AG 15.



14 PACTRACers took part in the inaugural Outlaw Half Holkham Triathlon
at Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, in Norfolk - 8 individuals and 2
teams of 3.

Robin Brookes came 2nd in his Age Group, having been caught by his Age
Group winner, half way through the run.

The distances were

swim 1.2 miles - an out and back course, held in the lake.
bike 56 miles - 1 lap including the coastal road, and Sandringham.
run 13.1 miles - 3 laps entirely within the grounds of the estate,
finishing in front of the house.

81. Robin Brookes 34:31 2:45:28 1:46:17 = 5:06:16 AG 2nd.
285. Antony Brown 34:12 2:43:11 2:22:04 = 5:39:27 AG 16.
432. Nick Park 40:22 3:09:15 2:07:53 = 5:57:30 AG 73.
550. Louise Alexander 44:42 3:17:49 2:12:13 = 6:14:44
639. Kevin Fletcher 42:31 3:36:27 2:08:09 = 6:27:07 AG 72.
699. Sue Davys 44:20 3:21:54 2:29:17 = 6:35:31 AG 5.
724. Jim Carmichael 37:29 3:11:39 2:49:59 = 6:39:07 AG 118.
912. Emma Goldberg 46:46 4:27:00 2:39:32 = 7:53:18 AG 43.

Relay teams of 3.
34. Roger Canham's team 34:35 2:51:14 1:26:31 = 4:52:20 6th team.
48. Giles Cooper's team 33:54 2:43:18 1:39:27 = 4:56:39 7th team.


PACTRAC Junior, Katie Tasker has been selected for the Girls Tristar 3,
Eastern Region team, at the Inter Regional Championships, on 4th
September, at Strathclyde Country Park in Glasgow. Only 3 per Age Group
were selected from each of the 12 regions. Racing will be in open water
with wetsuits, and will be draft-legal on the bike, to get the best
juniors used to racing at the elite level.


Only 9 competitor's lined up for the 7th PACTRAC Mini Series race of
the season. Once again, the rains came down in the afternoon, and
again just prior to the start, which put many off.

Abi Schofield led the swimmers out, 15 seconds ahead of Andrea Robinett
and Susie Freeman. Sean Beard was 8th out of the water, over a minute
and a half down; but he had the fastest bike split of the night and
came in, off the bike 1 3/4 minutes ahead of Andrea with Abi 23
seconds further back in 3rd.

Sean moved further ahead on the run, and was the only athlete to beat
the hour, whilst Abi moved back into 2nd place to finish a minute
ahead of 3rd placed Andrea.


The 8th of PACTRAC's 10 Wednesday night Mini-Series Triathlon's took
place at Oundle last Wednesday night.

Distances were the same as always, although the traffic lights on the
bike course made things interesting.

swim: 400 yards.
bike 10 miles.
run 3.5 miles.

This was only the 2nd decent evening we have had out of the eight so
far. 6 of the last 8 Wednesday afternoons have seen rain and general
inclement weather, resulting in lower numbers for the evening races.

20 people turned up on Wednesday on a much better night for racing,
although with a little wind about, only 2 PB's were recorded on the

Wayne Stainsby led Simon Guerin out of the pool, with Steve Hope and
Junior, Hannah Bassett 36 seconds down. Paul Vernon followed just
behind in 5th place. Paul soon led the chase on the bike, and took the
lead at Glapthorn. He extended his lead and came into T2 off the bike,
1:23 minutes ahead of Wayne with Simon holding onto 3rd a further
minute behind.

Paul then had the fastest run of the night to come home 3 minutes ahead
of Wayne, with a big gap to Nick Forscutt, who moved up to 3rd place on
the run.

This was Paul Vernon's 5th Mini-Series win of the year, and with that
he takes the Mini-Series Trophy with a maximum of 50 points from his
best 5 races.

Christina Cork currently leads the ladies Mini-Series with 37 points
from Susie Freeman 34 and Hannah Bassett 33. Their are still 7 ladies
in contention.


Ros Goatly entered the Foremarke Hall sprint triathlon - a good race
but very muddy.

swim 400 metres in the pool.
bike 12.5 miles.
run 3 miles.

82. Ros Goatly 7:56 45:06 26:00 = 79:02 AG 4th.


Aaron Godden entered the Norwich Sprint Triathlon at Whitlingham
Country Park, coming home in the top 10%.

Swim 700 metres in the lake.
Bike 11 miles.
Run 3 miles in the park.

16. Aaron Godden 14:43 34:35 21:36 = 70:54 AG 5th.


Jonathan Oakey has competed with the best Youth's in the country in the
Super-Series this year. The latest round was at Eton Dorney, the
iconic Olympic venue, with clean, calm lake waters. Jonathan finished
39th out of 62 competitors. The standard is very high, drafting is
allowed on the bike and it is a great learning curve for our best up-
and-coming Youths and Juniors.

Jonathan had a good swim, but the lead bikers had already established
their group and worked well together to pull away. Jonathan did a lot
of work on the front of the next bike group, as he tried in vein to
catch the leaders.

He worked hard on the bike, only to then see fresher athletes pull away
from him on the run section.

Youth SuperSprint Triathlon (15-16 year olds): Swim 400 metres, bike
6.5 miles, run 1.5 miles on fast, flat closed road bike and run

39. Jonathan Oakey 5:15 18:58 10:43 = 34:56


In the 9th Mini Series Triathlon of the 10-race series, Paul Vernon
again showed his domination of the series.

On a sunny evening, 24 athletes lined up for the 400 yard swim, 10 mile
bike and 3.5 mile run.

Paul Vernon won his 6th Mini-Series race this year; this time by over 4-
minutes from Youth Jonathan Oakey, who recorded his 4th second place -
all to Paul Vernon.

Jonathan was first out of the water, with Tom Dyke 36 seconds behind.
Wayne Stainsby followed 10 seconds further back, just ahead of Simon
Guerin and Rob Hammond.

Paul was 1:25 minutes adrift out of the water, but a super-fast bike
leg saw him storm into the lead, and he came into T2 (the second
Transition), 1:43 minutes ahead, with Jonathan 2nd and Wayne just ahead
of Rob in 3rd.

Paul had the fastest run of the night too, and extended his lead to 4:
12 minutes by the finish. Jonathan had an 18-second cushion over Wayne
going into the run, and the pair matched one another, Jonathan coming
home 19 seconds clear.

First lady was another Youth, Hannah Bassett, who was one of only 4
athletes to record a PB.

This is from the PACTRAC website, ahead of the last race in this year's
series, which takes place tonight, 20th July.

"Congratulations to Paul Vernon who has won the men's Mini Series

1. Paul Vernon 10... 10... 10... 10... 10... =... 50
2. Jonathan Oakey 9... 9... 9... 9... =... 36
3. Sean Beard 9... 8... 8... 10... =... 35

It's all to play for in the ladies Trophy:

Hannah Bassett.... 10...6...9...8...10..=..43
Sue Burnett.......... 5...7...8...9...9..=..38
Christina Cork.... 7..10..10..10..=..37
Susie Freeman...... 10...8...8...8..=..34
Abi Schofield...... 10...9..10..=..29
Andrea Robinett.. 10...9...9..=..28
Kate Armstrong.... 9...4...7..=..20

Hannah is in the lead, with just one event to go. It's your best 5 to
count, so if Hannah wins on Wednesday, she will get 10 points to
replace her lowest score of 6, giving her 47 points.

Sue needs to win to improve her tally to 43 points, which could see her
become joint leader.

Christina has only registered 4 results, so all of her points on
Wednesday will count. A 4th place giving her 7 points could be enough
to see her take the lead.

Susie Freeman also has just 4 results, so a 2nd place could put her
equal with Hannah - unless Christina ousts them both."


PACTRAC held their Standard Distance Triathlon at Oundle on Sunday.
This replaced the Long Course Triathlon, which has been a regular
fixture for the last few years. The distances were, therefore, shorter
but it was still a long race in Sunday's heat. The sun came out a
little earlier than expected.

swim 1800 yards in Oundle's 50-yard pool - 36 lengths.

bike 30 miles - 3 laps of the Mini-Series course around Glapthorn and
the Benefields.

run 6.25 miles on a new course - out to Glapthorn and Cotterstock,
taking in a Bridleway and finishing with a lap of the athletics track.

Paul Vernon won the race and with it the Club Championship Trophy for
2016. He has the maximum points of 400 from this race and his best 3
Mini-Series results. He didn't compete in the mid-distance race back in
May, so needed a good result here to clinch the title.

Abi Schofield was first out of the water, nearly 90 seconds ahead of
Simon Hoppe, with another 2 minutes back to Rob Hammond and another
minute to Mark Weathersby. The field was quite spread out after the
long swim.

The race at the front was closely fought, with Paul coming out of the
swim 3:51 minutes down on Simon. However, the pair had fast bike splits
and Paul was only able to pull 40 seconds back on the bike. However,
once he had his running shoes on, he was able to take up the chase with
real venom; eventually catching Simon just before Glapthorn on the way
back after 4 miles. Paul then extended his lead to finish with a
winning margin of 2:17 minutes.

Such was the intensity of the race at the front, that it was a further
8 minutes before Rob Hammond came home for a fine 3rd place, holding
off Mark Weathersby (recent overall winner of the Cardiff Triathlon) by

Again, from the PACTRAC website:

"CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS (Best 4 from 5 being the Mid-Distance, Standard-
Distance and your best 3 Mini-Series).

With just 1 event to go (tonight's final Mini-Series of the year), we
have just 17 members who have either completed 4 events or who can
attain more than 300 points.

Paul Vernon........100.000......100.000......100.000......100.000..=..400.000 VET
Mark Weathersby....100.000.......94.3614.....100.000.......88.7889..=..383.1503 SENIOR
Aaron Godden........84.1667......91.8925......87.6783......85.5373..=..349.2748 VET
Simon Guerin........89.0625......89.6862......83.6337......83.9163..=..346.2987 SENIOR
Abi Schofield.......88.0410......83.3239......81.1570......93.0436..=..345.5655 SENIOR FEMALE
Susie Freeman.......86.4414......83.9087......81.6423......90.9912..=..342.9836 SENIOR FEMALE
Josh Mould..........91.8925......87.8510......84.6860......78.1766..=.. 342.6061 JUNIOR
Steve Hope..........84.8588......86.1601......85.0960......85.054...=..341.1689 SUPERVET
Chris Waghorn........82.5259......83.4214......78.2252......90.8705..=..335.043 VET
Christina Cork.......80.8156......81.8788......83.4908......81.5556..=..327.7408 VET FEMALE
Paul Jephcott........79.2648......78.3584......77.9909......75.6559..=..311.27 SUPERVET
Sue Burnett.........76.2825.....78.0904......76.1050......75.0871..=..305.565 SUPERVET FEMALE
Georgina Jennings..67.9613......67.4818......69.7956......68.6156..=..273.8543 SUPERVET FEMALE
Chris Pike......................86.0499......85.9114......88.2626..=..260.2239 SUPERVET
Charlie Brookes.................90.3910......83.7969......82.3465..=..256.5344 VET
Debora Leininger.....51.1725....55.8397......57.3808......54.6589..=..219.0519 SENIOR FEMALE
Nicholas Partridge..............77.7652......69.0625......65.4126..=..212.2403 VET

Club Champion: Paul Vernon.
Vet: Paul Vernon.
Supervet: either Steve Hope or Chris Pike.


Club Champion: Abi Schofield or Susie Freeman.
Vet: Christina Cork.
Supervet: Sue Burnett.

Tonight's Mini-Series will determine the last 2 of the major trophies
plus the Ladies Mini-Series winner.


Meanwhile Paul Lunn did the race of his life at Challenge Roth,
Germany. Challenge is a rival series to Ironman that uses the same

Swim 2.4 miles
bike 112 miles
run 26.2 miles.

Roth is a fast course where records are broken. Last weekend, Jan
Frodeno, the 2008 Olympic Champion, broke the world record for the
distance. Paul Lunn came 27th overall and smashed the 9-hour barrier.
This is no mean feat, and was a superb achievement.

The results are here:

"Jan Frodeno presented DATEV Challenge Roth with the best 15th
anniversary present possible – a sensational world record over the
140.6 mile distance. Frodeno’s time of 7:35:39 undercut Andreas Raelert’
s former record of 7:41:33 by almost six minutes on the same course.

Frodeno announced half a year ago that he had Raelert’s record in his
sights at DATEV Challenge Roth. And when a man of this calibre
announces something then in his own words, “you do everything possible
to make it happen”.

On the day the 2008 Olympic Champion and current Hawaii Ironman World
Champion, not only faced the largest field on the long distance
triathlon circuit but also perfect conditions: high cloud, warm
temperatures and practically no wind.

Frodeno led from the start in a race against the clock although it was
not lonely. Hundreds of thousands cheered him on towards his new world
record as he became the first male Hawaii Ironman World Champion to win
at Roth. Frodeno was in a class of his own in the swim and also had no
competition on the bike, despite a trip into a ditch on the second lap.
“But that probably brought me more time thanks to the extra adrenaline
surge I got from the crash,” said Frodeno afterwards.

During the run he experienced “many highs and lows” in the final miles
but in the end, it was the highs that prevailed. And in his first
interview at the finish line he said, “Now I understand why this is the
greatest of all races”.

PACTRAC's Paul Lunn was 5th in his Age Group in 8:50:53 and 12th
overall Age Grouper, if you strip out the 15 Pro's ahead of him. He was
the 2nd GB athlete to Joe Skipper, the pro who came 2nd overall. Paul
was only 7 minutes behind the leading amateur. Paul has now entered
Ironman Frankfurt next year, to try to qualify for the World Ironman
Championships, which are held in Hawaii, in October each year.

It all clicked together and Paul had a fantastic race. He said
"yesterday was a good day". He competed in a 70.3 half-ironman in
Barcelona in May, even though he had a hip problem, so has clearly come
through the season well, and joins a very exclusive club. Paul was
targetting a sub 9-hour time and did incredibly well to achieve it.
Everything has to go right. It's easy on paper, but to go and do it is
another thing. His 3:05:01 marathon time after being on the limit for
nearly 6-hours beforehand is testament to the true grit and
determination of a fine athlete.

27. Paul Lunn 1:00:53 4:44:59 3:05:01 = 8:50:53


The Pitsford Triathlon took place over the weekend at Brixworth Country
Park in Northants NN6.

Standard Distance:

swim 1500 metres in Pitsford Reservoir, the home of Northampton Sailing Club.
bike 25 miles - a loop around country roads.
run 6.3 miles around the lake.

PACTRAC had 2 athletes racing and recorded a 5th and 6th in their
respective Age Groups. Pedro Polson also raced in the Sprint distance
race back in May, but the water was much warmer on Sunday.

32. Steve Giles 32:53 72:19 42:22 = 2:27:34 AG 6.
118. Pedro Polson 23:03 84:25 65:07 = 2:52:35 AG 5.


In the last PACTRAC Mini-Series of the season, Jonathan Oakey finally
got the win that he deserved. Having finished second behind Paul Vernon
on 4 previous occasions this year, Jonathan took full advantage of
Paul's absence (Paul was marshaling tonight), to win his first ever
Mini-Series race. He didn't have it all his own way though, and won a
very tight battle with Mark Weathersby by just 8-seconds.

Jonathan led out of the pool in 4:54 minutes with a 20 second cushion
over Abi Schofield and Tony Daniels. 7 swimmers came out in under 6

However, the competition on the bike was hot, and first Tony, then Mark
Weathersby and then Tristan Matthews all moved ahead of Jonathan, who
kept in contention. Jonathan had the fastest run of the night and
reeled them in, one by one. His final victim was Mark, who he caught
with 1/4 mile to go and pulled away slightly before the finish.

Steve Giles and Andy Gregg came in, off of the bike, 10 seconds apart
and maintained that gap throughout the run; both just catching Tristan
in the final stages.


Men's Mini Series Trophy (best 5 to count)

Mens Mini-Series:
1. Paul Vernon..... 10... 10... 10... 10... 10... =... 50
2. Jonathan Oakey. 9... 9... 9... 9...10... =... 46
3. Sean Beard...... 9... 8... 8... 10... =... 35

Ladies Mini Series:

Christina Cork.......... 7..10..10..10..9..=..46
Hannah Bassett.... 10...9...8...10...7..=..44
Susie Freeman...... 10...8...8...8...8..=..42
Abi Schofield......... 10...9..10..10..=..39

Whereas the Men's Trophy had already been decided, any one of 4 could
still have won the Ladies Trophy. Christina Cork had only competed in 4
races previously, so all of her points counted, and she took the Trophy
by 2 points from up and coming Junior, Hannah Bassett.


The final Club Championship Trophies were also decided. This is your
best 4 results from 5 races; the club's Mid Distance Triathlon in May,
Standard Distance Triathlon in July, and your best 3 Mini Series races.

Male Senior: Paul Vernon.
Male Vet: Paul Vernon.
Male Supervet: Chris Pike.

Female Senior: Abi Schofield.
Female Vet: Christina Cork.
Female Supervet: Sue Burnett.

Abi Schofield confirmed her win ahead of Susie Freeman in the Ladies
Trophy. The other Trophy that was still up for grabs was the Men's
SuperVets Trophy between Steve Hope and Chris Pike. Although Steve won
the individual battle tonight, it wasn't enough over the season to hold
off Chris, who had only previously competed in 3 of the races, so all
of his points were to count.

Paul Vernon exerted his supremacy over the season long competitions and
won both the Club Championship and Mini Series Trophies. Chris Pike is
a new name on the Honours Board, whilst it is Sue Burnett's first
Trophy since winning the Ladies Club Championship Trophy way back in
1990 ! Christina Cork wins the Female Vets Trophy to add to her Mini
Series Trophy.


The 3 PACTRAC Juniors had a good day at Upminster on Saturday, at
TriSport Epping's Junior Triathlon.

TS2 Girls - Olivia Corner narrowly missed out on the Podium to finish
4th. Her swim is improving and after an assured Bike and run, she came
in, in a highly creditable 4th place.

TS3 Girls - Katie Tasker came out of the water in 3rd place, but soon
made head way on the field, to open up a significant gap. She was then
able to extend this to win the race comfortably, securing her 4th win
of the season

Youth Boys - Matt Wouldham gave a strong performance in the swim to put
himself in contention. He was then able to build a significant lead on
the bike. With good even pace setting he was able to keep the remaining
field at bay to win.


PACTRAC had three 1st places in their respective Age Groups at the
Kimbolton Sprint Triathlon on Sunday.

Distances were:
swim 400 metres - in the school pool.
bike 12 miles - 1 lap on quiet country roads.
run 3 miles - 3 laps on the school fields.

10. Steve Hope 7:54 36:55 21:14 = 1:06:03 Age Group 1st.
29. Ros Goatly 8:14 39:27 25:07 = 1:12:48 AG 1st. 2nd lady overall.
36. Angela Wallis 9:37 40:33 24:27 = 1:14:37 AG 1st.
103. Gerald Farrow 15:35 54:59 40:14 = 1:50:48 AG 4th.


PACTRAC had 14 juniors in action at the Kimbolton Junior Triathlon.

Tristar 8.
7. Franklin Phillips 1:25 4:48 1:53 = 8:06
12. George Milton 1:31 4:49 1:57 = 8:17

Tristar 1.
9. Safford Hewitt-White 2:08 5:30 3:38 = 11:16

Tristar 2.
1. Connor Walker 2:26 6:34 4:30 = 13:30 WINNER

Connor was 2nd after the swim, dropped to 3rd on the bike, and then
pulled into the lead on the run. The second placed athlete started the
run 23 seconds in arrears, and gained 22 seconds back on the run,
leaving Connor to sprint home, with just 1-second to spare.

15. Olivia Corner 3:02 6:51 4:42 = 14:35
47. Louis Dawson 3:27 8:14 5:04 = 16:45
55. Toby Cooke 3:37 7:57 6:01 = 17:35
63. Kirsten Loutit 3:05 9:01 6:22 = 18:28
74. Libby Mellor 3:33 10:37 5:55 = 20:05
75. Chloe Moore 3:59 9:39 6:32 = 20:10

TriStar 3.
8. Luke Welch 3:31 7:32 6:24 = 17:27
41. Archie Stewart 3:54 9:30 8:11 = 21:35

1. Matthew Wouldham 3:41 8:34 7:11 = 19:26 WINNER

Matthew led from the start, all the way to the finish, to win by 51

11. Rhiannon Loutit 4:17 10:41 8:20 = 23:18

The National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont was the venue for
the Outlaw Triathlon. This was a full Ironman-distance triathlon over
the distances of:

swim 2.4 miles in the Rowing Lake - out and back.

bike 112 miles - 3 loops on a fast, flat course.

run 26.2 miles - 3 loops.

1100 athletes entered this prestigious event.

330. Andrew Chapman 1:06:23 5:56:48 4:52:38 = 11:55:49 AG 45.
469. Peter Tebb 1:22:15 6:56:12 4:14:27 = 12:32:54 AG 42.

Peter had a very disciplined event, pulling back 227 places on the run.

603. Matthew Roach 1:20:26 6:26:09 5:23:29 = 13:10:04 AG 81.


The Bedfordshire Sprint Triathlon took place at Box End, near Bedford.

The distances were:
swim 750 metres in the lake.
bike 12.5 miles on undulating roads.
Run 3 miles - on grass.

Jonathan Oakey was 2nd out of the water overall, in 10:51 minutes; and
held on for 4th place overall and first in his Age Group.

4. Jonathan Oakey 10:51 33:16 21:00 = 65:07 AG 1st.
24. Simon Guerin 12:06 35:11 27:02 = 74:19 AG 8th.

June: Jonathan Qu's / 3 Podiums at Stafford 70.3 / Georgina 1st / 27 PACTRACers compete at Dambuster / PACTRACers in Venice, Nice and Luxembourg / Paul V Qu's for Worlds /

PACTRAC had some good results at the Nottingham Triathlon, with
Jonathan Oakey finishing 29th overall and 5th in his Age Group (U20).

Jonathan Oakey 61:24
Jon Crowley 64:16
Mark Wethersby 64:19

Jonathan Oakey qualified for the European Sprint Triathlon
Championships next year in his under 20 Age Group. These will
be held in Dusseldorf and it will be his first time representing GB..


Mark Wethersby took the honours In the third Pactrac Mini Series.
Jonathan Arnold led Ben Garton out of the water, with Susie Freeman
following 42 seconds later ahead of Tom Dyke. Mark was another 23
seconds behind, but he soon picked up the athletes in front, and came
into T2 1:40 minutes ahead of Sean Beard. Mark then pulled another 31
seconds out of Sean on the run to come home 2:11 ahead. This was Mark's
first Mini Series win, having recorded a second place in Mini 1, two
weeks earlier.


Steve Hope competed in Challenge Venice. This was an ironman-distance
race, organised by rival company Challenge.

The distances were:

Swim 2.4 miles in the sea from Venice, directly following the causeway
to the mainland at Mestre.

bike 112 miles - out, 3 laps and back, all on fast, flat rouds, but you
had to constantly watch for rough patches of road.

run 26.2 miles - 5 laps all around the large park.

I had a decent swim, a great bike and a poor run. I slowed on the run,
but ran all of the way and have to be satisfied with the result.

301. Steve Hope 1.08.31 5.30.16 4.54.01 = 11.32.48 Age Group 12.


2 members competed in Ironman Nice over the classic distance of:
swim 2.4 miles in the Mediterranean Sea.
bike 112 miles with some long and tough climbs.
run 26.2 miles.

Paul Lunn came 6th in his Age Group and narrowly missed out on a podium

41. Paul Lunn 1.01.47 5.18.20 3.07.55 = 9.28.02 Age Group 6th.

1114. Daniel Fitzjohn 1.23.56 6.36.39 3.50.52 = 11.51.27 AG 236.


Georgina Jennings was the only Pactrac representative in the Beccles
Sprint Triathlon. Georgina came 2nd in the over 55 Age Group. She had a
good bike section which gave her a lead of 2:20 minutes going into the
run. If the run had been the usual 3 miles she would probably have come
first, but it was an over-distanced 4.5 miles and she came home a
gallant second,

86. Georgina Jennings 11.44 44.35 43.24 = 1.39.43

The PACTRAC Juniors competed in the Walden Triathlon at the weekend.
This was a Regional qualifier for the Eastern Region, with .
some very competitive racing at a well organised event.

TS3 - Katie Tasker came 3rd - a good performance as she was not at
her absolute best.
She was in 2nd place half way through the run. This result puts her in
a good position for selection but she will need another quality
performance at Cambridge later this month to secure selection.

TS2 - Olivia Corner came 5th and was the best 'Younger Year'
competitor. She did not 'fire' on the bike as she can and finished 30 seconds off the
She had a much better swim and a good run. All is not lost as the Cambridge
course will suit her more.

Toby Cooke had a good race and finished in Mid division a much improved
swim helped his cause greatly.

Chloe Moore found the run tough. She is
making progress and enjoyed her race.

TriStar 2.

23 Toby Cooke 3:27 15.26 10:13 = 29:06

TriStar 3.

3 KatieTasker 4:39 18.28 12:10 = 35:17

TriStar 2 female.

5 Olivia Corner 3:28 14.36 8:57 = 27:01

33 Chloe Moore 4:54 19.29 15:08 = 39:31


4 members of PACTRAC competed in the Half-Ironman 70.3 in

The distances were:
swim 1.2 miles in Chasewater Lake.
bike 56 miles on closed but often rough roads, with lots of turns.
run 13.1 miles - 3 laps based around the lake.

Roger Canham came first in his Age Group and qualified to compete in
the Half-Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba, Queensland, on
Australia's Sunshine Coast, on 4th September.

Robin Brookes and Terry Murphy just missed out, both recording 3rd
place in their respective Age Groups. This is Terry's first venture
into long-distance triathlon's, and he sought the advice of a coach to
follow a set training regime, that saw much improvement in all 3

57. Roger Canham 32:40 2:36:42 1:28:14 = 4:45:09 AG 1st.
179. Robin Brookes 33:34 2:43:55 1:42:19 = 5:08:50 AG 3.
275. Giles Cooper 35:08 2:54:44 1:44:12 = 5:22:04 AG 8.
1554. Terry Murphy 52:11 3:19:37 2:28:47 = 6:55:18 Age Group 3rd.


Georgina Jennings was PACTRAC's sole representative in the Sudbury
Sprint Triathlon organised by the local Sudbury Triathlon Club.

Georgina managed to win the 60+ Age Group by 1 minute. She was the
first over 60 year old, male or female, and competed against athletes
10-years her junior. She went into the run with a near 3-minute cushion
and ran well.

swim 400 metres in the pool.
bike 13.5 miles.
run 3 miles.

45th. Georgina Jennings 9:26 46:28 29:21 = 85:15 Age Group (over 60) 1st.

Dave Patmore-Hill competed in the IRONMAN 70.3 in the Moselle Region of Luxembourg.

swim 1.2 miles in the Mosel river on the boarder between the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and Germany.

bike 56 miles along the vinyards and through the hilly countryside.

run 13.1 miles through the Mosel valley around the town of Remich and along the riverside.

Actually, due to the high river conditions, the race was changed to a
Duathlon, with the swim being replaced by a 3-mile run. Dave came into
T1 in 3rd place in his Age Group, before dropping a few places on the
bike in poor conditions.

Dave said: "I was really pleased with some of today's efforts at
Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg. Going into the race I have done nil duathlon
training as I was expecting a triathlon. It was a 3 mile first run
which I completed in 17.57. This put me in 3rd place, going out on the
bike, but I had dropped to 58th coming back in; before running back up
to 21st. I had a terrible 2nd transition as I couldn't find my run kit,
which added another 3 mins onto transition, so the finish time of 4.37
hours could have been better.
I'm pleased with the start to the season's racing, but need to get more
effort on the bike and I'm sure a podium will be here this year."


Beth Brooks competed in the Great East Swim at Alton Water. She said
"Feeling proud. So pleased! 2 miles in 58.20, in quite rough
conditions. It was pretty warm in the lake though at 18°c, which was
warmer than the air temperature on the bank! Thoroughly enjoyed this
morning at Alton Water." She is already thinking of doing the 3-mile
swim next year.


Since 2002 the Dambuster Triathlon has become a well established,
national standard event, on the triathlon calendar.
This year the event, held at Rutland Water, was an Age Group
qualification event for the World Triathlon Championships later this
year, in Mexico, in September.

The 15th Dambuster Triathlon proved to be a hard days racing in
overcast, cold, windy conditions.

Swim 1500 metres - in Rutland Water. One lap of a spectator-friendly,
tried and tested course, starting in front of the Harbour Bar.

Bike 26 miles - around Oakham, Uppingham, Morcott and Empingham. A good
testing course, well suited to strong bikers. Their are 4 big hills,
including the triple hills of the Rutland Ripple between Oakham and
Uppingham. Their is also the long hill at Steadfold Lane, near to
Ketton Cement; with the rest of the course, surprisingly undulating,
but on good road surfaces.

Run 6.25 miles - including crossing the dam and back twice, so you can
see the competition for much of the run.

750 athletes finished this prestigious triathlon, including 27
PACTRACers. 3 finished in the top 10 in their Age Group, with only one,
Paul Vernon, qualifying for the World Championships in Mexico. However,
Paul has a young family and has decided not to travel.

Chris Waghorn in his first venture at this distance said "I'm Done. Too
exhausted to say much more than that. Mission accomplished."

17. Paul Vernon 26:32 66:09 34:59 = 2:07:40 AG 3rd.
68. Mark Weathersby 27:28 70:34 38:42 = 2:16:44 AG 14.
97. Jaap Flikweert 25:10 73:32 40:50 = 2:19:32 AG 9.
126. Wayne Stainsby 26:17 76:10 40:06 = 2:22:33 AG 23.
177. Richard Nixon 24:05 75:45 46:47 = 2:26:37 AG 24.
190. Giles Cooper 27:54 77:05 42:38 = 2:27:37 AG 16.
205. Chris Pike 28:07 76:22 44:04 = 2:28:33 AG 19.
232. Simon Pauffley 26:38 79:43 44:22 = 2:30:43 AG 7.
233. Daniel Fitzjohn 32:39 77:14 40:52 = 2:30:45 AG 35.
239. Peter Harris 29:53 74:47 47:09 = 2:31:49 AG 26.
247. Simon Guerin 24:38 78:53 49:00 = 2:32:31 AG 34.
257. Gary Cooper 26:14 79:39 47:18 = 2:33:11 AG 38.
264. Andy Gregg 34:05 77:26 42:23 = 2:33:54 AG 40.
282. Charlie Brookes 26:50 82:05 46:12 = 2:35:07 AG 43.
297. Richard Ardern 29:05 84:42 42:13 = 2:36:00 AG 48.
391. Gary Shoemake 29:13 83:49 49:07 = 2:42:09 AG 62.
417. David Naylor 28:22 86:38 49:21 = 2:44:21 AG 47.
468. Martin Etchells 25:12 89:40 52:38 = 2:47:30 AG 24.
476. Jonathan Webb 30:44 88:48 49:06 = 2:48:38 AG 75.
487. Mark Stevens 20:39 94:13 54:44 = 2:49:36 AG 64.
489. Paul Jephcott 32:25 87:27 49:50 = 2:49:42 AG 25.
518. Chris Waghorn 28:08 93:05 51:01 = 2:52:14 AG 84.
552. Pedro Polson 24:08 92:58 57:31 = 2:54:37 AG 28.
561. Simon Taylor 35:43 87:06 52:41 = 2:55:30 AG 29.
598. Andy Rawlins 34:02 97:28 47:33 = 2:59:03 AG 100.
603. Kate Armstrong 33:38 97:32 48:12 = 2:59:22 AG 38.
653. Sue Davys 34:33 93:44 57:51 = 3:06:08 AG 42.


PACTRAC held their 5th Wednesday night Mini Series Triathlon last
Wednesday. Plenty of rain for the 4th time out of 5 and the threat of
lightening again suppressed the number of competitors.

The course and distances were the same:

swim 400 yards in Oundle's 50-yard pool.

bike 10-miles around Glapthorn and the Benefields.

run 3.5 miles - out to Glapthorn and back.

Paul Vernon won his 3rd Mini Series race of the year, this time by 3
1/2 minutes from Jonathan Oakey.
Paul won in a season's best time of 49:06 with runner-up Jonathan
recording another PB.

Jonathan was first out of the water, nearly 1/2 minute up on Abi
Schofield, who had Susie Freeman in close attendance. Dave Allsop was
the next out. He had 1/2 minute head start on Paul at this point and
over a minute on Sean Beard.

Paul had the fastest bike split of the night and came into T2 81
seconds ahead of Jonathan. Further back, Dave had been almost caught by
Sean, and came in just ahead of him.

Christina Cork, Abi and Susie had a battle for first lady, with
Christina riding away from the other two, and then holding them off on
the run, as the other two gradually caught back. Only 48 seconds
separated them at the finish.

Paul Vernon also had the fastest run of the night to take a good lead
in the overall Mini Series, with 3 wins so far. It is your best 5 races
that count. Jonathan was a well deserved 2nd, with Sean pulling away
from Dave for 3rd.

Only 3 PB's were recorded on a damp night, but the racing was
competitive as usual.

May: 6/6 AG wins for Jim / Paul 2nd in 70.3 / Kim first lady / Paul V English Champion / Georgina British AND European Sprint Champion / Roger Qu's for Kona / Nicola wins Gold / Dave wins Silver.

In the Stockton Duathlon, on a flat, fast and fully closed-
road town centre course, Jim Fell won his Age Group for the 6th
consecutive Duathlon this year. Jim suffered a fall on the run, but
held on to win his Age Group by 16:53 minutes. He is now the English
Duathlon Champion. Unfortunately, the resulting injury means that he
won't now be competing in Spain next month in the World Duathlon
Championships. George Prodrick will be there for Pactrac, and another
local, Claire Steels will also be in Spain.

199. Jim Fell 2:37:51 AG 1st (70-74 years).

Jonathan Oakey came 8th
overall and 2nd in his Age Group at the Leicester Sprint Triathlon.
Distances were: swim 400 metres, bike 12.5 miles, run 3 miles. Jonathan
was caught 1-mile into the last run to come home 2nd in his Age Group.

8. Jonathan Oakey.... 6:14 38:37 18:41 = 63:32 AG 2nd.


In the Half-Ironman 70.3 in Majorca, Pactrac were represented
by Paul Lunn (2nd in Age Group) and Robin Brookes (7th in Age Group).

The race covered:

swim 1.2 miles in Alcudia Bay.
bike 56 miles into the mountains.
run 13.1 miles - flat along the coast road and through the town.

Majorca suffered torrential rain on the day, and
the athletes got soaked from the start to the finish. Paul said: "It
was pretty miserable out there". Robin said: "It rained for the entire
race, but it was still warm ... the downhill was a bit scary".

Paul competed in this big International race for the 6th time, and now has a
2nd place Trophy to go with his previous 1st and 3rd Trophies. His next race
will be the full Ironman over twice the distance, in France‬ in 4 weeks time.

48. Paul Lunn 30:28 2:40:31 1:29:27 = 4:40:26 Age Group 2nd.
464. Robin Brookes 32:06 3:09:25 1:39:01 = 5:20:32 AG 7th.


The Monster Mojo - (swim 1.2
miles, bike 51 miles, run 13.1 miles) and the Monster Mojito - (swim 1
mile, bike 24 miles, run 6.25 miles) took place from the Peterborough
Rowing Lake, Thorpe Meadows, Peterborough on Sunday.

Pactrac had 12 competitor's finish at Peterborough in these early season races.
Wayne Stainsby came 6th overall in the Mojito, with Kim Bell coming 9th
overall and first lady. Abi Schofield was 3rd lady overall, whilst Kate
Armstrong also won her Age Group.

34 Sean Pooley 32:49 2:29:59 1:46:27 = 4:49:15
35 Daniel Fitzjohn 41:03 2:32:15 1:36:50 = 4:50:08
57 Michael Shadwell 33:19 2:41:58 1:57:17 = 5:12:34
97 Nicky Bailey 43:00 3:07:44 2:19:58 = 6:10:42

6 Wayne Stainsby 25:27 64:40 40:54 = 2:11:01
9 Kimberley Bell 19:07 68:11 45:23 = 2:12:41
26 Abi Schofield 23:11 74:49 46:30 = 2:24:30
49 Susie Freeman 24:29 76:14 50:22 = 2:31:05
58 Peter Tebb 30:45 76:34 45:29 = 2:32:48
62 Paul Jephcott 31:40 71:16 51:18 = 2:34:14
89 Kate Armstrong 31:47 81:52 49:56 = 2:43:35
112 Terry Murphy 40:22 81:13 60:19 = 3:01:54


The Grafham Water Standard Distance Triathlon was the English National
Standard Distance Triathlon Championships, as well as being a World
Championship qualifying race. Paul Vernon won his Age Group to become
the English Champion. He also qualified for the World Championships, in
Mexico, in September, as has Simon Pauffley, both for the first time.

swim 1 mile.
bike 25 miles
run 6.25 miles.

Andrew Chapman had a good race for 16th in Age Group, on a hot day.

Paul Vernon stormed the run, to move into first position in his Age Group,
taking it by 41 seconds.

13. Paul Vernon 25:13 56:40 36:08 = 1:58:01 AG 1st.
139. Andy Chapman 25:11 63:22 46:32 = 2:15:05 AG 16.
184. Simon Pauffley 25:06 67:50 48:13 = 2:21:09 AG 3.
259. Simon Guerin 24:41 67:49 58:54 = 2:31:24 AG 31.
324. Pedro Polson 23:26 75:06 65:34 = 2:44:06 AG 17.


PACTRAC had 3 members racing in the Big Cow Triathlon, held at Emberton
Park, Olney, nr Milton Keynnes on Sunday. This race hosted the British
Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships, in which Georgina Jennings
retained her GOLD MEDAL from last year.

Georgina's best discipline was the bike, whilst Jon Crowley had a
better swim, and Mark Weathersby a good run.

The distances were:

swim 750 metres in the lake - 1 lap.
bike 12.5 miles - 1 lap of rolling countryside around Olney.
run 3 miles - 2 laps around Emberton Country Park.

Georgina is working towards the European Sprint Championships in Lisbon
in 2-weekends time, along with clubmates Simon Hoppe and Steve Hope.
She is hoping to retain her Gold medal from Geneva last year.

69. Mark Weathersby...... 13:09.... 34:12.... 19:29..=.. 66:50.. AG 9.
109. Jon Crowley........... 12:00.... 35:23.... 21:30..=.. 68:53.. AG 13.
397. Georgina Jennings.... 17:12.... 46:32.... 33:09..=.. 96:53.. AG 1st.


May 14th 2016 Ironman Texas North American Championships.
Swim 2.4 miles.
Bike 95 miles.
Run 26.2 miles in temperatures of 95oF and 80% Humidity.

175. Roger Canham 1:12:43 4:16:18 3:44:11 = 9:13:12 AG 6th.

Roger Canham entered Ironman Texas, hoping to qualify for the Ironman
World Championships in Kona, Hawaii for an 8th consecutive year.

Roger was looking for a qualification spot for Kona early in the year,
in order to allow him to have the rest of the summer building up to
the Big Island race.

Roger writes: "Three weeks out from the race it looked almost a
certainty that they would pull the race, as the bike course flooded.
At the eleventh hour they came up with a 95 mile route with nearly 90
turns! (It should have been 112 miles).

48 hours before the start, the water quality in the lake dropped and
so they had to change the swim course as well.

That meant moving a whole transition area, so now both Transitions
were in different places.

To cap it all it was a non-wetsuit swim, as the water temperature was

Out on the bike and the pace was really hot right from the mount line.
The rolling swim start meant athletes were well spaced out on the
flattish course, and we all slowed into the multiple corners.

I slotted into a fast-pace line of about 10 bikers all riding legally
but hard, gobbling up the miles in excess of 24 mph. By half way the
temperature started to rise, the corners tighten and a light head wind
started to pick up, nothing problematic but knocking off a couple of
mph. I kept trying to push the pace but the second half was feeling
much harder, as the conditions started to bite and I struggled to
digest my nutrition.

Off the bike and I am normally excited to crack on, reeling in the age
groupers over the next 26.2 miles; but not this time. My stomach was
complaining, my quads were creaking and I felt hot and heady. These
sensations were new territory, but as always I was sure that once I
got the feet rolling I would quickly shake the bike off and tick off the
miles. After a couple of miles the usual spring did not return to my
legs, they were just sore and I hadn’t managed to make a start on
properly fueling, my stomach had pretty much shut down. The soreness
turned to quasi cramp as I started to hobble rather than run and the
lack of fuel going in and high heart rate started to worry me. By the
end of the first 8-mile lap I should have been locked into my running
flow and hoovering up my competitors, but instead I was in melt down
on every level. I decided to stop at the next aid station and have one go
at pressing the reset button before bailing out. I just stood still as
the volunteers poured cups and cups of cold water over me, taking my
breath away but felt massively better. Once my heart rate came down
and I felt in control I sauntered off, resolving to keep my core
temperature under control and start to eat at every aid station. The
next couple of miles felt much better, I was fueling, controlling my
temperature but my legs were still in pieces. I just couldn’t get any
rhythm, my trusty running legs just weren’t firing. I knew the sort of
run split I needed so I just did my best to come close to it and hope
that it was a tough run for everyone. I hobbled along at the required
pace but no flow - just lock down the brain and move forwards a step
at a time. I managed to turn my mind from one of despair to mild optimism
that I could make it, just.

Had I snatched success from the jaws of defeat? Boom!, the lightning
cracked overhead, an instant crash of thunder, the heavens opened and
the rain poured down. More lightning, more thunder more wind and then
hail stones. I dipped my head so my cap protected my face and resolved
to fight to get to the line. It was surreal, chaos all round, aid
stations being blown away, athletes running scared and rivers of water
on the streets. As I rounded the last couple of turns the barriers
were being blown over so I had to pick my way through the debris to get to
the finish line, fully expecting at any minute to be struck by a
scaffold pole of something similar. Even the commentator was in
hiding, and I needed to get under cover and out of danger.

I was proud I hadn’t given in to the challenges despite the battering
my cramping legs had taken. After an hour or so I decided to find my
position in the field and was thrilled to learn I was 6th across the
line and I was pretty sure there were 6 slots on offer for Kona. The
"war stories" started to slowly filter through as it transpired that
the race director had suspended the race 5 minutes after I had crossed
the line, with athletes being held in shelters in groups of up to 400
at various points around the course, as the storm raged on. After
about 40 minutes the race was restarted but of course it was mayhem as the
huge groups now set off to complete their races.

At midnight the organisers had 12 hours to figure out how they were
going to correct the results to reflect the temporary suspension of
the race; there podiums to fill and slots to allocate. For the slower
groups there were likely no finishers ahead of the clock being
So, they made up a rule and applied it the way they felt dealt with
the majority of athletes. I crossed the line 6th and they confirmed that,
but they awarded the slot to the guy who came across the line 8th as
he was ahead of me at mile 22. How do you figure that one out. I have
made an appeal and I'm sitting here wondering if they will do the right

A great effort from Roger, who is waiting to hear still, if he has
qualified (HE DID). The Ironman World Championships in Kona are the mecca of
Triathlon, and are as prestigious in triathlon terms as the Olympics.


John Crowley came 8th overall at the Sprint Triathlon in Grantham,
with a good swim, followed by a fast bike section that moved him up the

swim 400 metres.
bike 11.25 miles.
run 3 miles.

8. Jon Crowley 7:16 29:10 20:50 = 57:16


The 2nd PACTRAC Mini-Series Triathlon took place at Oundle, with a mix
of experienced and Novices.

Simon Guerin led the swimmers out of the pool, half-a-minute ahead of
Dan and Hannah Bassett. Jaap Flikweert was next and he soon established
a lead on the bike, coming into T2 65 ahead of Simon. Jaap then had the
fastest run of the day to win by nearly 3-minutes from newcomer, Ricky
Dear. Ricky had been 9th out of the pool, moved up to 4th off the bike
and then had the 2nd fastest run of the night. Andy Gregg had the 3rd
fastest run to move himself up to 3rd overall. First lady was Junior,
Hannah Bassett in a new PB time of 64:40.

Results are on


4 PACTRACers competed in the European Triathlon Sprint Championships in

Distances were:
swim 750 metres in the sea protected by the Marina.
Bike 13.4 miles - out and bac k along a closed-road Motorway, with a
good tail-wind out and much harder going on the way back.
run 3 miles - 2 laps based around the huge indoor stadium with a couple
of dog-legs.

Georgina Jennings retained her GOLD MEDAL (from Geneva) in the 70-74
year Age Group. Georgina won by nearly 9 minutes. Simon Hoppe came 6th
in his Age Group, to maintain his record of never having been outside
of the top ten in the European Championships.

Henry Morton recorded the fastest PACTRAC time in 65:10 for 14th his
Age Group, whilst Steve Hope exceeded all expectations and also recorded 14th.


1st. Georgina Jennings 97:13
6. Simon Hoppe 66:19
14. Henry Morton 65:10
14. Steve Hope 76:56


Nicola Latty and Amy Mellor competed in the European Masters Swimming
Championships at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with Nicola taking
the Gold Medal in the 200 metre Butterfly.

Nicola recorded a time of 2:34.84. She was 2nd after the first 50
metres, had a slight lead after 100 metres, and then pulled away to win
by 6.75 seconds. A great swim and a great Gold Medal, she was only 4
1/2 seconds away from an Event Record in her Age Group.


Newmarket Leisure Centre, Newmarket.

SuperSprint Triathlon:
Swim 300m in the pool.
Bike 14 miles. Out, 2 short loops, and back.
Run 2.5 miles. 2 laps.

Ros Goatly came 5th female and 1st in her Age Group in a time of 69:28.

47. Roz Goatly 5:23 44:49 19:16 = 69:28


The first PACTRAC Mini-Series of this summer took place at Oundle on Wednesday.

The distances and course remain the same as in previous year's:

Swim 400 yards in Oundle's 50-yard pool.
Bike 10 miles - 1 loop around Glapthorn and the Benefield's.
Run 3.5 miles - out to Glapthorn and back.

Last year, due to insurance difficulties, the Mini-Series was
restricted to club members only, but these have now been resolved, and
non-members can compete again. Even so, the inclement weather, with
puddles on the roads, meant that just 14 competitor's started this
first race, in the current series of 10.

Tom Dyke, was first out of the water, quickly followed by Andrea
Robinett, both competing in their first Mini-Series event. The eventual
top-3 were next away, between 13 and 41 seconds behind. The order
sorted itself out on the bike, with Paul Vernon coming in ahead of Mark
Weathersby and Wayne Stainsby. Paul then ran away with the win to come
home nearly 3-minutes ahead of Mark, with Wayne less than a minute
behind in 3rd.

Results are on under "races", "race results".

Steve Skelhon competed in Ironman Lanzerote. This race is considered by
many to be one of the toughest Ironman events in the world.

swim 2.4 miles - 2-laps with a short run between the two laps in
Puerto del Carmen.

bike 112 miles - a very challenging course with strong winds. All
around the island, with over 2551 m. of climbing, including up to the
top of Mirador del Rio, allowing some great views for those that had
the time to look.

run 26.2 miles - 3 laps along the flat sea front of Puerto del Carmen,
towards the airport and back, under the intense Lanzarote sun.

It was an extremely windy day with rising temperatures as the race went on.

1020. Skelhon, Steve 1:06:33 7:16:38 5:04:07 = 13:27:18 AG 91.


Barcelona 70.3

swim - one-loop in the Mediterranean Sea from the beach of Calella (30-
miles from Barcelona).
bike - 56 miles heading inland on closed roads.
run - two-laps along the coast to Pineda.

Abi Schofield upped the distance to compete in her first half-ironman -
the Barcelona 70.3 Abi had a good swim.

"I thought I knew pain, but it turns out that today showed me a new
level! Amazing swim & bike... shocked to say the run was pure agony."

846. Schofield, Abi 30:51 3:18:12 2:08:11 = 5:57:14 AG 11.


The "Grafman" Middle Distance Triathlon, held at Grafham Water,
incorporated the 2016 British Age Group Middle Distance Championships.

Distances were:

swim 1.2 miles in Grafham Water.
bike 56.7 miles - 1 lap with a few out and back legs.
run 13.1 miles - out and back twice in each direction.

In a tough race with nearly 50 non finishers, Dave Allsop won a SILVER
MEDAL in the National Championships in the 50-54 year Age Group. He
started the run in a neck and neck tussle with the eventual winner,
holding off any challenge from behind, with a great run.

46. David Allsop 33:08 2:32:36 1:32:44 = 4:38:28 AG 2nd.
128. Robin Brookes 33:25 2:42:34 1:42:51 = 4:58:50 AG 5th.
131. Steve Giles 41:13 2:43:51 1:34:02 = 4:59:06 AG 16.
175. Andy Chapman 33:37 2:40:01 1:53:52 = 5:07:30 AG 33.
192. Chris Pike 38:04 2:49:02 1:43:26 = 5:10:32 AG 14.
242. Richard Nixon 30:40 2:45:32 2:03:31 = 5:19:43 AG 38.
605. Rebecca Carey 37:53 3:25:34 2:21:13 = 6:24:40 AG 13.


Simon Pauffley competed in the Southport Triathlon over the Standard
distance of:

swim 1500 meters.
bike 25 miles.
run 6.25 miles - 2 laps.

99. Simon Pauffley 25:33 75:32 43:55 = 2:25:00 AG 7th.


Susie Freeman raced at Eton Dorney in the Sprint Triathlon over the
distances of:

swim 750 metres in the lake.
bike 12.5 miles.
run 3 miles.

201. Susie Freeman 12:30 43:08 23:34 = 79:12 AG 4th.

Turbo Training Starts October 20th

COST: £5 per session
Following on from the success last year, we will be again running the turbo sessions over the winter.
These are coached sessions, shared between Pactrac and The Gorilla Firm riders. This year we will be running 25 sessions every Thursday starting on October 20th until April next year. The sessions are coached from the floor, not a bike so you will get good feedback and instruction.
The focus of these will be to improve bike power and pedal efficiency over the winter period. In conjunction with the weekly Saturday club ride these will improve your cycling fitness for next season.
We will be referring to everything in zones, so it doesn't matter if you are using perceived exertion (effort), heart rate or power it standardizes it all for everyone.

Equipment needed for the sessions:
Bike (with correct skewer for turbo)
Turbo trainer
Towels x2 (one for you, one for the floor!)
Computer with cadence sensor and heart rate sensor (HR is optional but strongly advised)
Power meter (optional)
*A good sense of humor :-)
*Poor hearing for my dodgy music :-)
*Plenty of enthusiasm :-)
An outline of the plan, plus the RPE chart for the training zones for this season is in the training guidance page here:

Our new club kit is now available to purchase directly from the VO2 webshop.

We are pleased to let you know that you can order all your club kit online, directly from VO2. This is a new range of kit with a different style, those of you who have some of the VO2 kit already know that the quality is good. The club will be holding a small selection of tri suits for SIZING ONLY - please note these are not for purchase. You can place all your future kit orders online directly at
If you fancy a bargain, Steve Hope has a small and limited selection of the old kit, so feel free to contact him for further details on that.

One thing I will repeat is that we will not be stocking tri suits for purchase. Please don't put yourself in a desperate rush next year as you need a tri suit and don't have one - plan early to avoid disappointment!


We do currently have a good stock of running tops, but a very, very limited stock of cycle kit and trisuits.

Standard Distance Triathlon - Sunday 17th July.

The traditional long course event has been replaced this year by a Standard distance triathlon at Oundle on Sunday 17th July.

The distances will be:

swim 1800 yards - 36 lengths of the pool.

bike c30 miles - 3 laps of the Mini Series.

run 6.25 miles (10km) - a new course finishing on the athletics track.

Again non-members can compete. We will require an organiser (otherwise I'll have to organise and compete), preferably somebody who is not chasing Club Championship Trophies. Can we have a quick show of hands on Facebook (their's no commitment to compete) just to check the viability of the event.

Finally, we will require a few marshal's, so if you are free on 17th July (the event starts at 8:00am) please can you put your name down, either on the Forum or on the website race page.


We have just 3 Mini Series Triathlons left this season. Non-members can compete in two races before being asked to join the club, so if you have any friends (?) who would like to give triathlon a go, please bring them along (kicking and screaming if necessary).

So far the Mini Series has been very poorly attended. The weather has been pretty poor, but with only 3 left, now is the time to bite the bullet. Trophies are at stake and the current leaders are on the Forum, which will be updated each week.

Next Wednesday, 6th July, sees the last of the Novice Mini's - with a 200 yard swim option. This is as well as the usual 400 yards for the regulars. It's £10 for everybody, members and non-members alike.

No swim session Monday 30th May

Dear Pactracer's,
Please note that there is no swim session this Monday (30th May) as it is a bank holiday. Enjoy the extra rest day, see you all soon.

Paul wins the PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon by 7:27 minutes. Paul, Andrea and Paul win ER Duathlon Championship Trophies.

The PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon took place from Castor on Sunday.

The distances were:

Run 4-miles - 3-hills including Loves Hill in Castor. The route ran around the top triangle in Ferry Meadows, before returning to Castor.

Bike 18-miles - out and back to Helpston Heath, with a loop around Helpston, Bainton and Ufford.

Run 2.5 miles - out to Milton Ferry Bridge and back.

All 3 sections involved a climb and descent of Loves Hill in Castor.

87 athletes plus one team of two finished this challenging race, which was a great introduction to multi-discipline sport for local athletes, as well as being a good test for
seasoned competitor's.

PACTRAC's Paul Vernon won the race by 7:27 minutes and was in a class of his own. Paul is a medal winner in National competition's, as well as winning all 6 Frostbite running races in the 2014-15 season. Paul was the fastest athlete in all 3 disciplines, and constantly extended his lead.

15 PACTRACers competed with another 50 volunteers around the course, making for a great day's racing.

This event was also the BTF Eastern Region Duathlon Championships and PACTRAC came away with 3 of the 6 Trophies on offer.

Paul Vernon (male vet), Paul Jephcott (male SuperVet), and Andrea Robinett (female senior) all won Trophies as Eastern Region Champions.

This is the second year that PACTRAC have promoted this local event, and we had 30 more entrants than last year.James Corlett moved into 2nd place on the bike, with Steve Green in 3rd. Matt Waterfield then moved into 3rd on the final run, to push Steve back into 4th verall. Angela Joiner-Handy was first female in 9th place overall, and she and Paul Vernon, both received a pair of AlphaWoolf running shoes from sponsor's AlphaWoolf. Jim Fell won his Age Group for a full set of 5 Age Group wins from 5 Duathlon's this year.

The results are here


Duston kids Triathlon.

A great introduction for kids in an early season triathlon. The entire event was within the safety of the school grounds and swimming pool.

TriStart - Age 8yrs: 50m Pool Swim | 0.5 mile Bike | 1/4 mile Run
TriStar 1. - Age 9-10yrs: 100m Pool Swim | 1 mile Bike | 1/2 mile Run
TriStar 2. - Age 11-12yrs: 150m Pool Swim | 1.5 mile Bike | 3/4 mile Run
TriStar 3. - Age: 13-14yrs: 200m Pool Swim | 2 mile Bike | 1 mile Run

The kids displayed great courage, in utterly foul and freezing weather. A 1st ever podium place was recorded by Sophie Pickering and a well deserved 2nd place for Hannah Basset.


3. Sophie Pickering 1:49 5:58 2:06 = 9:53

TriStar 1.

24. Joseph Pickering 3:11 8:24 4:33 = 16:08

TriStar 2.

5. Olivia Corner 3:08 9:34 5:14 = 17:56

43. Chloe Moore 4:09 12:27 7:36 = 24:12


Hannah Bassett 4:46 14:21 9:07 = 28:14

In the first senior triathlon of the year, the Duston Triathlon, on Sunday,
Mark Weathersby came 8th overall and 1st in his Age Group.

8. Mark Weathersby 6:46 33:45 18:48 = 59:19

153. Nicholas Partridge 7:52 44:33 28:52 = 81:17


More Junior results:

In the National Prep Schools Cross Country Championships, Olivia Corner was part of the Kimbolton School team that secured a Silver medal in second place and missed out on 1st place by only 1 point!

Jonathan Oakey has qualified to race in the National Youth Super Series, after completing a performance assessment, at the weekend. This is a prestigious series for the best young triathletes in the country, and is a draft-legal series comprising of 5 of the most
high-profile youth triathlons.


In the Brighton Marathon:

1433. Emma Walker 4:29:00.

17 Juniors at Scampton. Dave in IM Africa.

17 PACTRAC Junior's competed in the RAF Scampton Junior
Duathlon at the weekend.

Flo Brill came a gallant third. She was
catching the two in front on the final run, but ran out of time and
finished just 15-seconds down and only 5-seconds behind 2nd place.

Safford Hewitt-White was in a group of 3 chasing hard for a Podium
spot, but just missed out this time.

6. Norah Brill 4:57 10:23 1:46 = 17:06

19. Calleigh Coull 5:38 11:23 1:48 = 18:49

5. Safford Hewitt-White 4:56 9:13 1:35 = 15:44

3. Flo Brill 5:43 14:50 2:01 = 22:34

6. Olivia Corner 6:19 16:12 2:19 = 24:50

29. Lottie Tasker 7:51 18:15 2:47 = 28:53

36. Libby Mellor 7:49 21:02 3:01 = 31:52

37. Chloe Moore 10:39 23:04 2:23 = 36:06

28. Joe Garner 6:07 16:55 2:10 = 25:12

31. Tommy Armitage 7:14 16:12 2:40 = 26:06

32. Louis Dawson 6:32 17:08 2:32 = 26:12

46. Toby Cooke 7:15 18:02 2:39 = 27:56

Star 3.
6. Katie Tasker 7:35 17:39 2:58 = 28:12

27. Sam Garner 7:21 20:13 3:01 = 30:35

37. Archie Stewart 9:41 20:52 3:39 = 34:12

5. Hannah Bassett 12:10 24:39 4:47 = 41:36

5. Jonathan Oakey 10:34 22:05 4:15 = 36:54

In the Manchester Marathon, Giles Cooper recorded a
time of 3:27:05.

1584. Giles Cooper 3:27:05 (1:37:44 and 1:49:21) AG 113.

PACTRAC's Dave Allsop competed in the African Ironman Triathlon
Championships in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Dave finished in 11:34:22 over the classic Ironman distances of:

swim 2.4 miles in the ocean from Nelson Mandela Bay. The water
temperature was in the mid-70's and the seas were fairly calm.

bike 112 miles - 2 fast, flat laps - along the coast, followed
by slightly more undulating inland countryside.

run 26.2 miles - 4 laps.

423 Dave Allsop 1:10:32 6:00:40 4:23:10 = 11:34:22 AG 34th.

Jim Fell National Champion. Amy PB's in Paris Marathon.

Amy Hayes competed in her 2nd marathon in 4 months.
Following on from her exertions in Hawaii in December (3:57hrs), she
persuaded husband Brad to have a go in Paris.

"When I registered I put
in an anticipated finish of 4:15-4:30. That was some time ago, and I've
now amended that to 3:35. I like reaching goals, so I usually set very
reachable goals. Haha! I'm still not sure I have a 3:35 marathon in me.
But, there's only one way to find out!"

"The first half felt like
Cambridge (half-marathon). The second half felt like that wretched 15
miler I did the week after Cambridge."
"I stuck comfortably with the 3:30 pacer until mile 13, where I got a nearly full water bottle chucked in my face. It cracked my cheek bone pretty hard; but my legs were good
and my cardiovascular was good"

"A 10 minute PB actual finish time for
the 2016 Paris Marathon.
Now...croissants, pastries, macarons. I've got
some calories to replace."

9777. Amy Hayes 3:47:27
34903 Brad Hayes 5:05:33


The National Duathlon Championships were held
at Windsor on Sunday, and Jim Fell won his Age Group for the 4th time
in 4 Duathlon races this year. Jim won by a comfortable margin of
nearly 9 minutes. This represents a significant on-going improvement
for Jim, who is now the NATIONAL CHAMPION.

In his last race, Jim had
to carry his winnings, a crate of Alcohol-Free Beer, half-a-mile to his
car. At Windsor it was mud: "If anyone collects soil samples, we have
kilograms on our shoes and bike!"

The distances were:

run 6.25 miles.
bike 25 miles.
run 3 miles.

Claire Steels (not PACTRAC) also won her
Age Group for the 4th Duathlon in a row, and won a Bronze Medal in
these National Championships.

Claire said "Gold in Age Group at the
British Champs and 3rd lady overall! Time for a rest before the
European Championships in Germany!!" "An interesting race today!
Toughest race to date with 'tiny' bit of mud and cross country! But at
least we got a break when they stopped the race for royalty going to
Windsor Castle!
Great to see so many familiar faces though and well
done everyone! Germany here we come!" (These are in two weeks time)

Sean Beard started his comeback from injury with his first Duathlon of
the year.

116. Sean Beard 41:30 74:36 22:45 = 2:18:51 AG 7.
371. Jim Fell 50:38 88:10 29:43 = 2:48:31 AG 1st.

59 Claire Steels 40:54 70:26 21:56 = 2:13:16 AG 1. (3rd lady).


The Entry Deadline for
the PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon which takes place on Sunday 17th
April from Castor, is this Monday 11th April. Over 80 athletes have so
far entered and organisers expect a field of 100, many competing in
multi-discipline sport for the first time. Entries are still open on

IMPORTANT SWIM CHANGES FOR JULY / AUGUST: Wednesday's temporarily 7:00 - 8:00pm. Monday changes.

To confirm the message below, here are the new swim times for July and August:

Wed 20/07....7:00 - 8:00pm Mini-Series 7:30pm.
Fri 22/07....7:30 - 8:30pm.
Mon 25/07....7:00 - 8:30pm.
Wed 27/07....7:00 - 8:00pm.
Fri 29/07....7:30 - 8:30pm.
Mon 01/08....7:00 - 8:30pm.
Wed 03/08....7:00 - 8:00pm.
Fri 05/08....7:30 - 8:30pm.
Mon 08/08....7:00 - 8:00pm.
Wed 10/08....7:00 - 8:00pm.
Fri 12/08....7:30 - 8:30pm.
Mon 15/08....7:00 - 8:00pm.
Wed 17/08....7:30 - 8:30pm.
Fri 19/08....7:30 - 8:30pm.
Mon 22/08....7:00 - 8:00pm.
Wed 24/08....7:30 - 8:30pm.
Fri 26/08....7:30 - 8:30pm.
Wed 31/08....7:30 - 8:30pm.
Fri 02/09....7:30 - 8:30pm.
Mon 05/09....7:00 - 8:30pm.

Apologies for the misunderstanding re swim times at the pool on Monday 18th July. Oundle Pool changed the time without informing anybody. It appears that the change occurred for no apparent reason!

We can keep our 7:00 to 8.30pm on Monday going forward, (although we will only have an hour whilst NVSC swimmers are on their August break).

We will return to normal on Monday's from next week (7:00 - 8:30pm) - apart from one hour sessions only on 8th,15th,22nd August. The pool will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday, so we will be back to 1.5 hours from 5th Sept.

Whilst we will have sessions on the board in August, at present there are no coaches to deliver them.

Wednesday night's will currently continue without a coach.

Please be aware that in the absence of a coach, juniors can only attend if they have a responsible adult present with them.

We are currently looking for a Wednesday night coach going forward, if anybody can recommend one.

Wednesday's swim sessions will be half-an-hour earlier for 6-weeks from 6th July. The last 3 Mini-Series events (6th, 13th and 20th July) will be unaffected, except to note that anybody turning up for a swim-only will have a shorter time from 7:00 - 7:25pm and maybe again from 7:45 - 8:00 (if their is only one triathlon wave).

The normal Wednesday swim will then be from 7:00 - 8:00pm on Wednesday's 27th July, 3rd and 10th August.

We will then go back to our normal swim time, 7.30 - 8.30pm from Wednesday 17th August.

Due to the Bank Holiday, their will be no swimming at Oundle on Monday 30th May.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the pool will be closed on Friday 20th May 2016.

Back to normal from Monday.


Some of you will know that a significant amount of the club funds go to subsidising the swimming at Oundle. Without 24 swimmers in the pool we run at a loss which at times can amount to over £100 per week across the three sessions. We view the facility to have a coached swim session three times per week as an important asset for the club and a hub for its activities. However, the committee recognises that it must do its best to minimise the subsidy the club makes to ensure the sessions continue.

Some will know that in an attempt to reduce our costs we trialled reducing the Monday session from 90 minutes to 60 minutes but the feedback from the members swimming this session was that they very much wanted it reinstating. This will be done FROM NEXT MONDAY 11th APRIL.

We believe that at £4 per coached session, the swimming offers excellent value but we must attempt to streamline administration to help mitigate our costs. To this end we would like to keep the session cost at £4 but this will now only be for those buying tokens. In addition, we would like the tokens to be bought in multiples of x5 in order to reduce the administration.

For members unable to commit to regular swimming, but who would still like to turn up and pay on the night, we will be increasing the ‘cash on the night’ fee to £5. This again will hopefully reduce administration and the amount of change required to make this facility function smoothly.

Finally, in an effort to bring the Standing Order costs more in line with the above fees we would like to increase the x3 weekly sessions to £32.50 per month, x2 sessions £23 per month and one session per week to £13 per month. Paying by Standing Order is by far the least cost option from an administration perspective and from a swimming perspective.

The coached swim sessions are both excellent quality and excellent value and we would encourage all members to take advantage of the opportunity the club is offering.

The above changes will take effect from May 1st; with Monday's 90-minute swim resuming from next week, 11th April.

Also please note that Bristows will no longer be selling Tokens from their shop in Orton Waterville, Peterborough. These will now only be available from poolside sellers.

If members have any specific feedback on the above and additional suggestions to improve on what we offer and the costs then please by all means get in touch with the committee. It’s your club and your swimming sessions.

Thank you.

Your Committee.

PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon - Sunday 17th April 2016.

Entry Deadline extended until 11th April.

Their is still time to enter the PACTRAC
Peterborough Duathlon which takes place from Castor on Sunday 17th
April. This is PACTRAC's big open event for the year.

More details and on-line entry can be found on

Distances are:

Run 4-miles - including the Milton Ferry triangle at
the top end of Ferry Meadows.

Bike 18-miles - out to Helpston Heath,
with a loop around Helpston, Bainton and Ufford.

Run 2.5-miles - out to Milton Ferry Bridge and back.

All 3 sections include the incline of Loves Hill at Castor.

Last year saw 63 athletes finish the event, and
entries so far have just gone past that figure. Organiser's expect
around 100-competitor's for this local event that is a good
introduction to multi-discipline racing in a friendly atmosphere.

"The PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon takes place for the second year,
from Castor, on Sunday 17th April 2016. The event will take place
around the School Playing Field and Village Hall, with athletes using
the roads to the east, including Water Lane and Loves Hill. This is an
ideal opportunity for local people to take part in a multi-discipline
race, in a safe, friendly environment, alongside other first time multi-
sport athletes.
The event involves a 4-mile run, 18-mile bike and a final 2.5-mile run.
The distances are challenging, with the event
catering for all abilities. Further details and on-line entry can be
found at organiser, Steve Hope, can answer
any questions that you have on "

Jonathan first, Colin second. Mark does a PB.

Jonathan Oakey raced in Cumbria in the Ambleside Duathlon
Dash, on a course that was a little hillier than he's used to. He chose
to race in the shorter Novice race over the distances of: run 2-miles,
bike 8-miles, run 1-mile. Jonathan came first. After a neck-and-neck
first run, he had faster Transitions than his nearest competition, and
won by 24-seconds overall.

1. Jonathon Oakey 9:50 27:00 7:45 = 44:35.

Ulveston Pool Triathlon.

Colin Benn
competed in this undulating triathlon in the Lake District.

swim 400 metres
bike 12.5 miles.
run 3.5 miles.

136. Colin Benn 8:51 51:58 30:20 = 91:09 AG 2nd.


Well done to Chloe
Moore who completed in the Dinton Duathlon near Reading.

TriStars 2
(11-12 years)
61. Chloe Moore 8:55 24:49 3:52 = 37:36.


Mark Wethersby competed in the IAAF World Half-
Marathon Championship in Cardiff. "All turned out good and I set a new
PB of 1:19:09".


This weekend sees PACTRACers
competing abroad in both the Paris Marathon (Amy Hayes) and a half-
marathon in Holland (Jaap Flikweert and Mariska Niemeijer), as well as at the National Duathlon Championships in Windsor.

Jim first again, Olivia second, Katie third.

Paul Jephcott competed in the Suffering Obstacle Spring
Race at Rockingham Castle. Paul finished the gruelling course in 4:28:15.

Paul said: "This was very very muddy." "14 miles , 40 obstacles,
lots and lots of mud. Exhausted and filthy‬, but smiling".

James Steventon meanwhile, competed over 2 courses, back to back, finishing
in 9:48:36.
James completed the Pain and Suffering course in 4:40:43
followed by the Suffering course in 5:07:53.


Jim Fell competed in the Clumber Park Duathlon.

"Jim was first in
his age group at a very cold and windy Clumber Park Duathlon. He
received a trophy, a voucher for £20 AND a crate of non-alcoholic beer
that he had to carry half a mile to the car park!

Claire Steels (not PACTRAC), was the first lady home again. Claire said: "Another weekend
and another race! 1st lady home and age group winner in the standard
distance at Clumber Park! A great event."

Jim once again beat his
main rival (who was beating Jim last year), by over 5-minutes. Jim's
biking has improved, and with his superior running, he is now able to
compete at a National level in his Age Group.

Distances were: run 6.25 miles, bike 25 miles, run 3 miles.

49. ADAM MADGE 9 37:24 68:41 19:32 = 2:05:37 AG 9.
298. JIM FELL 1 49:34 82:32 26:30 = 2:38:36 AG 1st.

53. CLAIRE STEELS 1 38:40 67:55 19:25 = 2:06:00 AG 1st.

In the Sprint Duathlon, Paul Vernon "Came 4th overall, 1st in AG. Was a bit of a pain, as I started in a different wave from the first group, so always chasing. Better get used to it now I'm in the old man cat."

Paul was just 1:16 behind the winner and 27 seconds from a Podium spot.

4. Paul Vernon 16:18 32:00 8:37 = 56:55 AG 1st.


2 athletes competed in the Stathern Duathlon in the Vale of Belvoir.

Distances were: Run 3-miles, Bike 11.25 miles, Run 3-miles.

11. Jonathan Crowley 21:21 35:50 22:46 = 79:57

52. Chris Troop 26:06 37:06 27:11 = 90:23


PACTRAC Juniors:

A large number of members have been racing in
numerous X-Country events, the most notable one being Flo Brill, who
finished 15th at the National County Champs in Birmingham in the U-13
Girls race. She has also got an invite to run in the London Mini
Marathon prior to the senior event in April .

Olivia Corner as part of a team from Kimbolton U-11 Girls got a silver medal in the National
Schools Championships.

Katie Tasker came 3rd in the Bedford Duathlon. this was Katie's first time out in this category and she was beaten by 2 good athletes. She managed to average over 20mph on the

NO Swimming Bank Holiday Friday or Monday.

There will be NO swimming at Oundle Pool over Easter, i.e., Good Friday 25th March and Easter Monday 28th March.

Wednesday 30th March and Friday 1st April - we will be half-an-hour earlier, so from 7:00 to 8:00pm.

We are currently looking at the extra half-hour swim on Monday's, and will hopefully have some positive news very shortly.

We will also, very shortly be getting some extra coaching staff in, on Wednesday's to help out. Further details to follow.

3 win Age Group at Dambuster Duathlon and qu for World's.

3 PACTRACers qualified for the World Duathlon Championships
to be held in Aviles in Spain in early June. All 3 won their respective
Age Groups, with Paul Vernon also finishing 4th overall in the race.
Jim Fell has qualified to represent Great Britain for the 3rd year in a
row, whilst George Prodrick will be making his international debut.

Robin Brookes finished 3rd in his Age Group, and also qualified, but
has had to decline the invitation.

(Not PACTRAC, but ...) Claire Steels had a great race to finish first
lady overall. She came into T1 tying neck and neck for first place,
and just came out of T1 ahead. However, she was convinced that their
was another girl ahead, and spent the whole of the 26-mile bike ride
chasing a non-existent competitor. Claire only fully realised that she
was in first place at the second run turnaround, and came home to win
by over 3 minutes. She has made tremendous improvements on the bike
already this year.

It was a cold, wet morning, but had warmed up from the previous evening
where sleet and frozen ice began to settle.

George said: "It was hard won, due to the adverse weather conditions,
but a great achievement for both myself and Jim".

Claire said: "I'm so happy with the race today!!!
Last year the Dambuster destroyed me!! This year I got my own back and
I even enjoyed the last run! Very surprised but delighted with 1st
female home!!".

The distances were:
run 6.25-miles - out and back.

bike 26-miles - 1 circuit including the triple hills of the Rutland
Ripple between Oakham and Uppingham, plus the Rookeries hill by Ketton

run 3-miles - out and back.

4. Paul Vernon.............33:30 69:26 16:40 = 1:59:36 AG 1st.
61. Adam Madge.........36:20 80:22 18:11 = 2:14:53 AG 9.
109. Andy Gregg.........41:07 80:40 19:33 = 2:21:20 AG 20.
147. Daniel Fitzjohn....41:06 85:22 20:10 = 2:26:38 AG 25.
149. Robin Brookes......41:00 85:22 20:26 = 2:26:48 AG 3.
165. Richard Nixon......46:48 80:02 22:25 = 2:29:15 AG 33.
248. Steve Hope.........46:23 92:42 22:09 = 2:41:14 AG 15.
297. Jim Fell..............49:15 94:57 25:13 = 2:49:25 AG 1st.
332. Andrew Rawlins...49:05 103:58 26:55 = 2:59:58 AG 65.
352. John Morris........49:59 108:10 25:45 = 3:03:54 AG 35.
356. Sue Davys..........54:56 103:28 27:39 = 3:06:03 AG 6.
381. George Prodrick....61:23 105:36 31:14 = 3:18:13 AG 1st.

41. Claire Steels......38:24 75:16 18:36 = 2:12:16 AG 1st. First lady.

Paul and Jim qualify for 2017 European Duathlon Champs.

3 PACTRACers raced in the early season Duathlon at Grafham
Water. This was a qualifying race for the European Duathlon
Championships next year.

Two athletes won their respective Age Groups and so have qualified
at the first attempt. The dates and venue have not yet been announced.

Distances were: run 6.25 miles, bike 25 miles, run 3 miles.

Paul Vernon won his Age Group by 4:37 minutes having taken the lead
from the off. He was also 2nd in the overall race, moving up to 2nd
in the bike section and holding onto it.

Jim Fell also used the bike to his advantage, moving up to first in
his Age Group on the bike and then holding on to win it by 4:18 minutes.
Jim has made good strides and is now catching younger athletes that he
would not have thought possible just a year ago. He commented that "It
was very windy on the bike".

Local girl Claire Steels also won her Age Group, and came home first lady
overall by a huge 2:01 minutes. She was 38 seconds down after the first run,
but beat the second placed girl by 2:02 on the bike, showing a big improvement
to that side of the sport.


2. Paul Vernon 36:32 62:50 18:27 = 1:57:49 AG 1st.

76. Richard Nixon 49:54 70:54 25:50 = 2:26:38 AG 9.

115. Jim Fell 54:46 83:52 29:06 = 2:47:44 AG 1st.


1. Claire Steels 42:25 70:21 22:10 = 2:14:56 AG 1st.

Jim goes Dopey in Disney.

Jim Fell completed the Dopey Challenge in Disneyworld Florida.
Thousands of runners lined up to compete in 1 or more of the following

Thursday - 5k run
Friday - 10k run
Saturday -half marathon 13.1 miles
Sunday - marathon 26.2 miles.

That's 48.6 miles covering 4 races in 4 days. Disney have called this The Dopey Challenge, and 6,576 runners lined up to do all 4 races. Thousands of others
did just 1 or 2 races.

Further details can be found on

Jim completed Thursday's 5k in 23:37 a new Werrington Joggers Age Category record.

Jim then completed Friday's 10k in 48:17 (23:28 + 24:49) creating not only a new Werrington Joggers over 70s record for the 10k, but also for the 5k in the same race. Jim finished 346th overall and first over 70 in the race.

On Saturday Jim finished the half marathon in 1:54:48 taking it a little easier, bearing in mind the full marathon to come just 22 hours later. Ken Popple's club half marathon record still stands for the time being.

Jim then set a new Werrington Joggers Age Category record for the marathon on Sunday, giving him 4 new club records in 4 days. Jim came 2nd in his Age Group in the
marathon in a time of 4:49:35 and narrowly missed out on the top spot by 33 seconds, having led all the way to the 26 mile mark.

Jim won his 70+ Age Group in the Dopey Challenge, having meticulously planned his
tactics, training and potential jet lag. He even arrived in Florida just 2 days before the first race, so that he would be used to getting up at 3:00am for the races
(-5 hours time difference).

