Rutland duo take podium places

Triathletes Roger Canham and Robin Brookes
Triathletes Roger Canham and Robin Brookes
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RUTLAND athletes picked up medals when a trio raced the England Duathlon Championships at Carsington Water near Ashbourne at the weekend.

Robin Brookes of Manton, Roger Canham of North Luffenham and Jonny Bland from Knossington took on the 12k run, 40k bike ride and 4k run with Brooks and Canham taking podium places.

Brookes triumphed in the 50 to 55 age group to take gold and become the England age group duathlon champion in a total time of 2 hours 29 minutes, finishing 37th overall.

His coach and mentor Roger Canham finished third in his 45-50 age group with a time of 2 hours 22 minutes.

He normally competes at Ironman distances where he has become one of the top athletes in the world for his age group, making this distance more of a training race for him.

Jonny Bland finished in a time of 2 hours 35 to finish 12 in his age group.

Roger and Robin both race with Peterborough Area Combined Triathlon and Athletics Club (Pactrac), whose mebers have been competing in a series of races.

Tony Moran competed in the Skipton Triathlon, finishing in the top half, over the distances of 400 m swim, 12.5 mile bike and a 3 mile run.

He said: “I did a personal best on that course and knocked a minute off my swim and two off my run from last year, so the Pactrac training is working.”

Three members of Pactrac competed in the early season Triathlon at Duston, Northampton where distances were 400 m swim, 12.5 mile bike and 3 mile run.

Steve Giles and Chris Jordan both came home second in their respective age groups, while first Pactracer home was Chris Brennan in 26th place.

Nearly 500 competitor’s finished the race.

Chris had a minute’s advantage on Steve after the swim. Steve then lost more time in transition, and left himself with too much to do on the run, pulling back 40 seconds out of a 46 second deficit, to finish just 6 seconds behind.

Results: Chris Brennan 7.03, 35.39, 19.17 - 61.59; Steve Giles 8.06, 35.22, 18.37 - 62.05; Chris Jordan 7.05, 37.51, 28.59 - 73.55.

l STAMFORD Tri Club’s six members enjoyed a great day day of racing in the Lincoln Sprint which consisted of a 400m swim, 22k bike and 5k run.

Paul Lunn finished first in his age group (40-44) out of 73, coming in 4th overall out of 444 competitors.

Clubmate Jimmy Robinson beat Lunn out of the pool with 30 seconds to spare. This was his first race returning after a long illness, he had a superb race considering he is still not race fit and finished fourth in his age group (35-39) out of 56, and 24th overall.

Results: Paul Lunn 7.17, 37.49, 18:30 - 1.03.09; Jimmy Robinson 6.47, 40.42, 20.30 - 1.08.25; Karl Owen 07.10, 48.13, 22.22 - 1.17.48; Kerry Rough 7.05, 54.21, 24.12 - 1.25.39; Katy Johnson 7.50, 58.43; 23.34 - 1.30.09; Sandie Marlow 7.43, 57.51, 30.14 - 1.35.41.