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.
The first of the two disciplines was the 1600m track run and Cook was amongst the quickest runners in the last seeded heat. He quickly found himself in the leading pack and during laps two and three, he held his position in the leading three. The pace in the final lap was fast and following a sprint for the line, Cook finished a very respectable third and set a new personal best of 4m51 which amassed him 1291 points.
The second leg of the race was a 200m swim and again, only a quick time would see him stay in contention of beating his entry position. He performed well in the pool and produced a short course pb of 2m13 to finish 11th with a further 1170 points added to his total.
After a nervous wait for the overall results, Cook’s combined total of 2461 points was enough to guarantee and overall 5th position, finishing just 16 points behind a podium finish. Cook’s team mate finished in bronze and they were unfortunate to miss out on a team gold, following the late withdrawal of their third and fellow athlete due to injury.
Cook, who is sponsored by TS5C, now returns to winter road running training and cross country, as well as Triathlon training with the South West of England Academy.