Off-season results 2018-19. Roger 1st & Tristan 2nd in Daytona. Angela qu's for ITU and ETU Duathlons. Tim 2nd overall at Clitheroe. Paul joins the Specialised Zwift Academy.

We had two new second claim members, who came to the
Frostbite on Sunday and came across the line together to record a 1-2.
Josh Lunn recorded his first Frostbite win, at Ferry Meadows on Sunday,
with fellow PACTRACer Aaron Scott coming home 2nd. Unfortunately, Paul
Vernon who has been a prolific winner in the past, is currently working
abroad, but hopes to return for the January Frostbite, to be held at
March. We had a good team out, but were again missing a couple of the
ladies and overall, were still down a bit; our 7th male counter
finishing in 95th place, and 3rd female in 361st.

{PGER results were: 5) Aaron Scott 66:53 and 9) Josh Lunn 67:37}

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

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

Club Champion: Mark Weathersby - for the first time.

Vet Champion - Simon Hoppe - last won it in 2015.

Super-vet Champion - Tony Daniels - for the first time.

Female Champion - Georgina Jennings - for the first time.

Female Vet Champion - Georgina Jennings - first won this in 1995.

Female Super-vet Champion - Georgina Jennings - recently won this in
2011 and 2017.

Mini-Series: Mark Weathersby.

Female Mini-Series: Hannah Bassett.

Youth Champion: Jonathan Arnold - retained from last year.

Mid-Distance: Simon Hoppe - won by 3-minutes.

Standard Distance: Mark Weathersby - won by nearly 5-minutes.

Duathlon: Nathan Tweedie - won by 69 seconds.

Pactracer of the Year: Steve Hope.

Novice: Willow Worthington.

Most Improved: Terry Murphy.

Outstanding Performance: Paul Lunn.

Mark Weathersby and Georgina Jennings came away with 3 Trophies each,
whilst Simon Hoppe took home 2.

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The best Novice Trophy went to Willow Worthington who has immersed
herself into club life,
reduced her Mini-Series time down to 72:53, came 4th in the Ladies Mini-
Series, 5th in the Ladies Club Championships, and competed in her first
open races.

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Paul Lunn won the Outstanding Performance Trophy.
Paul had some great Age Group results including:
PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon 2nd.
Competed in the 70.3 Half-Ironman in Alcudia, Majorca, for the
8th consecutive year. 6th/2893. AG 1st.
Dambuster Triathlon 4th. AG 1st.
Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt. AG 2nd (qualified
for Hawaii). 9:16:46
Breca swim,run in Lake Buttermere (with Duncan Shea-Simmonds for
their 3rd attempt). 2nd o/a 6:23:46.
Ironman 70.3 in Nice. 4:49:47. AG 5th.
World Ironman Championships in Hawaii 9:08:27 AG 3rd (2017 9:25:02
AG 5th).

Paul had some tough competition, as PACTRAC had many top performances
throughout 2018, the big highlights being:

PACTRAC have a European Gold (George Prodrick), Silver (Tim Fletcher),
and Bronze (Jim Fell). We also have a British Champion (Georgina
Jennings) two English Champions (Georgina Jennings and Tim Fletcher)
and a 2nd and 3rd place in the Ironman European and World Championships
respectively (Paul Lunn). Not to
mention our Chairman Roger Canham's exotic and inspiring season in
China, Race Across America, Norway and Hawaii.

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

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It was a tough decision to award the Most Improved Trophy, as their
were many good candidates, but this was awarded to Terry Murphy. Terry
started swimming in 2014 so that he could compete in triathlon's
from 2015; he stepped up to IronMan 70.3 Staffordshire in 2016. Entered
IronMan Bolton in 2017 but injury forced a dns. But Terry never gives
up and he stepped up to complete IronMan Copenhagen in 14:23:00 for 3rd
place in the 70-74 Age Group. He qualified for the Ironman World
Championships in Kona, Hawaii (places are much coveted), but was unable
to take up the option!!!

