TRIATHLON: Midlands glory for Spalding ace Jack

Top boy: Jack Carpenter
Top boy: Jack Carpenter

SPALDING Triathlon Club’s Jack Carpenter has clinched a cracking category win in the Midland Series.

Carpenter, who was in the male 20-24 category, racked up 2,936 points to edge Luke Hubbard (2,916pts) into second place by the narrowest of margins.

The Spalding athlete got the sprint triathlon series, run by One Step Beyond Promotions, off to a cracking start in Lincoln.

He clocked a rapid time of 1.09.20hr to place second in his group at Lincoln, which put him firmly in the picture for overall honours.

That showing knocked an impressive three minutes off his time at the same course the year before.

The second of the three-race championship took Carpenter to Southwell – which proved the shortest race of the trio.

Again, the Spalding endurance athlete was right in the mix at the head of the field, but this time he had to settle for third place. Still, his time of 55.59mins was again three minutes quicker than the year before – and that included a personal best 5km running leg of 17.40mins.

With two top three finishes under his belt, Carpenter was always going to be in the hunt for overall honours at the series finale in Woodhall.

In very wet conditions, he stormed to first place, which edged him just 20 points ahead at the top of the standings.

His performance as Woodhall was stunning, shaving four minutes off his 2011 effort to finish ahead of the rest in 1.08.16hrs. A fine 24km bike leg of 41.36mins was the catalyst for his glory.

Not content with his efforts in the series, Carpenter was also out competing at the Nottingham open water sprint in between races.

Amid very hot conditions, he finished in 1.05.46hrs – which was good enough for an excellent 16th overall in the 15-39 age group. It was the first time Carpenter had competed in the event.

• Spalding Tri had other athletes competing in the Midlands Series. In the female 30-34 age group, Aimee Stocker (2,709pts) was second, ahead of Jane Gallagher (2,075pts) in fourth.

Angela McGill was also fourth in the 40-44 section, while Tom Drew (2,786pts), David McGill (2,522pts) and Andy Chamberlain (2,188pts) were third, fifth and 13th respectively in the men’s 45-49 group.

James Graham (2,707pts) placed eighth in the 40-44 group, with Michael Staines (2,701pts) finishing second in the men’s 55+ category.