The Dopey Challenge is a lot of running with the accumulated fatigue and risk of
injury. Jim managed to avoid any real injury, and completed the first 13.1 miles in 2:08. The second half was where it got really hard, with his quadriceps
getting tight. This may have been partly due to the high humidity. The marathon started at 5:30am at well over 90% humidity.
The humidity at 4:00am was recorded at 100%. Everybody's kit was soaked, and breathing was heavier than normal for the same pace.

There were 6,576 entered into the Dopey Challenge, and Jim won his Age
Group. He did say "never again.


Also in the 5k was Lorna Hope, competing in her first ever running race. Disney's 5k has many first time runners and is a great place to start out on your
running adventure. Lorna finished strong in a time of 46:41.


Not quite as daft as Jim, Steve Hope competed in just the marathon.

He had to manage a recent injury, so was happy to run the
whole way round without walking. Like Jim, the quads got very tight,
maybe due to a slight change in running style, maybe to the very high
humidity or maybe because 26.2 miles is a long way. More niggles
appeared between 5 and 10 miles, but these were contained with a jog /
shuffle style that was designed to restrict the original injury. Even
so, the pace gradually got slower as the quads got tighter and tighter,
and I don't think that they would have held on for much more than the
26.2 miles. Happy to have finished and to have ran all the way.


Jim Fell 23:37
Lorna Hope 46:30

Jim Fell 48:17

Jim Fell 1:54:48

2748th. Steve Hope 4:29:02
4,401st. Jim Fell 4:49:35
19,838 finishers.

Dopey Challenge
Jim Fell 1st in Age Group.

Pactrac Group Rides

It has been mentioned that some pactracers may be put off joining the group rides as they feel they are too slow, or too fast for them. Recently, I created some guidance around this by creating groups so that members of similar ability can get together and all join in on the same published route.

We have defined 3 groups (Devils, Inters, Alphas), and set out some advice so that you can all determine which group you would ride in normally. Please note: this may change depending on the time of year, level of training, taper, recovery etc, so it it is a guide, not a rule.

It seems as though some may have missed this communication, so i'll post it again here, and on the forum:
The link below is posted on the pactrac website under About>Training Guidance.

The intention is that when a ride is suggested or posted, come forward and indicate which group you would like to ride in - I advise doing that even if you are only a 'maybe' for the ride. That will encourage others of similar ability to come forward also - this gets more people turning up, and bigger grous are more social, more efficient, and will make you a better rider.

If anyone needs any further information or advice on this, please reach out to any of the coaching team.

Peterborough Telegraph SPOTY - More accolades for PACTRAC members

Katie Tasker came a very impressive second place in the Peterborough Telegraph Sportsgirl of the year award. Well done to Katie.


Time to vote for your club members again.......

A number of members of the club have been nominated for the Peterborough Telegraph Sorts Person of the year in a range of Categories..…/2015-sports-awards-jun…

The voting process is not as straight forward to text as you would imagine so something about the instructions (more on the website)

send a Text to 65550
PETAWARDS JSW Katie Tasker SW Georgina Jennings (Then your address)

Xmas Swimming Session 30th December

There will be a swimming session at Oundle pool over the Christmas period on Wednesday 30th December (7:30 - 8:30pm)

There is a session plan (in the folder poolside), but this will NOT be a coached session. Juniors (under 18) are permitted to swim if a parent remains on poolside during the session.

We are back to usual from 4th January in the New Year.

Paul wins AG in 70.3 Turkey. Tracy wins Snowdon Marathon. Jim in Adelaide. Roger 7th in Hawaii. Duathlon and Prize Presentation.

Paul Lunn competed in the Gloria 70.3 Half-Ironman Triathlon in
Belek, Antalya, Turkey, and finished his season with a brilliant first
place in his Age Group.

Distances were:

swim 1.2 miles - in the calm waters off the Mediterranean coast from
Belek Beach.

bike 56 miles - a one-loop course through forests and orange

run 13.1 miles - a half marathon around the golf course, followed with
a finish in the Sports Arena.

This was the first IRONMAN 70.3 in Turkey, and attracted 1,000

Professional, Frederik Van Lierde, won this inaugural IRONMAN 70.3
Turkey in 3:53:48, with a strong Age Group win from Paul Lunn. Despite
injury earlier this year, Paul has worked hard to come back stronger
and he showed that in turkey. He won his Age Group by a big margin, and
was the 3rd Age Grouper overall!

Paul said: "That was one good solid day today, in perfect conditions.
The bike course had some shocking sections, and the run was long."

Paul was 12th out of the water in his Age Group, but had the fastest
bike and fastest run to come home in a superfast time of 4:14:01.

Paul qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Australia
2016. He was 21st overall in a class field of international athletes,
of whom only 3 managed to beat the 4-hour mark. Paul was the 3rd
fastest Age Grouper competing, whilst the other 18 ahead of him were
all professionals. Another 6 pro's finished behind him.


21. Paul Lunn 27.08 2.24.43 1.22.10 = 4.14.01 AG 1st.


PACTRACer Tracy McCartney, competing for her first claim running club,
NVH's, was the first lady home in the annual Snowdon Marathon. Tracy's
time of 3:08:44 was on a course with over 3,000 feet of climbing. She
was competing in a field of 484 females and came home first with an
average speed of 7:12 minutes per mile. Tracy finished 51st overall
from 1,838 finishers on this tough course.


Roger Canham competed in the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii
for the 7th time.

327. Roger Canham 1:11:47 5:26:53 3:21:26 = 10:00:06 Age Group 7th.

" ... 72 hours later I am still smiling, thrilled with the result that seemed
so unlikely at almost every point of the race. It really never is over
until it’s over, ironman is unique in that respect and the Big Island
doubly so. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to race on Kona and
never take it for granted, it’s very special."

Roger's Report is here:


2 local athletes competed in the World Duathlon Championships in
Adelaide, Australia.

Claire Steels WON the women’s 25-29 Age Group in the Sprint race, and
was on the podium ahead of two other British girls. Claire won in a
time of 1:06:21. Harriet Enoch was second in 1:07:54, with Rebecca York
picking up bronze with her 1:08:24. The Sprint Distance covers a 3 mile
run, 12.5 mile bike and a final 1.5 mile run.

PACTRAC's Jim Fell Did the Standard Distance Duathlon (run 6.25 miles,
bike 25 miles, run 3 miles).

Jim said:

"The first run went well. Target 50 minutes. Actual 50:03.

The Transitions were long, because you had to run all of the way around
the outside - about 2.5 minutes.

The Bike leg was about 10 minutes quicker than last year, but by this
time it was well over 30 degrees.

I struggled on the last run, with it being so hot, and came home 18th
out of 23 starters.

The lesson learnt was to come out at least a week beforehand, to get
used to the time difference and the temperature - it was up to 35

18. Jim Fell 50:03 86:24 31:41 = 2:48:08.

Jim did the same race in Pontevedra, Spain last year in 2:57:20. He was
quicker in all 3 disciplines this year.


PACTRAC held their annual Duathlon, AGM and Prize Presentation at
Woodnewton on Sunday.

15 competitors entered the Duathlon which was won by Paul Vernon, who
led from the gun. Paul missed out on a PB for this course and a new
Course Record, by just 1-second. His time of 50:33 saw him win
comfortably by over 5-minutes from Mark Weathersby, with Andrew Chapman
holding off 2 juniors, Jonathan Oakey and Josh Mould, for third place.
Paul's time of 50:32 from 2013 remains the Course Record.

Distances were: run 2 miles, bike 11 miles, run 2 miles.

At the Annual Prize Presentation, 19 Trophies were awarded:

Club Champion: Simon Hoppe - for a record 12th time, extending back to
1990 !

Vet Champion - Simon Hoppe.

Super-vet Champion - Antony Brown.

Female Champion - Christina Cork.

Female Vet Champion - Christina Cork.

Female Super-vet Champion - Sue Davys.

Mini-Series: Nathan Tweedie.

Female Mini-Series: Abi Schofield.

Youth Champion: Jonathan Oakey.

Junior Trophy: Katie Tasker.

Long Course: Paul Lunn.

Biathlon: Sue Davys.

Duathlon: Paul Vernon.

Run, bike, run: Steve Giles.

Novice: Josh Mould.

Most Improved: Jonathan Oakey.

Outstanding Performance: Nathan Tweedie.

Pactracer of the Year: Sam Fielding.

Off-Road Triathlon: Simon Hoppe.

Simon Hoppe came away with 3 Trophies, whilst Christina Cork, Sue
Davys, Jonathan Oakey and Nathan Tweedie all took home 2 apiece.

Sam Fielding won the PACTRACer of the Year Trophy for her sterling work
in taking the Junior Section forward. We now have over 30 Juniors
regularly training at the Stanground sessions.

The best Novice Trophy went to Josh Mould who in 11 Mini-Series races
has produced 10 PB's taking his time down from an initial 71.20 to

Nathan Tweedie won the Outstanding Performance Trophy. Nathan came 3rd
in the very prestigious Junior Elite Triathlon in London. At other
races in the Series, he was coming home in around 30th spot, when
suddenly he had a great race in London and came 3rd against the best
Juniors in the country.

Nathan had some tough competition, as PACTRAC had many top performances
throughout 2015 including:

Roger Canham - Ironman South Africa. Age Group 1ST.

Roger Canham - Ironman World Championships, Hawaii. AG 7th.

Nicolas Kernick - PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon 1st.

Paul Vernon - Anglian Water Duathlon, Grafham Water 1st.

Paul Vernon - BRJ Duathlon 1st.

Paul Vernon - Oulton Park. English National Age Group Duathlon
Champion. GOLD MEDAL 1st.

Nathan Tweedie - NiceTri Sprint Aquathlon 1st.

Nathan Tweedie - GB Team in Portugal and Bulgaria.

Nathan Tweedie - Tallington Triathlon 1st.

Nathan Tweedie - London Triathlon, Junior Elite 3rd.

Jonathan Oakey - East Midland Youth Series 1st.

Simon Hoppe - NiceTri British Sprint Championships BRONZE MEDAL 3rd.

Simon Hoppe - Tallington Sprint Triathlon 1st.

Simon Hoppe - World Championships in Chicago Age Group 8th.

Wayne Stainsby - Xscape@Bedford Sprint Triathlon 1st.

Antony Brown - NiceTri British Sprint Championships BRONZE MEDAL 3rd.

Antony Brown - Grafman English National Middle-distance Championships

Antony Brown - Liverpool National Championships SILVER MEDAL 2nd.

George Prodrick - Oulton Park English National Age Group Duathlon
Championships. GOLD MEDAL 1st.

Paul Lunn - St.Neots Tri 1st.

Paul Lunn - 70.3 Turkey 21st o/a and Age Group 1st.

Kim Bell - GB Team in Egypt, Portugal, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Katie Tasker - Eastern Region Tristar2 Series WINNER.

Katie Tasker - won 8 triathlon races on the trot.

Abi Schofield - 48-hour Treadmill run in Guernsey. Abi now holds the
British ladies half-marathon Treadmill record, the British and WORLD
Marathon records as well as the British 24-hour record, covering 111.9

Tracy McCartney - Man vs Mountain 24th / 1210 1st lady.

Tracy McCartney - Snowdon Marathon 1st lady.

Georgina Jennings - World Championships in Chicago SILVER MEDAL 2nd.

Georgina Jennings - NiceTri St.Neots British Sprint Championships GOLD
MEDAL 1st.

Georgina Jennings - Priory Park Triathlon 1st lady.

Georgina Jennings - European Championships in Geneva GOLD MEDAL 1st.

And that's just 15 of the PACTRACers who had some extraordinary success this

Aug: Nathan 3rd in London in Junior Elites! Jonathan wins EM Youth Series (and qualifies with Katie for IRC's). Kim in the Czech Rep, DPH in Bulgaria, Roger & Robin (& Harold) in 70.3 World Champs.

At the Cambridge Sprint Triathlon, held at Mepal near Chatteris,
all 3 PACTRACers came away with first in their Age Group. Ros
Goatly was 4th female overall, Jo Annis won her first ever Age
Group race, whilst Georgina Jennings had a good swim and bike,
but suffered from calf problems on the run, and still managed
to win the over 50s prize, beating girls 20-years younger.
Georgina is looking to recover, before the World Championships
in Chicago in September, where she is looking to add to her
British and European Titles.

It was a good weekend for racing, without last weekends rain.

26. Ros Goatly 1:21:48 Age Group 40-44 1st. 4th female.
58. Joanne Annis 1:36:55 AG 45-49 1st.
64. Georgina Jennings 1:39:57 AG 50-75 1st.


Junior, Jonathan Oakey recorded another first place, this time in the
Youth Race at the Desford Triathlon which forms part of the East
Midlands Series. Jonathan has now won his Age Group in the series.
His time of 36:44 gave him a winning margin of 40-seconds.


Nathan Tweedie had a great weekend at the London Triathlon, coming
away with a
Bronze Medal in the Junior Elite Sprint race in a time of

Nathan was 31st in the Junior Super Series going into this race, so
this is a huge result for him, having finished 33rd at Blenheim and
37th at Liverpool.

Last week he won the Serpentine River Nene Swim 3 mile race from
Oundle, in a time of

1.09:05, breaking the previous record by nearly 4 1/2 mins (1.13:30).

now holds the records for the 1, 2 and 3 mile events.

His next race is the British Triathlon U20's Festival at Mallory Park 5-

Sept which is the final race in the British Triathlon Junior Super

Distances in London were:

swim 750 meters in the Docks.

bike 16 miles.

run 3 miles.

From 70 competitor's in the Elite 17-19 year Age Group, Nathan was 3rd
overall, and 3rd= out of the water. He was 22 seconds behind to a swim
specialist. However, Nathan was soon able to establish his position in
the first group on the bike.

3. Nathan Tweedie (M17-19) 9:01 32:40 19:11 = 60:52

8 competitor's came into T2 in the lead bike group, with another 7 in
the second group, a minute behind. A third group were a further minute
down at this point, so it was now down to the leading 8 to fight it

Sam Dickinson gained a 5-second advantage in Transition and shot away
to record the fastest run of the day in a time of 17:44. Nathan soon
established himself in 3rd place, and held onto it throughout the 3-
mile run, to the finish.

A brilliant race for Nathan, who moves up in the overall standings for
the Elite Juniors.


2 PACTRACers competed with thousands of others, in the accompanying
open Age Group races, in what is now the biggest triathlon in the

934. Andrew Russell 29:20 75.36 55:29 = 2:40:25 Age
Group 85.

2802. Nicholas Partridge 33:23 83.02 75:28 = 3:11:53 Age Group

Nicholas said "I'm very pleased with my time. A year's preparation has
gone into competing in this Standard Distance Triathlon at the


PACTRAC held their annual Long Course Triathlon from Oundle at the
weekend. 12 athletes competed for the Trophy on a humid day.

Distances were:

swim 1800 yards - 36 lengths of the pool.

bike 38 miles - 4 laps of the Mini-Series course around Glapthorn and
the Benefields.

run 10 miles - out to Glapthorn, a loop around the village, and back -

1st Paul Lunn 25:54 1:29:58 1:01:11 = 2:57:03

2nd Sean Pooley 26:56 1:40:05 1:16:02 = 3:23:03

3rd Luke Starsmore 30:16 1:47:37 1:14:23 = 3:32:16

4th Steve Skelhon 28:24 1:46:01 1:20:55 = 3:35:20

5th Steve Hope 28:02 1:52:34 1:15:24 = 3:36:00

6th Andy Gregg 36:36 1:49:12 1:10:50 = 3:36:38

7th Chris Pike 32:12 1:49:16 1:16:04 = 3:37:32

8th Duncan Philp 37:57 1:52:08 1:30:00 = 4:00:05

8th Christina Cork 29:03 1:49:08 1:41:54 = 4:00:05

10th Laura Johnson 28:57 2:20:44 1:33:37 = 4:23:18

10th Paul Jephcott 36:30 2:13:22 1:33:26 = 4:23:18

12th Nicholas Forscutt 32:57 1:47:04 DNF.

Last year saw torrential rain and thunder storms, so the bike section
had to be cancelled and it became a swim,run. Paul Lunn came back this
year to try again, and this year took the Course Record. Once again, we
had the more usual hot and humid conditions for this race.

Paul Lunn won the Trophy by leading the race from the "off". Sean
Pooley and Steve Skelhon tried to hang on behind Paul in the swim, but
dropped back after a few lengths, and Paul had the rest of the race to
himself, for an emphatic victory.

This was the 8th annual running of this event since 2008; and Paul took
6:10 minutes off of Simon Hoppe's 2012 Course record. He set a new
standard on the bike split by 4 1/2 minutes and on the run split by 3
minutes. This is always a tough race, and the humidity never helps.

This was the final race of the Club Championship Series. Your best 3
races from 5 club races count. Paul Lunn missed all of the Mini-Series
this year through injury, so didn't manage to get 3 races in. Simon
Hoppe wins the Club Championships again this year. He was challenged by
both Nathan Tweedie and Paul Vernon, but none of those 3 competed in
the final event. Simon is also the club over 40 Champion, whilst Antony
Brown retains the >50 Trophy. In the ladies Championship, Christina
Cork confirmed her lead and takes the main Trophy as well as the >40
Trophy, with Sue Davys retaining the >50 Trophy. The Trophies will be
presented at the annual AGM / Duathlon / Prize Presentation at the end
of October.


Two distances were available in the Monster Triathlon's at Ely:

The Monster Half covered the distances of;

swim 1900 meters in the River Great Ouse.
bike 52 miles - 2 laps of the local countryside.
run 13.1 miles - 4 laps including a nasty hill around the

40. Steve Giles 38:27 2:27:47 1:25:57 = 4:32:11 AG 5.

63. Chris Pike 33:15 2:32:15 1:37:14 = 4:42:44 AG 6.

100. Richard Pike 33:02 2:34:17 1:52:50 = 5:00:09 AG 9.


The Monster Olympic was over:

swim 1500 meters in the River Great Ouse.

bike 27.5 miles - 1 lap around the local villages.

run 7.5 miles - 2 laps including a nasty hill around the Cathedral.

PACTRAC had 3 competitor's in the top 9, the best placed being Jaap
Flikweert in 6th overall. Richard Moys was 3rd in his Age Group.
Wetsuits were optional, with Amy being the only one in the river who
skipped the wetsuit.

6. Jaap Flikweert 23:00 75:18 49:47 = 2:28:05 AG 4.

8. Richard Moys 23:59 76:19 52:09 = 2:32:27 AG 3.

9. Jon Dundee 24:06 76:14 52:18 = 2:32:38 AG 5.

92. Amy Hayes 29:18 109:53 63:11 = 3:22:22 AG 5.

103. Nicholas Partridge 32:10 96:19 79:59 = 3:28:28 AG 32.

There is a photo going around of Amy Hayes finishing the
Monster Olympic Triathlon


Paul Vernon came second at the Kimbolton Half-marathon, over an
undulating course, that finished by the Castle.

2. Paul Vernon 1:13:08.0 AG 2.

142. Steve Hope 1:41:45.4 AG 19.


The 1.25 mile Rutland Swim started at Normanton on the South Shore, and
finished at Whitwell on the North Shore. This was the first official
swim across the lake in 40-years. Half a dozen PACTRACers took apart in
the "field" of 150 swimmers, with PACTRAC's Abi Schofield coming out as
1st lady. No times are available at the moment.

Abi's time in the RutlandSwim is the only one available at the moment
- 25:41 mins.


PACTRAC's Kim Bell once again represented GB in the Elite
Competition, in the ETU European Cup race in Karlovy Vary, in the Czech
Republic. In the women's event, Kim was the 2nd Brit in 17th overall.

Kim led the swim and came out in the lead, just 3-seconds ahead of the
chasing pack. However, problems on the bike, ensured that she was
unable to keep with the lead pack, and she came home a gallant 17th.

Distances were: swim 1500 meters, bike 25 miles, run 6.25 miles.

17. Kim Bell 18:37 79:50 43:46 = 2:22:13


Dave Patmore-Hill competed in the Half-Ironman 70.3 in Budapest.

swim 1.2 miles - in the calm Danube Bay.

bike 56 miles - mostly flat.

run 13.1 miles - through the historical old town.

Dave had a good all-round performance, moving up from 17th in his Age
Group in the swim, to 12th on the bike and 6th on the run.

Dave had a broken Head Set just before the final bike check-in, but the
mechanics managed to fix it in time.

128. Dave Patmore-Hill 30:15 2:38:40 1:29:30 = 4:38:25 AG


PACTRAC had 3 teams in the National Relays at Holme Pierrepoint in

Each competitor had to swim 500 meters, bike 9 miles and run 3 miles,
but you competed in turn, so had a rest between disciplines, whilst
your team mates were doing their bit. Once all 4 team members had
completed the swim, the first member then raced on the bike before
tagging team member two etc. In effect you had 3 separate time trials
full on. 166 teams competed in the Open Race on Saturday afternoon.

14th. Pactrac Piranhas 36:02.... 1:35:55.... 1:22:14....=..3:34:11

Nicholas Forscutt 8.54....24.23....18.12....=..51.29

Sean Pooley 8.25....22.23....19.32....=..50.20

Craig Mills 9.06....24.59....23.21....=..57.26

Luke Starsmore 9.37....24.10....21.09....=..54.56

26th. Pactrac Pirates 35:08.... 1:41:42.... 1:26:01....=..3:42:51

Jon Crowley 7.19....23.46....19.39....=..50.44

Ros Goatly 9.33....26.36....26.22....=..62.31

Abi Schofield 8.15....27.54....20.56....=..57.05

Sean Beard 10.01....23.26....19.04....=..52.31

44th. Pactrac Panthers 37:42.... 1:47:26.... 1:29:02....=..3:54:10

Susie Freeman 7.40....27.19....21.48....=..56.47

Chris Waghorn 9.50....28.21....24.53....=..63.04

Steve Hope 9.06....25.46....21.37....=..56.29

Adam Madge 11.06....26.00....20.44....=..57.50

166 teams competed, so we were all up there and competing in the top
30% of the field.


PACTRAC had a large contingent of 20 Juniors competing in the 2nd WiTri
Whittlesey Triathlon.

Lois Walker in Tristart, competed for the 1st time and provided a
creditable performance finishing mid-table in her event.

In the TriStar1 (TS1) event, Olivia Corner was not able to capture her
recent good form due to a foot injury, but still finished a highly
creditable 4th. Marcus Amps-Woodward competing in his 1st event had a
solid performance and finished with a strong run.

There was a real battle between Toby Cooke, Louis Dawson & Archie
Stewart in the TriStar2 (TS2) boys race with Toby narrowly pipping the
other 2 by 2 seconds. Katie Tasker had another solid race but was not
helped by the 'shorter' distance to come 2nd in the TS2 girls race.

For the TS3 race Sam Garner and Rhiannon Loutit both battled hard in
very hot conditions to record personal bests.

We had 4 competitor's in the Youth race, with Jonathan Oakey finishing
a close 2nd, closely followed by Liam Stokes in 4th, Daniel Amps-
Woodward in 7th & Oliver Seekins in 9th.

Jonathan Oakey & Katie Tasker have both qualified to race in the IRC
(Inter Regional Championships) for the National title in their Age
Groups, at Mallory Park in Leicestershire on 6th September. This is the
1st time that 2 PACTRAC Juniors have qualified for this event. This
will involve a swim in the lake, before cycling around the Motor Racing
Circuit and running down the pit lane to the finish. Both are very
excited about this event and look forward to representing their region
in the National Championships.

Senior race:

11. Emma Walker 4:17 16:21 11:49 = 32:27 AG 4.


11. Lois Walker 1:32 6:23 2:32 = 10:27

8. Joseph Pickering 1:39 5:10 2:06 = 8:55

TriStar 1

4. Olivia Corner 2:12 6:51 3:48 = 12:51

12. Lottie Tasker 2:43 9:10 4:28 = 16:21

7. Bert Papworth 1:49 6:57 4:00 = 12:46

13. Safford Hewitt- White 2:16 7:41 4:03 = 14:00

19. Marcus Amps-Woodward 2:45 7:49 4:36 = 15:10

TriStar 2

2. Katie Tasker 2:38 8:06 5:24 = 16:08

23. Kirsten Loutit 3:06 11:20 8:49 = 23:15

17. Connor Walker 2:41 9:28 5:59 = 18:08

24. Joe Garner 3:36 10:42 5:48 = 20:06

26. Toby Cooke 3:55 10:26 6:24 = 20:45

27. Louis Dawson 3:57 10:08 6:41 = 20:46

28. Archie Stewart 3:13 10:11 7:25 = 20:49

TriStar 3

11. Rhiannon Loutit 3:32 12:57 8:28 = 24:57

8. Sam Garner 4:36 12:39 7:54 = 25:09


2. Jonathan Oakey 3:06 10:33 8:04 = 21:43

4. Liam Stokes 2:50 11:44 8:06 = 22:40

7. Daniel Amps-Woodward 3:55 13:04 9:32 = 26:31

9. Oliver Seekins 3:18 12:46 10:43 = 26:47


Paul Lunn recorded a 10 mile TT PB on Saturday in 20:30


PACTRAC had 6 Juniors racing in the Ipswich Triathlon, with Jonathan
Oakey (OAKEY) and Katie Tasker returning to winning ways.

Jonathan turned in a fantastic performance to beat some
highly fancied competition.

Katie Tasker had her best performance for a while to win by over 30

Olivia Corner was head to head with her main rival, as they raced to
the line, narrowly being pipped on the finishing line.

Bert Papworth had a really strong swim and came a creditable 6th.

Connor Walker benefited from the experience and his swim time was good,
before dropping back slightly on the hills on the challenging bike and
run course.

Lottie Tasker, despite coming off her bike in T2, picked herself up and
finish well.

From 6 entrants, we had 2 x 1sts and a 2nd in the respective Age Groups
– More silverware for the PACTRAC Juniors, which included 3 who had the
fastest bike splits.

All bodes well for this weekend’s racing where Katie & Jonathan race
for National titles on Sunday at Mallory Park.


TS1 - Girls

2. Olivia Corner 2:22 5:37 4:59 = 12:58

19. Lottie Tasker 3:03 7:38 6:56 = 17:37

TS1 Boys

6. Bert Papworth 2:05 5:35 5:26 = 13:06

TS2 - Girls

1. Katie Tasker 3:23 9:18 08:8 = 20:49

TS2 - Boys

17. Connor Walker 3:24 11:07 9:06 = 23:37

Youth - Boys

1. Jonathan Oakey 5:51 14:18 9:39 = 29:48


The Vitruvian Triathlon took place at Rutland Water on Saturday.

Distances were:

swim 1900 meters in Rutland Water from Whitwell.

bike 53 miles - 2 hilly laps around Oakham, Uppingham, Morcott, Ketton
and Empingham.

run 13.1 miles - over the Dam to Normanton Church and back.

Christina Cork recorded our best Age Group position. Christina moved up
to lead her Age Group on the bike, but was caught by one girl on the
run, to finish a great 2nd in her Age Group.

Abi Schofield just missed out on a Podium in 4th spot.

We had athletes in 3 of the Relay Teams, with Dave Patmore-Hill doing
the swim for the winning Erdinger team.

Emma Cranfield did the swim for the 3rd placed Rutland Posse team.

Pedro Polson also did the swim for Team Polson.

73. Richard Nixon 33:03 2:26:26 1:45:12 = 4:44:41 AG 9.

155. Abi Schofield 29:59 2:58:32 1:30:57 = 4:59:28 AG 4.

177. Daniel Fitzjohn 43:33 2:40:49 1:39:36 = 5:03:58 AG 33.

210. Steve Skelhon 36:11 2:39:02 1:53:54 = 5:09:07 AG 22.

279. Christina Cork 36:45 2:35:57 2:07:20 = 5:20:02 AG 2.

390. Paul Frampton 42:03 2:44:14 2:07:20 = 5:33:37 AG 64.

457. Andrew Russell 38:53 2:40:44 2:28:09 = 5:47:46 AG 74.

467. Simon Taylor 50:28 2:48:57 2:09:58 = 5:49:23 AG 54.

6. Team Erdinger 34:29 2:26:21 1:14:12 = 4:15:02 1st team

48. Team Anderson 33:16 2:37:27 1:27:33 = 4:38:16 3rd team

139. Team Polson 32:29 2:53:43 1:30:12 = 4:56:24


The World 70.3 Half-Ironman Championships came to Europe for the first
time, and were held at Zell Am See-Kaprun in Austria.

Distances were:

swim 1900 meters in the lake.

bike 56 miles providing athletes with stunning views of the Austrian

run 13.1 miles circumnavigating the lake.

2 PACTRACers, Roger Canham and Robin Brookes, had qualified for the
race, whilst ex-PACTRACer Harold Frobisher, now living in the USA, also
competed. Harold came just outside of the top ten in his 60-64 year Age
Group, moving up the field on a tough run course. He joined PACTRAC
back in 1985 and helped to form it into the club it is today.

Robin Brookes said "It was tough on the run course in that heat."

445. Roger Canham 30:37 2:36:14 1:40:46 = 4:47:37 AG 13.

1279 Robin Brookes 34:52 3:02:13 1:47:56 = 5:25:01 AG 90.

1342 Harold Frobisher 37:14 3:11:41 1:39:47 = 5:28:42 AG 11.


Daventry Sprint Triathlon.

swim 400 meters

bike 12.5 miles

run 3 miles

62. Ros Goatly 7:31 44:34 22:45 = 74:50 AG 3rd.


In the Castle Chantilly Half-Ironman distance race in France, Neil
Tandy was heading for a top-5 position overall, but had to pull out on
the run. A shame, as this would have been a great result for Neil.


Nathan wins the Mini-Series in the final event by just 16 seconds.

Mini-Series 1.

PACTRAC held their 1st Mini-Series Triathlon of 2015 at Oundle pool
last Wednesday.

Swim: 400 yards - 8 lengths of Oundle

Bike: 10 miles - 1 loop around Glapthorn and the Benefields.

Run: 3.5 miles - out to Glapthorn and back.

Nathan Tweedie recorded his 3rd Mini-Series win, following on from his
two wins last year.

In last year's Mini-Series 9, he reduced his own Swim Course record
down by 1-second to 4:02 minutes. On Wednesday, Nathan equalled that
feat, with another 4:02.

Nathan also recorded another PB; his 49:05 reducing his time by 3
seconds, taking him ever-closer to the 49-minute barrier that has only
been broken by Matt Gunby, Josh Daniels and Simon Hoppe in the past.

On Wednesday, Nathan was 1 minute slower on the bike due to the
excessive winds, but 1 minute quicker on the run, to record an overall
PB by just 3 seconds. On a better night for cycling, he is due to break
that 49-minute barrier soon.

26 athletes started this race, with over half - 14 coming out of the
water in under 6-minutes. Nathan had a lead of 11 seconds from GB
athlete, Kim Bell; with Simon Hoppe, a minute down at this stage, just
ahead of Liam Stokes and Abi Schofield. a long gap of 23 seconds
ensued, before the next 9 athletes all came out within 20 seconds of
each other.

It was a windy night for biking, with Simon making up just 8 seconds,
and Matt Greenhill moving up into 3rd position. Nathan had the fastest
run of the night to pull away and win by nearly 3 minutes. Simon held
onto 2nd, with a fast run from Wayne Stainsby pushing Matt back into

Sean Beard was over 3 minutes behind in the swim, but moved up to 11th
on the bike and 5th after the run.

6th and 7th went to Rob Hammond and Stefan Lawrence who had the same
swim and run times, with just 18 seconds separating them on the bike.

1st lady was Kim Bell in 11th position, returning from International
Duty with the GB Elite Squad to knock 2:28 off of her PB.

Another promising Junior is Liam Stokes, who recorded 58:37 for 12th
place in his first Mini-Series. 14 athletes beat the hour on a windy
but dry night.

This Wednesday sees the Novice-only Mini-Series, where other juniors
are expected to make their debuts.  


PACTRAC held their annual Novice Mini-Series at Oundle last

Wednesday. The distances and Course were the same as usual:

swim 400

yards in Oundle Pool - 8 lengths.

Bike 10 miles around Glapthorn and

the Benefields on this undulating, sporting course, with 2 uphills, and

2 fast descents.

run 3.5 miles out to Glapthorn and back.

We had 20

Novices competing on another windy but dry night. 18 of the 20 did

Personal Best times, because they were either competing for the first

time or have only recently started competing in the Mini-Series (within

the last year); but all have just started out on their triathlon


Liam Stokes led the swimmers out with Jonathan Oakey right
his tail. Another 3 swimmers soon followed before a gap of nearly 1
minutes to 6th placed Nicholas Partridge. Marcus Widdess was just
seconds behind Jonathan, but moved into the lead on the bike, coming

into T2 39 seconds ahead. Fastest cyclist on the night was Nigel

Tomlinson who moved into 3rd spot, over 2 minutes behind the leading

two, with Liam holding onto 4th, a further 43 seconds behind.


had the fastest run of the night by 2 minutes and overtook Marcus as

the pair left Oundle on their way to Glapthorn and back. Liam moved

back up into 3rd and Josh Mould moved up to 4th, finally catching Robin

Laukaitis in a sprint finish.

The top 4 athletes were all Juniors

ranging from 15 to 18 years of age. Nathan Tweedie won the first Mini-

Series of the year, last week, and he is in his last year as a Junior.

Some promising talent is pushing through behind him.  

The first
was Amy Young in 11th place. Amy only started in the sport last
and was the most experienced Mini-Series athlete in the race,
a PB in this, her 9th attempt.

PACTRAC held their 2nd Mini-Series (plus the Novice race) at Oundle
last Wednesday.

Nathan Tweedie smashed his own swim record, bringing it
down from 4:02 to 3:56. He came out of the water 1:21 ahead of the next
swimmer, Abi Schofield.

Nathan's best swim times have been:

2012 - 4:12

2013 - 4:07

2014 - 4:02.

So far in 2015 he has recorded 4:02 and 3:56 showing that even with
having to train for 3 disciplines, he is still improving in the swim.
Nathan was only 1 second away from his best bike time to come into T2
in just 27:34. When Matt Gunby broke the Course Record back in 2009 he
recorded 27:23 for the first 2 disciplines.

However, Nathan suffered with cramp on the run and the race was won by
Paul Vernon in a PB of 48:25. Paul joined an elite group of athletes
who have recorded sub-49 minute times:

Josh Daniels (3 times), Matt Gunby, Simon Hoppe and now PAUL VERNON.
Paul recorded the 5th fastest time ever on the course

2009  Matt Gunby    0:04:43  0:22:40  0:19:11  =  46:34  

2010  Josh Daniels  0:04:07  0:23:49  0:19:27  =  47:23  

2008  Josh Daniels  0:04:24  0:22:47  0:20:19  =  47:30  

2010  Josh Daniels  0:04:09  0:23:22  0:20:00  =  47:31

2015  Paul Vernon   0:06:18  0:22:32  0:19:35  =  48:25 

2009  Simon Hoppe   0:04:52  0:22:28  0:21:28  =  48:48 

Paul was only 4 seconds off of taking Simon Hoppe's bike course record,
as he recorded the 2nd fastest bike split ever, even with a bit of wind

This was also the 5th time that Paul has gone under 20 minutes for the
run, as he recorded the 3rd fastest run-split for the course, 24
seconds behind Matt Gunby's record, with only Josh Daniels having also
gone faster.

Nathan led the swimmers out in a Course Record time of 3:56. Abi
Schofield followed 1:21 minutes later, with a steady stream of 8
swimmers out in under 6-minutes. Paul Vernon was 11th= at this point.

Paul then had the fastest bike split, by over a minute, but was still 1:
16 minutes behind Nathan at this point. Wayne Stainsby moved up to 3rd,
a further 1:21 behind, whilst Rob Hammond held onto 4th place  only
another 18-seconds adrift.

However, with Nathan suffering from cramp, he managed to hold Paul off
until the return run, back to Oundle. He hung on gallantly to finish,
thereby assuring the swim record, but was also overtaken by Wayne with
400 meters to go. Nathan's day will come, as he has already ran a 20:24
this year.

First lady was Abi Schofield, who managed to catch Christina Cork on
the run. Third lady was Sue Burnett who held off another promising
Junior making her debut, Hannah Bassett, in a sprint finish. Hannah was
delighted to beat her dad, Dan. No doubt, there will be some battles
ahead between these two, but Hannah's running may make her difficult to


In the 3rd PACTRAC Mini-Series Triathlon of this year, Nathan Tweedie
did a Personal Best time by 1:43 minutes to win the race by nearly 4-
minutes from Sean Beard, who also recorded a new PB.

Nathan's time of 47:22 is the 2nd fastest ever on the course, and only
48 seconds behind Matt Gunby's Course Record. Sean's PB is an
improvement on his previous 2008 time by 7 seconds, largely due to a
much improved swim.

Nathan led the swimmers out in a superfast 4:01, 17-seconds ahead of
Junior, Jonathan Arnold, making his debut. Liam Stokes made it 3
Junior's in the top 3, with Abi Schofield just ahead of Richard Moys in
4th. Sean was out in 21st position, over 2 1/2 minutes behind Nathan.

Nathan easily held onto his lead on the bike, coming in 2:44 ahead of
Jaap Flikweert. 8 cyclists recorded sub 31 minutes into T2, including
Sean who moved up to 8th. With Nathan and Sean having the fastest 2 run
splits, Nathan extended his lead to 3:54 over Sean. Steve Giles and
Chris Brennan moved up the field on the run, and were only separated by
8 seconds at the finish.

19 athletes beat the hour, with 15 recording PBs.

Results are on


PACTRAC held their 4th Mini-Series Triathlon of the season at Oundle
last Wednesday.

The usual course and distances apply: swim 400 yards,
bike 10-miles, run 3.5-miles.

Paul Vernon won his 2nd Mini-Series race this year - with Nathan
Tweedie having won the other 2. (In their only head-to-head, Paul won
Mini-Series 2 with Nathan having calf problems on the run.). The best 5
results count for the Trophy.

Sean Beard came 2nd for the second consecutive week. The top 3 athletes
in the Novice Mini (all Juniors), were all competing again, and
finished in the same 1-2-3 with Jonathan Oakey 3rd overall and Marcuss
Widdess 5th overall, both in PB times, whilst Liam Stokes was a minute
down on last weeks PB.

Jaap Flikweert completed his first triathlon this year, finishing the
run without any niggles in 4th place.

Liam Stokes was first out of the water in 4:52 just ahead of Jonathan,
with Marcus 3rd. The Juniors were showing the way, but Tony Daniels was
right on Marcus's feet. Paul Vernon was 1 1/2 minutes behind with Sean
a further 30 seconds down. Paul then had the fastest bike of the night
and came into T2 15 seconds ahead of Tony. Jaap and Sean were nearly a
minute and a half behind, with Steve Skelhon hard on their heels in his
first Mini-Series race, and Jonathan and Marcus just 10 more seconds

Paul had the fastest run of the night to extend his lead over Sean who
had the 2nd fastest run. Jonathan moved up 3 places on the run to
secure 3rd place overall from Jaap in a sprint finish.

14 athletes beat the hour, whilst 1st and 2nd lady also went to a
sprint finish. Another PACTRAC Junior, Hannah Bassett (in her first
season against the seniors), led Sue Burnett (a PACTRACer back in the
1980s and '90s) by 27 seconds after the swim. Sue had a faster bike by
44 seconds, and caught Hannah on the downhill sections on the return to
Oundle. Sue had a 17 second lead going into the run, but just couldn't
hold off the up-and-coming Hannah, who had a faster run by just 22
seconds, catching Sue in the last 1/4 mile and sprinting ahead to take
the accolades by just 5-seconds.


The 5th Mini-Series Triathlon incorporated the 2nd Novice Triathlon
and had 34 competitors. 15 beat the hour with 16 PBs on the night but
only 4 PBs amongst the top 15.

Nathan Tweedie held the lead in the Series (best 5 to count) by virtue
of having completed 4 races so far (winning 2), to Paul Vernon's 3, but
Paul has won all 3 of his outings so far this year.

Paul Vernon won this 5th encounter by over 2 minutes from Nathan, with
Sean Beard taking his 3rd top 3 position of the series.

Nathan led the swimmers out in 4:06 with Jonathan Arnold 2nd in 4:23
and Jonathan Oakey 3rd in 4:57. All 3 are Juniors. Abi Schofield was
just 11 seconds further back. Paul Vernon was in 15th place just over 2-
minutes behind Nathan. 

Paul had the fastest bike split of the night by a long way, and came
in, off of the bike in 1st position, just 9 seconds ahead of Nathan. It
was over a minute before Peter Harris came in, with 5 competitors all
within 7 seconds of each other.

Paul had the fastest run of the night too, and completed his 2nd sub 49-
minute race of this year's Series, just 11 seconds behind his PB from 3-
weeks ago. Paul had the 6th fastest bike split ever on this course, as
well as the 6th fastest run split and finished with the 7th fastest
time ever on this course. His bike split was only 14 seconds shy of the

Nathan came home 2nd, whilst Sean Beard had the fastest run of the 5
who came in off the bike almost together, and he recorded a fine 3rd
place. Junior, Jonathan Oakey knocked a further 22-seconds off his PB
to finish 6th. Abi Schofield was overtaken by Christina Cork on the
bike, but regained the lead on the run to finish 1st lady in 10th place
overall. Dan Bassett beat daughter Hannah, another Junior, for the
first time in 3 attempts.



Just 20 competitor's lined up on a very hot night. Most of the regulars
were put off by the extreme heat, but 4 of PACTRAC's 5 competitor's who
will be competing for GB in Geneva this weekend were relishing the
opportunity to get some early acclimatisation for the expected heat
wave in Europe.

We had a water station out on the course, for the first time this year,
and it was needed, even for such a short distance race.

Henry Morton led the swimmers out, 15 seconds ahead of Abi Schofield.
Simon Hoppe and Tony Daniels were right on her heals. Henry managed to
hold the gap on the bike, with Simon gaining another 30 seconds on
Tony, now in 3rd. There was a further gap of 95 seconds to Craig Mills
in 4th.

Henry had the fastest run of the night to win by nearly a minute from
Simon. Dave Allsop moved up into 3rd place, and Abi who had dropped to
10th after the bike, moved back up to 4th overall on the run. Both
Henry and Abi did PBs and look good for Geneva this weekend.

Both Dan Bassett and daughter Hannah did PBs with Dan just holding on
to make it 2-2 in the family rivalry.


Last Wednesday saw the 7th Mini-Series Triathlon of this year's
series, held at Oundle, over the usual course and distances (400 yards,
10 miles, 3.5 miles).

Nathan Tweedie led the swimmers out, 28 seconds ahead of newcomer
Thomas Lane. The swimmers were quite spread out, with 11 beating 6-
minutes, and Paul Vernon 14th in 6:10.

Paul was 2 minutes behind Nathan, but had the fastest bike split on the
night by 1:19 minutes from Jaap Flikweert, who moved up to 4th. Tony
Daniels was 3rd off the bike, but now nearly a minute behind Paul. Paul
had moved to just 32 seconds behind Nathan for the start of the run, as
11 athletes came into T2 in under 32 minutes.

However, Paul and Nathan kept a similar distance apart throughout the
3.5 mile run, with Paul gaining just 6 seconds to come home 26 seconds
behind a triumphant Nathan. This is Paul's 3rd sub 49 minute Mini-
Series, all done this year. Nathan recorded his fastest ever run on the
course to keep Paul behind.

The Mini-Series Trophy is up for grabs between these two. Both have now
won 3 races, but with Henry Morton winning last week, they cannot win 5
each. With your best 5 to count, both also have 1 second place. Nathan
currently leads by virtue of his 3rd place in Mini nr.2 but Paul has a
race in hand:

1. Nathan Tweedie 47 points.

2. Paul Vernon    39 points.

There are still 3 races to go including tonight (Wednesday).

3rd home was Richard Moys who was 4th out of the water and had a solid
race all-round; whilst 4th was junior, Jonathan Oakey, in another new
PB, his 4th in 4 races. Jonathan was catching Richard, but ran out of
road to come home just 9 seconds adrift.

14 athletes beat the hour, with junior, Josh Mould, just outside but
recording his 7th PB from 8 races.

Further back Paul Jephcott came from 1:24 behind at the end of the bike
to catch Oliver Herbage, with the pair crossing the line together in a
sprint finish. Laura Johnson was the only female racing tonight.


PACTRAC Mini-Series 8.

In the 8th of 10 Mini-Series Triathlons from Oundle, Nathan Tweedie
recorded his 4th win so far. Nathan now has 49 points with Paul Vernon,
who didn't compete tonight, on 39 with 1 race in hand. With 2 Mini-
Series left, it's still all to play for.

Abi Schofield won the ladies Mini-Series Trophy without even competing
in Mini-Series 8. 3 of her rivals also didn't compete, whilst Sue
Burnett needed a win but came 2nd. With 2 races to go, Abi wins this
year's Trophy.

Nathan was first out of the water, 72 seconds ahead of Robin Laukaitis,
with Susie Freeman just 12 seconds further back, 14 seconds ahead of
Jon Crowley, who had a gap of 16 seconds over 6 chasing athletes.

Nathan had the fastest bike of the night, to extend his lead, whilst
Sean Beard had the 2nd fastest, to move up to 5th overall. Mark
Weathersby came in off of the bike in 2nd place, nearly 3-minutes down
on Nathan. 5 further athletes were within a minute of Mark. Sean then
made some in-roads into Nathan's lead on the run, with Nathan easing up
because of some big Junior races coming up. Nathan won by 2:07 minutes,
whilst the quickest run of the night saw Adam Madge, in his first year
in triathlon, moving up to 9th. Susie Freeman was first lady, whilst
Junior, Josh Mould, beat the hour for the first time, to record his 8th
PB in 9 races. He's come a long way since his debut 1:11:20 last year,
and tonight took nearly 90 seconds off his best bike time.


Mini-Series 9.

Richard Moys won the penultimate Mini-
Series Triathlon for the year. Richard
won his first Mini-Series race
last year, and in 3 races so far in 2015
has come 6th, 3rd and now 1st

Richard led out of the water,
followed 38-seconds later by
Antony Brown, who was using this race as a
sharpener for Sunday's
National Championships in Liverpool (last
Sunday). Antony took over the
lead on the bike with his usual superfast
23:47 split to come into T2 a
minute ahead. However, Richard had the
faster run, and he gradually
really Antony in just before Oundle on the
return leg. Scott Lloyd had
the fastest run of the night, to haul
himself up into 3rd place, whilst
Susie Freeman was again the first
lady home.

Dan Bassett just held off
his daughter Hannah (aged 13), to
take the family honours 3-2 in their
head-to-head's to date.

Nathan Tweedie nor Paul Vernon
competed, so with 1 race to go
(tonight), Nathan still leads with 49
points whilst Paul has 39 with 1
race in hand (it's the best 5 to
count). Paul needs a win tonight to
take a share of the honours and the


The PACTRAC Mini-Series came to a fitting end on Wednesday, with the
two leading contenders fighting it out head-to-head. Nathan Tweedie
went into this final race on 49 points with 4 wins and a 2nd so far for
his best 5. Paul Vernon had a race in hand with 3 wins and a 2nd for 39
points. All of Paul's points tonight would, therefore, count, whilst
Nathan could only improve with a win. Paul needed to win to gain a
share of the Trophy with Nathan, otherwise Nathan would win the Trophy

The ladies Trophy had already been settled, with Abi Schofield having
an unassailable lead, and Abi was fittingly the first lady home
tonight. She now has the maximum of 50-points.

Nathan was first out of the water, 35 seconds ahead of Thomas Lane who
was making his debut. Junior, Liam Stokes, was the only other
competitor to beat 5-minutes. Abi Schofield was in 4th place, 1:09 down
on Nathan, as she led 10 swimmers out within the next 30 seconds. Paul
Vernon had a slow swim, 20-seconds down on his best this year, as he
tried a different tactic of leading a lane, rather than sitting in for
a tow.

Paul had the fastest bike ride of the night, and from 17th out of the
water, reduced his deficit on Nathan from 2:24 to just 28 seconds. Paul
gained 15 places in doing so, with Antony Brown just a further 12-
seconds down in 3rd. Wayne Stainsby moved up to 4th whilst Sean Beard
came into T2 in 31:00 minutes and 9th place.

Nathan and Paul were left to slug it out on the run, with both
recording sub 20-minute splits. Paul was in some borrowed shoes, but
still completed the run section in 19:33, his best for the series, (and
the 3rd best run ever after Matt Gunby and Josh Daniels). He could only
reduce the deficit on Nathan from 28 seconds down to 16 seconds, as
Nathan also had his best run split by 5-seconds to record the 7th
fastest run ever on the course (only the above 3 names have ever gone
better). Paul was gradually reeling him in, but only gradually and the
Series Trophy was settled by 16 seconds - after Paul was 20-seconds
down on his best in the swim. All very close.

Sean Beard moved up to 3rd overall with his best run for 5-years,
whilst Wayne gained 1 place and lost 1 to retain 4th overall.

Overall 13 athletes recorded top 3 finishes in the 10-race series with
Nathan taking 5 wins, early leader Paul taking 3 and Henry Morton and
Richard Moys 1 apiece.

Simon Hoppe took a couple of 2nd places - his first season without a
win since 2007 when he was injured and didn't compete in any. Sean
Beard took 3 seconds and 2 third places for 43 points and 3rd

Altogether 87 different athletes took part in the series. Including the
Novice-only race, we had 11 Wednesday night Mini-Series Triathlons with
an average of over 25 athletes per competition. Another great summer
series comes to an end as the nights now start to draw in.

Results are on

July: Simon and Nathan both win at Tallington! 8 in ETU Geneva incl Georgina with GOLD. 8 Ironmen. Katie wins 8 on the trot! Antony SILVER in the National Champs. 15 Age Group wins.

279 young triathletes competed in the Rob McLean Junior Triathlon
organised by Cambridge Triathlon Club at Impington.

TriStar 1

9. Olivia Corner 3:49 7:45 5:44 = 17:18 1st

Olivia was first female and 9th from 73 in the TriStar 1 race. She

the lead in T1 and extended it slightly on the bike. The top two

then had similar run's, with Olivia winning by 14 seconds.

TriStar 2

3. Katie Tasker 4:02 12:44 8:20 = 25:06 1st female.

Katie was the first female and 3rd overall in the TriStar 2 race from

87 in the Age Group (male and female). Katie was beaten in the sprint

finish by the 2nd placed male, to finish a fine 3rd overall. This is

the 6th win on the trot for Katie in the TriStar 2 category.


15. Liam Stokes 6:01 18:31 10:05 = 34:37


Two PACTRACers chose to step up in distance and compete in their very

first Half-Ironman distance triathlons.

Neil Tandy raced in The Gauntlet Half-Ironman distance triathlon at

Castle Cholmondeley.

swim 1.2 miles, bike 60 miles, run 13.1 miles.

27. Neil Tandy 30:17 2:42:48 2:05:05 = 5:18:10


Steve Giles took his first step up to the Half-Ironman distance, at

Cowman Half-Ironman triathlon at Emberton Lake, Milton Keynes.

The distances were: swim 1.2 miles, bike 58 miles, run 13.1 miles.

Steve Giles came from behind to gain many places on the bike and

particularly the run.

43. Steve Giles 43:19 2:42:47 1:39:23 = 5:05:29


Tallington - Pactrac had the highest representation of any club at

Tallington with 14 competitors over the two distances.

We had 11 in the Sprint distance, and a further 3 in the Standard

distance races, taking 4 of the 6 available Podium places.

Nathan Tweedie in his first ever Standard distance triathlon, won

convincingly, with a 5-minute lead after the swim! He then extended

lead on both the bike and run splits to come home over 13 minutes

of PACTRACs Wayne Stainsby in 3rd. Ross Murphy in 2nd place had a

Timing Chip malfunction, so we're not sure exactly how far Nathan won

the race by. Ross is the son of PACTRAC's Terry Murphy (and is

competing in Ironman Bolton in two weeks time), so a good day for

PACTRAC all round.

In the Sprint distance race, PACTRAC also had a 1-3 with Simon Hoppe

racing hard for first place, coming into T2 with Antony Brown right

his wheel. Simon soon ran clear on the run and extended his lead to

by 1:40 minutes. Antony was just caught before the finish, but held

onto 3rd place by just 6 seconds from a fast approaching 4th


9 PACTRACers recorded a top 3 placing in their Age Group with 5
winning their Age Group including Ros Goatly.

1. Simon Hoppe 12:04 42:59 19:34 = 74:37 Age Group 1st.

3. Antony Brown 12:38 42:37 21:21 = 76:36 AG 1st.

22. Michael Shadwell 15:24 50:56 22:18 = 88:38 AG 4.

23. Gary Shoemake 15:47 49:16 23:36 = 88:39 AG 4.

25. Ros Goatly 14:42 49:39 24:45 = 89:06 AG 1st.

32. Jonathan Webb 17:31 50:30 22:57 = 90:58 AG 5.

34 Simon Guerin 12:30 55:49 23:35 = 91:54 AG 2.

57. Chris Waghorn 14:57 58:27 26:20 = 99:44 AG 11.

66. Cameron Brookes 21:19 57:32 21:57 = 1:40:48 AG 3rd.

68. Sue Davys 17:56 56:36 27:12 = 1:41:44 AG 2nd.

77. Paul Beland 22:27 56:37 24:34 = 1:43:38 AG 5.


1. Nathan Tweedie 19:41 75:49 34:29 = 2:09:59 AG 1st.

3. Wayne Stainsby 27:05 78:56 37:34 = 2:23:35 AG 1st.

7. Robin Brookes 25:50 82:12 38:46 = 2:26:48 AG 2nd.

8 PACTRACers competed in Geneva in the European Triathlon
Championship races, alongside 2,000 of the best triathletes from across
Europe. 5 competed in the Sprint, 2 in the Standard distance plus Sue
Davys in the accompanying Open Race (no results are available for this
at the moment).

High temperatures prevailed across most of Europe, with Geneva
experiencing extremely high temperatures, which remained throughout the

Distances: Swim 750 m (1 loop); Bike 12.75 miles (3 laps); Run 3-miles
(2 laps). Water temperature 19.2º C. Wetsuit swim.

Georgina Jennings won the GOLD MEDAL by 17:32 minutes in the Sprint
Triathlon Championships. She was the oldest GB competitor there, and
competing in the sweltering heat, won Gold in the 70-74 Age Group.
Georgina also beat 11 out of the 13 in the Age Group below her, and was
very pleased with her efforts.


1. Georgina Jennings (70-74) 19:41 53:38 30:34 = 1:43:53 GOLD
MEDAL. Georgina won by 17:32 minutes and led from the start.

12. Abi Schofield (25-29) 12:38 46:04 19:43 = 78:25 Although
6th Brit, Abi was also less than 3-minutes from a Podium spot. 4th out
of the water, Abi lost a bit of time on the bike when her chain came
off. She had the 2nd fastest run to pull herself back into

13. Henry Morton (20-24) 11:11 39:12 18:26 = 68:49 3rd Brit.
Less than 3-minutes from a Podium spot.

23. Jon Dundee (35-39) 14:01 40:18 21:00 = 75:19 11th

Tracy McCartney unfortunately didn't finish. After a competitive 17:11
swim, Tracy was going well on the bike, before firstly just missing a
stray car that had ventured onto the course, pulling out in front of
her on a steep 30mph decent; only to then shortly after, break her
chain in two, cycling up the next hill, and having to retire.


Women's 16-19 years old.

2. Kayleigh Adams 12:28 42:36 21:58 = 77:02

Kayleigh had a 56 second advantage going into the run, but just lost
out on the Gold Medal by 2-seconds in a sprint finish.

Women's PT4.

1. Lauren Steadman 10:33 35:10 20:57 = 66:40

Lauren led a British 1-2-3 home by over 3-minutes, having led the race
right from the gun.

Here is a photo of Georgina Jennings and Abi Schofield.

Also -
is of Abi Schofield.


Standard Distance.

Distances: Swim 1500 m (1 loop); Bike 25.5
miles (2 laps), Run 6.25 miles (3 laps). Water temperature 21º C.
Wetsuit swim.

6. Antony Brown (55-59) 25:46 66:45 45:41 = 2:18:12 1st Brit
and was 3rd going into the run.

56. Stephen Hope (50-54) 31:40 74:50 44:07 = 2:30:37 19th Brit.


55. Gilles Corby (50-54) 29:40 75:14 45:21 = 2:30:15 BRJ
competing for France.

Open Race.

Sue Davys - no results available yet.


In the St.Neots Triathlon Andrew Russell (Standard distance) and Tim
Henson (Sprint distance), both came 3rd in their respective Age

Andrew Russell 26:34 84:02 49:34 = 2:40:10 Age Group 3rd.

Tim Henson 14:43 43:30 19:14 = 1:17:27 AG 3rd.

Gary Shoemake 14:31 46:23 21:57 = 1:22:51 AG 5.


6 PACTRACers competed in the Pitsford Triathlon from the Brixworth
Country Park in Northamptonshire. Sean Pooley was the first clubman
home in 9th overall, with both Sean and Emily John-Davis coming 2nd in
their respective Age Groups.

9. Sean Pooley 24:54 66:55 44:42 = 2:16:31 AG 2nd.

29. Nicholas Forscutt 28:56 73:49 46:26 = 2:29:11 AG 7.

39. Craig Mills 26:07 75:34 50:54 = 2:32:35 AG 8.

55. Paul Frampton 30:22 75:47 51:40 = 2:37:49 AG 7.

80. David Pooley 29:40 85:36 50:59 = 2:46:15 AG 15.

120.Emily John-Davis 31:26 92:02 56:29 = 2:59:57 AG 2nd.


4 PACTRACers competed in Challenge Roth, near Nurnberg, in Germany.
This is over the classic Ironman-distances of:

swim 2.4 miles
bike 112 miles
run 26.2 miles

Challenge Roth is one of the most iconic races in the
calendar, with thousands of spectators lining the route, the whole town
coming out to support, and entries closing each year in literally 2-
minutes from opening.

2 PACTRACers went into the race with injuries and, therefore, wisely
didn't finish the run. Roger Canham pulled out with a foot injury,
whilst Giles Cooper went into the race with a stress fracture. No
results are available for Giles, but he did complete the swim and bike
stages, in high temperature's, reaching 84oF. The water was warm, but
just cool enough to stay the right side of wetsuit's being allowed.

Giles said: "Not the best of days at Roth. I couldn't do the run due to
a stress fracture and some kind sole removed my timing chip on the swim
in a frenzied start. I managed the swim and bike but got no official

Roger Canham writes:

"one of the most famous long distance triathlons on the planet with one
of the deepest fields outside Kona. In addition, I really wasn’t sure I
would be able to complete the marathon after my foot pain had not
disappeared despite extensive rest since the Staffordshire Half-

I exited the water in 10th place in the Age Group.

T1 and T2 were fantastically organised and the volunteers superbly
drilled, it doesn’t get much better. Quickly onto my bike and ready to
tackle the bike course. It is billed as an "uber-fast" bike course but
actually, whilst the road surfaces are excellent, it really rolls,
taking in 1500m of elevation over the two laps. I got the first lap
under my belt in exactly 2:30 but really didn’t feel as though I had
held back so I resolved to pedal easier on the second, capping my HR
and power lower down. The second lap was 2:36 and I felt much better as
I approached T2. Off the bike in a total of 06:14 and in third place in
the Age Group, 13 minutes behind the leader.

At 5.25 miles the shooting pains returned in my foot and I struggled to
even walk with a limp, it was game over rover. It would have been folly
to try and carry on and risk my injury turning chronic and wrecking my
chances at the two world championships I have later in the year. Only
my second DNF."

Roger has two big races coming up:

Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Zell Am See-Kaprun, Austria, 30th
August 2015.

Ironman World Championships, Kona, Hawaii, 10th October 2015.

Charlie Brookes had a consistent race all round, finishing with a Union
Jack in hand. "He did a fantastic time and race in gruelling

"Charlie did fantastically well to battle through constant leg cramps
to finish, and beat his 12-hour target. Brilliant effort!"

1261. Charlie Brookes 1:12:23 5:57:31 4:43:09 = 11:53:03 AG 280.

1391. Steve Coombes 1:22:52 6:05:54 4:39:51 = 12:08:37 AG 307.

dnf Roger Canham 1:02:45 5:11:01

dnf Giles Cooper - no results.


3 PACTRACers took part in the Bolton Ironman at the weekend, plus Ross
Murphy, son of PACTRACer Terry. Terry spent the weekend up in Bolton
supporting and was impressed with the guts and determination of the
athletes to compete over such a long distance with lashing rain at the

Both Andy Gregg and Andy Chapman completed their first Ironman races,
whilst Gary Cooper is a veteran of this distance. An Ironman is the
culmination of a year's training, with the whole season being based
around 1 day. Bolton is a tough, undulating course with a nasty hill on
the bike. the weather made it even harder.

Andy Chapman "Well what can I say. Driving rain, ridiculous headwind on
most of the bike course, and a flat run course that had more hills than
the Cotswolds!! Full Ironman itch now scratched, although another dodgy
knee put paid to the time I wanted for the run. I can't thank Jo
Chapman enough for her continued support and encouragement even if she
does have to spend many nights alone as I'm in the garage Turboing

The distances were:

swim 2.4 miles in the lake.

bike 112 miles.

run 26.2 miles.

Andy Gregg writes: "2.4mile Swim - 1hr28min - Heavy rain storm
throughout, windy and wavy, just tried to keep a relaxed technique;

112mile Bike with nearly 6000ft ascent - 6hr 11min - Rain stopped after
first hour, and temp finally got above 12 degrees, but wet roads were
very scary on descents and 20mph wind continued throughout. Amazing
supporters on course especially the hills with "tour de France" style
hoards of people, music from campervans, loads of characters in fancy
dress, people running alongside shouting encouragement, even Sue &
Heidi ran up a hill together next to me - kept a very steady Power (ave
183W), and HR (ave 151, Zone2);

26.2mile Run - 3hr 51min - Sun was now out. Felt good for the first
10miles with HR~150-155, but then the hills kicked in and it really
started to hurt, especially the 2nd of 3 times up the 2.5mile long hill
from Bolton back out along Chorley Rd against the wind. Calves were
starting to feel tight, and HR dropping to 145. From 17 miles, sped
back up, but caused cramp in a hamstring at 25miles, so had to stop for
30secs to stretch it out before running to the finish to enjoy the red
carpet and Ironman archway".

223. Andy Gregg 1:28:20 6:24:52 3:50:59 = 11:44:11 AG 24.

307. Ross Murphy 1:16:33 6:42:16 4:04:36 = 12:03:25 AG 55.

315. Gary Cooper 1:05:31 6:33:16 4:28:03 = 12:06:50 AG 39.

853. Andy Chapman 1:09:33 6:43:11 5:51:37 = 13:44:21 AG 166.

Ironman and Challenge are two competing brands that both provide
Ironman-distance Triathlons throughout the world.


The Kimbolton Sprint Triathlon saw 6 Pactracers in action, with Ros
Goatly taking first in her Age Group whilst Jon Dundee and Steve Hope
were 2nd in theirs.

Distances were swim 400 meters in the pool, bike 13 miles - out to St.
Neots and back, and run 3 miles.

Lucy Alexander completed her first triathlon and said "I still don't
like swimming". First club member home, Jon Dundee, was only 90 seconds
behind the overall winner.

4. Jon Dundee 6:43 00:00:26 00:35:24 00:00:26 00:18:17 01:01:16 AG 2.

17. Steve Hope 7:22 00:00:50 00:38:55 00:00:42 00:18:52 01:06:40 AG 2.

63. Ros Goatly 7:57 00:00:52 00:42:31 00:01:13 00:22:29 01:15:01 AG 1st.

73. Pedro Polson 7:13 00:00:43 00:41:54 00:00:57 00:25:43 01:16:29 AG 4.

98.Louise Alexander 10:19 00:00:57 00:44:25 00:00:56 00:23:06 01:19:43 AG 6.

103.Nicholas Partridge 8:47 00:01:24 00:42:52 00:00:53 00:26:28 01:20:23 AG 16.


PACTRAC's Juniors were 1/2 second away from a double double last
weekend with Katie Tasker (TriStar 2) & Olivia Corner (TriStar 1), both
winning at Upminster on Saturday, then on Sunday Katie won and Olivia
came 2nd but with the same time as the winner.

They have both really improved over the course of the season and are
well placed to do well in their higher categories next year. Both
currently lead their respective Eastern Region Junior League Tables.


This weekend saw two more Junior Triathlons:

It was a fantastic day for the Juniors at Kimbolton on Saturday with 18
PACTRAC Juniors racing. The course was of 'sprint' length which suited
some but not all. There were over 400 Children racing in the grounds of
the school.

TriStart (Under 8)

Norah Brill in her 1st ever event walked away with the 1st place with

confident performance belying her years completing the fastest bike

runs. It was also a 1st event for Joesph Piickering who has recently
joined to finish 10th in the Boys race.

Tristar 1 (under 10)

Olivia corner won a hotly contested race to edge out her main rivals
again. A

solid bike ride and good turn of foot brought her victory. Hugo Brill

the most polite competitor ensuring his cup was safely returned to a

after a lap of the run course. Safford Hewitt-White & Lottie Tasker
showed strongly.

Tristar 2 (under 12)

Katie Tasker was narrowly pushed into 2nd place missing top spot by 3

seconds. There were improved performances by Arnie Stewart, Flo Brill,

Kirsten Loutit, Sam Oakley, Louis dawson, Sam Garner & Toby Cooke.

Katie has won her last 8 races and this puts an end to a great

Tristar 3 (Under 14)

Matt Wouldham improving form continued and with his best run for some

secured him a Podium in the Boys race. Rhiannon Loutit had a strong
swim and Sam Garner ran very strongly to secure good times.

Youth (Under 16)

Liam stokes had a slight mechanical issue getting away on the bike

cost him a place on the podium. Coming out on the bike he was able to

the winner and was able to go past him on the run. Oliver Seekins
produced a spirited performance to finish mid table.


Leighton Buzzard Triathlon.

3 from PACTRAC were racing at this inaugural full distance event in
very windy conditions.


Olivia Corner had a timing issue that resulted in a slower swim time.

Desptie this she still secured 2nd place with a strong bike and pwerful

Lottie Tasker did a PB coming 5th with her trade mark speed

Tristar 2

Katie Tasker won the event going off first and was never headed to win
by 45 seconds.

Tristar 2

1. Katie Tasker 3:28 12:06 7:49 = 23:23

Tristar 1

2. Olivia Corner 2:29 6:16 5:16 = 14:01

5. Lottie Tasker 2:47 8:09 6:30 = 17:26


The Outlaw Triathlon at Holme Pierrepoint, Nottingham was an

Ironman-distance triathlon covering:

Swim 2.4 miles in the National Watersports Rowing Lake.
Bike 112 miles.
Run 26.2 miles.

221. Graeme Hall 1:16:11 5:51:55 4:18:11 = 11:26:17. AG 15.

Graeme was up to 8th in his AG half-way through the run, but then slipped back to

15th on a tough day for racing. The weather across the country on

Sunday made any racing difficult, let alone one of this distance.


In the BigSwim at Holme Pierrepoint, Nottingham, Kate

Armstrong swam in the 5,000 metre race.

128. 1:53:15 Kate Armstrong

(52:59 + 60:16).

Kate competed in the Outlaw last year, but is

currently recovering from injury and took part in the accompanying

BibSwim instead.


Two distances were on offer in the

NiceTri LondonBrik Triathlon's at Stewartby Sailing Club, Bedford. Jon

Crowley won his Age Group in the Sprint distance coming home 8th


Standard distance: swim 1500 meters, bike 25 miles, run 6.25 miles.

42. Andrew Russell 28:21 63:06 50:26 = 2:21:53 AG 7.
59. Paul Jephcott 34:02 72:21 47:43 = 2:34:06 AG 4.

Sprint: swim 750 meters, bike 12.5 miles, run 3 miles.

8. Jon Crowley 13:07 33:50 19:43 = 1:06:40 AG 1st.


The National Championships were again held in Liverpool,
over the
Standard distance of swim 1500 meters in Liverpool Docks,
whilst trying
to avoid the many Jellyfish, bike 25 miles and run 6.25
miles - both largely flat and fast on closed roads.

Antony Brown won the SILVER
MEDAL. Antony was leading his Age Group off of the bike, and
lost one place on the run.

This race was also the first of 4 qualifying races
for the 2016 World Championships next July in Mexico.
The remaining 3
races will be held early next year. The top 4 qualify
but it may be that one of the girls above Abi Schofield
didn't put her
name down to go, so we are waiting to see if Abi has
qualified. Antony
has already decided not to travel to Mexico, but a
top 4 placing would have got him there, if he had wanted to.

73. Antony Brown 23:21 67:12 41:34 = 2:12:07 AG (55-59) 2nd.

227. Abi Schofield 23:05 83:52 39:24 = 2:26:21 AG 5th.

In the accompanying Sprint race, over half the distance:

143. Sue Davys 16:59 49:18 25:40 = 1:31:57

June: 19 Age Group wins. Nathan 4th in Bulgaria. Kim races in Germany. Dave Escapes from Alcatraz. Antony GOLD and Sue BRONZE in English Middle Champs.

The Walden Junior Triathlon took place in the pool with
over 300 children racing.

We had some really good performances at
Walden, with Olivia Corner coming 5th in Tristar1 only 20 seconds
behind the winner. Bert Papworth came a highly creditable 6th in his
first league event, after leading the swimmers out in the Tristar 1
Boys event.

Katie Tasker absolutely nailed it. She had the 2nd fastest
swim, opened up a big lead on the bike and capped it off with the 2nd
fastest run to win by a minute. She has now qualified to represent the
Eastern Region at the Inter Regional National Championships in
September. "Absolutely Marvellous" said her Dad. Katie has really
embraced the PACTRAC coached sessions at Stanground as well as
concentrating on her swimming over the winter.

TriStar 1.

6. Bert Papworth 2:33 8:25 5:51 = 16:49
13. Olivia Corner 3:06 9:02 5:50 = 17:58 5th female

TriStar 2.

4. Katie Tasker 3:05 12:39 8:37 = 24:21 1st female.


There were 3
PACTRAC Juniors racing at Mallory Park in the Children's Open Water
Triathlon's at the Racing Circuit. The event was part of the East
Midlands Junior Race Series.

Jonathan Oakey continued his good form.
He was 8th after the swim, and 1st after the bike before ending 4th

Hannah Bassett competed in her first open water swim, and
kept going to finish strongly on the run in far from ideal conditions.

Stafford Hewitt-White was 12th out of 30 in his race, and against
some strong competition, as there were lots of competitors from other
regions trying out the Mallory Park course which will be used for the
Inter Regional Championship's later in September.


Another 5 PACTRACers chose to compete in the Triathlon's at Bosworth in
Leicestershire, with Dave Allsop and Emily John-Davis (in her first
triathlon) finishing 2nd in their Age Group's.

Standard distance
(swim 1500 metres, bike 26 miles, run 6.25 miles):

12. Dave Allsop 29:41 74:58 37:58 = 2:22:37 Age Group 2.
26. Gary Cooper 29:11 81:58 39:32 = 2:30:41 AG 4.

Sprint distance (swim 750 metres, bike 13 miles, run 3 miles):

11. Paul Frampton 18:35 41:31 19:48 = 1:19:54 AG 4.
45. Emily John-Davis 19:33 52:33 21:44 = 1:33:50 AG 2nd.
64. Joanne Annis 21:28 59:12 21:50 = 1:42:30 AG 5.



competitor's in the Big Nottingham Triathlon held at Holme Pierpont.

Antony Brown won his Age Group, whilst Simon Hoppe was 4th in his. The

best placed PACTRACer overall was Henry Morton in 31st place in this

big national race that attracted nearly 800 athletes from all over the

country. Henry was 31st overall and 9th in his Age Group (20-24),

showing just how competitive these races can be.

31. Henry Morton 10:25 32:06 18:09 = 60:40 AG 9.
47. Simon Hoppe 11:43 30:56 19:11 = 61:50 AG 4.
80. Antony Brown 12:20 30:08 20:32 = 63:00 AG 1st.
136. Jon Crowley 11:45 32:46 20:36 = 65:07 AG 19.
139. Marcus Widdess 12:03 34:04 19:04 = 65:11 AG 10.
262. Mark Weathersby 14:52 33:18 20:27 = 68:37 AG 29.
362. Tracy Mccartney 14:16 37:41 19:10 = 71:07 AG 10.
381. Steve Hope 13:45 36:47 21:13 = 71:45 AG 39.
591. Kate Armstrong 16:09 40:54 23:38 = 80:41 AG 25.


It was another great weekend for the Juniors.

There were over 300 entrants in the Eastern League Children’s Event
at Basildon Sports Village.

Corner secured a podium finish to come 3rd in TS1 Girls race – She
finished with her customary strong run and was able to keep a number of
challengers at arm’s length. There were only 22-seconds separating the
top 3 girls.

Toby Cooke continued his progress with a PB in the TS2 Boys event, with
a much improved swim.

Katie Tasker lost her chain at the start of the Bike section and lost a
lot of valuable time, but when restored to action she made up for lost
time and was able to enter the run phase with a comfortable lead, which
she was able to maintain.

TriStar 1.

8. Olivia Corner 3:59 8:40 5:14 = 17:53 3rd female.

TriStar 2.

7. Katie Tasker 3:54 10:59 8:13 = 23:06 1st female.

47. Toby Cooke 5:54 14:34 9:28 = 29:56


The Spalding Triathlon took place from the Castle Sports Complex in
Spalding, with Annette Wyld winning her Age Group.

swim 400 metres in the pool.

bike 11.75 miles - "pancake flat".

run a 2.85 mile lap.

11. Tim Henson 8:39 35:24 18:17 = 62:20 Age Group 5.

58. Annette Wyld 9:22 41:34 28:27 = 79:23 AG 1st.

68. Barbara Gunn 10:32 45:18 26:18 = 82:08 AG 6.


In Race One (of three), in the St.Neots Triathlon series, 5 of the 6
PACTRACers came in the top 4 in their respective Age Groups.

The best placed was Sean Pooley in 6th place overall in the Standard
Distance race.

Georgina seems to be on a roll at the moment, and did a PB on the
course by 30 seconds, winning the Age Category 10-years younger.

Standard Distance (1500 metres, 27 miles, 6.25 miles)

6. Sean Pooley Pactrac 26:37 77:11 38:54 = 2:22:42 AG 3rd.

40. Andy Russell PACTRAC 28:58 85:17 52:04 = 2:46:19 AG 4.

Sprint (750 metrers, 15 miles, 3 miles)

37. Gary Shoemake 15:17 47:13 21:34 = 1:24:04 AG 7.

40. Pedro Polson 12:43 48:21 25:13 = 1:26:17 AG 3rd.

61. Ros Goatly 15:46 49:44 23:35 = 1:29:05 AG 2nd.

98. Georgina Jennings 16:46 52:13 28:11 = 1:37:10 AG 1st.


Dave Wagstaff competed in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San
Francisco at the weekend (photo attached).

Dave recorded 2.44.02 (17 mins better than last time). He
was 19th in his Age Group out of 171 and 250th overall (out of

swim - 1.5miles in the icy bay. Athletes are transported to the

by boat, and have a deep water start.

bike - a 20mile hilly San Francisco ride.

Run - 8 mile run inc. the infamous sand steps, all 400 of them.

Dave said "I loved it and had a really good race. Felt great, the
best I have felt for a longtime!"

He also beat 2 previous Ironman Champions in Scott Tinley and
Michellie Jones !


Nathan Tweedie competed in the Elite Junior Race at Blenheim Palace,
which followed the Draft-Legal format with cyclists racing in bunches.
Nathan beat a few of the Elite Seniors too.

13. Nathan Tweedie 10:14 35:18 19:35 = 65:07

Nathan is racing with the GB Elite Junior Squad in Bulgaria this coming


At the Bedford Sprint Triathlon, Jon Crowley came equal eighth overall.
He caught third place by 2 1/4 minutes on the run, but couldn't quite
get past before the line, and just missed out on a Podium place by 4

The distances were: swim 400 metres, bike 15 miles, run 3 miles.

8=. Jon Crowley 7:42 44:50 19:35 = 72:07 AG 4.


Only 1 PACTRACer ventured north to Chester for the English National

Distances were:

Swim 1500 metres in the River Dee.

Bike 25 miles.

Run 6.25 miles.

Steve Hope  25:11 74:16 43:11 = 2:22:38 AG 39.


656 athletes finished the Woodhall Spa Triathlon over the Sprint
distances of 400 metres, 15 miles, 3 miles.

Both Sean Beard and Abi Schofield came 1st in their respective Age
Groups. This is Sean's first Age Group win in a Triathlon. With last
Wednesday's Mini-Series 2nd place, that's 2 good results in 5 days. Abi
is one of 5 PACTRACers who will be representing GB in the European
Championships in Geneva next month - she is sponsored by 2 Peterborough
businesses - KJS print to mail and St. Petersburgh Restaurant.

18. Sean Beard 8:44 41:22 16:52 = 66:58 AG 1st.

63. Gary Cooper 7:00 45:01 20:15 = 72:16

92. Abi Schofield 6:13 49:21 19:05 = 74:39 AG 1st.

431. Emma Walker 8:44 59:08 25:47 = 93:39


3 PACTRACers competed in the 70.3 Half-Ironman Triathlon in

swim 1.2 miles.
bike 56 miles.
run 13.1 miles.