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We also heard that PACTRAC's Jonathan Oakey is to join Nathan Tweedie
on the British Triathlon Elite Squad next year. Nathan is at
Loughborough, but Jonathan has already settled in at the other big
Squad Base in Leeds alongside the Brownlee Brothers. (He has already
beaten Jonathan Brownlee at Pool).

Meanwhile Katie Tasker has kept her place on the Eastern Region Academy
for 2019.

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Their is just one triathlon left for this year, as Tristan Matthews
prepares for Challenge Daytona in Florida on 9th December over the Half-
Ironman distance.

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December 9th 2018. Challenge Middle Distance, Daytona, Florida USA.

Two PACTRACers finished the 2018 season off with a trip to race a Half-
Ironman distance triathlon at the Daytona International Speedway Track
in Florida. Challenge Daytona was planned as a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile
bike and 13.1 mile run. However, the organiser's had to reduce the
distances, due to bad weather.
"Due to the weather system predicted to move through the Volusia-
Flagler Counties , including potential lightning and high winds, we
have deemed it necessary to alter the course for today’s Challenge
DAYTONA Middle Distance Triathlon. Although we were hopeful that the
storm would disperse or be delayed, it now appears that conditions may
not be safe to conduct the race as originally planned."

The race distances were thus reduced to:

swim 800-metres in the sea.
bike 20-miles - 2 laps of a modified bike course.
run 13.1-miles over the original run course.

The Challenge Daytona race is one of 41 qualifying races for The
Challenge Championships to be held in Samorin, Slovakia on June 2,
2019.

Both PACTRACers did extremely well and qualified for the Challenge
Championship Final. (Challenge is a rival company to Ironman, but uses
the same Ironman and Half-Ironman distances).

15. Tristan Matthews 14:49 45:05 1:19:49 = 2:19:43 AG 2nd
(40-44).

Tristan was 115th overall after the swim, moved up to 23rd on the bike,
and then to 15th by the finish. He started the run in 5th position in
his Age Group, and made up 3 places to finish 2nd in his Age Group and
qualify for Slovakia.

35. Roger Canham 14:22 47:00 1:23:35 = 2:24:57 AG 1st (50-
54).

Roger was 85th out of the water, moved up to 40th on the bike and then
gained a further 5 places on the run. He won his 50-54 year Age Group
and will now be heading to Slovakia next June with Tristan.

Tristan said: "The last few days have been epic. We've traveled, raced
and qualified for the Challenge Family Championship next year. This was
an amazing race. 15th overall!! And 2nd in my Age Group!! Fantastic
job!! Super proud!! Celebrating 15TH place out of 650."

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Hello Bob.

Angela Wallis competed in the NiceTri Duathlon held at Grafham Water over the distances of:

Run 6.25 miles.

bike 25 miles.

run 3 miles.

It was a warm, dry February morning, and the athletes enjoyed competing for places in the GB team for the World Duathlon Championships in 2020. The venue has yet to be announced, but the top 4 in each Age Group qualify and Angela Wallis came 4th and qualified.

143. Angela Wallis 56:39 87:18 29:30 = 2:53:27 Age Group 4th.

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The PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon takes place for the 5th year at Castor on Sunday 31st March. Distances are: run 4-miles, bike 18-miles and run 2.5-miles. Each discipline goes straight up the notorious Loves Hill in Castor and entries are open to all comers on www.pactrac.co.uk
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the Saucony Cambridge Half-Marathon on Sunday; PACTRAC had 6 runners:

376) Wayne Stainsby 1:27:22

379) Daniel Fitzjohn 1:27:47.

1044) Stuart Lemmon 1:36:34.

1462) Louise Alexander 1:40:03

2380) Steve Hope 1:43:20.

2230) Simon Pauffley 1:47:47.

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Kay Savage Riley ran in the Benidorm half marathon recording a time of 1:57:20.

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Hello Bob.

Bedford Autodrome Duathlon.

Standard Distance - run 6.25 miles, bike 25 miles, run 3 miles. This was a qualifying race for the European Championships next year (venue still to be confirmed).

Angela Wallis was PACTRAC's only competitor and she came home 4th in her Age Group to qualify for next year's European Championships.

