Mini-Series resumes ...

Mini-Series 3.

PACTRAC held the 3rd of their 5-race Wednesday night triathlon's at Oundle; with Jonny Hynes taking the spoils by 3-minutes from Simon Hoppe in 2nd and Adam Clark 3rd. The athletes set off at intervals as per covid-regulations.

Willow Worthington made her first appearance and came home as first lady; whilst Georgina Jennings recorded her first time on the new course, setting records for the over 75 females including in all disciplines. Other records were set by Adam Clark who broke his own swim record, taking it from 6:01 down to 5:56; whilst Simon Hoppe took the over 50's course record down to 50:34 including a new swim time of 6:10. With the new Oundle Pool being 50-metres away from the old pool, the opportunity was taken to adjust the course for all 3 disciplines, so new records are being established weekly.

After exiting the pool 24-seconds behind Adam and just 10-seconds behind Simon, Jonny had the fastest bike split of the night and came in to Transition 2, 90-seconds ahead of Simon, with Adam 3rd. Jonny was just 18-seconds down on his fastest bike time for the course, on what turned out to be an unexpectedly windy but warm night. Jonny also had the fastest run of the night, whilst the battle for 2nd involved Adam's improved running seeing him reeling Simon in, with Simon holding on by just 17-seconds.

With 3 events from the 5 to count towards the Mini-Series Trophy, Simon Hoppe has taken the lead with 24 points from 3 events. His closest rivals are Jonny Hynes with 19 points and Mark Weathersby with 18, but they have only raced twice each so far. Susie Freeman leads the Ladies Trophy with 2 wins from 2 giving 20 points, with Willow Worthington on 10 points from this week's win.

Results:

1. Jonny Hynes ........... 6.20 .... 21.41 .... 19.33 ..= 47.34

2. Simon Hoppe .......... 6.10 .... 23.20 .... 21.04 ..= 50.34

3. Adam Clark ............. 5.56 .... 24.58 .... 19.57 ..= 50.51

4. Rob Hammond ........ 6.42 .... 24.25 .... 20.51 ..= 51.58

5. Andy Corner ............ 7.13 .... 24.19 .... 21.45 ..= 53.17

6. Jake Daniels ............ 6.45 .... 24.35 .... 23.08 ..= 54.28

7. Chris Pike ................ 7.45 .... 25.02 .... 22.18 ..= 55.05

8. Steve Hope .............. 7.27 .... 26.33 .... 23.01 ..= 57.01

9. Willow Worthington .. 8.27 .... 29.48 .... 26.10 ..= 64.25

10. Scott Lloyd .............. 8.40 .... 27.15 .... 28.36 ..= 64.31

11. Georgina Jennings .. 9.03 .... 33.51 .... 35.33 ..= 78.27

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A further report from this coming weekend will include;

Sprint Triathlon at Mallory Park.

Half-Ironman triathlon in Staffordshire.

Swim,Run at Long Eaton.

Ullswater 7-mile swim.

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9 athletes competed in the 2nd PACTRAC Mini-Series Triathlon last Wednesday night. The event clashed with England playing in the Euro's, but nonetheless attracted a competitive field over the distances of:

swim 400 metres in Oundle's new pool - 16 lengths.

bike 9-miles around Glapthorn and the Benefield's.

run 3.1 miles out to Glapthorn and back.

Mark Weathersby had the fastest swim, bike and run individual times, leading out of the water by 6-seconds from Simon Hoppe with Susie Freeman another 4-seconds behind. Mark increased his lead over Simon by a further 50-seconds on the bike, and with a superfast run extended his overall lead to 3:23 minutes by the finish. Simon held on to 2nd place whilst Rob Hammond came in 3rd and Chris Northern making his debut finished 4th. Mark, Rob and Susie (1st lady) all beat their times from the previous week as 7 athletes went under the hour.

In only the 2nd event on this brand new course, 2 new course records were set. Susie Freeman set a new Female Course Record, beating her time from last week by 45-seconds; and Jaap Flikweert and Mariska Niemeijer established a new Team Record.

Results:

1. Mark Weathersby .... 6:08 .... 22:56 .... 19:04 ..= 48:08

2. Simon Hoppe ........... 6:14 .... 23:46 .... 21:31 ..= 51:31

3. Rob Hammond ......... 6:47 .... 24:52 .... 20:48 ..= 52:27

4. Chris Northern .......... 7:22 .... 26:02 .... 20:14 ..= 53:38

5. Dave Allsop ............... 6:54 .... 25:02 .... 21:59 ..= 53:55

6. Steve Hope ............... 7:07 .... 27:35 .... 23:08 ..= 57:50

7. Susie Freeman .......... 6:18 .... 28:36 .... 24:39 ..= 59:33

8. Team Jaap/Mariska ... 7:25 .... 24:31 .... 28:25 ..= 60:21

9. Sue Davys ................. 8:50 .... 31:26 .... 30:07 ..= 70:23

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Husband and wife, Bill and Sarah Haslam, competed in the Woodhorn Museum Standard Distance Triathlon in Northumberland. This covered the distances of swim 1500 metres in the lake, bike 25-miles and run 6.25 miles.

