Perfect Paul Vernon has claimed PACTRAC’s mini-series crown after securing the maximum 50 points from his five counting races
Vernon completed his personal clean sweep in the eighth race in the series at Oundle which as usual consisted of a 400 yard swim, a 10-mile bike and a 3.5 mile run.
Wayne Stainsby led out of the pool from Simon Guerin with Steve Hope and junior Hannah Bassett 36 seconds down.
But Vernon was looming in fifth place and he stormed into the lead with a powerful performance on the bike, taking the lead at Glapthorn and finishing the second part of the race 1.23 minutes ahead of Stainsby. Guerin was by now a minute further back.
And just to emphasise his dominance Vernon then delivered the fastest run of the night to come home three minutes ahead of Stainsby. Nick Forscutt ran well to finish third, but a long way behind the top two.
Aaron Godden, Hope, Guerin, Jeremy Thompson, Gary Shoemake, Ali Brightly and Christina Cork made up the rest of the top 10.
All the athletes were delighted with the best weather conditions they’ve experienced all series, a fact that a led to more entries than normal.
Christina Cork, who was first lady home in the latest race, leads the ladies mini-series on 37 points, just ahead of Susie Freeman (34) and Hannah Bassett (33).
PACTRAC member Jonathan Oakey has mixed it with the best youths in the country in the ‘Super Series’ for 15 and 16 year-olds this year.
The latest round was at Eton Dorney, the iconic Olympic venue, and Oakey finished 39th of 62.
His time for a 400m swim, 6.5 mile bike and 1.5 mile run was 34.56 (5.15, 18.58, 10.43), but he suffered in the run after working hard on the bike.
Ros Goatly entered the Foremarke Hall sprint triathlon and finished in a time of 79.02 in the 4oom swim, 12.5 mile bike and three-mile run event, good enough for an excellent fourth-place age group finish.
Aaron Godden finished in the top 10% of the Norwich Sprint Triathlon at Whitingham Country Park.
It was a 700m swim in the lake, an 11-mile bike and a three-mile run in the park, and Godden completed it in a creditable 70.54 (14.43, 34.35, 21.36) which was quick enough for a fifth place finish in his age group.
PACTRAC is one of the biggest triathlon clubs in the UK with over 220 members.
The club is based both in Peterborough and Oundle and is always on the lookout for new members.
The club has a website with detailed information at www.pactrac.co.uk.