WHILE he doesn't claim to be a runner, Warwick West SS student Brendan Hoffman rose to the occasion to win his age group and finish second overall in the Darling Downs Primary School Aquathon Championships at Dalby.
The event for 11 and 12 years primary students started with a 1km run, then a 200m swim in the pool and a 1km run.
Brendan was 11th after the first run, improved his position to third in the swim, and then improved one place in the final run.
"Swimming is my main sport and then rugby league," he said.
"I ran two kilometres twice a week in training with my mate Zac Wall."
He has represented Darling Downs in shot put and long jump but reckons 1km was as long as he wanted to run competively.
Zac Wall was 32nd in a field of 61 boys.
Three Warwick Christian College athletes competed, Louw Wiid was 11th, Seamus Ryan 16th and in the girls event, Keneisha Finch was 39th.
Brendan will now compete in the Darling Downs team of 10 boys in the state championships in Redcliffe when the swim will be in the ocean.
"I am looking forward to the open water swim," he said.