Roger Canham won his Age Group in this event, which saw
athletes from across the Globe, competing for Half-Ironman World
Championship places in Zell Am See-Kaprun, Austria on 30th August.

Current World Champion, Javier Gomez was competing in the Elite race,
as was Will Clark, one of the 3 British Olympians in 2008.

I've included Roger Canham's report, to try to give a flavour of the

"I have done Wimbleball 70.3 a couple of times so it was great that WTC
have put another 70.3 in the UK calendar. I needed a World Champs
qualification backup in case Barcelona didn’t work out and it hadn’t
worked out so Staffordshire was my only shot now.

The swim was a wave start and our age group was all in one wave, great.
I was at the front of the white caps treading water feeling confident
about my ability stay clear of the washing machine start. The air horn
sounded and we were off and a strong start meant lactate filled
shoulders but no right hooks! Half way round and I was at the point of
the white caps, about half a dozen of us ploughing ahead of the field.
As we rounded a buoy the right hook finally landed and I had to
momentarily roll over to straighten my goggles. By the time I had
righted myself, I had lost the group, not critical time wise, but
actually I was enjoying the very novel sensation of being at the tip of
the spear. Oh well, nice whilst it lasted.

A rather lengthy run over a stony path to T1, a reasonably unremarkable
transition and onto the bike; I figured there were a maximum of two or
three ahead of me. The first ten miles were over dreadful roads,
potholed and narrow and since we were almost the last wave they were
full of bikes weaving from side to side. It wasn’t time to push so I
kept a firm tempo and focussed on safely picking my way through the
field. Once I had navigated that initial stretch the roads opened up a
little more but the route was constantly punctuated with sharp rises
and tight turns. Throughout the whole 56 miles there was little
opportunity to settle into a rhythm and sit on a big gear for a few
miles. A split of 2:30 was looking increasingly optimistic. I had not
been paying much attention to race numbers but couldn’t recall passing
anyone on the bike in my age group. When I leave T2 it’s always nice to
know how far behind I am. I reckon 10 minutes is doable if I put my
race face on and am prepared to hurt a little, more than that and its a
dependent on the other athletes running ability.

Post-race it transpired I had been 3rd out the swim and 1st off the
bike but I didn’t know that as I set off out of T2. I settled into a
comfortable pace for the first couple of miles and purposely didn’t
look at my splits. Relaxing and establishing a good rhythm is more
important at this stage than outright speed. I finally looked down once
I had taken on some coke and got away from the crowds; 2.5 miles done
and just over 16 minutes. I just had to concentrate on rolling along at
this speed and the time would take care of itself. The run course was
great, always something different in terms of terrain and scenery with
a good number of noisy supporters throughout, I would come back just
for that course alone. A couple of ups and downs took the edge off my
speed but sub 90 minutes was never in doubt.

I crossed the line pretty confident I was on the podium but it wasn’t
until a friend got the update from Ironmanlive that I knew I had won my
first Ironman 70.3 event, and by nearly 20 minutes. That was brilliant
as I had no real expectation of winning at this distance. I took my
slot and booked my trip to Austria where there will be some very
serious European 70.3 specialists. It should be fun. Presently I have
my foot in a bucket of ice to treat what I hope is some simple bruising
on the ball of my foot…….fingers crossed I can start training again by
the end of the week to defend my title at the Grafman and then enjoy my
week in Roth, taking part in the legendary event."

Dave Patmore-Hill said: "Really pleased with my efforts at 70.3
Staffordshire today. Stuck this Ironman 70.3 in the calendar, late in
the day, and from a decent base training put 4 weeks of tri specific
training in and achieved 15th in Age Group today (out of 358) and 131st
overall (out of 2700)...and to cap it off we had a Northerly wind"

54. Roger Canham 32:23 2:39:57 1:27:06 = 4:45:58 Age
Group 1st. 3500 WTC points.

131. Dave Patmore-Hill 32:49 2:49:05 1:33:49 = 5:02:24 AG 15.
3027 WTC points.

197. Robin Brookes 33:06 2:47:52 1:41:47 = 5:11:25 AG 5.
3041 WTC points.

Roger Canham - 50-54 AGE GROUP CHAMPION. 54th overall.


PACTRAC had 2 athletes competing abroad in Elite races at the weekend.
Kim Bell was selected by the BTF to join a German Team, KTT01, in the
German League Triathlon in Eutin. She finished 6th and helped them in
their aim of winning the race. With 1 race to go in the series, they
now stand a good chance of being promoted to league one for next

Kim said: "It was the second division Bundesliga and the team KTT 01
(based in Cologne) asked for our help as they wanted to make the first
division next year. The first division features top ITU names.

The race was in Eutin, northeast of Hamburg and was an Elite drafting
race. It was a 2 lap lake swim, followed by a 4 lap flat bike course
with 3 dead turns and a 3 lap off-road run round the lake.

I was first out of the water with one girl on my feet and another girl
15 seconds back, with a big gap to the rest. The three of us worked
really well and hard together throughout the bike leg. By the end of
the bike we had 4-5 mins on the main pack of 15-20. Onto the run I was
in 2nd until about 4.5 miles into the run where I got caught by a few
of the faster runners from the main pack. I managed to hold on for the
last 1.75 miles and finished 6th.

This was a team event and 2 members of my team ran past me to finish
2nd and 4th. The other finished 14th. In the Bundesliga they add up the
places of the first three in each team and the team with the lowest
number wins. So our team won which puts us in a good position for the
final round in Grimme on the 12th July to make the first division next


Nathan Tweedie was selected by the BTF to compete in the Junior Race in
the European Cup in Burgas, Bulgaria. This is a major step for Nathan,
who also competed in Portugal in the BTF team earlier this year. They
are obviously recognising that he has talent in picking him again for
the National Junior Team.

In the junior event Nathan Tweedie just missing out on a podium spot to
take fourth in 58:26. The race was won by Belarusian Mikita Katsianeu,
with Nathan just 1 1/2 minutes behind. Nathan was in the first pack on
the bike, after his usual superfast swim. The 6 riders managed to keep
away, with Nathan doing a lot of the work on the front, trying to keep
the second pack at bay. He succeeded, which meant that some fast
runners behind, were unable to catch them on the run, as Nathan paid
for his hard work, by just missing out on the Podium by 13 seconds. The
BTF were impressed and will no doubt select Nathan again later on in
the year.

swim 750m - 1 lap. 22 degrees C, with a beach mass start in the Black

bike 12.5m - out and back 4 times. Flat.

run 3m - out and back 2 times. Flat, asphalt road by the beach.

Junior Men

1. Mikita Katsianeu, BLR, 56:54

2. Philip Horwarth, AUT, 57:32

3. Matus Verbovsky, SVK, 58:13

4. Nathan Tweedie, GBR, 58:26


28 PACTRACers finished the Dambuster Triathlon at Rutland Water, with
another 4 not finishing due to not wanting to aggravate various
injuries, and, therefore, not starting the run.

Distances were:

swim 1500 metres in Rutland Water. 1 Triangular lap of the cold

bike 26 miles. 1 lap taking in the triple hills of the Rutland Ripple,
between Oakham and Uppingham; before continuing to Morcott, Ketton with
it's 0.9 mile climb and Empingham.

run 6.25 miles from Whitwell to Normanton Church and back.

As usual, this was a big National race with athletes attracted from all
over the country. This year, it was a World Championship Qualifier. The
World Championships this year, are in Chicago in September. Only 2
PACTRACers were in the top 4 of their respective Age Groups, which
gives automatic qualification. However, neither Paul Vernon, who won
his Age Group, nor Simon Hoppe who came 4th in his, have opted to take
up their places.

Paul was 10th overall in the race and won his Age Group by just 5-
seconds in a sprint finish. 5 of those ahead of him, were only there by
virtue of a faster swim. Paul moved up from 36th in his Age Group in
the swim, to 8th after the bike and then gained a further 7 places on
the run. He had both the 5th fastest bike and the 5th fastest run in
the whole field.

10. Paul Vernon 26:25 65:45 34:22 = 2:06:32 Age Group

66. Simon Hoppe 21:50 72:52 39:44 = 2:14:26 AG 4.

91. Richard Moys 23:28 73:28 40:29 = 2:17:25 AG 12.

115. Wayne Stainsby 25:01 74:05 39:38 = 2:18:42 AG 22.

132. Richard Nixon 22:42 73:06 44:13 = 2:20:01 AG 17.

170. Dave Wagstaff 25:49 72:03 44:39 = 2:22:31

174. Dave Allsop 25:32 73:13 44:01 = 2:22:46

176. Mark Weathersby 30:00 72:47 40:08 = 2:22:55

183. Jimmy Robinson 29:25 69:56 44:26 = 2:23:47

193. Abi Schofield 23:23 81:32 39:25 = 2:24:20 AG 7th.

209. Andy Gregg 31:51 73:03 40:30 = 2:25:24

226. Peter Harris 28:28 74:15 43:47 = 2:26:30

229. Steve Coombs 30:46 74:45 41:16 = 2:26:47

233. Steve Hope 27:29 76:13 43:13 = 2:26:55 AG 24 / 75.

260. Richard Ardern 27:59 79:17 41:37 = 2:28:53

278. Simon Pauffley 26:53 77:46 45:35 = 2:30:14

283. Daniel Fitzjohn 30:58 77:42 41:47 = 2:30:27

319. Jeremy Thompson 30:23 78:47 43:13 = 2:32:23 AG 12.

328. Steve Maile 28:55 74:56 49:01 = 2:32:52

356. Paul Frampton 30:36 76:53 47:20 = 2:34:49

381. Simon Guerin 23:14 81:00 52:11 = 2:36:25

424. Duncan Philp 37:21 76:11 45:20 = 2:38:52

445. Simon Gull 33:25 80:26 46:59 = 2:40:50 AG 21.

461. Stephen Cook 27:26 87:15 47:30 = 2:42:11

535. Robin Laukaitis 24:57 94:09 48:17 = 2:47:23

543. Andy Rawlins 33:45 87:49 46:57 = 2:48:31

561. Pedro Polson 22:45 86:18 60:59 = 2:50:02 led the wave into T1.

719. Terence Wright 33:03 96:40 72:58 = 3:22:41

DNF. Simon Meade (M) 50-54 - 25:41 76:00 ---

DNF. Paul Lunn (M) 40-44 PACTRAC - 23:29 63:15 ---

DNF. Giles Cooper (M) 50-54 PACTRAC - 25:32 71:22 ---

DNF. Chris Troop (M) 55-59 GI Tri - 29:26 ---

754. 28 Pactrac finishers plus 4DNF


8 Seniors competed for PACTRAC at the Wickstead Park Triathlon, with
another 4 Juniors in the Junior Aquathlon's. All 8 Seniors finished in
the top 3 in their respective Age Groups, which must be a record. Mark
Weathersby was 2nd overall in the Sprint race, whilst Marcus Widdess
was 3rd overall in the Standard distance race. Hannah Bassett was 1st
female in the Youth Aquathlon.

Standard distance Triathlon: 1500m, 25m, 5.75m.

Sprint distance Triathlon: 750m, 15m, 3m.

Novice distance Triathlon: 500m, 10m, 1.5m.

Aquathlon (swim,run):

Youth: 500m, 3m.

TS3: 400m, 2m.

TS1: 150m, 1m.

Standard distance:

3. Marcus Widdess 2:31:08 Age Group 1st.

4. Steve Giles 2:37:07 AG 1.

18. Paul Jephcott 3:03:12 AG 2.

Sprint distance:

2. Mark Weathersby 1:23:48 AG 1st.

6. Jon Dundee 1:30:38 AG 3.

10. Simon Perkins 1:32:34 AG 1st.

36. Joanne Annis 2:07:40 AG 2. 3rd female.

Novice distance:

4. James Steventon 1:11:21 AG 3.

Aquathlon - Youth:

3. Jonathan Oakey 31:26

5. Hannah Bassett 39:09 1st female


6. Matthew Wouldham 19:56

TriStar 1:

17. Safford Hewitt-White 11:44


This followed on from sterling performances by Jonathan and Hannah the
previous week in Nottingham which was part of the East Midland Series.
Both competed in the Youth race over the distances of:

swim 400 metres.

Bike 5 miles.

Run 2 miles.

It had a pool swim, then an off road bike course through some woods,
and a run through a wooded park, with plenty of shade under the trees.

Jonathan Oakey won the Youth race in 36:32 minutes, a whole 3:12
minutes ahead of the 2nd placed athlete. Hannah Bassett was 4th in
the girls Youth Race in 44:52.


1. Jonathan Oakey 6:15 21:24 8:53 = 36:32

4. Hannah Bassett 7:23 27:07 10:22 = 44:52 4th female.


There was another good day for the Juniors in the inaugural Discovery
Tri at Writtle College in Essex. This Open water event forms part of
the Eastern Region League. There were only 2 entrants from PACTRAC, but
both made the podium.

Tristar 1 : Olivia Corner's form continues to improve and she narrowly
missed out on top spot, to finish second after solid displays in all
disciplines, but not quite being able to catch the leader on the run.

Tristar 2 : Katie Tasker made it 5 TRIATHLON WINS IN A ROW. An
excellent swim meant that she came out of the water only 10 seconds
behind the leader, who she quickly overtook on the 1st bike lap of 4.
She opened up a lead of 45 seconds after the bike phase - a lead she
maintained on the run for a comfortable win.


2 PACTRACers competed in the Velopark Duathlon, which took place at the
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. It all took place on a
closed 1-mile circuit. This is a very tight and twisty, sporting

Both Sean Beard and Tracy McCartney represented PACTRAC and recorded
1st places in their respective Age Groups.

A 3rd local athlete, Claire Steels also won her Age Group. Claire is
off to Adelaide for the World Duathlon Championships in October, as is
PACTRAC's Jim Fell.

run 2 miles

bike 10 miles

run 1 mile

4. Sean Beard 11:58 26:39 5:43 = 44:20 AG 1st.

18. Tracy McCartney 12:25 29:48 6:07 = 48:20 AG 1st.


10. Claire Steels 12:26 28:23 5:51 = 46:40 AG 1st.


The English National Middle Distance Triathlon Championships were
held at Grafham Water on Sunday.

The event, known as "The Grafman" was over the Middle
Distance of

swim 1.2 miles in Grafham Water.

bike 56 miles

run 13.1 miles

Antony Brown came away with the GOLD MEDAL due to his excellent bike
split, whilst Sue Davys put her hard winters training to good use,
winning the BRONZE MEDAL. It was hard work in the wind & rain.

The first PACTRACer home was Robin Brookes who led 4 other club mates,
all within 6-minutes of each other.

70. Robin Brookes 31:37 2:36:14 1:36:38 = 4:44:29 AG 7.

83. Chris Brennan 35:33 2:33:05 1:39:31 = 4:48:09 AG 14.

86. Antony Brown 31:04 2:30:43 1:47:35 = 4:49:22 AG 1st

87. Chris Pike 35:08 2:33:41 1:40:36 = 4:49:25 AG 8.

93. Graeme Hall 35:49 2:36:06 1:38:23 = 4:50:18 AG 9.

141. Richard Pike 33:08 2:40:10 1:49:42 = 5:03:00 AG 12.

167. Richard Ardern 32:39 2:49:32 1:46:18 = 5:08:29 AG 21.

309. Andrew Russell 35:03 2:41:52 2:30:51 = 5:47:46 AG 38.

392. Sue Davys 46:27 3:17:39 2:15:57 = 6:20:03 AG 3rd.


2 PACTRACers competed in the local Oakham Sprint Triathlon, with Ros
Goatly recording 2nd in her Age Group.

The distances were:

swim 400 metres in the pool.

bike 14.25 miles on 1 undulating loop, heading west of Oakham.

run 3 miles - out and back.

41. Ros Goatly 7:28 53:35 22:56 = 1:23:59 AG 2.

90. Joanne Annis 10:11 71:54 21:18 = 1:43:23 AG 8.


New member, Paul Hodgson competed in his first Ironman 70.3 (Half-
Ironman), over the distances of swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run
13.1 miles at Wimbleball. This is an established race that has
developed a reputation as one of the most challenging races in the
IRONMAN calendar. Double World Champion, Chris McCormack's, assessment
is that it is his toughest 70.3.

Held in the picturesque Exmoor National Park, Wimbleball Lake has been
host to IRONMAN 70.3 UK since 2006, and has built it's reputation on
it's challenging bike course.

The swim course is one lap, starting 20m from the shore. The IRONMAN
70.3 UK Exmoor bike course is a tough two lap course right in the heart
of Exmoor National Park. The course leaves Wimbleball lake and follows
a loop through hilly terrain in Somerset. The run at Wimbleball Lake is
a three loop course on a mix of terrain including tarmac, hard pack
trail and grass. There is one short sharp climb on each lap, which is
tackled three times.

1143. Paul Hodgson 53:44 4:35:03 2:40:05 = 8:08:52 AG 194.


2 PACTRACers ventured over to Cardiff for the inaugural Cardiff
Triathlon based around Cardiff Bay.

Dave Patmore-Hill raced in the Standard distance triathlon over 1500
metres in the sea, 25 miles on scenic local roads and a 6.25 mile run
around Cardiff Docks.

Mark Weathersby competed in the Sprint distance triathlon over half the
distance (750 metres, 12.5 miles, 3 miles).

Dave was pleased with his effort with a 2.09 finish, and particularly
the 37min run at the end. His virus has finally gone.

The weather wasn't ideal for racing, being very wet and quite windy,
and choppy in the sea swim. Mark said that he "swallowed half the bay
on the swim, but had a good bike and run."

36. Dave Patmore-Hill 23:45 68:04 37:49 = 2:09:38 AG 11.

13. Mark Weathersby 15:03 33:56 18:33 = 67:32 AG 5.


May: Georgina GOLD, Simon and Antony BRONZE in Nat'l Champs / Antony GOLD and Dave A BRONZE in English Champs / Giles & Paul represent GB / Nathan wins Aquathlon / Georgina 1st lady.

Henry Morton and Kim Bell competed in the BUCS Sprint in Wiltshire,
with Kim coming 10th female over the distances of:

swim 750 metres.

Bike 16 miles.

Run 3 miles.

60. Henry Morton 10:26 44:24 18:22 = 73:12
128. Kim Bell 9:08 46:48 21:37 = 77:33


The PACTRAC Mid-Distance Triathlon took place at Oundle
on Monday.

This was the first of the Club Championship races and covered the
distances of:

swim 900 yards in Oundle Pool.

Bike 20 miles - 2 laps around Oundle, Glapthorn and the Benefields.

Run 5 miles - 1 lap around Glapthorn and Cottestock.

30 athletes lined up on a warm summers day, although their was still a
bit of wind about on this undulating course, with its two inclines on
each lap.

Simon Hoppe led the swimmers out and kept the lead until the final 2-
miles on the bike when he was overtaken by Antony Brown. Antony had a
slender lead of just 12 seconds going out into the run, but Simon soon
re-took the lead and came home unopposed to win this first race of the
current Club Championships by nearly 3 minutes.

Antony held onto 2nd place, in spite of a gallant effort from Rob
Hammond who moved to within 12 seconds of him by the finish.

Results are on


Two great weekends on the trot. We are getting spoilt. Last weeks
Duathlon at Castor saw 80 PACTRACers out in one place for the first
time in 5 years, so a great gathering of the Junior and Senior Sections

26 PACTRACers attended this weekends Training Weekend, where we had a
good mixture of Seminars and Practical sessions.

The Mid-Distance on Monday attracted 30 competitors with 15 in the
River Nene afterwards and 12 in the pool for the evening session. 49
people swam in all, so another good day.

Simon Hoppe currently leads the Club Championships and >40s with Antony
Brown leading the >50s. For the Ladies, Christina Cork has taken an
early lead both overall and in the >40s with Sue Davys looking to
retain the >50s Trophy. There's still all to play for, with the next
events being the first Mini-Series on 20th May followed by the Off-Road
Triathlon at Harringworth on Monday 25th May.


Here are the results from Saturday's Junior races at Stanground.

26 of our Juniors took part. We also had another 10 smaller children
doing their first event and being helped by the older Juniors. These
were not timed and were all in fun.


Norah Brill 11:33

Phoebe Lloyd 14:43


Bert Papworth 16:57

Olivia Corner 18:12

Hugo Brill 18:19

Marcus Amps-Woodward 20:39

Lottie Tasker 22:04

Tommy Armitage 23:46

William Lloyd 23:48

Libby Mellor 26:22

Chloe Moore 34:41


Katie Tasker 25:03

Connor Walker 26:21

Sam Oakley 29:15

Joe Garner 31:05

Louis Dawson 32:04

Archie Stewart 32:11

Toby Cooke 33:28

Zoe Bateman 34:32

Sophie Ellen 34:33


Matthew Wouldham 32:27

Rhiannon Loutit 44:53

Sam Garner 45:46


Jonathan Oakley 30:19

Liam Stokes 31:48

Hannah Bassett 38:44


2 distances were available in the Peterborough Triathlons on Sunday,
that were organised by Monster Triathlon, from the Rowing Lake.

The Mojo was a Half-Ironman distance triathlon over:

swim 1.2 miles in the Rowing Lake.

bike 51 miles - out, 3 laps, and back.

run 12.5 miles - 4 laps around the Rowing Lake.

The Mojito was a Standard distance triathlon over:

swim 1500 metres.

bike 24 miles - 1 lap around the same Barnack, Ailsworth

run 6.25 miles - 2 laps around the Rowing Lake.

Paul Jephcott was 2nd in his Age Group at the Mojo Half-Ironman
distance Triathlon in Peterborough at the weekend.:

Paul is representing GB in this distance at the European Championships
in Rimini, Italy on 24th May.

Paul had an unusual feeding strategy in transition saying "the hot
cross bun did taste nice!"

Comments from athletes were that the water was "warmish", "the wind
picked up a bit after the swim!" plus "ice blocks for feet for the

Andy Gregg said "great fun - loved it, and getting the feeling back in
the feet after 3-miles of running was lovely!!"

It's still a bit early in the year to be doing these distances in the


29. Andy Gregg 46:25 2:42:12 1:30:48 = 4:59:25

30. Charlie Brookes 37:07 2:44:11 1:39:12 = 5:00:30

74 Paul Jephcott 44:34 3:11:37 1:56:36 = 5:52:47


37. Simon Parkes 24:46 1:21:50 49:57 = 2:36:33


3 PACTRAC Juniors competed in the Duathlon at Prestwold, over varying


30th. Joe Garner 5:35 13:44 2:16 = 21:35


37th. Sam Garner 7:21 19:26 3:11 = 29:58


12th. Jonathan Oakey 9:44 21:55 14:59 = 46:38


The Thomas Cook 70.3 Half-Ironman took place in Alcudia on Saturday in

The distances were:

1.2 mile sea swim.

56 mile bike ride up into the Mountains but with good fast stretches
early and later on.

13.1 mile run close to the beech.

100th. Paul Lunn 28:43 2:38:29 1:32:05 = 4:39:17 Age Group

694. Jon Dundee 30:42 2:44:55 1:55:32 = 5:18:33 AG 133.

817. Dave Thorold 36:01 3:02:10 1:46:21 = 5:24:32 AG 84th.

Paul was 12 minutes slower than last year on the run, but is currently
carrying a hip injury.

Paul said "Yesterday didn't go to plan, but you have to take the rough
with the smooth. Looking forward to having another go next weekend in


In the West Pinchbeck Novice Duathlon last week, Rob Stokes pitted
himself against son Liam.

3. Liam Stokes 11:58 20:53 12:50 = 45:41

9. Rob Stokes 13:30 21:57 14:12 = 49:39

This week Liam competed in the Basildon Aquathon over the short
distances of a 200 metre swim and a 1.5 mile run on the running track.
Liam won the event outright in a time of 12:24.

Liam was 3rd out of the water, but had a faster transition, and the 3
athletes set off on the run together. Liam had the fastest run of the
day and won the event overall by 18 seconds.

1. Liam Stokes 12:34 3 03:01 8 00:17 1 09:15


The Nice Tri Triathlon at St. Neots incorporated the British Sprint
Championships; which explained why over 900 competitors wanted to jump
into the cold waters of the River Ouse in mid-May.

13 PACTRACers took part over the distances of:

swim 750 metres in the River Ouse - out and back.

bike 15 miles - 1 lap.

run 3 miles - 2 laps around the park.

3 PACTRACers received National Championship Medals:

GOLD Georgina Jennings.

BRONZE Simon Hoppe.

BRONZE Antony Brown.

Georgina suffered with 2 punctures, and came into T2 with a flat tyre,
but gallantly continued to take the Gold Medal.

Simon was only 10 seconds behind his Age Group winner in a very close

This was also a Qualifying Race for both the European Championships in
Lisbon next year, and the World Championships in Chicago this year, so
all 3 have Qualified at the first attempt, with 2-more Qualifying races
to go.


23. Henry Morton 11:09 39:37 16:30 = 1:07:16 AG 9.

60. Simon Hoppe 12:03 39:58 17:30 = 1:09:31 AG 3rd BRONZE

103. Richard Moys 12:47 41:10 17:52 = 1:11:49 AG 20.

129. Antony Brown 12:57 40:06 19:35 = 1:12:38 AG 3rd BRONZE

161. Wayne Stainsby 13:55 41:53 17:52 = 1:13:40 AG 23.

197. Marcus Widdess 13:13 44:36 17:16 = 1:15:05 AG 29.

215. Jonathan Crowley 13:47 42:47 19:05 = 1:15:39 AG 28.

395. Steve Hope 16:34 50:08 20:21 = 1:27:03 AG 33.

147. Nicola Smallwood 14:30 50:51 21:50 = 1:27:11 AG 26.

406. Pedro Polson 13:07 50:07 25:25 = 1:28:39 AG 27.

203. Kate Armstrong 18:12 55:37 21:41 = 1:35:30 AG 20.

210. Sue Davys 19:10 55:38 24:56 = 1:39:44 AG 15.

234. Georgina Jennings 18:32 88:23 27:39 = 2:14:34 AG 1. GOLD


9 PACTRACers took part in the Beaver Triathlons from Belvoir Castle,
Grantham at the weekend.

3 distances were on offer - a Half-Ironman Distance, a
Standard Distance and a Sprint Distance. The Sprint race or Speedy
Beaver was also the English National Championships and 5 from the club
competed in this race.

Antony Brown won the British Sprint Title at St. Neots last weekend,
and this weekend added the English Sprint Championships to his array of
honours. He won the GOLD MEDAL in his Age Group whilst Dave Allsop
came away with a BRONZE MEDAL.

Speedy Beaver (Sprint):

30. Antony Brown 13:41 40:25 22:37 = 1:16:43 AG 1st. (55-

39. Marcus Widdess 13:40 44:02 20:06 = 1:17:48 AG 6.

46. Dave Allsop 14:21 42:21 22:05 = 1:18:47 AG 3. (45-

61. Mark Weathersby 16:28 43:04 21:31 = 1:21:03 AG 6.

131. Michael Shadwell 16:47 51:02 24:05 = 1:31:54 AG 18.

Little Beaver (Standard):

367. Pedro Polson 27:14 1:43:04 1:10:39 = 3:20:57

416. Nicholas Partridge 36:17 1:55:56 1:19:09 = 3:51:22

Beaver (Half-Ironman):

54. Richard Nixon 30:25 2:23:50 1:49:16 = 4:43:31

66. Colin Brackley 36:03 2:39:55 1:32:26 = 4:48:24


Paul Vernon won the Huntingdon Park Run on Saturday in a new PB and a
new Course Record of 16:20 - a gallant run by Paul who won the race by
2:25 minutes.


Sunday saw 400 riders leave from Marholm in the Marholm Sportive. See
for more details. Although not a race, this presented the riders with
challenging rides of 50, 70 or 100 miles. Nicholas Firth of the Calder
Clarion was the first home after 50 miles in a time of 2:26 hours,
whilst local riders Gary Eames, Steve Kaye and Alex Moore brought the
70 milers home in 3:31 hours and Matt Oliver was the first 100 miler in
5:29 hours.


A couple of PACTRACers, Paul Spain and Tony Moran, chose to ride the
Etapes du Dales Sportive, up in Yorkshire, instead.

Tony said "Etape du Dales- done! One rather blustery day...! 11 hrs in
the saddle, 110 miles distance, 3000m of climbing, 2 very sore legs, 1
aching back and 1 happy and relieved guy!"


17 May 2015. 70.3 Half-Ironman Barcelona - 5 PACTRACers ventured over
to Spain to test themselves against some of the worlds best Half-
Ironman distance specialists. Paul Lunn, Roger Canham, Dave Thorrold,
Robin Brookes, Jimmy Robinson.

"A friendly city of 19,000 situated 30 miles from Catalonia's economic
and political centre of Barcelona, Calella has quickly become one of
Europe's up-and-coming triathlon hotspots.

The field of 2,000+ athletes enjoyed a one-loop swim in the
Mediterranean Sea that started and finished on the beach of Calella.
The 56 mile bike headed inland on closed roads, before returning to the
transition area on the beach. The two-loop run headed along the coast
to a turnaround at Pineda."

Swim 1.2 miles

Bike 56 miles - not one but three hills and 1400m of elevation, with
"some ominous wiggly roads up and down the hills", "navigating around
pot holes and speed bumps".

Run 12.5 miles - a flat run.

Temperature 80oF

Roger said:

"I had worked hard to keep pace with the other bikers on the up hills,
but they just sped past me on the downs as we hit the tight hairpins,
me clinging to my brake hoods whilst they majestically swung their
bikes left and right at each turn."

"Job done and in the circumstances the result was better than I could
have hoped for. The weekend was great fun and next time I will check
out the course before hastily pressing the enter button!"


6. Roger Canham 33:13 3:00:20 1:27:21 = 5:00:54

DNF Robin Brookes 34:42


53. David Thorold 38:33 3:02:08 1:45:18 = 5:25:59


14. Paul Lunn 32:38 2:44:25 1:31:50 = 4:48:53

38. Jimmy Robinson 33:47 2:56:38 1:39:56 = 5:10:21

PACTRAC held the 2nd of this year's club championship races on Bank
Holiday Monday.

This was an Off-Road Triathlon held at a lake in

swim 750 metres in the lake - 2.25 laps. 16 degrees, so warming up.

bike 8 miles - 2 laps.

run 4 miles - 1 lap.

This was a tough race over rough terrain. Simon Hoppe became the 6th
winner of the race, in it's 8 year history. 4 out of the 6 winners were
racing, with Simon adding a new name to the Trophy at his first

This was the club's 2nd race in 6 days following on from last
Wednesday's Mini-Series race - where Simon was 2nd to Junior
Triathlete, Nathan Tweedie. Nathan wasn't competing on Monday, but
another Junior, Jonathan Oakey (15), gave Simon an early scare, as he
was faced with being pipped by a 2nd Junior in 6-days. That wasn't to
be though, as Simon was only 27-seconds behind Jonathan out of the
lake. A quick transition and Simon soon took the lead on the first of
two laps on the bike, and held on to it on the run, to win by 2:18

Jonathan put in a fine performance in this, his first full year of
racing against the seniors. Although Steve Giles was catching up on the
bike, he wasn't able to make any inroads on the run, and had to settle
for 3rd place.

Jaap Flikweert had to pull out on the run with a recurring Achilles
problem, leaving just 5 athletes to finish in this club championship

1st Simon Hoppe 11:52 31:37 23:27 = 66:56

2nd Jonathan Oakey 11:25 33:53 23:56 = 69:14

3rd Steve Giles 16:27 30:02 24:05 = 70:34

4th Steve Hope 13:43 33:05 25:44 = 72:32

5th Jonathon Ratcliffe 12:02 37:13 26:20 = 75:35

6th Jaap Flikweert 13:25 34:01 dnf


The 2015 Middle (Half-Ironman distance) Distance Triathlon European
Championships were held in Rimini, Italy at the weekend, with 2
PACTRACers representing their country, amongst the 167 Brits

Giles Cooper came 11th in his Age Group, whilst Paul Jephcott was

in his, competing against the best in Europe.

Swim 1.37 miles. The swim turned out to be 300 metres longer than

normal, as a marker buoy disappeared overnight, which made things

interesting. Slightly choppy in the Adriatic Sea and quite a bit of


Bike 58 miles. Up into the hills with 3,750 metres of climbing,

in the first 30 miles. Giles described it as ”brutal” with a bit of

rain making the descent “interesting”.

Run 13.1 mile half marathon - back and forth along the sea front

promenade, by which time the sun had come out, and with no shade

it made it hard work.

One of the competitor's described it as “Hard. Fabulous. Awful.

Emotional. Everything."


11. Giles Cooper 37:07 3:06:30 1:44:05 = 5:27:42 4th Brit.

17. Paul Jephcott 53:12 3:34:55 2:13:02 = 6:41:09 7th Brit.

Giles was 10th in the Middle distance European Championships in

last year, and 11th in Rimini this year.

Paul was 16th in Majorca last year, and 17th this year.


Various events took place at St.Neots on Sunday, in the NiceTri

Aquathlon's, swims and Junior Races.

Swim 3000m. 4-laps.

5. Andrew Chapman 15:21 15:14 16:08 16:13 = 1:02:58 AG 2.

Swim 1500m. 2-laps.

5. Simon Guerin 16:21 15:39 = 32:00 AG 2.

9. Michael Shadwell 17:39 18:44 = 36:23 AG 2.

22. Sue Davys 27:37 24:59 = 52:37 AG 2.

Sprint Aquathlon - swim 750 metres, run 3 miles.

1. Nathan Tweedie 11:18 18:24 = 29:42 AG 1st and 1st overall.

Nathan took a commanding lead in the swim, and won the event by 3:05


Standard distance Aquathlon - swim 1500 metres, run 6.25 miles.

6. Abi Schofield 29:02 43:18 = 1:12:20 AG 1st. First Female.

25. Andy Rawlins 41:46 46:31 = 1:28:17 AG 4.

26. Laura Johnson 34:47 53:48 = 1:28:35 AG 2.

31. Wendy Coxshall 39:59 52:33 = 1:32:32 AG 1st.

Junior Aquathlon's - various swim/run distances.

TriStar 1.

7. Olivia Corner 4:34 7:32 = 12:06

Olivia raced really well and narrowly missed out on a podium place.

bad considering she was on crutches last week.

TriStar 2.

5. Katie Tasker 4:59 9:46 = 14:45

Katie had a great swim, coming out of the water as 2nd Girl. She

maintained her position and was closing in on the leader when she

crossed the line.

TriStar 3.

4. Matthew Wouldham 5:31 12:31 = 18:02

Matt had a really strong swim, that placed him in a good position on

the run.


Eton Dorney - Sprint.

swim 750 metres in the lake.

bike 13 miles.

run 3 miles.

79. Richard Moys 12:08 37:02 19:16 = 68:26 AG 14.

This was a Qualifying race for the World Sprint Championships in
Chicago in July. Richard will try again at Nottingham this coming


Two race distances took place in the lake at Priory Park, Bedford, on

Sprint - swim 750m, bike 13 miles, run 3 miles.

Georgina Jennings was delighted to come home with the Trophy for first
lady OVERALL. This is the first time in a few years since a delighted
Georgina managed that.

"I was amazed" said Georgina.

18. Georgina Jennings 20:41 47:54 31:12 = 1:39:47 AG 1st and

Half-Ironman distance:

6. Robin Brookes 31:23 2:44:56 1:42:12 = 4:58:31 AG 1st.


Andy Chapman competed in The Vitality London
Triathlon at Hyde Park, along with a few thousand others. Andy said
"Great race today in London. Really good swim, fast but slippy bike,
and a good run."

Swim 1500 metres in the Thames, bike 25 miles, run
6.25 miles.

Andy Chapman 25:10 69:08 43:51 = 2:18.09.

George wins GOLD, Paul GOLD & BRONZE in the National Duathlon Championships.

The TriCrazy Bedford Sprint Triathlon at Robinsons Pool in Bedford,
was the 3rd and final race in this year's series. Terry Murphy came
2nd in his Age Group and also 2nd in the Series.

Distances were:

swim 400 metres in the pool.
bike 15 miles - 1 loop on country lanes.
run 3 miles - 2 laps of the park.

85. George Swallow 9:11 56:27 22:51 = 1:28:29 AG 4.
123 Terry Murphy 11:18 57:14 27:02 = 1:35:34 AG 2nd.


The Xtra Mile Autumn Duathlon was held at the famous Oulton Park
Motor Racing Circuit in Cheshire.

The Standard Distance race was over the distances of:

Run 2 laps - 5.4 miles.

Bike 9 "exhilarating" laps - 24 miles.

Run 1 lap - 2.7 miles.

The Transition was in the racing pits, with the race held entirely on
the traffic free race track.

This race also hosted the Triathlon England National Championships.

PACTRAC's Paul Vernon had a solid race all-round. With a good start
and improving on the bike, Paul came into T2 in 4th place, had a faster
transition and exited in 3rd place. He then pulled away on the final
run to cement his position. Paul won a BRONZE MEDAL in the English
National Championships and a GOLD MEDAL in his Age Group. He was 1:41
minutes behind the overall winner and secured Bronze by 29 seconds.

Jim Fell warmed up for the World Championships in Adelaide, Australia,
in 2 weeks time, by putting in a solid performance for 5th in his Age Group.

George Prodrick went even better and won a GOLD MEDAL in the National
Duathlon Championships in his 75-79 year Age Group. This is a great
result for George, who first competed for National medals in 2012,
had to take some time off due to injury and is now back winning medals.

3. Paul Vernon 28:31 57:19 14:15 = 1:40:05 3rd
overall and 1st in Age Group. GOLD & BRONZE MEDALs.

217. Jim Fell 42:11 76:55 22:17 = 2:21:23 AG 5th.

253. George Prodrick 49:58 74:52 26:21 = 2:31:11 AG 1st. GOLD MEDAL.


Paul Vernon was, therefore, not at the first Frostbite League run at
St. Neots on Sunday to defend his 6 wins out of 6 from last year.
PACTRAC had a record turnout of 38 (Seniors and Juniors) plus at
least another 13 running for their first claim running clubs.

Paul V wins at Abbotts Ripton. Paul L 2nd in New Forest.

Ex-PACTRACER and founding member from back in 1985, Steve
Cox took part in a Charity Cross-Chanel Swimming Relay at
the weekend.

The team of four were originally due to set off from Dover
last Sunday. This was postponed until Monday, and then again
to last Saturday.

Steve said "We're swimming in aid of the mobility charity,
Motivation who do great work all over the world, giving people
with mobility problems independence and a more certain future
through the provision of wheelchairs, training and other
assistance. The team traveled down to Dover on Saturday and
were hopeful of starting the swim in the cold, dark hours of
Sunday morning.

"This was postponed twice, before we finally got to go.
Despite all the best wishes, the weather gods have not been kind.
Our slot early on Sunday was taken by a team ahead of us in the
pilot boat queue that hadn't got away on Saturday - they had good
conditions and got across.

Late on Sunday night, our Monday slot was pulled too as the
weather conditions in the Channel had deteriorated enough to
rule out attempts for the rest of the week. We finally got to
go on Saturday, which was our last chance before losing
the pilot boat."

After the bad weather delays, the team ended up with
a really good day to complete the event, with each
swimmer swimming for 1 hour in rotation.

Steve said "After an awesome night's swim, with Bridget,
Zoe and Kay, I had the honour of swimming the last leg
and landing us in France, and what an honour"


On Saturday, Olympic and Commonwealth Champion brothers, Alistair and
Jonny Brownlee brought their Brownlee Triathlon back to Harewood House,
in Leeds. This is part of their drive to encourage people of all ages
and abilities to take part in triathlon.

Jonathan Oakey came 12th in the Youth Super-Sprint over the distances of

swim 400 metres in the lake.
bike 8 miles on traffic-free roads, as used by the Tour de France.
run 2 miles.

12. Jonathan Oakey ....6.18....29.32....12.40..=..48.30

Paul Vernon won the BRJ Duathlon outright. The event, held
at Abbotts Ripton was over the distances of:

run 3 miles
bike 12.5 miles
run 1.5 miles - out and back on a flat course.

This was another great win for Paul, who came home to win by 3:09
and in doing so, he set a new Course Record.

Paul had the fastest first run and set off on the bike 52 seconds ahead
of the chasing pack. He then had the 2nd fastest bike to come into T2
2:17 ahead of a quartet of chasers. Paul then had the fastest final
discipline by 26 seconds and came home 3:09 ahead for a clear victory
and a new Course Record.

1. Paul Vernon 15.32....31.13.....9.44..=..56.29
21 Andrew Chapman 20.33....35.39....13.01..=..69.13
35 Simon Guerin 21.28....37.41....13.37..=..72.46


Paul Lunn meanwhile warmed up for his Half-
Ironman in Turkey next month, by finishing a
>great 2nd place overall in the Half-Ironman
distance New Forest Middle Distance Triathlon.

Distances were
swim 1900 metres - 2 laps in Ellingham Lake.
bike 56 miles - 3 laps in the New Forest National Park.
run 13.1 miles - out and back. Off-road on gravel tracks.

Paul had the second fastest bike and second fastest run
of the day. He was 3rd away on the run, and gained 1 place
to finish in 2nd place overall.

2. Paul Lunn........34.24....2.27.02....1.27.55....=..4.29.21 AG 2nd.


At the Pinewood Triathlon, at Sheringham, Steve Hope won
his Age Group over the distances of:
Swim 300 meters in the pool.
Bike 11 miles - 1 loop.
run 2 miles-out and back.

11. Steve Hope....5.30....32.33....12.40..=..50.43 ....AG 1st.

Less than 3 minutes separated 2nd and 11th places.


Neil Tandy competed in the half-Ironman distance
triathlon at Hever Castle. This is the 4th
event in this year's Castle Series and Neil
has targetted the half-Ironman at each. However,
his season has been blighted by injury and
once again he found that he was unable to run,
to anywhere near his potential.

The distances were:
swim 1900 metres in the lake.
bike 56 miles.
run 13.1 miles.

Neil was 6th out of the water, and maintained a
top ten position on the bike, but a calf injury
is currently holding him back on the run. Even so,
he was able to hold on to finish 28th overall.

28. Neil Tandy........27.11....3.04.00....2.18.17....=..5.49.28.


Sean Beard competed in the Berlin Marathon (first claim club NVHs, 2nd
claim PACTRAC). This was only his second ever Marathon and he
finished with a PB in a time of 2.52.28. This beat his previous best,
recorded in London by over 4 minutes. He said that he was "very
happy" with his well paced effort and was now "looking forward to
the Virgin London Marathon next year".


Andy Gregg came 13th in the Spalding 10k run in a new PB of 39.48, the
first time that he has ducked under the 40-minute barrier.

Georgina wins the SILVER MEDAL at the World Sprint Championships. Simon 8th.

In the World Aquathlon Championships in Chicago, ex-PACTRACer Daniel
Avondoglio finished a fine 18th in his Age Group.

Georgina Jennings has only just recovered from a calf-
injury, and so didn't want to risk this race, which was just one day
before her big event. Simon Hoppe was also saving his energy for the
main race, the following day.

Distances were:

swim - 750 meters in the Lake.

run - 3 miles.

18 Daniel Avondoglio USA 12:29 3:42 20:46 = 36:57


Georgina Jennings is already the British and European Sprint Triathlon
Champion this year, and went for the clean sweep. Her preparation
hadn't gone to plan, with a calf injury leading up to the race.
Georgina won a fantastic SILVER MEDAL at the World Sprint Triathlon
Championships in Chicago.

GB received three triathlon Golds, six Silvers and 10 Bronzes across
the board.

Georgina said: "Boy that Silver medal took some working for. I had a
great swim, the bike was ok (there were some awful pot holes and a few
accidents), but the heat and humidity on the run were awful. They had
such long transitions with no water stations for ages. I poured 8 cups
of water over me at one station and felt better for a few minutes! I
was over the moon with the medal after the injuries and wheel problems

The distances were:

Swim: 750 m (1 lap)

Bike 11.35 miles (3 laps)

Run 3 miles (out, 1 lap and back)

Water Temperature 17.4ºC Air Temperature 22.6ºC so wetsuit's were
compulsory in the swim.

Simon Hoppe was also a very impressive 8th in his AG. He was in a
really competitive Age Group with many athletes still in contention at
the start of the run. Simon was less than two minutes from a spot on
the Podium, and came home as first Brit. It was all very tight for 5th
place and Simon was right in the melee.

2. Georgina Jennings 18:49 46:32 32:57 = 98:18

8. Simon Hoppe 12:36 34:07 19:53 = 66:36


2 PACTRACers raced in the North Norfolk Triathlon at Welles.

swim 1500 metres in Wells Harbour, so a tidal salt-water swim.

bike 25 miles - 1 loop around the local villages.

run 6.25 miles - over the coastal path and onto the beach.

97. Nick Park 28:36 75:20 53:36 = 2:37:32

142. Kevin Fletcher 28:22 90:03 51:57 = 2:50:22


Other PACTRACers were racing in the Equinox 24 hour run at Belvoir
Castle. James Steventon, Damien Wilkins and Abi Schofield were all
racing with various teams.

Fresh from her exploits in the 48-hour Treadmill running event in
Guernsey, just two weeks ago, Abi Schofield said "To be honest I didn't
think I'd be feeling as fresh as I am doing prior to it!"


Giles Cooper and Charlie Brookes were in a 4-man 24-hour relay cycle
team at Brands Hatch (Team Domestique Bliss). They started at 3pm and
rode through the night.

The Revolve24 is a new series of 24-hour relay cycle races based at
famous motor circuits, and the first one was at Brands Hatch last
weekend. Brands Hatch is far from flat. There's 35m of climbing in
every 2.4 mile lap, with gradients as high as 1 in 11.


Liam Stokes went to the Eastern Regional trials on Saturday and
according to his Dad, he "Aced all his times. Boom!!"

Liam now has to fill in an Application Form and will commit to a
training program with the Eastern Region Youth development Squad. This
will involve a once-a-month commitment to train with the Eastern Region
Youths over the winter.

Wayne wins at Bedford / Dave on the Podium at 70.3 / Amy in Denmark / Jonathan and Katie win Regional Series.

Wayne Stainsby was PACTRAC's sole entrant in the "Xscape@Bedford Sprint
Triathlon" but came away with the overall WIN !

The event was held at Box End Water Park, Bedford, with the distances

swim 750 metres in the lake.

bike 12.5 miles - 1 loop on the local country roads.

run 3 miles - 1 loop.

Wayne had a good swim, coming out in 6th position, although some 2:05
minutes behind the early leader. He then moved up to 3rd with a solid
bike and left T2 37 and 26 seconds adrift of the athletes in front.
Wayne then had the fastest run of the day, and moved into the lead with
1.5 miles still to run. He pulled away further, and won the race by 40-

1st WAYNE STAINSBY 12:31 33:16 20:15 = 66:02


Dave Patmore-Hill and Luke Starsmore competed in the Weymouth 70.3
Half-Ironman at the weekend.

Dave had a good swim, coming out of the water in 48th
position overall. He was 6th in his Age Group on the bike, and had a
good run. He was getting stronger as the race wore on, with a strong
last lap on the run. He was the fastest runner in his Age Group at
every marker. This is Dave's first Podium apart from as a Team member
in the National Middle Distance Relays last year.

Distances were:

swim 1900 metres in the sea.

bike 56 miles.

run 13.1 miles.

28. Dave Patmore-Hill 4:38:56 Age Group 2nd.
177. Luke Starsmore 5:20:01 AG 24.


Amy Hayes, meanwhile, chose to compete in the 70.3 Half-Ironman in
Aarhus, Denmark, over the same distances. However, the organisers
reduced the swim to 1,000 metres due to the swell in the Bay. The bike
was technical on rolling hills and the 13.1 mile run had 3-laps through
the Forest.

609. Amy Hayes 18:36 4:16:37 1:55:35 = 6:30:48 AG 18.


At the Clacton Junior Duathlon on Saturday:

Katie Tasker won the last of the Eastern Region Junior Series on
Saturday with victory at Clacton. She came in off the 1st run level, but was soon
able to open up a commanding lead, posting the fastest time by some

On the final run she was able to consolidate her position to win by a
margin of 40 seconds.

This means that she is now the Champion for the Eastern Region league
for Tristar 2 Girls.


At the Junior triathlon in Lincoln on Saturday:

Jonathan Oakey won the Youth race by 8 seconds in a closely
fought contest. Jonathan has now won the East Midlands league Youth

Hannah Bassett was 5th Youth lady and finishes fourth in the East
Midlands League.

Louis Dawson was 40th out of 66 In TS2.

Toby Cooke was 52nd out of 66 in TS2.

Chloe Moore was 37th out of 46 in TS1 in her first event.

The Abinator takes 4 British / World Treadmill Records in Guernsey ... oh and Paul Lunn wins at St. Neots.

Abi Schofield joined 4 lads for a 48-hour Treadmill run in Guernsey, and between them they beat 13 World and British Treadmill records. Abi now holds the British ladies half-marathon Treadmill record, the British and WORLD Marathon records as well as the British 24-hour record.
See (half-way down) for more information.

Abi first met the rest of the team at the London Marathon in April, and decided to join them.

"This weekend I travelled to Guernsey to run for 48 hours on a treadmill to
raise money for children's charities, and break British and World
Details are on here:
I met Robert Young 'marathon man' at the London marathon this year, I
was excited to meet such an inspirational man, he ran 420 marathons in
a year to raise money for charity and speaks openly about his childhood
abuse. He offered me the opportunity to be part of the 'Epic' team with
three other men.
The event itself started at mid-day on Friday 4th
until Sunday 6th mid-day. In total the team covered 691.76 miles, and
broke 4 world records and 9 British treadmill running records.
I broke
the women's half marathon record on my second attempt at 6 am Saturday
morning, as I wanted a less stressful atmosphere second time around,
there were hundreds of supporters, press and photographers, meaning
that for my first attempt, anxiety got the better of me!! I then went
onto break the women's 24 hour British record and world marathon record
and finding a whole new dimension to pain and tiredness. I covered
111.9 miles in total, which shocks me as the furthest I have ever run
is 31 miles prior to this! Treadmill running is much more challenging
mentally, and it was so difficult to retain self-discipline with the
numbers in front of you and the limited scenery. The support team of
medics, chiropractor, masseuse, friends and family kept us pinned
together, and every need catered for!
It was an exhausting but life-
changing experience, I will never complain about being in pain or tired
again, and definitely never run on a treadmill again.
Donations are still open, and massively appreciated!!!! "


PACTRAC had members competing in at least 11 different
events at the weekend:

The Bala Triathlon was a Qualifier for next
year's European Championships in Lisbon, and as such, attracted a
quality National field.

7 PACTRACers competed, with the best placed
being Antony Brown who won his Age Group. Antony has already qualified
for next May's European Championships, but the others will have to wait
and see how their efforts in this and the previous qualifying races
stack up. Sue Davys gave herself a good chance in 7th place.

132. Antony Brown........ 26.17.... 60.44.... 44.38.. =.. 2.11.39.. AG 1st.
201 Mark Wethersby...... 30.45.... 65.12.... 41.36.. = 2.17.33.. AG 26.
292 Steve Giles.......... 37.53.... 66.52.... 39.11.. =.. 2.23.56.. AG 32.
338. Steve Hope............ 30.34.... 71.29.... 44.47.. =.. 2.26.50.. AG 31.
482. Chris Troop.......... 33.41.... 71.36.... 51.49.. =. 2.37.06.. AG 29.
581. Sue Davys............. 38.10.... 78.07.... 55.18.. =.. 2.51.35.. AG 7.

583. Chris Shaw Fenland Clarion CC.... 41.44.... 73.25.... 56.51.. =.. 2.52.00.. AG 72.

Andrea Robinett didn't finish after completing the bike course with mechanical problems.


Tristan Matthews competed in the Sundowner Middle-distance Triathlon in
Yorkshire. He described it as "very tough, with cool temperatures and
strong winds. Distances were: swim 1900 meters. Bike 56 miles. Run 13.1

26th. Tristan Matthews.... 33:57.... 2:42:11.... 42:50.. =.. 4:58:58.. Age Group 11.

Both Tristan and Paul Jephcott (below), are looking to get into the GB Middle Distance Age Group Teams next year, and had good results this weekend.


Ros Goatly was PACTRAC's sole representative in the Market Harborough Triathlon,
finishing 4th in her Age Group over the distances of 400 meters, 14.5 miles and 3 miles.

62. Ros Goatly.... 7.27.... 51.02.... 25.08.. =.. 83:37


6 PACTRACers competed at St. Neots in the NiceTri
Sprint and Standard distance triathlons.

Standard Distance - Swim 1500 meters. Bike 28 miles. Run 6.25 miles.

Paul Lunn WON this event outright by 71 seconds. He pulled some time back on the bike and started the run in 2nd place, 2:17 behind the leader.

1st. Paul Lunn.... 25.47.... 72.44.... 35.11.. =.. 2.13.42.. AG 1st.

14. Richard Moys.... 26.44.... 81.59.... 39.20.. =.. 2.28.03.. AG 2nd.

39. Andrew Russell.... 29.42.... 84.43.... 53.09.. =.. 2.47.34.. AG 9.

Sprint Distance -
Swim 750 meters. Bike 16 miles. Run 3 miles.

15. Jon Crowley.... 12.33.... 42.12.... 19.01.. =.. 73.46.. AG 4.
37. Mike Shadwell.... 14.27.... 45.56.... 20.23.. =.. 80.46.. AG 3rd.
50. Gary Shoemake.... 14.58.... 46.57.... 21.28.. =.. 83.23.. AG 11.
180. Terry Murphy.... 24.52.... 61.13.... 29.01.. =.. 1:55.06.. AG 1st.
190. Liz Whittaker.... 40.16.... 72.26.... 25.41.. =.. 1.58.23.. AG 2nd.

PACTRAC recorded a 1 and 2 in Age Group positions in the Standard
Distance race, with Paul Lunn winning the race outright.

In the Sprint
Distance, we had a 1,2,3,4 with Terry Murphy winning his Age Group, and
Mike Shadwell recording 1:20:46 to beat his previous time for the
course by over 8 minutes.


Liam Stokes competed in
the Ely Aquathlon where they started the fastest swimmers last but
didn't allow them to overtake until the end of the lane, so he did get
held up in "traffic", but still managed to medal in 3rd position.
Distances were: swim 200 meters in the School Outdoor Pool, run 1200
meters - 3 laps of the playing field.


Paul Jephcott competed in the Bosworth Middle Distance triathlon at Market Bosworth.
Water temperatures were cold, but "the event had a good club feel to

Distances were: Swim 1900 meters. Bike 52.5 miles. Run 13.1 miles.

58. Paul Jephcott.... 40.05.... 3.07.49.... 2.16.10.. =.. 6.04.04


The British Triathlon Under Twenties Festival took
place at Mallory Park on closed roads. Nathan Tweedie came in, into T2
just a few seconds behind the lead group. He held onto 17th place
overall from 78 starters amongst the most promising Juniors in the
country, and 6th in his Age Group.

3 PACTRACers had a fantastic day out, racing at Mallory
Park in some very competitive races, where drafting was allowed on the
bike. This was a new experience, but one that these athletes will have
to get used to, if they are to make progress towards Elite racing in
the future.

TriStar2 Girls:

The Top 3 from each of the 12 Regions in the UK were selected for this event. Katie
Tasker came out of the water in mid field, made up a couple of positions
before powering on the bike to enter T2 in 7th place. With some very strong
runners in close attendance Katie was able to secure 10th place being the
1st from the Eastern Region to finish. This is a great achievement as Katie
who trains with the PACTRAC Junior section run by Head Coach Sam Fielding,
only took up the sport 3 years ago.

Youth Boys:

Jonathan Oakey had his first real taste of Elite youth racing. He was able
to get in a big group on the bike and taking his turn on the front was able
to finish with a strong run finishing in 37th of the 54 racing. This bodes
well as he will be able to compete in the same category next year. His
finishing time was 37:53 and if he continues to improve in the next 12
months, he could be challenging at the sharp end of the leader board.

Junior Men:

Nathan Tweedie was competing in his last Junior event. He
had a really powerful swim and was able to work with the chase group of
12 riders. 3 athletes were able to breakaway as the chase group worked
hard to claw them back. Nathan started the run 30 seconds down on the
leaders and made a valiant bid to bridge the gap, coming home in 17th
place. A number of the competitors will be challenging for the full GB
team in the near future and this is a measure of his quality, that he
was able to live in such elevated company.

37. Jonathan Oakey.... 5:17.... 22:45.... 9:51.. =.. 37:53
From 93 competitor's.

Tri Star 2.

10. Katie Tasker.... 3:47.... 13:52.... 5:31.. =.. 23:10


17th. Nathan Tweedie.... 8:23.... 34:44.... 20:23.. =.. 63:20


Tracy McCartney competed in one of her favourite races -
Man verses Mountain in North Wales.

She finished 24th overall and first lady, from a huge field of 1210 finishers. Tracy took just 3.59.37 with the last athlete coming home in 9.30 hours.

This race started at sea level from Caernafon Castle, before going up and down
for 20 miles around North Wales. Athletes climbed up Mount Snowden,
descended, ran around Llanberis and took on the "vertical kilo". This
included a guided abseil and a series of land and water based


Meanwhile, Sean Beard put the finishing touches to his Berlin Marathon (3 weeks away now), training. He competed in the British Masters over 45 Half-Marathon
Championships in the Wissey half-marathon organised by Ryston Runners.
Sean recorded 1.19.05 to come away with the Bronze Medal.

Another PACTRACer, Yvonne Scarrott, came third and received the Bronze Medal in
the over 45 Ladies race, finishing in a time of 1.35.56. NVH's Philippa
Taylor won the Gold Medal in 1.21.55.

Kate Armstrong attempted the Coniston End to End 5 1/4 mile swim. "Perfect conditions. Water temp 17 degrees. Hyperthermia by 3 miles so didn't make it to the end. Gutted. So now will have to try again next year - unfinished business."

APRIL: Roger qualifies for his 7th Hawaii IM. Jonathan and Nathan in Elite Du Champs. Paul V wins Anglian Water Duathlon. Sean in ETU Duathlon.

Roger Canham competed in the Ironman African Championships, from
Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on Sunday.

Distances were the usual Ironman distances of:

swim 2.4 miles.
bike 112 miles.
run 26.2 miles.

The temperature reached 31oC.

The organisers had to clear the water during the practice
swim on Thursday as there were Tiger Sharks by the pier!

This was an Ironman World Championship qualifying race for the World
Championships which are held in Kona, Hawaii, every October. Roger has
competed there 6 times already and on Sunday, he again qualified to
make this October his 7th Hawaii World Ironman Championships. Not an
easy feat, as the competition for places is very competitive and

74th Roger Canham Swim 01:05:28 - T1 04:50 - Bike 05:36:38 - T2 03:54
- Run 03:14:41 Total Time 10:05:31 Age Group 1st.
African Age Group Champion 50-54, 74th Overall.


Steve Coombes competed at Hole Park in Cranbrook, Kent at the weekend
in the English National Cross Duathlon Championships.

This was a Mountain Bike Duathlon over the distances of:

run 6.25 miles

bike 16.25 miles

run 3 miles


19. Steve Coombes 47:37 79:39 28:54 = 2:36:10


Meanwhile, the Elite Duathlon Championships were held at a
rather windy Rockingham Motor Racing Circuit at Corby. PACTRAC had 3
competitors over the various races.

Jonathan Oakey competed in the Youth race and gave a good account of
himself finishing just 3:56 minutes behind the winner.

36. Jonathan Oakey 8:57 19:50 4:52 = 33:39

Nathan Tweedie competed in the Junior race finishing 22nd overall and
just 6:52 minutes behind the winner, in a race that was split up in the
windy conditions. A few incidents and crashes on the bike meant that
the ensuing Elite Men's and Women's races were both reduced to just a
6.25 mile (10km) running race, with no biking, as the wind picked up

Neil Tandy's Elite race was, therefore, just a run and he pulled out
after half-way, not wanting to aggravate a recurring injury.

Both Jonathan and Nathan received points towards the British Youth and
junior Super Series.

22. Nathan Tweedie 16:48 39:32 10:06 = 66:26


The triathlon season has started and the PACTRAC Juniors
have started very well;

11 of our Juniors competed in the Duathlon at

"What a day, very windy and tough conditions - true
determination shown by everybody today!! You had to really earn those
medals. We had a really good turn out from the Juniors with 11 racing."

Tri star 1 – Hugo Brill in his 1st ever event came 8th. Olivia Corner
rounded off a fantastic performance coming 3rd despite having technical
difficulties on the bike/

Tristar 2 – Katie Tasker and Flo Brill came
3rd and 4th respectively. Flo had a great run and Katie posting the
fastest cycle time.

Tristar 3 – Sam Garner competing in his 1st event
had a really good run

295 finishers - TSS 16. TS1 69. TS2 106. TS3 76. Y 28.

Senior Race: run 3-miles, bike 12.5 miles, run 1.5 miles.

21. Andy Corner 20:13 45:58 10:50 = 77:01
31. Tim Brill 21:49 49:12 13:12 = 84:13


8. Hugo Brill 4:50 10:04 1:31 = 16:25
12. Olivia Corner 4:57 10:22 1:34 = 16:53
29. Safford Hewitt-White 5:16 11:35 1:53 = 18:44


10. Katie Tasker 6:29 15:59 2:37 = 25:05
11. Flo Brill 6:01 17:01 2:22 = 25:24
31. Samuel Oakley 6:07 18:53 2:20 = 27:20
38. Joe Garner 6:07 19:25 2:31 = 28:03
68. Louis Dawson 6:57 20:54 2:50 = 30:41
76. Archie Stewart 8:10 20:28 3:09 = 31:47
82. Toby Cooke 7:29 22:09 2:57 = 32:35


51. Sam Garner 8:05 23:22 3:31 = 34:58


Christina Cork raced in the NCRA road race from
Southwick and was very pleased to come home 2nd lady.


Nigel French competed with 600 other like-minded athletes in the
Insane Terrain Adventure Race at Grange Farm, Wansford. Nigel said "I
was in wave 13 so some of the course was quite slippy. Up to my neck
wading through water and climbing obstacles again."

The course boasted
some significant water runs, on the 4x4 course, with more obstacles
added from last year.
The course is set out in a 3-mile loop, and
athletes have a choice of completing 1 or 2 laps, covering either 3-
miles or 6 miles.

6 miles;
38th Nigel French 66:29


Joanne Annis competed in one of the first triathlon's of the season in
the Desford Sprint Triathlon.

Swim 400 metres
Bike 11.25 miles
Run 3 miles

78. 9:35 47:35 17:27 = 74:37 Age Group 3rd.


Tony Moran competed in the Skipton triathlon over;
swim 400 meters, bike 12.5 miles, run 3 miles. Tony said "wind swept,
knackered but still smiling ... need to focus more on running quickly."

121. Tony Moran 7:19 58:42 27:54 01:33:55

PACTRAC had 15 members racing at the Duston Triathlon:

"A brilliant days racing at Duston – all the training over the winter really has started to pay off!

Olivia Corner won the Tristar 1 Girls event despite having a thorn in her foot!

Katie Tasker won the Tristar2 event outright, male and female, with a
bike ride that was breath taking and demolished the field.

There were PB’s for a number of racers with Louis Dawson, Toby Cooke &
Lottie Tasker, all putting in improved performances"

Olivia had to leave to attend a swimming Gala on Saturday afternoon. Having won the
Tristar 1 girls event at Duston, she finished 5th girl in her age group for the
mini meet swimming series of races that ran over the winter. 2 Trophies in one day.

Distances for the seniors were; swim 400 metres, bike 12.5 miles, run 3 miles.

23. Mark Weathersby 7:04 35:12 18:51 = 61:07 AG 4.
26. Antony Brown 6:32 34:13 20:45 = 61:30 AG 1st
60. Craig Mills 6:41 40:05 21:17 = 68:03
148. Pedro Polson 6:45 41:01 27:58 = 75:44 AG 4.
191. Nick Park 8:27 45:00 25:40 = 79:07
206. Kevin Fletcher 8:06 49:13 23:08 = 80:27
260. Nicholas Partridge 8:12 47:07 29:02 = 84:21
267. Sue Davys 9:33 48:36 26:53 = 85:02 AG 2.


6. Olivia Corner 2:13 7:18 4:02 = 13:33
34. Lottie Tasker 2:48 8:11 4:56 = 15:55

1. Katie Tasker 2:38 7:46 5:58 = 16:22
56. Louis Dawson 3:30 10:54 6:15 = 20:39
63. Archie Stewart 3:31 10:24 7:27 = 21:22
70. Toby Cooke 4:59 10:26 6:44 = 22:09

15. Matthew Wouldham 2:57 10:07 8:42 = 21:46


Paul Vernon won the Anglian Water Duathlon at Grafham Water. This
race attracted some of the best Duathletes
from around the country and Paul was pleased with his overall win.

Distances were: run 3 miles, bike 12.5 miles, run 1.5 miles.

Paul was 2nd after the first run, just a few seconds down, He then had
the fastest bike of the day and left T2 with a lead of just 6 seconds.
However, this lead had increased to 16 seconds by the end of the race.

1st Paul Vernon

1. Paul Vernon 16:32 31:00 17:30 = 65:02 AG 1st.
157. Martyn Witton 24:08 37:29 25:47 = 87:24 AG 23.

Some Virgin London Marathon local times:

1242. Tracy McCartney 2:55:39 -46th lady overall.
1861. Daniel Fitzjohn 2:59:48
2595. Abi Schofield 3:07:05
14734 Carry Murphy 4:02:56

All are PACTRAC but the 3 girls are NVHs as First Claim.

Carry Murphy: "Just seen tv coverage of me running past Paula. In the
opposite direction of course! Thank you everyone for your support &
messages. It was so good to see many of the running fraternity out
there today as well. I achieved something I didn't think I would ever
do again".

Tracy McCartney " there was nothing comfortable about yesterday "


Sean Beard competed in the 2015 European Duathlon Championships at
Alcobendas, just north of Madrid in central Spain, over the distances

Run 6.25 miles, Bike 25 miles, Run 3-miles.

Sean finished 10th in his Age Group.

"What a race that was. Driving rain and very windy. But happy just to
finish, as there were quite a few crashes on the bike, and a few
dropped out. It was so cold out there."

Sean finished 10th overall and was the 5th Brit home. He had been 2nd
on the 1st run with a superfast time of 34.11 for the 6.25 mile run.
The bike section was hilly, wet and windy, with quite a few crashes on
the wet surface. At least 6 athletes withdrew with hyperthermia, and
some didn't even make it past the start line. The Relay Triathlon
afterwards was cancelled due to the cold and wet, as it was considered
to be too dangerous.

Sean dropped down to 10th place with a 1:15:15 for the bike and then
hung on, on the final 3-mile run with a 20:00 time for the 3-miles.

Sean said that these were the worst conditions that he's ever raced in,
on a testing technical course. He is happy with his result: "Just to
finish the race was an achievement in itself, considering the

10. Sean Beard 34:11 78:35 20:00 = 2:12:46

There is a photo of Sean on Facebook here:


Dave Wagstaff competed in the Robinson Pool Triathlon at Bedford.

The distances were: swim 400 metres, bike 15 miles, run 3 miles.

22. Dave Wagstaff 7:07 47:16 20:36 = 74:59 AG 4th.


The PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon took place from Castor on Sunday
over the distances of:

Run 4-miles with 5 hills to negotiate including Loves Hill just out of

Bike 18-miles on an undulating out and back course, with a 7.25 mile
loop around Helpston, Bainton and Ufford.

Run 2.5 miles - just the 2 hills this time, but going up Loves Hill for
the 3rd time in the race.

This was PACTRAC's first open event since 1987 when Laurie Miles
organised the Triathlon from the Regional Pool. We do organise nearly
20 races for our members each year, but this was a step up to an open
race for all-comers, and 63 competitors took up the challenge.

More details are on and
including the full results.

Over 400 photo's have been downloaded to the website.

The top 3 were:

1 Nicolas Kernick PACTRAC 23.16 48.22 14.49 01:26:27 AG 1
2 Nathan Tweedie PACTRAC 23.17 49.29 14.08 01:26:54 AG 1
3 Mark Weathersby PACTRAC 24.57 49.10 15.50 01:29:57 AG 1

1 Susie Freeman 33.11 62.28 19.59 01:55:38 AG 1
2 Amy Young PACTRAC 31.52 63.5 20.4 01:56:22 AG 2
3 Zipporah Lloyd 31.39 68.08 19.38 01:59:25 AG 1


Swimming after Wednesday's mini

Folks - just a reminder that Oundle School won't let juniors swim unless we have a coach on poolside. So after the mini swims only adult members can swim.

We do need one of the swimmers to be a designated responsible person - they can be in the water.

Off-Road Triathlon - Monday 25th May.

The next Club Championship race is the Off-Road Triathlon at Harringworth Lodge on BH Monday 25th May.

Club Championships: best 3 races from 5, so if you missed the Mid-Distance race and don't want to do the Long Course, you need to be doing the Off-Road Tri to give yourself a chance.

Swim: 750 metres in the private lake.
Bike: 8 miles - 2 laps.
Run: 4 miles - 1 lap.

You will need a wetsuit, club membership and a Mountain Bike.

Monday swimming is now back to 7:00 - 8:30pm with 2 lanes from 8:00pm.

We have been notified by Oundle School that there is a change to our swim times starting next Monday (23rd November).

Starting from Monday, the new start times for the Monday swim will be 7:00pm. The session will be extended to 8:30pm to ensure we keep the full 90 mins. This is a permanent change, so all Monday swims as of the 23rd will start from 7:00pm.

This time change only affects Mondays swim sessions, Wednesday and Friday are not affected.


During the School Holidays, Monday's swimming will change as follows:

From Monday 20th July 7.30-8.30pm 2 lanes 8.30-9.00pm

We then return to the usual 7pm start from Monday 7th September.

We will also be swimming from 7:00 - 8:00pm as a one-off on both Friday 10/7 and Wednesday 12/8.

Please also note that the pool will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August.

We have now booked a second lane from 8:00 - 8:30pm on Monday's.
The regular swim is still 7:00 to 8:00pm and for those that want a longer session 7:00 - 8:30pm.

Originally, we booked 3 lanes for this extra half-hour, but due to under-use we reduced it to just one lane. We have recently seen an increase in usage, so have increased to 2 lanes again. This is under review, so once again, please use it or lose it. We are very lucky to have 1 1/2 hours at such peak times.

If we use more than 2 lanes, then we will be charged for them, so please only use two lanes, unless there are lots of swimmers in.

No swimming at Oundle on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May - so if you want a swim, isn't it lucky that we have the Off-Road Triathlon for you. Don't forget your wetsuit.


Following on from the extra swim sessions at the Training weekend, Monday 4th May sees the Mid-Distance Triathlon at Oundle. Distances are 900-yards, 20-miles, 5-miles.
This is the first of this year's Club Championship races.

Then at 12:00 we will enter the River Nene by Oundle Boat House - opposite Gorilla Cycles - for our first open water swim of the year (yes I know that Paul Jephcott has already been in). Last year we had 25 of us in the River Nene, some for over 50-minutes (It was 58 degrees).

Then in the evening our 3rd swim of the day will be the usual 7:00pm session at Oundle Pool for either 60 or 90 minutes - your choice!

... go on, I dare you!

Kim Bell and Nathan Tweedie represent GB. Paul 2nd. Jim qualifies again.

Kim Bell competed in Egypt as part of a British Triathlon Federation
Elite Squad. the race took part in Hurghada, Egypt and was part of the
African Cup Series.

8th. Kim Bell GBR 2:16:31 (no splits available).

This was the first time that Kim has raced abroad with the BTF squad
against International competition. She received 115.88 ITU points and
is now currently 344th in the World Rankings.

Swim - 1500 meter sea swim. 2 laps with a quick exit after 750m to run
on the beach before re-entering the water.

bike - 25 miles involving multiple laps out and back.

run - 6.25 miles again multiple laps.


Kim then competed just one week later in Quarteira, Portugal in the
European Cup, again over the Standard distance.

SWIM - 1500 meters. 2 laps. Beach mass start. Water temperature: 19-20.
Wetsuits were allowed.

BIKE - 25 miles. 6 laps. Mostly flat with 1 short steep hill and 3x
180º turns.

RUN - 6.25 miles. 4 laps. Flat course at seaside.

This time the prizes went down to 10th place.

2 of the Elite women were out of the water ahead, with Kim in a small
group just 20 seconds behind, and the rest of the swimmers spread out
over the next couple of minutes. Kim had a minute's lead on some of the
leading contenders.

Kim then suffered a buckled wheel on the bike, and was caught by a
couple of groups in the draft-legal bike section, and ultimately had to
let them go. She fought well on the run to come home in 35th position,
in her 2nd GB Elite race in 2 weeks.

Kim is now on a Training Camp in Portugal with the National BTF Squad
until early April.

35. Kim Bell GBR 20:55 72:15 47:12 = 2:20:22

In the Men's Junior Race over the Sprint distance of swim 750 meters,
bike 12.5 miles and run 3 miles, Nathan Tweedie got caught in the pack,
coming out of the swim in the top 20, in a very competitive race.
Nathan managed to get into a good group on the bike, and they worked
well together, coming in just behind the lead group. Nathan started the
run just 14 seconds down, but with most of the athletes still in
contention, it was a fast and furious final 3-mile run.

Nathan represented GB last year, but this was his first outing abroad
with the GB Junior Squad.

24. Nathan Tweedie GBR 9:33 30:33 17:39 = 57:45


PACTRAC had 4 athletes competing in the Clumber Park Duathlon.

"Both run sections took place on fully closed tarmac roads and featured
steady climbs at the outset, which meant that athletes were running
downhill to the first transition and the finishing line. The bike
course was through some of the most beautiful tree lined routes in the
UK, including some closed roads. The long rolling roads tested the
athletes strength as they pitched from climb to descent."


Standard - run 6.25 miles, bike 25 miles, run 3 miles.

Fresh from qualifying at Rutland Water for the World Duathlon
Championships in Adelaide, Australia in October,

Jim Fell made it 2 in 2.

Clumber Park was a qualifying race, for the European Duathlon
Championships next year. The date and venue have yet to be confirmed.
Jim Qualified. These are strange races in that you qualify for a race
next year, so although you are racing in your current 5-year Age Group,
20% of the field are trying to qualify in the next Age Group up. Jim,
therefore, came 2nd in his "new" Age Group, and is delighted with his
achievements, again in tough, windy conditions.

New member, Louise Alexander, competed in her first multi-sport event.

"My first duathlon done at Clumber Park. Loved it!!! Can't wait until
the next one!!!".

In a tough event on a windy day, 22 athletes failed to finish over the
two races, leaving another 874 in the results.


Standard Distance - Run 6.25 miles, Bike 25 miles, Run 3 miles.

156. Richard Nixon 45:55 72:02 22:28 = 2:20:25 AG 27.

343. Jim Fell 52:04 87:44 30:06 = 2:49:54 AG 9.

In the Sprint distance race, Paul Vernon finished 2nd overall,
continuing his rich vein of form. Paul was 2nd going into the final
run, just over half-a-minute down, and although he pulled 6 seconds
back, it was not enough.

Sprint Distance - Run 3 miles, Bike 12.5 miles, Run 1.5 miles.

2. Paul Vernon 16:34 32:11 8:21 = 57:06 AG 1st.

356. Louise Alexander 24:44 48:23 12:33 = 85:40 AG 21.


In the Reading Half-Marathon: Paul Lunn 1:14:59. Jimmy Robinson 1:31:17.


Paul Jephcott has qualified to represent GB in the mid-distance
triathlon European Championships in Rimini, on the North-East Coast of
Italy on 24th May. Paul qualified based on his performance at the
European Championships in Majorca last year.

Distances: swim 1900 metre's, bike 56 miles, run 13.1 miles.

5 on the Podium at Dambuster Duathlon. Roz 1st and Steve 3rd in Thetford.

PACTRAC had 18 athletes competing in the Dambuster Duathlon at Rutland Water.

Distances were:

Run 6.25 miles.
Bike 26 miles.
Run 3 miles.

This is a tough early season event, made even harder with
a strong head wind into the triple-hills of the Rutland Ripple between
Oakham and Uppingham. The sting in the tail is a 4th big hill at
Ketton, which is followed by 5-miles of undulating road back to
Whitwell. This was a hard race at this time of year, and as usual Paul
Lunn made it look easy, with a superb bike split in such conditions.
The organiser's described it conservatively as "challenging and windy

Paul finished 7th overall, and was one of 5 PACTRACers
to finish on the Podium.

Paul Lunn and George Prodrick both won their
respective Age Groups, whilst Jim Fell and Antony Brown were second in
their's and Sue Davys 3rd.

This was a qualifying race for the World
Duathlon Championships to be held in Adelaide, Australia, on 14th
October and both Paul and Jim qualified.


