Teenage Brandon duathlete Cotton cuts the mustard in Lanzarote

Tom Cotton races in Lanzarote.
Tom Cotton races in Lanzarote.
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King’s School student Tom Cotton pulled out an amazing result in a duathlon in Lanzarote.

Thirteen-year-old Tom, of Brandon, went to La Santa Sport in Lanzarote to take part in a Triathlon, Aquathlon and a Duathlon.

Racing against men and women from Germany, Sweden, UK, and Denmark, he was the only child in the event.

On a very hot day, Tom’s race comprised a 2.5km run, 15.5km bike ride and another 2.5km run.

After the first run and bike legs, he was lying in an impressive fifth position and eventually finished seventh overall.

Tom’s mum Jo Cawthorn said she was very proud and never before seen him work so hard for a result.

Jo said: “We could not believe the speed he had done it in as the ride is a very hard, steep one.

“When he had finished he could hardly speak, but when he did we asked how he had managed to do the biking so fast. His answer was ‘I saw this man in front with a GB top on called Flavin, so I thought he would be a good one to stick with’.”

Tom bikes for a hobby and general is very interested in keeping fit. He is also a member of King’s School water polo and rugby teams, and belongs to Newark Swimming Club.