Paul powers to third in Spain

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STAMFORD’s Paul Lunn ran, swam and rode a fantastic race for Great Britain at the 2012 Vitoria-Gasteiz ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Spain at the end of July.

Lunn, who races for Stamford Tri Club raced an awesome 4km swim in the Ullibarri-Gamboa lake, rode a 120km bike stage across the Plains of Alva, and then ran 30km through Vitoria -Gasteiz to claim third place in the 40-44 age group.

He set the fastest bike split of the day for his category and the second fastest run on his way to a total time of 6h18m57. His split times were: Swim 1h14m13; bike 2h59m53 and run 2h01m42.

Paul is now preparing for two World Championship races, the 2012 Ironman World Championship in Las Vegas, and the ITU Duathlon World Championship in France. Both races are in September. He also qualified for the 2012 World Triathlon Grand final in Auckland but is unable to take part due to prior commitments.

Stamford Tri Club member Diane Parperis also competed in Spain, taking a top 20 finish in her 45-49 age group with a total time of 8h51m14.

l TEN members of the club also raced at the Bedford Classic Triathlon which was a 1.5km swim, 40km bike and a 10km run.

First back for the club was Alex Knott, followed closely by his partner Michelle Wright who came fifth in her 30-34 age group.

Results: Alex Knott 2.16.51, Michelle Wright 2.22.48, James Skinner 2.29.12, Andrea Robinett 2.30.28, Thomas Parker 2.33.32, Maggie Skinner 2.34.35, Tim Sacks 2.35.12, Karl Owen 2.35.35, Sarah Haslam 2.42.31, Bill Haslam 2.59.33.