January started with toughening up my legs to deal with the endurance aspect of triathlon by taking part in the cross country season. After progressing through County and Regional qualification races, I was thrilled to qualify as part of the Somerset Team to participate at the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships in Leeds.
TS5C athlete Charlie Cook (pictured centre) competed in the first race of the South West Series by winning the Bath Duathlon Championship at Odd Down race track. Charlie, who is 14, has just moved up into the Under 16’s junior age category and knew he was in for a tough 3k run, 15k cycle and 1.5k run event.
Street athlete Charlie Cook produced his best performance of the season when competing at the National Modern Biathlon at Tudor Grange, Solihull.
Following the regional qualifiers, Cook was ranked 7th in the country going into the event and he knew he would need to be at his best to improve on this position.
TS5C's Charlie Cook represented Team South West at the the recent Inter Regional Championships at Mallory Park, Leicester which saw the top 39 athletes compete from across the 13 regions of the British Isles.
The Crispin School pupil put his recent hand operation set back behind him and was keen to impress at his first National Triathlon outing.
The SW Triathlon Series 2nd race took place in Gloucester. The 300m swim, 6k bike and 2.4k run was held in waves and saw the race favourites in different heats. The race leaders were evenly matched on both swim and transition with Cook producing the fastest bike section though was unlucky to be caught on the run time taking 2nd place just 5 seconds behind the winner.