7. Paul Lunn................ 36:34.... 67:29.... 17:13 = 2:01:16 AG 1st.
18. Nicolas Kernick...... 36:35.... 71:40.... 16:59 = 2:05:14 AG 4.
71. Sean Beard............ 37:25.... 82:43.... 18:48 = 2:18:56 AG 5.
94. Robin Brookes....... 41:15.... 81:12.... 20:19 = 2:22:46 AG 9.
106.Richard Nixon....... 45:18.... 79:09.... 20:11 = 2:24:38 AG 15.
108.Antony Brown....... 45:30.... 77:49.... 21:38 = 2:24:57 AG 2.
117.David Thorold....... 45:00.... 79:38.... 21:41 = 2:26:19 AG 17.
128.Steve Coombs...... 43:04.... 83:34.... 20:34 = 2:27:12 AG 21.
167.Richard Ardern..... 41:13.... 89:25.... 22:24 = 2:33:02 AG 26.
204.Tim Henson.......... 44:42.... 86:38.... 25:16 = 2:36:36 AG 31.
249.Steve Hope.......... 48:14.... 94:34.... 22:12 = 2:45:00 AG 30.
274.Paul Frampton...... 49:44.... 96:04.... 25:02 = 2:50:50 AG 42.
300.Julia Ratcliffe......... 48:30.... 1:44:16.... 25:06 = 2:57:52 AG 14.
307.Jim Fell.................. 52:33.... 1:41:18.... 26:54 = 3:00:45 AG 2.
320.George Prodrick.... 56:37.... 1:42:09.... 27:18 = 3:06:04 AG 1st.
331.Sue Davys............. 54:31.... 1:47:39.... 28:07 = 3:10:17 AG 3.
354.Joanne Annis........ 49:56.... 2:06:16.... 29:03 = 3:25:15 AG 14.
Giles Cooper................ 43:40.... 1:17:36 DNF calf injury.


The previous
week Giles Cooper competed in the off-road Marathon in the Belvoir
Challenge, finishing 11th overall from 337 finishers. Hence, his calf
injury which forced him to pull out of the Dambuster Duathlon before
the final run.

11. Giles Cooper 3:50:43


After a recent spell of mild weather the course for the Mud and Mayhem
Mountain bike Race in Thetford Forrest was in pristine condition, with
cool and dry conditions.

PACTRAC's Steve Giles was 3rd overall,
whilst his wife Roz was the first lady home.

Mud and Mayhem - Thetford Forrest.

3. Steve Giles 20:15 40:34 21:39 = 1:22:28 Age Group 1st.
23. Roz Giles 25:07 45:48 26:53 = 1:37:48 AG 1st. and 1st Lady overall.


8. Mike Chapman 19:15 46:47 20:57 = 1:26:59 AG 4th.


Rockingham - The 10km Suffering Adventure
Race. 520 competitors took part over 3 distances, with Nigel French
choosing the middle distance.

75th Nigel French 2:22:09.


Katie Tasker took part with the Cambridgeshire
Team in the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships in Birmingham in
the under 13 Girls race. Katie still has another 2 year's in this
category and gained valuable experience.

298. Katie Tasker 16:33


Entries are coming in for the PACTRAC Peterborough
Duathlon, to be held at Castor on Sunday 26th April.

Distances are:

Run 4 miles.
Bike 18 miles.
Run 2.5 miles.

For further details and to enter see

2015 Membership Renewal

For those of you who have not yet paid your 2015 Membership, please note these are now due and this week is your last chance to take advantage of our discounted fees. From 1st March Membership Fees will increase by £5, so please renew today. Last year we had 242 members, with just over half of that number renewing to date.

Please complete a Membership Form (or just email if your details haven't changed from 2014). Please also let Georgina or any Committee Member have your cheques. Email the Treasurer, Graeme Hall on if you want to pay by direct transfer and need the Bank Account details.

Unfortunately, due to BTF Insurance stipulations, only club members are covered by the BTF Insurance for our club events and training sessions. You will, therefore, need to be a member to take part in the Mini-Series or to swim at Oundle etc. It also helps the Membership Secretary if Membership's are renewed by the end of February.

The novice packages offered are for new members, and are not available in the second or subsequent year of membership.

Oundle Swimming - fees change & standing order scheme.

At our latest meeting the Committee took the decision to increase the cost of swim tokens from £3 to £4 per session for senior members and £1 to £2 for junior members effective 1st March 2015.

Whilst it is unfortunate that we have had to make this decision, it is the first increase in the cost of tokens in 6 years. The cost of hiring the pool has increased, and whilst the club has sort to try and absorb these costs over the years, it is now not possible.

However the club would like to offer a monthly payment scheme for regular swimming if paid by standing order.
This will be
£10 per month for one swim session a week (with any addition swims per week payable by swim token)
£25 per month for unlimited (all 3) swim sessions.

These changes will take effect from 1st March.
For those wishing to move onto the monthly scheme please email Graeme Hall at, for the club bank account details.

Biathlon Two - Sunday 15th Feb.

We have the Second Biathlon from Oundle Pool this Sunday.
Distances are:
Swim 900 yards - 18 lengths.
Run 5 miles - around the Glapthorn, Cotterstock loop.

Open to ALL members.
This one is on a Handicap basis. If you did Biathlon One on 25th Jan then your Handicap will be worked out on that time. Everybody else will be slotted in.

We have the pool from 9:00am, so the first competitor will start around 0:00 (9:00am) and each athlete will start at their Handicap Time thereafter.

Club Survey Headlines

Thank you to all who completing the club survey. There was a 70% response rate, and your views have certainly provided the committee with a sound basis to work from in 2015.

I'd like to share some of the main headlines, with key actions that the Committee will be putting in place over the coming year:

*Overall you think that PACTRAC is a friendly and welcoming club, with overall satisfaction being very high. This is great news to start.

*The majority of members joined initially because they were new to triathlon, and to take part in club events and swim sessions.

*Interestingly too, the main aspirations of members are fairly evenly split; with equal numbers "just wanting to keep fit", right through to seeking to qualify/ compete at GB level.

So PACTRAC is truly a diverse club, & with many members new to triathlon over the last 3 years.

There was also a good (albeit lower) level of satisfaction with the provision of club training opportunities and coaching. This is something that club coaches will be considering when they meet shortly. We are also seeking to add more qualified coaches to the ranks - and anyone wishing to volunteer to help run training/coaching sessions will be supported by the club through your BTF level 1 qualifications.

Other additional matters which the Committee has recently discussed are:
1. Implement a volunteer rota for club events (with members responsible for swapping dates if not convenient);
2. Refreshements at club events - a volunteer is needed to take forward coordination;
3. Female trophies for all club events. Committee agree for all event except Biathlon (as a handicap event there is no gender bias);
4. More Social events - a volunteer is needed to join Committee as "Social Secretary"; and
5. Training weekend reestablished - Date for the diary for 2015 - Sat 2nd/ Sun 3rd May.

Just Racing have a job just for you.

"Just Racing are Recruiting For A Part-Time Office Admin Role
Do you have an interest in sporting activities and want to make it more than a hobby? Have you participated in sporting events but wondered what happens behind the scenes? Would you like a job that involves variety and isn’t the same thing day in, day out? Then a job at Just Racing could be for you!

With some exciting new events in 2015 the office is getting very busy. As a result we are looking to expand our team, by employing someone part time (hours are flexible) to help us with day to day customer queries and general office administration.

Do you know anyone who would be interested in joining the Just Racing (UK) team? We are seeking an individual who is highly motivated, self-driven and able to work to deadlines. If the below set of skills and attributes describes you then we would love to hear from you.


Sports Event participation
Experience of social media platforms and knowledge of their uses in maximising communication, especially Facebook and twitter
Experience of Sports event management and / or the delivery of Sport and Physical activity.
Multi-sport event participation and a passion for sport, particularly triathlon, swimming, running or cycling


Ability to prioritise and deliver realistic targets through effective project management techniques
Demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills at all levels
Computer literate with an excellent working knowledge of Microsoft programmes (especially Powerpoint and Excel)
Exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs
Good planning and organisational skills and a methodical worker with attention to detail.


An enthusiastic approach with a commitment to getting the work done. As a small company, it is essential that the role will require everybody to ‘muck in’ during key event periods.

If interested, please submit your CV and covering letter to by Monday 19th January 2015."


The road from Helpston Heath to Helpston was re-surfaced on Monday. I have spoken to the Highways Agency, and they are due to sweep the road this week. We do have a contingency course, so will go ahead either way.


Details of this PACTRAC Open Duathlon can be found here:
and here:


There is a Manual Entry Form as well as Internet Entry via Entry Central.

Race Information, Terms & Conditions and Route Maps are all there.

Apologies to anyone who will be in London for the VLM and to Sean Beard who will be in Spain representing GB in the ETU Duathlon Championships.

PACTRAC is your club - we want your views

What is important to you about PACTRAC? What do we do well? What could we improve?

We would like to hear from you.

Please take 3 minutes to click this link to the club survey and tell us your views.

The Committee would like to use the results to ensure the club delivers what you want from the club. So please do complete, it really will only take 3 minutes.

Christina (Chair)

Thanks to Mike and Dave.

The Committee would like to thank Mike Wenn and Dave Patmore-Hill for their hard work and commitment in steering the club in the right direction over the last few years.

Both stepped down at the recent AGM, Mike from his post as Chairman, and Dave came off the Committee and reduced his role from Head Coach to that of Coaching Advisor.

Both Mike and Dave have recently increased their time at work in order to further their professional careers and with living on the outskirts of our region, have felt that they need to pass the running of your club to others with more time to commit.

Our thanks go to both of them. Mike came on-board and sorted the new website for us, that you see today. He also implemented a sound vision for the club and sourced some new kit that most of us wear today. He fulfilled his role as Chairman and previous role as Racing Secretary with energy and enthusiasm and understood the issues involved with clarity and purpose. We look forward to his continued input into our club, with Christina now at the helm.

Dave has been around for the last half-a-dozen years as both the Junior Coach and Head Coach. He and Wendy established the Junior Section that thrives today, with Dave sourcing some great funding that allowed us to buy a number of Junior bikes etc. He set the agenda for the senior coaching, from before the Novice weekend at Stanground in 2009 to the current time. He has been a mainstay on the Committee, contributing much to the development of the club and has always set the bar high. Dave will continue with his coaching role, but has decided to come off the Committee due to work commitments.

Our thanks go to both, although we still expect to see them at training sessions going forward.

TE Cross Duathlon Championships. Remembrance 11k.

On Saturday, Andy Rawlins competed in the Evil Sheriff Off-Road Duathlon in Sherwood Pines Forest. This was a challenging off road duathlon consisting of a 3-mile run, 10-mile bike and 2-mile run.

This race was also the Triathlon England Cross (off-road) Duathlon National Championships.

194. Andy Rawlins 23:13 73:45 17:04 = 1:54:02


Sunday saw the Remembrance 11k running race at Top Lodge in Fineshade Woods, between Stamford and Corby. This is the 3rd Annual Remembrance 11k, and this year, 354 runners plus another 81 in the 3k fun run were able to donate over £2,500 to the Royal British Legion. The race was organised by the Peterborough 5x5 Challenge Team headed by 7 Peterborough Athletes.

A shorter lap of 2.5 miles, was followed by a larger 4.5 mile lap, with Aaron Scott competing for one of the event sponsor's, Rutland Cycling, running away from the field right from the gun. Aaron romped home in a new course record of 36:09 a clear winner by a massive 1:41 minutes. Philippa Taylor was the first lady home in 15th position overall in a time of 41:32.

PACTRAC's Jonathan Oakey was 4th in the 3k Fun Run. 4 Ratcliffe's (3 brothers and a sister) aged between 5 and 14, all came in the top 30.

Results can be found here:
PACTRAC Results:

24. Scott Lloyd...............44:00
31. Richard Arden..........44:33
32. Giles Cooper............44:37
39. Jon Dundee..............45:19
77. Charlie Brookes........49:00
80. Damian Wilkins.........49:08
93. Sue Burnett...............51:13
107. Natasha Johnson....52:22
119. Paul Jephcott..........53:20
149. Martin Thorpe.........55:51
177. Barbara Johnson.....58:17
221. Jemima Gee...........62:13
308. Barbara Gunn.........71:10

Fun Run,

4. Jonathan Oakey.......11:55
13. Amy Ratcliffe..........14:38
20. Sam Ratcliffe..........15:31
21. Joseph Ratcliffe......15:32
30. Joshua Ratcliffe......17:39
60. Sam Arden..............21:13


Next week Abi Schofield competes in the Kings Forest Ultra-marathon 50k cross-country race.

Xmas Swimming, Social Swimming on Friday's.

Christmas Swimming at Oundle:

Friday 12th December NO SWIMMING (Staff Christmas Do).
Wednesday 24th Dec - NO SWIMMING.
Friday 26th Dec - NO SWIMMING.
Wednesday 31st Dec - NO SWIMMING.

We WILL be swimming on Monday 29th December.


From Friday 7th November, one lane at Oundle will be set aside for a social swim
If you do not want to do the session, come along for a recreational swim at your own pace.


Monday night swimming will still be from 7:00 - 8:30pm but for the final half hour from 8:00 to 8:30pm we will only have 1 lane from 1st December instead of the 3 that we have been used to.

Nicholas wins the Duathlon. 26 Trophies awarded. Jonathan 3rd.

PACTRAC held there Annual Duathlon at Woodnewton on Sunday. 31 club
members took part in the 2-mile run, 12-mile bike and 2-mile run.

This involved running 2 laps around Woodnewton village:
biking 2 laps around Nassington and Apethorpe: and running a further 2-
laps around Woodnewton village.

2 new members, Nicholas Kernick and Charles Pittford came 1st and 2nd,
whilst another relatively new member, Mark Weathersby came 3rd, showing
that PACTRAC are continuing to attract multi-sport athletes. Sue
Burnett was the first lady home. Results are on


There then followed the Annual Prize Presentation with 21 Trophies

Club Champion.......Simon Hoppe
Vets Champion.......Simon Hoppe
SuperVet Champion...Antony Brown
Mini-Series.........Paul Vernon

Ladies Champion.............Roz Giles
Ladies Vets Champion........Jemima Gee
Ladies SuperVets Champion...Sue Davys
Ladies Mini-Series..........Roz Giles

Youth...............Nathan Tweedie
Junior..............Jonathan Oakey

Biathlon............Sean Pooley
Duathlon............Nicholas Kernick
Ride and Tie........Paul Lunn and Josh Lunn
Off-Road Triathlon..Rob Hammond
Off-Road Duathlon...Steve Giles
Long Course.........Paul Lunn

PACTRACer of the Year.....Jaap Flikweert
Outstanding Performance...Wendy Gooding
Most Improved.............Richard Moys
Novice....................Peter Harris.

Junior Club Boy..............Jonathan Oakey
Junior Club Girl.............Katie Tasker
Junior Most Improved Boy.....Archie Stewart
Junior Most Improved Girl....Olivia Corner
Junior Spirit of Triathlon...Danial Amps-Woodward

22 different members received awards, with the
prestigious Club Champions Trophy going to Simon Hoppe. Simon first won
the Trophy back in 1990 and this is the TENTH time that Simon has been

Nobody won more than 2 Trophies, so they were well spread out this
year. (Simon Hoppe, Paul Lunn, Roz Giles and Jonathan Oakey all won 2

Jaap Flikweert won the PACTRACer of the year for his work organising
the Round Norfolk Relay Team, the Frostbite Runs and the Open Water

Wendy Gooding won the Outstanding Performance Trophy for winning the
European Long-Course Duathlon Championships in her Age Group (GOLD
MEDAL) for the 2nd consecutive year.


Wendy had some tough competition as PACTRAC had many top performances
throughout 2014 including:

Simon Hoppe won the Peterborough Mojito Triathlon.

Antony Brown won SILVER in the National Sprint Championships.

Antony Brown won GOLD at the National Championships in Liverpool.
Antony Brown was 4th o/a at Mkt Harborough.
Antony Brown won SILVER in the National Duathlon Championships.

Marcus Widdess qualified (at Nottingham) for ITU Canada.
Marcus also qualified for the ITU Duathlon in Pontevedra, Spain. He
didn't go to either due to his studies.

Jim Fell and Paul Spain did represent the club in Pontevedra at the ITU
(World) Duathlon Championships.

Damien Wilkins was 3rd o/a at Enduroman.

Dave Patmore-Hill qu at 70.3 Luxembourg for the 70.3 World Champs in Mont
Tremblant and also represented GB in the European Long Course in Majorca.

Roger Canham won GOLD in the TE mid-distance champs at Grafman.
Roger Canham came 10th o/a and won his AG at IM Bolton - qualifying for
Roger Canham came 8th in his AG at the World Ironman Championships in

Neil Tandy won SILVER at the TE mid-distance champs at Grafman.
Neil Tandy won BRONZE at the TE Championships at Dambuster.

Paul Lunn won BRONZE at the TE Championships at Dambuster.
Paul Lunn came 4th o/a at the Ironman-Distance Outlaw Triathlon in 9:18:
56 and he recorded 9:33 in Majorca.

Georgina Jennings won SILVER at the MK TE Sprint Champs.

Jon Crowley came 2nd o/a at Stowe, 4th o/a at Milton Keynes Sprint and
9th o/a at Kimbolton.

Kate Armstrong was one of 4 PACTRACers doing their first ever Ironman-
Distance at the Outlaw, recording 12.14.50 for 3rd in her Age Group.

Nathan Tweedie won 3 open water swims, was 20th in the Junior European
Cup at Nottingham and 13th o/a in the Brownlee Triathlon. Nathan won GOLD at the TE Aquathlon Championships at St.Neots. He also did the fastest Mini-Series time
this year in 49:08 and reduced the swim record down from 4:07 to 4:03
and then 4:02.

Richard Moys was the only PACTRAC Representative at the ITU (World)
Championships (Sprint) in Canada.

Giles Cooper was 4th o/a at the Market Bosworth half-Ironman.

Abi Schofield in her first year in Triathlon (she only started
cycling this year) qualified at Milton Keynes for the European Championships in
Geneva 2015.

Paul Vernon won the RAF Tri at Odiham, and then the first Frostbite at

Tracey McCartney and Jimmy Robinson competed in the European
Championships in Austria.

Chris and Richard Pike both improved their IM Wales times from last year.

These are just a few of the highlights - many Age Group Podium places
were also achieved. A full list is on

PACTRAC Junior, Jonathan Oakey received his Trophy (Photo on front page above), for 3rd place in the East Midlands Junior Series (Tristar 3 age group). Jonathan scored
two second and two third places in the 9 race series between April and


Damian Wilkins recorded a PB at the Leicester Marathon in 3:32:10. His
fastest performance previously was 3:54:06 at Nottingham. Damian said
"Overall, a good day at the office".

10% Discount at the Physiotherapy and sports injury Centre in Hampton.

We have a few different Physio's between us all that we tend to visit.

Peter Corder at the Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre in Hampton has offered members a 10% Discount.

His current list of services and prices are under "Appointments".

Which other Physio's do members use?

PACTRAC Duathlon & AGM - Sunday 26 October

Please note that PACTRAC's Duathlon and AGM will take place on:
Sunday 26th October 2014 at Woodnewton Village Hall.
The format will be:
9:00am Duathlon (run 2 miles, bike 12 miles, run 2 miles)
Please remember the clocks go back on Sunday so please don’t arrive at 8am!
9:15am Junior run (distances vary from fun run to 3k)
10:45am Sue Burnett presentation on recovery products (free samples!)
11:00am AGM
Followed by a general discussion on club matters, buffet and the annual prize presentation (Seniors and Juniors)

The AGM agenda will be as follows:
1. Apologies
2. To receive the minutes of the AGM held in October 2013
3. Matters arising from the minutes of the AGM in October 2013
4. Report from Chairman
5. To present the annual accounts for the year ending 30th September 2014
6. Report from Membership Secretary
7. Report from Junior Coach
8. Report from Head Coach
9. Election of committee members
10. Update from Carol Macdonald (East Regional Manager, Triathlon England)
11. Any other business

Propositions and alterations to the Rules and Constitution and new nominations for the roles of club officers and committee members (see roles below) should be made in writing and signed by the nominating member to the Club Secretary (Giles Cooper, ) no later than 25th October 2014.
Committee positions are:
Vice Chairman
Event Co-ordinator
Press Manager, Newsletter and Swim contact
Junior coach
Coaching co-ordinator
Membership Secretary
Club Secretary
Kit contact

but if you are keen to come along and just help out please let us know, we welcome all volunteers!
Club Secretary

Roger Canham 8th in Hawaii. Antony takes SILVER in British Duathlon Championships. 4 compete in European Championships. Sean Beard qualifies in Duathlon.

Sean Beard competed in the Duathlon at Althorp over the distances of:

Run 6.75 miles.
bike 27 miles
run 3.5 miles.

No times have been published yet, but ...
Sean qualified for next year's European Duathlon Championships to be held in Alcobendas in April.

Sean said:"Woohoo I've Qualified for next years Age Group Duathlon Championships.
I finished 17th overall and 3rd in my Age Group.
What a race. Most of the run was off-road, but if you look at the state of my bike you would think that was all off road too. A very tricky course and glad to get round safe and in one Peace. Happy days."


PACTRAC's Sam Fielding has been awarded the Eastern Region Official of the Year. This is for her work as a BTF Race Referee. Sam takes the PACTRAC Junior Sessions held at Stanground twice a month, and has an enthusiastic group of youngsters coming through the ranks. She is out refereeing races in the Eastern Region most weekends.


PACTRAC had 4 competitors racing in the European Middle Distance Championships held in conjunction with the Challenge Paguera Majorca Triathlon over the classic half-Ironman distance.

Distances were:

swim 1900 meters in the sea - 1 lap at 23 degrees C.

bike 56 miles - 2 laps in the South of the island.

run 13.1 miles - 4 laps. The expected air temperature was 21.3 degrees C but turned out to be 35 degrees C on the day which decimated the field.

Paul said: "I never want to run a half marathon in 35 degrees again ! Everyone I spoke to ( maybe 20 or so ) said it added c 35 minutes to their expected half marathon time and it says something when I say the swim ( non wet suit !) was my best discipline. 4 of the GB team went to hospital with heat exhaustion, ( 2 stayed in overnight) and our leading UK lady pro was very close to a dnf. Proud, happy and shattered !"

Giles said: "Considering the conditions I went surprisingly well. 10th in Age Group (5th Brit in my Age Group). The run was brutal in the afternoon heat. I was 17 minutes slower than my last half IM run. Delighted to finish today and now time for some end of season rest!"

Dave said: "Surprisingly I was 12th in age group ...and over 25 people DNF'd ...mostly on the run. That was a brutal race. I need to sit on the beach all day after that."
"Thank goodness that is over. Well I finished and that was about the only plus point. The heat today made it too tough for me and I guess it was a race too far. I'm not sure what my finish time was but I guess it was 5.20ish. The temperature hit 31.4c on the run course and my little body overheated ... never mind. I'd like to say I enjoyed it, but I feel like chucking my bike in the sea!!"

188. Giles Cooper.............33:16....2:51:54....1:53:18..=..5:18:28 AG 10.
200. Dave Patmore-Hill.....33:29....2:54:47....1:51:58..=..5:20:14 AG 12.
687. Paul Jephcott............42:43....3:23:39....2:28:33..=..6:34:55 AG 16.
786. Adrian Chambers......45:49....3:35:54....2:41:30..=..7:03:13
Roger Canham competed in the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii.


swim 2.4 miles in the sea.

bike 112 miles.

run 26.2 miles.

Roger said: " The toughest conditions this year for a while, but the good news is that it was tough for everyone. Super chuffed to get a top ten to round the year off. very lucky to be out here competing and plan to be back!"

341. Roger Canham....1:13:14....5:25:01....3:15:33..=..9:53:48..AG 8th.

The Ironman World Championships in Kona is the blue ribbon event in the triathlon calendar and the 6th time that Roger has qualified and competed. The field is deep, as the best athletes in the sport converge on this race.

The usual carnage ensued in the swim, but Roger was largely unimpeded. Turning for home, the growing height of the waves meant sighting the buoys marking the route was only possible as each wave crested.

By 25 miles, he was ahead of target but then came a wall of wind bringing the speed down to a relative crawl, although he was still passing people.

On the way down the head wind turned into a gusty side/tail wind but as is the way of the island, it ultimately swung round to become a head wind. This was "a vintage tough year".

On the run, he was concerned at having a high heart rate, but put this down to being insufficiently acclimatised to the Kona heat and humidity. It was 90 degrees F on the day. Later on the run, athletes go through "the Energy lab" and back. This is where the heat reflects off the black top with nowhere to hide from the sun’s midday intensity.

With 7-miles to go, he got a searing quad cramp but fortunately this only lasted 100m to the aid station, where some more salt tablets were taken.

"The brutality is what makes this race special and unlike any other" said Roger.

"I was ecstatic with my result having spent a good deal of the race thinking I was out the game. A great end to the season and now time for some rest and recuperation."

Roger is now planning to race at Ironman South Africa next March in determined mood to qualify again for a 7th time. Hawaii is a really tough race to qualify for, with many of the best athletes in the world disappointed each year.


Antony Brown managed to get 2nd place in his Age Group at the British Age Group Duathlon Championships at Olney, near Milton Keynes - SILVER MEDAL.

Antony was 8th in his Age Group after the first 6.25 mile run, but moved up to 2nd on the 25 mile bike, and held 2nd over the final 3 mile run.

48. Antony Brown........ 42:01....65:33....23:28..=..2:11:02 AG 2.
57. Wayne Stainsby.... 38:18....72:38....22:03..=..2:12:59 AG 10.
65. Robin Brookes...... 38:44....73:22....23:06..=..2:15:12 AG 7.

Next Sunday 26th October sees the PACTRAC Duathlon and AGM at Woodnewton where all of the year's Prizes will be presented.

PACTRAC Junior Tri. Dan qualifies for Worlds. PACTRAC 1,2,3 at Bedford. Paul Vernon makes it 2 wins in 2 days.

26 young athletes competed in the PACTRAC Junior Triathlon at Stanground.

They were split into 5 different age bands as per BTF guidelines,
and competed over their respective Age Group distances.

All swam in the new Stanground Pool, before having a long run to
collect their bikes at the far end of the field. Various laps of the
500-metre grass course were cycled, before the final discipline, the
run, was again on grass.

Results: (First names only)

Tri Start:
1. Safford.....0:35....8:24....3:14..=..12:13
2. Marcus.....0:52....8:07....3:28..=..12:27

TriStar 1:
1. Bert........2:40....10:28....6:52..=..20:00
2. Flo..........3:35....11:00....5:55..=..20:30
3. Olivia......3:09....11:48....5:55..=..20:52
4. Connor....2:49....12:11....6:55..=..21:55
5. Morgan....3:35....13:20....5:02..=..21:57
6. Max.........3:22.....8:38...10:54..=..22:54
7. Toby........5:23....10:13....7:22..=..22:58
8. Nell..........2:56....14:00....6:37..=..23:33
9. Zoe..........4:31....14:00....6:22..=..24:53

TriStar 2:
1. Katie......4:29....16:07....10:02..=..30:38
2. Sam.......6:42....19:43.....7:15..=..33:40
3. Alex.......3:35....20:00....10:22..=..33:57
4. Harvey...3:55....20:32.....9:47..=..34:14

TriStar 3:
1. Hannah.......5:15....29:50....11:30..=..46:35
2. Lewis...........7:18....26:42....14:02..=..48:02
3. Ellie.............5:57....31:36....12:31..=..50:04
4. Rhiahnnon...5:07....39:37....11:46..=..56:30

1. Daniel 8:01....31:29....12:50..=..52:20

In the US National Aquathlon Championships held in Oklahoma, over a
1500 meter swim and 6.25 mile run,

Daniel Avondoglio came 9th in his Age Group and qualified for the USA
team for the World Aquathlon Championships to be held in Chicago next
year. Dan is one of 4 PACTRACers currently now residing and competing
in the USA.

Daniel Avondoglio 25:29....45:44..=..71:12 AG 9th.


3 PACTRACers raced in possibly the last domestic triathlon of the
season - at Bedford.

swim 400 meters in Robinsons Pool.

bike 15 miles on both country and main roads.

run 3 miles - 2.5 laps in the park.

The morning started off very chilly but did warm up later on. Early
starters wore extra clothing. The PACTRACers achieved a 1,2 and 3 in
their respective Age Groups.

17 Steve Hope..........7:43....44:50....19:20..=..71:53 AG 3.
64 Ros Goatly...........7:55....49:28....21:32..=..78:55 AG 1 7th lady
189 Terry Murphy....11:10....55:43....27:05..=..93:58 AG 2.

There is one more triathlon left this season, but that is the Ironman
World Championships in Hawaii this Saturday. PACTRAC's Roger Canham is
already out there acclimatising. Report to follow next week.


PACTRAC Frostbite Report:

PACTRAC Seniors 7th. PACTRAC Juniors 3rd.

Well done to the Juniors for their best result in many-a-year. 14
Juniors turned out with top Junior Jonathan Oakey (7:56) in 11th place,
less than a minute behind the overall winner.

The Seniors got 1165 points giving us 7th place.

If PACTRACers running for other clubs had ran for PACTRAC we would have
come 2nd with 540 points. But then NVHs would have dropped points so we
would have come FIRST. (3 PACTRACers running for NVHs and 1 for Ramsey
would have scored for us). (3 girls running for other clubs, would also
have scored for us).

We finally got a load of top male runners out - Jaap Flikweert was the
7th male qualifier in 42nd place. Just need to get the girls out now!

Oh and really well done to Paul Vernon who won the race outright by a
whopping 35 seconds. He also won the Huntingdon Park Run the day
before! Nathan Tweedie, running for NVHs, showed great improvement to
come 4th overall (He came 2nd in the Peterborough Park Run on Saturday).

We had 19 runners plus another 15 running for other clubs, making 34.

1. Paul Vernon 26:53
....(4. Nathan Tweedie 27:48)

Paul L 9:33 at IM Majorca. PACTRAC first debutants in RNR. Paul V wins RAF Tri. Antony and Steve 1st in AG.

Paul Lunn competed in Ironman Majorca at the weekend.

Distances were:

swim 2.4 miles in the sea.

bike 112 miles including the Lluc Mountain climb after 75 miles.

run 26.2 mile marathon.

Paul was 3rd Brit home in a race won overall by Britain's Olympian and former World Champion, Tim Don.

Paul said: " The day went ok; good swim (for me) 59:41 (non-wetsuit), a tougher bike than I'd expected up Lluc after 75miles was never going to be easy and came into T2 20th in my Age Group, so left myself a lot to do on the run. Finished in 9:33:45. 7 of us finished within 92 seconds of each other but unfortunately I was at the wrong end of the 7 and only good enough for 16th. Rest assured I gave it everything yesterday but beaten by some class guys. Spent an hour in the medical tent and two IV's later was feeling much better."

94. Paul Lunn.... 59:41....5:09:29....3:18:14..=..9:33:45.. AG 16th... 3rd Brit.


Equinox 10k at Belvoir.

24. Jo Annis 48:13 3rd female.

2 PACTRACers competed in separate teams in the 24-hour Team-event.

Damien Wilkins was in a team that came 7th. in 24:25:52hrs (29 laps).

Abi Schofield was in a team that came 12th. in 24:19:16hrs (28 laps).

Abi said: "Wow....what an experience. Never been so tired!!!! Equinox 24 smashed with my amazing team! 7 laps completed - 44 miles. It hurts. I never want to do a hill session again! Great time, great people."


PACTRAC entered the Round Norfolk Relay Run - a 17 stage 197 mile relay run around Norfolk. The team came 16th overall and were the first Debutant Team. As well as that, Paul Vernon was first overall on his stage, and Yvonne Scarrott 2nd lady on her stage.


17-Stage Relay................Distance...Stage.....Cumulative.

01. Dave Patmore-Hill...... 16.81m.... 2:01:17.... 2:01:17
02. Sean Pooley................14.06....... 1:52:15.... 3:53:32
03. Carry Murphy.................5.76....... 0:50:43.... 4:44:15
04. Giles Cooper...............11.14....... 1:19:55.... 6:04:10
05. Simon Hoppe............. 10.81....... 1:17:54.... 7:22:04
06. Paul Frampton............. 7.90....... 1:00:04.... 8:22:08
07. Stuart Lemmon............ 9.24....... 1:11:20.... 9:33:28
08. Mariska Niemeijer........ 7.52....... 1:03:12.... 10:36:40
09. Yvonne Scarrott......... 17.86....... 2:16:59.... 12:53:39
10. Paul Vernon............... 14.67....... 1:25:05.... 14:18:44
11. Darren White............. 12.45....... 1:33:10.... 15:51:54
12. Graham Honey.......... 19.67....... 2:49:12.... 18:41:06
13. Robin Brookes........... 13.25....... 1:37:05.... 20:18:11
14. Mike Wenn.................. 7.27....... 1:02:08.... 21:20:19
15. Simon Pauffley.......... 10.59....... 1:21:07.... 22:41:26
16. Steve Skelhon............. 5.49....... 0:43:08.... 23:24:34
17. Steve Hope............... 11.73....... 1:29:49.... 24:54:23


At the Roade Triathlon near Northampton, Antony Brown and Steve Hope won their respective Age Groups.

414 meters - 18 lengths of 23m.
11.5 miles - 2 laps.
2.8 miles - 2 laps.

5. Antony Brown.......7:01....32:24....18:57..=..58:22 AG 1st.
20. Steve Hope.........7.03....36:12....18.55..=..62:10 AG 1st.
98. Chris Grahame...7:50....37:18....24:28..=..69:36 AG 12
119 Pedro Polson.....7:54....39:07....24:10..=..71:11 AG 3
231. Sue Davys......10:04....44:03....24:23..=..78:30 AG 4


Brownlee Triathlon.

Nathan Tweedie came 13th in the Youth race at the Brownlee Triathlon held at Harewood House. Nathan was up with the leaders before a problem on the bike set him back; but he still had the 2nd fastest run of the day to pull back into 13th place overall.

13. Nathan Tweedie....5:39....34:02....11:43..=..51:24


Paul Vernon won the RAF Triathlon at RAF Odiham at Hook in Hampshire, just 4 days after running his 14 mile stage in the Round Norfolk Relay.

Distances were: swim 400 meters in the pool, bike 16 miles on local roads, run 3 miles around the RAF base.

Paul was 2:30 minutes down after the swim, but had the fastest bike split to start the run in 2nd place. Paul then had the fastest run split to take the lead early on the run, and win the race by 2-minutes.

1. Paul Vernon....8:04....40:19....17:29..=..65:52

Nathan wins GOLD. Abi qualifies for European Champs. The Pike Brothers compete at IM Wales. Simon (2014 Club Champion) and Kim 5th overall.

PACTRAC's Nathan Tweedie won the English National Aquathlon
Championship at St.Neots on Saturday.

The distances were:

swim 750 meters in the River Ouse - out and back.

run 3 miles on paths around the Riverside Park in St.Neots.

Nathan was first out of the water in 9 minutes dead, with
only 9 swimmers within a minute of him. A superfast transition ensured
that he kept his advantage for the run. He then had the 5th fastest
run, loosing only 27 seconds to the fastest runner of the day, and came
home 25-seconds clear in the GOLD MEDAL position.

1 / 97. Nathan Tweedie....9:00....0.35....16:44..=..26:19.


At the AW St.Neots Standard-distance Triathlon, 4 PACTRACers came home
in first place in their respective Age Groups, including Simon Hoppe
who gained 3 places on the run to finish in 5th place overall.

5. Simon Hoppe...........21:18....1:15:27....35:15..=..2:12:00 AG 1st.

12. Antony Brown.........22:49....1:12:58....40:46..=..2:16:33 AG 1st.

32. Steve Hope.............26:07....1:22:33....40:10..=..2:28:50 AG 4.

35. Charlie Brookes......24:35....1:24:04....41:35..=..2:30:14 AG 4.

39. Nicholas Forscutt....29:54....1:22:55....38:51..=..2:31:40 AG 7.

45. Tim Henson............30:56....1:23:20....39:51..=..2:34:07 AG 9.

81. Paul Jephcott..........30:16....1:29:42....45:32..=..2:45:30 AG 4.

105. Adrian Chambers....33:56....1:32:11....46:24..=..2:52:31 AG 12.

133. Sue Davys..............35:35....1:39:11....52:43..=..3:07:29 AG 1st.

150. Georgina Jennings..31:39....1:38:42....65:49..=..3:16:10 AG 1st.

In case their is anybody out there that Georgina hasn't told; this was her first Olympic-Distance Triathlon for 7-years'.

In the Sprint race Kim Bell came 5th overall, first lady and 1st in her
Age Group.

5. Kim Bell.....................9:12....44:55....20:19..=..74:26 AG 1st.

18. Gary Shoemake....13:20....47:05....20:07..=..80:32 AG 2.

The Standard-distance also doubled as the final PACTRAC Club
Championship race of 2014. Simon Hoppe was one of 4 athletes still in
contention for the overall Trophy, which he won, as well as collecting
the Over 40s Vets Trophy. Antony Brown overtook Steve Hope to win the
SuperVets Trophy whilst Sue Davys held onto top spot for the Ladies
SuperVets Trophy. Neither Sue nor Georgina Jennings were able to
accumulate enough points to overhaul Jemima Gee for the Ladies Vets
Trophy, nor Roz Giles for the overall Ladies Trophy. Nathan Tweedie had
already won the Junior Trophy. These will all be presented at the
Duathlon / AGM / Annual Prize Presentation on 26th October.


The big race at Olney, Milton Keynes, this weekend was the Sprint
Triathlon which doubled as a European Championship Qualifier for 2015.

Distances were:

swim 750 meters in the lake.

bike 12.5 miles - 1 lap on local roads.

run 3 miles around the lake.

The first PACTRACer was Henry Morton, who was 4th in his Age Group into
T2, but slipped to 5th on the run.

Abi Schofield qualified for the European Championships to be held in
Geneva next July. She is now on the hunt for sponsors and is looking to
upgrade her bike ready for a good winters training. Abi only started
cycling this year, and this was only her 4th triathlon to date. She set
her mind on qualifying and is putting her excellent swimming and
running skills to good use. She is naturally "over the moon" with her
result, and is now on the lookout for sponsors to help her upgrade and
improve in the cycling discipline.


28. Henry Morton.... 10:48....34:35....20:23..=..65:46 AG 5th.

69. Dave Allsop....... 12:39....34:19....21:22..=..68:20 AG 7th.

172. Abi Schofield.... 11:41....41:31....21:35..=..74:47 AG 5th.


PACTRAC brothers, Richard and Chris Pike, competed against over 2,000
athletes at Ironman Wales in Tenby.


swim 2.4 miles in the sea - 2 laps with a mass start. There was a quick
exit after lap 1, before diving back in. After 2 laps, there was a 1000
meter run to Transition.

bike 112 miles around Pembrokeshire.

run 26.2 miles.

296. Richard Pike....82:07....6:39:30....4:13:58..=..12;15;35..AG 36.

297. Chris Pike........82:58....6:37:26....4:15:12..=..12:15:36..AG 12.

Last year, the same two Pikes recorded 12:28:54 and 12:56:25 respectively. Both improved on the bike and run, but were marginally slower on the swim due to the unpredictable currents and tidal nature of sea swims. Richard's Coach this year, PACTRAC's Dave Patmore-Hill was delighted with Richard's improvements.


Essendix Last Minute Triathlon at Southwell.

swim 400 meters in the pool, bike 12 miles, run 3 miles.

71. Ros Goatly....8:22....35:09....21:17..=..64:48..AG 2. 5th lady.

3 compete in 70.3 World Championships. 5 Podium at Mkt Harborough. Giles 4th at Mkt Bosworth.

3 PACTRACers qualified for the World 70.3 Half-Ironman Championships, which took place in Mont Tremblant, Canada.

Distances were:

Swim 1.2 miles including a sprint down the beach, into the lake.

Bike 56 miles including some sharp rises and sweeping turns.

Run 13.1 miles in Temperature's of 80oF. 2 laps, some off-road.

Paul said: "Well what a race, poor swim, solid bike, average run on dodgy ankle but 137th in the World... (9th A/G),"

Roger said: "During the week I had ridden the course a couple of times so I had a solid plan figured out. Stick to the power numbers unless passed, then ride hard and stay with them. I made up a few places on the bike but knew the only way I was going to bag a result was to run the life out of my legs.

I set out on the run in 21st place and had my work cut out, but a result was within my grasp if I was prepared to suffer a little.

I set out to see how many competitors I could hoover up in the first lap. I passed nine in my Age Group by the time I hit the turn. Figuring I was in with a shot of a top ten I eased up for the next 3 miles to consolidate and prepare for the final all-out effort. I picked off two more before I wound myself up for the final 3 miles, wanting to finish with a sense I had left it all out there and delivered the run I was capable of. I pushed, zoned out, racing every step until I crossed the line certain I had given my best over the 13.1 miles.

Ultimately I had raced hard and felt certain I had bagged the top ten result I coveted but importantly also nailed a fast run to build confidence for my season’s finale in Kona in October. I had come 8th. I was thrilled as it was beyond my expectations and a massive bonus for the season. It still hasn’t sunk in and I guess it won’t until a certain race in October is over."

Roger's full report can be found here:

138. Paul Lunn..................30:41....2:21:25....1:26:07..=..4:18:13..AG 9.

432. Roger Canham.........30:56....2:36:08....1:25:43..=..4:32:47..AG 8.

895. Dave Patmore-Hill....32:03....2:44:40....1:33:43..=..4:50:26..AG 102.


The big National Race this weekend was the Bala Standard Distance Triathlon; which was a Qualifier for next year's European Championships, so PACTRAC's 3 athlete's were up against a quality field. Wind and rain met the competitor's, over the distances of: swim 1500 meters, bike 25 miles, run 6.25 miles.

72. Richard Moys..........24:00....63:25....39:39..=..2:07:04..AG 15.
168. Wayne Stainsby....25:10....71:02....39:52..=..2:16:04..AG 23.

Jimmy Robinson got a puncture and wasn't able to finish. Jimmy said:"Game over... I had a great swim, good T1 then riding to WATTS and feeling good. Then 4 miles in I got a flat............Long walk back then:-("

Jimmy recorded 25:03 for the swim.

In the previous day's 1500 meter charity swim over the same course, Jimmy had come 15th in 25:33.


Tracy McCartney competed in "Man verses Mountain" - a 20-mile running race up Mount Snowden. Tracy reached the Summit in 2:30:05 but wasn't finished there.

Competitor's not only had a 20 mile mountainous run to the summit of Snowdon and back down; but they also tackled an array of punishing obstacles in Dinorwic Quarry, including the Merrell “All Out” Vertical Kilometre, an abseil and a stream of water based challenges.

Tracy commented: "I had The most amazing race yesterday at Man vs Mountain - great weather, stunning views and 35mins quicker than last year... roll on next year".

49th out of 753 runners. 5th Female. 4:23:16.

This is Tracy's blog from last year. Did she say ... she was first lady home in 2013.


PACTRAC had some good representation in the Market Harborough Triathlon over the distances of:

swim 400 meters.
bike 14.5 miles.
run 3 miles.

All 5 competitors were on the Podium, with 3 getting 1st in their respective Age Groups. Some good competition was had with Antony Brown, Rob Hammond and Dave Allsop finishing 4-6th overall, just outside of the top 3. The main difference between them was on the bike, which is Antony's speciality, whilst Dave was still recovering from his recent efforts in Ironman Copenhagen.

Ros Goatly was 2nd lady overall and said: "Market harborough Tri...was hot and hilly!!"

4. Antony Brown.......6:44....40:16....20:54..=..67:54..AG 1st.
5. Rob Hammond.....6:41....41:47....19:39..=..68:07..AG 1st.
6. Dave Allsop..........6:39....43:01....19:19..=..68:59..AG 2nd.
34. Ros Goatly.........7:06....48:18....23:15..=..78:39..AG 1st + 2nd lady.
64. Jo Lee................6:43....51:13....26:52..=..84:48..AG 3rd.


Giles Cooper competed in his 2nd Half-Ironman distance Triathlon in 3-weeks, but this time had some decent conditions to race in, with little wind and a warm dry day, on a good course.

Giles finished 4th overall but 1st vet 40+ in the Wild Boar Middle-Distance Triathlon at Market Bosworth.

Distances were:

swim 1.2 miles - 2 1/2 laps in a small lake.

bike 51 miles - 4 scenic laps with a couple of undulations to keep things interesting.

run 13.5 miles - 4 out and back laps on a slightly over distance run.

Giles said: "I had a solid swim and bike and was slightly surprised to find myself in 7th position at the start of the run and really pleased to make up three places during the run. Will definitely be back to support this event again and great value too."

4.0 Giles Cooper....36:30....2:34:03....1:39:08..=..4:49:41.. AG 1st.

Kim Bell was 10th overall, 2nd female and 2nd in her Age Group at the Stanton Lakes Triathlon.

Distances were:

swim 750 meters in the lake.

bike 12.5 miles.

run 3 miles.

10. Kim Bell....8:52....43:50....22:05..=..74:47..AG 2nd.


Richard Nixon chose to compete in the Helvelyn Triathlon; a tough test over hilly terrain.

swim 1 mile in Ullswater - "England's most beautiful lake" where it is always cold.

bike 38 miles including riding up the infamous Kirkstone Pass.

run 9 miles up Helvellyn - 3118 feet - England's 3rd highest peak (only 75 feet less than the highest).

The run section is 90% on rough track and goes onto the highest fells in the country. You had to take a bag containing full body cover, foil survival blanket, whistle and suitable map of the route. The organiser's described this as "far from an ordinary triathlon run route", with the temperature on the top often close to freezing, probably in cloud and raining.

This is the only UK based race in Triathlete Europe's Top 10 Toughest Races on the Planet. It's a very challenging race.

294. Richard Nixon....5:01:10....24:43....2:16:28....2:19:59..=..5:01:10.


Nathan Tweedie came 20th out of 93 competitors in the Junior European Triathlon Cup at Nottingham. Nathan was competing against the best Junior athletes in Europe and having held his own in the swim, came in with the lead group of cyclists, in a big bunch; it was all down to the run.

Swim - 750 meters. (pontoon dive start) 1 lap.

Bike - 12.5 miles. 4 laps.

Run - 3 miles. 2 laps of 1.5 miles.

20. Nathan Tweedie....9:26....27:57....16:25..=..53:48


St.Neots Standard Distance.

137. James Rhodes....42:23....1:44:44....1:06:10..=..3:33:17..AG 19.

Richard competes in the World's. Antony, Wayne and Ros all 1st in AG. Robin, Katie and Pedro 2nd in AG. Dave's 5th IM.

In the World Sprint Championships in Edmonton, Canada, PACTRAC's sole representative, Richard Moys, finished 21st in his Age Group, in his first outing representing Great Britain. He was the 4th Brit home.

Distances were, swim 750 meters in the lake, bike 14 miles and run 3 miles.

21. Richard Moys....11:41....38:18....19:06..=..69:05.


Mariska Niemeijer came 30th in the Dutch Women’s Only Triathlon in Utrecht, Netherlands. This consisted of a 500 meter swim, followed by a 12.5 mile bike and finished with a 3-mile run.

30. Mariska Niemeijer 1:15:04


Whittlesey Junior Triathlon.

This was the inaugural event for this and was well supported with over 100 juniors racing.

4 PACTRAC athletes competed.


5th. Daniel Amps-Woodward....4:05....13:39....8:51..=..26:35

Tristar 1.

3rd. Olivia Corner....2:41....7:59....3:46..=..14:26

Tristar 2.

2nd. Katie Tasker......2:49......9:23....5:48..=..18:00

6th. Archie Stewart....3:39....11:03....6:37..=..21:19

All the Running training being completed by the junior section, hosted by Sam & Simon at Stanground, is really paying off with excellent run times being completed by all the racers.

Olivia Corner finished a highly creditable 3rd in Tristar 1 girls, clocking the fastest run and continuing her excellent progress.

Daniel Amps-Woodward came 5th in a competitive Youths Category. This was his first ever race and he gained a lot of valuable experience which will help him in the future.

Archie Stewart had a solid race and improved on his last outing in all aspects.

Katie Tasker missed out on a victory by only 8 seconds to finish 2nd.


Ipswich Regional Championship's.

Katie Tasker & Olivia Corner doubled up over the weekend to compete in the Eastern Region Championship at Framlingham College. This was pool based, but with a very much undulating run and bike course which really tested all the entrants.

Olivia & Katie both came 6th in their Categories. Olivia posted an impressive 2nd fastest run split. This race saw the stiffest competition she has faced and was a highly commendable display.

The distance between Katie & the winners has been dropping all year, which bodes well for next year when she races in the same category.


The National Relay Championship's were once again held at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham. Team's consisted of 4 athletes; with each team member having to do a 500 meter swim, 9 mile bike (3 laps of the lake) and a 3 mile run (1 lap of the lake). A rest was had between each discipline, whilst your fellow team members all completed first the swim, then all took it in turns on the bike and then again on the run.

Open - Sat (pm) Georgina Jennings, Andy Gregg, Ros Goatly, Duncan Philp.

Swim...........11:39....12:22....10:04....13:13.... 0:47:18
Bike.............28:05....23:23....30:28....24:02.... 1:45:58
Run..............28:04....19:06....27:06....21:34.... 1:35:50
TOTAL.........67:48....54:51....67:38....58:49.... 4:09:06
PACTRAC Pacers Pos 71st 4:09:06

Open - Sun (am) Giles Cooper, Chris Grahame, Paul Vernon, Sean Beard.

Swim............8:33....11:46.....9:57....11:09.... 0:41:25
Bike............23:42....24:30...22:03....23:12.... 1:33:27
Run............18:58....27:02...16:26....18:39.... 1:21:05
PACTRAC Panthers Pos 35th 3:35:57

Nick Forscutt, Luke Starsmore, David Pooley, Sean Pooley,

Swim............9:59....10:57....12:43.....9:06.... 0:42:45
Bike............24:16....25:29....26:12...23:40.... 1:39:37
Run............18:33....19:55....21:28...19:56.... 1:19:52
TOTAL.......52:48....56:21....60:23...52:42.... 3:42:14
PACTRAC Pups Pos 48th 3:42:14


Dave Allsop competed in his 5th Ironman Triathlon, this time in Copenhagen.

swim 2.4 miles

bike 112 miles

run 26.2 miles.

Dave did a new PB, beating his time of 10:22 from Florida last November. He had his best run to date in an Ironman, which helped him to his fast time.

406. Dave Allsop....64:19....5:22:49....3:47:44..=..10:14:52....AG 43.

Steve and Roz Giles competed in the Xterra England off-road Triathlon - part of a World-wide Series. This took place through the grounds of Vachery Estate in Surrey.

Distances were:

swim 1500 meters in open water

bike 19 miles off-road on mountain bikes.

run 6 miles on trail.

62. Steve Giles.....32:13....1:34:30....40:43..=..2:47:26....AG 7th.
166.Roz Giles.......28:27....1:54:50....52:39..=..3:15:56....AG 6th.

15 PACTRACers competed in the Vitruvian Triathlon held at Rutland Water at the weekend.

Distances were:

swim 1.2 miles being 2 laps in the lake.

bike 52 miles - 2 laps around Oakham, Uppingham, Morcott, Ketton and Empingham; taking in the triple hills of the Rutland Ripple between Oakham and Uppingham, as well as the Rookeries hill at Ketton - each done twice.

run 13.1 miles - 2 laps, across the Dam to Normanton Church and back.

The best placed PACTRACer was Matt Greenhill in 62nd place overall, whilst Robin Brookes was the only member to podium, coming home 2nd in his Age Group. Robin moved up from 9th in the swim, to 4th off the bike to 2nd after the run, with a very consistent performance, in windy conditions. Christina Cork was leading her Age Group and was the 3rd fastest female overall after a strong bike section; but a recent injury has curtailed her running and she did well to hang on for a 5th place in her Age Group and 17th lady overall. Her bike split was over 4 minutes quicker than the 2nd lady in her AG.

60. Matt Greenhill..........32:46....2:23:26....1:40:44..=..4:36:56..AG 12.

67. Robin Brookes..........33:49....2:33:28....1:34:01..=..4:41:18..AG 2nd.

92. Andy Gregg..............43:25....2:33:27....1:32:09..=..4:49:01..AG 9.

185. Daniel Fitzjohn........41:38....2:45:30....1:40:02..=..5:07:10..AG 38.

204. Christina Cork.........34:20....2:36:26....1:59:44..=..5:10:30..AG 5th.

218. Steve Coombs.........45:10....2:40:23....1:46:34..=..5:12:07..AG 29.

224. Steve Hope..............36:40....2:46:54....1:49:13..=..5:12:47..AG 24.

452. Caroline Hattee.........37:17....3:06:24....1:59:55..=..5:43:36..AG 18.

479. Steve Cook................39:25....3:19:25....1:49:32..=..5:48:22..AG 78.

487. Duncan Philp.............47:27....2:51:06....2:10:59..=..5:49:32..AG 95.

498. Jon Ellicott................45:22....3:06:39....1:59:58..=..5:51:59..AG 84.

510. Simon Taylor............48:51....2:59:06....2:06:22..=..5:54:19..AG 57.

513. John Morris..............46:56....3:14:29....1:53:09..=..5:54:34..AG 83.

587. Peter Tebb...............45:49....3:18:31....2:05:05..=..6:09:25..AG 89.

688. Annette Wyld...........44:44....3:25:23....2:47:41..=..6:57:48..AG 13.

In addition, PACTRAC and Associates did very well in the Team events, taking the first 3 places. Team Oliver had Stefan Lawrence (Bike) and Abi Schofield (run) who have both recently joined PACTRAC since entering the event; whilst Team Anderson and Team Lewis were both sponsored by PACTRAC's Robin Brookes, who himself came 2nd in his Age Group, so a good day for the sponsor's - Storage Concepts.

36. Team Oliver.............29:10....2:29:38....1:29:02..=..4:27:50 1st Team.

58. Team Anderson.......34:39....2:32:06....1:29:17..=..4:36:02 2nd Team.

64. Team Lewis.............30:19....2:28:29....1:38:52..=..4:37:40 3rd Team.

Abi commented: "A nice PB on the half-marathon, and fab winning team with Stefan Lawrence and Mick Oliver. However, next year, I'm attempting it on my own! 4.27 total time. Sub 30 swim sub 2.30 bike sub 1.30 run. Good teamwork!"


In the NiceTri Sprint Triathlon at St.Neots the distances were:

swim 750 meters in the river.

bike 15 miles

run 3 miles.

PACTRAC's Antony Brown, Wayne Stainsby and Ros Goatly all finished first in their respective Age Groups. Anthony also finished 6th overall, slipping from 3rd overall after a super-fast bike section. Wayne punctured and had to run 1/2 mile and beg a spare bike (a Mountain bike) from a Marshal. He then rode the last 2-miles into T2 bare-footed on a Mountain Bike, and still won his Age Group, picking 2 places back on the run. Ros led her Age Group from start to finish.

6. Antony Brown....... 12:04.... 39:21.... 20:49.. =.. 1:12:14.. AG 1st
23. Wayne Stainsby.. 11:58.... 47:59.... 18:31.. =.. 1:18:28.. AG 1st
32. Ryan Woolf......... 13:54.... 46:14.... 20:02.. =.. 1:20:10.. AG 5.
45. Ros Goatly.......... 13:39.... 47:36.... 22:28.. =.. 1:23:43.. AG 1st.
55. Pedro Polson...... 11:56.... 47:02.... 26:05.. =.. 1:25:03.. AG 2.
68. Andy Rawlins...... 15:53.... 49:57.... 21:59.. =.. 1:27:49.. AG 11.
155. Sue Davys......... 21:33.... 56:21.... 26:58.. =.. 1:44:52.. AG 4.


PACTRAC hold their own Open Junior Race at Stanground on Saturday 27th September. All Junior Ages are catered for. Entry Forms from

This weekend sees Dave Patmore-Hill, Paul Lunn and Roger Canham competing in the World Half-Ironman 70.3 Championships in Mont Tremblant, Canada.

No swimming bank holiday Monday 25th August

Pool closed

8 compete at Ely.

8 PACTRACers ventured over to Ely at the weekend for the Ely Middle-Distance and Olympic Distance Triathlons.

These consisted of a River swim in the Great Ouse, swimming in both directions, so some with and some against the slight current. The swim went past the moored boats and associated hostelries, so was great for spectators. (MID - 1900 meters, Oly - 1500 meters).

The bike was a windy affair with rain on the 2nd lap (or at the start of the run for the Olympic racers). (MID - 52 miles, Oly - 27 miles).

The run was a hilly affair with each of the 5 laps going through the Cathedral and back down, twice (MID - 13 miles, Oly - 7.5 miles).

Paul Jephcott said afterwards: "Everyone clattered into each other in the swim; we had a sideways wind and rain for almost all the bike; and as for the run ... Ely flat, Pah. Shattered but Happy !"

39. Giles Cooper........ 35:59.... 2:35:36.... 1:32:27.. =.. 4:44:02.. AG 6.
56. Peter Harris.......... 40:12.... 2:36:45.... 1:39:10.. =.. 4:56:07.. AG 3.
91. Steve Hope.......... 36:49.... 2:47:35.... 1:48:30.. =.. 5:12:54.. AG 4.
178. Paul Jephcott...... 48:24.... 3:11:36.... 1:54:59.. =.. 5:54:59.. AG 4.
183. Adrian Chambers. 54:59.... 2:59:45.... 2:02:57.. =.. 5:57:41.. AG 17.

Monster Olympic:

16. Richard Nixon...... 26:28.... 1:26:01.... 56:52.. =.. 02:49:21.. AG 2.
18. Charlie Brookes... 24:43.... 1:28:32.... 57:25.. =.. 02:50:40.. AG 8.
23. Adrian Whitby...... 32:42.... 1:26:29.... 55:18.. =.. 02:54:29.. AG 11.


Dave Patmore-Hill had a good run at the National Middle Distance Triathlon Championships in Aberfeldy. He was in the team that came 5th overall in the National Championships; his 1.21:57 hours for the half-marathon keeping his team well up the order. They had a good go at defending their team title from last year, but it wasn't to be.

5th. Team DPH.... 26:33.... 2:42:16.... 1:21:57.. =.. 4:30:46

Antony wins British Championships.

National Championships - Liverpool.

Antony Brown won GOLD at the British Age Group Championships. Antony was 3rd in his Age Group out of the water, moved into the lead on the bike and held onto it on the run.

Distances were:

swim 1500 meters in the salt water harbour, whilst trying to avoid the jellyfish.

bike 25 miles - Out and back 4 times. fast and flat.

run 6.25 miles - 2 laps.

141. Antony Brown.... 23:02.... 66:21.... 44:37.. =.. 2:14:00.. Age Group 55-59 1st. GOLD MEDAL.

3 PACTRACers competed in the Sprint Triathlon:

114. Abi Tiernan ....18:57.... 46:40.... 26:54.. =.. 1:32:31.. AG 4.
145. Sue Davys .......19:52.... 50:54.... 27:34.. =.. 1:38:20.. AG 3.
173. Jon Tiernan ....19:21.... 50:31.... 33:54.. =.. 1:43:46.. AG 12.

In the Elite Category, Kim Bell was out of the swim in the 2nd group with current World Championship Leader, Gwen Jorgensen. Kim unfortunately had to pull out on the bike section.

Kim Bell - swim 9:50 dnf.


Rob Hammond came 9th overall and 2nd in his Age Group in the Olympic Distance Triathlon at the West Midlands Water Ski Center near Birmingham.

swim 1500 meters in the lake

bike 25 miles - 1 lap. Fast and Flat.

run 6.25 miles - 4 laps close to the lakeside.

9. Rob Hammond.... 21:07.... 1:02:45.... 38:51.. =.. 2:02:43.. AG 2nd.


Steve Burton was PACTRAC's sole representative in the Wensleydale Triathlon. This is a tough race held in the Yorkshire Dales with a 1.25 mile swim in Semer Water near Hawes, a 40 mile bike ride including 4 steep inclines, and a 12 mile out and back run taking in 471 meters of climbing on the way out, and all downhill to finish.

Steve said:

"Wendsleydale Triathlon. This is a massive event for me. It's twice as big as anything I've done before.
Sorry to say, I didn't get under the 6-hour goal, but I did a very respectable 6hr 23 mins, with the heavy rain and winds, plus an extra 700 meters on the swim, and a fell run half marathon. I'm over the moon with finishing and my time."

39. Steve Burton.... 1:03:14.... 3:02:00.... 2:18:45.. =.. 6:23:59.. Age Group 17.


12 hardy soles turned up to race at Oundle in the pouring rain on Sunday, for the PACTRAC Long Course.

The distances were:

swim 1800 yards - 36 lengths of the pool.

bike 40 miles - 4 laps of the Mini-Series Course.

run 10 miles - out to Glapthorn, an anti-clockwise loop around Glapthorn, and back to Oundle. Twice.

Unfortunately, due to the heavy rain and then lightening, just before the start, the bike section was cancelled, and the event became a swim,run.

9 members finished the race, with the Trophy going to Paul Lunn, who having stayed on Simon Hoppe's feet during the swim section, then ran clear on the run. Jaap Flikweert back from injury finished third, with new member Abi Schofield first lady in 4th place overall.

Neil 24th in Ironman-distance. Wayne 8th o/a. Robin and Ros 1st in Age Group. Nathan takes another Course record.

Neil Tandy competed in the Alpe D'huez EDF Triathlon.

The distances were:

swim 2200 meters in the lake. Chilly but calm.

bike 72 miles - taking in 3 mountain passes: the Alpe du Grand Serre, the Col d'Ornon and Alpe d'Huez.

run 14 miles - 3 loops of road and mountain paths at an altitude of 1800 to 2000 meters.

290. Neil Tandy.... 30:16..... 5:10:21.... 2:26:07.... =.... 8:06:44 AG 18.

Neil also recorded 1:15:31 in the "race-within-a-race" up the infamous hill on the bike. He was 13th overall out of the water, out of 955 competitors, with 61 athletes not finishing this gruelling event. The mountainous run was a bit severe but Neil vowed to return and "take revenge next year".


Both PACTRACers, Robin Brookes and Ros Goatly, came 1st in their Age Group at the Blithfield Triathlon's; Robin in the Olympic distance (1500 meters, 25 miles, 6.25 miles) and Ros in the Sprint distance (750 meters, 12.5 miles, 3 miles).

18. Robin Brookes.. 30:09.... 73:07.... 37:58.... =.. 2:21:14 AG 1st.

29. Ros Goatly........ 15:23.... 44:06.... 22:02.... =.. 1:21:31 AG 1st.

Meanwhile, new member Abi Schofield took part in the Team Relay with some friends from Grantham. They came home in 2:08:09 in 6th place overall and first team, thanks to Abi's 38:59 run split.


The Anglian Ironman-distance Triathlon took place in and around the town of Cromer on the Norfolk coast, and consisted of a 2.4 mile point-to-point sea swim, a 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run.

This was Neil Thatcher's first Ironman and he said afterwards "I really enjoyed it".

24) Neil Thatcher.... 51:02.... 7:42:20.... 4:19:42.... =.. 12:53:04 AG 7.


London Triathlon - Super Sprint (400 meters, 6.25 miles, 1.5 miles).

190. Ryan Murphy.... 14:29.... 34:58.... 18:09.... =.. 67:36 AG 10th.

Whilst another 3 Murphy's made up "Team Murphy" in the Sprint Team Race, including PACTRAC's Terry Murphy and two relatives:

132. Team Murphy.... 19:38.... (5:00).... 56:24.... (2:37).... 38:42.... =.. 2:02:21


At the Desford Triathlon Wayne Stainsby came 8th overall and 2nd in his Age Group over the distances of - swim 400 meters, bike 11 miles and run 3 miles.

8. Wayne Stainsby.... 6:40.... 31:11.... 20:35.... =.. 58:26 AG 2nd.


Nathan Tweedie competed in the Nene Swimming Championships at the weekend from Barnwell Mill, Oundle. Distances were 1 mile, 2 miles and 3 miles. Nathan competed in the 2 mile event and broke the course record by 5 minutes. He now holds the records for both the 1 mile (2013) and 2 mile (2014) swims. Blazing sunshine, clear water, very few weeds and a balmy water temperature of 21c met the swimmers. However there was a significant wind blowing against the upstream leg which a few swimmers found a little challenging.

2 MILES: (New record: 43.10. Old record: 48.10 in 2011)
1. Nathan Tweedie 43.10
2. Cameron Kelly 50.33

1 MILE: (record: Nathan Tweedie 21.36 in 2013)
1. Luke Birch 30.23

Nathan also recently won gold at the Midlands Region Open Water Championships (2 miles) at Bosworth and won gold again at the East Region Open Water Championships (1 mile) at Norwich.

Paul wins the Final Mini-Series.

Pactrac held their final Mini-Series Triathlon of the year at Oundle last Wednesday.

Paul Vernon raced in 7 of the 10 events and won again on Wednesday recording the fastest bike and fastest run splits. Paul was 16th out of the water from 45 athletes, and moved up to 2nd after the bike section.

We had two waves and the fastest swim of the night was recorded by Chester Homan in his first ever triathlon. Chester was in wave 1 and led the wave by nearly a minute from Natasha Johnson. It was a perfect split with all those recording over an hour in wave 1 (20), and those under an hour were all in wave 2 (25). It's the first time that I have ever known a "handicap" to work so perfectly! 24 athletes beat the hour - all of wave 2 minus Christina Cork who pulled out after the bike, not wanting to aggravate a running injury. Christina was 7th out of the water in 5:59, with just 7 athletes beating 6-minutes. She then had the 6th= fastest bike split to come into T2 in 8th place.

In 25th position and first of the first wave was David Talbot in 1:01:11. First lady was Natasha Johnson who caught Chester on the bike, and then led the race until 1/3 mile to go, where David overtook her and crossed the line first. Paul Vernon then just caught Natasha in the sprint finish to cross the line as the overall winner, having started 12-minutes behind in wave 2 (this wasn't a Handicap race).

Richard Moys had led the swim in wave 2, but their was some really fierce competition behind, with 10 cyclists recording under 24-minutes for that discipline; and 11 athletes coming into T2 in well under 30-minutes.

Antony Brown moved into pole position on the bike and came into T2 in 28:59 with Paul Vernon the first of 6-chasers to come in between 14 and 20 seconds behind. Another 22 seconds past, and another 4 cyclists were in.

Paul Vernon soon took the lead on the run, and again powered home in under 50-minutes. This was Paul's 5th win from 7 Mini-Series races this year and increased his points tally in the Mini-Series to 50 from a maximum of 50. He has only been beaten by Nathan Tweedie and Paul Lunn. Richard Moys was 7th off of the bike but had the 2nd fastest run of the night to move up into 2nd overall. Steve Giles moved up to 3rd overall having been 19th after the swim and 9th after the bike. Steve competed in 9 of the 10 races and was never out of the top 5, gaining 3 x second places and 3 x third places but never managing the overall top spot.

Every week we offer a £20 Bristows Cycles Voucher to both the fastest male and fastest female who have not already won one. This final week saw the vouchers cascading down to Peter Harris in 4th place overall and Claire Piercy, 2nd lady in 30th overall.

18 PBs were recorded on the night, with only 2 amongst the top 13 competitors.

We had 329 competitors over 11 races (10 plus the Novice only race), averaging 30 per event, with the most being 45 on the last one. The sun has shone brightly on all but 2 nights. Paul Vernon won 5, Nathan Tweedie 2, with Simon Hoppe, Richard Moys, Paul Lunn and Francis Mulhern all 1 apiece. Nathan, Paul L and Francis all remained unbeaten. The overall, bike and run course records remained intact whilst Nathan Tweedie brought the swim course record down from 4:07 to 4:03 and then 4:02. Nathan also recorded the fastest time this year on the course when he romped to a 49:08 in Mini-Series nr.6. Nathan (twice), Paul Lunn and Paul Vernon recorded the only 4 times under the magic 50-minute barrier.

Paul and Jon 4th overall. Jon and Anthony win their Age Group. 4 Virgins chase Paul at Outlaw. Mini swim record for Nathan

PACTRAC held their 9th Mini-Series Triathlon from 10 at Oundle pool last Wednesday.

Nathan Tweedie recorded his 2nd win of the Series and reduced his Swim Course record by 1-second. 3 weeks ago, Nathan took the swim record down from 4:07 to 4:03. Tonight he knocked another 1 second off, and that included having to negotiate "traffic" in the swim. Nathan also recorded another PB, his 49:08 taking him ever-closer to the 49-minute barrier that has only been broken by Matt Gunby, Josh Daniels and Simon Hoppe in the past.

Newcomer Matt Brigham was 2nd out of the swim in 4:06 which has only ever been beaten by Nathan on this course. Richard Moys, himself no slouch in the water, was left to lead the pack out, 68 seconds later. Another 15 swimmers emerged within a minute of Richard and the chase was on.

Nathan maintained the pressure on the bike, and came in over 2-minutes ahead of a trio of chasers, Paul Vernon, Rob Hammond and Richard Moys.

Paul Vernon had the fastest run of the night, but could only make up 38 seconds, leaving Nathan to come home 1:27 ahead. Steve Giles moved into 3rd having been 22nd out of the water; leaving Richard to pull slightly ahead of Rob in the battle for 4th.

Only 3 of the top 17 recorded PBs including Nathan, Scott Lloyd and Matt Brigham. Jeremy Thompson, Luke Starsmore and Corin Donaldson dipped under the hour for the first time, whilst first lady was Roz Giles in 23rd, with 24 athletes going under the hour.

Results are on


Paul Lunn came 4th overall and 2nd in his Age Group at the Outlaw Triathlon in Nottingham. This was an Ironman-distance Triathlon based around Holme Pierrepont. Paul recorded a time of 9:18. He set off on the bike in 63rd place, and moved up to 10th by the start of the run (including Teams). Paul had the 4th fastest bike of the day, and the 4th fastest run.

PACTRAC had 5 members competing in this gruelling all-day event, which consisted of:

swim 2.4 miles in the National Watersports Lake.

bike 112 miles.

run 26.2 mile marathon.

The other 4 were all competing in their 1st Ironman-distance races, and chose the one nearest home to do so. All had competed in Half-Ironman's before, but this was a big step up.

Kate Armstrong had a very consistent race moving up to 3rd in her Age Group half-way through the bike, and holding onto 3rd throughout the run.

Tony Moran said: "I'm really happy with that. My quads are anything but happy right now though...."

4. Paul Lunn........1:05:11....4:58:18....3:15:27..=..9:18:56.. AG 2nd.
230. Steve Coombs.....1:34:16....6:15:52....3:57:15..=..11:47:23.. AG 35.
313. David Naylor.....1:12:28....6:19:52....4:33:35..=..12:05:55.. AG 68.
346. Kate Armstrong...1:19:17....6:33:34....4:21:59..=..12:14:50.. AG 3rd.
568. Tony Moran.......1:26:54....6:36:49....5:07:58..=..13:11:41.. AG 100.


Jon Crowley (Yaxley) came 4th overall and 1st in his Age Group at the Milton Keynes Sprint Triathlon (swim 750 meters, bike 12.5 miles, run 3 miles).

4. Jon Crowley 11:54 35:22 22:22 = 1:09:38 AG 1st.

Gary Shoemake competerd in the Standard Distance Race (swim 1500 meters, bike 25 miles, run 6.25 miles).

65. Gary Shoemake 27:01 79:17 46:41 = 2:32:59 AG 11th.


In the London Brik Triathlon at Bedford, PACTRAC's Anthony Brown had the fastest bike split of the day by over 2-minutes. This put him up to 2nd place by the start of the run. However, Anthony is still nursing an injury and once again had to back off on the run, finishing in 7th place overall, and 1st in his Age Group.

7. Antony Brown 27:28 56:43 45:32 = 2:09:43 AG 1st.

50. Stephen Cook 30:30 73:19 44:35 = 2:28:24 AG 11th.


27. Pedro Polson 13:23 38:34 26:29 = 1:18:26 AG 2.
54. Sue Davys 19:18 43:47 27:13 = 1:30:18 AG 4.

Roger qualifies for Hawaii. Graeme notches another IM. Ros and Roz both 1st in Age Group. Rob 3rd and 7th overall, Jon 9th.

Roger Canham won his Age Group at the Bolton Ironman on Sunday and was the 10th fastest Age Grouper, coming home in 22nd place overall, if you include 12 Pro's ahead of him.

His 10:02:37 sees him qualify for the Ironman World Championships once again. These are held in Hawaii in October every year.

10. Roger Canham......1:02:54......5:46:24......3:13:19...=...10:02:37...AG 1st.

Roger moved up from 126th after the swim to 61st on the bike, before a blistering run.

767. Graeme Hall...........1:12:11......6:21:37.....5:49:02...=...13:22:50...AG 101.

Graeme was 422nd after the swim, before moving up to 256th on the bike.

Steve Skelhon.........1:06:15......6:50:33......

Steve was 228th after the swim, before dropping to 507th on the bike. Unfortunately Steve's calf just didn't hold out and he had to pull out of the race early in the run.

Andy Chapman..........1:04:22......

Andy lasted over half-way through the bike, before his knee went on him, and he had to pull out. He started the bike section in 171st position overall.


Zoe Smith from Oakham (Not in PACTRAC), also qualified for Hawaii. Zoe finished 10th best female Age Grouper and 4th in her Age Group in 11:24:18.

169) Zoe Smith......1:05:05......6:29:36......3:49:37...=...11:24:18...AG 4.


20th July 2014. Ironman UK - Bolton, England.

Swim 2.4 miles in the lake - 2 laps.

Bike 112 miles.

Run 26.2 miles.

Temperature 24oC.

Roger Canham is the British Age Group Champion in the 50-54 year Age Group, coming 22nd Overall.

Earlier this year, Roger won a slot to the Half-Ironman 70.3 Championships in Canada in September.
He has now made it a year for doing the Ironman World Championship Double - The Half=Ironman in Canada in September and Full Ironman in Hawaii in October).

Roger says:

"It’s a two lap swim and I beat my expectations with a sub 63 minute swim. I was stoked!
I had got pretty hot by the end of the swim with the water over 21oC.

I set about hunting down the guys in my Age Group, managing to bag my first scalp before we hit the two 45 mile loops on the bike course.

The main climb is upon you, early on the loop. It's not especially steep, but certainly long enough to have to be conservative with pace rather than push hard to the top. By the time I crested the hill the weather had closed in, it was raining and the mist was so thick that the decent was almost blind in parts. I sat on the brakes all the way down, this was a time to exercise some caution as there was lots of racing ahead. It wouldn’t be for another hour or so that the weather would lift and the roads dry out a little. The course had changed this year and whilst there were less hills it was quite technical.

I hit T2 behind plan and uncertain how much I had left myself to do. As I exited a friend shouted out 3rd place, 2 minutes off 2nd, 10 minutes off the lead. Fantastic, time to go to work. This put me in a really good place mentally, I could relax, find my running legs and if I simply held a reasonable Ironman pace I would be good for third and a Kona slot, but of course I was there to compete not settle for third. I nailed second within 5 miles and then reeled in first by 11 miles, legs feeling great I just pushed on but being careful not to over reach. Not a time for heroics, just tap out the pace and make it to the finish line.
There were lots of friends and family on the course, really helping to keep me on task, in the lead and heading for the tape. I crossed the line chuffed to have bagged the win, booked my ticket to Kona and finished 22nd overall. It was a great result and my year at the ripe age of fifty would be marked with the Ironman World Championship double, it’s not all bad getting old".


PACTRAC have had some outstanding results at the Kimbolton Sprint Triathlon in recent years', with Jon Crowley finishing 3rd overall 2-year's ago, and Neil Tandy winning outright last year. High hopes were there for another first place overall, but unfortunately, Nathan Tweedie is currently trying not to aggravate a knee injury, and was, therefore, a non-starter.

Nevertheless, the 5 PACTRAC starters all finished in the top 50, with Ros Goatly 2nd lady and winning her Age Group. The other 4 all came 2nd in their respective Age Groups, headed by Jon Crowley, the best placed, in 9th overall. Ros missed first lady by just 10 seconds.

9. Jon Crowley 7:09.... 33.01.... 20:30 = 60:40 AG 2.

12. Steve Hope 7:27.... 34:37.... 19:47 = 61:51 AG 2.

29. Ros Goatly 7:19.... 36.34.... 22:53 = 66:46 AG 1st.

46. Pedro Polson 7:22.... 35:57.... 25:17 = 68:36 AG 2.

47. Jo Lee 6:53.... 37.36.... 24:16 = 68:45 AG 2.


The previous day, at Kimbolton saw a very large turnout of over 300 competitors, in the Children's triathlons. This was an Eastern league event, and it was good to see 4 Junior PACTRACers racing. The weather held and the sun shone which made the run more testing than expected. A good effort especially to those whose 1st competitive event this was!


10. Katie Tasker........ 2:52....8.12....8:34 = 19:38
26. Alexandra Cooper.. 2:16....10:00....9:52 = 22:08
34. Archie Stewart..... 3:32....9:14....10:50 = 23:36


35. Lottie Tasker..... 3:14....8:28....7:26 = 19:08

Katie, Lottie & Archie will be competing in this category again next year! – If Katie keeps making the progress in the facets that she has this season she is looking at a podium finish before long.