This event incorporated the English National Championships and Sarah was 4th in her Age group, just missing out on a national medal.

It was also a qualifying race for the World Triathlon Championships to be held in Abu Dhabi next year. The top 4 in each Age Group qualify and Sarah achieved her ambition here. However, husband Bill was 8th in his Age Group and will have to try again in the London Triathlon in the Docklands on 8th July.

106. Bill Haslam ........ 24:51 .... 84:59 .... 48:03 ..= 2:37:53 AG 8.

188. Sarah Haslam .... 25:33 .... 97:17 .... 58:01 ..= 3:00:51 AG 4.

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Andy Corner competed in the Stewartby Lake Triathlon at Bedford over the Standard Distance of swim 1500m in the lake, bike 23-miles (out-and-back 4 times) and run 6.25 miles (out and back 2 times). Andy finished 5th in his Age Group, whilst Chloe Moore chose to compete in the Sprint Aquabike covering 750 metres in the lake and 12 miles on the bike. Chloe finished 1st overall in a time of 62:01 to continue her move up in distances this year. She had a fast swim and put minutes into her competition, holding on, on the bike to take the win by 1:24 minutes.

Standard Distance Triathlon:

20. Andy Corner .... 23:49 .... 64:29 .... 46:10 ..= 2:14:28 AG 5.

Aquabike Sprint:

1st Chloe Moore .... 12:58 .... 49:03 ..= 62:01 AG 1st.

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3 PACTRACers ventured over to Manvers Lake at Rotherham for Sunday's Swim,Run organised by AsKeenAsMustard.

Adam Clark (2nd overall, 1st in Age Group) and Steve Hope (2nd in Age Group) competed in the 10km event, whilst Daniel Richardson took on the 5km version.

The 10km event comprised of 13 short trail runs and 12 lake swims with competitors seamlessly switching from one discipline to the other. You swam in your training shoes and ran in your wetsuit in a continuous event, with no transitions between disciplines. Adam set off first, with a long line of athletes starting at 2 second intervals behind him. He was involved in a two-way fight at the front and held onto the lead throughout the race, right up until being overtaken on the penultimate swim, with just over 1 km to go. Adam eventually came in a minute down after leading for so long. 2nd place is his best yet in the series, which resumes in Long Eaton this weekend.

Results:

10km;

2. Adam Clark .... 1:25:37 Age Group 1st.

7. Steve Hope .... 1:32:46 Age Group 2nd.

5km;

22. Daniel Richardson .... 1:10:28 AG 6.

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The first PACTRAC Mini-Series Triathlon took place since 2019 last Wednesday. In the intervening period, Oundle have demolished the old pool and built a brand new facility which has the flexibility of being either a 50m pool or, with the boom in place, a 25m pool. PACTRAC are using the 25m option on Wednesday night's and operating a number of Covid secure procedures, including setting the swimmers off at 10-second intervals.

New Course Records were, therefore, up-for-grabs as 20 athletes took to the start line (19 finished) for the inaugural race on the new course, which not only included an increased swim distance from 400 yards to 400 metres, but a new exit from the pool was in operation on both the bike and run disciplines. This reduced the cycle section to 9-miles and the run was adjusted to 3.1 miles (i.e., 5km).

Swim 400 metres - 16 lengths of the 25m pool.

Bike 9-miles around Glapthorn and the Benefield's taking in 2 good inclines and the long windy decent between the Benefield's and the fast section downhill around Oundle Golf Course.

Run out and back to a dead turn at Glapthorn, running back into the School by a different entry point.

Taking full advantage of the 10-second seedings, Steve Hope set off nr.2 and was first out of the water, thereby setting the first ever record on the new course with a swim time of 7:07. It didn't last for long, however, as Adam Clark who set off 1:10 minutes behind Steve recorded 6:01 and was out into Transition just 4-seconds behind him. As it happened, Adam had the fastest swim of the night, and retained the record.

Paul Lunn recorded 6:03 for the swim, Mark Weathersby 6:14 and first lady Susie Freeman 6:16 as 8 swimmers went under 7-minutes; with a further 9 swimmers following in under 8-minutes.

Paul recorded a superfast bike split of 21:25 which included the first transition, and came back first into T2, 1:10 minutes ahead of Jonny Hynes to take the new bike split record. However, Jonny then came in with the fastest bike of the day in 21:23 to take the new record by just 2-seconds. Mark came in off of the bike in third spot another 34 seconds down, but ahead of 4th placed Simon Hoppe by almost 2-minutes, with Simon being the first of 10 cyclists to appear in the space of 2:45 minutes.

