Dave escapes from Alcatraz on a high

Dave Wagstaff.
Dave Wagstaff.
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PACTRAC’s Dave Wagstaff competed in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco at the weekend.

The course involved a 1.5-mile swim in the icy bay, a 20-mile bike ride around a hilly San Francisco and an eight-mile run which included the dreaded Equinox Sand Ladder (400 steps up a cliff).

Wagstaff recorded 2.44.02 to finish 19th out of 171 in his age group and 250th out of 2,000 overall.

He beat his previous best time for the event by 17 minutes and also beat two previous Ironman Champions in Scott Tinley and Michellie Jones.

It was another great weekend for the PACTRAC juniors in the Eastern Children’s League at Basildon Sports Village, an event which attracted over 300 youngsters.

Olivia Corner secured a podium finish when placing third in the TS1 girls race and Katie Tasker was first female in the TS2 category despite losing her chain at the start of the bike section.

Annette Wyld of PACTRAC won her age group at the Spalding Triathlon (swim 400 metres, bike 11.75 miles, run 2.85 miles).

PACTRAC results: 11 Tim Henson 62:20 (age group 5th); 58 Annette Wyld 79:23 (age group 1st); 68 Barbara Gunn 82:08 (age group 6th).

In the first event in the St Neots Triathlon series, five of the six PACTRACers came in the top four in their respective age groups.

The best placed was Sean Pooley in sixth place overall in the standard distance race.

Georgina Jennings seems to be on a roll at the moment and did a PB on the course by 30 seconds, winning the age category 10-years younger.

PAC TRAC results

Standard distance (1500 metres, 27 miles, 6.25 miles): 6 Sean Pooley 2:22:42 (age group 3rd); 40 Andy Russell 2:46:19 (agr group 4th).

Sprint (750 metres, 15 miles, 3 miles): 37 Gary Shoemake 1:24:04 (age group 7th); 40 Pedro Polson 1:26:17 (age group 3rd); 61 Ros Goatly 1:29:05 (age group 2nd); 98. Georgina Jennings 1:37:10 (age group 1st).

Nathan Tweedie was in record-breaking form when PACTRAC held the second race in their Mini-Series at Oundle.

He smashed his own swim record, bringing it down from 4:02 to 3:56. He came out of the water 1:21 ahead of the next swimmer, Abi Schofield.

Tweedie was only one second away from his best bike time but he suffered with cramp on the run and the race was won by Paul Vernon in a personal best 48:25.

Vernon has now joined an elite group of athletes who have recorded sub-49 minute times:

The others are Josh Daniels (three times), Matt Gunby and Simon Hoppe.

Vernon recorded the fifth fastest time ever on the course and was only four seconds off Hoppe’s bike course record.

Wayne Stainsby was second in 51:58 and Tweedie third in 52.17.

First lady was Abi Schofield in 16th place in 1.00.07.

The first Tallington Lakes Triathlon is on Sunday July 5.

There is a sprint (750m swim, 24km bike, 5km run) and standard (1,500m swim, 46km bike, 10km ride) race.

For further details visit www.sbrevents.co.uk