Street based athlete Charlie Cook produced another impressive performance at the weekend, winning the Burnham Triathlon.
In a competitive field which saw entrants travel from as far as Bristol, Bath and Plymouth, Charlie knew he would need to be at his best.
An admin error saw him incorrectly seeded and placed in the slowest swim heat, meaning he would need to lead from the front against the staggered start of the other athletes.
Being first out of the pool from the 200m swim and with a great first transition, he was out on the bike course alone for quite some time, before being joined by any of the chasing pack. He used this to his advantage, and quite quickly established a good lead, lapping a few of the backfield. His main rivals were now also on the track as they passed each other on opposite sides of the home straight.
Another smooth transition into his running shoes, saw Cook run along the 2k beach and promenade solo, and this would now be a run against the clock. He finished with a strong sprint to complete the course in 23mins 32, knocking 2m off last years time. After a nervous wait, the times of his rivals were in and confirmed a 17secs and 32secs gap ahead of 2nd and 3rd respectively. On the day, Cook was fastest in both the swim and the run and second fastest on his bike and sets him up nicely for next months South West Series race in Gloucester.
Cook would like to thank local sports charity TS5C for their continued support and funding which enables him to compete regularly around the country and develop his triathlon potential.