143. Angela Wallis 56:39 87:18 29:30 = 2:53:27 AG 4th.

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Some running results from the weekend.

Sage Reading half-marathon:

12. Josh Lunn 1:06:29

70. Paul Lunn 1:14:04 PB. AG 2nd.

1970. Mark Poole 1:45:39.

Both ran for their first claim club Bedford County AC. Paul finally dipped under 1:15:00 for the first time in a new PB of 1:14:04. He's still getting faster. Paul and Josh were after the prestigious father and son best aggregate time and they beat that record by 4 minutes.

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Oundle 20 mile race:

69. Louise Alexander 2:37:37 AG 2nd.

429 finishers.

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Sublime 10k at Long Sutton:

Jim Fell 53:00 Ag 2nd.

Daniel Richardson 60:09 (Daniel did 66:00 on the same course in November).
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1.. Relay.. The Shrews............. 23.41.... 44.10.... 14.24..=.. 1.22.15
2.. G.. Nathaniel Walker........... 22.20.... 46.36.... 14.13..=.. 1.23.09
3.. I.. Jonny Hynes................... 25.14.... 46.07.... 16.31..=.. 1.27.52
4.. H.. Matthew Allen................ 22.33.... 51.18.... 14.31..=.. 1.28.22
5.. B.. Owen Wilkinson............. 23.19.... 50.28.... 14.51..=.. 1.28.38
6.. Relay.. The Brabands.......... 26.14.... 50.10.... 16.30..=.. 1.32.54
7.. Relay.. M&M........................ 29.25.... 45.49.... 17.59..=.. 1.33.13
8.. H.. John Odell...................... 26.06.... 49.48.... 17.33..=.. 1.33.27
9.. G.. Danny Hawksford.......... 27.36.... 49.31.... 17.05..=.. 1.34.12
10.. H.. Wayne Stainsby........... 26.13.... 53.05.... 16.13..=.. 1.35.31
11.. J.. Giles Cooper................. 26.53.... 51.44.... 17.04..=.. 1.35.41
12.. I.. Rob Hammond.............. 27.32.... 51.18.... 17.49..=.. 1.36.39

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62 individuals and 3 Relay Teams competed in the PACTRAC Peterborough Duathlon, held at Castor on Sunday. The event was based in the School Playing Field, with competitors having to:

Run 4-miles. After ¼ mile the runners turned left and ran uphill, straight up Water Lane and back. This was to spread them out before the big hill of the day, Loves Hill, climbing out of Castor at the beginning of each of the 3-disciplines. Then their was the downhill into Ferry Meadows before running around the triangle of paths at the top end of Ferry Meadows. Then back uphill and heading towards Castor where the run went down the steep Loves Hill, into Castor and back to the School Playing Field.

Bike 18-miles. Out to Marholm and Helpston Heath (5.5 miles), before riding in an anti-clockwise direction for 7-miles, around Helpston, Bainton and Ufford. The final 5.5 miles returned via Marholm to Castor. Again Loves Hill had to be conquered, going up on the way out, right at the start, and down to finish.

Run 2.5 miles. This time, straight up Loves Hill to Milton Ferry Bridge, and straight back uphill to start with, but a fast downhill finish.

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First across the line were The Shrews – a Relay Team who came up from Shrewsbury on the day (plus the clocks went forward 1-hour!). They were 4th after the first run, but had the fastest cyclist on the course by 2-minutes, to take the lead. On the 2nd run, having had a rest, their runner was able to have the 2nd fastest run, which was enough to see them come home first by nearly a minute.

Their was some tough competition for 2nd place in the Relay Section, with The Brabands from Castor taking a good lead on the run. However, Castor's other team, the M&M's came back strongly on the bike with Martin Atkinson securing the 2nd fastest bike split of the day. On the final run, The Brabands made up a defecit of 70 seconds to overtake on the way down Loves Hill and finish just 19-seconds ahead.

