Mileham enjoys Monster challenge
PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 August 2016
Coopers pupil makes Olympic triathlon distance debut
Coopers pupil Sam Mileham recorded an impressive fourth-place finish at the Ely Monster Triathlon, on his debut over the Olympic distance.
Mileham tackled a 1,500 metre swim, 44k bike ride and 12k run for the first time and was deilghted to finish in two hours 26 minutes.
He said: “I was overjoyed with that time, especially on a long and challenging course.
“It got even better when I found out I had finished fourth overall as I was also the youngest in the race by five years and had won my age group (under-25).”
The swimming leg took place in a river, mostly against the current, but Mileham got off to a great start and kept up a high tempo to exit the water first in 20.57.
After a 300m run to transition Mileham tackled a flat bike route, that was nonetheless exposed to the wind, and he added: “I knew the best chance of doing well overall would be to get an advantage in the swim and it paid off.
“The bike was going to be tough. We had driven the course the night before and there were long stretches of big headwinds and others of constant cross winds which made it very tough on the legs.
“Not being used to this distance I wasn’t quite sure how to pace it, but I just went full gas and decided to see what could be possible.”
Mileham led the bike element for a spell, but was eventually overtaken and dropped back to fourth ahead of the run.
And despite a strong start and a brief spell in third place, he eventually came home in that position.
He said: “Running is normally a strong point of mine but I knew I would be going into the unknown with this distance.
“I worked hard but third place was too far ahead. The final lap was very tough, I really struggled but kept pushing right to the end.”
Mileham received a pair of Alphawoolf trainers for winning his age group and is set to compete in the National Triathlon Relays tomorrow (Saturday).
He added: “I was completely shocked when Alphawoolf handed me a pair of trainers – what a result!
“I was very very happy after a successful and well executed race. I can’t thank my sponsors Pedal Potential, Zone3, Sam farmer, Swim Canary Wharf and The Body Therapy Company enough for everything they do to support me throughout the year.”