In the Pitsford Olympic Distance Triathlon (swim 1500 meters in the lake, bike 25 miles, run 6.25 miles) Rob Hammond was 7th overall and 2nd in his Age Group, whilst Roz Giles came 2nd Lady and 1st in her Age Group.

7. Rob Hammond.... 24:49....1:09:32....43:41...=...2:18:02 AG 2.
15. Chris Brennan. 29:05....1:09:15....46:31...=...2:24:51 AG 5.
17. Steve Giles.... 34:23....1:09:42....41:44...=...2:25:49 AG 7.
24. David Yarnall. 29:59....1:17:31....43:08...=...2:30:38
35. Roz Giles........ 28:51....1:15:41....51:54...=...2:36:26 AG 1st. and 2nd lady.


Rob Hammond then competed in midweek in the Quadrac Racing Off-Road Triathlon at Boxend and came 3rd overall, and 1st in his Age Group. Rob was 3rd out of the 750 meter lake swim from 95 athletes. A couple of riders changed positions, but Rob held onto 3rd on the bike leg and through to the finish on the run.

3. Rob Hammond 12:04 24:55 21:38 = 58:37

Last Wednesday saw the 8th of 10 PACTRAC Mini-Series Triathlon's for this year.

Simon Hoppe competed in his 2nd Mini-Series Tri of 2014 and this time took the honours. Two weeks ago, he recorded exactly the same time and came 2nd to Nathan Tweedie.

This time Simon was first out of the water, with a steady stream of 9 swimmers out in the next 34 seconds. He then had the fastest bike leg to come into T2 48 seconds ahead of Tony Brown, and 90 seconds ahead of Jon Crowley. The next 4 cyclists came in within 17 seconds of Jon, including Steve Giles, who had the fastest run of the night to move up to 2nd overall, but 1:37 behind Simon.

Mark Weathersby came in third with a new PB. The only other top ten finisher to record a PB was Scott Lloyd who had the third fastest run of the night. David Yarnall dipped under the hour for the first time, whilst Roz Giles was first lady.

Richard Qualifies. Georgina takes SILVER. Katie improves again. Jon 2nd overall. Nathan breaks the Mini swim record. Paul V wins the Trophy.

Katie Tasker did the Rob McClean Triathlon at Cambridge as the only PACTRAC entrant. There was some strong competition as this was an Eastern Region Qualifying event for the Inter Regional Championships.

The sprint work that she has been doing in recent weeks in training is really paying dividends, with a much improved run time, helping her to become a more all-round triathlete. Katie is a year younger than those ahead of her and she finished 12th out of 40 and over 3 mins ahead of the next in her age.

12. Katie Tasker 3:46.... 16:46.... 8:18 = 28:50


Katie then came 3rd @ St Albans on Sunday, described as an "utterly brilliant performance".

Katie was the sole entrant from PACTRAC at Sunday's Eastern league event. This has to be her best performance yet finishing 3rd in this very competitive event. After a solid swim Katie exited the pool with a number of others, but once on the bike really stretched away from the other younger age band competitors; opening a lead of over a minute, including a number of rivals who had beaten her recently. Safely through transition she delivered an improved run time. This has been her weakest element in the past, but she is rapidly moving up the standings returning the 4th fastest run time.

Tristar 2 - 11/12yrs - 250m/2km

3. Katie Tasker 4.28.... 13.17.... 7.50 = 25.35


PACTRAC had a double success at the English Sprint Championships held at Olney, near Milton Keynes, Georgina Jennings came away with the SILVER MEDAL. Georgina had some tough competition, which saw her Negative-Splitting on the run to fight off two rivals for her SILVER Medal.

This was also a qualifying race for the World Triathlon Sprint Championships to be held in Canada at the end of August. Richard Moys qualified, in a fiercely fought battle that saw him take the 4th qualifying spot from 4 by just 35 seconds. He started the run 18 seconds behind his rival, but managed to catch him after just 1 of the 3 miles on the run, and pull away. He managed to hold off a further rival, who it transpired had already qualified. Richard will be PACTRACs sole representative in Canada.

61. Richard Moys............. 11:57.... 33:53....20:05 = 65:55 AG 9.
225. Ros Goatly............... 13:50.... 38:20....24:43 = 76:53 AG 9.
260. Andy Rawlins........... 16:54.... 42:01....22:43 = 81:38 AG 19.
301. Georgina Jennings.. 16:43.... 42:36....30:54 = 90:13 AG 2.
321. Annette Wyld........... 16:19.... 45:09....34:43 = 96:11 AG 9.


Jon Crowley was 2nd overall at the Stowe Sprint Triathlon and 2nd in his Age Group.
Jon was just 23 seconds behind the winner, after coming out of the water 60 seconds down, and losing another 14 seconds in Transition before gradually reeling him in (34 secs on the bike, another 3 in T2 and 14 secs on the run). He could see the eventual winner just ahead, as he gradually made in-roads, but eventually ran out of road.

Distances were: swim 750 meters, bike 12.5 miles, run 3 miles.

1. Phil Bell............ 11:00....48:57....25:00 = 84:57 AG 1st.
2. Jon Crowley.... 12:00....48:34....24:46 = 85:20 AG 2nd.


At the inaugural Chatsworth Triathlon 2 PACTRACers ventured into the unknown and were met with a very hilly course. The bike just went up for 6 miles, before turning and heading straight down again - done twice. The run was brutal - again straight up, turn and come down, done twice. It used fields and part-made track as it climbed steeply up to the Hunting Lodge on each of the two laps.

14. Matt Greenhill.... 18:28....67:34....38:48 = 2:04:50 AG 4.

88. Steve Hope....... 19:39....81:44....44:53 = 2:26:16 AG 5.


Bedford Triathlon In the Standard distance Triathlon at Box End Water Park in Bedford; Giles Cooper finished 8th overall and first in his Age Group. Giles was just over 3-minutes outside of a Podium Finish overall.

swim 1500 meters in the lake.

bike 25 miles - 1 lap on local country roads.

run 6.25 miles - 1 lap encompassing the lake.

8. Giles Cooper........ 27:07.... 73:49.... 43:43 = 2:24:39 AG 1st.
27. Charlie Brookes.. 28:14.... 77:04.... 47:37 = 2:32:55 AG 5.


Mini 6. Nathan Tweedie competed in his first Mini-Series race of the year, and stormed to a Personal Best time of 49:14. He was first out of the water in a new Course Record of 4:03 71 seconds ahead of his nearest chaser, Simon Hoppe. Simon is still getting back from injury, but put in the fastest bike leg to come into T2 39 seconds down. However, Nathan recorded the fastest run of the night and came home nearly 2 minutes ahead, on a good night for racing.

Nathan knocked 4 seconds off of Josh Daniels 2010 swim record, before posting his 2nd fastest bike split on this course and finally running under 21 minutes for the first time. He knocked 18 seconds off of his previous PB as he went under the magical 50-minute barrier for only the second time.


Mini 7. There was some top racing as Paul Lunn did his first Mini-Series race of the year and won by just over a minute from Paul Vernon. Paul Vernon has already won 4 Mini's this year and as it is your best 5 to count, he is now confirmed as the 2014 Mini-Series Champion. 8 swimmers came out in under 6 minutes, headed by Richard Moys with Paul Lunn just 8 seconds adrift. The cyclists were spread out, but Paul Lunn had the fastest bike leg in 23:04 and coming into T2 34 seconds ahead of Matt Greenhill, with Jon Crowley 3rd a further 36 seconds down and just holding off Paul Vernon and Dave Allsop.

Paul Vernon had the fastest run of the night, but left T2 in 4th position, 2:18 behind Paul Lunn. He made up 1:15 on the run to record his fastest ever run on this course by just 1 second - but not enough to stop Paul Lunn from taking the honours by just over a minute. This was Paul Lunn's 3rd ever Mini-Series. All 3 have been in 49 minutes and this just missed out on a PB by 4 seconds, with a much improved swim.

Matt Greenhill held onto 3rd, whilst the battle for 4th, 5th and 6th raged behind.

Dave Allsop had an 18 second advantage over Richard Moys going into the run and lost just half of that by the finish, coming in 9 seconds ahead. However, Steve Giles who set off on the run in 8th place and 52 seconds behind Dave, caught and passed him on the long straight back in Oundle, to finish just 11 seconds clear.

Paul Vernon wins his 4th Mini-Tri. Wayne 3rd and Jon 9th overall. Georgina, Chris, Robin and Ros all 1st in Age Group.

Last Wednesday PACTRAC held their 5th Mini-Series of the year. Usual course and distances applied.

The event incorporated the 2nd Novice Race with the Novice's going off in the first wave, and the regulars in the second. 36 competitor's started on a warm, still evening.

Overall, the first out of the water was Rob Hammond, with 10 further swimmers coming out in the next 15 seconds.

Antony Brown flew around the bike course to come in 25 seconds ahead of Matthew Greenhill, who was another 37 seconds ahead of Giles Cooper. Paul Vernon was 56 seconds down after the swim, but moved into 4th on the bike 1:09 behind. However, Antony had to call it a day, not wanting to aggravate a leg injury; and with Paul having the fastest run of the night, by well over 2 minutes, he moved into first place, early on the run. Matthew held onto 2nd, whilst Steve Giles moved up from 17th in the swim, through 9th off the bike, and into 3rd after the run. Rob had slipped down to 6th off the bike, before running his way back up to 4th.

This was Paul's 4th victory on the trot, and he is now almost assured of winning the Mini-Series Trophy for the best 5 results. First Lady went to Christina Cork who was 13th= after a superfast bike split. The £20 Bristows Cycles Vouchers for the first male and female who have not already won them, cascaded down to Matt Greenhill and Georgina Jennings.

Results are on


In the BigCow Sprint Triathlon at Olney, Milton Keynes, the distances were:

swim 750 meters in the lake.
bike 12.5 miles - 1 lap on undulating country roads.
run 3 miles - 2 laps around the lake.

Jon Crowley finished 9th overall, with both PACTRAC athletes coming 2nd in their respective Age Groups.

9. Jon Crowley 12:44 35:48 22:09 = 70:41 AG 2.
63. Abi Tiernan 21:08 46:41 29:07 = 96:56 AG 2.


Monster Sprint at Feltwell.

swim 450 meters in the lake.
bike 13 miles.
run 2.5 miles.

Two PACTRACers enjoyed the swim at Feltwell, which was so warm that many didn't even use a wet suit. The bike took in quiet country roads and the run was off road with a path cut through the woods.

Georgina was the 1st lady over 55 so beating all those 10-years younger.

Richard Moys was back racing after cutting his foot rather badly in his last race, at Holme Pierrepoint.

10. Richard Moys 7:52 36:47 15:22 = 60:01 AG 4.
57. Georgina Jennings 10:57 42:44 25:15 = 78:56 AG 1st.


NiceTri St.Neots Sprint 2.

Wayne Stainsby was 3rd overall in the St. Neots NiceTri Sprint Triathlon. This was his first ever Podium finish.

swim 750 meters in the river.
bike 15.5 miles.
run 3 miles.

3. Wayne Stainsby 12:52 43:01 18:17 = 1:14:10 AG 1st.

6 PACTRACers competed in the longer Standard Distance race over the distances of:

swim 1500 meters in the river
bike 25 miles.
run 6.25 miles.

14. Chris Pike 29:52 1:26:43 42:36 = 2:39:11 AG 1st.
27. Richard Pike 32:03 1:29:05 47:02 = 2:48:10 AG 4.
43. Chris Grahame 32:02 1:27:22 55:14 = 2:54:38 AG 5.
50. Adrian Chambers 37:09 1:32:52 48:40 = 2:58:41 AG 6.
51. Andrew Russell 33:30 1:30:11 55:02 = 2:58:43 AG 8.
73. Annette Wyld 33:03 1:43:01 1:05:36 = 3:21:40 AG 2.


In the Woodhall Spa Triathlon over a 400 meter swim in the outdoor Lido, a 15 mile bike and 3 mile run, new PACTRAC member Abi Schofield came 2nd in her Age Group.

175. Abi Schofield 6:24 54:29 20:16 = 1:21:09 AG 2nd.


In a well organised sprint triathlon held at Oakham, PACTRAC's Ros Goatly and Robin Brookes both won their respective Age Groups with Robin coming home in 7th overall.

7. Robin Brookes 6:46 45:46 17:47 = 70:19 AG 1st.

40. Bruce Donald 6:56 52:15 22:01 = 81:12 AG 12.

42. Ros Goatly 7:11 53:25 21:07 = 81:43 AG 1st.

In the Tristar 1 category, over 150m/1 mile/0.5 mile.

2. Olivia Corner 3:48 8:22 4:35 = 16:45 2nd female.


In the Derby Junior Triathlon, PACTRAC's Jonathon Oakey and Matthew Wouldham were 2nd and 14th in the TriStar 3 Category.

The distances were:

swim 280 meters
bike 3.5 miles
run 1.5 miles.

2. Jonathon Oakey 4:33 18:24 9:23 = 32:20
14. Matthew Wouldham 3.59 21.38 9.54 = 35:31.


Norfolk Superhero Challenge - Quadrathlon challenge based in Burnham Overy Staithe on the North Norfolk coast consisting of a swim, kayak, bike and run.

The Team of Robin Brookes and Jonny Bland had a great race, even though they had 3 punctures on the bike.

The quadrathlon began with a one-mile open water swim from Gun Hill followed by a gruelling four-mile kayak through the harbour.

The superheroes then took to the road for the 48-mile cycling leg before an eight-mile run across sand, tracks, mud flats and ending with an energy-sapping slog across the marshes. The racers competed in pairs.

43. Robin Brookes & Jonny Bland 18:21 31:05 2:41:23 1:16:16 = 5:11:53 (+ Transitions)


Ex PACTRACer Jan Rogers, was 3rd lady overall at Celtman!
There were 139 finishers in the Celtman over an Ironman+ distance of:

swim 2.4 miles, bike 126 miles, run 26.2 miles.


Jan Rogers 15:35:00 3rd lady and 1st in AG.


Swimming Technique with Nigel French resumes this Wednesday 6th August at 7:30pm.

Mini's 9 and 10 are short of marshal's. Please volunteer here

Mini 10 is still looking for an overall Coordinator.


Mini-Series 6 on Wed 2nd July is ON. The Surface Redressing is not due to start in Oundle until Friday 4th July.


This Wednesday's Mini-Series will see two waves as it will incorporate the 2nd Novice Mini-Series Event. If anybody wants to compete as a Relay Team, this will also be an option. Once again, members only, but we have a £20 Membership Package for new members that includes one club event. See you all on Wednesday.

2 compete in the European Championships, plus 1 in Luxembourg. Paul and Neil take BRONZE in the English Championships. Paul wins the RAF Champs and his 3rd Mini in the same week.

Dave Patmore-Hill competed in the Half-Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Luxembourg.

The distances of a Half-Ironman are:

swim 1.2 miles in the lake.

bike 56 miles.

run 13.1 miles.

Dave was very happy with his time, as he has been unable to run train properly for a while due to injury. He kept to a sensible race plan and put all three disciplines together well. He had a great run of 1:28 hours, bearing in mind his recent Achilles tendonitis.

Dave said: "The best bit though, was that I dislocated my thumb in the swim, popped over on my back and slipped it back in ... being an ex rugby player does have it's uses!!!"

Dave has already qualified for the Half-Ironman World Championships in Canada in September and was using this race as part of his preparation.

247. Dave Patmore-Hill 32:37 2:44:19 1:28:38 = 4:45:34 AG 29th.


PACTRAC had 2 competitor's in the European Triathlon Championships in Kitzbuhl, Austria this weekend.

Tracy McCartney:

"It was a great race. I came 12th, after a shocking swim, but stunning cycle and great run - it rained throughout but was an amazing experience."

Tracy competed in the Sprint Distance on Friday, in wet and cooler conditions. The course involved some steep hills both up and down, on the bike section, which had to be negotiated with care.

Jimmy Robinson:

"Well I'm done in! I had a great swim, the bike was just awesome - I felt strong and had some good battles with the Germans and Austrians ... they really know how to ride up hills! I pushed as hard as I could knowing that my run form wasn't good. I couldn't have gone any faster. Then we got to the running bit. I knew it was going to be hard work, but I still got a shock! I kept going, albeit slowly, whilst lots of people were walking, I ran ... well, more like jogged round, for a late, slow 42min. Some hard lessons learnt regarding my run preparation today!! I tried hard but will do better next time."

Sprint Distance:

12. Tracy McCartney 14:31 48:29 19:36 = 1:22:36

Standard Distance:

40. Jimmy Robinson 23:45 83:18 42:55 = 2:29:58

Some of you may remember Tom Stead doing a few Mini-Series races a couple of years ago. Tom won the 16-19 year Age Group and is now a European Champion.


37 PACTRACers were originally down to race in the Dambuster Triathlon at Rutland Water on Saturday. 2 withdrew in advance. 3 did not start. 1 did not finish. 31 finished. 3 came in the top 10 in their Age Group. 2 won BRONZE MEDALS in the English National Championships.

Paul Lunn (11th overall) and Neil Tandy (25th) were both 3rd in their respective Age Groups and came away with BRONZE MEDALS.

Paul Vernon was the next best in 51st (AG 9th); whilst Paul's Dad, who is unattached, won the 70-74 year Age Group in only his 2nd triathlon. GOLD Medal.

This event was not only the English National Championships, but also a qualifying race for this year's World Triathlon Championships in Canada, and next year's European Championships in Geneva. Paul Lunn has accepted the invitation for both races and will be off to Canada at the end of August now, as well as to Geneva next July. Neil has declined both invitations, having work commitments back home.

Giles Cooper:

"At last an official time under 2:30 hours at Dambuster, 2:21:54. Now off to the Peak District to ride the Eroica Britannia Classic Bike Ride tomorrow."

Jemima Gee:

"My first Standard Distance Triathlon. I enjoyed a relaxed swim, loved the bike part, then found the run really hard."

"I predicted my time as 3:15! Not too far off. The run was hard though in the sun, so it added a few more minutes to my time."

Paul Lunn:

"Joint 3rd place for the fastest second transition (32 seconds)! but I recon I nailed first Grandad."

Paul Vernon:

"Congratulations, to my dad for coming first in hid age category at the Dambuster triathlon. This was only his second tri!" "I actually enjoyed the swim and felt lousy on the run, (It's normally the other way around). Felt strong on the bike."

Not only did Paul's Dad, Stuart, win his Age Group in the National Standard Distance Championships; but as the event also doubled as the RAF Championships, Paul was crowned RAF Champion!


Dambuster Results:
Pos' Group Pos'n.

11. Paul Lunn..............2:07:40.... 24:37.... 1:57.... 1:02:55.... 0.32.... 37:39.... AG 3.
25. Neil Tandy............2:11:27.... 21:04.... 0.51.... 1:09:28.... 0.35.... 39:29.... AG 3.
51. Paul Vernon..........2:14:51.... 28:21.... 1:19.... 1:08:34.... 0.52.... 35:45.... AG 9.
76. Wayne Stainsby....2:18:24.... 24:46.... 0.53.... 1:11:05.... 0.38.... 41:02.... AG 17.
109. Giles Cooper........2:21:54.... 25:38.... 2:11.... 1:10:24.... 1:02.... 42:39.... AG 12.
151. David Wagstaff....2:25:29.... 26:38.... 1:29..... 1:10:02.... 1:13.... 46:07.... AG 25.
162. Steve Hope..........2:26:16.... 27:25.... 1:47.... 1:11:28.... 1:10.... 44:26.... AG 11.
173. Gary Cooper........2:27:22.... 24:49.... 2:06.... 1:13:36.... 1:41.... 45:10.... AG 28.
186. Chris Brennan......2:28:19.... 28:21.... 1:57.... 1:12:28.... 0:42.... 44:51.... AG 37.
199. Andy Gregg..........2:29:09.... 32:13.... 1:17.... 1:12:14.... 1:13.... 42:12.... AG 32.
211. Sam Smith............2:30:10.... 27:17.... 0.45.... 1:18:29.... 44.0.... 42:55.... AG 35.
220. Richard Nixon......2:30:47.... 24:23.... 1:29.... 1:15:55.... 1:09.... 47:51.... AG 34.
294. Richard Luff.........2:35:36.... 31:47.... 1:59.... 1:15:46.... 0.45.... 45:19.... AG 49.
298. Daniel Fitzjohn.....2:35:39.... 32:36.... 1:58.... 1:18:15.... 0.41.... 42:09.... AG 55.
319. Steve Maile..........2:37:15.... 32:43.... 1:27.... 1:12:22.... 0.48.... 49:55.... AG 27.
330. Adrian Whitby.......2:37:45.... 29:54.... 1:55.... 1:17:57.... 0.42.... 47:17.... AG 62.
404. Richard Ardern.....2:41:34.... 29:49.... 2:33.... 1:18:05.... 1:49.... 49:18.... AG 70.
421. Steve Cook...........2:42:28.... 29:42.... 1:52.... 1:23:29.... 1:38.... 45:47.... AG 62.
471. Simon Gull............2:46:38.... 34:33.... 1:56.... 1:21:22.... 1:48.... 46:59.... AG 15.
491. Chris Troop...........2:48:16.... 30:30.... 3:13.... 1:17:45.... 1:28.... 55:20.... AG 44.
499. Simon Guerin.........2:48:56.... 27:00.... 1:26.... 1:22:18.... 1:08.... 57:04.... AG 71.
529. Pedro Polson.........2:51:32.... 24:34.... 1:50.... 1:22:48.... 1:22.... 60:58.... AG 17.
535. Stuart Neal.............2:52:06.... 29:37.... 1:22.... 1:21:57.... 1:22.... 57:48.... AG 47.
581. Adrian Chambers...2:56:42.... 35:12.... 3:18.... 1:21:27.... 1:37.... 55:08.... AG 55.
589. Simon Taylor.........2:57:40.... 34:41.... 2:21.... 1:24:11.... 1:28.... 54:59.... AG 56.
596. Jon Ellicott.............2:58:31.... 36:31.... 1:52.... 1:28:50.... 1:25.... 49:53.... AG 78.
606. John Morris............2:59:28.... 32:31.... 3:02.... 1:29:18.... 1:50.... 52:47.... AG 101.
630. Peter Tebb.............3:01:56.... 34:54.... 2:57.... 1:28:31.... 1:52.... 53:42.... AG 104.
703. Wendy Coxshall.....3:13:44.... 30:10.... 2:46.... 1:43:12.... 1:59.... 55:37.... AG 28.
712. Jemima Gee...........3:16:39.... 40:19.... 2:33.... 1:28:49.... 2:24.... 62:34.... AG 25.
749. Terence Wright.......3:31:32.... 32:11.... 3:31.... 1:35:34.... 2:43.... 77:33.... AG 67.
Paul Jephcott....... 33:46.... 2:33.... 1:23:29.... 1:47


651. Stuart Vernon.......3:05:28.... 37:58.... 5:22.... 1:27:54.... 1:53.... 52:21.... AG 1.


PACTRAC had 5 competitor's at the inaugural Wicksteed Park Triathlon on Sunday.

There were 3 distances to choose from, and PACTRAC were represented in all 3.

Both Roz Giles (1st Lady overall) and Ros Goatly (3rd Lady overall) came 1st in their respective Age Groups; whilst all 3 men came 2nd in their Age Groups!

Novice Race:

18. James Steventon 15:08 96:51 8:29 = 2:00:28 AG 2.


5. Steve Giles 24:45 45:43 14:41 = 1:25:09 AG 2.
8. Roz Giles 22:17 50:05 17:32 = 1:29:54 AG 1st.
13. Ros Goatly 21:51 55:42 18:42 = 1:36:12 AG 1.


6. David Allsop 30:38 79:11 32:31 = 2:22:20 AG 2.


Last Wednesday's Mini-Series saw Paul Vernon winning for the 3rd time this year.

Rob Hammond led the swimmers out, ahead of Dave Allsop, with Paul Vernon in 11th, 50-seconds down. However, after the fastest bike split of the night, Paul moved into top spot, by now 27-seconds clear of second placed Rob. Dave came into T2 a further 17-seconds behind.

Paul again had the fastest run and increased his lead to 2:35 minutes by the finish. Steve Giles had a great run to move from 15th in the swim, to 7th off the bike, to 2nd by the end of the run. Rob and Dave held on for 3rd and 4th.

First lady was Roz Giles who was just 10-seconds ahead of Christina Cork in the swim, came into T2 18-seconds adrift and then moved back into the lead on the run. Only 2 of the top 10 recorded PBs on a good night for racing.

Kim competes with the Elites. Paul wins the Mini-Series.

The Cambridge Triathlon was again held at Mepal, near Chatteris at the outdoor centre.

The distances were:

swim 1500 meters in the lake.

bike 25 miles - 1 circuit with a couple of small hills and the rest all flat, albeit windy. The headwind was both at the start and finish of the circuit.

run 6.25 miles - 1 big and 1 small loops, with the headwind towards the finish.

Steve Hope was PACTRAC's best on the day in 19th position overall and 1st in his Age Group.

19. Steve Hope 27:12 70:40 43:59 = 2:21:51 AG 1st.

33.Charlie Brookes 26:46 74:42 45:59 = 2:27:27 AG 7.

95. Paul Jephcott 34:02 79:49 50:52 = 2:44:43 AG 4.

99. Adrian Chambers 38:17 77:30 51:57 = 2:47:44 AG 9.

106. Jon Ellicott 39:58 85:14 47:00 = 2:52:12 AG 12.


At the Bedford Triathlon held at Robinsons Pool, Father and son Terry and Ross Murphy, recorded a 1st and 2nd place in their respective Age Groups. This is the 3rd time in 4 outings that Terry has won his Age Group at this event.

Distances were:

swim 400 meters in the pool.

bike 15 miles.

run 3 miles.

12. Dave Wagstaff 7:01 44:12 20:35 = 71:48 AG 5.
20. Ross Murphy 8:00 47:59 19:10 = 75:09 AG 2.
89. Terry Murphy 10:58 52.33 26:37 = 90:08 AG 1.


Kim Bell competed at the Windsor Triathlon in the Elite Race. Distances were;

swim - 1500 meters in the Thames. Kim was in the lead group of 3 swimmers with a 30-second advantage over the chasing pack.

bike - All 3 left T1 together in a Draft-legal format, meaning that they could work together on the bike, which was 25 miles. Kim's plan to get an advantage on the bike worked. When the big group behind caught them up, Kim was safely tucked in and held onto the group into T2.

run - 6.25 miles. Kim had achieved her plan, and ran hard to finish 12th overall in the women's Elite field.

12. Kim Bell 19:24 69:00 47:29 = 2:15:53


Katie Tasker was PACTRAC's sole representative in the Norwich Junior Triathlon, and came a highly creditable 6th out of 20. Katie was a year younger than all the girls who finished above her. This was her best complete race to date, with all 3 aspects being solid!

This result bodes well for the rest of the season.

15. Katie Tasker (Tristar 2) 3:49 12:10 8:35 = 24:34 6th female.


Paul Vernon ran away with the honours in the 3rd PACTRAC Mini-Series Triathlon of the season.

The first swimmer out was Matthew Greenhill, closely followed by Jim Carmichael. The chasers were more spread out than usual, with none of the first five swimmers out, finishing in the overall top ten. Paul Vernon was 6th out of the water, and had both the fastest bike and fastest run of the night. He caught Matthew on the bike and came into T2 39 seconds ahead of him. Matthew had to pull out on the run, which left Steve Giles to move into 2nd, nearly 3-minutes behind Paul and Andy Gregg 3rd, another 3-minutes behind.

16 of the 29 competitors recorded PBs on the night.

results are on


PACTRAC hold their 2nd Novice Mini-Series race of the season on Wednesday 26th June. This will be a separate wave from the normal event.

Roger (GOLD) and Neil (SILVER) win medals in the English Championships. Paul wins the Mini.

14 PACTRACers competed in The Grafman at Grafham Water which incorporated the Triathlon England Middle Distance Triathlon Championships.

Both Roger Canham (GOLD) and Neil Tandy (SILVER) picked up Triathlon England Championship Medals at Grafham Water on Sunday.

The distances were:

swim 1.2 miles in Grafham Water - 2 loops.

bike 56 miles - out, then a couple of legs done twice each.

run 13.1 miles - 2 legs done twice each, on the shoreline paths.

15. Roger Canham......29:56 2:25:58 1:25:20 = 4:21:14 AG 1.
47. Neil Tandy........25:35 2:25:20 1:45:52 = 4:36:47 AG 2.
66. David Allsop......32:07 2:30:16 1:40:52 = 4:43:15 AG 7.
96. Nigel Meek .......31:28 2:33:41 1:47:29 = 4:52:38 AG 24
105. Richard Pike......35:58 2:37:53 1:41:23 = 4:55:14 AG 12
111. Gary Cooper.......30:15 2:39:12 1:47:31 = 4:56:58 AG 14
119. Steve Coombs......43:07 2:35:52 1:39:59 = 4:58:58 AG 16
131. Chris Pike........37:30 2:43:13 1:41:14 = 5:01:57 AG 6.
264. Kate Armstrong....40:43 3:00:58 1:48:23 = 5:30:04 AG 6.
266. Ryan Woolf........38:22 2:58:17 1:54:26 = 5:31:05 AG 40.
268. Neil Thatcher.....36:52 2:52:32 2:02:18 = 5:31:42 AG 54
283. David Naylor......36:59 2:48:20 2:10:28 = 5:35:47 AG 40.
359. Pedro Polson......31:12 2:56:15 2:34:54 = 6:02:21 AG 12.


10 PACTRACers competed in the Spalding Triathlon, held at the Castle
Centre Pool.

Distances were:

swim 400 meters in the pool.

bike 12 miles.

run 3 miles.

4. Jon Dundee 7:13 33:02 17:49 = 58:04 AG 2nd.
8. Steve Hope 7:36 35:04 18:40 = 61:20 AG 1st.
13. Tim Henson 8:51 34:44 18:40 = 62:15
44. Jason Burke 10:36 39:23 19:31 = 69:30
53. Abi Schofield 6:53 42:23 20:56 = 70:12
67. Paul Beland 10:26 41:32 22:03 = 74:01
83. Cath Hunt 10:40 42:04 24:10 = 76:54
87. Annette Wyld 8:46 40:12 28:36 = 77:34
103. Barbara Gunn 10:45 43:03 27:53 = 81:41
118. Liz Whittaker 15:47 48:49 24:27 = 89:03


The 2nd PACTRAC Mini-Series event took place last Wednesday.

Wayne Stainsby led the swimmers out of the 400 yard pool swim; with
newcomer, Matthew Greenhill right on his tail, quickly followed by
Giles Cooper. 6 athletes were out in under 6-minutes, with Paul Vernon
just 44 seconds adrift in 13th place.

Paul had the fastest bike of the night, Matthew the 2nd fastest, Wayne
3rd and Giles 4th, as these 4 athletes pulled away on the 2nd
discipline. Paul managed to catch Matthew as they rode back into
Oundle, and the pair came into T2 together. Wayne was now nearly 40-
seconds back with Giles only 13-seconds behind him, on a tough night
for cycling. The roads were wet and the wind not helpful.

Once again Paul had the fastest run of the night, and pulled clear to
record a comfortable win in the end by a margin of 2:09 mins. Matthew
held onto 2nd place, with Wayne making up over half of the deficit, but
unable to close the gap to less than 16 seconds.

Giles came home in 4th place. First lady off the bike was Christina
Cork, who pulled out in T2 rather than risk injury on the run; which
allowed Roz Giles to come home first lady in 8th place overall. Indeed
3 of the 31 competitor's didn't complete the run, preferring to manage
their injuries rather than aggravate them.

results are on


The Blenheim Triathlon attracted 6,500 competitors.

The distances were:

swim 750 metre's in the lake.

bike 12.5 mi1es all within the grounds of Blenheim Palace.

run 3.5 miles.

Kim Bell competed in the Elite Race and finished 10th in her Age

Daniel Richardson completed his 2nd open triathlon of the season, recording the same time of 1 hour and 53 minutes as at Grendon. Daniel described the swim as choppy, with the wind picking up, but he "survived again, and can relax now".

57. Kim Bell 9.37 42.16 28.29 = 1.20.22
291. Andy Gregg 15.49 42.08 25.03 = 1.23.00
812. Jim Carmichael 12.58 45.34 30.33 = 1.29.05
3244. Daniel Richardson 24.37 57.04 31.46 = 1.53.27

Luke Starsmore meanwhile, chose to race in the more exotic location of
San Francisco, in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon includes a 1.5 mile swim from
Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. The race continues with an 18
mile bike ride, out on the Great Highway, through the Golden Gate Park;
and concludes with an 8 mile run through the Golden Gate National
Recreation Area.

525. Luke Starsmore 52:20 71:10 61:36 = 3:05:06.

Jim and Paul compete in the World Duathlon Championships. Georgina qualifies. Damian 3rd in Enduroman plus Novice Mini-Series.

PACTRAC's Neil Tandy competed in the Glasgow 2014 Invitational Triathlon at Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell. He competed with the Elites, and came 24th overall, in a draft-legal race to test out the 2014 Commonwealth Games Course. It was organised by the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games triathlon organisation team, as part of a series of Readiness Events across Glasgow.

Neil had a unique opportunity to race on the Course that will be used in July for the Commonwealth Games. He had a rapid swim and bike, and hung on in the run for 24th place.

Swim – 1500meters in the Lake, with a very short run between the 2 laps.

Bike – 25 miles on closed Roads - Draft Legal.

Run – 6.25 miles again on closed roads.


PACTRAC's Jim Fell and Paul Spain competed in the World Standard Distance Duathlon Championships in Pontevedra, Spain. Jim arrived off the back of a hard training week and finished 19th in his Age Group in his first outing representing GB. This was Paul's 2nd time, having represented GB in Canada last year.

The distances were:
run 6.25 miles - four laps of the town.
bike 25 miles - a six mile climb followed by a fast descent, twice.
run 3 miles - two laps of the town.

Jim commented:

"It was 25 degrees and we started at noon under a blazing sun.
My time was just under three hours for 19th in my Age Group.
A very tough race for me and I was pleased to complete it.
It was quite an experience competing at this level."

Paul Spain 2:14:18 AG 29th.
Jim Fell 2:57:20 AG 19th.


The Nottingham Sprint Triathlon at Holme Pierrepoint attracted nearly 900 athletes.

The distances were:

swim 750 meters in the lake.
bike 12.5 miles - 4 laps of the lake perimeter. Fast, flat often narrow pavement.
run 3 miles - 1 lap of the same circuit but in the opposite direction.

This was a European Sprint Qualifier, for the European Championships in Geneva in 2015. PACTRAC's Georgina Jennings was the best placed athlete in 4th in her Age Group, and qualified for the European Championships. The next best was Marcuss Widdess in 7th place in the 17-18 year Age Group.

Jimmy Robinson was 11th in his Age Group, with the 3rd fastest bike split.

Jimmy commented: "The swim was very poor. I was off line and down on pace! I was hoping for 11 minutes! I had a good bike though and am happy with my run given my current form!"

Tracy McCartney was happy with her time, being 11 minutes off her time of last year.

84. Jimmy Robinson.... 11:53 30:41 19:37 = 62:11 AG 11.
85. Wayne Stainsby..... 12:09 31:17 18:50 = 62:16 AG 13.
88. Richard Moys......... 11:28 32:33 18:21 = 62:22 AG 15.
153. Jon Dundee.......... 12:56 31:48 19:34 = 64:18 AG 25.
174. Marcus Widdess... 12:10 34:09 18:31 = 64:50 AG 7. 17-18 yrs.
180. Jon Crowley.......... 11:54 32:33 20:32 = 64:59 AG 22.
297. Tracy McCartney.. 14:05 35:20 19:13 = 68:38 AG 10.
500. Ros Goatly............ 14:02 35:59 24:17 = 74:18 AG 17.
741.Georgina Jennings. 16:45 40:43 29:23 = 86:51 AG 4.


PACTRAC's Damian Wilkins finished 3rd in the Enduroman overall.

Damian was 3rd out of the water overall, and maintained his position - albeit with a few changes of positions mainly on the bike - through to the finish.

The distances were based on the "Ironman distance" and consisted of:

swim 2.4 miles in the lake. 13 laps of 695 meters each - assuming that you swam straight!

bike 116 miles. 10 laps of 11.6 miles each, so 4 miles longer than the standard Ironman distance of 112 miles.

run 26.4 miles. 24 laps of 1.1 miles each, so a full marathon plus an extra 0.2 of a mile just for good measure!

The course consisted of multiple laps all based in the New Forest near Burley.

3rd. Damian Wilkins 1:10:39 6:58:28 4:51:36 = 13:00:43.


PACTRAC's Jo Annis came 3rd in her Age Group in the Bosworth Sprint Triathlon at Market Bosworth.

swim 800 meters in the lake.
bike 14 miles
run 3 miles.

55. Jo Annis 19:40 55:49 22:35 = 98:04 AG 3rd.


PACTRAC Novice Mini-Series Race.

The distances and course were the same as usual. We had 15 Novices turn out on a rather wet evening, most doing their first ever Triathlon. The weather did put a few off, but it did stop raining for the race.

Angela Hoppe, (Simon's wife), competed in her first Triathlon and was first out of the water. Stephen Cook, David Yarnall and Francis Mulhern were the chasers, with the top 4 all reversing positions on the bike leg. Francis came into T2 2 minutes and 12 seconds ahead of David who was just 16 seconds ahead of Stephen.

David had the fastest run of the night, but only made up 6 seconds and Francis came home a deserved winner by 2:06 minutes.

Amy Young had a good bike ride which propelled her into T2 as the first lady, which she held on to.

There are 9 more races in the Series, taking in every Wednesday night in June and July. The 2nd Novice event will be in conjunction with the normal event on June 25th. Competitors can join on the night. See for details.


1st Francis Mulhern.......6:41....27:51....23:42....=..58:14
2nd David Yarnall..........6:29....30:15....23:36....=..1:00:20
3rd Stephen Cook..........6:16....30:44....25:12....=..1:02:12
4th Richard Giddings......8:32....31:55....28:10....=..1:08:37
5th Amy Young...............8:35....32:07....30:00....=..1:10:42
6th Jon Ellicott................8:32....34:38....28:01....=..1:11:11
7th Russell Scrivener......8:50....33:55....28:58....=..1:11:43
8th Angela Hoppe...........5:35....37:25....30:23....=..1:13:23
9th Daniel Richardson.....9:48....36:55....30:35....=..1:17:18
10th Barbara Johnson.....9:59....35:40....31:45....=..1:17:24
11th Rebecca Witton.....11:17....37:03....32:44....=..1:21:04
12th James Rhodes........9:36....35:43....38:28....=..1:23:47
13th Richard Hough........8:00....44:49....35:19....=..1:28:08
14th Ian Heath.................9:02....37:27....46:20....=..1:32:49
15th A.J.Hough..............10:38....51:10....

Richard wins his first Mini-Series, whilst Rob retains the Off-Road Trophy. Ros 1st in AG. Roger 3rd in AG.

The first PACTRAC Mini-Series of 2014 took place at Oundle on Wednesday night.

The distances were:

swim 400 yards - 8 lengths of the pool.

bike 10 miles - 1 circuit around Glapthorn and the Benefields.

run 3.5 miles - out to Glapthorn and back.

Richard Moys won his first PACTRAC race. Richard did a couple of Mini-Series races last year, but smashed his previous best on Wednesday by nearly 3 minutes. He made improvements in all 3 disciplines, and had the fastest run on the night, to move him up from 3rd at the start of the run.

The first 10 swimmers came out of the water within 30 seconds of one another, ably led by Rob Hammond, with Simon Guerin and Richard Moys hot on his heels.

Frank Holmes was 1 3/4 minutes behind, but had the fastest bike split to propel him up to 2nd off of the bike, just 17 seconds behind Rob, with Richard 3rd another 22 seconds back.

Rob was one of 5 runners to record 22 minutes for the final discipline, and it helped him to hold onto 2nd place overall. He was caught and passed by Richard, just as the pair ran back into Oundle.

Chris Brennan and Robin Brookes battled it out for 3rd. Chris started the run with just 7 second's advantage, which was reduced to 2 seconds by the finish.

Tracy McCartney finished first lady and 11th overall; after losing time on the bike, before finally catching Roz Giles with less than half-a-mile to go. Half of the field recorded Personal Best times on a dry night, that was perfect for racing.

Results are on under "races", "race results".


On Monday, PACTRAC held their 8th Annual Off-Road Triathlon at Harringworth.

Distances were:

swim 800 meters in the lake. 2.25 laps in cool, clear water in the rain.

bike 8 miles - 2 laps on Mountain Bikes over rough terrain, grassy tracks, rock-strewn tracks and water-filled ruts.

run 4 miles - 1 lap of the same circuit. The track through the woods was very waterlogged, with little option but to just run through it continually. The rain had stopped by the start of the run.

This is the 8th Annual Off-Road Triathlon and has 5 different winners over the years'. Last year's winner, Rob Hammond lead from the start, and managed to hold off the advancing Steve Giles (winner in 2011) by just 39 seconds at the finish. Rob had a 4:19 minute advantage over Steve Giles in the swim, but Steve is an off-road Duathlon specialist and nearly bridged the gap.


Rob Hammond...... 14.55.... 34.34.... 24.33.. =.. 1.14.02
Steve Giles............ 19.14.... 31.30.... 23.57.. =.. 1.14.41
Steve Hope............ 16.32.... 36.45.... 27.18.. =.. 1.20.35
Roz Giles............... 17.20.... 35.16.... 29.10.. =.. 1.21.46
Tim Henson............ 22.02.... 38.34.... 28.00.. =.. 1.28.36
Christine Reid......... 21.20.... 47.10.... 46.30.. =.. 1.46.00
Dave Tetley............ 22.41.... 47.33.... dnf.


PACTRAC had 10 competitor's in the Beaver Triathlon's held at Belvoir Castle near Grantham. Their were 3 distances to choose from. Simon Taylor chose the longer Beaver Triathlon over the distances of: swim 1900 meters, bike 46 miles, run 12.5 miles.

266. Simon Taylor.... 56:07.... 2:56:55.... 02:23:16.. =.. 6:16:18.... AG 15.

The distances for the Little Beaver were: swim 1500 meters, bike 27 miles, run 12.5 miles.

29. Richard Nixon........ 27:21.... 1:27:43.... 51:18.. =.. 2:46:22.... AG 5.
39. Andy Gregg........... 34:27.... 1:27:40.... 46:03.. =.. 2:48:10.... AG 7.
61. Charlie Brookes..... 29:19.... 1:30:56.... 51:31.. =.. 2:51:46.... AG 10.
96. Pedro Polson......... 27:25.... 1:34:58.... 61:29.. =.. 3:03:52.... AG 4.
Giles Cooper................ 28:08.... dnf.

The Speedy Beaver was over the distances of; swim 750 meters, bike 13 miles, run 3 miles.
Marcus Widdess showed great improvement to finish 10th overall - and 4th in the under 20 category, whilst Ros Goatly and Jon Crowley finished 1st and 3rd in their respective Age Groups.

10. Marcus Widdess.... 13:39.... 42:26.... 20:45.. =.. 1:16:50.... AG 4th.
19. Jon Crowley........... 15:00.... 42:52.... 22:54.. =.. 1:20:46.... AG 3.
46. Rosalind Goatly...... 16:15.... 48:32.... 26:38.. =.. 1:31:25.... AG 1.

In the Junior Beaver TS2 Category, Katie Tasker was PACTRAC's sole representative finishing 14th girl in this open water lake swim.

29. Katie Tasker.... 3:41.... 13:50.... 8:53.. =.. 26:24

John Crowley commented:

"Today the mud was knee deep. Yet again it was chucking it down. I looked like a 1970's Rugby player at the end. Everyone was covered. Utter mud bath - a really boggy day at Belvoir Castle."

Giles Cooper commented: "A bit of cleaning to do post Little Beaver triathlon. The muddiest transition ever! Not a great day out - DNF after double puncture on lap 2. Less than ideal conditions!"


May 25th 2014 Edinburgh Marathon 26.2 miles. 60 degrees. Wet and windy.

PACTRAC's Roger Canham came 3rd in his over 50 Age Group in a new Personal Best time of 2:50:34.

Roger hit the half-way point in 1:22:57 and finished 55th Overall from 8620 finishers.

"By mile 22 both calves were starting to lock out. Mile 23 and I was propped up against the wall stretching my calves."

Antony wins SILVER in the National Sprint Championships.

PACTRAC's Antony Brown took the SILVER Medal in his Age Group at the British Sprint Championships at Eton Dorney on Saturday. Antony recorded a time of 1:08:32 for 109th place overall. He came out of the 750 metre lake swim 8th in his Age Group, before having the fastest bike split in his AG to propel him up the field. He recorded almost 25mph for the 13.25 miles on the bike. The 3rd fastest run then allowed him to hold onto the Silver Medal.

Antony was ahead at the start of the run and leading his Age Group; but was caught with 1-mile to go and missed out on being the British Sprint Champion by just 30 seconds (his transitions were 26 seconds slower than the AG winners).

109. Antony Brown 12:37 34:39 21:16 = 68:32 AG 2nd.


Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon.

This is a trail triathlon from the foot of Snowdon, based around Llanberis. The route comprises a 1000m open water swim, 32 mile road ride on mountain roads, and a 7-mile trail run through the Llanberis slate quarries.

130. Jon Dundee 22:05 01:39:47 55:01 = 2:56:53


In the Anglian Water Duathlon held at Grafham Water, PACTRAC's Neil Tandy finished 5th overall and first in his Age Group.

The distances were:

run 6.25 miles
bike 24 miles
run 3 miles.

5. Neil Tandy 37:47 61:01 19:39 = 1:58:27 1st in Age Group.

37. Ryan Woolf 42:22 76:11 23:02 = 2:21:35


In the Full Boar Spring Sprint Triathlon at Market Bosworth, Richard Moys came 10th overall.

The distances were:

swim 750 meters.
bike 12.5 miles.
run 3 miles.

10. Richard MOYS 14:14 40:52 19:08 = 74:14


515 cyclists from both near and far entered the Marholm Cycle Sportive on Sunday. This was organised by 6 members of the local Fenland Clarion Cycling Club and offered distances of 50 miles, 70 miles or 100 miles. All of the distances proved popular, with the riders all going around Rutland Water, taking in the far side of Oakham and the longer 100 miler going as far north as Belvoir Castle. Four Feed Stations were available to the riders, who also enjoyed glorious sunshine, a head wind finish and lots of cakes at the finish, provided by the local villagers of Marholm, who all came out to help. All proceeds go to local charities and the next ride is from the same venue on Sunday 17th August. See for entry details.

Simon wins a Monster. Paul and Roger qualify for 70.3 World Championships.

33 PACTRACer's were in action over the weekend at 7 different venues.

The inaugural Monster Triathlon's were held at the Rowing Lake in Peterborough on Sunday.

The MOJO was over the half-Ironman distance of:

swim 1.2 miles in the Rowing Lake
bike 51 miles - out to Marholm, then 3 circuit's of Ufford, Southorpe, Upton and Castor, before returning the same way.
run 12 miles - 4 laps around an extended circuit of the Rowing Lake.

and the shorter Olympic-distance MOJITO covered:

swim 1500 metres in the Rowing Lake.
bike 24 miles - as above but out and back and with just 1 circuit from Marholm.
run 6 miles - 2 laps around an extended circuit of the Rowing Lake.

PACTRAC's Simon Hoppe won the Olympic-distance Mojito. He was 2nd coming in off of the bike and moved into first position on the run, to win by nearly 3-minutes. The weather was on the cool side, slightly windy with the occasional rain, on a challenging course. 5 athletes finished the swim but pulled out at various stages of the bike leg with varying stages of hyperthermia.

FIRST OVERALL - Simon Hoppe.

FIRST IN AGE GROUP - Simon Hoppe and Dave Allsop.



9. Dave Allsop 33:05 2:34:10 1:33:14 = 4:40:29 AG 1st.


1. Simon Hoppe 22:21 65:14 36:44 = 2:04:19 Age Group 1st.
21. Steve Burton 31:23 70:28 45:39 = 2:27:30 AG 6.
49. Peter Tebb 33:33 83:42 53:42 = 2:50:57 AG 7.
58. Adam Bogusz 33:31 88:28 54:47 = 2:56:46 AG 9.


In the Grendon Triathlon at Northampton, the distances were:

swim 750 meters in the cold lake.
bike 12.5 miles.
run 3 miles.

Jon Crowley was the first PACTRACer, whilst Pedro Polson recorded a 3rd in his Age Group. Jon said afterwards "The water temp was 12degrees ,it rained all through the bike and then we had a nice gusty headwind on the run". Due to the high winds, Registration was moved away from the Marquee with the organiser saying it "can be best described as some challenging weather conditions!" This was Daniel Richardson's first
open race. Some time afterwards he said he was "still buzzing".

62. Jon Crowley 11:55 44:47 21:19 = 78:01 AG 4.

142. Pedro Polson 11:42 49:29 25:40 = 86:51 AG 3.

239. Daniel Richardson 23:36 63:43 25:43 = 1:53:02 AG 32.


The Thomas Cook 70.3 Half-Ironman took place in Alcudia on Saturday in Majorca.

The distances were:

1.2 mile sea swim.

56 mile bike ride up into the Mountains but with good fast stretches early and later on.

13.1 mile run close to the beech.


24th. Paul Lunn 28:37 2:29:40 1:20:02 = 4:18:19 AGE GROUP 1st.

91st. Roger Canham 29:05 2:41:55 1:23:51 = 4:34:51 AGE GROUP 2nd.

599. Robin Brookes 31:01 2:57:08 1:41:08 = 5:09:17 AGE GROUP 30.

......Sam Smith 31:12 2:59:34 unfortunately, Sam appears not to have finished the run. No report in so far as to why.

Paul WON his Age Group, was the fifth fastest of all of the Age Grouper's and would have been 20th amongst the Pro's! Paul won his Age Group by 2:30 minutes, taking the most time out of his nearest rival in the swim.

Roger would have been 29th Pro with 4 behind him.

Both Paul and Roger qualified for the World 70.3 Half-Ironman World Championships to be held in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada on 7th September.


9 PACTRACers competed in the NiceTri Triathlon's at St.Neots on Sunday.

2 competed in the Olympic-distance event with a further 7 in the Sprint-distance. Both races took part in the River at St. Neots in the first weekend of open-water triathlon's this year.

8 athletes didn't finish their race's in tough conditions.

The best PACTRACer was Wayne Stainsby in 9th place overall, whilst Kim Bell in 18th was the 2nd placed female overall.


34. Luke Starsmore 33:10 90:02 42:59 = 2:46:11
38. Nick Forscott 33:25 89:55 43:58 = 2:47:18

9. Wayne Stainsby 13:21 43:45 18:46 = 1:15:52
17. Martin Taylor 12:28 44:38 20:21 = 1:17:27
18. Kim Bell 10:36 46:46 21:00 = 1:18:22
57. Gary Shoemake 16:15 53:00 22:34 = 1:31:49
61. Stephen Cook 15:34 56:18 20:51 = 1:32:43
109. Jon Ellicott 22:58 57:21 23:11 = 1:43:30
118. Wendy Coxshall 16:32 66:16 23:36 = 1:46:24

The Grantham Triathlon was held from the Leisure Centre over a 400 meter swim, 14 mile bike and 3 mile run.


79. Sara Bedford 9:13 39:26 28:55 = 77:28

86. Cath Hunt 10:31 41:06 27:39 = 79:16


PACTRAC's Charlie Brookes was 11th from 954 competitor's in the Half-Mucker Adventure Race at Burghley Park, running over 13 miles with obstacles in 3:01:59.

Sue Tomlin finished 500th in 4:37:13 for 2nd in her Age Group.

Billed as the World's largest obstacle course, The Full-Mucker was over a 20 mile course, with Graham Honey finishing 122nd in 3:42:14 whilst the Pike brothers, Chris and Richard went around together in 5:13:47. They finished in 1,037th place from 3,832 adventure athletes doing the full distance. Nikki Smallwood followed in 6:12:39 for 2,222nd place.

Graham said "20 miles of mud, water, crawling and climbing. My knees are in bits".


A few Pactrac women folk turned out for the Eye 10k and got caught in some hard rain.

Mariska Niemeijer 53.33
Jemma Gee 55.12
Annette Wyld 66.50 ("3 mins off from Thorney 10k !! Yay some run progress at last !!" said Annette).

Simon wins the Mid-Distance Tri.

PACTRAC held their Annual Mid-Distance Triathlon from Oundle Pool on Bank Holiday Monday.

Distances were:

swim 900 yards. 18 lengths of the pool.

bike 20 miles. 2 laps of the Mini-Series course around Glapthorn and the Benefield's with a couple of nasty climbs and a couple of fast sections including the 1-mile downhill stretch between the Benefield's as well as the downhill section leading past Oundle Golf course.

run 5 miles. Including a loop around Glapthorn and Cotterstock.

38 competitor's lined up on a dry, sunny morning with little wind. The swim was very competitive, with Nathan Tweedie hitting traffic, but still coming out in 10:28 minutes, 2:05 minutes ahead of second placed Simon Hoppe. 20 swimmers emerged, with Simon leading 21st placed Chris Brennan by a mere 53 seconds. Charlie Brookes followed after a further 32 seconds.

The bike was very competitive, as usual, and consisted of a 20-mile 2-lap undulating course. Each lap had 2 main hills to contend with, as well as 2 good downhill stretches, so a very sporting course. With the added spice of competing against fellow club mates of similar ability, the racing was fierce throughout the field.

Antony Brown had the fastest bike split of the day, and pulled clear of the field, to lead Simon Hoppe into T2 by 7 seconds. Jimmy Robinson was 3rd out of the water, and having finally caught up with Nathan, moved back into 3rd position on the bike leg.

4 athletes, none of whom wanted to give way, then came into T2 within 13 seconds of each other. Rob Hammond was away on the run first, but was soon caught and passed by Wayne Stainsby. Both athletes passed Jimmy and Antony on the run. Wayne had the fastest run of the day but was only pulling Nathan in very slowly, and ran out of road and had to settle for 3rd, just 5 seconds behind Nathan by the finish.

Simon had the 2nd fastest swim, 2nd fastest bike and the 2nd fastest run. Consistency paid off, as he set off on the run 1:33 ahead of Jimmy and 1:41 ahead of Nathan. In the end he won the event comfortably, with a 1:50 winning margin over Nathan.

Roz Giles was the first lady in 21st position overall, and takes an early lead in the Ladies Club Championships.

Results are on


The 2014 BUCS Sprint Triathlon Championships were held for the 10th consecutive year at St Mary's School, Calne, Wiltshire.

Distances were:
swim 750m
Bike 16 miles
Run 3 miles.

118th. Kim Bell 9:06 47:14 20:53 = 77:13 14th Female.


In the European long-distance Duathlon Championships in Horst, Netherlands, PACTRAC's Wendy Gooding (50-54) defended her title. Wendy won GOLD last year at the same venue, and successfully defended her Title over the distances of - run 9.5 miles, bike 37.5 miles, run 4.75 miles. She was one of 4 Gold Medal winners for Team GB.

Wendy said: "It's a great town and there was the usual fantastic support for the Brits. I was delighted to finish about four and a half minutes faster than last year and to win my age group again."


Meet the Team - Wendy Gooding.

The racing season for the Great Britain Age-Group Team gets underway this weekend with the Horst ETU Duathlon European Championships. With less than a week to go, British Triathlon spoke to defending long distance Champion Wendy Gooding about her journey to the start line.

Wendy Gooding
50 years old
Defending W50-54 European Long-Distance Duathlon Champion
Day job: Assistant principle

Wendy ran competitively for many years in 10K races and half-marathons but did not take up duathlon until recently, as injuries began to catch up with her, and her introduction to the cycling element was somewhat unusual for a duathlete. "I was a director of sport at a sports college," she says, "and we developed one of our changing rooms into a spinning studio so I really got into cycling by becoming a spinning instructor. After that I bought myself a road bike, put the running and cycling together and had a go at duathlon."

The marriage of the two disciplines soon bore fruit as Wendy won her age group in the first duathlon she entered, the Newmarket Duathlon in 2009. "It was in August and about the hottest day of that year," she says. But I'm a bit of a sun worshipper so they were great conditions for my first race. It was very much a local race.

"After that I asked a coach at my club, Pactrac in Peterborough, whether I should do some training over the winter and try to qualify for the GB Age-Group Team. So he put together a programme and I then went on to qualify for GB and I first represented them at the 2010 European Duathlon Championships in Nancy."

Wendy's GB debut went well enough, she came fifth in her age-group, but her biking was letting her down, not least because she was struggling to find a bike to fit her. "I now have a custom-made bike," she says, "because, as I am five feet tall, to get a bike off the shelf that fits me is really difficult. Having had this bike built to fit has made a huge difference, especially on long-course events."

The difference the bike, along with the decision to rein in her training as the race approached, made became apparent when Wendy won the F50-54 age group in the ETU European Long Distance Duathlon Championships at Horst last year. "It was the first time I'd won anything representing GB," she says.

"Up until then I'd never really given my body a chance to recover before a race but going into Horst, because it was a long-course event, I did what I was told, took my rest days and tapered properly. On race day it was amazing how everything went to plan. I was running under seven-minute miling for both run legs and I just thought 'wow where did that come from?'

"It was the first long-course event I'd done and the town was fantastic. It was really well organised and the support was just tremendous. Crossing the line first in my age-group was just amazing. It was a great place to compete."

Part of what makes for such a good atmosphere is the support from the team management and Wendy credits this with a major roll in the GB Age-Group Team's success at European and World events: "The management from British Triathlon is absolutely fantastic and that makes a huge difference to the team. The support Joan Lennon, the team manager, gives us is great and people going out for the first time have nothing to worry about. When I went for the first time the support Joan gave us made all the difference."

Going into this year's race, Wendy is confident of doing herself justice but will not be drawn when asked if a repeat victory is on the cards. She does, though, believe she has given herself as good a chance as possible. "Last year I spent my summer holiday cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats so I've really worked on my endurance and I'm injury free," she says. "Training has gone well so I'll just have to see how things go on the day."

Monday 5th May - Middle Distance triathlon and evening swimming still on

Monday 5th May is the Middle Distance Triathlon - 9am start (prompt) - please can competitors sign in at 8:30am. We are still short of 3 marshals for the event to run safely. Please volunteer if you are able.

Monday evening swimming is also still on.

Antony and Caroline first in Age Group. Paul and Josh win the Ride and Tie. VLM results.

Here is a round-up of PACTRAC's results.

PACTRAC held their annual Ride and Tie at Woodnewton. This involved cycling and running in teams of two, 3 times around a 6-mile circuit.

Team Member A biked 1-lap and then ran 1-lap, whilst Team Member B ran 1-lap and then biked 1-lap.
On the 3rd lap each team only had 1 bike, and could swap bikers and runners as many times as they liked,
in order to get the second member across the line in the quickest possible time.

Paul and Josh Lunn teamed up; with Paul quickly taking the lead on the run, whilst his partner and son, Josh did the bike leg first. on the 2nd lap Josh had the fastest run of the day, and the pair came into T2 to start the 3rd lap with Josh 43 seconds up on Paul, so Josh carried on running until he caught his partner, and they then swapped biker and runner at frequent intervals, until the finish.

The pair recorded a new course record and won the event by 8:40 minutes from the second team of Wayne Stainsby and Scott Lloyd.


1st Paul Lunn 32:50 15:46 25:26 = 1:14:02 PB
1st Joshua Lunn 17:16 30:37 26:10 = 1:14:03 PB

2nd Wayne Stainsby 15:30 36:09 31:04 = 1:22:43 PB
2nd Scott Lloyd 38:20 17:58 26:25 = 1:22:43 PB

3rd Steve Giles 15:14 35:18 32:46 = 1:23:18
3rd Roz Giles 42:55 17:12 23:11 = 1:23:18 PB

4th Steve Hope 16:56 42:07 29:59 = 1:29:02
4th Rob Hammond 36:52 17:37 34:47 = 1:29:16


Tony Moran competed in the Skipton Triathlon over the distances of:

swim 400 meters in the pool.

bike 12.5 miles.

run 3 miles.

The event managed to "dodge the showers" and Tony gave his new bike it's first race outing.

"1 hr 24...that'll do for me" said Tony.


193. Tony Moran 7:31 51:47 25:32 = 1:24:50


The Bedford Sprint Triathlon Series (1st race of 3) from Robinson's Pool in Bedford kicked off on Sunday over the distances of:

swim 400 meters in the pool.

bike 15 miles - one lap, out of Town and onto undulating country roads.

Run 3 miles - 2.5 laps of the park.

PACTRAC had 2 competitor's, Dave Wagstaff and Terry Murphy, both 2nd in their respective Age Groups and both using the bike leg to climb up the field.


22 David Wagstaff 7:02 44:34 20:29 = 72:05 AG 2.
38 Ross Murphy 8:12 48:26 18:52 = 75:30 AG 9.
197 Terrence Murphy 10:45 58:03 26:35 = 95:23 AG 2.

others - Werrington Joggers.
98 Andy Rawlins 9:41 53:42 21:03 = 84:26 AG 19.


Antony Brown won his Age Group at the Duston Triathlon in Northampton.

The distances were:

swim 400 meters.
bike 12.5 miles.
run 3 miles.


21 Antony Brown 6:55 33:57 20:20 = 61:12 AG 1st.
201 Pedro Polson 6:56 43:55 26:48 = 77:39 AG 6
328 Sean Whittaker 7:58 50:03 28:20 = 86:21 AG 28
361 Sue Davys 9:45 53:13 27:41 = 90:39 AG 12.
415. Liz Whittaker 14:47 61:05 26:14 = 1.42.06 AG 5.


In the Desford Sprint Triathlon over the distances of: swim 400 meters in the pool, bike 11 miles and run 3 miles, PACTRAC's Wayne Stainsby finished 10th overall and 3rd in his Age Group. Caroline Findlay won her Age Group, whilst Georgie Freeman just missed out on winning her Age Group by 4 seconds.

10. Wayne Stainsby 6:21 31:00 19:51 = 57:12 AG 3rd.
14. Jon Dundee 7:04 31:03 20:12 = 58:19 AG 5th.
47. Georgie Freeman 5:28 35:24 23:39 = 64:31 AG 2nd. 3rd Female overall.
53. Caroline Findlay 7:26 34:31 23:26 = 65:23 AG 1st.
150 Jo Annis 9:46 49:02 27:07 = 85:55 AG 12.

Wayne Stainsby then nipped over to Club La Santa in Lanzerote and was 4th in the Club La Santa mini-distance Triathlon on Wednesday. "not too bad!!!" said Wayne, clearly delighted with his performance.


Lincoln 10k.

91. Jason Burke 39:06.


Brighton Marathon

Simon Pauffley - 3:47:36 pretty consistent splits throughout.


London Marathon

Paul Lunn 2.37.57 (1.18.34 half) 143rd o/a.
Tom Rebbitt 2.52.12 (1.25.55 half) 685th.
Sean Beard 2.56.38 (1.24.04 half) 1000th.
Daniel Fitzjohn 3.04.33 (1.28.16 half) 1750
Tracey McCartney 3.05.06 (1.28.56 half) 1808 (108th female). debut.
Richard Gardiner dns.


Stanwick 10km road race.

81 Damian Wilkins 45:46
220 Jemima Gee 56:19
292 Max Gee 63:28.

Novice bike sessions

The novice mini-series is just 5 weeks away.
Over the coming weeks, there will be a ride from the Oundle school pool around the mini-series bike route.
This will not be a coached session, but will give those intending to take part in the event, the opportunity to ride the route with others, meet fellow novices/ new club members and pick up handy hints and tips.
When - Every Sunday. Leaving 8am (1st loop) and 9am (for a 2nd loop, or for those not wanting to get up so early). Between the two loops we can run through transition skills.
Rules - No one gets dropped, bring road worthy bike, & puncture repair kit.
1st session - Easter Sunday.

Forum link -

Pre-Women's Tour Events - 5th & 6th May, Oundle

In the day's before the Women's Tour leaves Oundle, the town will have various events to participate in.

Of course our Middle Distance is on the Bank Holiday Monday, but there are a range of other events during the 5th -

And on the 6th there are a host of activities planned on the closed roads around the market square.

PACTRAC will have a stall. Come along.

Club Relays - Sat 23 and Sun 24 Aug 2014

The Club Committee are keen to get as many teams as possible entered in the Club Relays on the weekend of 23/24 August at the National Water Sports Centre (Nottingham).

The Club are offering places at £25 each (normally £41 each). For those of you have not competed at the Club Relays before the relays are in teams of 4 with all members completing the swim before moving on to the bike and then run (this means a break for each member between each leg). Team categories cover Male, Female, Vets 40+, Vets 50+, Mixed (2+2) and Juniors (15-20) as well as an Open category (any combination). Further details can be found at

Ideally we would like to get as many teams competing on Sat 23 Aug however to take part in the Club Championships for the Mens categories (incl Vets and Juniors) these take place on Sunday morning (24 August).

In order to book team places please can you post here or email me as soon as possible to confirm your interest in taking part and whether you have a preference or restriction on competing on the Saturday or Sunday.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Steve wins the Thetford Duathlon. Jim Fell qualifies for Pontevedra.

PACTRAC's Steve Giles won the Mud & Mayhem Thetford Forest Duathlon
(This was also the Eastern Region Duathlon Championships).

Distances were:

•Run 3 miles - Bike 11 miles - Run 3 miles. All off-road.

4 athletes were all very similar on both the bike and run, which led to
a very tight and exciting race. Steve was 3rd after the first 3-mile
run, and came in off the bike in joint 2nd, just 8-seconds behind the
leader, with a 4th athlete only another 8 seconds behind. The run was
neck-and-neck with Steve finally winning in a sprint finish by just 1-
second, with 3rd place only 11 seconds behind and 4th place 23 seconds


run trans bike trans run total

1. Steve Giles.... 19.56.... 0.47.... 40.13.... 0.31.... 20.18.... = 1.21.45

2. Keith Brewster 20.13.... 0.37.... 39.58.... 0.33.... 20.25.... = 1.21.46

3. Lester Allen.... 19.37.... 0.50.... 40.37.... 0.30.... 20.22.... = 1.21.56

4. Shane Norval.. 20.10.... 0.43.... 40.03.... 0.29.... 20.43.... = 1.22.08


46.Andy Rawlins 24.00.... 0.54.... 54.13.... 0.31.... 24.50.... = 1.44.28
Werrington Joggers


Clumber Park Duathlon.

This was the 2nd of 3 qualifying races for the World Duathlon
Championships to be held in Pontevedra, Spain, on 31st May.

PACTRAC's Jim Fell finished 2nd in his Age Group and Qualified to
represent GB for the first time. This is only Jim's 2nd season in
Duathlon. He finished just 2:26 minutes behind his Age Group winner;
having been beaten by the same athlete at the Dambuster Duathlon 2
weeks earlier by 9:25 minutes.

Wendy Gooding also finished 2nd in her Age Group, but she had already
qualified for Pontevedra via the Dambuster Duathlon (8th March).

Paul Spain is also trying to qualify, but having finished 8th in his
Age Group will have to wait and see.

Distances on this undulating course were:

run 6 miles - out and back twice.

bike 23 miles - 2 laps.

run 3 miles - out and back.


52. Paul Spain............ 38:52.... 68:29.... 20:38.... = 2:07:59 AG 8th
186. Wendy Gooding.. 45:04.... 80:22.... 22:24.... = 2:27:50 AG 2nd
227. Jim Fell............... 50:31.... 80:26.... 26:57.... = 2:37:54 AG 2nd


Annette Wyld completed the Thorney 10k today in "slightly windy
conditions". Annette finished in 69 minutes in preparation for her
half ironman at the end of August.

Dambuster Duathlon. Wendy qualifies for World Duathlon Champs.

Saturday saw the 4th Annual Dambuster Duathlon at Rutland Water. This
was a Qualifying race for both the World and European Duathlon

Distances were:

run 6.25 miles - from Whitwell, over the Dam to Normanton Church - and

bike 26 miles - around Oakham, Uppingham, Morcott, Ketton and
Empingham. This took in the triple hills of the "Rutland Ripple" as
well as the hill at Steadfold Lane near Ketton Cement.

run 3 miles - out to the Dam and back.

It was a dry day, but with plenty of sidewind on the bike, and running
across the Dam.

Paul Spain led the 14 PACTRACers home, but ...

The best Age Group position of the 14 PACTRACers was recorded by Wendy
Gooding who came 3rd and qualified for the World Standard Distance
Duathlon Championships in Pontevedra, Spain on 31st May.

Wendy has already qualified for the 2014 Long Distance European
Duathlon Championships which take place in Horst, Netherlands on 13th
April. The distance's there will be: Run 9 miles, Bike 38 miles, Run
4.5 miles. Wendy is the reigning Age Group Long Distance European
Duathlon Champion and has, therefore, pre-qualified.

Her next event is at Clumber Park on 23rd March. Jim Fell came 5th in
his Age Group in the Dambuster Duathlon with only 4 places per Age
Group up for grabs, so he will also be at Clumber Park, trying to gain
a place for Pontevedra.


113. Paul Spain........... 37:23.... 77:02.... 19:05.... = 2:13:30 AG 13

154. Steve Coombes... 39:34.... 78:21.... 19:14.... = 2:17:09 AG 18

208. Andy Gregg.......... 41:50.... 78:02.... 21:41.... = 2:21:33 AG 30

221. Robin Brookes...... 40:39.... 80:52.... 21:15.... = 2:22:46 AG 18

280. Richard Arden....... 40:57.... 84:49.... 22:37.... = 2:28:23 AG 44

283. Steve Maile........... 47:25.... 77:02.... 24:00.... = 2:28:27 AG 37

307. Wendy Gooding.... 42:43.... 86:44.... 21:01.... = 2:30:28 AG 3rd.

325. Daniel Fitzjohn........42:18.... 88:40.... 20:53.... = 2:31:51 AG 63

339. Dave Naylor.......... 45:05.... 84:00.... 24:56.... = 2:34:01 AG 48

358. Richard Nixon....... 47:31.... 83:53.... 24:40.... = 2:36:04 AG 52

405. Steve Hope.......... 47:05.... 91:21.... 22:55.... = 2:41:21 AG 44.

446. Paul Jephcott....... 47:49.... 94:36.... 22:55.... = 2:45:20 AG 16

481. Jim Fell................ 48:39.... 96:29.... 25:10.... = 2:50:18 AG 5.

552. Sue Davys........... 53:46.... 112:54.... 26:39.... = 3:13:19 AG 14

Chris Jordan's Grafman entry to the highest bidder.

You have probably noticed that Chris Jordan hasn't been around for a while.

At the end of last year, Chris was diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer. He started his treatment in December and has just one more session left, before hopefully being given the all-clear. He is looking good on it and is aiming to make a comeback at the final Mini-Series on 30th July.

Chris can be contacted on

Last May, Chris won a voucher to a 2014 NiceTri event worth up to £55 and addressed to "The Bearer". If anybody is thinking of entering the Grafman (cost £95) on 8th June, then our understanding is that the voucher MAY be exchanged as full payment. It can be used against any NiceTri event including the Standard Distance Tri's on 27th July and 14th Sept (cost £57) or any of their Sprint events (cost £45).

The voucher is available to the highest bidder, so if anybody is looking to do the Grafman, or the AW Grafham Triathlon (14th Sept) which is again part of the PACTRAC Club Championships this year, or indeed, any other NiceTri event, either post your bid onto the Forum, or email me on and the highest bidder will receive it.

We wish Chris a speedy recovery, and expect to see him out-and-about in his CamperVan later on in the year.

Swim times at Oundle. 3 Swims on Monday 5th May!!!

The usual swim days and times are:

Monday 7:00 to either 8:00 or 8:30pm (your choice!).
Wednesday 7:30 to 8:30pm.
Friday 7:30 to 8:30pm.

The session on Monday 14th April will be 7.30 to 9pm as a one-off.

The pool will be CLOSED on Good Friday 18th April and Easter Monday 21st April.

PACTRAC Club Events 2014.

The Annual Ride and Tie is on 6th April at Woodnewton Village Hall.

This involves biking and running in teams of two. Due to a change in Insurance terms with the British Triathlon Federation, all Pactrac events this year, need to
be for Pactrac club members only. To get around this we have introduced a New Members Package which for £20 includes Membership plus one club event (value £6) (Juniors and >60s £16).

This will also apply to the Novice Triathlon at Oundle on Wednesday
28th May (Distances: swim 400 yards, bike 10 miles, run 3.5 miles),
as well as to the 10 Wednesday night Mini-Series Triathlon's from 21st
May to 30th July. The Novice Triathlon is for those new to the sport, or
who have been involved for less than a year.

Having paid £20 to join; after the first free event, all subsequent club events will be at the Members price of £6.

The Ride and Tie involves 3-laps of a 6-mile circuit. Team Member A
bikes 1-lap and then runs 1-lap, whilst Team Member B runs 1-lap and
then bikes 1-lap. On the 3rd lap each team only has 1 bike, and can
swap bikers and runners as many times as they like, in order to get
the second member across the line in the quickest possible time. Teams
can pair up in advance. Entry is on-the-day.

For those not wishing to do the event, there is a Sunday run
from the same venue at Woodnewton Village Hall at 9:30am over some
fantastic countryside, so hopefully something for everyone. Once again, we have invited the Werrington Joggers to join us and lead this run, so it would be great to have a good showing. This will be a social club run over 10 - 12 miles of largely cross country.

It is unfortunate that even club events need to be for members only
now. The alternative is to apply for a £60 + £3 per non TE member Permit for
each event, plus other hoops to jump through (Even PACTRACers who are non-TE would have to pay the £3).

Please help to promote the Novice Mini-Series Event on Wednesday 28th May which is for Pactrac members only, who have been in the sport for less than a year.

Upcomming club events. Club Kit. Swim Tokens.

A copy of the email sent to members on 18th Feb:

Firstly, congratulations to Sean Pooley on winning Sunday's Biathlon Trophy (and to Nathan Tweedie on setting a new Course Record).

The next club event is the Ride and Tie from Woodnewton Village Hall on Sunday 6th April. Please pop this in your Diaries, as it is a unique event to PACTRAC, but can only survive if supported. It's always been a bit of fun and a good brick session over a fairly short course - so no need to be afraid of it! (Are you AFRAID of it, or will you be there on 6th?).

Actually, the next club "outing" is the final Frostbite at Huntingdon on 2nd March, but you don't need reminding about that - do you? The new Running Vests are now in, and will be on show.

Due to complications with the BTF Event Insurance, it looks like we may only be having 1 specific Novice Mini-Series this year, rather than the usual 2. If you know anybody that is new to the sport, or has only been competing for less than a year, please let them know that this year's Novice Mini-Series Triathlon will be on Wednesday 28th May. We may have to ask non-members to sign a Temporary Membership Form, and to enter in advance this year, but are still waiting for the BTF to clarify this.

I now have a shed load of PACTRAC Bike and Tri kit which I will be taking to events as well as swimming at Oundle. If you want any kit, please come and see me. I also have a few Membership Cards still to distribute to those that have already renewed their Membership. For those that haven't done so yet, please note that Membership Renewal is due before the end of February. After this date the price goes up by £5, so please help the club and the Membership Secretary, by renewing before the end of Feb.

To encourage the use of Tokens for swimming, the club Committee have agreed that the Tokens will be sold in multiples of 5 at £3 each; or members can pay for individual sessions in cash at £4. This will become effective from 1 March 2014. Their will be no change for most members, but it does assist those collecting on the night if everybody either buys a "job-lot" or has a Token ready.

Sean wins the Biathlon Trophy, whilst Nathan takes the Course Record.

PACTRAC held their 2 winter Biathlon's at Oundle over the distances of:

swim 900 yards.
run 5 miles.

The race 3 weeks ago decided the Handicapping for today's race, whereby
the first athlete to cross the finish line collected the Biathlon Trophy.

7 athletes competed in both races, giving themselves a chance of winning
the Trophy, which went to the most improved athlete over the 3 weeks.

3 weeks ago Nathan Tweedie was the fastest athlete in a time of 40:31
which created a new Course Record. Today, Nathan was again the fastest,
this time in yet another Course Record of 39:14.

Sean Pooley won the Trophy being first across the line on Handicap,
with an improvement of 5:13 minutes on his time just 3-weeks ago. It
was a much better day for racing - the first event having being held in
rain and near zero temperatures. Nevertheless, 5:13 minutes is a good
improvement. 2nd across the line was Laura Johnson with a 3:58 minute
improvement; with Nathan 3rd just catching the 2 David's before the
finish and taking a further 1:17 off of his recent Course Record.

1st Nathan Tweedie 0:09:31...... 0:29:43 = 39:14 PB

2nd Sean Pooley..... 0:12:48...... 0:31:15 = 44:03 PB

3rd Rob Hammond.. 0:13:04...... 0:34:32 = 47:36

4th David Allsop...... 0:13:22...... 0:34:21 = 47:43

5th Giles Cooper..... 0:13:54...... 0:35:36 = 49:30

6th David Pooley..... 0:14:25...... 0:35:24 = 49:49 PB

7th Laura Johnson... 0:14:23...... 0:41:21 = 55:44 PB

DNF Kimberley Bell. 0:09:54

Training Sessions over Christmas.