In the main event, Nathaniel Walker (Leicester), a GB athlete who came 3rd in the event last year, completed the first 4-mile run, just 13 seconds ahead of Matthew Allen (Norfolk), with the youngest competitor, Owen Wilkinson (Ryhal) of Nene Valley Harriers a further 46 seconds behind in 3rd.

Johnny Hynes from Castor, had the fastest individual bike split and propelled himself up to 2nd place behind Nathaniel who was still 2:25 minutes ahead. Nathaniel nearly doubled his advantage on the final 2.5 mile run and finished 4:43 minutes ahead. He came 3rd last year behind the PACTRAC pairing of Nathan Tweedie and Paul Lunn, but without that pairing in front, Nathaniel knocked nearly 3-minutes off of his time, to record the 2nd fastest individual time on the course, just over a couple of minutes behind Paul Vernon's 2016 Course Record.

In the ladies race Caroline Woods from Yaxley Runners was 9th overall after the first run and took a commanding lead, which she extended on the bike and again on the final run, to take the honours by nearly 8-minutes from 2nd place Susie Freeman (Castor). Susie consolidated 2nd place on the bike and further extended the buffer to finish 4 ½ minutes clear of Geraldine Jordan (Kings Lynn) in 3rd. Sadie Boor (Werrington Joggers), had been fighting it out for 2nd on the run, but lost out to the regular multi-discipline athletes on the bike.

16.. G.. Caroline Woods........... 26.28.... 56.12.... 17.34..=.. 1.40.14

31.. G.. Susie Freeman.............. 30.00.... 58.18.... 19.52..=.. 1.48.10

37.. J.. Geraldine Jordan............. 32.45.... 59.24.... 20.30..=.. 1.52.39

42.. I.. Sadie Boor........................ 29.59.... 66.14.... 20.21..=.. 1.56.34

Full results are on https://pactrac.co.uk/events/4217/

The photo's attached are of:

1. Owen Wilkinson of NVH's the youngest competitor who finished 4th individual.

2. Kay Riley. A new PACTRAC recruit and Age Group winner.

3. Giles Cooper. A long-time PACTRAC member, who won his Age Group and was involved in a tussle with Wayne Stainsby for the first PACTRACer, Wayne taking it by just 10-seconds.

4. PACTRAC's current European Duathlon Champion George Prodrick, the oldest competitor at 78, who jumped up onto the Podium like a spring chicken.

5. The Relay Winners, The Shrews (Dan Elliot and Connor Middleton) from Shrewsbury.

6. The first 3 ladies.

7. The first 3 men, each with their Trophy, Bottle of bubbly and a goodie bag from the sponsors Fenland Runner promoting their Born Superior Sports Care brand.

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...PACTRAC’s Katie Tasker (16) and Jonathan Oakey (19) have qualified for the British Triathlon Youth & Junior Super Series of Triathlons. The 2019 British Triathlon Youth & Junior Super Series is designed to bring together the best young triathletes from across the UK, so they can race head to head at…
Congratulations to both Jonathan and Katy who will now be racing in the most prestigious races on the calendar this year, alongside the other elite juniors in the country. They join Nathan Tweedie who has again been selected to join the Elite Senior Triathlon Squad at Loughborough, making it 3-athletes from PACTRAC competing at the Elite level.

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2 athletes from Great Britain, Paul Lunn (PACTRAC) and Ruth Purbrook (LONDON), were selected to join the Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon Team for 2019. The 8 athletes are from all over the world, but the common aim is to qualify for, and podium at the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii in October. The 8 team members will all meet up in San Francisco in mid-May for a team brief, bike set-up and wind tunnel training, kit distribution and photo opportunities.

An article on uk website tri247 is here https://www.tri247.com/triathlon-news/age-group/zwift-academy-2019-winners-announced

The team are mentored by British Olympian Tim Don and American Olympian Sarah True. Their website is here zwift.com/academy/tri

Paul said: "Super excited to be part of this amazing setup for 2019, thanks for the opportunity of a lifetime." Paul will receive full assistance in every department from training to nutrition to kit, in a team of 8 talented athletes, all with big Kona (Hawaii) aspirations.