Paul had a 20-second advantage over Jonny going into the run, where 5 athletes dipped under 20-minutes for the newly measured 5k. Paul had the fastest run of the day in 18:18. Mark recorded 18:48 and made inroads into Jonny who held on to 2nd place with a 19:03 run split to come home 65 seconds behind Paul and 19 seconds ahead of Mark. Paul having just lost his bike split record, did take both the run record and the new overall Course Record as well as the Over-45 Course Record. Simon Hoppe in 5th was the first Over-50, whilst Susie Freeman established a clean sweep of the ladies records including all of the individual disciplines and the overall and over-40's records.

1. Paul Lunn .............,.,... 6:03 .... 21:25 .... 18:18 .. = 45:46

2. Jonny Hines ................ 6:25 .... 21:23 .... 19:03 .. = 46:51

3. Mark Weathersby ........ 6:14 .... 22:08 .... 18:48 .. = 47:10

4. Adam Clark .................. 6:01 .... 25:07 .... 19:38 .. = 50:46

5. Simon Hoppe ............... 7:04 .... 23:09 .... 21:17 .. = 51:30

6. Jaap Flikweert .............. 7:38 .... 24:04 .... 20:13 .. = 51:55

7. Aaron Godden .............. 7:25 .... 23:57 .... 21:09 .. = 52:31

8. Wayne Stainsby ............ 6:56 .... 26:15 .... 19:59 .. = 53:10

9. Dave Allsop ................... 6:45 .... 24:34 .... 22:06 .. = 53:25

10. Rob Hammond ............ 7:56 .... 24:45 .... 20:48 .. = 53:29

11. Andy Corner ................. 7:24 .... 25:08 .... 21:41 .. = 54:13

12. Scott Lloyd ................... 8:51 .... 25:34 .... 20:08 .. = 54:33

13. Chris Pike .................... 7:57 .... 25:10 .... 22:12 .. = 55:19

14. Christian Richards ....... 7:09 .... 25:21 .... 22:57 .. = 55:27

15. Steve Hope .................. 7:07 .... 25:51 .... 23:35 .. = 56:33

16. Tom Moorhouse ........... 8:20 .... 26:18 .... 25:08 .. = 59:46

17. Susie Freeman ............ 6:16 .... 28:36 .... 25:26 .. = 60:18

18. Martin Thorpe .............. 7:30 .... 28:22 .... 24:45 .. = 60:37

19. Louise Banerjee .......... 9:24 .... 31:33 .... 27:18 .. = 68:15

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3 PACTRACers competed in the Sywell Sprint Triathlon near Northampton, held within the Sywell Country Park.

swim 750 metres in the lake.

bike 12.5 miles on country lanes.

run 3 miles around the lake.

Results:

19 Christian Richards .... 11:33 .... 32:37 .... 20:52 .. = 65:02 Age Group 5th.
26. Richard Wright ......... 13:55 .... 35:06 .... 18:39 .. = 67:40 AG 5.
58. Paul Frampton ......... 18:38 .... 34:41 .... 22:28 .. = 75:47 AG 10.
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5 PACTRACers were amongst over 1,400 competitor's at the Outlaw Half Holkham Triathlon held at Holkham Hall in Norfolk.

The distances were:

swim 1.2 miles - 1 lap of the lake.

bike 56 miles - 1 large loop skirting around Sandringham and Fakenham.

run 13.1 miles - 3 laps around the park.

Sam Chapman was the first PACTRACer home, whilst Aaron Godden dipped under 5 hrs for the first time in a half-Ironman distance race.

132. Sam Chapman .... 33:53 .... 2:38:33 .... 1:43:54 .. = 4:56:20 AG 15.

146. Aaron Godden ..... 36:50 .... 2:39:04 .... 1:43:13 .. = 4:59:07 AG 17.

218. Simon Guerin ...... 32:15 .... 2:44:02 .... 1:55:06 .. = 5:11:23 AG 20.

302. Jon Crowley ........ 35:09 .... 2:49:34 .... 1:56:35 .. = 5:21:18 AG 31.

494. Mark Bedford ...... 43:08 .... 3:08:09 .../. 1:51:24 .. = 5:42:41 AG 57.

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Meanwhile, Charlie Brookes chose the Gauntlet half-ironman distance triathlon held at Hever Castle nr. Tonbridge. The distances of swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles took Charlie 6:29:57 hours for 146th place overall.

146. Charlie Brookes .... 36:25 .... 3:42:42 .... 2:10:50 .. = 6:29:57 Age Group 19.

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Daniel Richardson competed in the GoTri event at Jesus Green Lido over the Super-Sprint distance of a 100 yard swim followed by a 2.5 mile bike and 1.1 mile run, both on grass. The event was to encourage participants who are new to triathlon and Daniel finished in 26 minutes.

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