The Negative.

There will be no Track running session on Tuesday's 24th December or 31st December.

There will be no swimming on Wednesday's 25th December or 1st January.

There will be no Spinning on Thursday's 26th December or 2nd January.

The Positive.

Monday 23rd Dec: swim at Oundle 7:00 - 8:30pm.

Friday 27th Dec: swim at Oundle 7:30 - 8:30pm.

Saturday 28th Dec: Re-launch of the Warmington bike ride. 40 mile Thrapston route. Ave 17mph. Meet at the top of the hill 3/4 mile outside Warmington in the direction of Morborne. Leave at 9:00am sharp.

Sunday 29th Dec: Run from Folksworth Village Hall with Yaxley Runners at 10:00am. There are usually up to 100 runners from various local running clubs, doing a lap of the Folksworth 15 course; so 8-miles but more for those that want. Tea and cakes afterwards. Thanks to Yaxley Runners for the invite.

Monday 30th Dec: swim at Oundle 7:00 - 8:30pm.

Friday 3rd Jan: swim at Oundle 7:30 - 8:30pm.

Saturday 4th Jan: 40 mile bike ride at 17mph ave from Warmington Hill. 9:00am sharp.

Monday 6th Jan: swim at Oundle 7:00 - 8:30pm. Anaerobic with Caroline.
Tuesday 7th Jan: Run at Peterborough Track 7:00 - 8:00+pm with Sean.
Wednesday 8th Jan: swim at Oundle 7:30 - 8:30pm. Technique with Nigel.
Thursday 9th Jan: Spinning at Stanground 6:15 - 7:20pm with Wendy.
Friday 10th Jan: swim at Oundle 7:30 - 8:30pm Aerobic with Steve.
Saturday 11th Jan: 40 mile bike ride at 17mph ave from Warmington Hill. 9:00am sharp.
Sunday 12th Jan: Frostbite at March. Juniors at 10:15am. Seniors at 11:00am.

The Biathlon's at Oundle pool will be on Sunday's 26th Jan and 16th Feb. 900 yard swim, 5 mile run.

There will also be running sessions in Peterborough from January on Tuesday night's with Sue Burnett. These are aimed at those wishing to get into running or improve on their 5k times. Contact Sue to book a place on or on 07901 937665. Pre-booking is required.

IM Florida plus OceanLava Lanzarote.

PACTRAC had 2 members competing in the Florida Ironman Triathlon on Saturday.

The event takes place in Panama, North Florida, over the distances of:

swim 2.4 miles in the sea.

bike 112 relatively flat miles.

run 26.2 mile marathon - out and back twice.

2,891 competitor's entered the race and Roger Canham came 15th in his
Age Group from 352 athletes.

After the 112 mile bike section, Roger was in 150th place overall, and
13th in his Age Group. By half-way through the marathon (13.1 miles) he
had moved up to 114th (8th in AG) before a recurring injury slowed his
progress and he slipped back to 151st (15th in AG) with a 3:37:45
marathon - very respectable without an injury.

Dave Allsop was in the same 45-49 year Age Group. He moved up to 201st
place overall, after 72 miles on the bike, but then slipped back 31
places, in the final 40-miles to start the run in 232nd overall. Dave
had a good marathon time and hung on to 283rd overall and 36th in his
Age Group.

151. Roger Canham 1:04:21 5.02.09 3:37:45 = 9:44:15 AG 15.

283. David Allsop 1:06:41 5:10:49 4:04:51 = 10:22:21 AG 36.


OceanLava Tri.

The difference between Triathlon and other sports is that triathlon
allows you to race with the very best, in the same race. The half-
Ironman distance OceanLava Triathlon in Lanzarote at the weekend saw
Belgian, Marino Vanhoenacke (3rd in the World Ironman Championships in
2011) take the honours. PACTRAC's 2013 Club Champion, Paul Lunn,
competed, and came home in 10th place overall.

Distances were:

swim 1.2 miles in the sea.

bike 56 miles.

run 13.1 miles.

10. Paul Lunn 35.47 2.41.36 1.30.03 = 4.47.26 Age Group 2nd.

Spinning returns to Stanground from Thursday 7th Nov.

The Spinning Classes will again be on, at Stanground Academy, SE
Peterborough, on Thursday night's from 7th November until 27th March.
6:15 - 7:15pm. We have booked the suite for a private session - just PACTRAC and the
Fenland Clarion. We charge £3 for adults and £1 for juniors. (Their are other Spinning Classes at Stanground, but these are in with other members of the public
and cost £4.) We have 20 bikes available on a first come, first served basis, and
the classes do start on time, so please be a few minutes early to get set up.

Directions: From the Stanground Fire Station RAB, head in the direction
of Farcet / Yaxley. It is the 3rd minor turning on the left. (The 2nd
is the exit). We are in the Two-Storey Building opposite the Power
League. (NOTE: During the refurbishment of Stanground Sports Centre,
Spinning classes will take place in the same building that we have
always used, but in the Sports Hall. In January the new Spinning Studio
and Fitness Suite will open.)

Spinning is a great way to enjoy a challenging cycling session during
cold, dark winter nights. We have 20 bikes. Come along with water to
keep well hydrated and a towel to mop your brow!!! If you are new to
spinning it would be great if you could arrive a few minutes early for
the first session, so that we have plenty of time to set you up on your
bike before the session begins. The bikes all have double sided pedals,
so will take either SDP cleats or training shoes.

Yes. The sessions will again last for 1 hour this year, as we know that
many of you have some distance to travel, so want to make it worth your
while. This session is designed for athletes (YOU), really looking to
develop their strength and endurance over the winter months.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Christmas Swimming.

There will be no swimming at Oundle on the following dates:

Friday 13th Dec.

Wednesday 25th Dec.

Wednesday 1st Jan.

Antony 2nd overall at Eton.

PACTRAC's Antony Brown was just outsprinted for the overall win at
the Gatorade Dorney Triathlon at Eton Dorney.
He had to settle for 2nd place and 1st in his Age Group from
481 competitors.

28th out of the lake, Antony had a great bike leg, and was 1st away on
the run, and nearly held on for the overall victory.

Distances were:

swim 750 metres in the lake.
bike 12.5 miles
run 3 miles.

2. Antony Brown 12:33 33:21 20:07 = 66:01 Age Group 1st.
28. Paul Pardoe 13:20 37:49 23:17 = 74:26 AG 7.
363. Sue Davys 20:38 49:56 26:01 = 96:35 AG 2.
378. Abi Brewer 19:42 48:48 29:02 = 97:32 AG 15.


In the Stowe Triathlon, the distances were:

swim 1500 metres in the lake, followed by a very long run to get to

bike 37.75 miles

run 5.25 miles.

16 Neil Thatcher 26:31 2:32:07 40:48 = 3:39:26 AG 7.

Simon Taylor competed in the Clumber Park Off-Road Duathlon, over the
distances of;

run 3 miles

bike 10 miles

run 2 miles.

89. Simon Taylor 27:52 55:49 16:34 1:40:15

Nathan takes on the Brownlees, Paul 5th at Grafham.

16 PACTRACers competed in the AW Grafham Water Triathlon, over
the Standard Distance of:

swim 1500 metres in the lake.

bike 23 miles - out to St.Neots and back.

run 6.25 miles - out and back around the water.

Paul Lunn came 5th overall, and also had the best Age Group position of 2nd.


5. Paul Lunn 24:16 0:51 55:22 0:37 37:09 = 1:58:15 AG 2.
26. Simon Hoppe 22:47 0:51 58:50 0:49 39:50 = 2:03:07 AG 4
35. Neil Tandy 19:26 1:19 57:28 0:45 45:45 = 2:04:43 AG 8
58. Darren Preston 26:25 1:38 1:00:21 0:57 37:52 = 2:07:13 AG 14
75. Jimmy Robinson 24:19 0:49 1:00:03 0:41 42:42 = 2:08:34 AG 19
136. Wayne Stainsby 27:17 1:32 1:03:00 0:46 40:52 = 2:13:27 AG 30
211. Steve Hope 27:21 1:19 1:04:04 0:49 45:44 = 2:19:17 AG 16.
221. David Thorold 29:16 1:00 1:01:31 0:45 47:29 = 2:20:01 AG 27
223. Pedro Polson 23:30 0:49 1:12:37 0:50 42:18 = 2:20:04 Team Molesworth
241. Jon Dundee 27:24 1:10 1:03:56 0:54 49:05 = 2:22:19 AG 40
264. Steve Skelhon 27:27 2:01 1:03:45 1:19 49:33 = 2:24:05 AG 22
271. Charlie Brookes 26:40 1:48 1:08:48 0:58 47:15 = 2:25:29 AG 41
287. Simon Pauffley 26:16 1:52 1:08:19 1:05 49:32 = 2:27:04 AG 25
368. Chris Grahame 29:49 1:17 1:05:36 1:05 57:17 = 2:35:04 AG 41
392. Georgie Freeman 23:14 1:10 1:15:50 0:50 56:38 = 2:37:42 AG 7
475. Brian Mcgeeney 31:47 2:03 1:18:18 1:14 62:10 = 2:55:32 AG 58

This was also the final race of the PACTRAC Club Championships with the Trophies now being

Club Champion - Paul Lunn
Vet Champion - Paul Lunn
Supervet Champion - Antony Brown

Female Champion - Christina Cork
Female Vet - Kate Armstrong
Female Supervet - Kate Armstrong.

The Trophies will be presented after the club's Duathlon and AGM which will
be at Woodnewton Village Hall on Sunday 27th October.


PACTRAC had some good results in the Roade Junior
Triathlon near Northampton at the weekend. Members competed in 3
different races / distances, depending on their Age. In the TriStar 1
category Tom Hattee won the event by just 7 seconds, from 134 finishers
- a huge number for a Junior race. Matthew Wouldham was 3rd in the
TriStar 2 Category from 92 competitors, just 17 seconds behind the

1. Tom Hattee T1 1:39 0:55 4:29 0:37 3:37 = 11:19
24. Katie Tasker T1 1:47 1:13 5:03 1:01 3:47 = 12:55
3. Matthew Wouldham T2 2:00 0:55 6:12 0:40 4:56 = 14:45
19. Neve Hattee T2 2:28 1:00 6:58 0:39 5:42 = 16:49
17. Jonathan Oakey T3 3:21 1:15 7:50 0:44 7:49 = 21:01

In the Senior race, 9 PACTRACers competed over the distances of:

swim 400 meters in the pool.

bike 12 miles on local undulating roads.

run 3 miles on road and across country.

16. Sean Pooley 6:55 1:06 33:14 0:43 17:10 = 0:59:11 AG 3.
18. Steve Giles 7:59 0:47 33:19 0:34 16:47 = 0:59:29 AG 2.
20. Chris Brennan 7:17 0:57 33:35 0:43 17:20 = 0:59:54 AG 7.
53. Luke Starsmore 8:09 1:07 36:10 0:48 17:42 = 1:03:59
54. Nicholas Forscutt 7:25 1:04 35:54 0:54 18:51 = 1:04:10
90. Rosalind Goatly 7:16 1:07 37:40 0:59 20:23 = 1:07:28 AG 3.
104. Craig Mills 7:25 1:38 38:13 1:06 20:12 = 1:08:35
136. Pedro Polson 7:05 1:07 38:03 1:03 23:01 = 1:10:21
478. Liz Whittaker 13:56 2:14 49:06 2:54 24:06 = 1:32:18 AG 5.


29/9 Go Insane at Doddington - 10km Adventure Race.

28. Nigel French 53:08


In the Brownlee Triathlon held at Fountains Abbey
in Yorkshire, the distances were rather short and unique:

swim 400 meters in the lake

bike 6.25 miles

run 1.5 miles.

PACTRAC's Nathan
Tweedie finished 6th overall and 4th in his Age Group. He followed
Jonathan Brownlee (2012 World Champion) out of the lake, just 1 second
behind. Alastair had a running injury flair up in the Hyde Park World
Championships the week before, but gallantly competed nonetheless. Even
so, Nathan was one of just 7 athletes to beat Alastair on the run, and
wasn't far behind the overall winner, Jonny Brownlee in the run.

864 athletes completed this challenge and met the Brownlee Brothers, so 6th
place was very impressive.

1. Jonny Brownlee 5:01 1:24 16:57 0:33 8:43 = 32:38
4. Alistair Brownlee 6:54 1:24 16:27 0:15 9:20 = 34:20
6. Nathan Tweedie 5:02 1:35 18:56 0:36 9:01 = 35:10


Essendex Last Minute Sprint Triathlon at
Southwell, Ros Goatly finished 6th lady overall and 3rd in her Age
Group. Distances were: swim 400 meters, bike 11 miles, run 3 miles.

103. Ros Goatly 7:59 34:50 21:23 = 64:12


Stephen Booth competed in the Gatorade Dorney Triathlon at Eton Dorney.

The Distances were the Standard distances of:

swim 1500 meters in the lake.

bike 25 miles.

run 6.25 miles.

290. Stephen Booth 44:07 1:38:51 54:00 = 3:16:58 AG 23.


Yolanda Gratton was pleased with her Berlin
Marathon time at the weekend. Yolanda achieved a new PB in the Berlin
Marathon in a time of 3:15:37. "A great race. Does change the emphasis
on running Chicago Marathon in two weeks time, what was going to be a
nice steady jog has now turned to determination to get under 3:15 -
only 1.5 seconds quicker per mile - sounds so easy - not!!!"

PACTRAC AGM - Sunday 27 October 2013

Please note that PACTRAC's AGM will take place on:
Sunday 27th October 2013 at 11:00 am at Woodnewton Village Hall.

The agenda will be as follows:
1. Apologies
2. To receive the minutes of the AGM held in October 2012
3. Matters arising from the minutes of the AGM in October 2012
4. Report from Chairman
5. To present the annual accounts for the year ending 30th September 2013
6. Report from Membership Secretary
7. Report from Head Coach / Junior rep
8. Election of committee members
9. Any other business

Propositions and alterations to the Rules and Constitution and new nominations for the roles of club officers and committee members should be made in writing and signed by the nominating member to the Club Secretary (Giles Cooper) no later than 21st October 2013.

The format for the day will be:
9:00am Duathlon (run 2 miles, bike 12 miles, run 2 miles)
11:00am AGM
Followed by a general discussion on club matters, buffet and the annual prize presentation


Can all members with trophies from 2012 please return them to Steve Hope - either at Oundle pool on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, or at the Peterborough running track on Tuesday night's or the St.Neots Frostbite on Sunday 6th October.

Great Gorilla Sportive Saturday 14th Sept

Entry is still available on the day for this local sportive. Entry includes mechanical support on course, and a hot meal and pint at the brewery at the end!

Details here -

Graeme Hall's 2nd IM of 2013. Bala. Zofinger. NiceTri - Kim & Antony 1st in AG.

Graeme Hall completed his 2nd Ironman-distance race of 2013
at the Challenge Henley race.

Distances were:

swim 2.4 miles. Out against the current and back with it, in the River Thames.

bike 112 miles. 3 laps with a 1 in 8 hill to climb on each.

run 26.2 miles - 4 laps.

113. Graeme Hall 1.18.43 6.12.59 4.23.12 = 11:54:54 AG 11.


Nearly 500 athletes ventured over to Bala in Wales for the
Standard distance triathlon at the weekend.

Distances were:

swim 1500 meters in the lake

bike 25 miles - out and back.

run 6.25 miles - out and back.

This was the 2nd of 3
qualifying races for next year's European Standard Distance
Championships to be held in Kitzbuhel, Austria. PACTRAC's Jimmy
Robinson gave a good account of himself in all 3 disciplines, and hopes
to have qualified. Final qualification places have not yet been
confirmed, but Jimmy had a good race and will be trying again anyway, in the final qualifier at Grafham Water on 21st September.

83. Jimmy Robinson 26.38 63.34 42.24 = 2:12:36


Graham Honey competed in the "Powerman"
Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland.

Unfortunately, injury struck, and Graham was unable to finish the
second run.

Graham reported:
"Thanks for all the good luck messages
for my race today. The first run of 6.25 miles was good, but the 94-
mile bike section was horrendous. Unfortunately my Achilles went after
8 miles into the second run so DNF. I was quite happy enjoying 7 hours
of pain up until that point. I was looking forward to that last hour of
purgatory too. Could have been worse - another GB guy in my age group
came off his bike at high speed and got a free trip in a Swiss

7 members competed in the NiceTri Triathlons at St. Neots at the weekend,
with 3 getting top 3 placings in their respective Age Groups.

Sprint distances:

swim 750 meters in the river.
bike 12.5 miles
run 3 miles.

Kim Bell and Antony Brown were both 1st in their Age Groups, with Kim 2nd lady overall,
just being pipped for 1st, by 5 seconds in a sprint finish. Antony finished 3rd overall.

NiceTri Sprint Tri.

3. Antony Brown 13:48 39:17 19:20 = 72.25 AG 1st.
18. Kim Bell 10:45 46:28 21:05 = 78.18 AG 1st. 2nd Lady overall.
150. Sue Davys 22:54 56:53 25:33 = 105.20 AG 4.

The Standard distances were:

swim 1500 meters in the river
bike 26 miles
run 6.25 miles.

Sean Pooley finished 3rd in his Age Group, to round
off a successful weekend for the team.

NiceTri Standard Tri.

10. Sean Pooley 26:38 79:20 40:19 = 2.26.17 AG 3.
15. Richard Moys 27:01 84:32 40:44 = 2.32.17 AG 4.
32. Luke Starsmore 30:58 89:53 41:52 = 2.42.43 AG 5.
54. Chris Grahame 32:23 83:38 53:27 = 2.49.28 AG 5.

Green Wheel Relay Run - Sunday 22nd September.

This year's Green Wheel Relay Run takes place on Sunday 22nd September. Like last year it is a 7-stage running relay around the Peterborough Green Wheel.


I am racing at Grafham Water on that day, so will not be there.

Do we have sufficient interest to put a team in? A team requires 7 runners. Please respond on the Forum if you would like to be in a team.

Giles and Charlie complete IM Sweden / Paul Spain represents GB at World Duathlon Champs / Rob third o/a at Boxend / Tracey qu's for Austria.

2 PACTRACers chose to debut in the Ironman at Kalmar on Sweden's south-east coast.

The 2.4 mile swim took place in the Baltic Sea. 2 laps.

The 112 mile bike course went over the 4-mile long bridge to the tourist island Oland. A fast and flat course.

The 2.6 mile marathon run went along the coastline before finishing in the old town.
3 laps. flat.

Athletes from 40 countries competed in dry 70 degree temperatures.


223. Giles Cooper 1:11:08 5:32:42 3:45:09 = 10:28:59 Age Group 18th.
915. Charlie Brookes 1:15:03 6:19:01 4:27:47 = 12:01:51 AG 189


Paul Spain, meanwhile competed in the World Duathlon Championships in
Ottawa, Canada. The course followed along the Ottawa River coastline.

run 6.25 miles
bike 25 miles
run 3 miles.

Paul said: "I had a great race and loved every minute."


9th. Paul Spain 37:56 66:43 20:35 = 2:05:14


Rob Hammond came 3rd overall at the Boxend Off-road triathlon
series. He was also 1st in his Age Group. The Series consisted of 4
races with the best 3 times to count. Rob did all 4.

Distances were:

swim 750 meters in the lake.
bike 6 miles off-road.
run 3 miles off-road.


3. Rob Hammond 1:03:14 59:36 59:09 1:00:07 Best 3 to count = 2:58:52 AG 1st.

Their were 193 competitors who took part overall, with 30 completing at least 3 races.


PACTRAC had 2 members competing in the Newbiggin Sprint
Triathlon, in the North East. This was the final Qualifying race for
the 2014 European Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships to be held in
Kitzbuhel, Austria, next June. As such the cream of British Triathlon
Age Group Competitors were there.

Distances were:

swim 750 meters in the lake.
bike 12.5 miles on part-closed roads
run 3 miles.

102. Jon Dundee 12:46 41.10 21:57 = 1:15:53
163. Tracy McCartney 13.49 44:42 20:54 = 1:19:25

Tracey qualified 2nd in her Age Group for next
year's European Championships in Austria!


PACTRAC had 3 teams at the National Relay Triathlon Championships, held at
Holme Pierepoint, Nottingham.

Each athlete had to swim 500 meters in
turn in the lake. Then each in turn had to bike 9 miles, before each
ran 3 miles - so there was plenty of rest for each athlete between

15th. Pactrac Perfectionists 3:19:52

Nathan Tweedie / Neil Tandy / Paul Vernon / Sean Beard.

5:52 6:38 7:08 13:04
25:34 22:43 24:59 22:44
16:41 18:25 18:32 17:24

42. Pactrac Pretty Boys 3:47:00

Forscutt / Giles / Mills / Pooley

7:58 11:10 10:15 8:32
29:09 25:15 26:49 24:21
25:01 19:13 19:48 19:23

Pactrac Pacers

Gregg / Goatly / Findlay / Jennings

No result so far, because their Timing Chip didn't work!

Dave and Kate 1st in Age Group.

3 PACTRACers competed in the Monster Middle-Distance Triathlon at Ely,
with 2 finishing first in their respective Age Groups. Whilst Dave Allsop
won his Age Group by less than a minute, Kate Armstrong won hers by 24 minutes.

Distances were:

swim 1.2 miles in the river.
bike 51 miles on flat Fen roads.
run 13.1 miles around Ely.


14. Dave Allsop 30:26 2:21:18 1:31:49 = 4:23:33 AG 1st.
88. Neil Thatcher 33:29 2:46:15 1:42:08 = 5:01:52 AG 12.
103.Kate Armstrong 35:51 2:48:53 1:42:16 = 5:07:00 AG 1.


The Cambridge Triathlon held at Mepal near Chatteris became
a Duathlon because of Blue-Green Toxic Algie in the lake. The 1500
metre swim 25 mile bike and 6.25 mile run, therefore, became a 4 mile
run 25 mile bike 4 mile run. Some athletes chose not to race as a


63. Steve Hope 29:08 70:54 29:03 = 2:09:05 AG 4.


Paul Jephcott competed in the BRAT Triathlon held in Birmingham over the
Standard distance of: swim 1500 meters, bike 25 miles and run 6.25 miles.

137. Paul Jephcott 29:02 74:34 48:32 = 2:32:08 AG 13.


Yolanda Gratton had a great run in the Reykjavic half marathon in
Iceland. 1:35:01 - a very respectable time considering the cold, very
wet and windy conditions. She came 15th out of 967 so was "quite
pleased with that".


Steve Skelhon competed in the Wensleydale Triathlon finishing 37th overall.

The distances were:

swim 2,000 meters.

bike 42 miles - very hilly and taking in 5 big
climbs, with gradients as steep as 1 in 4, "It's quite hard" said
Steve. Hence the average speed of 13.3mph.

fell run - 12 miles. From Hawes to the top cairn on Great Shunner Fell and back.


37. Steve Skelhon 42.41 3.07.19 2.17.00 = 6.07.00 AG 15th.

This is 23 minutes quicker than Steve did 4 years ago.

Steve said "I thoroughly recommend this race. It really is awesome,
with great scenery and a very friendly, low key event".

Half-Ironman success for Dave and Paul.

Dave Patmore-Hill competed in the Timberman 70.3 Half-Ironman
in New Hampshire, USA.

Distances were:
swim 1.2 miles
bike 56 miles.
run 13.1 miles.

Dave had a strong race and had some good news as he qualified for
the 2014 Half-Ironman 70.3 World Championships to be held in
Mont Tremblett, Quebec, Canada.

151. Dave Patmore-Hill 32:15 2:45:31 1:32:46 = 4:50:32 Age Group 12th.


PACTRAC had 13 competitors in the Vitruvian half-Ironman distance
triathlon held at Rutland Water on Saturday 31st August.

Distances were:
swim 1900 meters in the lake at Whitwell.
bike 53 miles - 2 windy laps around Oakham, Uppingham, Morcott and Ketton including 4
big hills on each lap.
run 13.1 miles. Over the Dam to Normanton Church and back - twice.

Paul Lunn was 4th going into the run, but pulled 2
places back to finish in a great 2nd place overall from nearly 800
finishers in this Nationally renowned event. Paul was also first in his
Age Group.

2. Paul Lunn 33:14 2:09:58 1:21:25 = 4:04:37 AG 1st.

108. Robin Brookes 35:13 2:35:00 1:40:38 = 4:50:51 AG 6.

109. Jonathan Cox 35:33 2:34:43 1:40:48 = 4:51:04 AG 25.

110. David Thorold 38:27 2:31:38 1:41:05 = 4:51:10 AG 11.

140. Steve Coombs 44:37 2:37:27 1:33:24 = 4:55:28 AG 36.

152. Daniel Fitzjohn 42:22 2:43:22 1:32:09 = 4:57:53 AG 39.

203. Steve Coward 38:20 2:37:17 1:48:18 = 5:03:55 AG 59.

224. Caroline Findlay 36:53 2:45:32 1:44:30 = 5:06:55 AG 4.

230. Steve Hope 36:57 2:42:19 1:48:27 = 5:07:43 AG 15.

263. Alastair Etchells 40:36 2:40:53 1:50:10 = 5:11:39 AG 17.

305. Damian Wilkins 37:11 2:49:20 1:49:26 = 5:15:57 AG 84.

370. David Talbot 44:15 2:54:06 1:46:39 = 5:25:00 AG 58.

486. Simon Etchells 44:15 3:00:33 1:55:05 = 5:39:53 AG 33.

AW Grafham Water Tri on 22nd Sept to decide the Club Championships.

A reminder that we have extended the Club Championships this year.

In previous years it has been your best 3 races from: the PACTRAC mid-distance race, the Dambuster Triathlon at Rutland Water, and your best 2 Mini-Series races. This year we have added the NiceTri AW Triathlon at Grafham Water on Sunday 22nd September, so it is now your best 3 races from 5 ( your % time against the first PACTRACer home).

Places are still available:

PACTRAC entries so far include:
Jon Cox
Tony Daniels
Georgie Freeman
Steve Hope
Paul Lunn
Steve Skelhon
Wayne Stainsby
Neil Tandy.

Junior Aquathon - Oundle Pool

We have the opportunity to use some lanes in the Oundle pool for the next few Wednesdays and could hold Junior Aquathlons for the next few weeks.

Open to PACTRAC Junior members and any friends too.

Distances are -
Age Swim (m) Run (m)
TS Start 8 50 800
TS 1 9 & 10 150 1200
TS 2 11 & 12 200 1600
TS 3 13 & 14 300 2400
Youth 15 & 16 400 3000

Please let Wendy Gooding ( know which of the following you would like to take part in:

Wed 14th Aug
Wed 21st Aug
Wed 28th Aug

Wendy will email out confirmation, dependant upon take up, as to which of these will go ahead.

In September, the 25m indoor pool will be opening at Stanground and Juniors will then be resuming fortnightly training sessions on a Saturday afternoon - 2.30 - 4.30pm. Further details on these sessions will be emailed out to junior members shortly.

Sad news - Pete Smith.

We are saddened to learn that Pete Smith passed away last week. Pete had been fighting a cancerous tumour for just a few months.

Some of the older members will remember Pete competing for Pactrac in the 1980's and '90s.

Pete's funeral service will take place at Peterborough Crematorium on Friday 9th August at 12:00pm. Donations to Sue Ryder will be gratefully accepted.

Neil wins the last Mini-series whilst Paul wins the Trophy.

Last Wednesday saw the 10th and final Mini-Series Triathlon at Oundle (plus the Novice-only race so 11 events in all).

swim 400 yards in Oundle Pool.
bike 10 miles around Glapthorn and the Benefield's.
run 3.5 miles out to Glapthorn and back.

The earlier rain put a few people off, but we still had 43 for the race.

3 athletes went under the magic 50-minute barrier, in what was a closely fought race.

Neil Tandy won his 3rd Mini-Series race of the year in only 3 appearances, so remains unbeaten. Paul Vernon won the overall Mini-Series Trophy for the best 5 results.

Nathan Tweedie was first out of the water in 4:09, just 2-seconds over Josh Daniels course record of 4:07.
Kim Bell was 8 seconds down equaling her own record ladies swim split, with Neil a further 6 seconds in arrears. 6 athletes were out in under 5-minutes with another gap of 1/2 minute before Jo Lee came out. 16 swimmers were out in under 6-minutes, with Paul Vernon back in 22nd spot in 6:21.

Neil powered ahead on the bike to come into T2 just over a minute ahead of Nathan, with Paul Lunn a further 1/4 minute behind and Paul Vernon another minute down, 2:21 behind Neil.

In spite of having the fastest run of the night by 70 seconds, Paul Vernon was unable to pull enough time back, and came home 2nd, 29 seconds behind Neil. He just managed to catch Paul Lunn when back in Oundle, the 2 Paul's separated by just 9 seconds at the finish. All 3 athletes recorded times of 49-minutes with Neil also getting a PB on the night. Nathan came home in 4th place, holding off the impressive Paul Spain, who is off to Ottawa in Canada for the World Duathlon Championships this next weekend.

The top 4 tonight now all have PB's of 49 minutes, Nathan having recorded this time already this year.
Caroline Findlay came home as first Lady.

Each night £20 in Bristows Cycles Vouchers goes to the first male and first female who have not already won them. Tonight the vouchers went to Henry Morton and Jo Lee.

With a total of 11 races this year, 162 different athletes competed in the series, with an average of 40 per event (449 / 11).

3 athletes started a race but didn't finish any.
29 athletes did at least 5 races, including David Talbot, Duncan Philp, Dick Rollings and Steve Giles who all competed 8 times.
Duncan Philp recorded 6 PB's from his 8 races, whilst Paul Vernon got 6 PB's from his 7 races.
Both Sue Burnett and Wayne Stainsby recorded 4 PB's from 4 events raced.
Neil Tandy competed just 3 times and won all 3.
49 minute's were recorded by Paul Vernon (3 times), Neil Tandy (2), Paul Lunn (2) and Nathan Tweedie (1).

No male records were broken during the series, but 6 ladies records were:
Overall - Christina Cork 54:35
swim split - Kim Bell 4:17 (twice)
bike split - Christina Cork 23:35
run split - Tracy McCartney 23:10 and then 22:29.

The Mini-Series Trophy results are as follows:

1. Paul Vernon............ 9.....10....10....9....10....=..48
2. Nathan Tweedie......... 10....9.....10....9.....7....=..45
3. Steve Giles............ 8.....8......8....8.....9....=..41

WINS: Paul Vernon (3), Neil Tandy(3 from just 3 races), Nathan Tweedie (2), Dave Allsop(1), Paul Lunn(1), Simon Hoppe(1).

For the Ladies;

1. Claire Piercy.......... 8....6...10...10....8....=..42
2. Christina Cork........ 10...10....9...10....0....=..39
3= Tracey McCartney....... 9....9...10....9....0....=..37
3= Fanchon Wright......... 5....8...10....7....7....=..37
3= Laura Johnson.......... 9....4....9....9....6....=..37

WINS: Christina Cork (3), Claire Piercy (2), Caroline Findlay (2), Tracey McCartney (1), Fanchon Wright (1),
Kim Bell (1), Roz Giles (1).

Interestingly, both winners, Paul and Claire also won their respective Novice races!

IM Bolton, Blithfield - Antony takes SILVER, Paul 3rd at London, Jimmy wins his Age Group in the Midland Sprint Series.

Over 1,600 athletes from around the world took part in the ninth annual IRONMAN UK, held at Bolton.

The distances were:

swim 2.4 miles in Pennington Flash lake. A mass start of 1600 swimmers in 1 wave. 2 laps with a short run between laps.

bike 112 miles - out 14 miles, then 3 laps including a nasty steep hill, before returning 14 miles.

run 26.2 mile marathon - out 8 miles, then 3 laps.

PACTRAC's Adrian Chambers took part in his first Ironman and finished in 13:54:46.

951. Adrian Chambers 1:26:34 7:34:33 4:53:39 = 13:54:46 Age Group 57th.


At the English National Sprint Championships held at Blithfield, PACTRAC's Antony Bolton got a SILVER MEDAL in his Age Group. Ros Goatly just missed out coming home 4th in her Age Group.

Distances were:

swim 750 metres in the reservoir.

bike 12.5 miles - undulating but fast on virtually traffic free roads.

run 3 miles - a fast out and back run on a mixture of road/off road terrain.

31. Antony Brown 16.23 35.54 19.30 = 71:47 AG 2nd.
104. Ros Goatly 16.48 44.13 22.36 = 83:37 AG 4th.
114. Georgie Freeman 13.34 47.46 23.15 = 84:35 AG 6th.
222. Sue Davys 27.47 52.39 25.52 = 106:18 AG 7th.


PACTRAC's London Triathlon results from last week are now all in. Paul Lunn did the Olympic Plus race over the extended distances of:
swim 1500 metres in the River Thames.
bike 50 miles on closed London roads.
run 6.25 miles around the Docks.

Paul finished 3rd overall and 2nd in his Age Group.

6 athletes competed in the Olympic distance race including Martin Taylor and Steve Coombes who were in different waves; which meant that Martin could borrow Steve's bike after Martin had all of his bike and kit stolen from his car whilst he went to Register the day before.


102. Richard Moys.......27.36....62.49....43.41....=....2.14.06.... AG 32.
105. Jon Cox............26.11....66.07....41.58....=....2.14.16.... AG 26.
120. Wayne Stainsby.....29.00....66.43....39.20....=....2.15.03.... AG 29.
193. Jon Dundee.........28.42....66.50....42.22....=....2.17.54.... AG 50.
453. Steve Coombes......36.00....68.20....39.21....=....2.23.41.... AG 19.
741. Martin Taylor......27.54....72.19....47.50....=....2.28.03.... AG 35.
1398. Scott Lloyd.......39.50....74.15....42.38....=....2.36.43.... AG 292.

Olympic Plus;1500m,50m,6.25m.
3. Paul Lunn..............26.13........2.09.29........36.38....=....3.12.20....AG 2nd.

Junior Elite;
13. Nathan Tweedie......11.14....37.10....23.29....=....71.53....AG 13.

100. Ryan Murphy...... 13.32.... 32.51.... 17.26.... =.... 63.49.... AG 17.


Jimmy Robinson raced in the Midland Sprint Series and won his 35-39 Age Group for the series. He came 2nd in his AG at the last event at Woodhall Spa to complete the win. Jimmy went into the last race at Woodhall Spa with 7 places in hand, but beat his nearest rival by a further 14 places, to take his Age Group in the series by 21 places.

Jimmy did all 3 races:
Lincoln........67.43 20th overall
Southwell......55.04 26th overall
Woodhall Spa...65.14 13th overall.


PACTRAC's Nathan Tweedie competed in the River Nene Swimming Race at
Oundle, organised by Serpentine Swimming Club on Sunday.

Results are here.

Nathan recorded 21:36 and beat the 1-mile record by 3:50 minutes.
John Luckins was the only other member competing. John recorded 1:50:18
in the 3-mile race.

8 PACTRACers have qualified for London. Dave Allsop takes the easy option at MK.

Kate Armstrong and Chris Jordan have been added to the Great Britain team for the World Championships in London (the first time in 20-years that they have been on these shores). Kate hadn't been sure, but her performance in Llandudno on 29th June was good enough!

Kate said: "Made it but only just. GBR kit gets another outing in London in September. A lesson in perseverance and persistence that I won't forget!".

PACTRAC's team for the World Championships is now 8 strong:

Simon Hoppe
Neil Tandy
Antony Bolton
Kate Armstrong
Georgina Jennings
Kim Bell
Christina Cork
Chris Jordan

At the Big Cow Triathlon at Olney near Milton Keynes, PACTRAC's lone entrant, Dave Allsop, finished 2nd in his Age Group.

Distances were:

swim 1500 meters in the lake.

bike 25 miles.

run 6.25 miles in the country park, around the lake.

16. Dave Allsop 25:11 68:54 40:47 = 2.14.52 Age Group 2nd.


I don't have any results from this weekend's London triathlon's yet, but know that Paul Lunn was "pretty chuffed" with his 3rd place. I hope to get some more results from London shortly.

Matt Allsop wins the Long Course.

PACTRAC held their annual Long Course Triathlon at Oundle at the weekend.

Distances were:

swim 1 mile. 1800 yards. 36 lengths of the pool.

bike 40 miles - 4 laps of the Mini-Series course, around Glapthorn and the Benefield's.

run 10 miles - out to Glapthorn, an anti-clockwise loop around the village and then back to Oundle - twice.

Matt Allsop came home first in only his 5th ever Triathlon (4 Mini-Series and now this Long Course). In doing so he recorded a swim split record of 20:27 for the 1800 yard swim, beating Nathan Tweedie's time from last year of 20:54. Matt led the race from start to finish except for a brief tussle with Jaap Flikweert at the end of the 40-mile bike section. The 2 came in together off the bike, with Matt then pulling away on the run, before Jaap eventually called it a day with a recurring running injury.

Henry Morton was 2nd out of the water, 3 1/2 minutes ahead of Sean Pooley and Jaap. Such a good bike ride did Jaap have, that he and Matt were 7-minutes ahead of the 3 chasers, Sean, Henry and Dave Thorold at the end of the bike split. Steve Giles was a further 2 1/2 minutes down in 9th spot, his "Dolphin-style" swimming sapping more energy than in the 400 yard Mini-Series races.

Matt soon took the lead on the 10-mile run and with the 2nd fastest run of the day, held on for victory. The fastest run went to Steve Giles who was able to move up into 2nd position but still over 7 1/2 minutes behind the triumphant Matt.

Caroline Findlay came in as 1st lady in 3.48.32. The course records held by Simon Hoppe (3.03.13) and Emma Cranfield (3.41.57) are still in tact. Matt is the 5th separate winner in the 6 years since this race was re-instated on the new course (Jaap has won it twice). Another humid day with high winds and traffic light's made for an interesting time in places on the bike.

Paul Vernon wins his 3rd Mini-Series. Christina takes the ladies bike record down again.

Last Wednesday saw the penultimate round of this year's Mini-Series Triathlon's at Oundle. The night's are starting to draw in.

This year's Trophy had already boiled down to Paul Vernon with just Nathan Tweedie having a realistic chance of catching him.

Paul won this race by just 14 seconds from Nathan. He started the run a minute down, but once again had the fastest run of the night,and although Nathan had the 2nd fastest run, he couldn't quite hold off the fast approaching Paul. This was Paul's 3rd win of the series, one more than Nathan and Neil Tandy who each have 2.

With your best 5 Mini-Series races to count, Paul added one more point to his total tonight (his win gave him 10 points to replace a 2nd placed 9 points) and is now on 48 points. Nathan has 38 points from only 4 races, so if Nathan wins next week he will come equal first with Paul for the Trophy. Otherwise, it is Paul's outright.

Christina Cork was the first lady home and was just 14 seconds outside of her own ladies record; but did knock the ladies bike split down from 23.50 to 23.35 tonight.

Nathan was first out of the water in 4.11 closely followed by Matt Allsop. Tom and Georgie Freeman together with Thomas Cane were just 20 seconds behind, before a further gap of 26 seconds to Henry Morton and Tony Daniels. It was a further 40 seconds before Jon Cox then led the main group out, over a minute and a half behind the leaders.

It was a fast night for cycling, with a dozen riders coming into T2 in under 30-minutes. Nathan was still out in front with a 33 second advantage over Tony (who didn't start the run due to an injury). Tony Brown was next in, before Paul Vernon led the hordes in.

Paul was soon into 2nd place and the chase was on. Nathan was finally caught when back into Oundle with just over 1/2 mile to go. Paul Spain emerged from the bunch to take 3rd spot by just 21 seconds from Steve Giles.

15 swimmers beat 6-minutes, 9 cyclists beat 24-minutes with 12 cyclists coming into T2 in under 30-minutes. 14 runners beat 24-minutes. 23 athletes beat the 60-minute barrier including 9 in under 53-minutes. 8 PBs were recorded on the night including all of the top 5 competitor's. The ladies bike split record was again beaten by Christina. The Series is getting more competitive with a lot of strength in depth.

Nathan wins his 2nd Mini-Series

Nathan Tweedie won his 2nd Mini-Series race this year, but had to fight to hold off the fast-approaching Steve Giles to take the honours by just 2 seconds!

Nathan was first out of the water in 4:11. Richard Rollings and Richard Nixon followed 80 seconds later with a further 25 seconds before Neil Fyfe led the main pack out.

Nathan then had a lonely ride, coming into T2 in 28.37 giving him a 1:32 minute cushion on Steve Giles, who came in with Chris Brennan and Dave Thorold. First lady Christina Cork was just behind this trio in 5th place.

Steve then had the fastest run of the day and nearly caught Nathan, who held on in spite of being over a minute down on his best run time.

Chris held onto 3rd with Steve Coward coming through into 4th and Dave 5th. With half a mile to go Christina was still in 6th, but was then overtaken by Tracey McCartney who came in first lady in a new ladies record run split of 22.29 minutes and a Personal Best overall time.

NEIL TANDY WINS KIMBOLTON. Ros Goatly 1st and 3rd in AG. Georgina 1st in AG. Sean and Caroline 2nd in AG. Katie and Annette 3rd in AG. Chris and Richard complete IM distance.

285 competitors completed the Kimbolton triathlon on Sunday
with PACTRAC's Neil Tandy smashing the field coming home in FIRST place
by NEARLY 2 MINUTES. 10 PACTRACers competed with 3 finishing in the top

Neil was only 8 seconds down after the swim, but had some fast
transitions, was the 2nd fastest on the bike, and there was never any
doubt who the winner would be. This is Neil's first overall win in an
open event, and is testament to not only Neil's emergence on the
triathlon scene, but to PACTRAC coach Dave Patmore-Hill's talented
stable of athletes.

Distances were:

swim 400 meters in the pool
bike 12.5 miles
run 2.5 miles.


1. Neil Tandy............ 4.25.... 29.43.... 13.48.... = 47.56.... 1st in Age Group!

6. Sean Pooley.......... 5.56.... 31.54.... 14.13.... = 52.03.... 2.
14. Jon Crowley.......... 7.11.... 32.09.... 14.54.... = 54.14.... 5.
34. Nicholas Forscutt.... 6.24.... 35.42.... 15.24.... = 57.30.... 4.
47. Rosalind Goatly...... 6.10.... 35.50.... 17.02.... = 59.02.... 3.
52. Luke Starsmore....... 7.01.... 36.42.... 16.04.... = 59.47.... 6.
67. Chris Grahame........ 6.58.... 34.15.... 19.43.... = 60.56.... 10.
68. Craig Mills............ 6.35.... 36.41.... 17.45.... = 61.01.... 8.
97. Max Andrews............ 6.39.... 40.20.... 16.44.... = 63.43.... 6.
224. Stewart Andrews........ 8.37.... 44.22.... 22.19..... = 75:18.... 35.

TriStar 2.

25. Neve Hattee 3.09 9.15 6.04 = 18:28

TriStar 1.

1. Tom Hattee 2.17 5.53 3.34 = 11.44
20. Katie Tasker 2.23 7.12 4.16 = 13.51

2 of the PACTRAC girls came in
the top 3 in their respective Age Groups at the Woodhall Spa Triathlon.
Georgina Jennings won her Age Group with an improved running
performance. Georgina commented "I don't know where that came from but
I did feel ok!" Georgina was also faster than the Age Group winner 10
years younger than her.

Distances were:

swim 400 meters in the 33m outdoor Lido.
bike 15 miles.
run 3 miles.


291. Georgina Jennings 8:46 49:39 27:19 = 1:25:44 1st in Age Group.
330. Annette Wyld 8:32 49:08 30:46 = 1:28:26 3rd.


Chris and Richard Pike competed in the Long course
weekend at Tenby last weekend finishing 13th and 16th out of 122 to
complete the event.

This involved three days of intense competition,
covering the Ironman Triathlon distance.

On the Friday they swam the
full 2.4 mile swim from North Beach, Tenby - two laps.
During the 2.4 mile sea swim they both ended up with very sore necks where the
wetsuits had rubbed.

Then on Saturday they rode the 112 mile cycle
sportive around the steep hills of South Pembrokeshire - again 2 laps.

On Sunday came the full 26.2 mile marathon run between Tenby and
Pembroke. The pair swam and rode together, with a slight split at the
end of the marathon.

13. Chris Pike 1:10:48 6:20:29 3:55:53 = 11:27:11
16. Richard Pike 1:10:17 6:20:27 4:09:54 = 11:40:40


Katie Tasker had another solid performance
finishing 3rd in Tristar 1 at the St Albans Triathlon. It was another
very warm day but Katie is reducing the margin between her and the

3. Katie Tasker 3:35 6:01 6:16 = 15:52


Ros Goatly competed in the Foremark Hall pool
triathlon in Derbyshire, coming first in her Age Group.

Distances were:

swim 400 meters in the pool.
bike 12.5 miles.
run 3 miles.

84. Ros Goatly 7.25 45.21 24.16 = 77.02 Age Group 1st.


Caroline Randeria is flying the flag for PACTRAC
in open water swims. At the 2.25 mile open water swimming race at
Hampton Court, Caroline finished 2nd in her Age Group.

136. Caroline Randeria 61:58 2nd in Age Group


Wendy and Guy Gooding are set to ride from Lands End to John O'Groats:

Wendy writes:
"Our bodies have faced a few challenges over the years, but none greater than that ahead of them! Between 26th July and 2nd August, Guy, myself and our two nephews, Matthew and Charlie, will be cycling an average of 122 miles per day, aiming to ride the 983 mile route between Land's End and John O'Groats in 8 days.

I know many of you look at us and think that we find all of this activity business a walk in the park, but be assured, this is going to be a serious challenge for all of us!

We are aiming to raise money for two charities very close to our hearts, MacMillan Cancer Support and Help for Heroes. Should you feel that you would like to support either of our chosen charities, please click on the link below - your support will be greatly appreciated:

Best wishes

Wendy "

Paul Lunn wins Mini 7 in sub-50 mins.

The PACTRAC Mini-Series on Wednesday incorporated the 2nd
Novice event, as well as a normal race. Two waves started with 52
competitors racing in all.

Paul Lunn competing in his first Mini-Series race just held off Paul Vernon,
whilst beating the magical 50-minute barrier. Paul Lunn was also just 5 seconds
away from equaling Simon Hoppe's bike split record of 22:28.

Kim Bell was the first lady
home in 13th place overall. Kim broke her own swim record set the
previous week, by just 2 seconds. She now holds the top 3 ladies swim
splits, having beaten Georgie Freeman's 2010 time, last year.

That means that all of the Ladies records have been beaten this year. In
Mini-Series 3 Christina Cork broke the ladies record in emphatic style
with a time of 54:35 and took the bike split down to 23:50, whilst in
the same race, Tracy McCartney took the ladies run split down to 23:10.

Matt Allsop and Kim were equal first out of the water in 4.17 with a
15 second gap to Thomas Brogden, who had the two Tremellen boys in hot
pursuit. It was a further minute before Dick Rollings led the next pack
out. 12 swimmers emerged in under 6-minutes, including Paul Lunn in 9th

Paul then had the fastest bike split of the day and was only 5-
seconds off the record bike split in 22.33 minutes. Matt Allsop held
onto 2nd place, but was 50-seconds behind Paul going into the run. Paul
Vernon, going for a hat-trick of victories this year, came out of the
water with Steve Giles, and managed to pull ahead of Steve on the bike
by just 17-seconds, with Dave Allsop just behind in 5th place.

A great tussle took place between Steve Coward, Rob Hammond and Jon
Crowley for the next 3 places. 26 seconds split them after the swim,
with Rob setting off on the bike first. Jon then led them home on the
bike with, by now, just 6 seconds separating them. Steve won the final
battle on the run, coming home just 6 seconds ahead of Rob, with Jon
only a further 6 seconds behind.

Dave Allsop caught his namesake, Matt, on the run, with the pair
coming home in equal 4th place.

Paul Vernon set off in hot pursuit of Paul Lunn on the run, but had a
deficit of 1:31 minutes to make up. He pulled back 1:16 before running
out of road; Paul Lunn winning by just 15 seconds in his first ever
Mini-Series race. Paul Vernon has already won 2 Mini-Series this year.
It is rare to do your absolute best in your first ever Mini-Series
because of course knowledge and pace judging, so we wait with
anticipation to see just how much more Paul L can knock off. The
overall record is still held by Matt Gunby in 46:34.

Results are on

7 compete in the National Championships at Liverpool.

7 PACTRACers completed the British National Championships at Liverpool
on Saturday. 1800 athletes took part in this Standard distance race.

Distances were:

swim 1500 meters in the salt-water harbour. 1-lap with the jellyfish.

bike 25 miles. 4 times out and back, on a flat course, with one slight hill at the turn.

run 6.25 miles. Out and back twice.

This was also the last qualifier for the
World Championships in London in September. This is the first time that
the World Championships have come to these shores since 1993, 20 years
ago, when PACTRAC's Georgina Jennings, Ralph and Margaret Stevens and
Richard Wittering all competed.

Margaret Stevens came 5th in her Age
Group in the World that year. Ralph is hoping to make a come-back next
year when he will be in a new Age Group. Georgina is still competing
with PACTRAC and has again qualified to compete. 6 PACTRACers have
already qualified, with others waiting in the wings to see if they have
a roll-down place.
The 6 are: Georgina Jennings. Simon Hoppe. Neil Tandy. Antony Brown. Christina Cork. Kim Bell.


222. Antony Brown 25.01 62.28 41.10 = 2.08.39
232. James Keir 27.17 66.09 35.39 = 2.09.05
669. Tracy McCartney 28.57 75.41 39.26 = 2.24.04
679. Steve Hope 26.04 71.10 47.20 = 2.24.34
898. Kate Armstrong 31.02 79.16 43.46 = 2.34.04
910. Georgie Freeman 22.27 80.07 52.34 = 2.35.08
971. Chris Jordan 26.35 77.34 54.01 = 2.38.10

Dave Allsop wins his first Mini since 2009.

32 competitor's lined up for the 6th Mini-Series race at Oundle.

Dave Allsop was back to the form that he showed 4 years ago,
when he last won a Mini-Series race.

Dave has now won in the region of a dozen Mini-Series races
stretching back to 2005, and is rarely out of the top 5.
He won the Trophy in 2005, 2006 and 2008, but this was his
first Mini-Series race win since 2009.

... and he didn't have it all his own way, as Sean Pooley
pushed him with a PB of his own.

Kim Bell was first out of the water in 4:19, well over 1/2 minute ahead of
newcomer Will Tremellen, who in turn was well over 1/2 minute ahead of
1994's Mini-Series Champion, Dick Rollings. 2 more newcomers, Jim
Carmichael and Sean Pooley, were right on Dick's heals, before another
stalwart, Dave, came out in 6th place.

Sean and Dave were unable to dislodge one another on the bike, with Sean
coming in just 6 seconds ahead into T2. It was 45 seconds later before
the next 4 riders appeared and a further 20 seconds to Sean Beard in 7th place.

On a night where 6 runners all recorded 22 minutes for the 3.5 mile run,
including the top 4, Dave had the better legs and pulled alongside Sean P,
eventually moving ahead and winning by a margin of just 14 seconds.

Sean B moved into 3rd.
Caroline Findlay was the first lady in 10th place with another PB.
15 athletes came home in under the hour,
and 9 recorded PBs on the night.

Graeme, Tony, Sean P, Kim and Duncan all 1st in Age Group.

2 events took place at Grafham Water.

The Grafman Middle-distance triathlon:

swim 1900 meters in Grafham Water - 1 loop.
bike 56 miles. Once out and back - T shaped.
run 13.1 miles - half-way around the lake, and back.

PACTRAC's Graeme Hall came 8th overall and first in his Age Group.

8. Graeme Hall 34:25 ...... 2.38.58 ...... 1:37:54 ...= ... 4:51:17... AG 1.

134. Sean Whittaker 37:31 ...... 3.25.47 ...... 2:32:13 ... = ... 6:35:31... AG 12.

The Standard-distance Triathlon:

swim 1500 meters in Grafham Water - 1 loop.
bike 25 miles. Once out and back.
run 6.25 miles - part-way around the lake, and back.

PACTRAC had 3 athletes come home 1st in their respective
Age Groups, with Tony Daniels 5th overall, Sean Pooley
7th overall and Kim Bell first lady overall.

5. Tony Daniels 22:51 62.20 43:14 = 2:08:25 AG 1st

7. Sean Pooley 25:11 63.48 40:49 = 2:09:48 AG 1st

27. Jonathan Cox 26:14 69.39 41:53 = 2:17:46 AG 7.

34. Wayne Stainsby 28:23 69.59 41:03 = 2:19:25 AG 8.

37. Kimberley Bell 20:15 72.59 47:06 = 2:20:20 AG 1st

50. Paul Pardoe 28:21 70.11 47:50 = 2:26:22 AG 11.


2 separate distances took place at the Bedford Triathlon at Box End.

swim 1500 meters in the lake - 2 laps.
bike 25 miles - 1 lap.
run 6.25 mile trail run - 2 laps around the lake.

14. Jaap Flikweert 23:31......67:02...... 45:54 ... =... 2.16.27

21. Sean Pooley 24:52......70.39...... 44.36 ... = ... 2.20.07

24. Wayne Stainsby 26:52......71.16...... 43:48... =... 2.21.56

swim 750 meters in the lake - 1 lap.
bike 12.5 miles - 1 lap.
run 3 mile trail run - 1 lap around the lake.

24. Ros Goatly 13:46...... 36:50...... 24:36... =... 1.15.12 4th lady overall.


2 separate distances took place at the Stowe Triathlon with
all 3 PACTRACers coming in the top 2 in their respective Age Groups.

Standard distance:

swim 1500 meters.
bike 25 miles.
run 6.25 miles.

18. Jon Crowley...... 29.31...... 87.31...... 41.13... =... 2:38:15 AG 2nd.

Sprint distance:

swim 750 meters
bike 12.5 miles
run 3 miles.

21. Duncan Philp 1:30:23 1st in Age Group.
22. Caroline Findlay 1:30:28 2nd in Age Group. ( 18.52...... 51.20 ...... 20.16 )

Steve Maile and Graeme Hall complete the Ironman distance.

Steve Maile completed the Austrian Ironman at Klagenfurt,
alongside more than 2,800 athletes from 50 countries.

Distances were:

swim 2.4 miles - 1 lap in the warm waters of Lake Wörthersee.

bike 112 miles - 2 laps with two steep climbs on each lap.

run 26.2 miles - 2 laps completely flat.

After a good swim, PACTRAC's Steve Maile then cycled 112 miles
at an average speed of 20mph before setting off on the marathon run.


1701. Steve Maile 1:11:40...... 5:37:27 ...... 5:08:37 ...... = 12:17:01


The Outlaw Triathlon at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, was a full Ironman distance race.

swim 2.4 miles in the rowing lake.
bike 112 miles on local roads.
run 26.2 mile marathon.

After a good swim, PACTRAC's Graeme Hall then cycled 112 miles
at an average speed of 20mph before setting off on the marathon run.

183. Graeme Hall 1:11:17 ...... 5:36:30 ...... 4:52:28 ...... = 11:40:15 AG 13th.

Track Session back at Peterborough from Tuesday 9th July.

We will be running at the newly-installed running track at Peterborough Embankment (next to the Regional Swimming Pool), from this Tuesday, 9th July. 7:00pm for the warm up followed by the usual Interval Training under Pactrac running coach, Sean Beard.

That means that we will no longer be using the track at Oundle.

All abilities welcome. You can't get lost. The more people that turn up, the more chance that you can find somebody of a similar ability to push you along, so it really is a case of the more the merrier.

Paul wins his 2nd Mini in 3 weeks.

Mini-Series nr.5 took place at Oundle last Wednesday.

Paul Vernon recorded his 2nd Mini-Series win in 3 weeks, this time pushing
Simon Hoppe into 2nd place.

45 athletes lined up at the start. Nathan
Tweedie led the swimmers out in 4:20 followed by Henry Morton, half-a-
minute down, just a few seconds ahead of Simon. Rob Hammond was 4th out
of the water, 70 seconds behind Nathan, and led the pack out. 13
swimmers were out in under 6-minutes including a much improved Steve
Giles. 28 swimmers were out by 6:40 minutes including Paul Vernon back
in 22nd place in 6:24.

Antony Brown then had the fastest bike of the
night to come into T1 just ahead of Simon. Nathan had to pull out with
injury on the bike section, but this still left a strong field to
contest the positions. Jaap Flikweert biked into 3rd spot, 40 seconds
behind, with the trio of Paul Vernon, Steve Giles and Rob Hammond just
a dozen seconds further back. The next 3 cyclists were a further minute
behind. Simon soon took the lead on the run, but was unable to hold off
the fast approaching Paul, who caught him at the half-way point and ran
past to take the honours by 53 seconds. Steve Giles took 3rd, with
Antony slipping back to 6th.

First lady home was Claire Piercy, ahead of Sue Burnett in her first
Triathlon for 20-years, on a night when 17 members recorded Personal Best's.

Nathan 2nd o/a at Spalding.

At the Spalding Triathlon on Sunday, Nathan Tweedie had a great race and came
in off the bike in 3rd place, just 23 seconds in arrears. He managed to
gain 1 place and finish 2nd only 44 seconds behind the overall winner.

Annette Wyld had a good 2nd place in her Age Group, with the fastest
female bike split of the day.

Distances were:

swim 400m in the pool.

bike 11.75 miles - 1 lap out and back with a circuit
around Moulton on flat local roads.

run - 3 miles.


2. Nathan Tweedie 5:25 32.13 16.59 = 54.37 Age Group 1st.
11. Jon Dundee 7:59 34.26 17.46 = 60.11 AG 6th.
22. Tim Henson 8:57 35.56 19.16 = 64.09 AG 14.
47. Simon Etchells 9:06 41.19 20.48 = 71.13 AG 3rd.
59. Annette Wyld 9:10 38.24 28.05 = 75.39 AG 2nd.
81. Abi Brewer 10:14 45.13 26.12 = 81.39 AG 4.
89. Barbara Gunn 10:52 47.44 27.32 = 86.08 AG 5.

The last of the 3 Sprint World Championship qualifiers was

held at Llandudno in North Wales at the weekend. 4 PACTRACers competed

with Christina Cork the best placed in her Age Group in 6th. Christina

will have to wait and see if she has qualified, but she has already

qualified for the Standard Distance, so will be there in London in

September anyway.


310. Christina Cork 14.38 42.27 21.45 = 1.18.50 Age Group = 6.
352. Steve Hope 14.49 43.45 22.08 = 1.20.42 AG 28.
385. Tracy Mcartney 16:40 44.53 19.54 = 1.21.27 AG 12.
518. Ros Goatly 15.19 48.28 24.26 = 1.28.13 AG 24.
554. Kate Armstrong 18.50 49.19 21.58 = 1.30.07 AG 12.


The first ever MountainBull Oakham Sprint Triathlon took
place on Sunday from Catmose College in Oakham.

Distances were:

swim 400 meters in the pool.

bike 14 miles - 1 lap around Cold Overton and Owston.

run 3 miles - out and back.


40. Duncan Philp 8:32 46.32 20.40 = 75.44 AG 10th.
44. Caroline Findlay 7:36 47.22 21:01 = 75.59 AG 3rd.
41. Richard Luff 7:37 47.40 20.30 = 75.47 AG 9th.
68. Andrew Rawlins 9.19 51.27 21.32 = 82.18 AG 20th.
118. Max Andrews 8.00 58.17 25.02 = 91:19 AG 5th.
140. Stewart Andrews 8.31 61.14 28.07 = 97.52 AG 45.
156.Joanne Annis 9.25 70.00 24.33 = 103.58 AG 14.


15. Katie Tasker 3:11 8.15 5.26 = 16.52

Paul wins the Novice Mini and Simon Mini 4.

PACTRAC held their first Novice only Mini-Series race of 2013
at Oundle. This was originally set for 2-weeks earlier, but due to road
repairs, the course was deemed unsafe, and the event put back.

Distances and course were the same as usual.

Paul Vernon confirmed his transformation from runner into triathlete with a
super-fast time of 51:30 to win the race by over 2 minutes from Wayne Stainsby.

Matt Allsop was first out of the water in a very fast 4:15 minutes, nearly 2
minutes up on Tayo Willett in 6:02. Tayo led a stream of swimmers out,
just ahead of Wayne in 3rd.

Matt managed to hold everybody off on the
bike, with Paul coming in just 3 seconds down, and Wayne a minute
further back. Paul then had the fastest run of the night to win the
Bristows Cycles Vouchers by over 2 minutes. Wayne moved up into 2nd and
Matt held onto 3rd from a fast approaching Frank Homes.

6 athletes
beat the hour on the night, whilst Claire Piercy came home first lady
in 1:06:05 to win the ladies Bristows Cycles Vouchers. 14-year old Josh
Mould competed in his first triathlon coming home 31st in 1:15:08.

40 triathletes competed on the night, many in their first ever triathlon's
and others within 1-year of starting in the sport. The rain didn't put many off.


The following Wednesday saw a
return to the normal Mini-Series with experienced athletes once again
competing for the honours and the Bristows Cycles Vouchers. Simon Hoppe
competed in his first Mini of this season and took the honours ahead of
a fast improving Nathan Tweedie, who recorded yet another Personal Best
time on this course. Paul Vernon, last weeks winner had the fastest run
of the night, but couldn't quite catch the 2 in front, coming home 3rd
in a new PB time.

Nathan led Matt Allsop out of the water in 4:10 (the
record swim split is 4:08), with Simon 3rd in 5:05, 20 seconds ahead of
Jon Cox in 4th. 12 swimmers were out in under 6-minutes, with Steve
Giles showing a much improved swim performance, 14th in 6:04.

11 athletes then came into T2 in under 31-minutes, with Steve Coward 13th
in 31:19, on a fast evening. Simon caught Nathan on the bike and the
pair came in together for a quick transition, Nathan leading the way
out. They ran together, before Simon broke away around the half-way
turn and pulled ahead by just 14 seconds at the end. Paul Vernon had
the fastest run of the night to move up into 3rd, with Steve Giles
catching Matt Allsop for 4th and Matt with a new PB by nearly 5 minutes
from last week's effort, coming in 5th.

16 athletes beat the hour, 5 with new PB times. Fanchon Wright was
the first lady home, also recording a new PB.

Paul and Graham complete IM Nice. Terry 1st & Dave 2nd in AG. Jon 10th o/a. Jo 1st, Steve & Max 2nd in AG.

Paul Lunn and Graham Ribbons competed in Ironman France in Nice.

Ironman distances are:

swim 2.4 miles. A beach start. 2-loops in the Mediterranean Sea.

bike 112 miles up into the mountains, with 5,000 feet of climbing.

run 26.2-miles on a flat and fast four-loop course along the
Promenade des Anglais.

109. Paul Lunn 1:06:12 5:20:03 3:23:40 = 9:49:55 AG 17th.

2315. Graham Ribbons 1:35:56 8:14:52 5:40:06 = 15:30:54 AG 177.

1/3 of the way into the bike section, there was a 9-mile climb that
Paul did at an average of 11mph, with the next 22-miles downhill at an
average of 28mph.
The last 30 miles on the bike were done at an average of 25mph.

Paul was 87th in his Age Group after the swim, but clawed back to 20th
on the bike section.

He then moved up to 17th on the 4 x out-and-back run course, to finish
109th overall.


Steve Hope competed in the Bristol Harbourside Sprint Triathlon on

Distances were:

swim 750 meters in the Harbour.

bike 12.5 miles - 2 laps relatively flat but windy.

run 3.25 miles - 1 lap again largely flat.

218. Steve Hope 12.41 38.41 23.13 = 74.35


Nathan Tweedie came 17th in the Blenheim Triathlon Junior Race.

Distances were:

swim 750m in the lake.

bike 12.5 miles on closed roads.

run 3.5 miles.

9:22 36:10 21:17 = 66:49

Nathan has finished school now until early September, so has some more time
for training.


4 PACTRACers competed in
the Bedford Tri-Crazy Sprint Triathlon. Jon Crowley came home in 10th
place overall, whilst Terry Murphy won his Age Group - that's 2 wins in
only 2 open races so far for Terry - and Dave Wagstaff came 2nd in his
Age Group.

swim 400 meters in Robinsons Pool.
bike 15 miles - 1 lap on country roads.
run 3 miles - 2 laps in the park.

10. Jon Crowley 7:04 43:53 19:14 = 70:11 AG 4th.
15. David Wagstaff 7:03 44:22 20:20 = 71:45 AG 2.
104. Annette Wyld 8:34 52:15 30:07 = 90.56 AG 5.
135. Terry Murphy 12:11 58:19 28:00 = 98.30 AG 1st.


PACTRAC had 6 competitors in the Corby Triathlon at the
weekend with Jo Lee winning her Age Group and both teenager Max Andrews
in his first open event, and old-hand Steve Giles coming 2nd in their
respective Age Groups.

8. Steve Giles 8:45 53:23 16:08 = 78:16 Age Group = 2nd.
21. Tim Henson 9:13 56.13 18:03 = 83:29 AG 6.
30. Nick Forscutt 8:34 61:13 17:09 = 86.56 AG 5.
39. Craig Mills 8:00 61.16 19:30 = 88:46 AG 6.
59. Jo Lee 7:05 65:11 20:11 = 92.27 AG 1st. 2nd lady o/a.
81. Max Andrews 8:20 69:43 19:43 = 97.46 AG 2nd.

As if this wasn't enough, Steve Giles then joined some other
Rockingham Castle - a test for even the fittest of competitors. 10
miles of unforgiving terrain, 35+ obstacles of natural and very
unnatural design all set in Rockingham Castle.

Steve commented: "Got a bit bored after competing at Corby sprint tri so I thought I'd make the
day a bit more interesting by racing at Rockingham Castle 1 hour'ish later (seemed rude
not to, as a few other Pactracers were there too)".

Georgina wins GOLD at European Sprint Champs in Turkey.

PACTRAC's Georgina Jennings won the GOLD Medal in the European
Triathlon Sprint Championships in Turkey.
Georgina was 2nd after the swim but had the fastest bike
and run legs in her section to win GOLD for Great Britain.

Neil Tandy was mixing it in the top 4 in his Age Group up until the
run, where an ankle injury prevented him from challenging any further.

Distances were:

swim 750 meters in the Mediterranean Sea. Water temp 77 degrees.

bike 12.5 miles - out and back twice on a rough road surface.

run 3 miles. 2 laps with a big hill on each lap. Air temp 80 degrees.

6 PACTRACers were in Turkey representing Team GB.


Neil Tandy 10.51 28.24 22.08 = 61.23 AG 11th
Jimmy Robinson 12.58 30.41 20.07 = 63.46 AG 15th
Ros Goatly 14.28 34.35 24.16 = 73.19 AG 7th
Georgina Jennings 17.53 36.35 29.48 = 84.16 AG 1st.

In the European Standard Distance Championships over twice the

John Murray 29.47 68.25 38.08 = 2.16.20
Steve Hope 28.24 67.23 47.02 = 2.22.49

27 PACTRACers at Dambuster - Kim (3rd & BRONZE Medal in English Champs) and Christina (4th) qu for World's.

PACTRAC had 27 finishers in the Dambuster Triathlon on Saturday held at Rutland
Water. 36 had entered with 9 members not starting, largely through injury.

Distances were:

swim 1400 meters in Rutland Water - 1 lap in a choppy swell.

bike 26 miles - 1 lap around Oakham, Uppingham, Morcott, Ketton and
Empingham, taking in the triple-hill of the Rutland Ripple between
Oakham and Uppingham, as well as the Rookeries hill by Ketton Cement.

run 6.25 miles - out over the Dam to Normanton Church and back.

This was a major National Event and was both a World and European
Championship qualifier as well as being the English National

Kim Bell came 3rd in her Age Group and, therefore, received a BRONZE
Medal in the English National Championships. Kim also qualified for the
World Triathlon Championships to be held in London in September.

Christina Cork came 4th in her Age Group, and has also qualified for
the World Championships. There are 4 places available from this race,
and both athletes will be taking up their spots. Both have decided not
to take up their European spots for next year, however.

Christina was 2nd heading into the run, just 19-seconds behind, in a 4-
way race. Christina last competed in a World Championships back in 2008
in Canada where she won a Bronze Medal.

The World Championships will be held in London for the first time since
1993, 20 years ago, when PACTRAC had Ralph Stevens, Margaret Stevens
(who came 5th in her Age Group), Georgina Jennings (still competing
with PACTRAC) and Richard Wittering competing.


114. Tony Daniels 20:35 69:45 43:51 = 2:14:11 AG =14th.
133. Sean Pooley 22:51 72:34 40:54 = 2:16:19 26
137. Paul Vernon 26:46 73:17 36:41 = 2:16:44 29
157. Paul Spain 25:03 74:20 38:52 = 2:18:15 22
162. Antony Brown 24:00 70:22 44:08 = 2:18:30 9
198. Robin Brookes 24:21 74:55 41:42 = 2:20:58 12
224. David Wagstaff 23:09 74:33 44:43 = 2:22:25 35
247. Christina Cork 24:48 73:36 45:45 = 2:24:09 4 !
258. Giles Cooper 24:15 77:21 43:10 = 2:24:46 43
282. Steve Hope 24:11 76:39 45:49 = 2:26:39 21
328. Justin Hattee 24:47 79:29 45:58 = 2:30:14 46
349. Kimberley Bell 19:02 83:59 48:50 = 2:31:51 3 !
356. Daniel Fitzjohn 29:08 80:22 42:38 = 2:32:08 51
364. Alastair Etchells 29:09 77:52 45:49 = 2:32:50 31
387. Richard Nixon 21:39 80:40 51:37 = 2:33:56 67
455. Pedro Polson 23:22 90:01 45:04 = 2:38:27 Team.
458. David Talbot 29:16 83:12 46:21 = 2:38:49 48
570. Paul Jephcott 32:07 87:38 48:22 = 2:48:07 28
575. Adrian Chambers 31:15 88:44 48:53 = 2:48:52 44
590. William Pearson 22:27 94:24 52:57 = 2:49:48 43
614. Chris Jordan 25:31 88:13 60:00 = 2:53:44 16
625. Sean Whittaker 26:08 94:17 55:47 = 2:56:12 48
640. Kate Armstrong 35:52 97:00 46:53 = 2:59:45 22
665. Jeremy Lloyd 32:24 90:31 61:01 = 3:03:56
682. Tony Moran 32:17 94:35 62:27 = 3:09:19
710. Justin Osborne 36:02 103:39 62:47 = 3:22:28
711. Sue Davys 39:28 107:28 56:10 = 3:23:06

DPH in National Championships winning Relay Team. CJ 1st in AG at Grafham, Tony 3rd.

3 separate races took place at Belvoir Castle,
including the British Age-Group Middle Distance Championships.

Distances were:

swim 1900 metre's - 2 laps in the lake.
bike 46 miles on local country roads with a few challenging climbs.
run 12.5 miles - 4 laps within the grounds, including the notorious short sharp hill up
to the Castle.

Dave Patmore-Hill competed in the run section as
part of the winning team, team Erdinger, in the Championships.

"2013 National Middle Distance Relay Champs! Splits: Alex Gowans swim 31 mins, Pete Gowans bike 2 hrs 18
mins, Dave Patmore-Hill run 1 hr 23. Final time 4 hrs 12 mins."

Alex came out of the swim and put the team in 72nd
position overall. Pete then took them to 36th overall on the bike and
Dave raced hard to finish 10th. Dave said that his "run was challenging
as the total ascent on the run was 965ft, so lots of ups and downs".
Dave was 2nd in his Age Group the week before at the Swashbuckler half-
ironman, so put in a good performance with tired legs.


10th overall. Team Erdinger 31:10 2:18:05 1:23:18 = 4:12:33 1st team.


Olympic distance triathlon. Little Beaver

27. RICHARD NIXON 27:32 1:20:07 52:55 = 2:40:34 AG =5.

Sprint Distance. Speedy Beaver

19. MARCUS WIDDESS 14:03 40:32 21:53 = 1:16:28 AG =5.


PACTRAC had 10 athletes competing in 2 triathlons at Grafham
Water nr. Buckden.

The Anglian Water Grafham Water Standard-distance Triathlon.


swim 1500 meters in Grafham Water - one mass start.

bike 26 miles - 1-lap, fast, but undulating.

run 6.25 miles - 1-lap, out and back around Grafham
Water and the surrounding villages.

8. Tony Daniels 25:52 1:01:08 0:45:12 = 2:12:12 AG 3.
21. Mike wenn 28:44 1:08:49 0:46:00 = 2:23:33
26. Jon Cox 30:27 1:11:41 0:43:36 = 2:25:44
29. Sean Pooley 31:17 1:08:17 0:46:48 = 2:26:22
66. Chris Jordan 31:01 1:09:48 0:58:40 = 2:39:29 AG 1st.
126.Sean Whittaker 32:36 1:25:36 1:09:15 = 3:07:27 AG 5.

In the "Grafman" Half-Ironman distance race:


swim 1900meters.
bike 56 miles.
run 13.1 miles.

44. Gary Cooper 36:10 2:44:50 2:05:13 = 5:26:13
55. Chris Pike 39:41 2:51:55 2:05:42 = 5:37:18
57. Richard Pike 39:43 2:51:55 2:06:12 = 5:37:50
85. Pedro Polson 34:06 3:01:14 2:34:20 = 6:09:40 AG = 4th.


The Rother Valley Sprint Triathlon nr. Sheffield was a
qualifying race for next year's European Championships, and so
attracted a strong field..


swim 750 meters in the lake - 1 lap.
bike 16 miles - 2 laps on undulating country roads.
run 3 miles - 1 lap around the lake.

2 PACTRACers competed, and recorded the same time in different waves.


88=. Jon Dundee 14:28 48:07 19:18 = 1:21:53
88=. Steve Hope 13:06 48:02 20:45 = 1:21:53


Cath Hunt was "celebrating after running a 10km PB by 1.04 minutes" at Twickenham.

Georgina National Sprint Champion. Neil qualifies for World's. PACTRAC Junior Duathlon.

The National Sprint Championships took place at Holme Pierepoint, Nottingham on Saturday.

This race had 855 finishers and was not only the National Sprint Championships, but also a qualifying

race for the World Championships that are to be held in London in September.


swim 750 meters in the Rowing Lake - 1 lap.
bike 12.5 miles - 4 laps of the tarmaced pathway around the rowing lake.
run 3 miles - 1 lap around the same tarmac in the opposite direction.

Georgina Jennings won her Age Group and is, therefore, the
British National Sprint Champion in her Age Group.


Georgina is, therefore, going to the World Championships, which are
being held in London (September), for the first time since 1993.

351. Steve Hope 13:13 33:43 21:54 = 68:50 27th in Age Group.
377. Christina Cork 13:36 33:33 22:22 = 69:31 9th in AG.
557. Ros Goatly 14:05 37:19 23:08 = 74:32
751. Georgina Jennings 16:20 38:30 28:22 = 83:12 1st in AG.

Others: Werrington Joggers.
747.Andrew Rawlins 18:44 41:11 22:59 = 82:54

The Deva Triathlon at Chester was the 2nd World Championship
qualifying race of the weekend. This was a qualifier for the World
Standard distance (Olympic distance) Age Group Championships, again to
be held in London in September. (Nottingham on Saturday was for the
World Sprint distance Championships).

Distances were:

swim 1500 meters in the river - 850 meters upstream and 650 meters back downstream.

bike 25 miles - 1 lap on local roads, which was heavy going due to the chipping type of road surface.

run 6.25 miles - 2 laps on tarmac and trail.

Neil Tandy came home 3rd in his Age Group and qualified for the
World Sprint Age Group Championships to be held in London in
September. Neil set himself up with the 11th fastest swim overall.

34. Neil TANDY 23:07 1:04:59 39:36 = 2:07:42 AG=3rd.
407. John MURRAY 29:00 1:20:48 39:01 = 2:28:49 AG=79.
459. Steve HOPE 31:12 1:14:06 46:15 = 2:31:33 AG=38.
785. Paul JEPHCOTT 39:03 1:22:07 49:52 = 2:51:02 AG=42.
808. Kate ARMSTRONG 41:10 1:26:16 45:36 = 2:53:02 AG=18.


PACTRAC held a Junior Duathlon at Stanground on Saturday.

Position Name RUN 1200m BIKE 2000m RUN 400m TOTAL
1 Sam Hughes.... 7:39.... 7:21.... 3:01.... 18:01
2 Sam Garner 7:43.... 8:47.... 3:21.... 19:51
3 Joe Garner 8:30.... 9:11.... 3:23.... 21:04
4 Katie Tasker 9:40.... 8:35.... 3:29.... 21:44
5 Connor Walker 11:27....9:38.... 3:53.... 24:58
6 Archie Stewart 11:36.... 9:32.... 3:55.... 25:03
7 Jasmin Dunn 10:10.... 11:35.... 3:44.... 25:29


Position Name RUN 1600m BIKE 4000m RUN 800m TOTAL
1. Matthew Wouldham 10:22.... 13:51.... 5:46.... 29:59
2. James Cooper 11:07.... 13:30....5:35.... 30:12
3. Mia Purnell 12:57.... 16:09.... 7:04.... 36:10
4. Georgia Bullard 12:55.... 20:39.... 6:58.... 40:32


Position Name RUN 2000m BIKE 6000m RUN 800m TOTAL
1 Peter Taylor 12:39.... 16:38.... 5:39.... 34:56


Mini-Series. Neil, Nathan and Neil again take the honours. Christina breaks the Ladies record.