His next target is the Virgin London Marathon on 28th April, followed by a half-Ironman in Majorca before his trip to San Francisco to meet the team.

PACTRAC now have 3 members in the GB Elite squad this year, and now one in an International Elite squad. Nathan Tweedie retains his place on the GB Elite squad in Loughborough, whilst both Jonathan Oakey and Katie Tasker qualified two weekends ago (31st March), in the BTF trials at Nottingham University, and will both be competing in the Elite Junior races this year, starting with Llanelli on 11th May https://www.britishtriathlon.org/events/performance-events/youth-and-junior-super-series

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Katie Tasker finished 7th in the Elite Youths in the National Duathlon Championships held at Bedford Autodrome on Sunday, in windy conditions.
The distances were:

Run 1.5 miles.

Bike 6 miles.

Run 1 mile.

7. Katie Tasker 8:59 18:49 6:24 = 34:12

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The Scampton Duathlon, formed the first event in the 2019 East Midlands Junior Series. All events took place on the RAF airfield taxiways and perimeter roads used by the Red Arrows, so all in a safe and traffic free environment and on a course which was flat and fast.

Age group Run 1 Bike Run 2
TriStar Start 400m 1.5k (1 lap) 200m
TriStar 1 1.2k 4k (3 laps) 400m
TriStar 2 1.6k 6k (4 laps) 600m
TriStar 3 2k 7.5k (5laps) 800m

Adult (solo) 5k 21k (3 laps adult) 2.5k

9 PACTRACers competed, with the best result coming from Anna Blake who was 2nd in the TriStars race. Anna was well up there in the swim and moved up into 2nd place on the bike, before maintaining that on the final run to come home 8-seconds ahead of 3rd.

Seniors.

23. Andy Corner 24:47 38:57 10:23 = 74:07

TriStars.

2. Anna Blake 2:33 5:53 0:41 = 9:07

TriStar 1.

33. Katie Blake 6:26 10:08 2:21 = 18:55

54. Josh Moore 7:59 11:21 2:32 = 21:52

61. Hannah Coull 7:52 14:40 2:59 = 25:31

TriStar 2.

30. Franky Phillips 7:48 16:42 2:59 = 27:29

35. Calleigh Coull 7:07 17:30 3:09 = 27:46

Tristar 3.

43. Libby Mellor 9:43 22:13 4:07 = 36:03

48. Chloe Moore 11:22 22:59 4:46 = 39:07

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Richard Rodriguez competed in the Grantham Triathlon in his first ever sprint triathlon. He said:"Great event, well organised and a brilliant atmosphere from competitors, organisers and the local supporters".
The distances were:

swim 400m.

bike 10.25 miles.

Run 3 miles.

148. Richard Rodriguez 10:27 42:30 32:16 = 85:13 AG 32.

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PACTRAC had a competitor in both the local Sublime Peterborough Marathon and the Boston USA Marathon at the weekend.

Boston USA.

5148. Giles Cooper 3:13:53.

(First half 1:33:13. Second half 1:40:40).

Others (all Yaxley Runners)

Gina Crane 3:32:31.

Ros Loutit 3:44:04.

Hugh Burton 3:53:19.

Sublime Peterborough Marathon.

34. Neil Strenge 3:38:26.

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Tim Fletcher competed in the Clitheroe Triathlon, finishing 2nd overall and first in his Age Group.

"The Clitheroe Triathlon is a challenging course set in the Ribble Valley. It starts with a 400m pool swim, but the real fun starts on the bike as the 19-mile ride is ‘lumpy’ and includes the climb up Birdy Brow, onto Longridge Fell. The run is relatively flat compared to the bike ride, and is 5-miles out and back on road."

The distances were:

swim 400 metres.

bike 19-miles.

run 5-miles.

Tim was 4th out of the water, after the 400 metre pool swim. He then moved up to 2nd on the bike, and created a good gap to third. Tim then had the fastest run of the day, but was unable to catch the leader and came home a good 2nd overall.

2. Tim Fletcher 6:11 53:22 29:05 = 1:28:38. AG 1st.
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