PACTRAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Victory again for Vernon

Paul Vernon.
Paul Vernon.

Paul Vernon has added the PACTRAC Club Championship to the mini-series title he cluinched earlier this month.

Vernon needed a good finish in the Standard Distance Triathlon at Oundle last weekend (July 17) to become club champion and he achieved it in style thanks to a superb run.

The race was held over a 1800-yard swim in Oundle pool, a 30-mile bike and a 6.25-mile run.

Abi Schofield led out of the water, 90 seconds clear of Simon Hoppe with a further two minutes back to Rob Hammond.

Vernon was a further three minutes down before hauling 40 seconds back on the bike and then catching Hoppe on the run to pull away and win by 2.17 minutes.

Hammond was a further eight minutes back.

PACTRAC club champions are determined by a series of races and the ladies title is still in the balance between Schofield and Susie Freeman.

Steve Hope or Chris Pike will be crowned ‘supervet’ king.

Vernon maintained his perfect record in the mini-series by winning event number nine of 10. That’s six out of six for Vernon who beat youth Jonathan Oakey by over four minutes.

First lady was Hannah Bassett who leads the ladies event from Sue Burnett and Christina Cook with one race to go.

Paul Lunn recorded a superb finish in the Challenge Roth in Germany.

Lunn completed the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and full marathon in under nine hours for a 27th-place finish.

Lunn was fifth in his age group and second Brit overall. He will now try and qualify for the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii.

Pedro Polson and Steve Giles finished fifth and sixth respectively in their age groups in the Pitsford Traithlon at Brixworth.