A CHESTER canoeist helped his team triumph in the 2013 Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Triathlon.
Colin Cartwright was part of the CT&C Team which took on the gruelling challenge incorporating a 13 km kayak race, a 13 km fell run and an 18 km mountain bike ride.
Colin, 35, was up against more than 50 paddlers in the opening leg and the race on the Afon Conwy proved to be very competitive.
Michael Mason from Durham Triathlon Club surged into the lead in his racing surf ski but Colin, racing in his marathon kayak, clawed his way back and won the race with a late surge.
Team-mate Tim Watson produced an impressive fifth place finish in the fell run before fellow CT&C Team member Clare Dallimore pedalled her way to fourth in the mountain bike race.
Those results ensured CT&C Team, who only got together a few days before the race, finished the team event in first place with an overall winning time of three hours, 13 minutes and 51 seconds.
Held near Trefriw, the race was the fifth race in the 2013 British Quadrathlon National Trophy and raised funds for the Snowdonia Society.
Mountain triathlons see swimming replaced canoeing, with fell running over the hills replacing road runnings and mountain biking replacing road cycling.
Colin, who is a member of Chester Canoe Club, was taking part in his first mountain triathlon but had previously tasted success on the river in the Conwy Ascent race.
A former Wild Water Racing European Classic C2 Sprint and Classic Race bronze medallist and dual Great Britain C1 and C2 Classic Champion, Colin is now looking forward to the start of the new wild water racing season.