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Triathlete takes over ten minutes off his best time

Tuesday, 3rd June 2014.

Haverhill triathlete Jack Tappin took over ten minutes off his best triathlon time when he competed in the Outlaw Half on Sunday.

The 26-year-old was among around 1,200 fellow triathletes to swim 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometres), cycle 57 miles (90km) and then run a half marathon (13.1 miles - 21km) at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont near Nottingham.

He completed the swim in around 40min, the cycle in 3hr 7min and the run in 1hr 57min.

Tappin completed the 70.3 mile (113km) course in 5hr 54min 49sec - smashing his previous personal best time for that distance of 6hr 5min.

"I'd hoped to finish in under six hours so am delighted with the result," said Tappin.

"I knew I'd done the swim well and doing front crawl for the first time left me facing the challenge of being in the pack and clattering into people.

"I thought the cycle would be around 50 miles as they're usually shorter than stated but this was actually a little longer than the 56.

"I was off my bike at the four-hour mark so thought I wouldn't do sub six as the best half-marathon time I'd done in a tri was two hours five.

"I was hoping to keep it around nine minutes a mile but managed to start around eight and keep the speed up and when I got into the second lap I knew I could manage sub six.

"It was great to manage that and complete my 2014 tri goal at the first attempt.

"It was less than two years ago I did my first sprint distance (a quarter of 70.3 middle distance) so I'm pleased with how I've improved.

"Ultimately I'd like to do the full Outlaw and Ironman (140.6/226 distance - double middle distance) but that's some way off yet."

Next up for Tappin is the Grafman middle distance tri next Sunday followed by Ironman 70.3 the following Sunday.

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