Mileham makes his mark at Blenheim Palace Triathlon
PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 June 2017
Coopers pupil among leaders in junior elite race
Coopers Coborn pupil Sam Mileham continued his impressive return from injury with a 16th place finish in the Junior Elite race at the Blenheim Palace Triathlon in Oxford.
It was always going to be a tough race, as the starting line-up included Rio Olympian Gordon Benson, and competitors began with a 750 metre swim, followed by a 19.8km hilly bike course and a 5.4km run.
The swim, which turned out to be a non-wetsuit swim due to the warm conditions, saw a solid effort from Mileham, especially with a 400m uphill run to the transition point.
After completing the first lap of the bike leg on his own, Mileham worked in tandem with another triathlete to complete the three-lap course.
The run saw Mileham begin to catch up with competitors in front, only for his recent knee injury to unfortunately flare up.
The Coopers student was able to put it to the back of his mind, though, and continue to move up the field on his way to 16th in his category, while finishing 46th overall with a time on one hour, seven minutes and 50 seconds.
Mileham said: “It was a spectacular day for it, lovely and warm. So warm in fact it was a non-wetsuit swim which was a little annoying as I prefer my wetsuit.
“The swim was lovely. I managed to choose the right place and keep on people’s toes all the way round. It was a little slow, but I was happy considering the ban of wetsuits.
“There was a 400m uphill run to transition which was tough, but I jumped onto my bike and tried to catch the group ahead but to no avail.
“On the run I set off pretty well and immediately started to catch people. However about halfway through my knee flared up and started to hurt. I managed to put the pain to one side and continue overtaking people to my surprise.”
Mileham will hope to continue the good form when heading up to Leeds to take part in a British Super Series event this weekend.