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
Trophy.

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 http://pactrac.co.uk/events/4212/

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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
21.
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
118.
917. Terry Murphy 50:33 3:21:29 2:36:30 = 6:48:32 AG 1st.

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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
female.
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.

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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

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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.

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

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
there."

412. Dave Patmore-Hill 31:59 2:55:04 1:46:39 = 5:13:42 AG
29.

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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.

Distances:
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.

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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 http://pactrac.co.uk/events/4213/

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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
group
riding. There were a couple of incidents on the bike with a couple of
falls.
Katie was able to Bunny hop over the handle bars of another competitor
and
was able to stay upright. She was able to hold position on the soul-
destroying
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
very
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
more
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
16th.

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.
(https://www.jersey.com/super-league-triathlon-jersey%C2%A02018)
2. UK School Games - After the results of Blenheim and Hetton Lyons,
Katie
has qualified in a 4 strong team to represent the 'East' at the UK
School Games
in Loughborough at the End of August. (https://www.schoolgamesfinals.org
)
This includes both an individual event and a mixed relay.

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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
swim
took place in the warm shallow freshwater lake. The 'undulating' bike
route took riders out towards Widdrington village, before sweeping
onto
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
in
the 70-74 Age Group."

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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
allowed.

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.

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Giles Cooper competed in the Ironman Triathlon at Bolton. This was
over
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.

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22 Jul. Box End Sprint - Gill Searl moved up a distance to complete
her
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.

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