5:00pm Wednesday 25th September 2013
By Andrew Simpson
CHARLOTTE Baker says she was spurred on by strangers shouting her name during her debut at the ITU Age-Group World Championships in London last weekend.
Their encouragement worked, for the former St Nicholas RC High School pupil clocked a personal best in Great Britain colours on a course used for last summer’s Olympic Games.
“The atmosphere was incredible,” she said.
“There were people cheering for GB all the way round and because I had my name on my suit they were shouting ‘go on Baker’.”
Baker, from Stanthorne near Middlewich, was the fourth Briton across the line in the women’s 20-24 age class, placing 14th overall in 2:08.56 after a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run.
The Weaver Valley Cycling Club member admits she feared the worst during torrential conditions in the capital.
“I was so nervous beforehand as I kept thinking about all the things that could go wrong,” she said.
“I’d watched the other races and saw lots of people coming off their bikes because it was so wet, so I was really scared of falling off.”
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