Michael Birchmore

Triathlete

Growing up by the coast I was lucky to have the opportunity to join Perranporth Surf Life Saving Club where I quickly found I not only loved but also excelled at swimming & running.  I watched my first triathlon at 14 with my dad and instantly knew that one day I wanted to compete – I just never knew how much of a life changing experience racing in triathlons would be for me.

When I was 15 I started competing for Perranporth Surf Life Saving Club locally and nationally. As a junior I won the National 1KM beach run and when I turned senior I won the 2KM beach run event. At 16 I got my first road bike and started training with two local triathletes who were my idols.  I took part in my first triathlon in October 2006 at Wadebridge.  Since then my love for the sport has grown and I’ve gone from strength to strength, becoming British age group champion twice in the standard distance, English and British age group champion in the middle distance and winning medals at both European and World events. I picked up my first World Age Group Champion medal in 2015 in the Aquathlon in Chicago. 2016 I picked up my biggest result, coming 3rd in the 25-29 age group at the World Ironman 70.3 Championships in Mooloolaba.

2017 was a really good year for me and I have high hopes for 2018. In 2017 my main focus was on the middle/70.3 distance. I planned to race less, but at bigger Championship events. I placed 2nd in my age group at the European Ironman 70.3 Championships in Elsinore, Denmark (where I was also the 2nd quickest amateur overall). From there I raced at the Outlaw Holkham Half, where for the first time they did an Elite Age Group wave, for all the UK’s best age groupers. I had a solid day and picked up 3rd overall. The ‘A’ race of the year was the World Ironman 70.3 Championships in Chattanooga although I still raced at Ironman 70.3 Dublin as a pre-race test event, winning my age group, and giving me confidence for the USA. In America I had a storming race picking up 1st in the 25-29 age group and becoming World Champion in the most competitive field I’ve raced in to date. This year I have retained my Gold status in the Ironman 70.3 All World Athlete Rankings – meaning I am in the top 1% of 25-29 year old athletes to race over the 70.3 distance in 2017. Over the years I have gone from racing locally, to racing Nationally and Worldwide. So far I have had the privilege to race in Australia, New Zealand, America, Switzerland, France, Austria, Spain, Mallorca, Turkey, and Canada.

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