New stretch target
If I go over my initial target, the rest of the money will be put towards the race entry of the Triathlon and Aquathlon in Chicago (£300), my GB tri-suit (£140). The rest of the money will be put towards me chasing my dream of becoming a profession triathlete and applying for my pro license next season.
The aim of this project is to raise enough funds to allow me to race at this years World Triathlon Championships in Chicago
About the project
My name is Michael Birchmore and I'm from Perranporth in Cornwall, UK and I am a National Age Group Triathlon Champion and World Medallist.
I work part time as a Telecoms engineer for a company called Datasharp UK. For the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to raise funds that have allowed me to race in New Zealand, Canada and Austria.
Earlier this year I qualified to represent Great Britain Age Group to compete at the World Championships in the Standard Distance Triathlon and Aquathlon. This event is being held in Chicago, America in September 2015.
To have this great opportunity to represent my country I have to self-fund completely.
My project target is £750, which is half of the total cost of what I actually need to compete.
Why I need your help
I work 4 days a week and spend the rest of my time training and travelling to races. This year I have 12 races including Chicago and as you can imagine the cost associated to these races is huge. By the time I’ve paid for race entry, travel costs, race licenses, gym membership, kit, nutrition, bike maintenance and equipment it’s a struggle to make ends meet.
Despite this last year I managed to retain my Age Group National title in Liverpool, I also won bronze in my age group at the European Triathlon championships in Kitzbuhel and bronze in my age group at the World Aquathlon in Edmonton.
So far in 2015 I have become the National Middle Distance age group Champion and a silver medallist at the European Championships in the 25-29 age group.
Where your pledges will go
GB age group representation is not funded, and that’s why I need your help towards the following -
I estimate the cost of this would be about £1500 at the bare minimum and I intend to fund half of this myself by working, family donations and selling off things I own.
In return, I am able to provide some rewards for pledging to support me ranging from a simple thank you tweet, winning a Cornish hamper and joining me for a training day. I will update you all on my progress via email and you will also be able to follow me on social media such as twitter.
Growing up by the coast I was lucky to have the opportunity to join a 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 Club locally and nationally. 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 National Age Group Champion twice and a bronze medal winner at the 2014’s European Champs.
2014 was a really good year for me and I have high hopes for 2015. 2014 was the first year I raced at National, European and World Age Group level all in one season. I also took part in my first Ironman 70.3 and several middle distance triathlons. 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, Austria, Spain, Mallorca, Turkey, and Canada.
I’m currently very lucky to have support from the following people
- Coach Julian Wills and training support from John Scott, David Bartlett and Nick Polkin – Without these guys I wouldn’t get through the hard training sessions and I’ll be forever grateful for the pain they endure alongside me.
- I am also incredibly lucky to have the support from friends and family who truly believe in me and travel to support me wherever I race.
Many thanks for taking the time to read my project and choosing to pledge your support.