SALISBURY Tri Club's Nigel Peterson produced a fine performance to finish just outside the top 50 competitors at the Abu Dhabi Triathlon.
Peterson's excellent overall time of 4:06 hours at the prestigious event was good enough to earn him a highly creditable 54th place.
More than 800 triathletes took part in the contest.
Among them was Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee, who Peterson lined up alongside.
“Being selected to start in the same wave as an Olympic champion was a great honour,” said Peterson. “The atmosphere on the start line was electric.”
Coming out of the water in the middle of the pack, the Salisbury athlete used his strength and experience on the bike to climb into the top 50 after a superb 2:46 hour split for the hot and windy 100km ride.
A gruelling 10km run in the mid-day sun followed, and with the temperature reaching 32 degrees, he maintained his position with a 44.40min run split – earning him a place in the UK's top 15 athletes at the event.
“I thought I may just get a top 100 place, so to finish 54th overall out of over 800 starters and to be the 15th fastest UK athlete on the day exceeded all my expectations,” he added.
There were chillier conditions closer to home for those Salisbury Tri-Club members competing in the Avon Aquathlon in Durrington, which featured a 500m pool swim into a 5km run.
James Cooper proved the pick of the Salisbury members, producing the fastest swim time of the day and being placed sixth overall in a time of 28:42.
Jen Witt finished strong in her first multi-sport event, while Tamzin Earley and Tristan Mullett also braved the cold to complete their first race of the season.
Meanwhile, Craig Gardiner and Mark Jacobs headed to Newbury where 132 competitors took part in a duathlon featuring a 5km/25km/5km Run Ride Run.
Gardiner’s strength on the bike helped score an impressive 11th place finish, while Jacobs was 32nd.
For more information about Salisbury Tri Club, visit: www.salisburytriclub.co.uk