Mini-Series 1.

Wednesday 22nd May saw the first of this year's 11 PACTRAC
Wednesday night Mini-Series Triathlon's at Oundle pool.

The distances are:

swim 400 yards - 8 lengths of the pool.

bike 10 miles - 1 lap towards Fotheringhay, and around Southwick.

run - 3.5 miles out to Glapthorn and back.

The road between Glapthorn and upper Benefield
now has 2.4 miles of freshly laid gravel on it, which has not yet been
sufficiently ground in by passing traffic. As a result we had to change
the usual course and head out towards Fotheringhay, and back via
Southwick. This turned out to be a fast course with the added challenge
of Southwick Hill.

The Novice Mini-Series has, therefore, been put
back 2 weeks until Wednesday 12th June, with the 2nd Novice Race on
Wednesday 10th July. These races will be open to competitors new to the
sport or who have been competing for less than a year. Entry will be by
turning up at Oundle pool on the night. No advance notice is necessary.

Neil Tandy led the swimmers out in 4:31 minutes, a whole minute ahead
of 2nd placed Richard Rollings. Another 19 swimmers exited the pool
within a minute of Richard, with Paul Vernon lying 22nd after 6:35

Neil then had the fastest bike leg of the evening to extend
his lead to 2:09 over Jaap Flikweert, with Jon Cox only 3 seconds
behind Jaap, and Paul a further 7 seconds down. Paul had moved right
through the field into 4th place by the start of his favoured run
discipline. The roles were reversed as Paul then had the fastest run,
with Neil the 2nd fastest. Paul managed to claw 1:31 back, leaving Neil
to win his 2nd Mini-Series race by 48 seconds. Sean Pooley outsprinted
Jon right at the death to move up from 5th to 3rd on the run

Paul and Sean were competing in their first ever Mini-
Series race, whilst Jon did a Personal Best by 2:46 minutes and Neil a
PB by 46 seconds. A great evening the top 4 boys.

First lady home was Roz Giles in 12th place from 46 starters.

results are on "races", "race results".


Mini-Series 2.

Last Wednesday saw 33 athletes competing in the 2nd PACTRAC
Wednesday night Mini-Series race at Oundle. This race should have been
a Novice race, but due to a relaid road surface, became a normal race;
with the Novice Race now being put back to Wednesday 12th June. The
earlier rain also put a few off, but conditions on the night were dry,
al-be-it a little windy, with only 4 Personal Best times recorded on the night.

The distances were:

swim 400 yards - 8 lengths of Oundle Pool.
bike 10 miles - around Glapthorn and the Benefields.
run 3.5 miles - out to Glapthorn and back.

Nathan Tweedie impressed with his
first Mini-Series victory. Nathan is just 17-years old, and knocked 2:
50 mins off of his previous best time, whilst also recording his best
split times in all 3 disciplines. His swim time of 4:11 was just shy of
the course record, as he exited the pool 47 seconds clear of Henry
Morton in second. Tony Daniels followed a further 5 seconds behind, and
then another 24 seconds elapsed before Sean Pooley led a steady stream
of swimmers out onto the bike course.

Steve Giles had the fastest bike
split, moving himself up from 17th out of the water to 3rd in off the
bike. Nathan was still 1:38 mins ahead at the end of the bike section,
with Rob Hammond heading 7 chasing athletes all within 20 seconds of
one another. Paul Spain managed to come through this pack of 7 to take
2nd place by a mere 11 seconds from Steve.

9 athletes beat the hour, including first lady, Christina Cork in 9th place overall.


Mini-Series 3.

The 3rd Mini-Series Triathlon took place at Oundle last Wednesday, with Neil
Tandy winning his 2nd race of the series, and joining the exclusive sub
50-minute club. Christina Cork blitzed the course in a new Ladies
record time, whilst Nathan Tweedie beat the old swim record, but didn't
finish the race, so the record is nullified.

Course and distances were the same as usual;

swim 400 yards in Oundle pool - 8 lengths.
bike 10 miles - 1 lap around Glapthorn and Upper Benefield.
run 3.5 miles - out to Glapthorn and back.

40 athletes took to the water, with last
week's winner Nathan Tweedie coming out first in what would have been a
new swim record. (Unfortunately, Nathan didn't complete the race, and
so the record is nullified) Nathan came out in 4:07 minutes, 1 second
better than the current record, but will have to try again, due to
problems on the run causing him not to finish the event.

Neil Tandy
was next out in 4:29 with nearly another minute to 3rd placed Richard
Rollings. A further 5 athletes then came out in the next 22 seconds,
with a gap then, before other leading contenders, Dave Allsop (10th)
and Steve Giles (17th) emerged.

First lady out was Roz Giles in 6:04
closely followed by Christina Cork in 6:06.

Neil extended his lead
with the fastest bike split of the day to come into T2 in 27:55 mins.
Simon Hoppe has yet to make an appearance in this year's Series, but
has only produced a sub 28-minute T2 time on one occasion, as has Josh
Daniels (twice) and Matt Gunby (once), putting Neil's effort into

At this stage, Neil had a 1:52 minute lead over Antony
Brown, with Christina flying into transition in a fine 3rd place, just
ahead of Nathan. Jon Crowley was a further 33 seconds behind, closely
followed by Steve Giles and Dave Allsop. Steve Coward was next in, 32
seconds adrift of Jon, whilst 2nd lady Roz Giles, was now in 9th place,
nearly 2-minutes down on Christina.

Neil had the fastest run of the
evening, to extend his lead to over 3 minutes from Dave, who had the
2nd fastest run, and moved up into 2nd place. Steve Giles moved up into
3rd, but was unable to keep with Dave and came in 20 seconds behind.
Neil, who received the club's "Most Improved Trophy" in 2012 for,
amongst other performances, his 51:42 Mini-Series, has so far this year
recorded times of 50:56 and now 49:45. He joins an exclusive club of
athletes that have beaten the magic 50-minute barrier.

3 athletes then
came home in a terrific battle for 4th, with Steve Coward just catching
Jon, who in turn just caught Christina. Neil, Jon and Christina were
among the 17 athlete's who recorded PBs tonight, with Christina
BLITZING THE LADIES RECORD with a fantastic 54:35. Christina's previous
best time of 58:23 was done in 2008, the year that she came 3rd in the
World Championships in Canada! The Mini-Series Ladies record was held
until Wednesday night by Emma Cranfield who recorded 56:39 back in
2007. Christina beat this record by over 2-minutes. Where did that come
from !!!

DPH 2nd in AG. Jaap 3rd o/a. Paul 4th in ITU Long Course. Caroline 2nd in AG.

13 PACTRACers entered the 12.5 degree C lake at the Grendon
Sprint Triathlon in May.

Distances were:

swim 750 meters - 1 lap.

bike 14 miles - 1 lap on a good road surface with a couple of small

run 3.25 miles - 2 laps on rough track.

This event was a
qualifying race for next year's European Championships, and so
attracted the best athletes from across the country in each Age Group.
No PACTRACers qualified automatically with a top 4 placing in their Age
Group, but there are still 2 more events to follow.


73. DAVID ALLSOP 14:04 40:21 20:23 = 74:48
103. CHRIS BRENNAN 14:22 41:04 20:49 = 76:15
134. STEVE HOPE 14:18 41:26 22:31 = 78:15
166. STEVE GILES 18:30 40:52 20:16 = 79:38
173. JON DUNDEE 16:41 42:09 21:10 = 80:00
201. RICHARD NIXON 13:33 44:15 23:40 = 81:28
288. ROS GOATLY 15:21 46:22 24:22 = 86:05
358. CHRIS JORDAN 14:33 46:49 28:01 = 89:23
367. PEDRO POLSON 13:28 51:02 25:37 = 90:07
378. PAUL JEPHCOTT 17:46 47:58 25:14 = 90:58
403. ADRIAN CHAMBERS18:11 49:11 25:22 = 92:44
492. SUE DAVYS 22:33 57:36 27:51 = 108:00
499. ABI BREWER 22:56 58:59 30:50 = 112:45


The Swashbuckler Half-Ironman Triathlon took place at
Bucklers Hard near Beaulieu in the New Forest.

Distances were:

swim 1900meters in the river.
bike 50 miles.
run 13.75 miles.

Dave Patmore-Hill was 2nd in his Age Group, showing that this Middle-distance
specialist is hitting form at the right time.

36. Dave Patmore-Hill 36:57 2:26:06 1:39:32 = 4:42:35 Age Group = 2nd.


Annette Wyld raced in the Big Cow Sprint Triathlon at

Olney, nr. Milton Keynes, and came 4th in her Age Group.

Distances were:

swim 750 meters in the lake.
bike 12.5 miles on local country roads.
run 3 miles - 1 lap around the lake.


Annette Wyld 15.57 44.03 34.11 = 94:11 Age Group =4.


Jaap Flikweert raced at Market Bosworth and

came 3rd OVERALL. Jaap said that he had a "better than expected swim

and bike, a tough run on the grass and in the wind (and lack of

training) but managed to hang on". He was 2nd going into the final run

and managed to hold out for a Podium Finish.

3. Jaap Flikweert 26:37 1:10:48 38:13 = 2:15:38 Age Group =2.


1st June saw the 2013 Belfort ITU Long Distance Triathlon

World Championships at Belfort in France, on the Swiss border. Paul

Lunn pre-qualified due to his fantastic Bronze medal at last year's

Championships. This year, Paul came 4th in his Age Group, was the first

Brit home in his Age Group, and was just over 3-minutes from a Podium

spot and medal in a time of 4:48:54. Due to the low temperatures and

bad weather forecasts, the event was changed into a Duathlon with a run

replacing the cancelled swim. The distances were a very challenging 6-

mile run - 54 mile bike - 12.5 mile run.


Simon Mitchell did the Edinburgh Marathon in 4:34 hrs whilst his wife
Janet recorded 4:45.


Nathan Tweedie competed at Eton Dorney in the drafting legal Junior Elite Super-Sprint

Triathlon, coming 22nd o/a.

Distances were:
Swim 400 meters.
Bike 6.5 miles.
Run 1.5 miles.

22. Nathan Tweedie 5:10 18:05 9:11 = 32:26


Leicester triathlon.

swim 400 meters.
bike 12.5 miles
run 3 miles.

30. Duncan Philp 8:37 41:00 20:59 = 70:36 AG 9.

33. Caroline Findlay 7:17 43:20 20:45 = 71:22 AG 2. 3rd lady o/a.


VUE Emergency Services Triathlon Championships 2013 at Holme Pierepont, Nottingham.

swim 750m in the lake.
bike 12.5 miles.
run 3 miles.

35. Jon Crowley 13:58 34:05 20:48 = 68:51 AG 7th.

Peterborough CC Sportive - Sunday 14th July

Please see note from Peterborough Cycling Club regarding their Sportive on Sunday 14th July 2013:

"This a great club run Sportive starting from Southwick Village Hall:

This is the third year for our sportive and we believe it is as well run and more friendly than the big commercial events and without the high prices and long queues.

Entries close 2 weeks today.

We hope to see many of your members there on the day."


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We need an Organiser and somebody to put the signs out this Wednesday.

It is the Novice Mini-Series Triathlon at Oundle next Wednesday, for anyone that has been in the sport for less than a year. Do you know anybody that wants to try a triathlon. If so, please invite them along. Entry is on the night.

Also we don't yet have a volunteer to organise the race ... or anyone to put the signs out!

I usually put 36 signs out around the course, but will not be there next Wednesday. I need to arrange to get the signs to someone, as well as a map of where they go. Do we have any volunteers?

We have 2 Timekeepers and 1 volunteer marshal so far. If you log into the website and go into "races" and "race overview", you can click onto the race that you want and now volunteer on-line. If you need a log-in please email If you want to volunteer and can't get on-line, please email If you can organise the race or put the signs out please let any Committee member know.

Lost and Found:
I have a pair of cycling track-mits from Mini-Series 2.

Lost and NOT found:
Did anybody pick up a pair of distinctive Blue Seventy swim goggles - orange rims and silver mirror lenses.

Novice Mini-Series now 12th June plus a Novice only wave on 10th July.

The Novice only Mini-Series Triathlon that was postponed from 29th May due to the newly-laid road surface between Glapthorn and Upper Benefield, has been set for Wednesday 12th June. The road surface has now settled. Please advise anybody that may be interested in this race, to come along and enter on the night. No prior notification is required. Arrive 6:45pm ish to register on the night, arrange your transition and familiarise yourself with the course, and be ready to start just after 7:30pm.

The 2nd Novice race on Wednesday 12th July, will be in conjunction with a normal race and will have a separate wave.

Volunteering to marshal at the Mini-Series.

If you go into "races" and "race overview" you can now click into the race that you want to marshal at and use the drop down box to volunteer.

We are short of a Race Organiser, Assistant Timekeeper and marshals for this Wednesday's race as well as the Novice Race on 12th June. Please volunteer. Thanks.

Sad News. Margaret Stevens.

We are saddened to learn that Margaret Stevens passed away on Monday morning. Margaret had been fighting cancer for just a few months, and kept looking forward, right to the end.

Some of the older members will remember Margaret competing for Pactrac in the 1980's and '90s. She competed in the World Championship's when they were in Manchester in 1993, finishing 5th in the World, and was a multiple Age Group National Champion at various distances.

Margaret's funeral service will take place at Peterborough Crematorium on Friday 7th June at 10:00am.

Ralph has requested no black and no flowers. Donations to Marie Curie & St.Barnabas nurses will, however, be gratefully accepted.

Some of you may know Ralph and his triathlete son, Peter, who is currently stopping at the home address:

69 West Street

Oundle pool closed (Monday 27 May)

Please note there will be no swim session on the bank holiday (7.00-8.00pm).

Mini-Series 22nd May.

We have changed the bike course for the first Mini-Series Triathlon this Wednesday. We will head out as usual but turn RIGHT at THE GEORGE PUB in Oundle. This will take you to a T-Junction (between Fotheringhay and Woodnewton). Turn left but before you reach Woodnewton, you take a left turn to Southwick. Turn left at Southwick, up the hill to the Water Tower and down the other side, past Glapthorn and back into Oundle. Turn RIGHT into Milton Road, taking great care and being mindful of the cricket cars that will be parked on either side. Turn RIGHT into the pool car park. This is a blind bend. The marshal's will do their best to warn you of oncoming traffic, but they do not have any jurisdiction to stop vehicles.

We will have extra marshal's out, but please follow the rules of the road. You do not have right of way at RIGHT hand turns.

The run is as normal.

Please arrive early to register at 7:00pm, so that a proper Race Brief can be given early.

Please note that we will now require more marshal's than normal, so if you can help please email

Paul Qualifies for Las Vegas. Kim, Chris and Georgina 1st in AG. Neil 3rd overall.

4 PACTRACers competed in the Majorca 70.3 Half-Ironman Triathlon in Alcudia.

swim 1900 meters in the sea - 1 rectangular lap.

bike 56 miles - up into the mountains and back via numerous hair-pin bends.

run 13.1 miles - 3 laps. Flat.

Paul Lunn qualified for the Half-Ironman World Championships in Las Vegas in September - but declined the place as he is racing in the full Ironman in Nice, France next month, where he hopes to qualify for the full Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in October.

Nice is expected to be really hot, with no shade to hide in, so ideal preparation for Hawaii, should Paul qualify.


65. Paul Lunn 29:41 2:35:31 1:21:00 = 4:26:12 Age Group 3
1126. Steve Coombs 39:40 3:06:52 1:42:24 = 5:28:56 AG 122
1535. Dave Naylor 34:37 3:13:20 1:56:33 = 5:44:30 AG 271
1554. Steve Hope 34:37 3:13:53 1:56:51 = 5:45:21 AG 93


Grantham Triathlon:

swim 400 meters.
bike 11 miles.
run 3 miles.

134. CATHERINE HUNT 10:40 40:56 26:17 = 77:53 Age Group 4th.


Bedford Priory hosted two Triathlon's at the weekend. A Half-Ironman and a Sprint distance.
7 PACTRACers competed with Darren Preston, Paul Spain and Georgina Jennings all on the podium in their respective Age Groups (3rd, 3rd and 1st) with Darren and Paul finishing 12th and 14th overall.

The lake was cold, with athletes having to warm up on the bike.

With 70 miles of competition, Darren passed Paul on the last mile of the run and was going well.


Half-Ironman: 1.9km Swim/56 mile Bike/13 mile Run

12. Darren Preston 39:23 2:47:40 1:30:49 = 4:57:52 AG = 3
14. Paul Spain 38:49 2:45:53 1:34:52 = 4:59:34 AG = 3
31. Giles Cooper 38:26 2:59:08 1:41:52 = 5:19:26 AG = 7th
42. Charlie Brookes 38:21 3:03:52 1:49:44 = 5:31:57 AG = 10.
57. Graeme Hall 39:58 2:52:30 2:11:03 = 5:43:31 AG = 12
76. Adrian Chambers 47:56 3:31:22 2:02:52 = 6:22:10 AG = 6.

Sprint: 750m Swim/13 mile Bike/3 mile Run

70. Georgina Jennings 20:18 2:23 57:10 1:16 35:55 = 1:57:04 Age Group 1st.

At the NiceTri Sprint Triathlon at St.Neots, competitors swam 750 meters in the River Great Ouse, biked 16 miles on country roads, and ran 3 miles to finish. 4 of the 5 PACTRACers finished in the first two in their respective Age Groups, including wins for Kim Bell and Chris Jordan.


11. Tony Daniels 11:48 40:54 19:56 = 72:38 AG 2.
16. Jonathan Cox 13:05 42:29 18:28 = 74:02 AG 2.
30. Kimberley Bell 9:51 47:34 22:02 = 79:27 AG 1st.
91. Chris Jordan 14:04 47:45 26:05 = 87:54 AG 1st.
150.Sean Whittaker 16:08 55:02 26:43 = 97:53 AG 8.


Lanzerote Ironman swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles.

PACTRAC's Steve Skelhon completed the first two disciplines in good time. He swam the 2.4 mile sea swim in 68:14 and did the tough, hilly, often desolate 112 mile bike section in 6:53:33 hours, leaving just the marathon 26.2 miles left to run. However, a recurring calf injury soon flared up and Steve called it a day after a mile on the run. Better to survive to fight another day. Steve has completed 7-Ironman's to date and no doubt will be back for nr.8 and some unfinished business once the injury clears.

Steve said: "I pulled out shortly after the start of the run. The calf injury that I've had for a few weeks now, has not healed, so I was unable to complete the run."

Steve Skelhon 1:08:14 6:53:33


18th May - The Great Wall Marathon in China had participants from all over the world.
Yolanda Gratton recorded a time of 4:40:00 hours coming home in 81st position from 754 athletes.


Nicki Crowley and Linzi Bennett competed in the Tough Mudder Obstacle Course at Broughton House, Kettering.

Over 7,000 ‘Mudders’ turned up for this 12 mile military style assault course with over 20 grueling obstacles that takes an average 2.5 hours to complete with only 78% on average actually completing it.

"Designed by British Special Forces, Tough Mudder tests strength, stamina and mental grit and camaraderie."

Both girls completed this type of race for the first time, and join a growing band of PACTRACers to take on this type of challenge.


In the first of 4 Thursday night off-road Triathlon's at Box End, Rob Hammond recorded a good 4th place, just over a minute off the podium.


swim 750 meters in the lake.

bike 6.25 miles off road - 2 laps of the permanent off road course around the lake - an undulating mainly grass & track route.

run 3 mile trail run - 1 lap of the permanent off road course.


4. Rob Hammond 12:30 29:16 21:28 = 63:14


Neil Tandy recorded a fine 3rd place overall in the Challenge distance Triathlon at the Big East triathlon at Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex.

The distances were: swim 800 meters in the Marina, bike 27 miles and run 6.25 miles. Neil was first out of the water by 15 seconds, with the eventual winner in 3rd place, a further 20 seconds behind. Neil also had the fastest transition times of everybody in both transitions. He was still in 2nd place going into the final run, and managed to hold onto 3rd place with nearly 4-minutes before the 4th competitor came home.

3. Neil Tandy 12:49 74:09 42:34 = 2:09:32 3rd in Age Group.

In the WEST PINCHBECK NOVICE DUATHLON, near Spalding, Marcus Widdess came 8th overall.

Distances were: run 2 miles, bike 6 miles and run 2 miles.

8. Marcus Widdess 11:55 19:43 14:16 = 45:54


PACTRAC's Kimberley Bell competed in the British Universities BUCS Sprint Championships at St Mary's School, Calne, Wiltshire, representing Loughborough University.

Distances were: Swim 750 meters, Bike 16 miles and Run 3 miles.


195. Kimberley Bell 9:45 52:06 27:34 = 1:29:25 39th Lady.

The BUCS Standard distance Championships have now been moved to The Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon in Cheshire on Sunday 23rd June. However Kim will not be competing on the new date, because the Dambuster Triathlon at Rutland water is on the same weekend.

Chris and Georgina qualify for World Aquathon Championships. Rob wins the Off-Road Triathlon.

PACTRAC had 2 competitor's in the Aquathon at Box End, Bedford - Chris Jordan and Georgina Jennings competed in this World Championship (Hyde Park, London in September) Qualifier at Box End.

This was the first of 3 Great Britain Age-Group Team qualification events.

The 750m one lap swim route had a deep water start.
Transition was alongside the lake.
The permanent 3 mile grass track winds around the lakes and alongside the River Gt Ouse with the main hill right at the end.

There were 7 Places available in each 5 year age group, with both Chris and Georgina qualifying for the prestigious World Championships, which are being held in London for the first time in 20 years.


195. Chris Jordan 11:03 0:49 27:15 = 39:07 4th in Age Group.

215. Georgina Jennings 14:37 1:00 30:11 = 45:49 1st in Age Group.


PACTRAC held their annual open water off-road triathlon at Harringworth on Sunday.
With the race 1 month earlier than last year, the weather Gods were smiling on us.

The 750 meter lake swim in the private lake saw the field spread out. 2.25 laps at 13C was warm enough, but some had already been put off by the poor winter weather that we have had.

Bike - 8 miles. 2 laps of 4 miles on rough, uneven, rutted terrain on Mountain Bikes.

Run 4 miles - 1 lap of the same.

The sun was out, nobody got hyperthermia and everybody wore just one top for the bike and run sections. Interestingly 4 of the athletes went into the race with injuries. Rob Hammond led from the start to record his first victory in this event. In the 7 years that we have been holding this event, Rob is the 5th different winner. Steve Giles won in 2011, but after gaining less than a minute back on the bike, with a hip injury was unable to make any inroads on Rob on the run. The 2 Steve's ran a close 3rd leg, with Steve Hope just pipping it for 2nd place in a sprint finish, with the injured Steve Giles 3rd.


1. Rob Hammond 14:56 30:32 25:36 = 1:11:04
2. Steve Hope 16:25 32:34 26:47 = 1:15:46
3. Steve Giles 19:19 29:42 26:52 = 1:15:53
4. Gwil Jones 17:51 41:35 26:13 = 1:25:39
5. Roz Giles 16:42 42:28 28:03 = 1:27:13


571 competitors competed at the Southwell Triathlon with Jimmy Robinson recording a fine 26th overall and Ros Goatly getting 3rd in her Age Group.

Distances were:

swim 400 meters.
bike 11 miles.
run 3 miles.


26. Jimmy Robinson 6:58 29:40 18:26 = 55:04 7th in AG.
214. Ros Goatly 8:12 35:44 21:56 = 65:52 3rd in AG.

Simon wins the Mid-Distance Tri. Dave 73rd in Lanzarote.

PACTRAC held their annual Mid-Distance Triathlon at Oundle on Sunday.

Distances were:

swim 900 yards in the pool - 18 lengths.

bike 20 miles - 2 laps of the Mini-Series course around Glapthorn and Upper Benefield.

run 5 miles - around Glapthorn and Cotterstock.

Simon Hoppe won the event for the 4th time in 5 years - he didn't
compete last year when Roger Canham won.

On a windy day, Simon was
pushed hard for the victory by Tony Daniels. Tony was first out of the
1/2 mile swim in 11:58 minutes, with Simon 34 seconds behind. It was
another minute before Richard Nixon led 21 swimmers out all within 27
seconds of one another. Transition and the Timekeepers were pretty busy
at this time.

Tony then had the fastest bike split of the day and
increased his lead over Simon to 2 and a 1/2 minutes going into the
run. At this point Anthony Brown and Jaap Flikweert were neck and neck
fighting it out for 3rd place, less than a minute behind Simon.

However, Simon had the fastest run of the day and managed to eventually
catch Tony on the run and go on to win the race by over 1 and a 1/2
minutes. Tony held onto 2nd place, whilst Chris Brennan recorded a PB
to storm past Anthony and Jaap into 3rd place.

45 athletes competed with 1st lady Roz Giles coming home in 17th position overall.

Results are on under "Races" "Race Results".


Dave Patmore-Hill competed in the Volcano Triathlon
in Lanzarote at the weekend. This was over the Olympic Distance of:

swim 1500 meters in the sea at Club La Santa.

bike 25 hilly miles - out and back.

run 6 miles - out and back 3 times.

Dave finished 15th
in his Age Group and 73rd overall. He was using the event to build up
to the Swashbuckler Half-Ironman race in the New Forest in early June.
Dave said: "I kept it controlled. The bike was really windy and the run
was hot at 26c. Good place to be for a race and well worth visiting to
do it".


73. Dave Patmore-Hill 25:47 1:22:49 41:57 = 2:30:33


PACTRAC's Jemima Gee competed in the
Insane Terrain off-road 10km "obstacle" run at Stibbington, getting
muddy, wading in water, climbing over obstacles and sliding in mud.

Jemima commented:
"My legs feel like they have run a marathon this
morning. So, so stiff after the hills from the race yesterday."


The 1st in a series of 3 triathlons at Robinson Pool, Bedford took place on Sunday.

Distances were:

swim 400 meters

bike 15 miles

run 3 miles

PACTRAC's Terry Murphy had to pull out through
injury, so the only local representation came from Andy Rawlins of Werrington

121. Andrew Rawlins 1:25:36 Age Group 21.


4 PACTRACers will be competing in the 70.3 Half-Ironman in Alcudia in
Majorca on 11th May, including Paul Lunn who has started the season in
fine form.

Wendy Gooding wins GOLD in European Duathlon Long Course Championships.

Congratulations to PACTRAC's Wendy Gooding who became European
Champion at the Powerman ETU European Long Distance Duathlon
Championships in Horst, Netherlands on Sunday. Wendy has worked very
hard over recent years and this is the final payback on all that hard
run/bike/run training.

Wendy came first in the women's 50-54 year
category and can proudly claim to be a European Champion with a Gold
Medal for Great Britain after 3:40 hours of hard work. She took a lead
of over 4-minutes on her nearest rival in the first 9.5 mile run
section, and although gave some of this back on the bike, was able to
extend the lead again on the final run to win by 4 minutes overall.

Distances were:

run 9.5 miles - 6 laps
bike 37 miles - 3 laps
run 4.75 miles - 3 laps.


1. Wendy Gooding 1:03:00 2:01:38 36:17 = 3:40:55
2. Regine Bette (Germany) 1:07:11 1:59:51 37:51 = 3:44:53

Wendy commented:
"An amazing feeling to get GOLD. Amazing first run...not sure where that came from. Have been a bit under the weather since. Pushed myself so hard as you do in events like that. But after a few hours on a drip, I'm feeling much better and looking at my medals with a huge smile!"


Neil Tandy and Nathan Tweedie
continued their improvement with a 5th and 7th place overall in the
Duston Triathlon near Northampton on Sunday. PACTRAC provided 12 of the
600 competitors, with 5 in the top 30 and 2x 2nd, 2x 3rd and 4x 4th in
their respective Age Groups.

Distances were:

swim 400 meters in the pool.
bike 12.5 miles
run 3 miles.

5. Neil Tandy 5:08 33:57 18:17 = 57:22 AG 2nd. (20-24 year olds)

7. Nathan Tweedie 4:57 34:46 18:33 = 58:16 AG 3rd. (15-19 year olds)

27. Steve Giles 7:47 34:41 18:27 = 60:55 AG 3rd.

28=. Chris Brennan = 61:04 AG 4th.

28=. Sean Pooley 6:40 35:31 18:53 = 61:04 AG 4th.

85. Roz Giles 6:52 37:31 22:07 = 66:30 AG 2nd.

150. Chris Grahame 7:15 38:12 25:18 = 70:45 AG 17th.

215. Jo Lee 6:22 43:03 24:53 = 74:18 AG 4th.

221. Chris Jordan 7:08 40:31 27:07 = 74:46 AG 4th.

228. David Pooley 7:32 45:05 22:32 = 75:09 AG 22nd.

268. David Meen 8:29 45:48 23:31 = 77:48 AG 36th.

301.Adrian Chambers 9:30 47:21 23:12 = 80:03 AG 26th.


10 year old Katie Tasker competed in
the Children's Triathlon at Duston, Northampton, on Saturday. Katie was
6th out of the water, but with both the 2nd fastest bike and run splits
from 32 competitors was able to pull herself up to 3rd place overall.

3. KATIE TASKER 2:02 8:08 3:45 = 13:55


In other local running news:

Simon Lovell, Race organiser of the Eye 10k
on 12th May has advised: "We are delighted to announce that, subject to
weather conditions and any other considerations beyond our control, we
have secured a flypast of a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire
which is scheduled to complete three circuits over the course around


Sunday 21st April's PACTRAC London Marathon results:

Pos. Name.................. half.............. full.

276. Paul Lunn (NVHs) 1:20:24........... 2:43:28
2129. Daniel Fitzjohn 1:31:45........... 3:09:22
9087. Paul Jephcott 1:55:58........... 3:53:08
19285. James Baille 2:13:54........... 4:36:34

Paul Jephcott was just 12 seconds short of negative splitting (faster second half).


This coming weekend sees Dave Patmore-Hill racing
in the Volcano Olympic distance Triathlon in Lanzerote.

PACTRAC are also holding the first of their Club Championship races at
Oundle on Sunday over the distances of swim 900 yards, bike 20 miles
and run 5 miles.

The following weekend we have our club open water off-road
Triathlon at Harringworth. This includes a 750 metre lake swim -
probably a little early in the year, but should be good fun.

Podium finish in the Desford Triathlon.

Paul Lunn finished 3rd from over 200 competitors in the first
domestic triathlon of the season, organised by RaceTime Events over at
Desford in Leicestershire. Paul was happy with "a great start to the
year.... now time to start getting longer. Next stop VLM next

Distances were:
swim 400 meters.
bike 11.25 miles.
run 3 miles.

Paul was 35th out of the water, but had both the 2nd fastest bike
and run legs, (as well as the fastest second transition), to finish
just 2 1/2 minutes down on the winner for a well deserved podium finish.

Both Christina Cork and Sue Davys showed some good early
season form to complete a trio of PACTRACers coming 2nd in their
respective Age Group's. Duncan Philp completed his first ever Open
Triathlon and picked up some places in his favoured run discipline.

Happy with her position as 4th Lady overall, Christina commented: "It
was a bit blowy today. Great swim. Hard bike. Awful run. Some training
lessons to take away!"

3. Paul Lunn 6:41 27:41 12:09 = 46:34 2nd in AG.

29. Christina Cork 6:13 33:54 15:08 = 55:15 AG = 2.

56. Kim Bell 5:25 38:37 16:26 = 60:28 AG = 3.

154. Duncan Philp 8:00 50:27 15:33 = 74:00

174. Sue Davys 11:11 49:18 18:28 = 78:57 AG = 2.

As well as Paul
(competing for NVHs), PACTRAC also have James Baille, Paul Jephcott and
Simon Bicknell racing in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday.

Beer and BBQ on Sunday 28th April.

The next club race is the mid-distance race from Oundle Pool on Sunday 28th April. The pool has been booked from 9:00am so we will start soon after then. This is part of the club championships so a good turnout is assured. Be there or be square.
Distances are swim 900 yards (18 lengths), bike 20 miles (2-laps of the Mini-Series) and run 5 miles (Glapthorn x-roads and Cotterstock x-roads).

Those of you who have seen our new club bike kit will know that Bristows, Concept Storage and MultiPerformance have sponsored it; so apologise to Bristows but also on the 28th in Oundle the new bike shop Gorilla Firm are having a beer and bike demo day, so put some time aside to drop in there after the event.!/photo.php?fbid=488236057909855&set=a.168647189868745.44408.129537520446379&type=1&theater

More Trophies for the Giles family at the Ride and Tie. Plus Chris's first Triathlon.

PACTRAC held their Annual Ride and Tie event at Woodnewton on Sunday.

The event consists of 3-laps of a 6-mile circuit around
Nassington, Apethorpe and Woodnewton. Each competitor does all 3-laps.

7 teams competed from PACTRAC, Werrington Joggers and Eye Runners.

Team member A bikes 1-lap and then runs 1-lap, whilst member B
concurrently runs 1-lap and then bikes 1-lap. On the 3rd lap, teams
have only 1 bike and can swap cyclists as many times as they wish in
order to get both team members across the finish line as quickly as

The racing was tight with Craig Mills and Sean Pooley
finishing their first 2-laps with one and a half minutes advantage over
Steve Giles and wife Roz in 2nd. However, this is a tough race, with
the constant changing of bike to run on the final leg, taking it's
toll. Steve set off running in pursuit of Sean on the 3rd lap, and Team
Giles's stamina proved decisive, as they battled their way past their
tiring rivals and into the lead.

Jim Fell and Roger Sayer moved into 3rd and held on, to record a
first Podium finish for the Werrington Joggers in this event.


Steve Giles 0:35:33 0:17:55 0:32:35 1:26:03
Roz Giles 0:17:33 0:43:48 0:24:42 1:26:03

Craig Mills 0:40:39 0:18:55 0:27:20 1:26:54
Sean Pooley 0:15:13 0:36:52 0:34:51 1:26:56

Jim Fell 0:43:27 0:19:39 0:34:09 1:37:15
Roger Sayer 0:17:58 0:43:16 0:36:01 1:37:15

Tom Cooper 0:19:08 0:52:57 0:28:18 1:40:23
Giles Cooper 0:39:41 0:19:55 0:41:01 1:40:37

Steve Hope 0:17:59 0:48:55 0:42:27 1:49:21
Simon Lovell 0:55:52 0:21:37 0:31:52 1:49:21

Steve Gwilliam 0:21:33 0:53:04 0:34:24 1:49:01
Kev Nankervis 0:46:04 0:24:02 0:39:29 1:49:35

Kimberley Bell 0:17:53 0:44:41 0:46:18 1:48:52
Cath Hunt 0:49:12 0:28:53 0:35:07 1:53:12


Meanwhile, Chris Troop competed in his first ever triathlon,
and he chose a good one - in Auckland.

The Elite World Championships are held over a series of 8 races,
the first of which was in Auckland at the weekend. These races
are accompanied by Age Group races, and Chris and his daughter Hannah
went out to compete on the same course as the Elites, over the
distances of:

swim 1500 meters.

bike 25 miles.

run 6.25 miles.

130. Hannah Troop 28:38 80:28 46:35 = 2:35:41 11th in Age Group.

173. Chris Troop 34:41 79:22 54:35 = 2:48:38 13th in AG.

Ride & Tie. Sunday 7th April at Woodnewton.

The next club race is the Ride and Tie on Sunday 7th April. We have booked Woodnewton Village Hall and expect to start the race at 10:00am. Please note that we have invited a number of local running clubs to join us, so it would be really good to get a few PACTRACers out to support the event. PACTRACers will be paired up on the day. However, the other clubs can pair up in advance if they wish to do so.

Please bring a cake for afterwards if you can.

We also need some marshals, so please email me on if you can help.

There will also be a run starting at 9:30am for those that would prefer this option. It will be led by the Werrington Joggers over a 10 mile cross country course, as they know the area. Nobody gets dropped. The faster runners either wait at various points, or run back, according to how they feel. You should be back in time to see the Ride and Tie race finish, and enjoy a cup of tea and cakes in the VH afterwards.

Ride and Tie: 3 laps of a 6-mile circuit around Woodnewton, Nassington and nr Apethorpe.
Team member A bikes 1 lap, then runs 1 lap; whilst Team member B runs 1 lap then bikes 1 lap. The 3rd lap is the interesting one, with only one bike being allowed, so cyclists are constantly overtaking their runner, before dropping the bike by the verge and running on, hoping to be overtaken and have the bike dropped for them again. Teams can change cyclists as many times as they want in order to get to the finish line as quickly as possible.
The clock stops when the 2nd team member crosses the line.

Hope to see as many PACTRACers there as we can. It's a great low key, fun event, and at just £3 per competitor, is half the price of our other events!

The Wild Warrior Adventure Race.

PACTRAC's Jemima Gee led a team of 4 in the X-Runner Wild
Warrior Adventure Race in Derbyshire.

Jemima said afterwards "It was
brilliant, freezing, hilarious, muddy and challenging. We spent a high
percentage of the time immersed in freezing water, in the swamp or on
the ropes. It was just 3 degrees out there today. Hard work! My team
mates were fantastic! We are so pleased to have raised awareness and a
great amount for Pancreatic Cancer UK."


Jemima reports:

"I have competed in a few road-running events before,
but nothing quite prepared me for the X-Runner Wild Warrior race.

I managed to get together a team of four ‘Dirty Girls’ to take on the
challenge to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK. Unfortunately one
of our team had to pull out of the event a few days before because of
health issues, so we took on a ‘Dirty Boy’ as our fourth member.

The event is billed as one of the toughest adventure races around and it
certainly lived up to its description. The event was held at Wild Park
in Brailsford, an amazing location, set in a picturesque valley in

The trail race consisted of 3-mile laps across undulating
fields and wooded areas, with plenty of water and mud to wade through.
The Wild Warrior, eXtreme obstacle course race, included obstacles such

•The Swamp of Doom
•Water Slides
•Quick Sand
•Giant Walls
•Cargo Nets
•a Fire Jump
•..and many more
exhausting challenges.

Race day was a very chilly 3 degrees Celsius!
We definitely needed the warm-up session, before the air-raid siren and
fireworks started off our heat, as we spent about 50% of the race being
plunged into deep water and wading through muddy swamps and trenches.
There was a lot of water! The other key ingredient of this race was
mud.. and lots of it. We didn’t remain clean for too long after
throwing ourselves under numerous cargo nets and running through boggy
woodlands. I think the course used every muscle in my body.

My personal highlight was managing to haul myself up a rope on a wet and
muddy high bank, even though my biceps were screaming at me to give
up! The narrow, mucky, wet tunnels were just a few of the 35
obstacles we had to tackle along the course.

One thing I noticed
around the course was the fantastic camaraderie and team-work in play.
Everyone was helping each other out and offering words of
encouragement. There was lots of laughter and smiling too. It’s
highly amusing seeing grown ups slipping and sliding around in the mud!

These types of events seem to be gaining in popularity and I can see
why. They make fitness fun, appeal to lots of people and offer an
exciting challenge.

The X-Runner Wild Warrior event was physically and
mentally challenging. I’m a bit battered and bruised, but would I do
this type of race again? Of course I would! It was Muddy Good Fun!!

Pancreatic Cancer UK is the only national charity fighting pancreatic
cancer on all fronts: Support, Information, Campaigning and Research.
We were thrilled to have raised over £1,000 for them."

Roger 2nd. Neil 13th.

Roger Canham finished 2nd in the Stalthern Duathlon over at Loughborough,
having ridden the 25-miles to the race.

Distances were:

run 3 miles
bike 12.5 miles
run 3 miles.

Roger reports:

"Having not made the podium at the Dambuster Duathlon, I tried to find a
race I could win! I did the Stalthern Duathlon 3 miles/12.5 miles/3 miles
and was reassured that there were very few expensive carbon bikes in
transition! The gun fired and some young whipper snapper darted off into
the distance. Oh dear..... I caught him on the bike about half way round....
better....and had a couple of minutes on him going into T2...encouraging.....
he passed me 200m from the finish.....robbed. It turned out the winner has
a 5k PB of 15 minutes.....oh well, I need to look for an even a smaller


At the Monster Racing Duathlon held
at Ely, the distances were:

run 3 miles
bike 16 miles
run 3 miles.

Neil Tandy came home in 13th position overall.


13. Neil Tandy 18:43 45:16 19:53 = 83:52

No swimming over Easter.

Oundle pool will be closed all Bank Holiday weekend, 29th March – 1st April (inclusive).

No Spinning 14th March. Only 2 Spin sessions left now on 21st and 28th.

There will be NO Spinning tonight (14th March). Too many people unwell including the Instructor.

That means that there are just 2 more Spinning sessions left on Thursday's 21st and 28th before
the clocks spring forward.

Tri Coach 3 swim clinic - Stamford 6th and 13th April

Please see below for details of Tri Coach swim clinics:

"We will be assessing, filming and instructing on specific areas of the stroke for everyone to refine and improve their efficency and speed. Each participant will be given a memory stick with all their filmed clips on and all relevant drills and techniques to take home."

We can offer a 10% discount to all PACTRAC members and if you can get a group of 5+ happy to offer a 20% discount."

Full details can be found at:!swim-clinics/c1xvl

Jonathan Sheehan

Marholm Sportive. Sunday 19th May 2013.

The Marholm Sportive will take place from Marholm Village Hall, near Peterborough, on Sunday 19th May.

Distances of 100 miles, 70 miles or 50 miles.

Cost is just £10 and is all going to local good causes.

See for further details. Entry is also
online via British Cycling. The organisers are all local club cyclists, and we have plenty of community support for cakes and Feed Stations etc. We organised the same Sportive last year in aid of Help for Heroes. This year other local good causes will benefit.

Great if we could get a load of PACTRACers doing it.

Dave Wagstaff competes in Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

Dave Wagstaff finished 282nd from nearly 1600 finishers in the infamous Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon in California at the weekend. The event was won overall by Javier Gomez, the Olympic Silver Medalist, with Pete Jacobs the World Ironman Champion in 4th place.

The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon includes a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. Athletes are Ferried out to the start of the swim. The race continues with an 18 mile bike ride out onto the Great Highway, through the Golden Gate Park, and concludes with an 8 mile run through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The finish is at The Marina Green.

The race usually takes place at the beginning of June. However, due to the America's Cup in SF in 2013, it had to be moved to March 3rd this year. The water temperature is around 55 degrees, and the organisers state that "This race is extremely challenging and we do not recommend it for first-time triathletes".

"The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon begins with a 7:30 am plunge from the San Francisco Belle into the icy cold water adjacent to Alcatraz Island. Participants are unloaded from the boat in less than 6 minutes. It is quite a rush when you take the leap from the ferry for the 1.5 mile swim. Triathletes will face strong currents and 55 degree water temperatures."

"On the run athletes will encounter the deep sand of Baker Beach to the turn-around point and back, until they reach the dreaded Equinox Sand Ladder (400 steps up the cliff). This experience will drain the legs of even the best professionals. Runners are urged to use the hand cable to help them walk up the stairs."

This is a one-off race like no other.


282. Dave Wagstaff 38:42 65.51 69.52 = 3:01:20. 36th in Age Group.


Nigel French did the Devils Challenge Adventure Race today 10/03/13. Nigel said: "The course was quite good with some very challenging sections - ropes were provided for the worst slippy up and downhill parts. It was worth doing, but the organisation was poor - registration, start time, signage"


In the first Cycle Road Race in the Northants Cycle Racing Association Handicap series, PACTRAC came 1,2,3! The race was held at Southwick near Oundle on Saturday 2nd March. PACTRACers came home: 1st Christophe DeMoulin. 2nd Oli Laverack. 3rd Jordan MacSween. Well done guys.

Wendy and Sue qualify for the World Duathlon Championships.

Last weekend, Paul Jephcott and Sue Davys competed in the Althorpe Duathlon in Northamptonshire. Both came away with top 3 places in their respective Age Groups.

Standard Distance: Run 6.25 miles, Bike 25 miles, Run 3 miles.

90) Paul Jephcott 49.30 89.33 24.37 = 2.43.40 2nd in Age Group.

Sprint Distance: Run 3 miles, Bike 12.5 miles, Run 3 miles.

255) Sue Davys 25.09 56.05 25.23 = 1.46.37 3rd in age Group.

The event had been postponed from mid-February due to waterlogged conditions.

The Sprint Distance race was the more popular, because it was a Qualifying race for the World Sprint Duathlon Championships in Ottawa, Canada in August. PACTRAC's Sue Davys, therefore, qualified, but has decided not to travel on this occasion.


Also last weekend Chris Troop competed in Lincoln Triathlon Club's Duathlon at Stapleford over a relatively flat course. The runs were off road, whilst the bike was on quiet country roads.

Distances were: run 2 miles, bike 8 miles, run 2 miles.

17th) CHRIS TROOP 14:07 28:57 14:16 = 57:20


On Saturday 9th March 2013, the Dambuster Duathlon held at Rutland Water hosted the British Duathlon Championships. It was also a qualifying race for World and European Duathlon Championships, so the very best athletes from across the country were there, for the 957 entrants to compete against.

Duathlon is a tough sport, with an all-out 6.25 mile run from a dead start, which can be a pretty brutal way to kick off a race.

The expected rain / snow held off for just long enough. The wind never really gave much assistance in any direction, while the temperature was a low 3 degrees C. We had been warned of potential fog, but fortunately that never materialised. It was still pretty chilly though, but a few brave souls did venture out in shorts.

Roger commented: "My hamstring had been unhappy, but five miles into the bike, it was my calves that locked out. On reflection I was pretty happy with the result. Frustrated yes, but satisfied all the same."

Distances were:

Run 6.25 miles out from Whitwell to Normanton Church and back.

Bike 26 miles - 1 loop of Oakham, Uppingham, Morcott, Ketton and Empingham. 4 big hills had to be conquered including the triple whammy of the Rutland Ripple between Oakham and Uppingham.

Run a final 3 miles to finish - out to the Dam and back.

70. Paul Vernon 34:57 1:48 1:13:16 1:35 15:47 = 2:07:26 AG 17.

111. Paul Spain 37:10 1:27 1:14:18 1:21 17:18 = 2:11:34 AG 9.

113. Roger Canham 38:43 1:44 1:12:25 1:26 17:32 = 2:11:54 AG 10.

139. Robin Brookes 39:00 1:51 1:13:57 1:42 18:07 = 2:14:41 AG 9.

207. Mark Garcia 41:52 2:09 1:13:49 1:24 20:55 = 2:20:15 AG 22.

210. Steve Coombs 40:19 1:50 1:18:26 1:31 18:32 = 2:20:43 AG 27.

262. Daniel Fitzjohn 41:20 1:48 1:21:54 1:05 18:46 = 2:25:00 AG 52.

303. Richard Ardern 39:44 3:39 1:23:34 2:36 19:06 = 2:28:39 AG 43.

322. Gary Eames 45:44 2:58 1:19:11 1:44 19:47 = 2:29:24 AG 49.

372. Wendy Gooding 44:01 1:42 1:27:08 1:24 19:40 = 2:33:59 AG 4.

393. Steve Hope 47:17 1:46 1:24:01 1:39 21:02 = 2:36:02 AG 28.

395. David Talbot 47:35 2:15 1:23:14 1:41 21:20 = 2:36:12 AG 49.

397. Richard Nixon 48:06 1:47 1:22:48 1:31 22:01 = 2:36:25 AG 60.

399. David Naylor 45:17 1:34 1:26:17 1:23 22:02 = 2:36:39 AG 67.

438. Grant Lockhead 42:51 1:41 1:32:59 1:18 20:53 = 2:39:50 AG 74.

493. Paul Jephcott 48:56 1:47 1:30:58 1:58 22:00 = 2:45:39 AG 20.

577. John Morris 50:50 1:46 1:44:21 2:47 23:12 = 3:03:15 AG 83.

17 PACTRACER's finished the race, 1 Didn't finish (probably didn't want to be beaten by his daughter!) and another 6 entered but didn't make it to the start line.

Of the 975 entries, 33 didn't finish proving what a tough race it is at this time of year, whilst another 322 entered but didn't start, either through a prior injury or being put off by the weather forecast!

Wendy Gooding was 4th in her Age Group, meaning that she was just 1 place away from a medal in these National Championships. 3 others placed in the top 10 in a very competitive field.

Wendy Gooding has, therefore, qualified to represent GB in the World Duathlon Championships in Ottawa, Canada, in August :)

Tallington Open Water Swim Sessions - starting 3 April

Please see message below from James at Tallington Lakes re 2013 open water swimming:

We are kicking off in the first week of April this year, so the first two sessions will be running on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th April. Both of these sessions will be run at a cut price of ONLY £1 per person. The Saturday session's proved very popular last season so with this in mind, this season we shall be extending the timings. So the saturday morning sessions will be starting on the 2nd June and will run from 7am-12am. Even with this extension, the cost is still ONLY £5 per person.

We are again working closely with and triathlon wetsuit brands and are currently putting dates together for demo/technical mornings and evenings. Wetsuits and accessories will also be on sale at the water sports centre.

This season session's will cost £5 per person. We have introduced discounted sessions of 10 sessions for the price of 8 and Pactrac members will be entitled to £4 sessions on thursday evening.

If there is any feedback or anything you would like to see in 2013, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards
James Clements
Tallington Watersports


The PACTRAC Bike Kit has now arrived and will be available for purchase at most PACTRAC Training sessions from either Steve Hope or Dave Patmore-Hill.

Bike Top - short sleeved - £25
Bib-shorts £25
When bought together the above two items are £45.

Bike Tracksuit Top - £25
General wear - Fleece - £15

We have been able to obtain sponsorship for the above items. Thanks go to Robin Brookes of Storage Concepts / Interior Concepts; Dave Patmore-Hill of MultiPerformance Coaching and Dave Coxhead of Bristows Cycles.

As a result, we are able to subsidise the Bike kit to members and offer the above great prices.

We also have Trisuits available for the new season. These cost the club £80 but are being offered to members at just £40. we want to see as many PACTRACers as possible in club kit - hence the large discount here.

Newtons Fraction Half-Marathon.

Kate Armstrong has entered the Newtons Fraction Half-Marathon, but is now no longer able to do it. If anyone would like her place, let us know. Kate will then contact the organisers and get the details changed.

The event is in Grantham on Sunday 10th March.

11 items of interest!

Hello PACTRACers.

This Sunday sees the 2nd Biathlon of the year at Oundle pool. We have hired the pool from 9:00am and will start the race soon after.

Distances are:

swim 900 yards - 18 lengths of the pool.

run 5 miles - 1 circuit out to Glapthorn and back via Cotterstock and The George pub. Nathan Tweedie won the 1st race in January.

This is a Trophy race.

Start times will be on a Handicapped basis, based on the first Biathlon times. Not to worry if you didn't do the first race in January. You can still come along and compete. We will slot you in. Only those that completed the 1st Biathlon can win the Trophy, but anybody can still do the race. Just turn up on Sunday morning.


Just a reminder that when swimming at Oundle, please remember to sign in the book and pop a Token in the box. Can members please remember to buy swim tokens in advance wherever possible, as this helps with the smooth flowing of the sessions.

The number of swim tokens in the box does not always tally with the number of swimmers in the pool. Please ensure that if you don't have any money / tokens that you at least put an "IOU" in the box. Thanks again.


A new 25 meter pool is due to open at Stanground (SE Peterborough), around July time. We intend to hire the pool on Tuesday and Thursday night's to try to increase our base of athletes from Peterborough.

If we were to try an EARLY MORNING swim would you attend?

What days & times would be most convenient? Some might prefer 6:00am or some 7:00am. How long should the session be?

Please let us know if this interests you. If we get a large take-up then we could hire the pool, or half of the pool. Otherwise we could ask Stanground to lane off 3 lanes on a pay-as-you-go basis. Would you prefer a swim coach or someone to set the sessions?


Please let us have some feedback on the current swim sessions. Do you think that we have it about right, or does it need tweaking anywhere? What would make you swim more regularly? Have you improved under the current coaching regime? Do you think this email is too long? Please let us know.


Congratulations to Steve Giles who won the first PACTRAC Trophy of 2013. Steve has now won the Off-Road Run,Bike,Run Trophy for 7 consecutive years.


We are currently privileged to be able to use the Athletics Track in Peterborough alongside the Nene Valley Harriers sessions. As such Sean Beard coaches a session on Tuesday night's from 7:00pm. We can also use the Track on a Thursday night, but no coached sessions are set.

Anybody wishing to take advantage of this arrangement needs to join NVHs as an Associate Member for just £10 per year. Sean has some forms if you wish to join in the sessions.

However, from March for 4 months the Athletics Track in Peterborough will be closed for resurfacing. NVHs will then be running at Oundle Track on Tuesday and Thursday night's from 7:00 to 9:00pm. I am told by Sean that Associate Membership is due for renewal in April, but any new recruits wishing to join us at Oundle will have their membership extended to the following April. This is an opportunity for those that cannot get to Peterborough but live closer to Oundle.


Our list of club events for 2013 is now on the website.

Note that we will be having an extra Mini-Series race this year. There will be 11 races from Wednesday 22nd May to Wednesday 31st July with the race on May 29th being Novice only.

We have amended the date's slightly from earlier versions. Please note that the Mid-Distance race will be on Sunday 28th April and the open water race at Harringworth one week later on Sunday 5th May - nice and early for a cold water swim!

We have extended the Club Championships this year.

In previous years it has been your best 3 races from: the PACTRAC mid-distance race, the Dambuster Triathlon at Rutland Water, and your best 2 Mini-Series races. This year we have added the NiceTri AW Triathlon at Graffham Water on Sunday 22nd September, so it is now your best 3 races from 5 ( your % time against the first PACTRACer home).


We have some bike kit on order which should be received very shortly. Thanks go to the kit sponsors Multi-Performance, Storage Concepts and Bristows Cycles. Keep an eye on the website for further updates.

We still have some PACTRAC Trisuits available at £40. These cost the club £80 and are being sold to members at a discount, so please ask either Mike Wenn or Steve Hope if you would like to try or buy.


We have 6 Spinning classes left at Stanground before the clocks spring forward. There are 20 bikes available that take either training shoes or spd cleats. We have had between 10 and 17 there during the last few weeks, so there are spare bikes if anybody would like to join us. Thursday's from 6:15 to 7:20pm.


From the Stanground Fire Station RAB (SE Peterborough), head towards Farcet / Yaxley. We are the 3rd minor turning on the left. The 2nd is the exit. we are in the building opposite the Power League.


If you have recently rejoined PACTRAC then I will have a Membership Card for you. Please see me at swimming or elsewhere to collect yours. This will save the club 50p for each stamp.

Just a reminder that Membership is due by the end of February. After that the fees rise by £5, so to get your discount, please download a form from the website and post to the Membership secretary, Georgina Jennings.

Alternatively see here:

Page 1 is for Seniors and page 2 for Juniors.


Not PACTRAC but there is a Sportive from Marholm near Peterborough on Sunday 19th May. See for further details. Distances are 50, 70 or 100 miles. Cost is just £10 and includes Feed Stations. All funds will go to local good causes, so hope to see a few of you there on 19th.

See you at the pool.


Steve Giles wins the Off-Road Run,Bike,Run Trophy.

The local WADENHOE QUADMIRE SERIES takes place every winter over 4 races,
each using the same circuit and format.

run 2 miles

bike 6 miles

run 2 miles

All of it is off-road with the bottom section down by the river,
sometimes being flooded, sometimes snowy, sometimes boggy and sometimes
firm. This is a hilly course, where cyclists have to dismount in a
couple of places.

RACE 1 RESULTS [04.11.12]

7) Rob Hammond 17.37.... 45.52.... 20.20.... = 1.23.49
14) Simon Taylor 20.02.... 59.06.... 22.55.... = 1.42.03

RACE 2 RESULTS [02.12.12]

2) Steve Giles 14.53.... 37.50.... 15.33.... = 1.08.16
8) Keith Read 15.53.... 46.04.... 16.51.... = 1.18.48
10)Ros Giles 19.05.... 43.21.... 19.19.... = 1.21.45
17)Simon Taylor 18.50.... 53.37.... 20.35.... = 1.33.02

RACE 3 RESULTS (13.01.13)

10) Keith Read 15.57.... 46.46.... 17.22.... = 1.20.05
17) Simon Taylor 18.43.... 52.25.... 20.38.... = 1.31.46

RACE 4 RESULTS (10.02.13)

2) Steve Giles 15.48.... 41.34.... 16.51.... = 1.14.13
6) Keith Read 16.10.... 49.51.... 17.34.... = 1.23.35

Overall 40 competitor's competed in the series over rough
off-road terrain in varying conditions. Steve Giles finished the series
in 3rd place overall and 1st in his over 40 Age Group. Wife Ros Giles
finished as 1st Female.

Series Overall:

3) Steve Giles.
9) Keith Read.
15) Simon Taylor
19) Rob Hammond.
28) Ros Giles.

This series was also used by PACTRAC to determine our Off-Road Run,Bike,Run
Champion for 2013, and Steve Giles has, therefore, won the first PACTRAC
Trophy for this year. Steve has now won this Trophy for the 7th consecutive

Mark Pryor of Quadrac Racing has announced:

"It is with regret that we announce that this will be our last Wadenhoe Quadmire series. The competitor numbers and logistics no longer make it viable for us to continue with the series."

It is unfortunate that over the last few years' many of these races have clashed with the Frostbite Friendly Running League, but it does go to show that if these races aren't supported then it's a case of "use it or lose it".

Nathan Tweedie wins the first Biathlon by over 2 minutes.

PACTRAC held their first club event of the new year at Oundle.

We hold 2 Biathlon's just 3 weeks apart. Both are over the same

swim - 900 yards - 18 lengths of Oundle pool.

run - 5 miles - 1 circuit around Glapthorn and Cotterstock.

The first Biathlon determines the handicapping for the 2nd Biathlon which
is a Trophy event. (Not that athletes don't try hard on Biathlon 1 - it's
just that the weather was a bit on the chilly side, resulting in more layers
of clothing being put on). The overnight rain resulted in damp, cold and
windy conditions.

Nathan Tweedie won his first ever PACTRAC event with
a blistering swim, coming out of the 1/2 mile swim in 10:02. He was
nearly 2 minutes ahead of his nearest challenger, Oliver Wood, with Rob
Hammond leading the pack, over 3-minutes behind. Paul Spain had the
fastest run of the day, moving up into 2nd place overall, but Nathan's
running has improved, and he held Paul off to win the event by over 2-

1st Nathan Tweedie 0:10:02 0:33:58 - 0:44:00
2nd Paul Spain 0:13:59 0:32:05 - 0:46:04
3rd Jonathan Cox 0:13:45 0:34:14 - 0:47:59
4th Rob Hammond 0:13:09 0:35:46 - 0:48:55
5th Giles Cooper 0:13:30 0:35:42 - 0:49:12
6th Jonathan Sadler 0:14:58 0:36:35 - 0:51:33
7th Oliver Wood 0:11:56 0:40:51 - 0:52:47
8th Steve Hope 0:13:44 0:40:57 - 0:54:41
9th Christina Cork 0:14:11 0:40:34 - 0:54:45
10th Martin Taylor 0:15:58 0:40:40 - 0:56:38

Mike Chapman wins Wellingborough 15k.

Mike Chapman of Pactrac and NVH's won the Wellingborough Multi Terrain Series 15km run on Sunday (organised by multisport organisers Just Racing UK).
1st Mike Chapman (PACTRAC) 54:14
2nd Maz Firouzi (St Radegund RDC) 55:52
3rd Lucy Gossage (Cambridge Tri Club) 56:24

JustRacing have another vacancy.

9th Feb 2013.

The following email has been received from JustRacing:

"Due to the ever increasing popularity of Just Racing (UK) events, we need an Administrator to work in our offices in the Northamptonshire countryside. Do you know anyone who might be suitable for this role?

It is a flexible position for the right person and 2 days are seldom the same.

We need somebody to join our team who can display the following:

Good communications skills; especially on the phone and in email correspondence

Excellent Microsoft skills - most important are a good knowledge of excel and word.

Methodical worker with exceptional attention to detail

Car driver (or cyclist) as offices can't be reached by public transport

Most important: a good sense of humour

And it would be nice if they also had:

Good working knowledge of social media

Previous experience in a sports event environment

If this sounds like the job for you, or someone you know, please send a cv (no more than two pages long) and covering letter to Salary will be paid at an hourly rate between £6.50 and £8 depending on the successful applicants experience.

Best regards,

Alan "


25th Nov. 2012.

The following email has been received from Just Racing, the Northampton based Professional Organisers:

"Do you know anyone who would be interested in joining the Just Racing (UK) events team?

At Just Racing (UK) we are delighted that, with continued growth, we are branching out into new markets. After the recent appointment of a temporary Event Operations Assistant (which has now been made permanent), we are again looking to expand our team further.

We are looking for a self-driven, highly motivated individual, who has the following attributes:

Developing, leading and motivating partnership based projects
Project management, either sporting or non-sporting
Demonstrate leadership, communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence at all levels
Proven ability to lever external funding from a range of sources to support the delivery of plans
At least 2 years’ experience of delivering events
Sports event participation.
There are lots of ways this role could work, so we will consider applications looking for full-time, part-time, project-based collaborations, consultancy work, self-employment and commission work. It is an ideal opportunity to help create this new position.

If this is of interest, please send CV and covering letter in the first instance to Alan, identifying your proposal and salary expectations: email "

Wet suits to try at Advance Performance.

Advance Performance are having a couple of wetsuit testing events:

On the 13th of April, Orca will be at the Advance Performance Tri Centre in Peterborough with their new 2013 range of wetsuits for testing in the ENDLESS POOL.

Zone3 are doing the same the following weekend on the 20th.

Booking is highly recommended to confirm a slot. Call Matt Green on 01733 891111 or pop into the store to book a slot. This is a great opportunity for people to try before they buy. It would be great to see lots of PACTRAC faces there.

Bring suitable swim wear, tri suit or costume, plus towel and goggles.

Matt's details are:

Matt Green
Triathlon Advisor
The Tri Centre
Advance Performance
01733 891111

Oundle pool OPEN (Monday 21st Jan) :)

Oundle Pool is OPEN for swimming as usual tonight. 7:00 - 8:00pm.

Just to let you know that Oundle Sports centre will not be open for the session on Friday 18th Jan (7.30-8.30pm)due to the snow.

Any changes to next week's sessions will be updated here.

Run from Folksworth. 10:00am Sunday.

We have had an invite from Yaxley Runners to join them for their Annual pre-Folksworth 15 training bash this Sunday. They hire the Village Hall each year, and runners from various local running clubs join them for a morning's run. It is an opportunity to see the course or to have a social run at your own speed with other joggers. The field does tend to split up, but their are plenty of people to run with. Most runners tend to run 1-lap which is 8 miles.

We thought you may be interested in this event. Basically, it is a run from Folksworth village hall on Sunday at 10 a.m. for invited clubs. The more the merrier! Here are further details:

This Sunday is the 4th annual Yaxley Invite run from Folksworth Village Hall. This now annual event was started in 2009 by Carrie and Tracy organising a training run in preparation for the Folksworth 15 itself. We decided at the time to hire the Village hall and open it up to other clubs in the area expecting between 10 and 20 runners to turn up and were completely overwhelmed when 74 runners turned up….

It doesn’t matter if you aren’t training for a marathon as there will be lots of distances on offer; from 5 to 16 miles (although given the water levels at Morborne the route will probably be different).

The different runs will all start at 10am with the village hall being open from 9.30am. Tracy and Sarah Endicott have once again volunteered to be responsible for refreshments, therefore if you have any cakes left over or want to dabble at baking them, then please feel free to bring them along. The Village hall will remain open until the last runner has returned and has had some drink and cake regardless of the time.

Partners and children are also more than welcome to come along, either for a chat or a leisurely walk around the village (on-road)."

So there you are. Be there or be square.

Swimming over Christmas.

Swimming over Christmas is as follows:

There will be no swimming on Friday 7th December due to Oundle's Staff Party.
There will also be no swimming on Monday 24th, Wednesday 26th or Monday 31st December.
All other dates are as normal with Monday being 7:00 - 8:00pm and Wednesday and Friday being 7:30 - 8:30pm.

Fri 07/12 No

Mon 10/12 Yes
Wed 12/12 Yes
Fri 14/12 Yes

Mon 17/12 Yes
Wed 19/12 Yes
Fri 21/12 Yes

Mon 24/12 No
Wed 26/12 No
Fri 28/12 Yes

Mon 31/12 No
Wed 02/01 Yes
Fri 04/01 Yes

So no swimming on 07/12, 24/12, 26/12 or 31/12.

Just Racing have another vacancy.

9th Feb 2013.

The following email has been received from JustRacing:

"Due to the ever increasing popularity of Just Racing (UK) events, we need an Administrator to work in our offices in the Northamptonshire countryside. Do you know anyone who might be suitable for this role?

It is a flexible position for the right person and 2 days are seldom the same.

We need somebody to join our team who can display the following:

Good communications skills; especially on the phone and in email correspondence

Excellent Microsoft skills - most important are a good knowledge of excel and word.

Methodical worker with exceptional attention to detail

Car driver (or cyclist) as offices can't be reached by public transport

Most important: a good sense of humour

And it would be nice if they also had:

Good working knowledge of social media

Previous experience in a sports event environment

If this sounds like the job for you, or someone you know, please send a cv (no more than two pages long) and covering letter to Salary will be paid at an hourly rate between £6.50 and £8 depending on the successful applicants experience.

Best regards,

Alan "


25th Nov. 2012.

The following email has been received from Just Racing, the Northampton based Professional Organisers:

"Do you know anyone who would be interested in joining the Just Racing (UK) events team?

At Just Racing (UK) we are delighted that, with continued growth, we are branching out into new markets. After the recent appointment of a temporary Event Operations Assistant (which has now been made permanent), we are again looking to expand our team further.

We are looking for a self-driven, highly motivated individual, who has the following attributes:

Developing, leading and motivating partnership based projects
Project management, either sporting or non-sporting
Demonstrate leadership, communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence at all levels
Proven ability to lever external funding from a range of sources to support the delivery of plans
At least 2 years’ experience of delivering events
Sports event participation.
There are lots of ways this role could work, so we will consider applications looking for full-time, part-time, project-based collaborations, consultancy work, self-employment and commission work. It is an ideal opportunity to help create this new position.

If this is of interest, please send CV and covering letter in the first instance to Alan, identifying your proposal and salary expectations: email "

World Championships in NZ. Club Duathlon and AGM.

PACTRAC had 4 members finally compete in the World Triathlon Championships in New Zealand at the weekend, from 8 who had qualified.

Simon Hoppe and Chris Jordan competed in the Standard Distance World Championships over the distances of:

swim 1500 meters.

bike 25 miles.

run 6.25 miles.

whilst Ross Kent and Neil Tandy competed in the Sprint Distance World Championships over the distances of:

swim 750 meters.

bike 12.5 miles.

run 3 miles.

"A record number of athletes helped to put the 2012 ITU Age-Group World Championships in the history books, with more than 3000 athletes racing at Queens Wharf in Auckland.

In a truly international field, the world’s strongest nations sent huge teams to contest these world championships, numbers in the hundreds from the New Zealand, USA, Australia and Great Britain and dozens from Mexico, Ireland, Brazil and South Africa. But there were also plenty of athletes from up and coming triathlon nations like the Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, The US Virgin Islands, Tahiti, Norfolk Island, Barbados, Norway, the Philippines, Estonia and Hong Kong. There were also a number of nations riding solo, with just one entrant, including Venezuela, Iran, Serbia and Zimbabwe’s Garth Lezard, who added a triathlon world championships to his current solo bike around the world trip."

Neil Tandy reported:

"After too many hours sat in the middle of five people on the plane, copious amounts of breakfast buffets and slabs of steak every night, race day was here. The weather had brightened and the water had reached a tepid 14.9C. Sitting on the pontoon I found myself smack bang in the middle of the wave, exactly where I didn't want to be. There was confirmation of this when three strokes in I received a swift elbow to the face from a fellow countryman. After the swim came the second discipline, the 800m run to transition. After constant moaning with another countryman, the bike began with all the kiwi’s and Aussie’s dancing on their pedals up the hills, then the turnaround point came and the plucky Brits started to fight back on the flat. The run started….. and then went on and on and on. Eventually the blue carpet came, and no, that feeling of pride did not come over me, however the feeling of my lungs exploding did! After a massage and some cupcakes I started to realize that I had competed at a world championship, representing my country, alongside 10 other Brits in my age group. That feeling of pride and accomplishment had arrived. I finished the race in 1hr 13mins 16s, coming 19th out of 47 athletes and 5th Brit out of 10.

Having this feeling of pride has made me want to train even harder for next year to qualify for a home world championship. The training I have done so far this year would not be possible without the help from PACTRAC's Dave Patmore-Hill and Multiperformance as well as The Gorilla firm cycling shop in Oundle."


Standard Distance:
40-44 years.

13. Simon Hoppe 25:38 1:10:38 37:18 = 2:13:34

60-64 years.

35. Chris Jordan 27:37 1:27:36 1:02:03 = 2:57:16

Sprint Distance:
20-24 years.

19. Neil Tandy 10:58 41:10 21:08 = 1:13:16

25-29 years.

10 Ross Kent 11:12 39:24 19:22 = 1:09:58


PACTRAC held their Duathlon and AGM / Prize Presentation at Woodnewton Village Hall on Sunday. 18 people competed in the Duathlon which was won by Paul Spain. Conditions were slightly windy but dry.

Distances were:

run 2 miles - 2 laps of the village.

bike 12 miles - 2 laps around Nassington and Apethorpe.

run 2 miles - 2 laps of the village.

Mike Wenn set off at a blistering pace on the first run, but was caught by first Paul Spain and then Steve Giles before the start of the bike. These two then pulled out a further gap on the bike, with Rob Hammond moving into 3rd. Paul started the final run just 22 seconds ahead, but pulled another 48 seconds out of Steve on the final run to record the fastest times in all 3 disciplines and come home 1:10 minutes ahead.

Results are on

21 Trophies were handed out at the Presentation, with Simon Hoppe winning 4 of them, including that of prestigious Club Champion.

Club Champion--- Simon Hoppe ------for the 4th consecutive year.
Female Champion--- Tracy McCartney------in her first year in Triathlon.
Mini Series---- Simon Hoppe------retained from last year.
Female Mini---- Roz Giles------for the 3rd consecutive year.
Vet---- Simon Hoppe------for the 3rd consecutive year.
Female Vet---- Carol Smallman------winning it for the 8th time.
Super vet---- Steve Hope------retained from last year.
Female Super vet---- Carol Smallman------taking it back again from last year's winner Georgina Jennings.
Junior---- Lauren Purnell------the 5th different winner since the Stanground Junior Section was set up.
Long Course---- Simon Hoppe------his longest race to date, and victory at his first attempt.
Biathlon---- Roz Giles------for the 2nd year running.
Duathlon---- Paul Spain---- winning his first ever club Trophy.
Ride and Tie---- Steve Hope / Sam Smith------Sam's first Trophy. Steve won it in 2001. The original Trophy was awarded way back in 1985 to Sue Burnett and John Bigham. Sue competed in the Duathlon today.

Run bike run---- Steve Giles------for the 6th consecutive time.
Novice---- Nathan Tweedie------Nathan won the Junior Trophy last year and has made some big improvements.
Most Improved---- Neil Tandy------Neil has just competed in the World Championships in Auckland NZ.
Outstanding Perf---- Emma Cranfield------A terrific performance in the Hawaii Ironman last month.
Pactracer of Year---- Sue Drake------also won in 2006.
Off-Road Tri---- Jaap Flikweert------Jaap also won in 2010.
Youth Trophy---- Henry Morton------for best youth in the Mini-Series.


Tony Moran competed in the Venice Marathon on Sunday and said "It nearly killed me, but I did it. 8 degrees c, howling wind and rain doesn't bode well when you have bad circulation (and no gloves). 4 hours 41 minutes is ok with me in those conditions!"

Dambuster Entry Open

world qualifier so may sell out quickly as previous years

Duathlon, Food, Prize Presentation and AGM at Woodnewton Village Hall Sunday 28th October.

We have booked the Village Hall at Woodnewton on Sunday 28th October from 9:00 to 13:00.

The format will be:

Duathlon run 2 miles, bike 12 miles, run 2 miles.

Food - their should be lots of good food for after the race, so please hang around and partake (The AGM is not to be scared of).

Annual Prize Presentation - we have 21 Trophies to present. 16 of them have already been won. The Duathlon Trophy will be decided on the day, 3 have been decided by the Committee and 1 will be decided by the members on the day. You may have won a Trophy. Please stay a while and support those that have won Trophies this year.

AGM - The AGM is a general gathering, and only lasts about an hour. All of the present Committee
are prepared to re-stand, so their will be no pressure on anybody to come onto the Committee (unless they want to). Come along and have your say, and hear what others are saying about you.

Don't forget that the clock's go back 1 hour, so you have an extra hour to worry about how you will perform in the race, whether their will be enough food left for you, will you be receiving a Trophy and what you will say at the AGM.

Sunday Bike Ride from Oundle.

The Gorilla firm in Oundle will be doing a bike ride from their shop in Oundle on Sunday.

Meet at the shop at 7.45, leave at 8am prompt.

This is very much in its infancy and the ability range is vast from 14mph to 19mph + riders.

A map of the 42-mile route is here.

The route will also be on their Facebook page later in the week.

This will be an on-going ride each Sunday. If anybody wants to send an email to and request a route, she will email each weeks route direct.

If people just want to meet up and ride for a bit, and then do their own thing that would be fine, but coffee is served at the end.

Remembrance 10 at Top Lodge 11th Nov.

There is a new 10k off-road running race at Top Lodge on Sunday 11th November.

see for details. Places are filling up. It would be good to see some red and white tops there. Be prepared for some hills, to get a little muddy in November, and to have some FUN. Also a Fun Run for those that prefer. A good family day out.


Thursday’s from 6:15 p.m. until 7:20 p.m. at Stanground College.

From Thursday 8th November until 21st March.

The Spinning Classes will again be on, at Stanground Academy, SE Peterborough, on Thursday night's from 8th November until 21st March. 6:15 - 7:20pm. We have booked the suite for a private session - just PACTRAC and the Fenland Clarion. We charge £3 for adults and £1 for juniors. (Their are other Spinning Classes at Stanground, but these are in with other members of the public and cost £4.) We have 20 bikes available on a first come, first served basis, and the classes do start on time, so please be a few minutes early to get set up.

Directions: From the Stanground Fire Station RAB, head in the direction of Farcet / Yaxley. It is the 3rd minor turning on the left. (The 2nd is the exit). We are in the Building opposite the Power League, on the first floor.

Spinning is a great way to enjoy a challenging cycling session during cold, dark winter nights. We have 20 bikes. Come along with water to keep well hydrated and a towel to mop your brow!!! If you are new to spinning it would be great if you could arrive a few minutes early for the first session, so that we have plenty of time to set you up on your bike before the session begins. The bikes all have double sided pedals, so will take either SDP cleats or training shoes.

Yes. The sessions have been extended to 1 hour this year, as we know that many of you have some distance to travel, so want to make it worth your while. This session is designed for athletes (YOU), really looking to develop their strength and endurance over the winter months.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

3 x 1st places at Bedford. Only Hawaii, New Zealand and Lanzerote 70.3 left this year now.

PACTRAC had 7 members at the Bedford Sprint Triathlon held at
Robinsons pool on Sunday. 3 came 1st in their respective Age Groups,
including Terry Murphy in his first ever triathlon, whilst Ros Giles
and Georgina Jennings are now used to the accolades. Terry had delayed
his arrival in triathlon until he felt that he could do it justice, and
has worked on his swimming over the summer. He picked a rather cold and
misty morning for his first event!

Distances were:

swim 400meters - 12 lengths of the 33m pool.
bike 15 miles - 1 undulating lap, misty and cold!
run 3 miles - 2.5 laps of the park. Flat.


36. Steve Giles 9:22 45:10 18:29 33 = 73:03 AG = 9.
52. Steve Hope 7:12 47:26 20:46 96 = 75:26 AG = 3.
62 Roz Giles 7:09 48:16 21:03 104 = 76.29 AG = 1.
111.Ros Goatly 7:48 53:15 21:14 111 = 82:18 AG = 2.
161.Andrew Rawlins 9:29 55:17 21:56 150 = 86:44 AG = 32.
231 Georgina Jennings 9:12 55:43 27:42 300 = 92:39 AG = 1.
295 Terry Murphy 13:42 60:36 27:12 294 = 101:32 AG = 1.


