Paul making a splash at national triathlon events
26 June 2014
Paul Clucas recently represented the Fire Service at two national triathlon events, which were both qualifying races for the World and European Championships for Great Britain age-group. Performance and Standards Manager at Hull CPU, Paul has to achieve strict time standards in this summer’s events to remain in the qualifying spots for these two prestigious events.
The first event was held at Nottingham’s Pierre Point in and around the rowing lake (not the water rescue rapids!) This was a fast and frantic race, especially the opening swim section. The bike phase was four laps of the lake with some tight turns which caused one of the leaders to crash out and make an untimely trip to hospital. The run was flat and fast, with the only obstructions being ducks! Despite the challenges, Paul managed to achieve a World Championship qualifying time.
Two weeks later, he was on his travels again to the Southport Marine Lake Triathlon in the North West. After a rare chance to reccy the course the day before, he had to ‘sacrifice’ the second half of the England v Italy game (he didn’t miss much) to get some sleep before a 7.00am start! The open water swim was almost declared a non-wetsuit swim as the water was so warm! Lessons learnt from the previous race, especially in the swim, with a flat, but slightly windy, bike section and a fast, flat run to finish, resulted in another qualifying time for the European Championships.
Paul is pictured above sporting the new Fire Service kit
Watch this space for news of Paul’s other events this summer. You can follow his training and results on his Twitter page @clucasp
Anyone interested in sponsoring Paul in the run up to the World Championships in Canada, can contact him via email email@example.com