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 = 2:19:11103. 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 metres.bike 1.5 miles.run 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 Pool.bike 15 miles - mostly on country
roads.run 3 miles - 1.5 laps around the park.

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