2 members of PACTRAC are already in Kona,
Hawaii, for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships this Saturday.
This is a very hard event to qualify for, with athletes competing for
1500 "Kona slots" from around 25 Ironman events worldwide. Roger Canham
and Emma Cranfield both won their respective Age Groups at the only uk
Ironman this year, in Bolton in July. This will be Roger's 11th Ironman
in 6 years whilst it is Emma's 3rd. It is the 5th consecutive year that
Roger has qualified for and competed in Hawaii - a remarkable
achievement. His best Age Group position in the IM World Championships
in Hawaii was 7th in 2009, but his list of Age Group victories
elsewhere include Ironman South Africa (2009), Ironman St.George USA
(2011), Ironman Bolton (2012), as well as the European Long Distance
Championships (2010).

Emma meanwhile, infamously beat Rebbecca Romero
to qualify at Bolton, and was the first female out of all of the Age
Grouper's, being beaten by only 3 professionals. This is her first
Hawaii experience.

The Ironman distances on Saturday will be:

swim 2.4 miles in the Pacific Ocean.

bike 112 miles along barren volcanic, windswept roads.

run 26.2 miles in the intense heat and humidity of Hawaii.

Updates throughout Saturday will be on


6 PACTRACers will head to New Zealand for
the World Championships to be held on 22nd October. 8 qualified in
their respective Age Groups, but Georgina Jennings and Robin Brookes
will not be taking up their places.

That leaves Simon Hoppe, Simon
Gull, Chris Jordan and Tracy McCartney to compete in the Standard
distance World Championships (swim 1500 meters, bike 25 miles and run
6.25 miles), and Neil Tandy and Ross Kent to compete in the Sprint
distance World Championships (swim 750 meters, bike 12.5 miles and run
3 miles). Of the 6 only Simon Hoppe and Chris Jordan have been to a
World Championships before.


Dave Wagstaff then finishes the 2012 triathlon season off, when he competes in the
inaugural Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote, scheduled for November 10, 2012, at
Club La Santa in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. This will cover the classic
half-Ironman distance of swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1
miles in the heat and humidity of the volcanic island.


The triathlon season then takes a break, before Dave Wagstaff gets things
going again on 3rd March in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco.

("Triathletes from around the globe will descend on San Francisco for one
chance to attempt the impossible – ESCAPE from Alcatraz. The Escape from
Alcatraz Triathlon attracts World Champions, Olympic Medalists and the best
amateur triathletes from 50 states and over 40 countries. They will put their
endurance to the ultimate test as they take on San Francisco’s icy
waters, steep hills, and rugged terrain. Consistently ranked as a
favorite event among Triathletes, this event draws thousands each
summer to find out who has what it takes to ESCAPE!

The 2013 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon features a 1.5-mile swim through
frigid waters from Alcatraz Island to the shores of the St. Francis Yacht
Club, a grueling 18-mile bike ride, and a demanding 8-mile run through the
trails of the Golden Gate Recreational Area.").

Ken Bannister loses battle with cancer.

Sadly, Ken Bannister passed away last week after a battle with cancer. Ken joined PACTRAC many years ago after discovering the Mini-Series. He regularly competed in the club's Mini-Series doing an average of 7 races a year up until 2010. He didn't compete either last year or this, but did join us for an open water swim in the Nene last year. He was often seen with his dog around his home in Wansford.

The Stamford Mercury reported as follows:

" BANNISTER Kenneth George passed away peacefully at home with his family, aged 59. Beloved Husband of Janet, Father of Dawson, Gibson and Frances. The Funeral will take place on Tuesday 25th September, at St. Mary's Church, Wansford, at 3pm followed by burial at Thornhaugh. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to St. Mary's Church or Hospital at Home c/o R.J. Scholes, St. George's Street, Stamford. PE9 2BJ. Telephone: 01780 763092. "

5 miles or a 7-stage relay on 30th Sept. Your choice:)

2 races on 30th September for your diary:

The Peterborough Green Wheel Running Relay (7-stages over 48-miles).

So far we have 5 willing volunteers, so I have entered 1 team. Please email me on if you would like to be in this or a 2nd team. Cost is £8pp + £2 for non EA runners. Alternatively reply to this Forum post.

Details can be found on and on

Dan Groom of PACTRAC is involved in the Rushden Higham Rotary Club 5 Mile Charity Run & Family Fun Run
on 30th September 2012.
Start 10:15am.
Venue - Hall Park Rushden NN10 9ES.
For more information and an application form:

Top Lodge 10k on 11th November.

There is a new race this year at Top Lodge. The Remembrance 10k (and 3k fun run) will take place on
Sunday 11th November at Top Lodge, Fineshade Woods, Nr Corby (courtesy of
the Forestry Commission). The course is a garmin measured 10k, totally
traffic free, the vast majority of which is on wide solid tracks.

This event is part of the Peterborough 5x5 Challenge aiming to raise £10,000
in 2012 for 'Help for Heroes'. To date over £6,000 has been raised.
All profit from the race will be donated to this Charity.

Full details including online entry at no extra charge can be found at

Committee Member. Peterborough 5x5 Challenge.

Oundle Pool closed until 3rd September.

Oundle Pool will be closed from the 20th August to the 2nd September for poolside maintenance.
That means that we will be without a pool for 2 whole weeks.

The Lido in Peterborough is an option, as is Corby for those that want to continue swimming. No official PACTRAC sessions have been arranged.

We expect to be back at Oundle on Monday 3rd September at 7:00pm.

St Neots Tri's

Hi ya,

Nice Tri have their last Tri's in our 2012 calendar soon see below

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd St Neots will play host to :-

Super sprint :- 400/10k/2.5k

Sprint :- 750/25k/5k

Olympic :- 1500/45k/10k

Swim takes place in the wonderful RIVER ouse followed by some scenic cycling in the local countryside followed by the run around the riverside park.

its a great venue. close to the shops and pubs. Free parking is onsite, as is the FREE camping for those that wish to stay Saturday night.

check here for more info,

Entries are still available for all events, but going fast.

May I also take the opportunity to thank you for your support throughout 2012 and hope to see again soon.


Nottingham National Relays

Hey Guys,

The two teams I have are as follows,

Steve Coward, Sean Beard, Nathan Tweedie, Michael Wenn - ALL MALE CATEGORY Sunday

Georgina Jennings, Christina Cork, Ros Goatly, Chris Jordan - MIXED CATEGORY Sunday

If anyone else wants to come along as a reserve or wants to start a new team please get back to me fast.

Please email me on PACTRAC@PACTRAC.CO.UK or

Nottingham National Relays Last Chance

Hey guys,

I have to send off the team entries on Wedesday for the Nottingham relays

25/26 August 2012
Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham
660 Teams
Relay x 4: 500m swim - 15k bike - 5k run

I have posted a previous time and added the race in the up and coming races TAB for more information about the categories etc.

So far I have heard from Nathan Tweedie and been told that Georgina and Chris Jordon are interested. I need to know for definite who is free that weekend and wants to race for PACTRAC, so I can make up the teams and get the entry in.

Please feel free to text or email me

WATCH THE OLYMPICS ON THE BIG SCREEN and much much more.....

Here are a couple of links that explain a bit more: a big screen

The days will be as follows:

Sat 4th Aug – Women’s Race followed by Inter-Club Challenge all day

Sun 5th Aug – Coaching Day where anyone can book a 30min slot in the endless pool and be coached by a Level 3 Swim Smooth Coach for free.

Mon 6th Aug – The same as the above but more for the public

Tue 7th Aug – Men’s Race followed by Inter-Club Challenge

Anyone can take part in the Inter-Club Challenge and I have included an entry form for teams on either Sat or Tue.

Hope that helps. If you need any further help just let me know.

Nottingham National Relays TEAMS to be chosen to represent Pactrac !!

Hey guys,

I have spoken to the organisers of the Nottingham Relays and here are the options for Pactracers:

We have 2 races available to us with categories in each race.

1st RACE is on Saturday 25th August 2012
Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham
Relay x 4: 500m swim - 15k bike - 5k run
£160.00 ( £40 EACH pay on the day )
Teams Categories are:

2nd Race is on Sunday 26th August 2012
Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham
660 Teams
Relay x 4: 500m swim - 15k bike - 5k run
£160.00 ( £40 EACH pay on the day )
Teams Categories are:

I am aiming to enter three teams ASAP for this event. If you would like to think we have a strong over 40 chance of winning. I would also like to see our juniors competing for the under 20's category on Sunday. Please email me if you can make the date and if you want to be in the team. Juniors I need feedback from you ASAP on whether you want to give this a go. I think we have a real chance of winning that category. For Juniors entry fee I am speaking with the board about supporting your £40 entry fee.

The event also has tenting areas if you want to go up there and camp out. It is an amazing atmosphere and really good fun.

I need someone who can be there Saturday and Sunday camping perhaps to set up our stand and flags and get us a club spot. My daughter is due on the same weekend as this race and something tells me it would be bad for my health if I was to attend and organise the event on site.

Yours In Sport

Mike Wenn
Chairman and Race Director

Advance Performance Triathlon Seminar this Thursday 26th July.

Advance Performance are putting on a Triathlon seminar this Thursday 26th July. For £5 you will get 4 seminars in 2 hours plus some food supplements to try plus a £5 AP voucher, so you can't go wrong.

Tri To Be Better Focus on Nutrition - various presenters
Thursday 26th July 2012 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Triathlon Centre, @ Advance Performance, Peterborough
Delivered in four 20-30 minute bite-size sessions, Swim by SwimCam, Bike by Green Wheel Cycles, Fitness by One Step Sports Therapy & Nutrition by by Peter Slijkhuis from SIS.
£5 booking fee for all four session - call 01733 891111
You will receive a £5 voucher and a goody bag on the night plus entry into a free prize draw to win either a VO2 Fitness Test or Bike Fit.

Just Racing were looking for an enthusiastic employee.

Interviewing on Friday, so maybe a little late, but: "Just Racing UK have a temporary position available for August. Do you know anyone who would be interested in joining our team in the office in Northamptonshire?

Ideally we are looking for a Sports Events or Business Studies Student or Graduate who would like to gain experience working in various aspects of Sports Management.

The ideal candidate would have the following

Project management, either sporting or non-sporting.
Sports event participation.
Experience of all aspects of research activity, including presenting findings with relevant conclusions.
Experience of social media platforms and knowledge of their uses in maximising communication
Demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills at all levels

It is possible that this could lead to a permanent position for the right candidate.

Car Driver essential due to location of office.

If this is of interest, please send CV and covering letter in the first instance to Alan, email

BRJ Road Runners Duathlon in CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Hi Mike
Could you pass on details of our duathlon to Pactrac. I have copied Gillian peck into the email if you need any info as she is our race director.
Many thanks

Dear club

We are pleased to announce that entries for the first BRJ Run & Tri Duathlon are now open, please see details attached.

The Race will be held at Abbotts Ripton Village Hall, The Green, Abbotts Ripton, Cambs PE28 2PE with Free parking.

For more details and to enter please go to ;

Andy Matson

BRJ Road Runners Duathlon in CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Hi Mike
Could you pass on details of our duathlon to Pactrac. I have copied Gillian peck into the email if you need any info as she is our race director.
Many thanks

Dear club

We are pleased to announce that entries for the first BRJ Run & Tri Duathlon are now open, please see details attached.

The Race will be held at Abbotts Ripton Village Hall, The Green, Abbotts Ripton, Cambs PE28 2PE with Free parking.

For more details and to enter please go to

Andy Matson

Ian King - Sad News.

Ian King (father of Paul and husband of Sue) passed away on Thursday 28th June after suffering a stroke.

Some of you may remember that Ian set up PEST Triathlon Club in Peterborough, and they joined us swimming at Oundle for a while. He was active in organising and competing in triathlon's and running events locally.

There will be a service for Ian at the Crematorium in Marholm, Peterborough on Wednesday 11th July at 12:30. No flowers but people can make donations to the 'Miracles' charity on the day if they wish.

Rob wins his first Mini-Series and Neil his second, whilst Roz retains the Ladies Trophy.

PACTRAC held the 5th Mini-Series of 9 on Wednesday. This was
held in conjunction with the 2nd Novice Race. A record 61 competitor's
signed up on the night. Simon Hoppe, having won the previous 4, was
away on business, leaving Tom Stead, who won the first Novice Race, to
battle it out with Rob Hammond. Rob started the run in 6th place, 45
seconds down, and caught all 5 runners ahead of him, just catching the
final one, Tom, in the finishing straight. (see photo of Rob and Tom in
the finishing straight).

Roz Giles was the first lady for the 5th time. She has now won the
Lady's Mini-Series Trophy with a maximum 50 points.

Neil Tandy lead the swimmers out, just ahead of Henry Morton,
with Tony Daniels a further 17 seconds down. Rob Hammond was the next
main contender out in 8th place, closely followed by Tom Stead in 9th.
17 swimmers came out in under 6 minutes.

It was a good evening for
cycling with 7 riders recording less than 24 minutes for the 10 miles.
Tom Stead had the fastest time of 23 minutes dead, to bring him into T2
just ahead of Neil and Tony. 37 seconds later, Dave Wagstaff brought
the next 5 riders in, and the chase was on. Tom held onto the lead
until the final finishing straight, where Rob managed to catch him just
before the line! Chris Brennan moved up to 3rd with John Murray who
started the run in 15th place, taking 4th with the fastest run of the


In the 6th of 9 Mini-Series Triathlon's at Oundle, 34
athletes took to the water, with Neil Tandy leading Ross Kent and Henry
Morton out. Tony Nicholson soon followed, but then there was a gap of
38 seconds, before newcomer Jim Carmichael lead 20 other swimmers out
in the space of the next minute.

Neil also had the fastest bike split
of the night, by almost a minute to power into transition, a minute and
22 seconds ahead of Ross, with another 51 seconds to Jon Crowley in

Ross made inroads on the run, but only by 12 seconds, leaving
Neil to come home 1:10 minutes clear for an emphatic victory, proving
that "if anyone can, the Tandy man can". This was Neil's 2nd ever Mini-
Series win, following on from race 7 in 2011. He recorded a Personal
Best time by 51 seconds into the bargain.

Results are on under races.

3 Qualify for World's in Auckland. Roger 2nd at Wimbleball.

PACTRAC had 24 competitor's in the local Dambuster Triathlon at Rutland Water.

This was a big National event with over
1,000 entrants taking part. It was also a qualifying race for the World
Triathlon Championships to be held in Auckland, New Zealand later on in
October. PACTRAC had 3 competitor's qualify for these World
Championships: Chris Jordan, Simon Hoppe and Robin Brookes. All 3 also
finished 3rd in their respective Age Groups.

Distances were:

swim 1,000 meters in Rutland Water. This was reduced from the advertised
1,500 meters due to safety reasons, i.e., the water temperature was a
measly 12 degrees C. Wetsuits were compulsory. The water was also a bit
choppy in places due to the wind.

bike 26 miles on a hilly course around Oakham, Uppingham, Morcott, Ketton and Empingham. This included
the triple hill of the "Rutland Ripple" between Oakham and Uppingham.
It also included Steadfold Hill at Ketton, and a headwind on the
undulating roads around Empingham.

run 6 miles - out, cross the dam and back twice, and then return.

At least being in the lake, the event
was still able to take place. The Windsor Triathlon, in the River
Thames, had to become a Duathlon (run, due to the recent rain
flooding the river; whilst the Sprint Triathlon in the River Ouse at St.
Neots was completely cancelled for the same reason.

19. Simon Hoppe 13:17 68:45 36:25 = 1.58.27 AG=3
112. John Murray 14:45 78:32 34:51 = 2.08.08
115= David Wagstaff 15:39 72:47 40:05 = 2.08.31
115= Robin Brookes 16:20 74:22 37:49 = 2.08.31 AG=3
126. David Allsop 15:46 75:46 37:49 = 2.09.21
137. Steve Coward 16:21 73:58 40:02 = 2.10.21
179. Giles Cooper 15:52 77:35 40:16 = 2.13.43
240. Alastair Etchells 17:54 79:02 41:19 = 2.18.15
246. Daniel Fitzjohn 18:00 79:52 40:31 = 2.18.23
256. Steve Hope 16:15 81:34 40:53 = 2.18.42
284. Nick Richards 20:57 76:54 42:31 = 2.20.22
295. Simon Pauffley 15:25 81:54 43:36 = 2.20.55
348. Richard Nixon 14:47 81:56 46:49 = 2.23.32
353. Steve Skelhon 16:24 82:38 44:47 = 2.23.49
409. Simon Gull 20:06 82:19 44:15 = 2.26.40
419. Will Pearson 14:33 87:11 45:29 = 2.27.13
466. Damian Wilkins 17:11 87:48 45:08 = 2.30.07
503. Tracy McCartney 18:40 92:40 41:26 = 2.32.46
541. Chris Jordan 16:57 84:34 53:37 = 2.35.08 AG=3
592. Paul Jephcott 20:52 92:28 45:52 = 2.39.12
604. Tony Moran 19:28 91:02 49:21 = 2.39.51
631. Simon Taylor 20:18 94:00 48:15 = 2.42.33
632. Jeremy Lloyd 19:30 89:47 53:20 = 2.42.37
679. Adrian Chambers 19:49 98:13 51:01 = 2.49.03


Meanwhile, Matt Gunby continued his recovery from a recent injury, with a solid finish
in the Banyoles ITU Triathlon World Cup in Spain. Matt was one of 7
Elite athletes representing GB in this Olympic distance triathlon.

49. Matthew Gunby 1:53:32


Roger Canham, chose to go all of the way to Wimbleball in Somerset
to compete in the 70.3 half-Ironman race. The distances were swim 1.2
miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles. This is part of a series of
70.3 half-Ironman races around the world, and is considered to be one
of the toughest, with plenty of climbing. Roger was 9th in his Age
Group after the swim, moved up to 6th on the bike, and then gained a
further 4 places on the run, to finish 2nd in his Age Group. Roger has,
therefore, qualified for the 70.3 half-Ironman World Championships in
Las Vegas in September.

PACTRAC's other representative was Jaap
Flikweert who himself moved from 16th in his Age Group after the swim
to 8th off the bike and 5th at the finish. Unbelievably the two of them
both started the run together, having tussled on the bike for 3 hours.

Roger writes:

"Wimbleball was my fifth race in seven weeks and the
third half Ironman, my performances getting progressively better. The
strategy to race and not ease up on the training was working but I had
some unfinished business from Wimbleball 2011.

The weather forecasts
for the weekend were looking dreadful with high winds and torrential
rain predicted to hit race day hard. I toyed with the idea of not
making the 5hr road trip to Somerset and just doing a hard brick
session from home, albeit in the rain. Anyway, the plans had been made
and I had paid my entry fee so it was time to show a little Iron

Race day I was up at 0400 for my porridge and banana and then
just worked through the normal routine, arriving in the water at 0730
composed, focussed and ready to race. It was a deep water two wave swim
start, one thousand competitors in each wave, and the water was a balmy
14oC. I don’t think anyone even waited for the B of the Bang, we were
off in the usual melee of thrashing arms and legs but I quickly broke
free of the main pack and found a good line for the first buoy. From
there I locked onto some friendly feet and drafted pretty much the
second half of the swim, exiting in good shape and under my target 30

It was a long run up the hill into the mud bath T1 had
become. A quick change and out onto the bike, desperately trying to
navigate round the previous wave that were strewn across the road,
walking or wobbling or zigzagging as they attempted to set off. It was
chaos but I tried to keep a cool head, run up the road a little further
than usual and then jump on and put the power down. Since I was in the
second wave it was almost half way into the two lap ride that I started
to get some clear road but it was always a challenge to safely pass
whilst pacing a very hilly course. Over the 56 miles it is said there
are 56 hills, testing the riders with over 6000ft of ascent. I metered
out my efforts as best I could but on some of the steeper hills there
is no choice but to just concentrate on turning the cranks as hard as
possible. Having grabbed a couple of minutes on the swim compared to
last year I was determined to do the same on the bike but leave my legs
fresh enough to nail a really hard run. I was really excited to roll
into T2 having completed the toughest bike course on the Ironman 70,3
circuit on plan, a total of nearly 5 minutes ahead of 2011 and ready to
go to work on the run.

A smooth T2 and out onto the toughest run on
the Ironman 70.3 world circuit, a three lap trail run with not only a
challenging terrain, some 1500ft of ascent, but now crammed with
runners running at various paces on muddy footpaths. I spent lap 1
shouting at runners to move to one side so I could get through whilst
trying to keep upright on the deteriorating running surface, clocking
28 minutes. Lap 2 I completed n 30minutes, reigning back a little to
conserve energy for the final lap. Lap 3 I just let rip and ran as hard
as the conditions would allow and as I approached the 11-mile mark I
realised that it would be possible to go under 5 hours if I pushed
hard. I shut down the sensors, narrowed my vision and went for it,
crossing the line with only 20 seconds to spare!

I had swum well,
biked well and executed a great run. I was thrilled with breaking 5
hours and had finished high up in the overall standing in a very
competitive field. I am now ready for the real deal, Ironman UK (twice
the distance) in 5 weeks."


At the Northampton Olympic distance Triathlon, PACTRAC had 7 entries,
including 6 individuals and 1 team.

Distances were:

swim 1500 meters in the lake.
bike 23.5 miles undulating on local roads.
run 6.25 miles on rough, wet, muddy, pot-holly track.


9th overall. TEAM Mike Chapman 24.29 67.35 38.08 = 2.10.12 FIRST TEAM.

38. Steve Hope 25.13 70.44 45.28 = 2.21.25 AG = 2nd.
79. Charlie Brookes 25.56 77.18 49.23 = 2.32.37
103. Bruce Donald 29.18 77.30 51.38 = 2.38.26
133. Pedro Polson 23.09 86.09 56.10 = 2.45.28
137. Paul Jephcott 33.30 83.21 50.37 = 2.47.28
155. Adrian Chambers 31.32 91.51 54.16 = 2.57.39


The British Standard Distance Triathlon Championships took place last Sunday
(24 June) at the TriUK Shropshire Triathlon at Ellesmere, as almost 500
athletes competed, all aiming to win the coveted British titles.

All 3 PACTRAC athletes acquitted themselves well coming home in the top 12 in
their respective Age Groups.

Distances were:
swim 1500 meters in the Lake.
bike 25 miles on undulating roads.
run 6.25 miles on quiet country roads and track.


117. Neil Tandy 20.00 65.42 46.02 = 2.11.44 AG = 9th.
344. Chris Jordan 24.34 73.35 55.57 = 2.34.06 AG = 8th.
283. Simon Gull 29.01 73.21 44.35 = 2.26.57 AG= 12th.


Matt Gunby competed in the Elite Canary Wharf triathlon over
a very short sharp course. Matt came 3rd in this race last year, but is
on his way back from a recent injury, and came 22nd out of 49 Elites in
the heats. Unfortunately only the top 20 qualified for the final,
around the Canary Wharf Business Area. Matt finished in 17 minutes and
18 seconds, only 35 seconds behind the heat winner. The racing was all
very close with Aaron Royle of Australia just pipping the USA's Jarrod
Shoemaker in the final after Jarrod had only just qualified in 20th


Half-Ironman 70.3 in Lake Zurich, Switzerland.

Distances were:
swim 1.2 miles.
bike 56 miles.
run 13.1 miles.

428. Dave Patmore-Hill 33.12 2.50.08 1.35.15 = 4.58.35


The Outlaw Ironman-Distance Triathlon
took place at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham on Sunday over the classic
distances of:

swim 2.4 miles in the Lake. Out and Back.

bike 112 miles on 2 separate legs with a circuit at the end of each.

run 26.2 miles. A full marathon involving 3 circuits of 3 miles with a dog leg
on each.

900 athletes started this race with 61 not finishing.


64. Paul Spain = 10.44.13

199. Steve Skelhon = 11.37.30


The Rob McLean Cambridge Junior
Triathlon attracted 193 entrants, including PACTRAC's Neve Hattee (11)
and Tom Hattee (8).

In the TriStar Start Category, Tom had the
fastest bike split of 15 competitor's and was well up on the run, but
unfortunately, he had a problem in the swim leg which meant that he was
down on where he should have been. Nevertheless, a promising one for
the future.

15. Tom Hattee 3:17 4.44 2.54 = 10.55 TriStar Start Category.
14. Neve Hattee 4:12 18.33 9.56 = 32:41 TriStar 2 Category.


Meanwhile in the Derby Junior Triathlon, 3 of PACTRACs promising Juniors acquitted themselves
well amongst some fierce competition. Matthew Wouldham recorded a good
3rd place in his Age Group, whilst the other two were 4th and 5th respectively.


4 Damian Rutterford 5:05 8:37 7:43 = 21.25 Tristar 3 category.

3 Matthew Wouldham 4:22 7:11 6:52 = 18.25 Tristar 2.

5 James Cooper 4:17 5:10 5:03 = 14.30 Tristar 1.


Tracey McCartney competed in the Deva Triathlon in Chester.

Distances were:

swim 1500 meters in the river.
bike 25 miles
run 6.25 miles


359. Tracey McCartney 22.31 88.19 43.45 = 2.34.35


Simon and Roz on a winning streak.

The 3rd of 9 Mini-Series Triathlons took place at Oundle, over the usual course and distances:

swim 400 yards in the 50 yard pool.
bike 10 miles. 1 undulating lap around Glapthorn and the Benefields.
run 3.5 miles - out to Glapthorn and back.

Simon Hoppe won for the 3rd time out of 3. He has still to beat
the 50-minute barrier this year, but was just 15 seconds over this on
Wednesday. It stayed dry and was a decent night for biking, which
always helps.

39 competitor's lined up. 15 recorded PBs on the night,
including Richard Luff and Tim Kent who both went under the hour for
the first time. 3 competitor's were new to the sport.

Neil Tandy was first out of the water, closely followed by Henry Morton and Ross Kent,
with another 12 seconds to Simon Hoppe. The other main contenders, Jaap
Flikweert and Tom Stead were a further 30 seconds down at this point.
All changed on the bike, with Simon moving to the front, with a 30
second lead over Jaap, who had a further 45 seconds on Tom. These
positions remained the same on the run, with Ross claiming 4th and the
fastest run of the night taking Sean Beard up to 5th.

The 1st lady home was Roz Giles, making it 3 in a row so far this year for both
Simon and Roz.


The following day, Thursday, saw the 2nd Box End Evening Triathlon near Bedford.

This was over the distances of:

swim 750 meters in the lake.

bike 6.25 miles off road - 2 laps of the permanent, undulating grass
and trail route.

run 3 miles, again off road - 1 lap of the same course.

Roz Giles had already competed the day before in the PACTRAC
Mini-Series Triathlon, and was first lady home in both races. Husband
Steve, and Rob Hammond were 2nd and 3rd respectively in the over 40 Age


5. Rob Hammond 12:01 30:22 20:46 = 63:09
6. Steve Giles 15:28 28:30 19:19 = 63:17
17. Roz Giles 13:42 30:52 23:53 = 68:27


In the 4th of the summer Mini-Series Triathlon's,
Simon Hoppe won for the 4th time out of 4, whilst Roz Giles
was the first lady, again for the fourth time out of four.

Henry Morton lead the swimmers out, closely followed by Simon Hoppe, Tony
Daniels and Tony Nicholson. It was a further 30 seconds before Austin
Smith emerged, and another 15 seconds before Giles Cooper lead the main
bunch out.

Simon and Tony soon took hold of the race on the bike, and
fought it out to come into T2 together, over 2 minutes clear of the
chasers, now lead by Steve Coward.

Simon recorded a run split of 21.39 to pull ahead and eventually win by 2 1/4 minutes, just outside the
magical 50-minute barrier by a mere 4 seconds. Tony held onto 2nd, but
only by 8 seconds in the end from a rapidly approaching Steve Giles,
whilst Sean Beard had the fastest run of the night to make it a tight
finish in 4th place. Sean came in off the bike in 11th place.

Further down the field, the Pike Brothers were involved in their own little
race. Coming out of the swim together, Richard pulled ahead by 26
seconds on the bike, only for Chris to have a faster run by a mere 33
seconds to finish 7 seconds ahead. Both recorded PBs in the process.

Aquathlon from ELY Tri club


Could you circulate these links to your club to remind them of our sprint triathlon and children’s aquathlon on 2nd September in Ely.







Taylor Vinters


01223 225294


01223 426524







Dear Mike,

Please could you let all pactrac members know that the timetable changes for the summer from Monday. 7.30-8.30pm.

Many thanks

Peterborough Tri Centre Event

 Thursday 28th June 2012 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm Triathlon Centre, Peterborough
£5 booking fee for all four sessions
(you will receive a £5 voucher and a goody bag on the night)
Tri To Be Better Sessions:
Swim Session - by Christian from SwimCam
- Stroke and Video Analysis for Novice to Seasoned Triathletes
- Transition Tips – simple pointers for that smoother/faster transition.
Bike Session - by Dan from GreenWheel Cycles
- Bike Fitting - Does your bike fit you? Are you losing power and speed without even knowing?
- Bike Workshop - The hands on guide to changing a tube in a race situation with tips to make it quick and simple.
Run Session -by Mike & Matt from Advance Performance
- Gait Analysis -Why it is so important to all of us?
- VO2 Analysis -The benefit of truly targeted training.
Fitness Session -by Howard from One Step Sports Therapy
- Injury Prevention - Pointers on increasing training load safely.
- Strength and Conditioning – Key tips to staying fitter for longer.
Places are limited, so early booking is recommended
Call Triathlon Centre@Advance Performance, Peterborough 01733 891111
Jenny Mogford
PR and Communications for the Triathlon Centre

Tel: 0845 094 1687
Internet Consultants, PR and Communications

Peterborough Cycling Club Sportive - Sun 8th July

Message from Ian Wild (Peterborough Cycling Club)

Please see info on our sportive being run this year on Sunday 8th July. We are extending the field to 300 riders for this year and all riders have the chance to win some fantastic raffle prizes with the first prize being a Scicon bike bag worth £400 and a second prize of a Rapha jersey and hat worth £125.

Once again IG Markets- Sigma Sport Pro rider Steve Lampier will be riding.

The Wild route - 89 miles:

The Tame route - 58 miles:

For more info visit

Entry is online with British Cycling or by using the entry form on PCC link above

PACTRACs newest member.

Congratulations to Chris and Jan Jordan, who are now proud Grandparents to Evelyn Rose - Evie for short. Evie was born on Tuesday 5th June to Chris and Jan's son and daughter-in-law, Luke and Helen, who live in Rickmansworth. Evie came into the world at 7lb 8 oz.

Blenheim, Corby and Spalding. 3 races. 7 Age Group wins.

3 races took place this weekend.

The big National Triathlon was at Blenheim Park, where both Alastair Brownlee (World Champion) and
Matt Gunby (back from injury) made their comeback's.

54 athlete's took part in the Elite race, but 9 athletes soon split into 3 small
groups at the front. Olympic hopefuls Alastair and Johnny Brownlee came
in off of the bike 1 1/2 minutes clear of 1 chasing rider, who had
established a 25 second lead over Matt's chasing pack of 6. In the end
Matt's lack of competitive running saw him finish in a very creditable
6th place overall.

Distances were:

swim: 750 meters in the lake.

bike: 12.5 miles all on closed roads.

run: 3 miles all within the park grounds.

Alistair Brownlee 8:00 28:47 17:08 = 57:16

Jonathan Brownlee 8:07 28:43 17:08 = 57:16

Mark Buckingham 8:42 30:02 17:20 = 59:26

Adam Bowden 8:21 30:16 17:25 = 59:32

Ritchie Nicholls 8:50 29:52 17:38 = 59:51

MATT GUNBY 8:43 29:55 17:52 = 60:10

Richard Stannard = 61:03

Andrew Hood 8:47 29:53 19:01 = 61:16

RHYS DAVEY 8:26 29:49 20:21 = 62:09

In the Age Group Category, Martin Taylor competed in the Sprint race over the same course.

904. Martin Taylor 12:39 46:55 28:01 = 87.35

Over 5,000 competitor's enjoyed the weekends racing.


PACTRAC had 7 competitor's in the 2nd
Annual Corby Triathlon, with 4 of them winning their respective Age
Groups, plus Roz Giles taking 3rd female overall in a closely fought
contest. Once again, PACTRAC's Roz Giles had the fastest T1 of the
whole field, and the fastest aggregate Transition time!

Distances were:

swim 750 meters in the Corby International Swimming Pool.

bike 17.5 miles - 2 laps on a very hilly circuit around Rockingham and Cottenham.

run 3 miles - 3 laps.


8. Steve Hope 13:42 53:14 17:32 = 1:24:28 AG= 1

9. Steve Giles 16:52 51:41 16:04 = 1:24:37 AG= 3

22. Roz Giles 14:49 55:44 18:44 = 1:29:17 AG = 2. 3rd lady overall

35. Chris Jordan 14:04 56:56 23:12 = 1:34:12 AG= 1

39. Rosalind Goatly 14:22 61:03 20:09 = 1:35:34 AG= 1

97. Mike Primavesi 19:17 65:15 24:56 = 1:49:28 AG= 2.

In the accompanying Novice Race over a 400 meter
swim, 10 mile bike and 2 mile run, new member, Daniel Groom, finished
2nd overall, and was just pipped to top spot by 41 seconds, with
another 1 3/4 minutes until the 3rd placed competitor. Daniel was 1st
in his Age Group.


9 PACTRACers competed in the Spalding Triathlon.

Distances were:
swim 400 meters in the pool.
bike 11 3/4 miles on a flat 1-lap course.
run 3 miles.

The first PACTRACer and in his first season of triathlon was Simon Guerin in 23rd place.
3 members; Caroline Randeria, Georgina Jennings and Peter Mein
won their respective Age Groups; Caroline with a negative split on the run.


23 Simon Guerin.............. 7:07.... 37:48.... 21:34 = 66:29
28 Brian McGeeney.......... 8:48.... 39:00.... 20:53 = 68:41
31 Caroline Randeria......... 7:33.... 39:52.... 22:31 = 69:56
43 Domonic Goy............... 8:40.... 39:43.... 23:27 = 71:50
53 Nicola Goy................... 8:42.... 41:55.... 23:26 = 74:03
54 Paul Beland................ 11:47.... 40:56.... 21:28 = 74:11
56 Georgina Jennings........ 9:27.... 39:25.... 26:08 = 75:00
77 Barbara Gunn............. 10:50.... 46:08.... 26:33 = 83:31
86 Peter Mein.................. 11:10.... 48:03.... 28:34 = 87:47

Simon makes it 2 out of 2 in the Mini-Series.

PACTRAC held the 2nd of 9 Mini-Series Triathlons at Oundle pool last Wednesday.

Distances as usual were:

swim 400 yards.
bike 10 miles.
run 3.5 miles.

In spite of the weather 33 competitor's turned
out. Most of the heavy rain came down 1 to 2 hours before the start.
There was still a bit of rain around during the event; and some
competitors got a bit wetter than others, depending on their
whereabouts around the course whilst competing. There were many puddles
of water to avoid on the tricky bike section, and the twisty, turny
mile section of road on the decent between Upper and Lower Benefield,
had to be taken with care.

In spite of the weather, 10 competitor's
recorded Personal Best times, plus 4 others ventured out for their very
first Triathlon. However, only Giles Cooper of the top 10 recorded a
PB, and that was more due to a good winter's training.

Kimberley Bell in her first ever Triathlon was first out of the water in a superfast
time of 4:20. Neil Tandy then came out 1/4 minute later, with another
1/4 minute to Jon Ratcliffe, and another 1/4 to Simon Hoppe. Tony
Daniels and Rob Hammond were close behind Simon, with another 22
seconds to Jaap Flikweert, and yet another 22 seconds before Dave
Wagstaff led the main bunch of swimmers out.

Neil Tandy, with a fast transition, soon took the lead on the bike, but he was caught half way
round by Simon, with Neil managing to come into T2 just 5 seconds
adrift. Kimberley meanwhile, had punctured, and will have to come back
to try again another night. There was a 46 second gap to Tony, who held
off both Jaap and Rob. Tony himself was not to finish, not wanting to
aggravate a running injury, leaving the other 4 to fight it out for the
top four spots.

The gaps then increased, as Simon moved further ahead
of Jaap, who moved further ahead of Rob, leaving Neil to hang onto 4th
spot just ahead of a fast approaching Sean Beard, who had the fastest
run of the night.

Another Mini-Series win for Simon. Although it
wasn't a night for heroics or PBs, he managed to win by 1 3/4 minutes
in the end, and made it look easier than it was. The first lady home
was Roz Giles, making it 2 out of 2 for both her and Simon.

Charity places for London Triathlon (22-23 Sep)

Arthritis Research UK has places is this year’s Virgin Active London Triathlon, and it would be great to hear from you if you are interested in taking part to support us.

Who are we?
Arthritis Research UK is the charity leading the fight against arthritis. We’re working to take the pain away for sufferers of all forms of arthritis and helping people to remain active. Arthritis is a huge problem, affecting more than 10 million people in the UK – that’s 1 in 6 people, and can be anyone from a two year old baby to a 90 year old, and everything in between. Our core remits are funding world-class research and providing a comprehensive range of information for patients, the public and health professionals. We are committed to raising the profile of arthritis and improving the lives of those living with the condition.

By joining Team A for the London Triathlon you will receive:
· An official fundraising pack giving tips and advice on raising sponsorship.
· Top training, nutritional and health advice to make sure you’re ready for the big day.
· A snazzy Arthritis Research UK team running vest.
· Regular email updates from the team.
· Unlimited support from the Arthritis Research UK Sports Events Team before, during and after the race.
· An invitation to our post-race reception in the charity village.

Please note you will need to choose between the following distances:
Super Sprint – 400m Swim/10km Bike/2.5km Run
Sprint – 750m Swim/20km Bike/5km Run
Sprint Team Relay – 750m Swim/20km Bike/5km Run – each team member completes one leg
Olympic Team Relay – 1500m Swim/40km Bike/10km Run - each team member completes one leg

For individual participants we ask for a £60 registration fee to cover the cost of your place, and then ask all participants to aim for the sponsorship target of £450.

For triathlon teams we ask for a £180 registration fee (£60 per person) to cover the cost of your place ,and then ask each team to raise a total of £1,350 in sponsorship. This will help fund our high class research into the causes, symptoms and treatment of arthritis.

For an application form or any questions please email Sophie Major at Arthritis Reasearch,

Tom Stead (15) wins Novice Tri. Jaap reclaims the Off-Road Title.

PACTRAC's Novice Mini-Series race at Oundle attracted 44

The course and distances were the same as usual:

400 yards in the 50 yard pool at Oundle.

bike 10 miles - 1 lap around Glapthorn and the Benefield's.

run 3.5 miles out to Glapthorn and back.

Tom Stead a 15 year old triathlete from St.Neots did his first
Mini-Series race, and despite not knowing the course in advance, proved
that he is one to watch. Tom was out of the water in 9th place, so had
plenty of athletes to chase, as he had the fastest bike split of the
night to start the run in pole position, over 1/2 minute up on Henry Morton.

We had some COPS swimmers on the night, as Matt Brigham
recorded a superfast swim split of 4:11 - just 4 seconds down on Josh
Daniels swim course record of 4:07. Nathan Tweedie in his 3rd Mini-
Series race was just 5 seconds adrift, whilst Matt Allsop and Henry
Morton also recorded sub-5 minute times.

Tom was over 2 minutes down
at the start of the bike, whilst Henry had the 2nd fastest bike split
to move up to 2nd overall at the start of the run, 1 1/2 minutes ahead
of Nathan in 3rd. At this point, Stephen Smith was 9th, and with the
fastest run split of the night, moved up to 6th overall. Nathan held
onto 5th after being overtaken by a couple of fast runners in Matt
Allsop and Jon Cox. 8 athletes beat the hour, whilst first lady home,
Tracy McCartney was just outside in 9th.


PACTRAC held their annual Off-Road Triathlon at Harringworth
on Sunday. The poor weather conditions attracted just 8 competitor's,
but 4 of those were past winners of the event, so a quality field was

Distances were:

swim 800 meters in the private lake.

bike 8 miles off road on grass and tracks - 2 laps.

run 4 miles on the same course - 1 lap.

Course Record Holder and 2010 winner, Jaap Flikweert
emerged triumphant, having led the charge on the bike, to hunt down
lead swimmer Jon Ratcliffe. Rob Hammond then took over the lead on the
bike to come into T2 44 seconds ahead of Jaap. However, a slow
transition, with Rob (as well as others later), still being too cold to
quickly undo his cycle helmet, allowed Jaap to gain some time.

At this point Rupert Conant (winner in 2007 and 2008) had clawed his way
up to 3rd, with Steve Giles (reigning champion from 2011) 4th, and Jon
Ratcliffe (winner in 2009) still in contention in 5th. With all 4
previous winners present, it was going to be a tight race.

Jaap then had a fast run to pull away and come home just 25 seconds ahead of Rob.
Steve moved up to 3rd with both the fastest bike and run of the day.
The rain continued throughout, but couldn't dampen the spirits.


1. Jaap Flikweert.... 14:31 ....35:15.... 24:41 .. = 1:14:27
2. Rob Hammond.... 14:54.... 34:08.... 25:50 .. = 1:14:52
3. Steve Giles ........ 19:01 .... 31:59.... 24:20.. = 1:15:20
4. Jonathon Ratcliffe 12:59 ....38:37.... 26:53.. = 1:18:29
5. Steve Hope ........ 15:59 ....36:34..... 26:36 .. = 1:19:09
6. Rupert Conant .....17:25 ....33:19.... 29:52 .. = 1:20:36
7. Roz Giles ........... 18:11 ....37:19 ....31:54 .. = 1:27:24
8. Georgina Jennings 19:30 ....58:52 ....49:15 .. = 2:07:37

HALF Marathon runners and sponsors needed

I am writing to ask if you would kindly display our poster or email it out to your members ahead of the Peterborough Half Marathon in October. We would be very grateful if any of your members would consider running on behalf of our charity.

Entry fees for the Peterborough Half Marathon remain low: Affiliated £21.00, Unaffiliated £23.00, and for the Fun Run & Junior Challenge the fees are: Over 16 years of age £8.00, 16 years & under £5.00.

We have 50 places available to us and we would be very grateful if we were to benefit from sponsorship.

Please pass on my email details to your members, and do not hesitate to contact me by email for further information if you need it.

With grateful thanks

Ann Weitzel

Head of Corporate Affairs

Headway Cambridgeshire

Headway House


Mill Road



T: 01223 576550

F: 01223 576551


Off-Road Triathlon at Harringworth on Sunday 3rd June.

The Off-Road Triathlon is at Harringworth Lodge Farm this Sunday 3rd June. Again, entry is on the day. Bring a wetsuit and Mountain Bike for this one.

Directions: Between Harringworth and Laxton there is a right hand turn signposted to Deene. (signposted left if coming from Laxton!). After 600 meters go straight past the cottage on your left. In another 20 meters turn right down a track at the open steel green barrier. At the end of the track park in the courtyard. Any problems, I can be contacted on 07963 193324.

No Swimming on BH Mon 4th June :(

We WON'T (WILL NOT) be swimming on Bank Holiday Monday, June 4th.

Please also note that one lane will be unavailable next Wednesday and Friday, due to new grouting maintenance on poolside.

Free Bike Checks.

I have received this email from the Oundle On-Your-Bike Project:

"Over the forthcoming weeks, the ‘Oundle On-Your-Bike!’ project is running a series of free bike checks at the following local events:

· Oundle Town Market on 7th June

· Barnwell Park on 17th June

· Oundle Carnival on 24th June.

If you would like to have a bike checked, oiled and tightened up, please bring it along. If your bike needs parts replacing, these will be charged at cost only. Please let me know if you’d like to bring your bike to any of these events so we can gauge interest and work out timings.

If you don’t currently cycle, but fancy getting on your bike, please register your interest by signing up via the website mentioned below. The project’s bike amnesty & exchange should produce some low cost second hand bikes which will all have been checked before being passed on.

There are many other activities planned by the project, including competitions, have a go days and training opportunities, click here for more information.

This is the last email I’ll send you about the ‘Oundle-On Your Bike!’ project, I promise! You can sign up via the home page of the website to receive fairly infrequent newsletters and register your interest in the different activities mentioned above. OTTG (the organisers) will use your details to contact you about the bike project and will not pass them on to other users.

Of course, feel free to forward this email to others who may be interested.

Thanks very much and have a jubilee weekend!

Camilla Sherwin

Tel: 01832 272139

Mob: 07940 345861

Georgina takes GOLD in the National Sprints. Roger 1st in AG, Carol and Emma both 2nd at Beaver.

3 Beaver Triathlon's took place at Belvoir Castle near
Grantham over a hot weekend.

Now in it's 7th year, all racing takes place in the Castle grounds and it's surrounding area.

The Beaver distances were:

swim 1900meters in the shallow lake, ensuring that the water temperature was relatively high.
There then followed a long run to transition.
bike 46.5 miles. 3 laps.
run 13 miles. 4 laps.

Roger Canham was 1st in his Age Group, whilst mother and daughter,
Carol Smallman and Emma Cranfield were both 2nd in theirs.


"The Beaver Middle Distance Triathlon at Belvoir Castle.
Temperature 25oC
1st Age Group 45-49, 11th Overall.
My race in Mallorca two weeks ago had marked the start of my Ironman specific
block of training, using half distance races to sharpen up my speed
coupled with big blocks of race specific aerobic training. I quickly
recovered from Mallorca and put in a solid 10 day period of hard
training running into the Beaver triathlon. I didn’t feel well rested,
but the post race soreness was gone and I was ready to race hard.

I started my pre-race routine early on Saturday morning and arrived at
the swim start well prepared and everything running like clockwork. I
now have an established routine that works well for me. Final
preparation then pull the wetsuit up ready for the gun but to my
chagrin, the wetsuit ripped at the seam – panic – resignation – into
the water and get on with it.

The gun fired and I swam hard to the open water ahead and quickly settled into a stroke that put me in the lead
group. Apart from navigating round stragglers from the previous waves
and fighting with the silt and duck weed, it was an uneventful solo
effort, exiting the water in just under 28mins, fantastic, probably the
fastest split I have had at this distance. There is a 500m run up to
transition so I took off my wetsuit before running into T1 and grabbing
the bike.

I was hard on the heels of the guy leading the age group as
we jumped on the bike but he quickly put the power down and disappeared
up the road. I knew I had the edge in the run so I focused on riding
hard but consistently. The ride was great in the sunny weather and the
wind was even in a helpful direction. I put in a solid effort on the
bike and the nutrition plan delivered me to T2 in good shape for the
final segment of the race. By this time the temperature was soaring but
having raced Mallorca two weeks previously it seemed very manageable.

Through T2 in a flash and out onto the challenging run course. It
consisted of four repeats of an out and back route effectively up and
down a hill, the wind rather inconveniently this time, blowing down the
hill just to make it a little more interesting. I ran the first lap
hard to catch the guy leading the age group and was surprised how
quickly I passed him; from then on I just wanted to deliver a fast run
time to reflect the training I had been doing. The laps ticked off with
only a slight wobble at the start of the fourth – this was quickly
fixed with half a gel to pep me up for the run home.

It was a wave start so you never really know how you are racing compared to the rest
of the field but I was delighted to win the age group and thrilled to
discover I had come 11th overall."


11. ROGER CANHAM 30:18 2:10:07 1:23:46 4:04:11 AG= 1

40. EMMA CRANFIELD 28:58 2:19:30 1:33:18 4:21:46 AG= 2

43. DAVID ALLSOP 32:58 2:16:04 1:34:52 4:23:54 AG= 4

59. ROBIN BROOKES 32:13 2:19:39 1:38:13 4:30:05 AG= 5

275.CAROL SMALLMAN 35:55 2:47:16 2:07:29 5:30:40 AG= 2


In the accompanying Little Beaver
(Olympic Distance) on Sunday, the distances were:
swim 1500 meters in the lake.
bike 25 miles - 2 laps.
run 6.25 miles - 3 laps.

86. PEDRO POLSON 26:34 92:18 53:43 = 2:52:35 AG= 3
111. ADRIAN CHAMBERS 37:00 94:10 54:20 = 3:05:30 AG= 6


The National Sprint Championships at Milton Keynes attracted a further 7
PACTRACers trying for National Honours over the distances of:

swim 750 meters in the lake.

bike 12.5 miles.

run 3 miles.

PACTRACs Georgina Jennings won the GOLD MEDAL in the ladies 65 - 69 year Age Group by
over 9 minutes. Georgina has won her Age Group in the National Sprint
Championships for 3 year's on the trot now. She is also the current
European Champion.


369. Daniel Fitzjohn .... 16:24 36:43 22:27 = 75.34 AG = 61.
502. Chris Jordan ........ 13:09 38:39 28:57 = 80.45 AG= 8.
514. Ros Goatly .......... 14:28 41:44 25:10 = 81.22 AG= 18.
560. Caroline Randeria .12:54 42:52 27:34 = 83.20 AG= 17.
592. Brian Mcgeeney ... 16:14 43:58 24:54 = 85.06 AG= 113.
633. Georgina Jennings 15:57 41:23 32:14 = 89.34 AG (65-69)= 1st GOLD MEDAL!
658. Annette Wyld ....... 16:24 42:51 34:13 = 93.28 AG = 24.

Simon takes the first Mini-Series of 2012.

Last night PACTRAC held the first of this summer's Mini-Series
Triathlon's from Oundle.

The same course was used as in previous years.

Distances were:

swim 400 yards - 8 lengths of the pool.

bike 10 miles on an undulating, sporting course, with plenty of twists and
turns and ups and downs. Around Glapthorn, Upper and Lower Benefield.

run 3.5 miles out to Glapthorn and back.

As in previous year's we will be holding 10 races on consecutive Wednesday night's. Next
Wednesday is a Novice only race for people who have been in the sport
for less than a year. The other 9 are open to members and guests, with
nr. 5 on 27th June also incorporating the 2nd Novice race in a separate
wave. All races start soon after 7:30pm and are entry on the day, so
athletes start to turn up from around 6:45pm to register and sort their
transition out before the Race Brief.

45 athlete's turned up on a lovely, sunny evening. The call was made to have just 1 wave, so some
lanes had 8 swimmers in and some 7.

Still in the Youth ranks, young Nathan Tweedie competed in his first Mini-Series at the end of last
year. In this, his 2nd event, he was first out of the water by 1/2
minute over new member Ross Kent who was just ahead of Simon Hoppe and
Tony Daniels. Tony Nicholson was a further 13 seconds back in 5th.

Simon and Tony competed neck and neck on the bike and pushed each other
to the limit. Ross held on to come in just 30 seconds down in 3rd. Jaap
Flikweert moved up to 4th, whilst Steve Giles used his much improved
swim to enable him to catch up with both Chris Brennan and Steve Coward
on the bike, the 3 of them coming in just a short distance behind Jaap.

Simon then had the fastest run of the night to finally pull away from
Tony. Unfortunately for Simon he was then left to run on his own, and
without the extra competitive spur, just missed out on a sub-50 minute
time by 6 seconds. He has beaten 50 minutes on 7 occasions, but not

Tony held onto 2nd place and was the only top 10 finisher
to record a PB. He had his fastest swim and run disciplines to date,
and with the competition from Simon on the bike, was able to just hold
off Jaap by a mere 6 seconds by the finish. Steve Giles moved up to
4th, with Chris 5th and Sean Beard with a PB on the swim, moving up to
6th place, showing that his running is picking up, but still not quite
their yet, following a recent injury.

First lady home was current Ladies Champion, Roz Giles, although 2nd lady, Tracy McCartney will be
one to look out for in future competition.

16 athletes recorded PBs on the night with a further 5 athletes competing for the first time. Both
Simon Gull and Richard Pike just missed out on beating the hour, whilst recording their PBs.

Results are on "races" "race results" "mini-
series 1".

Next week is the Novice only race.

1st, 2nd and 3rd at Box End. Chris wins BRONZE in the National Aquathlon Champs. Dave wins Age Group.

Thursday saw the first of 4 off-road triathlon's at Box Hill,

Distances were:

swim 750 meters in the lake. This was reported at 14C.
bike 2-laps each of 3 miles on mountain bikes.
run 1-lap of 3 miles cross country.

Rob Hammond reported that "The race went well tonight, with me coming 2nd, Steve Giles 3rd and Roz Giles
1st lady."

The official race report is as follows:

"Race 1 –

The first of the evening race series witnessed a great turn
out of 44 athletes, with a great range of ages and abilities.

rumours of ‘water which was warming up nicely’ most competitors
definitely left it as late as possible before getting in for the single
wave swim start. The general comments were that the water was “not too
bad once you are in” however the spectators didn’t seem that

The field soon spread out during the750m swim which went
out around a turn buoy half way down the boat lake, and then back to
the transition area.

With everyone safely through T1, the off road
bike course was picked up, with 2 laps of the 5k course to complete.
The wet grass surface proved a tiring element, coupled with the hilly
section at the back of the site. Most people managed to keep the pace
going, however there was a fair bit of position changing as the slower
swimmers tried to make up time.

Once through the bike is was time to
see who had saved a bit in their legs for the final 5K run. Lots of
quick transitions got the pack in their running shoes, and the soft
grass made for a nice running surface, even if the hills didn’t help...

Overall comments on the race were all positive with lots of people
using it as a great evening training session, whilst others used it as
a great platform for their first tri race.

Well done to all those who
took part! results are below. The next race in the series is Thursday
14th June."

Pos'n Name Time

(1 Tom Stead 64:46)

2 Rob Hammond 65:29
3 Steve Giles 66:42
8 Martin Taylor 71:08
9 Roz Giles 72:18
34 Daniel Groom 84:54


Chris Jordan competed in the British Aquathlon Championships at Tamworth near Birmingham and got a
BRONZE medal.

Distances were:

swim 750 meters in the lake.
run 3 miles.

87. Chris Jordan 14:12 27:30 = 41:42 AG= 3rd.


The first PACTRAC Junior Triathlon of the season
took place at Stanground on Saturday. Both Nathan Tweedie and Marcus
Widdess then competed the following day in the Youth section at the
Charnwood Junior Triathlon:

5th. Nathan Tweedie 5 5:16 22:57 20:43 = 50:19

13th. Marcus Widdess 13 6:48 26:56 25:59 = 61:19


2 PACTRACers competed in the Bedford Sprint
Triathlon, held at Robinsons Pool. This was the 2nd in a Series of 3
races - the 1st 3 weeks earlier had to be cancelled due to too much
rain and spray making for an unsafe cycling section. This time Dave
Wagstaff recorded a 1st in his Age Group, whilst Steve Hope was 3rd in

swim 400m in the pool.
bike 15 miles undulating.
run 3 miles in the park.


11. Dave Wagstaff 7:11 44:18 19:36 = 71:05 AG = 1st.

38. Steve Hope 7:04 51:29 19:34 = 78:07 AG = 3rd.


145 athletes competed in the
Nice-Tri open water triathlon at St.Neots. Distances were:

swim 750 meters in the rather cold river.
bike 16 miles.
run 3 miles.

No Age Group results are available. Chris Jordan competed in his 2nd race of
the weekend, having already won a BRONZE medal in the British Aquathlon
Championships the previous day.


49. Chris Jordan 13:30 46:14 28:32 = 88.16

56. Pedro Polson 12:01 53:18 24:31 = 89.50

80=. Adrian Chambers 16:21 53:05 24:04 = 93.30

80=. Paul Jephcott 17:08 52:43 23:39 = 93.30

110. Mike Primavesi 16:32 56:43 28:58 = 1.42.13


At the Eton Sprint Triathlon, held at Dorney
Lake, distances were:

swim 750 meters in the lake.
bike 13 miles.
run 3 miles.


52. Neil Tandy 9:23 37:44 18:19 = 65.26 AG = 7th.

Roger takes the lead in the Club Championships. Jaap wins Age Group. John takes on the local runners. Neil and James qu for Alanya.

PACTRAC held the first of their Club Championship races (best
3 of 4 races to count) at Oundle on Sunday. 33 competitor's turned up
to contest the "Mid-Distance Triathlon".

Distances were:

swim 900
yards - 18 lengths of the 50 yard pool.
bike 20 miles - 2 laps of the
Mini-Series course.
run 5 miles - a loop from Oundle, around Glapthorn
and Cotterstock.

7 new members were competing in their first triathlon, plus Roger Canham was competing in his first club race. All
33 swimmers exited the water, in just over 4 1/2 minutes of each other.
First out of the water was Emma Cranfield, with Tony Daniels hot on her
heals. New member, Tony Nicholson, was next out, 1 minute behind,
followed by leading contender Rob Hammond, Dick Rollings and then
Roger, with a further 13 second gap to Dave Allsop.

Things hotted up on the bike, with the leading 8 athlete's pulling away from the field,
and coming into T2 only 1:52 minutes apart. Dave Allsop started the
bike with a 1 1/2 minute deficit, but came in off the bike first, 5
seconds ahead of Chris Brennan (2nd fastest bike). Dave Wagstaff was a
further 43 seconds behind, but had a 22 second cushion from Roger and
Steve Giles (25th fastest swim and fastest bike) who came in together.
Emma was hanging onto 6th place at this point.

A quick transition and Steve set off on the run, slightly ahead of Roger. However, a tight
hamstring soon restricted his running, and Roger pulled ahead with the
fastest run of the day, catching the 2 Dave's and Chris as well. A fine
victory in his first ever club race, this 3-time veteran of the Hawaii
World Ironman Championships, had also completed an 80-mile training
ride only the day before ( as did Dave A and Emma). Steve kept going
and managed to grab hold of 2nd place with Chris 3rd. The top 8
athlete's all finished within 4 1/4 minutes, in a very tight race with
positions constantly changing.

Roger is now the early leader in the club championships, with Emma the leading lady.

Results are on "races" "race results" "middle
distance 2012".


Jaap Flikweert competed in the Half-Ironman distance Marshman around Romney in Essex. The race
unfortunately became a Duathlon, as the water level was judged to be
too high to maintain a safe race.

Distances were:
run 3 miles. The
1900 meters lake swim was unfortunately cancelled, resulting in a
Duathlon race.
bike 56 miles
run 13.1 miles.

Jaap stayed in contention towards the head of the race, and actually had the fastest overall
transitions of anybody.

Jaap finished 8th overall, and 1st in his Age
Group in a time of 4:36:11.

20.05 2.39.09 1.36.57 = 4.36.11


4 members completed the Mallory Park
Triathlon on Bank Holiday Monday. This had an open water swim in the

Traffic-free racing was had on the super-smooth roads of the
race circuit.

Sprint Distances:
750m lake swim, 12.5m bike, 3m run.

51 Steve Coombs 9:53 43.26 22.58 = 76.17
79 Paul Jephcott 10:26 47.21 25.48 = 83.35

Youth Distances:

Draft Legal Tri: 400m swim, 7.5m bike, 2.5m run

25 Nathan Tweedie 3:49 31:57 21:03 = 56.49
26 Marcus Widdess 4:50 30:22 22:08 = 57.20


The 2012 BUCS Sprint Triathlon Championships were held on
Sunday at St Mary's School, Calne in Wiltshire.

Distances: 750m Swim / 16m Bike / 3m Run.

This was the 8th consecutive year, that the
University Championships have been held at this venue. PACTRAC's Neil
Tandy was representing Buckinghamshire New University. Neil had a
consistent race throughout and finished 45th in a quality field of 340
aspiring young athletes.

45th. Neil Tandy 10:17 45:12 19:30 = 74:59


PACTRAC had 7 competitor's in the open water triathlon at
Grendon Lakes, Northampton on Sunday.
This was a sprint distance triathlon:
swim 750m in the lake. 13C.
bike 14 mile's. undulating.
run 2.75 mile's. a fast, flat 2 laps - slightly shortened due to
weather conditions.

PACTRAC had competitor's finish 2nd, 3rd and 4th in their respective Age Groups.

This was a qualifying race for the
European Championships in Alanya, Turkey next year (June 2013), with
the top 4 in each Age Group qualifying. Both Neil Tandy and James Keir
have, therefore, qualified as 3rd and 4th in their Age Group for this,
the first of the 3 qualifying races. Chris Jordan has also qualified,
but has elected not to take up his slot.

The first two in the 20 - 24
Age Group had established a good lead going into the run, with Neil in
4th place and James in 6th, but with a 7th competitor still in the fray
at just 5 further seconds behind. It was, therefore, 2 from 5 for the
remaining two places. Neil pulled into 3rd place, and managed to hold
off the fast approaching James by just 5 seconds in the end.

Meanwhile, Chris Jordan went into the run in the lead in the 60 - 64
Age Group, but was caught with just 1,000 meters to go.

39. Neil Tandy 10:49 41:39 16:49 = 69.17 AG (20-24)= 3.
40. James Keir 13:02 40:14 16:06 = 69.22 AG (20-24)= 4.
199. Richard Nixon 13:18 46:04 19:12 = 78.34
240. Chris Jordan 14:07 44:55 23:02 = 82.04 AG (60-64)= 2.
261. Pedro Polson 13:04 50:46 20:42 = 84.32
299. Paul Jephcott 17:44 50:28 20:33 = 88.45
317. Adrian Chambers 17:53 53:58 21:09 = 93.00

487 finishers.

we had 3 runners in the Deeping 10k on Sunday:

John Murray's recent results:

Thorney 10k 5th 35:16
Eye 10k 4th 35:06
Deeping 10k 3rd 35:15

We also had Tracy McCartney in 34th just beating Steve Coward 35th by 5 seconds. In
the Eye 10k, Steve won this little battle by 2 seconds in 41:01.

Wendy and Kate qu for Nancy. Chris and Steve 2nd in AG. Robin gets GOLD, George SILVER and Roger BRONZE in English Duathlon Champs.

PACTRAC do have 2 athletes who have now qualified for the World
Duathlon Championships to be held in Nancy, France in September.

Wendy Gooding qualified at the Dambuster Duathlon at Rutland Water in March.

Kate Armstrong qualified 2nd in her Age Group at the Cambridge Duathlon at Bottisham in April.


Tony Moran did the Skipton Triathlon, finishing in the top half, over
the distances of:

swim 400 meters.

bike 12.5 miles.

run 3 miles.

245. TONY MORAN 7:43 52:10 24:19 = 84:12

Tony said: " I did a PB on that course and knocked a minute off my swim
and 2 off my run from last year, so the PACTRAC training is working!!
The Yorkshire Dales found me out a bit on the bike. I was a little bit
quicker than last year, but I think I'm getting too acclimatised to
life in Peterborough as I struggled more than expected on the hills!".


3 members of PACTRAC competed in the early season Triathlon at Duston,

Distances were:

swim 400 meters.

bike 12.5 miles - 1 hilly lap around Althorpe House

run 3 miles - 1 lap.

Steve Giles and Chris Jordan both came home 2nd in their respective Age
Groups, whilst first PACTRACer home was Chris Brennan in 26th place.
Nearly 500 competitor's finished the race.

Chris had a minute's advantage on Steve after the swim. Steve then lost
even more time in transition, going up the wrong isle, trying to find
his bike. He left himself with too much to do on the run, pulling back
40 seconds out of a 46 second deficit, to finish just 6 seconds behind


26. Chris Brennan 7.03 35.39 19.17 = 61.59 AG= 10.

27. Steve Giles 8.06 35.22 18.37 = 62.05 AG= 2nd.

174. Chris Jordan 7.05 37.51 28.59 = 73.55 AG= 2nd.


Today's Bedford Sprint Triathlon was cancelled due to inclement
weather, i.e., constant rain causing a lot of dangerous spray on the
cycle leg, not to mention the swirly winds. 5 PACTRACers ventured over
to Bedford to be met by the news. At least the swimming pool was still
booked for a training session.


New member, George Prodrick (aged 71), competed in his first ever
Duathlon at the Dambuster Duathlon, Rutland Water in March, and was so
taken by the sport, that he entered the rather tough Ashbourne Duathlon
at Carsington Water, yesterday, Saturday. This also doubled up as the
English Championships, and George's 2nd place in his Age Group earned
him a Silver Medal. He had faster run splits than the Gold Medalist,
but lost out slightly on the bike and transitions, and came home a
close second.

Robin Brookes, meanwhile, used all of his experience to win his Age
Group, to become the English National over 50 Duathlon Champion.

Roger Canham from PACTRAC also competed meaning that PACTRAC had 3 competitor's and they all
came away with a medal.

GOLD: Robin Brookes in the 50-54 Age Group.

SILVER: George Prodrick in the 70-74 Age Group.

BRONZE: Roger Canham in the 45-49 Age Group.


18. Roger Canham 50.46 76.11 15.53 = 2.22.50 AG= 3rd.

38. Robin Brookes 51.47 80.38 16.57 = 2.29.22 AG= 1st.

164. George Prodrick 75.00 105.39 22.08 = 3.22.47 AG= 2nd.

Distances were:

run 7.5 miles around the perimeter of Carsington Water. Undulating and
mostly on country tracks and footpaths.

bike 25 miles in 1 hilly loop including the steep hill at Middleton Top
and some steep descents.

run 2.5 miles out and back. flat.


3 Rebbitt brothers competed in this years Virgin London Marathon. The 4th brother was supposed to run
too, but pulled out beforehand.

Tom has recently moved to Hamburg with his job. He always refers to his twin as the real runner in the family.
Tom is a very useful runner himself though, and until he moved abroad at the end of last year, was being coached (along with a number of other PACTRACers), by Sean Beard.

Tom says:

"The marathon was an amazing experience. Miles better than I was
expecting and incredible support. All went very well, aside from those
pesky 37 seconds.....

One brother chickened out months ago, so there were only the three of

Of those; the fast one (my twin) was very ill & shouldn't really have
run, but still managed a 3:07, which is what you can do if your half
marathon PB is 73 mins (which he ran at Reading, with a hangover).

The young one hit the wall at 18 miles (despite ALL the advice from his
older brothers) and had to walk, which was frustrating for him. So much
so that he entered the ballot for 2013 yesterday - not bad for someone
who hates running...."

Matt 2nd in British Duathlon Champs. Rob and Dan come 2nd in Ride and Tie.

PACTRACs Ride and Tie involved 3 laps of a 6-mile circuit around
Woodnewton, Nassington and Apethorpe. Teams of 2 set off, with one
running a circuit whilst the other biked it. On completing his lap, the
cyclist then immediately set off to run a lap; whilst when the runner
came in, he then had to cycle a lap. On the 3rd lap teams had just 1
bike between them, and could swap cyclist and runner as many times as
they wished in order to get to the finish line the quickest.

Steve Hope and Sam Smith were of similar ability, and so finished the
first 2 laps close together, which gave them an advantage. Rob Hammond
finished his first 2 laps over 13 minutes ahead of his partner Dan
Groom, so although Rob was the first after 2 laps, it was sometime
before his partner arrived with the bike. So well did Rob cycle and
run, that it took Steve and Sam 4 miles into the 3rd circuit to catch
him. Dan was not too far behind at this point, and cycled upto and
caught Rob soon after, and the chase was on again. Steve and Sam had
constantly changed biker and runner in order to catch and pass Rob.
They managed to pull out a small lead before Dan arrived, but he and
Rob were unable to bridge the gap and finished 1:21 minutes behind.
Teams from PACTRAC, Werrington Joggers and Eye Runners followed them


1st Steve Hope 17:41 39:15 30:39 = 1:27:35

1st Samuel Smith 39:07 18:26 30:05 = 1:27:38

2nd Rob Hammond 16:41 36:00 36:12 = 1:28:53

2nd Daniel Groom 45:01 21:02 22:56 = 1:28:59

3rd Richard Pike 45:22 18:21 30:57 = 1:34:40

3rd Chris Pike 17:54 42:43 34:22 = 1:34:59

4th Jim Fell 44:09 19:55 35:43 = 1:39:47

4th George Prodrick 19:36 52:00 34:00 = 1:45:36

5th Gill Bates 54:00 30:01 44:40 = 2:08:41

5th Simon Lovell 20:41 61:34 46:26 = 2:08:41

Matt Gunby was 2nd in the Elite Duathlon National Championships at
Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, with Mark Buckingham retaining his

The event took place on Sunday over a 3 mile run, 12.5 mile bike and 1.5 mile run.

Mark and Matt ran clear on the first run, and had a slight lead over
the chasing pack coming in off the bike. Mark was able to pull a few
seconds out of Matt on the final sprint run of just 1.5 miles, with
junior Richard Horton hot on his heels.

1. MARK BUCKINGHAM Holmfirth Harriers 15:08 30:58 8:02 = 54:08

2. MATTHEW GUNBY PACTRAC 15:10 30:58 8:13 = 54:21

3. RICHARD HORTON Bournemouth Jubilee 15:20 30:54 8:13 = 54:27

4. LAWRENCE FANOUS Jordan Triathlon 15:51 30:31 8:15 = 54:37


In the Clumber Park Classic Duathlon on Saturday PACTRAC had
just 1 competitor, Graham Honey. Distances were run 6.25 miles, bike 25
miles and run 3 miles.

20. Graham Honey 39:11 70.10 20:58 = 2:10:19


No medals at the National Duathlon Championships.

Saturday saw the Dambuster Duathlon, which this year incorporated the
National Duathlon Championships at Rutland Water. A top quality field
of 800+ competitors lined up from all over the UK to compete for
National Honours in their Age Group. Distances were: run 10k, bike 26
miles, and run 5k.

The first run was out from Whitwell, over the Dam to the old church
near Normanton, and back.

The bike course was 1 lap around Oakham (slightly uphill and into a
head wind to start with), Uppingham (over the 3 nasty hills of the
Rutland Ripple), Morcott (tail wind on the A47), Ketton (up Steadfold
Hill) and Empingham (plenty of undulations and again into a head

Run 2 was straight out to the Dam and back.

Competitors set off in 4 waves at 5 or 10 minute intervals. This is the
second year that the event has taken place, and with National
Championship status and a reputation for being very well organised,
competitors came from all over the country to compete for National

Their was a good tussle between Mark Ingram and Robin Brookes, with
Mark just edging it. PACTRACs best Age Grouper was Wendy Gooding who
came 4th and just missed out on a medal.

Results: (T1 and T2 in with bike)

91. Paul Spain 36.06 75.15 18.03 = 2.09.24 AG= 14

141. Mark Ingram 38.55 75.39 19.00 = 2.13.34 AG= 14

143. Robin Brookes 38.04 76.29 19.12 = 2.13.45 AG= 8

285. John Wright 40.03 84.46 20.25 = 2.25.14 AG= 42

337. Steve Hope 44.59 82.36 21.05 = 2.28.40 AG= 35

338. Wendy Gooding 42.49 85.45 20.11 = 2.28.45 AG= 4.

448. Richard Nixon 46.03 89.53 22.53 = 2.38.49 AG= 65

475. Kate Armstrong 45.52 93.52 21.34 = 2.41.18 AG= 7

522. Ryan Woolf 45.39 98.57 23.47 = 2.48.23 AG= 78

572. George Prodrick 54.47 96.44 27.27 = 2.58.58 AG= 5

George was very pleased to finish in his first ever Duathlon at the age
of 71. He had some good competition in his Age Group with nine (9)
athletes, all fairly close together.

Matt 4th in ITU race. Wendy wins Age Group. Chris goes Ultra... and The Beast lives up to his name.

Nigel French competed in The Beast.

The Beast is a Double (10 miles) or Quit (5 miles) trail race of
approximately 5 or 10 miles. The course includes steep hills, water,
mud, 32 obstacles, hills, a couple of surprises, and some water

The Beast takes place at Aylesford Equine X Country Course, Aylesford
Farm, Shoby, 5 miles from Melton Mowbray.

Nigel did the 10 mile race and came 67th from 184 finishers in 88:53.

He described it as "the hardest 10 miles I've ever done. For those
runners that haven't done The Beast before, give it a try. It takes
place on a horse trial course (with the horse jumps included), though
I'm sure the horses don't have to go under a cargo net or through the
tyre pit! For a boy who now lives in the fens the terrain was hard!
This is a really good race. Although may favourite race of the year so
far is still the Avalanche Avdenture Run."

The Avalanche Adventure Run is a multi-terrain 10km run set in 400
acres of Welland Valley countryside and is a test for runner's of all
abilities. Nigel finished 18th in this race on 5th Feb in 53:21.


Having not finished in the Lima ITU Triathlon Premium Pan American Cup
in Peru the previos week, Matt Gunby made amends with a fine 4th place
finish in the Salinas ITU Triathlon Premium Pan American Cup in Ecuador
this weekend.

Matt did well to come out of the swim in the second group just 40
seconds down on the leaders. However, a superfast bike leg saw his
group catch up with the first group, 18 athletes coming into T2
together. 3 of them then ran clear, leaving Matt to come home in a very
hard fought 4th place, with a 32:16 run, that saw him finish only 34
seconds behind the winner.

4 Matthew Gunby 19:59 56:12 32:16 = 1:48:27


Ely Duathlon.

Wendy Gooding warmed up for this Saturday's National Duathlon
Championships at Rutland Water, by winning her Age Group in the Monster
Duathlon at Ely. Distances were run 3 miles, bike 16 miles, run 3

53. Wendy Gooding 71:19 (combined first run and bike) 22:54 (2nd run)
= 1:34:13 1st in Age Group.

11 PACTRACers have entered this Saturday's National Duathlon
Championships at Rutland Water. The distances are run 6 miles, bike 26
miles and run 3 miles. 800 athletes will set off in 4 "waves" starting
at 8:20am.


Wellingborough 15k

PACTRAC finished 14th from 57 teams at Irchester Country Park.

Results for the 15km race:

10. Steve Giles 58:59

17. Chris Brennan 60:50

18. Graham Honey 60:51.


The Tarpley 10 and 20 mile race's were held at the village of Beyton
just outside Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk.

The 20 mile race started first, setting off at 10.30. The 10 mile race
started half an hour later, and just under an hour later the first
runners approached the finish line, with the quicker athletes competing
in the 20 mile race arriving in just under two hours and the last
coming in at just over four hours. The race is held on fairly narrow
country lanes.

Jaap had already competed in the Fenland Clarion Place to Place 21 mile
Cycle Time Trial just the day before.

16th) Jaap Flikweert 61:53


Pilgrim's Challenge.

Chris Jenkins competed in the 2-day 66 mile Pilgrim Challenge North
Downs Way Ultra Run in early February. 238 runners started this
gruelling race of 33 miles per day with snow on the 2nd day. This was
the same weekend that the Bourne Frostbite was cancelled (the race has
only just come to my attention!).

"The Pilgrim Challenge is one of the U.K's
Toughest Multi Day Ultra Endurance
Races. Each competitor taking part is
expected to complete 66 miles of running
over 2 days of competition on The North
Down's Way. The route is a run from
Farnham to Merstham and back again.
This year the run took place on the 4th & 5th
February. Competitors set off at three
different start times of 8am, 9am and 10 am
in relation to how quick they could
complete the 33 miles a day. The fastest of
competitors completed the distance in
remarkable times, with the quickest
being just over 4 hours in icy sub zero
Competitors spent the night in Merstham
School where they took rest and tried to re
cooperate for day 2 of the ultra.

Day 2 saw the course change over night
with a thick blanket of snow and ice
making footing very unstable. For safety
reasons all competitors were designated a
single start time of 8am. With the
conditions being tougher and legs already
tired, times were a little slower than the
previous day."

"A staggering 66 mile race along the North Downs Way National Path over
2 days of competition. The North Downs Way is by no means an easy run
in normal conditions, so when the thermometers started to drop below
minus (This was the weekend that the Bourne Frostbite was cancelled),
the winds picked up and the sky began to fill with snow the event had
taken on a whole new dimension.

7am on a bitter and cold winters morning, competitors started to gather
at Farnham, the starting line. Athletes braved the sub zero
temperatures and got their heads around the idea of completing a full
33 miles of running in these conditions. Soon all competitors were on
their way, making some very quick times indeed, probably to try and
keep their body warm in the chilling surroundings. As the day went by
so did the competitors with the North Downs Way claiming a few of its
first victims of the weekend. The majority however made it to the
finish line after conquering some of highest & steepest gradient climbs

Those who needed it visited the medics and therapy tables, whilst the
others enjoyed a morale lifting talk from James Adams 'The Man Who
Conquered America' by running across it! Soon silence had engulfed the
camp as everyone had gone to sleep in preparation for the final day!

As the competitors awoke on day 2, they were greeted with a thick
blanket of snow as far as the eyes could see, most people love to see
snow however everyone who was at the Pilgrim Challenge on that morning
was cursing it. With the conditions putting the final day of the event
in jeopardy a meeting was called to discuss the plan for the day, to
the relief of most competitors the Pilgrim Challenge was to go a head
with extra safety advice tips being a focal point of the mornings
briefing! The plan was now in place to have one start time where the
whole field should set off together for safety reasons. 8 am came and
went as all competitors set out on what would be the toughest ultra
endurance race Extreme Energy has ever put on. The snow had stopped but
in its wake, it had covered the whole route, making navigation
difficult and footing unstable, with the horrible realisation that
everyone had to complete the full 33 miles back to Farnham some people
were overwhelmed and had to pull out due to safety reasons. Those
mentally tough people carried on, taking on what ever the elements and
terrain through at them.

Those who made it to the finish line were exhausted having just trudged
33 miles through thick snow and icy paths, the joy and relief was clear
to see on every ones faces. The performances throughout the field were
fantastic with every competitor respecting every effort of their fellow
runner. The atmosphere at the finish was electric!

The Overall Males winner of the