Text Size

Current Size: 100%

Notts officer will be gunning for gold in 2018

December 27, 2017
Share by emailShare by email

A Nottinghamshire Sergeant will be starting the new year in the throes of a demanding training regime as he prepares for the 2018 ITU Duathlon World Championships.

Bret Wilks successfully competed in the 2017 championships in Canada and placed 9th overall from a field of 50 athletes. He achieved the pre-qualification standard which meant he automatically qualified for the 2018 event on the island of Fyn in Denmark on Sunday 8 July.

Duathlon is a run – bike – run multisport event with Bret’s event being the ‘sprint’ format which consists of a 5km run followed by a 20km bike leg and finishing with a second run of 2.5km.

Sergeant Wilks said: "Although the race is less than an hour, the dedication required is akin to having a second job! I am committed to these sports and giving my all to be the best that I can. Meeting my goals this past year has made all of the hours of hard work and commitment worthwhile and motivated me to push myself further, set new goals and ultimately achieve my dream of standing on the podium at an international level in my age group.

"The realisation that my dream could become a reality was that my finishing time at this year’s Worlds would have placed me 4th in the next age group and only 2 seconds from a World Bronze medal! The carrot has been dangled and the preparation for the Worlds in the coming year has already begun."

Following the Worlds in Canada, Bret also took part in a qualifying event for the 2018 ETU Duathlon European Championships. He was successful and has now added Ibiza to his 2018 race calendar for October.

We wish Bret the best of luck from everyone at Nottinghamshire Police!

101 is the number to call when you need to contact Nottinghamshire Police and it’s less urgent than a 999 call. Calls cost 15p, no matter how long the call lasts.