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Michael books place at World Championships

By Tom Howe 28th June 2017

Michael books place at World Championships
QUALIFYING TIME: Newquay Road Runner Michael Birchmore is off to the World Ironman 70.3 Championships this September

A LOCAL triathlete has booked his ticket to the World Ironman 70.3 Championships this September after a stunning performance at the premier European event.

Newquay Road Runner Michael Birchmore, based in Perranporth, kicked off his season in style at this year’s European Ironman 70.3 Championships, held in the city of Elsinore, Denmark.

The race consisted of a 1,900m swim in the majestic harbour, a 90km cycle around the stunning countryside before finishing with a 21.1km run through the city and beside the majestic Kronborg castle. Michael’s overall finish time was four hours, three minutes and 37 seconds, which earned him second in his age group (25-29 year olds) but also second amateur overall out of over 2,000 athletes, representing 46 countries. He was 16th overall amongst top professionals which included Germany’s Michael Raelert, a two time World Champion over the distance.

Michael said: “The day really couldn’t have gone any better. Due to a lot of injury problems at the start of the year I’ve had to delay the start of my 2017 race season. Ideally I would have done a few races by now so started the race not knowing where my race fitness would be. I swam, biked and ran as hard as I could and crossed the finishing line knowing I couldn’t have given anymore.”

The race has a rolling start so athletes start in blocks of three, five seconds apart. Due to this, Michael didn’t even know he had won the silver till a few hours after he finished the race saying: “It was a great feeling seeing I had finished second. I put no pressure on myself leading into the race and wanted to just cross the line pain free after the difficulties of the past six months.”

Michael’s second place finish means he has booked his place on the start line in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The World Championships will consist of over 3,000 of the globe’s best triathletes and Michael is hoping to improve on his third place at last year’s championships in Mooloolaba, Australia.

“Qualifying for World’s means a shift in focus for the rest of the 2017 season. This race is now my main aim. I have 12 weeks to reach my peak fitness. I’m going to race the Ironman 70.3 in Dublin in August to help get race ready as being three weeks out from USA it’s perfect timing.

“As always I’d like to thank my friends, family and coach Julian Wills for their continued support. Also my sponsors without who I wouldn’t have the best kit available. Giant-Helston, Snugg Wetsuits, Asics Running Apparel, Torq Sports Nutrition, Endura Sports Clothing, Fizik Saddles and Tri Force Endurance”.

Michael is always looking for support. If you would like to help on his road to the World 70.3 Championships and beyond, email him via michaelbirchmore90@gmail.com

By Tom Howe 28th June 2017

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